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First Trust switches Seven AlphaDEX ETFs to Nasdaq


First Trust has transferred seven AlphaDEX exchange traded-funds (ETFs) from NYSE Arca to The Nasdaq Stock Market. Each fund listed and will now trade its shares on Nasdaq under the same ticker symbol as was used on NYSE.

“As a leader in listing and trading, we’re always looking for ways to help ETF issuers like First Trust grow their business,” says Salil Donde, Executive Vice President, Nasdaq Global Information Services. “Earlier this year, we collaborated with First Trust to transfer 10 AlphaDEX ETFs to the Nasdaq Marketplace, and are pleased to expand our relationship to include seven additional products. The switch of these funds to the Nasdaq Indexes, reinforces our successful partnership and underlying commitment to provide powerful solutions to all ETF issuers.”

Each fund will now seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the Fund’s fees and expenses) of a Nasdaq AlphaDEX Equity Index. Each New Index is a modified equal-dollar weighted index developed and maintained by Nasdaq that may generate positive alpha relative to traditional passive-style indices through the use of the AlphaDEX selection methodology. Accordingly, the Funds’ Index Provider will change to Nasdaq.

The seven funds and there new indexes are: 
First Trust Developed Markets Ex-US AlphaDEX Fund (FDT) – NASDAQ AlphaDEX Developed Markets Ex-US Index
First Trust Developed Markets ex-US Small Cap AlphaDEX Fund (FDTS) – NASDAQ AlphaDEX Developed Markets ex-US Small Cap Index
First Trust Emerging Markets AlphaDEX Fund (FEM) – NASDAQ AlphaDEX Emerging Markets Index
First Trust Emerging Markets Small Cap AlphaDEX Fund (FEMS) – NASDAQ AlphaDEX Emerging Markets Small Cap Index
First Trust Europe AlphaDEX Fund (FEP) – NASDAQ AlphaDEX Europe Index
First Trust Latin America AlphaDEX Fund (FLN) – NASDAQ AlphaDEX Latin America Index
First Trust Asia Pacific Ex-Japan AlphaDEX Fund (FPA) – NASDAQ AlphaDEX® Asia Pacific Ex-Japan Index

“The AlphaDEX index methodology aims to provide better long-term, risk-adjusted returns than traditional market-cap weighted indices, by both selecting and weighting portfolios on the basis of investment merit, rather than size,” says Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President and ETF Strategist at First Trust.

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