Invest in a First-of-Its-Kind Natural Gas ETF

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The First Trust Natural Gas ETF (NYSEARCA:FCG) tracks U.S. companies that derive a substantial portion of their revenue from the exploration & production of natural gas.

FCG is the first exchange-traded fund (ETF) of its kind, giving a dedicated exposure to the U.S. natural gas market. Fortunately, the fund does a sufficient job of capturing the concentrated space.

The fund selects from companies that are involved in natural gas in some capacity, dedicating 15% of its portfolio to master limited partnerships (MLPs) and the remaining 85% to equities. It then applies linear cap-weighted rankings to each bucket.

The index is constructed by establishing the universe of U.S. listed stocks of companies involved in the exploration and production of natural gas. Companies whose natural gas reserves do not meet certain requirements are eliminated.

The index is designed to track the performance of mid- and large-cap companies that derive a substantial portion of their revenues from midstream activities and/or the exploration and production of natural gas.

To meet index eligibility, a stock must also satisfy market capitalization, liquidity and weighting concentration requirements. All eligible operating companies and MLP stocks are ranked on both liquidity and market capitalization within their segments.

Weights within each segment are scaled so that the largest weight is a multiple of the smallest weight. The Index is optimized for liquidity and market capitalization at the component level.

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FCG has $701.2 million in assets under management, and it has an average spread of 0.5%. The fund’s expense ratio is 0.60%.

Average daily trading volume and market cap are factored in both selection and weighting. The resulting portfolio is a near-perfect representation of the market. The index is rebalanced and reconstituted on a quarterly basis.

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