An ETF that invests in U.S. companies that may benefit during periods of rising inflation.
First Trust Advisors L.P. (“First Trust”), a leading exchange-traded fund (“ETF”) provider and asset manager, announced today that it has launched a new ETF, the First Trust Bloomberg Inflation Sensitive Equity ETF (NYSE Arca: FTIF) (the “fund”). The fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield (before the fund’s fees and expenses) of an equity index called the Bloomberg Inflation Sensitive Equity Index (the “index”).
When inflation rises, the purchasing power of money erodes, and it becomes important to seek strategies to generate additional income. Concerns over high inflation have led investors on a search for ways to seek durable return streams that have the potential to keep pace with inflation. FTIF aims to navigate the challenging effects of inflation by investing in companies in the energy, materials, and real estate sectors that generate high free cash flow and have shown historically strong performance during inflationary cycles.
“We believe that high inflation is one of the most important challenges that investors are facing in 2023,” said Ryan Issakainen, CFA, Senior Vice President and ETF Strategist at First Trust. “High quality stocks from sectors that have historically benefitted from rising prices may help investors navigate this environment,” Issakainen said.
“Bloomberg is excited to work with First Trust on an index for an ETF which utilizes a factor approach to target companies which may be better positioned to weather the challenge of persistent inflationary pressures,” said Dave Gedeon, Head of Index Product, Bloomberg Index Services Limited. “Bloomberg's Product Development is focused on building indices seeking to solve modern day investment problems and we are proud to support First Trust in tackling inflation with an equity solution.”
For more information about First Trust, please contact Ryan Issakainen at (630) 765-8689 or RIssakainen@FTAdvisors.com.
About First Trust
First Trust is a federally registered investment advisor and serves as the fund’s investment advisor. First Trust and its affiliate First Trust Portfolios L.P. (“FTP”), a FINRA registered broker-dealer, are privately held companies that provide a variety of investment services. First Trust has collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $196 billion as of February 28, 2023 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts. First Trust is the supervisor of the First Trust unit investment trusts, while FTP is the sponsor. FTP is also a distributor of mutual fund shares and exchange-traded fund creation units. First Trust and FTP are based in Wheaton, Illinois. For more information, visit https://www.ftportfolios.com.
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Materials and processing companies are subject to certain risks, including the general state of the economy, consolidation, domestic and international politics and excess capacity. Materials companies may also be significantly affected by volatility of commodity prices, import controls, worldwide competition, liability for environmental damage, depletion of resources and mandated expenditures for safety and pollution control devices.
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