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First Trust Specialty Finance and Financial Opportunities Fund Declares its Quarterly Distribution of $0.1725 Per Share

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First Trust Specialty Finance and Financial Opportunities Fund (the “Fund”) (NYSE:FGB) has declared the Fund’s regularly scheduled quarterly distribution payable on February 27, 2015, to shareholders of record as of February 24, 2015. The ex-dividend date is expected to be February 20, 2015. The quarterly distribution information for the Fund appears below:

First Trust Specialty Finance and Financial Opportunities Fund (FGB):

Distribution per share: $0.1725
Distribution Rate (annualized) based on the February 9, 2015 NAV of $7.44: 9.27%
Distribution Rate (annualized) based on the February 9, 2015 closing market price of $7.51: 9.19%

A portion of the distribution may be treated as paid from sources other than net investment income, including short-term capital gain, long-term capital gain and return of capital. The final determination of the source and tax status of all distributions paid in 2015 will be made after the end of 2015.

The Fund is a non-diversified, closed-end management investment company that seeks to provide a high level of current income. As a secondary objective, the Fund seeks to provide attractive total return. The Fund pursues these investment objectives by investing at least 80% of its managed assets in a portfolio of securities of specialty finance and other financial companies that the Fund’s investment sub-advisor believes offer attractive opportunities for income and capital appreciation.

First Trust Advisors L.P., the Fund’s investment advisor, along with its affiliate, First Trust Portfolios L.P., 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 $106 billion as of January 30, 2015, through unit investment trusts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, mutual funds and separate managed accounts.

Confluence, an SEC registered investment advisor, serves as the Fund’s investment sub-advisor. The investment professionals at Confluence have over 80 years of aggregate portfolio management experience. Confluence provides portfolio management and advisory services to both institutional and individual clients. As of December 31, 2014, Confluence managed or supervised over $3.0 billion in assets.

Past performance is no assurance of future results. Investment return and market value of an investment in the Fund will fluctuate. Shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than their original cost.

Principal Risk Factors: Investment in this Fund involves investment and market risk; management risk; value investing risk; income risk; specialty finance and other financial companies risks; preferred stock and trust preferred securities risk; convertible securities risk; fixed-income securities risk; lower grade and distressed securities risk; business development company risk; REIT, mortgage-related and asset-backed securities risks; infrastructure company risk; income trust and master limited partnership risks; tax risks; non-U.S. securities risk; currency risk; liquidity risk; leverage risk; non-diversification risk; inflation/deflation risk; market discount from net asset value risk; and market disruption risk. The risks of investing in the Fund are spelled out in the shareholder report and other regulatory filings.

The Fund’s daily closing New York Stock Exchange price and net asset value per share as well as other information can be found at or by calling 1-800-988-5891.

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