FIRST TRUST

First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII

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        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January (FJAN)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January (DJAN)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February (FFEB)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DFEB)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March (FMAR)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March (DMAR)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April (FAPR)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April (DAPR)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May (FMAY)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May (DMAY)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June (FJUN)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June (DJUN)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July (FJUL)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July (DJUL)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August (FAUG)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August (DAUG)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September (FSEP)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September (DSEP)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October (FOCT)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October (DOCT)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November (FNOV)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November (DNOV)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December (FDEC)

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December (DDEC)

        FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF (BUFT)

        FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF (BUFG)


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       Annual Report
    For the Period Ended
      August 31, 2022
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                                 ANNUAL REPORT
                                AUGUST 31, 2022

Shareholder Letter..........................................................   2
Fund Performance Overview
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January (FJAN)....................   3
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January (DJAN)...............   4
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February (FFEB)...................   5
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DFEB)..............   6
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February (FMAR)...................   7
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DMAR)..............   8
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February (FAPR)...................   9
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DAPR)..............  10
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May (FMAY)........................  11
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May (DMAY)...................  12
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June (FJUN).......................  13
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June (DJUN)..................  14
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July (FJUL).......................  15
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July (DJUL)..................  16
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August (FAUG).....................  17
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August (DAUG)................  18
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September (FSEP)..................  19
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September (DSEP).............  20
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October (FOCT)....................  21
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October (DOCT)...............  22
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November (FNOV)...................  23
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November (DNOV)..............  24
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December (FDEC)...................  25
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December (DDEC)..............  26
    FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF (BUFT)...................  27
    FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF (BUFG)......................  28
Notes to Fund Performance Overview..........................................  29
Portfolio Commentary........................................................  30
Understanding Your Fund Expenses............................................  35
Portfolio of Investments
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January (FJAN)....................  38
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January (DJAN)...............  40
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February (FFEB)...................  42
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DFEB)..............  44
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February (FMAR)...................  46
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DMAR)..............  48
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February (FAPR)...................  50
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DAPR)..............  52
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May (FMAY)........................  54
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May (DMAY)...................  56
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June (FJUN).......................  58
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June (DJUN)..................  60
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July (FJUL).......................  62
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July (DJUL)..................  64
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August (FAUG).....................  66
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August (DAUG)................  68
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September (FSEP)..................  70
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September (DSEP).............  72
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October (FOCT)....................  74
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October (DOCT)...............  76
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November (FNOV)...................  78
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November (DNOV)..............  80
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December (FDEC)...................  82
    FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December (DDEC)..............  84
    FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF (BUFT)...................  86
    FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF (BUFG)......................  87





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TABLE OF CONTENTS (CONTINUED)
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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                                 ANNUAL REPORT
                                AUGUST 31, 2022

Statements of Assets and Liabilities........................................  88
Statements of Operations....................................................  94
Statements of Changes in Net Assets......................................... 100
Financial Highlights........................................................ 110
Notes to Financial Statements............................................... 123
Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm .................... 144
Additional Information...................................................... 147
Board of Trustees and Officers ............................................. 154
Privacy Policy.............................................................. 156

                  CAUTION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This report contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of
the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934,
as amended. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the goals,
beliefs, plans or current expectations of First Trust Advisors L.P. ("First
Trust" or the "Advisor") and/or Cboe Vest(SM) Financial LLC ("Cboe Vest" or the
"Sub-Advisor") and their respective representatives, taking into account the
information currently available to them. Forward-looking statements include all
statements that do not relate solely to current or historical fact. For example,
forward-looking statements include the use of words such as "anticipate,"
"estimate," "intend," "expect," "believe," "plan," "may," "should," "would" or
other words that convey uncertainty of future events or outcomes.

Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and
other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of
the series of First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII (the "Trust") described in
this report (each such series is referred to as a "Fund" and collectively, as
the "Funds") to be materially different from any future results, performance or
achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. When
evaluating the information included in this report, you are cautioned not to
place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect the
judgment of the Advisor and/or Sub-Advisor and their respective representatives
only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly revise or
update these forward-looking statements to reflect events and circumstances that
arise after the date hereof.

                        PERFORMANCE AND RISK DISCLOSURE

There is no assurance that any Fund described in this report will achieve its
investment objective. Each Fund is subject to market risk, which is the
possibility that the market values of securities owned by the Fund will decline
and that the value of the Fund's shares may therefore be less than what you paid
for them. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in a Fund. See "Risk
Considerations" in the Additional Information section of this report for a
discussion of certain other risks of investing in the Funds.

Performance data quoted represents past performance, which is no guarantee of
future results, and current performance may be lower or higher than the figures
shown. For the most recent month-end performance figures, please visit
www.ftportfolios.com or speak with your financial advisor. Investment returns,
net asset value and share price will fluctuate and Fund shares, when sold, may
be worth more or less than their original cost.

The Advisor may also periodically provide additional information on Fund
performance on each Fund's webpage at www.ftportfolios.com.

                            HOW TO READ THIS REPORT

This report contains information that may help you evaluate your investment. It
includes details about each Fund and presents data and analysis that provide
insight into each Fund's performance and investment approach.

By reading the portfolio commentary from the portfolio management team of the
Funds, you may obtain an understanding of how the market environment affected
each Fund's performance. The statistical information that follows may help you
understand each Fund's performance compared to that of a relevant market
benchmark.

It is important to keep in mind that the opinions expressed by personnel of the
Advisor and/or Sub-Advisor are just that: informed opinions. They should not be
considered to be promises or advice. The opinions, like the statistics, cover
the period through the date on the cover of this report. The material risks of
investing in each Fund are spelled out in the prospectus, statement of
additional information, and other Fund regulatory filings.


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SHAREHOLDER LETTER
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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                    ANNUAL LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN AND CEO
                                AUGUST 31, 2022

Dear Shareholders:

First Trust is pleased to provide you with the annual report for certain series
of the First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII (the "Funds"), which contains
detailed information about the Funds for the twelve months ended August 31,
2022. Please note that some of the Funds were incepted after September 1, 2021,
the start of the reporting period, so information in this letter and the report
prior to those inception dates will not apply to all Funds.

At their most recent meeting (September 20-21, 2022), the Federal Open Market
Committee announced a 75 basis point interest rate hike, the third rate hike in
as many meetings. Overall, the Federal Reserve (the "Fed") has raised its
benchmark Federal Funds target rate (upper bound) from 0.25% this past March to
3.25% as of September 30, 2022, the fastest pace for rate hikes since 1994. The
Fed is hiking interest rates aggressively to combat the surge in inflation that
commenced in the second quarter of 2021. Perhaps the most common measure of
inflation is the Consumer Price Index ("CPI"). The CPI has averaged 3.0% per
year since 1926 but stood at an eye-popping 8.3% on a trailing 12-month basis in
August 2022. Its recent high point was 9.1% in June 2022. For borrowers, these
rate hikes will raise the cost of capital, making it tougher to secure loans for
consumers and businesses. The goal is to raise interest rates high enough to
cool some of the demand for goods and services so that inflation can begin to
moderate. The Fed would eventually like to see the CPI back near the 2.0% level.
It will take some time to play out. Guidance from Fed Chairman Jerome Powell
indicates that more rate hikes are coming, perhaps as much as another 100 basis
points by year-end. We'll see.

