| First Trust NASDAQ ABA Community Bank Index Fund is an open-end management investment company. 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 NASDAQ OMX(R) ABA Community Bank Index(SM) (the "Index"). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its assets in common stocks that comprise the Index. The Index includes a subset of banks and thrifts or their holding companies listed on NASDAQ(R). As of Dec 31 2009, the Fund's total assets were $5,645,874 and the Fund's investment portfolio was valued at $5,603,310. The QABA YTD return is shown above.
The YTD Return on the QABA YTD return page and across the coverage universe of our site,
is a measure of the total return for a given investment year-to-date for the current calendar year
(up to the end of prior trading session). Arguably, choosing the current calendar year for a measurement
period is on the one hand completely arbitrary, but on the other hand a year-to-date look can be extremely
useful in the context of our country's tax system which taxes gains and income on a calendar year basis.
Thus, researching Year-To-Date Returns is good practice for investors — whether QABA YTD return or other benchmarks/peers
— and when doing so it is also important to factor in dividends, because a financial instrument's YTD return is
more than just the change in price if that instrument pays a dividend or coupon. Our website aims to empower investors
by performing the QABA YTD return calculation (with any dividends reinvested as applicable), and to provide a
coverage universe of many stocks and ETFs to be able to compare YTD returns.