| First Trust NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index Fund is an open-end management company. The Fund seeks investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield of an equity index called the NYSE Arca Biotechnology Index (the Index). The Index is an equal dollar-weighted index designed to measure the performance of a cross section of companies in the biotechnology industry that are primarily involved in the use of biological processes to develop products or provide services. As of Dec 31 2013, the Fund's total assets were $983,610,857 and the Fund's investment portfolio was valued at $969,483,653. The QCLN YTD return is shown above.
The YTD Return on the QCLN 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 QCLN 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 QCLN 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.