One of the areas that has yet to cool off is the housing market, in my opinion.
We have seen a substantial selloff this year in the stock and bond markets, but
not housing. Prices appreciated markedly across the U.S. during the coronavirus
("COVID-19") pandemic. Demand was high and inventories were uncharacteristically
low. Simply put, housing affordability has become a huge challenge for many
prospective buyers. The S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price
Index, which tracks the value of single-family homes, soared 45.2% from the end
of 2019 through June 2022. Keep in mind, historically, home prices tend to rise
with inflation over time. They are not supposed to increase 45% over 30 months.
The rapid increase in short-term lending rates has caused the rate on a 30-year
fixed-rate mortgage to nearly double from 3.27% at the end of 2021 to 6.43% as
of September 21, 2022, according to Bankrate. The sharp rise in mortgage rates
is just beginning to have a slight effect on demand. Redfin reported that close
to 63,000 deals on existing homes fell through in July 2022, or around 16% of
homes under contract that month, according to CNBC.

Fed Chairman Powell is trying to engineer a soft landing for the economy via
monetary policy. In other words, the Fed is trying to avoid a deep and lengthy
recession. That is why the relative resilience of the real estate markets, both
residential and commercial, is so critical at this juncture. One other plus
going for the U.S. economy today is the strong labor market. As of this report,
companies are still hiring. If these sources of strength eventually succumb to
the economic headwinds and turn weaker, the odds of achieving a soft landing
drop dramatically, in my opinion. For those investors who like to follow the
news closely, in addition to monitoring the state of the economy, keep an eye on
the war between Russia and Ukraine as well as the COVID-19-induced lockdowns of
cities in China. Any good news on those two fronts could be a net positive for
the markets moving forward. As I previously noted, it is going to take some time
to remedy this situation. As always, we encourage investors to be diversified
and stay the course.

Thank you for giving First Trust the opportunity to play a role in your
financial future. We value our relationship with you and will report on the
Funds again in six months.

Sincerely,

/s/ James A. Bowen

James A. Bowen
Chairman of the Board of Trustees
Chief Executive Officer of First Trust Advisors L.P.


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FUND PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW (UNAUDITED)
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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (FJAN)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 14.20% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 13.35% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from January
24, 2022 to January 20, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FJAN."



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PERFORMANCE
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                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (1/15/21)         (1/15/21)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                   
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -3.06%        4.62%             7.62%
Market Price                                                                -3.20%        4.56%             7.52%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        3.02%             4.96%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   JANUARY 15, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
              Buffer ETF - January            Price Return
                                          
1/15/21             $10,000                     $10,000
2/28/21              10,053                      10,114
8/31/21              11,101                      12,002
2/28/22              11,364                      11,607
8/31/22              10,762                      10,496


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

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*     Prior to January 24, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 14.50% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 13.64% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of January 19, 2021 to January 21, 2022.


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FUND PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW (UNAUDITED) (CONTINUED)
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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (DJAN)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
January (the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees,
expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF
Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 9.03% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.18% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against
Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes),
over the period from January 24, 2022 to January 20, 2023 (the "Outcome
Period").* Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially
all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that
reference the price performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome
Periods will begin on the day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the
approximate one-year anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of
each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX
Options that will provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that
the cap will change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market
conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually
offered and not terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An
investor that purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome
Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may
experience results that are very different from the target outcomes sought by
the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are
listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol
"DJAN."



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PERFORMANCE
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                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (1/15/21)         (1/15/21)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                   
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -3.76%        1.39%             2.26%
Market Price                                                                -3.51%        1.43%             2.33%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        3.02%             4.96%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   JANUARY 15, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - January         Price Return
                                          
1/15/21              $10,000                    $10,000
2/28/21               10,033                     10,114
8/31/21               10,625                     12,002
2/28/22               10,719                     11,607
8/31/22               10,226                     10,496


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

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*     Prior to January 24, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 8.20% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 7.34% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of January 19, 2021 to January 21, 2022.


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FUND PERFORMANCE OVERVIEW (UNAUDITED) (CONTINUED)
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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (FFEB)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 14.25% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 13.40% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from
February 22, 2022 to February 17, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal
market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in
FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price
performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the
day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year
anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome
Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will
provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will
change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market conditions at the
beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually offered and not
terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that
purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome Period and/or
sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may experience results
that are very different from the target outcomes sought by the Fund for that
Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified under the Investment
Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are listed and traded on
the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol "FFEB."



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PERFORMANCE
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                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (2/21/20)         (2/21/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -5.37%        5.89%            15.55%
Market Price                                                                -5.27%        5.82%            15.35%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        6.96%            18.49%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   FEBRUARY 21, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
             Buffer ETF - February            Price Return
                                          
2/21/20             $10,000                     $10,000
2/29/20               9,214                       8,851
8/31/20              10,260                      10,488
2/28/21              10,825                      11,418
8/31/21              12,210                      13,550
2/28/22              12,190                      13,104
8/31/22              11,555                      11,849


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to February 22, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 15.85% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 15.00% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of February 22, 2021 to February 18, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (DFEB)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
February (the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees,
expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF
Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 9.30% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.45% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against
Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes),
over the period from February 22, 2022 to February 17, 2023 (the "Outcome
Period").* Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially
all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that
reference the price performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome
Periods will begin on the day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the
approximate one-year anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of
each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX
Options that will provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that
the cap will change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market
conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually
offered and not terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An
investor that purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome
Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may
experience results that are very different from the target outcomes sought by
the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are
listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol
"DFEB."



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                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (2/21/20)         (2/21/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                  
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -2.08%        4.10%            10.69%
Market Price                                                                -2.25%        4.03%            10.50%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        6.96%            18.49%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   FEBRUARY 21, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

             FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity      S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - February        Price Return
                                          
2/21/20              $10,000                    $10,000
2/29/20                9,462                      8,851
8/31/20               10,182                     10,488
2/28/21               10,600                     11,418
8/31/21               11,304                     13,550
2/28/22               11,545                     13,104
8/31/22               11,069                     11,849


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to February 22, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 8.85% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.00% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of February 22, 2021 to February 18, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MARCH (FMAR)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March (the
"Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses and
taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 14.78% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 13.93% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from March
21, 2022 to March 17, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FMAR."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (3/19/21)         (3/19/21)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                   
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -3.46%        3.88%             5.68%
Market Price                                                                -3.40%        3.76%             5.51%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        0.74%             1.07%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                    MARCH 19, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
               Buffer ETF - March             Price Return
                                          
3/19/21             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/21              10,946                      11,558
2/28/22              11,003                      11,178
8/31/22              10,568                      10,107


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to March 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 14.20% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 13.35% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of March 22, 2021 to March 18, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MARCH (DMAR)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 10.02% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 9.17% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses
between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes), over the period from
March 21, 2022 to March 17, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "DMAR."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (3/19/21)         (3/19/21)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                   
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -3.47%        1.76%             2.57%
Market Price                                                                -3.19%        1.81%             2.64%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        0.74%             1.07%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                    MARCH 19, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - March           Price Return
                                          
