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FUND OBJECTIVES

The First Trust Real Assets Fund aims to achieve long-term real return through current income and long-term capital appreciation. Real return is total return after adjusting for inflation.

THE FUND AIMS TO PROVIDE:

Tax Efficient Current Income

Distributions from real assets are often more tax-efficient than distributions from traditional fixed income

Diversified Real Asset Exposure

Allocations to private funds that primarily invest in real assets and real asset companies,  real estate investment trust (“REITs”), publicly traded equity and debt securities related to real assets or issued by real asset companies, private debt instruments of real assets companies, and direct co-investments

Accessibility

Provide exposure to institutional real asset managers with no accreditation requirements, low minimums, and daily net asset value (NAV) available for purchase with limited quarterly redemption*

Strategic Allocation

Seeks to provide a higher degree of exposure to private real estate and private real estate debt investments based on favorable risk/return profiles 

HIGHLIGHTS

FUND HIGHLIGHTS (as of 6/30/22)

  • 5% targeted distribution rate paid quarterly, entirely supported by investment income
  • Instant access to institutional managers
  • Instant exposure to cash flowing real assets
  • Instant diversified exposure to real assets

PORTFOLIO

POTENTIAL BENEFITS OF PRIVATE REAL ASSETS

Tax Efficient Current Income

  • Real assets are often afforded tax shields that may reduce taxes on distributions

Inflation Protection

  • Income from real assets has historically outpaced inflation
  • Real asset managers can also increase rents to “market rate” as tenants naturally turnover

Low Correlation^

  • Private real estate over a 27-year time horizon has exhibited just a 12% correlation to the S&P 500 Index
  • Private real estate over the same time period has exhibited a -18% correlation to the Bloomberg US Aggregate Bond Index

Low Volatility

  • Real assets held in private or non-traded structures are held at their NAV as determined by fundamental analysis
  • Public real estate securities or REITs may trade at a discount to the book or NAV of the underlying portfolio due to public market pricing forces rather than fundamentals

^Source: eVestment, NCREIF, as of 3/31/2022, most recent data available. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. For illustrative purposes only and not indicative of the Fund. 

DEFINING REAL ASSETS

Real Estate – Equity

Invest across multiple real-asset types, including industrial, multi-family, retail, and office, in multiple geographies across North America

Real Estate – Debt

Focus on originating direct lending opportunities with the goal of preserving capital while generating a healthy level of current income

Infrastructure

Assets that provide essential facilities and services that support economic productivity with a bias towards “new age” infrastructure investments

Natural Resources

Investing in timberland, agriculture, and farmland which offer particularly uncorrelated return potential relative to the broader private real-asset market

Direct Investments

Available to investors that have substantial allocations to a manager’s existing private vehicles or via a programmatic or joint venture agreement

Liquidity Sleeve

Designed to generate positive returns via daily liquid investments that exhibit low risk and minimal volatility

PERFORMANCE

Private Real Estate Total Returns Have Exceeded Inflation Historically

 CPI(Non Seasonally-Adjusted)Private Real-Estate Total Returns
20217.04%22.17%
20201.36%1.18%
20192.29%5.34%
20181.91%8.35%
20172.11%7.62%
20162.07%8.76%
20150.73%15.01%
20140.76%12.49%
20131.50%13.94%
20121.74%10.94%
Average2.15%10.58%

^Source: eVestment, NCREIF, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Private Real Estate: NCREIF Fund Index – Open End Diversified Core Equity.  Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. For illustrative purposes only and not indicative of the Fund. 

1The Fund intends to make quarterly distributions to its shareholders equal to 5% annually of the Fund’s NAV per Share (the “Distribution Policy”). This predetermined dividend rate may be modified by the Fund’s Board from time to time, and increased to the extent of the Fund’s investment company taxable income that it is required to distribute in order to maintain its status as a regulated investment company. If, for any distribution, available cash is less than the amount of this predetermined dividend rate, then assets of the Fund will be sold and such disposition may generate additional taxable income. The Fund’s final distribution for each calendar year will include any remaining investment company taxable income and net tax-exempt income undistributed during the year, as well as the net capital gain realized during the year. Shareholders should not assume that the source of any payment from the Fund is net profit.

