January 8, 2013


Securities and Exchange Commission
100 F Street, NE
Washington, D.C.  20549

Re: Rule 17g-1 Fidelity Bond Filing--Information with Respect to Joint Fidelity
Bond filing under Investment Company Act Rule 17g-1, Bond No 99516111B for the
following management investment companies (Investment Company Act of 1940 File
Number/ SEC Registration Number): First Defined Portfolio Fund, LLC (File No.
811-09235/ SEC Registration No. 333-72447); Macquarie/First Trust Global
Infrastructure/ Utilities Dividend & Income Fund (File No. 811-21496/ SEC
Registration No. 333-112202); First Trust Senior Floating Rate Income Fund II
(File No. 811-21539/ SEC Registration Nos. 333-113978 and 333-115414); First
Trust Energy Income and Growth Fund (File No. 811-21549/ SEC Registration No.
333-114131, 333-120853, 333-131771, 333-154254, 333-123460 and 333-173334);
First Trust Enhanced Equity Income Fund (File No. 811-21586/ SEC Registration
No. 333-116023); First Trust/Aberdeen Global Opportunity Income Fund (File No.
811-21636/ SEC Registration No. 333-119081); First Trust Mortgage Income Fund
(File No. 811-21727/ SEC Registration No. 333-123262 ); First Trust
Exchange-Traded Fund (File No. 811-21774/ SEC Registration No. 333-125751);
First Trust Strategic High Income Fund II (File No. 811-21842/ SEC Registration
No. 333-131194); First Trust/Aberdeen Emerging Opportunity Fund (File No.
811-21905/ SEC Registration No. 333-134540); First Trust Specialty Finance and
Financial Opportunities Fund (File No. 811-22039/ SEC Registration No.
333-141457); First Trust Exchange-Traded AlphaDEX(R) Fund (File No. 811-22019 /
SEC Registration No. 333-140895); First Trust Active Dividend Income Fund (File
No. 811-22080/ SEC Registration No. 333-143792); First Trust Exchange-Traded
Fund II (File No. 811-21944/ SEC Registration No. 333-143964); First Trust High
Income Long/Short Fund (File No. 811-22442/ SEC Registration No. 333-168186);
First Trust Exchange-Traded AlphaDEX(R) Fund II (File No. 811-22519/ SEC
Registration No. 333-171759); First Trust Series Fund (File No. 811-22452/ SEC
Registration No. 333-168727); First Trust Energy Infrastructure Fund (File No.
811-22528/SEC Registration No. 333-172439 and 333-177037); First Trust
Exchange-Traded Fund VI (File No. 811-22717/ SEC Registration No. 333-182308);
First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund IV (File No. 811-22559/ SEC Registration No:
333-174332); First Trust Variable Insurance Trust (File No. 811-22652/ SEC
Registration No. 333-178767); and First Trust MLP and Energy Income Fund (File
No. 811-22738/ SEC Registration No. 333-183396).


Dear Sir or Madam:

      Enclosed for filing, pursuant to Rule 17g-1 of the Investment Company Act
of 1940, as amended, please find a copy of the Joint Insured Fidelity Bond for
the period October 9, 2012 through October 9, 2013 for the First Trust complex
of funds referenced above. Please note for the Commission's records, the

      (i)   The Joint Insured Fidelity Bond;

      (ii)  a Certificate of Assistant Secretary containing the form of
            resolutions of the Board of Trustees approving the amount, type,
            form and coverage of the Fidelity Bond, the amount of the single
            insured bond which the registrant would have provided had it not
            been named as an insured under the Fidelity Bond, and a statement as
            to the period for which premiums have been paid; and

      (iii) a copy of the Blanket Bond Insurance Agreement.

                                                Very truly yours,

                                                FIRST TRUST PORTFOLIOS L.P.

                                                /s/ Erin E. Klassman
                                                Erin E. Klassman
                                                Assistant General Counsel