3/19/21             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/21              10,625                      11,558
2/28/22              10,703                      11,178
8/31/22              10,257                      10,107


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to March 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 9.30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.45% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of March 22, 2021 to March 18, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - APRIL (FAPR)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April (the
"Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses and
taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 16.35% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 15.48% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from April
18, 2022 to April 21, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FAPR."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (4/16/21)         (4/16/21)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -7.28%        -1.55%           -2.13%
Market Price                                                                -7.18%        -1.68%           -2.30%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        -4.03%           -5.51%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                    APRIL 16, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
               Buffer ETF - April             Price Return
                                          
4/16/21             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/21              10,556                      10,806
2/28/22              10,460                      10,450
8/31/22               9,787                       9,449


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to April 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 12.00% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 11.15% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of April 19, 2021 to April 14, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - APRIL (DAPR)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 10.96% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 10.09% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses
between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes), over the period from
April 18, 2022 to April 21, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "DAPR."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (4/16/21)         (4/16/21)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -3.89%        -0.41%           -0.57%
Market Price                                                                -3.81%        -0.51%           -0.70%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        -4.03%           -5.51%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                    APRIL 16, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

             FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity      S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - February        Price Return
                                          
4/16/21              $10,000                    $10,000
8/31/21               10,346                     10,806
2/28/22               10,289                     10,450
8/31/22                9,943                      9,449


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to April 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 7.50% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.65% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of April 19, 2021 to April 14, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MAY (FMAY)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May (the
"Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses and
taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 20.45% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 19.60% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from May 23,
2022 to May 19, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market conditions,
the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R)
Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the Underlying
ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior Outcome Period
ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that new Outcome
Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets by
investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the new
Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FMAY."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (5/15/20)         (5/15/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -4.34%         7.30%           17.57%
Market Price                                                                -4.35%         7.20%           17.30%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        15.10%           38.11%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                     MAY 15, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
                Buffer ETF - May              Price Return
                                          
5/15/20             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/20              11,032                      12,223
2/28/21              11,454                      13,308
8/31/21              12,291                      15,793
2/28/22              12,195                      15,274
8/31/22              11,757                      13,811


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to May 23, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an upside
      cap of 12.50% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 11.65% (after fees and
      expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
      extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
      Outcome Period of May 24, 2021 to May 20, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MAY (DMAY)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 13.93% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 13.08% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses
between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes), over the period from May
23, 2022 to May 19, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "DMAY."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (5/15/20)         (5/15/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -7.71%         1.79%            4.15%
Market Price                                                                -7.64%         1.69%            3.92%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        15.10%           38.11%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                     MAY 15, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
             Deep Buffer ETF - May            Price Return
                                          
5/15/20             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/20              10,596                      12,223
2/28/21              10,843                      13,308
8/31/21              11,284                      15,793
2/28/22              11,236                      15,274
8/31/22              10,415                      13,811


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to May 23, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an upside
      cap of 7.60% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.75% (after fees and
      expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
      extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
      Outcome Period of May 24, 2021 to May 20, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JUNE (FJUN)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June (the
"Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses and
taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 22.20% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 21.35% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from June
21, 2022 to June 16, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FJUN."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (6/19/20)         (6/19/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                   
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -1.81%         8.78%           20.33%
Market Price                                                                -1.87%         8.64%           20.00%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        11.74%           27.67%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                     JUNE 19, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
               Buffer ETF - June              Price Return
                                          
5/19/20             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/20              10,764                      11,300
2/28/21              11,342                      12,303
8/31/21              12,255                      14,600
2/28/22              12,162                      14,120
8/31/22              12,033                      12,767


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to June 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an upside
      cap of 11.70% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 10.85% (after fees and
      expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
      extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
      Outcome Period of June 21, 2021 to June 17, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JUNE (DJUN)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 15.59% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 14.74% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses
between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes), over the period from
June 21, 2022 to June 16, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "DJUN."



---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (6/19/20)         (6/19/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -4.70%         3.23%            7.24%
Market Price                                                                -4.83%         3.07%            6.88%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        11.74%           27.67%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                     JUNE 19, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
             Deep Buffer ETF - June           Price Return
                                          
6/19/20             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/20              10,453                      11,300
2/28/21              10,750                      12,303
8/31/21              11,253                      14,600
2/28/22              11,190                      14,120
8/31/22              10,724                      12,767


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to June 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an upside
      cap of 7.06% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.21% (after fees and
      expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
      extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
      Outcome Period of June 21, 2021 to June 17, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JULY (FJUL)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July (the
"Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses and
taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 21.30% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 20.44% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from July
18, 2022 to July 21, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FJUL."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (7/17/20)         (7/17/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -2.50%         6.75%           14.88%
Market Price                                                                -2.53%         6.58%           14.48%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        10.09%           22.65%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                     JULY 17, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
               Buffer ETF - July              Price Return
                                          
7/17/20             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/20              10,453                      10,855
2/28/21              10,992                      11,819
8/31/21              11,782                      14,025
2/28/22              11,620                      13,564
8/31/22              11,488                      12,265


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to July 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an upside
      cap of 11.70% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 10.85% (after fees and
      expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
      extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
      Outcome Period of July 19, 2021 to July 15, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JULY (DJUL)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 15.02% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 14.16% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses
between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes), over the period from
July 18, 2022 to July 21, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "DJUL."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (7/17/20)         (7/17/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                 
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -6.18%         1.36%            2.91%
Market Price                                                                -6.31%         1.22%            2.61%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        10.09%           22.65%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                     JULY 17, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
             Deep Buffer ETF - July           Price Return
                                          
7/17/20             $10,000                     $10,000
8/31/20              10,238                      10,855
2/28/21              10,546                      11,819
8/31/21              10,969                      14,025
2/28/22              10,860                      13,564
8/31/22              10,291                      12,265


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to July 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an upside
      cap of 7.30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.45% (after fees and
      expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
      extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
      Outcome Period of July 19, 2021 to July 15, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (FAUG)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 20.46% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 19.61% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from August
22, 2022 to August 18, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FAUG."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (11/6/19)         (11/6/19)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -5.87%        5.82%            17.28%
Market Price                                                                -6.26%        5.67%            16.81%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        9.32%            28.54%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   NOVEMBER 6, 2019 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
              Buffer ETF - August             Price Return
                                          
11/6/19             $10,000                     $10,000
2/29/20               9,764                       9,602
8/31/20              10,947                      11,377
2/28/21              11,615                      12,387
8/31/21              12,458                      14,699
2/28/22              12,332                      14,216
8/31/22              11,728                      12,854