*While interval funds are required to offer periodic opportunities for share redemption, an investor may not be able to redeem the full quantity of shares desired during a given repurchase window. If investor demand for redemption exceeds 5%, tender offers will be prorated, meaning investors may only receive proportional amounts of the fund.

This summary is not intended to be tax or legal advice. This summary cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. This summary is being used to support the promotion or marketing of the transactions herein. The taxpayer should consult an independent tax advisor.

You should consider a fund’s investment objectives, risks, and charges and expenses carefully before investing. Contact First Trust  Capital Management at 1-800-988-5196 or visit www.firsttrustcapital.com to obtain a prospectus or summary prospectus which contains  this and other information about a fund. The prospectus or summary prospectus should be read carefully before investing.

 

Risk Considerations

You could lose money by investing in a fund. An investment in a fund is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed. There can be no assurance that a fund’s objective(s) will be achieved. Investors buying or selling shares on the secondary market may incur customary brokerage commissions. Please refer to each fund’s prospectus and SAI for additional details on a fund’s risks. The order of the below risk factors does not indicate the significance of any particular risk factor.

The Fund invests in securities with limited or no secondary market and are deemed to be illiquid. Valuation of illiquid securities is extremely limited. Portfolio holdings are priced either on a daily, monthly, and/or quarterly basis utilizing a variety of valuation methods such as proxy, matrix and third-party pricing. The accuracy of these valuations will vary, and actual tender price of the fund may be materially lower than any past valuation.

Alternative investments may employ complex strategies, have unique investment and risk characteristics and may not be appropriate for all investors.

The Fund’s shares will change in value and you could lose money by investing in the Fund. There can be no assurance that the Fund’s investment objective will be achieved. In managing the Fund’s investment portfolio, the portfolio managers will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.

The Fund is a newly organized, non-diversified closed-end management company with no operating history. It is designed for long-term investing and not as a vehicle for trading.

In managing the Fund’s investment portfolio, the portfolio managers will apply investment techniques and risk analyses that may not have the desired result.

One of the principal risks of investing in a fund is market risk. Market risk is the risk that a particular stock owned by a fund, fund shares or stocks in general may fall in value. In February 2022, Russia invaded Ukraine which has caused and could continue to cause significant market disruptions and volatility within the markets in Russia, Europe, and the United States. The hostilities and sanctions resulting from those hostilities could have a significant impact on certain fund investments as well as fund performance. The COVID-19 global pandemic has caused and may continue to cause significant volatility and declines in global financial markets. While the U.S. has resumed “reasonably” normal business activity, many countries continue to impose lockdown measures. Additionally, there is no guarantee that vaccines will be effective against emerging variants of the disease.

The Fund is structured as an interval fund and has adopted a policy to make quarterly repurchase offers, at per-class NAV, of not less than 5% of the Fund’s outstanding shares on the repurchase request deadline. There is no guarantee that shareholders will be able to sell all the shares that they want to sell in any repurchase offer. If a repurchase offer is oversubscribed, the Fund may repurchase only a pro rata portion of the shares tendered by each shareholder. The repurchase policy will decrease the size of the Fund over time and may force the Fund to sell assets. It may also reduce the investment opportunities available to it and cause its expense ratio to increase. In addition, the Fund may need to liquidate holdings earlier than desired, potentially resulting in losses and increasing portfolio turnover.

The Fund is subject to limited liquidity since shareholders will not be able to redeem shares daily or on demand. Shares are not transferable, and liquidity is only provided through repurchase offers made quarterly by the Fund. Fund holdings may be or may become illiquid.

A fund classified as “non-diversified” may invest a relatively high percentage of its assets in a limited number of issuers. As a result, a fund may be more susceptible to a single adverse economic or regulatory occurrence affecting one or more of these issuers, experience increased volatility and be highly concentrated in certain issuers.

Certain underlying funds are not registered under the securities laws and their portfolio holdings may not be disclosed. Unregistered funds may have less investor protection and transparency than registered funds.

The Fund may invest in the shares of other investment funds which involves additional expenses that would not be present in a direct investment in the underlying funds. In addition, the Fund’s investment performance and risks may be related to the investment performance and risks of the underlying funds.

Certain fund holdings may be thinly traded or have a limited trading market and as a result may be characterized by the Fund as illiquid securities.

