WHEATON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--First Trust Advisors LP ("First Trust") announced today that the Board of Trustees ("Board") of First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund II (the "Trust"), on behalf of First Trust Indxx Global Agriculture ETF (the "Fund"), an index-based exchange-traded fund (Nasdaq: FTAG) approved a 1 for 5 reverse share split.

The reverse share split will result in every five outstanding shares being converted into one share, thereby reducing the number of shares outstanding. Fractional shares will be paid out in cash to the beneficial shareholder. Once the reverse share split is complete, each shareholder's account will reflect one-fifth fewer shares with a net asset value per share that reflects the combined shares. The Fund's shares will continue to trade under the same ticker symbol, FTAG. The Fund's current CUSIP number 33734X820 will be replaced by a new CUSIP number, 33734X812. First Trust currently anticipates the reverse share split will be effective as of the opening of business on The Nasdaq Stock Market, LLC on or about May 2, 2016, subject to all regulatory requirements and other conditions being satisfied.

The Fund, formerly the First Trust Global Platinum Index Fund, launched on March 12, 2010. The Fund's investment objective is to seek investment results that correspond generally to the price and yield, before the Funds fees and expenses, of an equity index called the Indxx Global Agriculture Index.

First Trust Advisors LP, the Fund's investment advisor, along with its affiliate, First Trust Portfolios LP, are privately-held companies which provide a variety of investment services, including asset management and financial advisory services, with collective assets under management or supervision of approximately $96 billion as of March 31, 2016 through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts.

You should consider the investment objective, risk, charges and expenses of the Fund before investing. The prospectus for the Fund contains this and other important information and is available free of charge by calling toll-free 1-800-621-1675 or visiting http://www.ftportfolios.com. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing.



Long-term growth investors are always looking for a great growth story with a little dividend kicker, to get that compounding in gear.Johnson amp; Johnson (JNJ) is not only a great growth story, but it has one of the most reliable dividends in the market.

There are companies that are called Dividend Aristocrats. They have a history of growing their dividends for at least 30 years. And of that group, theres a smaller group called the Dividend Kings. They have a history of raising dividends for 50 years or more.

Johnson amp; Johnson is a king.

For 53 years, JNJ has increased its dividend. Its 10-year total return averages more than 8% annually and its dividend growth is about 8% annually.

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That means Johnson amp; Johnson has been through a number of booms and busts and has learned how to weather bad markets and make hay in good markets. This is indispensable for investors that are looking for a safe, solid total return stock as an anchor in their portfolio.

What GivesJohnson amp; JohnsonIts Crown?

What makes Johnson amp; Johnson so consistent is the fact that while it sticks to the healthcare space, it is broadly diversified across the entire space. The fact that its the only healthcare company that is a Dividend King is testament to the unique product mix and management savvy that make up JNJ stock.

Its the largest pharmaceutical company in the US and one of the top 10 fastest growing pharmas in the world. With blockbusters like Remicade (for Crohns disease), Stelara (for plaque psoriasis) and Remicade (for arthritis), this sector of the business brings in about $32 billion and represents more than 45% of the companys revenue.

Johnson amp; Johnson also has some promising cancer drugs that are just gaining traction. One of these, Imbruvica has just been granted breakthrough status with the FDA to expand its use in more patients.

Its consumer segment includes brands ranging from Band-Aid to Aveeno andTylenol(the list is endless). This sector is responsible for 19% of JNJsrevenue. It doesnt have the growth that the pharma sector does, but it is a solid core business regardless of economic cycles.

Its third sector is medical devices and it represents nearly 36% of Johnson amp; Johnson revenue. In its recent earnings report for Q1, JNJ announced that its medical devices business slowed in its international markets, again. Some of this was also due to exchange rate issues because the dollar is strong and foreign sales are lower when converted back to dollars.

But in typical Johnson amp; Johnson fashion, it had already anticipated this trend and announced in January that it is cutting 3,000 jobs from its medical devices division. It will continue to restructure the division this year.

And speaking of earnings, Q1 beat estimates and the company has guided higher for 2016.JNJ stockis a king, no doubt about it.

Richard Bands Profitable Investing advisory service helps retirement savers outperform the market without losing a minute of sleep along the way. His straightforward style and low-risk value approach has won seven Best Financial Advisory awards from the Newsletter and Electronic Publishers Foundation. As of this writing, he did not hold a position in any of theaforementionedsecurities.

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A quarter of a century! Thats what Joseph Ziegler is celebrating: 25 years running his own financial advisory business, although hes actually helped people with their finances even longer.

The Ziegler name is well known in the area. His father, who is now 103, operated a butcher shop and grocery store in Flemington for 40 years. Joe, on the other hand, followed a different passion and decided to pursue a career in finance.

He began his career with EF Hutton in 1984 and completed their training program in New York City. Later he was a Paine Webber and Prudential Bache advisor when they had offices in Flemington. All three names have gone by the wayside through mergers and acquisitions, serving as the inspiration for Joe to open his own office.

The difference in using a small, local office is the more personal experience clients receive by dealing directly with Ziegler or his associate, Frank Fischer, who began his career with Joe in 2005. Both have lived in Raritan Township their entire lives, which has strengthened their understanding of the community and the needs of the people who also call this area home - another benefit of a small, local office versus a large wire house.

Declines in the stock market earlier this year prompted many people to consider selling, but many times thats the worst thing to do, Ziegler said. We try to keep people from panicking and acting impulsively. Preventing people from making emotional decisions is often our most important job.

His office is associated with Raymond James Financial Services, which has some 6,700 advisors nationwide. Raymond James handles the transactions and provides statements and back office support, but the advice and knowledge clients receive come directly from Joes lifetime of experience.

No two people get the same advice. Since going independent with Raymond James in 1991, Joe has acquired hundreds of clients, in all stages of their lives and careers, most of whom stay with him after retiring or relocating. We are registered in many states across the country and the clients often decide to stay with us.

Most new clients come via referral, many times after a life event such as the birth of a child, employment change, retirement, divorce or inheritance.

We all have the same basic needs; the kids need to be educated and we need to retire. More people are worried about outliving their money rather than becoming rich. Its the job of Ziegler and Fischer to assist clients in accumulating the money they need and making it last a lifetime.

Their investment style is equity/income oriented, which entails investing in companies and businesses that provide products and services people need in good times and bad. These businesses consistently pay dividends that are reliable and grow over time.

Over the years Joe has found its been extremely rewarding to have been given the trusted privilege of helping his clients not only when the economy was doing well, but especially when they relied on him get through the difficult times, too.

Moving forward during this period of slow economic growth and political chaos, experience will make the difference, and with more than 25 years in the books, Joe said he is more than ready to continue to provide clients with the guidance they need every step of the way.

This item was submitted by Terrence Wright.




There's an "experience gap" brewing in the financial advisory sector, as about 33 percent of all financial advisors are expected to retire in the next decade.

Meanwhile, 43 percent of all US-based stockholders are 55 years old or older, according to On Wall Street.