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to August 22, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 11.64% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 10.79% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of August 23, 2021 to August 19, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (DAUG)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
August (the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees,
expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF
Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 14.47% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 13.62% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against
Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes),
over the period from August 22, 2022 to August 18, 2023 (the "Outcome Period").*
Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its
assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price
performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the
day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year
anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome
Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will
provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will
change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market conditions at the
beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually offered and not
terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that
purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome Period and/or
sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may experience results
that are very different from the target outcomes sought by the Fund for that
Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified under the Investment
Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are listed and traded on
the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol "DAUG."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                           Ended        (11/6/19)         (11/6/19)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -9.12%        1.73%             4.95%
Market Price                                                                -9.31%        1.59%             4.55%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        9.32%            28.54%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   NOVEMBER 6, 2019 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - August          Price Return
                                          
11/6/19             $10,000                     $10,000
2/29/20               9,804                       9,602
8/31/20              10,681                      11,377
2/28/21              11,056                      12,387
8/31/21              11,548                      14,699
2/28/22              11,409                      14,216
8/31/22              10,495                      12,854


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to August 22, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 7.37% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.52% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of August 23, 2021 to August 19, 2022.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (FSEP)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 12.20% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 11.35% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from
September 20, 2021 to September 16, 2022 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal
market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in
FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price
performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the
day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year
anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome
Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will
provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will
change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market conditions at the
beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually offered and not
terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that
purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome Period and/or
sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may experience results
that are very different from the target outcomes sought by the Fund for that
Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified under the Investment
Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are listed and traded on
the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol "FSEP."



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PERFORMANCE
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                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (9/18/20)         (9/18/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -3.13%        6.04%            12.13%
Market Price                                                                -2.93%        6.13%            12.30%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        9.40%            19.15%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                  SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
             Buffer ETF - September           Price Return
                                          
9/18/20             $10,000                     $10,000
2/28/21              10,887                      11,481
8/31/21              11,576                      13,625
2/28/22              11,566                      13,177
8/31/22              11,213                      11,915


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to September 20, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 16.50% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 15.65% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of September 21, 2020 to September 17, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (DSEP)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
September (the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before
fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R)
ETF Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 7.43%
(before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.58% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against
Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes),
over the period from September 20, 2021 to September 16, 2022 (the "Outcome
Period").* Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially
all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that
reference the price performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome
Periods will begin on the day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the
approximate one-year anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of
each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX
Options that will provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that
the cap will change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market
conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually
offered and not terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An
investor that purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome
Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may
experience results that are very different from the target outcomes sought by
the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are
listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol
"DSEP."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (9/18/20)         (9/18/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -5.79%        1.15%             2.25%
Market Price                                                                -6.02%        1.15%             2.25%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        9.40%            19.15%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                  SEPTEMBER 18, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

             FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity      S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - September       Price Return
                                          
9/18/20               $10,000                   $10,000
2/28/21                10,494                    11,481
8/31/21                10,853                    13,625
2/28/22                10,803                    13,177
8/31/22                10,225                    11,915


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to September 20, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 9.25% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.40% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of September 21, 2020 to September 17, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (FOCT) 

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 11.70% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 10.84% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from October
18, 2021 to October 21, 2022 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal market
conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in FLexible
EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price performance of the
Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the day the prior
Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year anniversary of that
new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets
by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will provide a new cap for the
new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will change for each Outcome Period
based upon prevailing market conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period.
The Fund will be perpetually offered and not terminate after the initial or any
subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that purchases Fund shares other than on
the first day of an Outcome Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of
an Outcome Period may experience results that are very different from the target
outcomes sought by the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as
non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares
of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the
ticker symbol "FOCT."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (10/16/20)       (10/16/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -4.39%        5.27%            10.11%
Market Price                                                                -4.36%        5.26%            10.08%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        7.00%            13.53%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   OCTOBER 16, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
              Buffer ETF - October            Price Return
                                          
10/16/20            $10,000                     $10,000
2/28/21              10,639                      10,940
8/31/21              11,517                      12,982
2/28/22              11,453                      12,555
8/31/22              11,011                      11,353


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to October 18, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 16.22% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 15.37% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of October 19, 2020 to October 15, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (DOCT)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
October (the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees,
expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF
Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 7.22% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.36% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against
Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes),
over the period from October 18, 2021 to October 21, 2022 (the "Outcome
Period").* Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially
all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that
reference the price performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome
Periods will begin on the day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the
approximate one-year anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of
each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX
Options that will provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that
the cap will change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market
conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually
offered and not terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An
investor that purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome
Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may
experience results that are very different from the target outcomes sought by
the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are
listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol
"DOCT."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (10/16/20)       (10/16/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -5.58%        1.30%             2.44%
Market Price                                                                -5.62%        1.28%             2.41%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        7.00%            13.53%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   OCTOBER 16, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - October         Price Return
                                          
10/16/20             $10,000                    $10,000
2/28/21               10,372                     10,940
8/31/21               10,850                     12,982
2/28/22               10,753                     12,555
8/31/22               10,244                     11,353


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to October 18, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 9.34% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.49% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of October 19, 2020 to October 15, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (FNOV)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 12.10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 11.25% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from
November 22, 2021 to November 18, 2022 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal
market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in
FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price
performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the
day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year
anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome
Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will
provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will
change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market conditions at the
beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually offered and not
terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that
purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome Period and/or
sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may experience results
that are very different from the target outcomes sought by the Fund for that
Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified under the Investment
Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are listed and traded on
the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol "FNOV."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (11/15/19)       (11/15/19)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -7.26%        5.53%            16.23%
Market Price                                                                -7.16%        5.52%            16.20%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        8.86%            26.74%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   NOVEMBER 15, 2019 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
             Buffer ETF - November            Price Return
                                          
11/15/19            $10,000                     $10,000
2/29/20               9,705                       9,467
8/31/20              10,762                      11,217
2/28/21              11,603                      12,213
8/31/21              12,533                      14,494
2/28/22              12,088                      14,017
8/31/22              11,623                      12,674


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to November 22, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 13.72% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 12.87% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of November 23, 2020 to November 19, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (DNOV)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
November (the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees,
expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF
Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 7.60% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.75% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against
Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes),
over the period from November 22, 2021 to November 18, 2022 (the "Outcome
Period").* Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially
all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that
reference the price performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome
Periods will begin on the day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the
approximate one-year anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of
each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX
Options that will provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that
the cap will change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market
conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually
offered and not terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An
investor that purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome
Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may
experience results that are very different from the target outcomes sought by
the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are
listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol
"DNOV."



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PERFORMANCE
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (11/15/19)       (11/15/19)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -6.26%        2.58%             7.36%
Market Price                                                                -6.26%        2.58%             7.36%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        8.86%            26.74%
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------


(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   NOVEMBER 15, 2019 - AUGUST 31, 2022

             FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity      S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - November        Price Return
                                           
11/15/19             $10,000                    $10,000
2/29/20                9,705                      9,467
8/31/20               10,504                     11,217
2/28/21               10,949                     12,213
8/31/21               11,453                     14,494
2/28/22               11,155                     14,017
8/31/22               10,736                     12,674


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to November 22, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 7.75% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.90% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of November 23, 2020 to November 19, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (FDEC)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses
and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the
"Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 13.10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 12.25% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from
December 20, 2021 to December 16, 2022 (the "Outcome Period").* Under normal
market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its assets in
FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that reference the price
performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome Periods will begin on the
day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the approximate one-year
anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of each new Outcome
Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX Options that will
provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that the cap will
change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market conditions at the
beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually offered and not
terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An investor that
purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome Period and/or
sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may experience results
that are very different from the target outcomes sought by the Fund for that
Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified under the Investment
Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are listed and traded on
the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol "FDEC."