The use of derivatives instruments involves different and possibly greater risks than investing directly in securities including counterparty risk, valuation risk, volatility risk, and liquidity risk. Further, losses because of adverse movements in the price or value of the underlying asset, index or rate may be magnified by certain features of the derivatives.

Short selling creates special risks which could result in increased gains or losses and volatility of returns. Because losses on short sales arise from increases in the value of the security sold short, such losses are theoretically unlimited.

The risk of a position in a futures contract may be very large compared to the relatively low level of margin a fund is required to deposit and a relatively small price movement in a futures contract may result in immediate and substantial loss relative to the size of margin deposit.

Investments linked to the prices of commodities may be considered speculative and subject a fund to greater volatility than investments in traditional securities.

Leverage may result in losses that exceed the amount originally invested and may accelerate the rates of losses. Leverage tends to magnify, sometimes significantly, the effect of any increase or decrease in a fund’s exposure to an asset or class of assets and may cause the value of a fund’s shares to be volatile and sensitive to market swings.

The Fund may be subject to the risk that a counterparty will not fulfill its obligations which may result in significant financial loss to the Fund.

An issuer or other obligated party of a debt security may be unable or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and the value of a security may decline as a result.

Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of the debt securities in a fund’s portfolio will decline because of rising interest rates. Interest rate risk is generally lower for shorter term debt securities and higher for longer-term debt securities.

Repurchase agreements typically involve the acquisition by the Fund of fixed-income securities from a selling financial institution such as a bank or broker-dealer. The Fund may incur a loss if the other party to a repurchase agreement is unwilling or unable to fulfill its contractual obligations to repurchase the underlying security. Reverse repurchase agreements involve the risk that the other party may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. The Fund could lose money if it is unable to recover the securities and/or if the value of collateral held by the Fund, including the value of the investments made with cash collateral, is less than the value of securities.

Commodity prices can have significant volatility, and exposure to commodities can cause the value of a fund’s shares to decline or fluctuate in a rapid and unpredictable manner.

Securities of micro, small- and mid-capitalization companies may experience greater price volatility and be less liquid than larger, more established companies.

Securities of non-U.S. issuers are subject to additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political risks, withholding, the lack of adequate financial information, and exchange control restrictions impacting non-U.S. issuers. Investments in emerging market securities are generally considered speculative and involve additional risks relating to political, economic and regulatory conditions.

Changes in currency exchange rates and the relative value of non-US currencies may affect the value of the Fund’s investments and the value of the Fund’s shares.

If a fund does not qualify as a RIC for any taxable year and certain relief provisions were not available, a fund’s taxable income would be subject to tax at the fund level and to a further tax at the shareholder level when such income is distributed. Further, there may be other tax implications to a fund based on the type of investments in a fund.

There can be no assurance that the securities held by the Fund will stay within the Fund’s intended market capitalization range.

A fund with significant exposure to a single sector may be more affected by an adverse economic or political development than a broadly diversified fund.

High portfolio turnover may result in higher levels of transaction costs and may generate greater tax liabilities for shareholders.

The risks associated with investing in real estate companies may be similar to those associated with direct ownership of real estate and include fluctuations in the value of underlying properties, defaults by borrowers or tenants, market saturation, changes in general and local economic conditions, decreases in market rates for rents, increases in competition, property taxes, capital expenditures or operating expenses, dependency upon management skills, limited diversification, and other economic, political or regulatory occurrences.

Real Estate Investment Trusts (“REITs”) are subject to risks the risks of investing in real estate, including, but not limited to, changes in the real estate market, vacancy rates and competition, volatile interest rates and economic recession. Increases in interest rates typically lower the present value of a REIT’s future earnings stream and may make financing property purchases and improvements more costly. The value of a fund will generally decline when investors in REIT stocks anticipate or experience rising interest rates.

The companies engaged in the natural resources sector are subject to price and supply fluctuations, excess capacity, economic recession, domestic and international politics, government regulations, volatile interest rates, consumer spending trends and overall capital spending levels.

Companies in the precious metals industry are subject to risks associated with the exploration, development, and production of precious metals including competition for land, difficulties in obtaining required governmental approval to mine land, inability to raise capital, increases in production costs and political unrest. In addition, the price of precious metals is subject to wide fluctuations.