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                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (12/18/20)       (12/18/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -6.19%        2.73%             4.69%
Market Price                                                                -6.16%        2.71%             4.66%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        3.84%             6.62%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   DECEMBER 18, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

            FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity       S&P 500(R) Index -
             Buffer ETF - December            Price Return
                                          
12/18/20            $10,000                     $10,000
2/28/21              10,195                      10,274
8/31/21              11,160                      12,192
2/28/22              11,014                      11,791
8/31/22              10,469                      10,662


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to December 20, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 14.00% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 13.15% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of December 21, 2020 to December 17, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (DDEC)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
December (the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with returns (before fees,
expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF
Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of 8.10% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 7.25% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against
Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes),
over the period from December 20, 2021 to December 16, 2022 (the "Outcome
Period").* Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially
all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options") that
reference the price performance of the Underlying ETF. Subsequent Outcome
Periods will begin on the day the prior Outcome Period ends and will end on the
approximate one-year anniversary of that new Outcome Period. On the first day of
each new Outcome Period, the Fund resets by investing in a new set of FLEX
Options that will provide a new cap for the new Outcome Period. This means that
the cap will change for each Outcome Period based upon prevailing market
conditions at the beginning of each Outcome Period. The Fund will be perpetually
offered and not terminate after the initial or any subsequent Outcome Period. An
investor that purchases Fund shares other than on the first day of an Outcome
Period and/or sells Fund shares prior to the end of an Outcome Period may
experience results that are very different from the target outcomes sought by
the Fund for that Outcome Period. The Fund is classified as non-diversified
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are
listed and traded on the Cboe BZX Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol
"DDEC."



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                                                                                      AVERAGE ANNUAL     CUMULATIVE
                                                                                      TOTAL RETURNS     TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                           1 Year       Inception         Inception
                                                                            Ended       (12/18/20)       (12/18/20)
                                                                           8/31/22      to 8/31/22       to 8/31/22
                                                                                                    
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                         -5.56%        0.25%             0.43%
Market Price                                                                -5.59%        0.27%             0.46%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                            -12.55%        3.84%             6.62%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   DECEMBER 18, 2020 - AUGUST 31, 2022

             FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity      S&P 500(R) Index -
            Deep Buffer ETF - December        Price Return
                                          
12/18/20             $10,000                    $10,000
2/28/21               10,089                     10,274
8/31/21               10,634                     12,192
2/28/22               10,499                     11,791
8/31/22               10,043                     10,662


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.

-----------------------------
*     Prior to December 20, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
      upside cap of 8.00% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 7.15% (after
      fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
      and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
      an Outcome Period of December 21, 2020 to December 17, 2021.


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FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION DEFENSIVE ETF (BUFT)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF
(the "Fund") is to seek to provide investors with capital preservation. The Fund
seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing in a portfolio of
exchange-traded funds that seek to provide investors with returns (before fees
and expense) based on the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust
("SPY"), up to a predetermined upside cap, while providing a defined buffer
against losses of SPY over a defined one-year period (the "Underlying ETFs").
Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its
assets in Underlying ETFs. The Fund and each Underlying ETF are advised by First
Trust Advisors L.P. and sub-advised by Cboe Vest(SM) Financial LLC. PDR
Services, LLC serves as SPY's sponsor. The investment objective of SPY is to
seek to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond generally
to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500(R) Index. Unlike the
Underlying ETFs, the Fund itself does not pursue a defined outcome strategy. The
buffer is provided only by the Underlying ETFs and the Fund itself does not
provide any stated buffer against losses. The Fund will likely not receive the
full benefit of the Underlying ETF buffers and could have limited upside
potential. The Fund's returns may be limited to the caps of the Underlying ETFs.
The Fund is classified as non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of
1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX
Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol "BUFT."



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                                                                                                         CUMULATIVE
                                                                                                        TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                                                          Inception
                                                                                                         (10/26/21)
                                                                                                         to 8/31/22
                                                                                                          
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                                                         -6.75%
Market Price                                                                                                -6.85%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                                                            -13.55%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   OCTOBER 26, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

             FT Cboe Vest Buffered         S&P 500(R) Index -
            Allocation Defensive ETF          Price Return
                                          
10/26/21            $10,000                     $10,000
2/28/22               9,865                       9,561
8/31/22               9,325                       8,645


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.


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FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION GROWTH ETF (BUFG)

The investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF (the
"Fund") is to seek to provide investors with capital appreciation. The Fund
seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing in a portfolio of
exchange-traded funds that seek to provide investors with returns (before fees
and expense) based on the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust
("SPY"), up to a predetermined upside cap, while providing a defined buffer
against losses of SPY over a defined one-year period (the "Underlying ETFs").
Under normal market conditions, the Fund will invest substantially all of its
assets in Underlying ETFs. The Fund and each Underlying ETF are advised by First
Trust Advisors L.P. and sub-advised by Cboe Vest(SM) Financial LLC. PDR
Services, LLC serves as SPY's sponsor. The investment objective of SPY is to
seek to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond generally
to the price and yield performance of the S&P 500(R) Index. Unlike the
Underlying ETFs, the Fund itself does not pursue a defined outcome strategy. The
buffer is provided only by the Underlying ETFs and the Fund itself does not
provide any stated buffer against losses. The Fund will likely not receive the
full benefit of the Underlying ETF buffers and could have limited upside
potential. The Fund's returns may be limited to the caps of the Underlying ETFs.
The Fund is classified as non-diversified under the Investment Company Act of
1940, as amended. The shares of the Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX
Exchange, Inc., under the ticker symbol "BUFG."



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                                                                                                         CUMULATIVE
                                                                                                        TOTAL RETURNS
                                                                                                          Inception
                                                                                                         (10/26/21)
                                                                                                         to 8/31/22
                                                                                                          
FUND PERFORMANCE
NAV                                                                                                         -9.25%
Market Price                                                                                                -9.25%

INDEX PERFORMANCE
S&P 500(R) Index - Price Return                                                                            -13.55%
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(See Notes to Fund Performance Overview on page 29.)



               PERFORMANCE OF A $10,000 INITIAL INVESTMENT
                   OCTOBER 26, 2021 - AUGUST 31, 2022

             FT Cboe Vest Buffered         S&P 500(R) Index -
             Allocation Growth ETF            Price Return
                                          
10/26/21            $10,000                     $10,000
2/28/22               9,690                       9,561
8/31/22               9,075                       8,645


Performance figures assume reinvestment of all distributions and do not reflect
the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the
redemption or sale of Fund shares. An index is a statistical composite that
tracks a specified financial market or sector. Unlike the Fund, the index does
not actually hold a portfolio of securities and therefore does not incur the
expenses incurred by the Fund. These expenses negatively impact the performance
of the Fund. The Fund's past performance does not predict future performance.