Risks associated with the ownership of infrastructure and infrastructure-related assets include but are not limited to local, national and international economic conditions, supply and demand, the financial condition of users and suppliers of infrastructure assets, changes in interest rates, and changes in environmental laws and regulations. These factors may cause the value of infrastructure investments to decline and negatively affect the Fund’s return.

A fund may hold securities or other assets that may be valued on the basis of factors other than market quotations. This may occur because the asset or security does not trade on a centralized exchange, or in times of market turmoil or reduced liquidity. Portfolio holdings that are valued using techniques other than market quotations, including “fair valued” assets or securities, may be subject to greater fluctuation in their valuations from one day to the next than if market quotations were used. There is no assurance that a fund could sell or close out a portfolio position for the value established for it at any time.

A fund is susceptible to operational risks through breaches in cyber security. Such events could cause a fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial loss.

To the extent a fund invests in floating or variable rate obligations that use the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”) as a reference interest rate, it is subject to LIBOR Risk. The United Kingdom’s Financial Conduct Authority, which regulates LIBOR, has ceased making LIBOR available as a reference rate over a phase-out period that began December 31, 2021. There is no assurance that any alternative reference rate, including the Secured Overnight Financing Rate (“SOFR”) will be similar to or produce the same value or economic equivalence as LIBOR or that instruments using an alternative rate will have the same volume or liquidity. The unavailability or replacement of LIBOR may affect the value, liquidity or return on certain fund investments and may result in costs incurred in connection with closing out positions and entering into new trades. Any potential effects of the transition away from LIBOR on a fund or on certain instruments in which a fund invests can be difficult to ascertain, and they may vary depending on a variety of factors, and they could result in losses to a fund.

Subsidiary investment risk applies to a fund that invests in certain securities through a wholly-owned subsidiary of the fund that is organized under the laws of the Cayman Islands (“Subsidiary”). Changes in the laws of the U.S. and/or Cayman Islands could result in the inability of a fund to operate as intended. The Subsidiary is not registered under the 1940 Act and is not subject to all the investor protections of the 1940 Act. Thus, a fund that is as an investor in the Subsidiary will not have all the protections offered to investors in registered investment companies.

A fund may hold securities or other assets that may be valued on the basis of factors other than market quotations. This may occur because the asset or security does not trade on a centralized exchange, or in times of market turmoil or reduced liquidity. Portfolio holdings that are valued using techniques other than market quotations, including “fair valued” assets or securities, may be subject to greater fluctuation in their valuations from one day to the next than if market quotations were used. There is no assurance that a fund could sell or close out a portfolio position for the value established for it at any time.

The value of the Fund’s investments will be difficult to ascertain and the valuations provided in respect of the Fund’s portfolio investment vehicles and other private securities will likely vary from the amounts the Fund would receive upon withdrawal of its investments. While the valuation of the Fund’s publicly-traded securities are more readily ascertainable, the Fund’s ownership interest in the portfolio investment vehicles and other private securities are not publicly traded and the Fund will depend on appraisers, service providers and Managers to provide a valuation, or assistance with a valuation, of the Fund’s investment. Any such valuation is a subjective analysis of the fair market value of an asset and requires the use of techniques that are costly and time-consuming and ultimately provide no more than an estimate of value. Moreover, the valuation of the Fund’s investment in a private fund or REIT, as provided by a manager as of a specific date, or of a Sub-REIT provided by a property manager, may vary from the fair value of the investment that may be obtained if such investment were sold to a third party.

The information presented is not intended to constitute an investment recommendation for, or advice to, any specific person. By providing this information, First Trust is not undertaking to give advice in any fiduciary capacity within the meaning of ERISA, the Internal Revenue Code or any other regulatory framework. Financial professionals are responsible for evaluating investment risks independently and for exercising independent judgment in determining whether investments are appropriate for their clients.

First Trust Capital Management (“FTCM”) is the adviser to the Fund. The Fund’s distributor is First Trust Portfolios L.P.

This summary is not intended to be tax or legal advice. This summary cannot be used by any taxpayer for the purpose of avoiding tax penalties that may be imposed on the taxpayer. This summary is being used to support the promotion or marketing of the transactions herein. The taxpayer should consult an independent tax advisor.

Definitions

Correlation is a measure of the similarity of performance.