FREQUENCY DISTRIBUTION OF DISCOUNTS AND PREMIUMS

Information showing the number of days the market price of the Fund's shares was
greater (at a premium) and less (at a discount) than the Fund's net asset value
for the most recently completed year, and the most recently completed calendar
quarters since that year (or life of the Fund, if shorter) is available at
https://www.ftportfolios.com/Retail/etf/home.aspx.


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Total returns for the periods since inception are calculated from the inception
date of each Fund. "Average Annual Total Returns" represent the average annual
change in value of an investment over the periods indicated. "Cumulative Total
Returns" represent the total change in value of an investment over the periods
indicated.

Each Fund's per share net asset value ("NAV") is the value of one share of the
Fund and is computed by dividing the value of all assets of the Fund (including
accrued interest and dividends), less all liabilities (including accrued
expenses and dividends declared but unpaid), by the total number of outstanding
shares. The price used to calculate market return ("Market Price") is determined
by using the midpoint of the national best bid and offer price ("NBBO") as of
the time that the Fund's NAV is calculated. Under SEC rules, the NBBO consists
of the highest displayed buy and lowest sell prices among the various exchanges
trading the Fund at the time the Fund's NAV is calculated. Since shares of each
Fund did not trade in the secondary market until after the Fund's inception, for
the period from inception to the first day of secondary market trading in shares
of the Fund, the NAV of each Fund is used as a proxy for the secondary market
trading price to calculate market returns. NAV and market returns assume that
all distributions have been reinvested in each Fund at NAV and Market Price,
respectively.

An index is a statistical composite that tracks a specified financial market or
sector. Unlike each Fund, the indices do not actually hold a portfolio of
securities and therefore do not incur the expenses incurred by each Fund. These
expenses negatively impact the performance of each Fund. Also, market returns do
not include brokerage commissions that may be payable on secondary market
transactions. If brokerage commissions were included, market returns would be
lower. The total returns presented reflect the reinvestment of dividends on
securities in the indices. The returns presented do not reflect the deduction of
taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund distributions or the redemption or
sale of Fund shares. The investment return and principal value of shares of each
Fund will vary with changes in market conditions. Shares of each Fund may be
worth more or less than their original cost when they are redeemed or sold in
the market. Each Fund's past performance is no guarantee of future performance.


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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                                 ANNUAL REPORT
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)


                                    ADVISOR

First Trust Advisors L.P. ("First Trust" or the "Advisor") is the investment
advisor to FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer - January ("FJAN"), FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January ("DJAN"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF -
February ("FFEB"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February ("DFEB"),
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer - March ("FMAR"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
Buffer ETF - March ("DMAR"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April
("FAPR"), FT Cboe Vest Equity U.S. Deep Buffer - April ("DAPR"), FT Cboe Vest
U.S. Equity Buffer - May ("FMAY"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
May ("DMAY"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June ("FJUN"), FT Cboe Vest
U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June ("DJUN"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer -
July ("FJUL"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July ("DJUL"), FT Cboe
Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August ("FAUG"), FT Cboe Vest Equity U.S. Deep
Buffer - August ("DAUG"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer - September ("FSEP"),
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September ("DSEP"), FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Buffer ETF - October ("FOCT"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
October ("DOCT"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer - November ("FNOV"), FT Cboe
Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November ("DNOV"), FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity
Buffer ETF - December ("FDEC"), FT Cboe Vest Equity U.S. Deep Buffer - December
("DDEC"), FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF ("BUFT"), and FT Cboe
Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF ("BUFG") (each a "Fund" and collectively,
the "Funds"). First Trust is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of each
Fund's investment portfolio, managing each Fund's business affairs and providing
certain administrative services necessary for the management of each Fund.

                                  SUB-ADVISOR

Cboe Vest(SM) Financial LLC ("Cboe Vest" or the "Sub-Advisor") serves as the
sub-advisor to the Funds. In this capacity, Cboe Vest is responsible for the
selection and ongoing monitoring of the securities in each Fund's investment
portfolio. Cboe Vest, with principal offices at 8350 Broad St., Suite 240,
McLean, Virginia 22102, was founded in 2012. Cboe Vest had approximately $8.6
billion under management or committed to management as of August 31, 2022.

                           PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT TEAM

KARAN SOOD, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CBOE VEST

HOWARD RUBIN, MANAGING DIRECTOR OF CBOE VEST

                                   COMMENTARY

MARKET RECAP

Each of the monthly FT Cboe Vest Funds has an investment objective that seeks to
provide investors with returns (before fees, expenses, and taxes) that match
those of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust (the "Reference ETF"), up to a
predetermined upside cap (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against a specific level
(before fees, expenses and taxes) of losses in the Reference ETF, over a
specified time period.

BUFT and BUFG are actively managed ETFs that invest in a portfolio of
exchange-traded funds (the "Underlying ETFs"). The Underlying ETFs use a "Target
Outcome Buffer Strategy" to seek to provide predetermined outcomes based on the
price returns (before fees and expenses) of the Reference ETF. The Underlying
ETFs provide upside performance potential to a predetermined cap, while seeking
to provide a defined buffer against losses of the Reference ETF over a defined
one-year period. Unlike the Underlying ETFs, the funds themselves do not pursue
a target outcome strategy. The buffer is only provided by the Underlying ETFs
and the funds do not provide any stated buffer against losses. The funds will
likely not receive the full benefit of the Underlying ETF buffers and could have
limited upside potential. Each fund's returns may be limited to the caps of the
Underlying ETFs.

During the 12-month period ended August 31, 2022, stock markets dropped
significantly as inflation surged and U.S. gross domestic product ("GDP") fell
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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                                 ANNUAL REPORT
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

The S&P 500(R) Index, the well-known measure of U.S. large-cap stocks, ended the
period down 11.23%. Mid- and small-capitalization stocks, as measured by the S&P
MidCap 400(R) Index and the Russell 2000(R) Small Cap Index, fell as well,
losing 10.37% and 17.88%, respectively, during the same period. The Nasdaq-100
Index(R), a tech-heavy market measure, lost 20.63% during the same period.
International markets were hit even harder than the U.S., with broad foreign
market indices such as MSCI EAFE Index and MSCI Emerging Markets Index declining
by 19.80% and 21.80%, respectively, during the same period.

Within the S&P 500(R) Index during the 12-month period ended August 31, 2022,
the market continued to see dramatic variations in returns across the major
sectors of the economy. The Energy sector soared, gaining 75.77%, and outpacing
all other sectors by a wide margin during the period. The only other sector to
post a positive return for the same period was the Consumer Staples sector,
which gained 4.08%. On the downside, the worst performing sectors for the same
period were the Telecommunications sector (-35.19%), the Consumer Discretionary
sector (-16.16%), and Information Technology sector (-14.35%).

U.S. economic data all pointed to a slowing economy. GDP growth in the most
recent four quarterly reports (the third quarter 2021 through the second quarter
2022) saw seasonally adjusted annualized rates of +2.3%, +6.9%, -1.6%, and
-0.6%, sequentially. These two most recent reports thus meet the traditional
definition of a recession, which is two consecutive quarterly declines in GDP. A
current Bloomberg survey of economists shows a consensus projection of 1.0% GDP
growth for all of 2023 (versus 2022).

The U.S. unemployment rate began the 12-month period ended August 31, 2022 at
5.2% (for August 2021) and quickly dropped below 4%, where it remained for most
of the period. The most recent report showed a small uptick and the rate now
sits at 3.7% (for August 2022).

U.S inflation levels continued to post concerningly high levels. The most recent
(July 2022) Consumer Price Index report shows year-over-year inflation running
at an 8.5% rate, up from 5.4% reported twelve months earlier. One component of
the economy that continued to overheat was the housing market. Housing prices in
the U.S. increased by 18.0% over the last twelve months, according to the most
recent (June 2022) S&P Case-Shiller U.S. National Home Price Index. This was on
top of an 18.1% increase in the prior 12 months, compounding to make for a
stunning 24-month increase in home prices of 39.3%.

Persistently higher inflation forced the Federal Reserve (the "Fed") to increase
short term rates at a much more rapid pace than the market had expected at the
beginning of the 12-month period ended August 31, 2022. The Fed has a stated
target of 2% inflation. The Fed began their rate hike cycle in January 2022,
and, as of this writing, the Fed has increased the Federal Funds target rate by
2.25%. The Fed began the period with the range being 0% to 0.25% and ended the
period with the range being 2.25% to 2.50%. Market participants are factoring in
additional rate hikes by the Fed by the end of 2022.

MARKET AND FUND OUTLOOK

Over the 12-month period ended August 31, 2022, implied volatilities in U.S.
equity markets averaged about 28.5%, according to the Cboe S&P 500(R) 1-Year
Volatility Index. This index is derived from option prices and estimates the
market's expectation of S&P 500(R) Index volatility for the next twelve months.
As of the end of the same period, the index stands at 29.3%. For comparison
purposes, the historical volatility of the S&P 500(R) Index since its inception
in 1957 has been about 15.7%. We anticipate that implied volatilities will
decline over the coming year. Buffer strategies, such as those used in the FT
Cboe Vest Funds, generally benefit from declining implied volatilities.

While most fixed income securities have seen their nominal yields increase
during the 12-month period ended August 31, 2022, many still have negative real
yields (i.e., nominal yield less the inflation rate). This continues to bode
poorly for future fixed income returns. For this reason, many market analysts
are claiming the traditional "60/40 stock/bond allocation" strategy is dead.
Investors are looking to reallocate away from fixed income investments.

The FT Cboe Vest Funds are an alternative that these investors should consider.
The FT Cboe Vest Funds are designed to protect investors against varying levels
of downside movements in their Reference ETF (e.g., SPY), while limiting the
investor's participation in larger upside moves in the Reference ETF. In the
current negative real yield environment, such Funds, in appropriate allocations,
can be suitable alternatives to fixed income investments.


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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                                 ANNUAL REPORT
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)


PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS

The following table provides information pertaining to recent caps (as
applicable) and performance for the 12-month period ended August 31, 2022 for
each Fund, as well as an attribution analysis that estimates the impact of
various factors on each Fund's performance.

Each Fund's cap (as applicable) is reset at the Fund's annual reset date. The
table shows the caps that were in effect both at the beginning of the period and
after the annual reset date if it occurred within the period. Both of these caps
are shown pre and post expenses. Funds that were launched within the period do
not yet have new caps, as they have not yet reached their first annual reset
date.

Each Fund's performance may be impacted by a number of factors. These factors
include changes in each of: the level of the Reference ETF, the Reference ETF's
dividends, interest rates, implied volatility, and time to option expiration.
Generally, changes in the level of the Reference ETF is the primary factor, but
the other factors can also contribute significantly to Fund performance.
Additionally, expenses will impact Fund performance.

The impact from these factors for the period are shown in the table under
"Estimated Performance Attribution."



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FUND TICKER                                           FJAN       DJAN       FFEB       DFEB       FMAR       DMAR       FAPR
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Annual Expense Ratio                                    0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%
Reporting Period Start Date                          8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21
Reporting Period End Date                            8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22

CAP INFORMATION:
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (pre-expenses)               14.50%      8.20%     15.85%      8.85%     14.20%      9.30%     12.00%
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (post-expenses)              13.64%      7.34%     15.00%      8.00%     13.35%      8.45%     11.15%
Reset Date (prior to 8/31/22)                        1/21/22    1/21/22    2/18/22    2/18/22    3/18/22    3/18/22    4/14/22
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (pre-expenses)            14.20%      9.03%     14.25%      9.30%     14.78%     10.02%     16.35%
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (post-expenses)           13.35%      8.18%     13.40%      8.45%     13.93%      9.17%     15.48%

PERFORMANCE (LATER OF 8/31/21 OR INCEPTION DATE, TO 8/31/22):
Fund Performance (using NAVs)                          -3.06%     -3.76%     -5.37%     -2.08%     -3.46%     -3.47%     -7.28%
Fund Performance (using Market Price)                  -3.20%     -3.51%     -5.27%     -2.25%     -3.40%     -3.19%     -7.18%
Reference Asset Price Return                          -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%

ESTIMATED PERFORMANCE ATTRIBUTION
Fund NAV Performance Attributed to:
   a) Changes in Reference Asset                       -5.98%     -3.77%     -6.75%     -3.87%     -6.59%     -4.16%     -7.48%
   b) Changes in other Variables*                       3.77%      0.86%      2.23%      2.64%      3.98%      1.54%      1.05%
   c) Expenses (pro-rated annual expense ratio)        -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%
Attribution TOTAL                                      -3.06%     -3.76%     -5.37%     -2.08%     -3.46%     -3.47%     -7.28%


-----------------------------
* Includes changes in a) SPY dividends, b) interest rates, c) implied
volatility, and d) time to option expiration


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                                 ANNUAL REPORT
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)



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FUND TICKER                                           DAPR       FMAY       DMAY       FJUN       DJUN       FJUL       DJUL
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                  
Annual Expense Ratio                                    0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%
Reporting Period Start Date                          8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21
Reporting Period End Date                            8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22

CAP INFORMATION:
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (pre-expenses)                7.50%     12.50%      7.60%     11.70%      7.06%     11.70%      7.30%
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (post-expenses)               6.65%     11.65%      6.75%     10.85%      6.21%     10.85%      6.45%
Reset Date (prior to 8/31/22)                        4/14/22    5/20/22    5/20/22    6/17/22    6/17/22    7/15/22    7/15/22
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (pre-expenses)            10.96%     20.45%     13.93%     22.20%     15.59%     21.30%     15.02%
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (post-expenses)           10.09%     19.60%     13.08%     21.35%     14.74%     20.44%     14.16%

PERFORMANCE (LATER OF 8/31/21 OR INCEPTION DATE, TO 8/31/22):
Fund Performance (using NAVs)                          -3.89%     -4.34%     -7.71%     -1.81%     -4.70%     -2.50%     -6.18%
Fund Performance (using Market Price)                  -3.81%     -4.35%     -7.64%     -1.87%     -4.83%     -2.53%     -6.31%
Reference Asset Price Return                          -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%

ESTIMATED PERFORMANCE ATTRIBUTION
Fund NAV Performance Attributed to:
   a) Changes in Reference Asset                       -4.92%     -6.67%     -4.59%     -6.08%     -4.24%     -6.93%     -4.33%
   b) Changes in other Variables*                       1.88%      3.18%     -2.27%      5.12%      0.39%      5.28%     -1.00%
   c) Expenses (pro-rated annual expense ratio)        -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%
Attribution TOTAL                                      -3.89%     -4.34%     -7.71%     -1.81%     -4.70%     -2.50%     -6.18%




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FUND TICKER                                           FAUG       DAUG       FSEP       DSEP       FOCT       DOCT       FNOV
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                  
Annual Expense Ratio                                    0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      0.85%
Reporting Period Start Date                          8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21
Reporting Period End Date                            8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22

CAP INFORMATION:
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (pre-expenses)               11.64%      7.37%     16.50%      9.25%     16.22%      9.34%     13.72%
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (post-expenses)              10.79%      6.52%     15.65%      8.40%     15.37%      8.49%     12.87%
Reset Date (prior to 8/31/22)                        8/19/22    8/19/22    9/16/21    9/16/21   10/15/21   10/15/21    11/19/21
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (pre-expenses)            20.46%     14.47%     12.20%      7.43%     11.70%      7.22%     12.10%
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (post-expenses)           19.61%     13.62%     11.35%      6.58%     10.84%      6.36%     11.25%

PERFORMANCE (LATER OF 8/31/21 OR INCEPTION DATE, TO 8/31/22):
Fund Performance (using NAVs)                          -5.87%     -9.12%     -3.13%     -5.79%     -4.39%     -5.58%     -7.26%
Fund Performance (using Market Price)                  -6.26%     -9.31%     -2.93%     -6.02%     -4.36%     -5.62%     -7.16%
Reference Asset Price Return                          -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%

ESTIMATED PERFORMANCE ATTRIBUTION
Fund NAV Performance Attributed to:
   a) Changes in Reference Asset                       -7.08%     -4.58%     -6.78%     -4.32%     -6.47%     -4.03%     -6.72%
   b) Changes in other Variables*                       2.06%     -3.69%      4.50%     -0.62%      2.93%     -0.70%      0.31%
   c) Expenses (pro-rated annual expense ratio)        -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%
Attribution TOTAL                                      -5.87%     -9.12%     -3.13%     -5.79%     -4.39%     -5.58%     -7.26%


-----------------------------
* Includes changes in a) SPY dividends, b) interest rates, c) implied
volatility, and d) time to option expiration


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                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)



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FUND TICKER                                           DNOV       FDEC       DDEC       BUFT       BUFG
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                  
Annual Expense Ratio (includes any Acquired
   Fund Fees and Expenses)                              0.85%      0.85%      0.85%      1.05%      1.05%
Reporting Period Start Date                          8/31/21    8/31/21    8/31/21   10/26/21   10/26/21
Reporting Period End Date                            8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22    8/31/22

CAP INFORMATION:
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (pre-expenses)                7.75%     14.00%      8.00%       N/A        N/A
Cap Prior to Annual Reset (post-expenses)               6.90%     13.15%      7.15%       N/A        N/A
Reset Date (prior to 8/31/22)                       11/19/21   12/17/21   12/17/21        N/A        N/A
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (pre-expenses)             7.60%     13.10%      8.10%       N/A        N/A
New Cap on Annual Reset Date (post-expenses)            6.75%     12.25%      7.25%       N/A        N/A

PERFORMANCE (LATER OF 8/31/21 OR INCEPTION DATE, TO 8/31/22):
Fund Performance (using NAVs)                          -6.26%     -6.19%     -5.56%     -6.75%     -9.25%
Fund Performance (using Market Price)                  -6.26%     -6.16%     -5.59%     -6.85%     -9.25%
Reference Asset Price Return                          -12.49%    -12.49%    -12.49%    -13.33%    -13.33%

ESTIMATED PERFORMANCE ATTRIBUTION
Fund NAV Performance Attributed to:
   a) Changes in Reference Asset                       -3.82%     -6.51%     -3.85%     -4.47%     -8.44%
   b) Changes in other Variables*                      -1.59%      1.17%     -0.86%     -1.39%      0.08%
   c) Expenses (pro-rated annual expense ratio)        -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.85%     -0.89%     -0.89%
Attribution TOTAL                                      -6.26%     -6.19%     -5.56%     -6.75%     -9.25%


-----------------------------
* Includes changes in a) SPY dividends, b) interest rates, c) implied
volatility, and d) time to option expiration


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
UNDERSTANDING YOUR FUND EXPENSES
AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

As a shareholder of FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January, FT Cboe Vest
U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF -
February, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February, FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Buffer ETF - March, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March, FT
Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer
ETF - April, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity
Deep Buffer ETF - May, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June, FT Cboe Vest
U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July,
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer
ETF - August, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August, FT Cboe Vest
U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
September, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October, FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF -
November, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November, FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Buffer ETF - December, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
December, FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF or FT Cboe Vest
Buffered Allocation Growth ETF (each a "Fund" and collectively, the "Funds"),
you incur two types of costs: (1) transaction costs; and (2) ongoing costs,
including management fees, distribution and/or service (12b-1) fees, if any, and
other Fund expenses. This Example is intended to help you understand your
ongoing costs of investing in the Funds and to compare these costs with the
ongoing costs of investing in other funds.

The Example is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the
period and held through the six-month period ended August 31, 2022.

ACTUAL EXPENSES

The first line in the following table provides information about actual account
values and actual expenses. You may use the information in this line, together
with the amount you invested, to estimate the expenses that you paid over the
period. Simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600
account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number
in the first line under the heading entitled "Expenses Paid During the Six-Month
Period" to estimate the expenses you paid on your account during this six-month
period.

HYPOTHETICAL EXAMPLE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES

The second line in the following table provides information about hypothetical
account values and hypothetical expenses based on each Fund's actual expense
ratio and an assumed rate of return of 5% per year before expenses, which is not
each Fund's actual return. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not
be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for
the period. You may use this information to compare the ongoing costs of
investing in the Funds and other funds. To do so, compare this 5% hypothetical
example with the 5% hypothetical examples that appear in the shareholder reports
of the other funds.

Please note that the expenses shown in the table are meant to highlight your
ongoing costs only and do not reflect any transactional costs such as brokerage
commissions. Therefore, the second line in the table is useful in comparing
ongoing costs only, and will not help you determine the relative total costs of
owning different funds. In addition, if these transactional costs were included,
your costs would have been higher.



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                                                                                          ANNUALIZED
                                                                                         EXPENSE RATIO     EXPENSES PAID
                                                     BEGINNING           ENDING          BASED ON THE       DURING THE
                                                   ACCOUNT VALUE      ACCOUNT VALUE        SIX-MONTH         SIX-MONTH
                                                   MARCH 1, 2022     AUGUST 31, 2022        PERIOD          PERIOD (a)
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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (FJAN)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  947.00            0.85%             $4.17
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (DJAN)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  954.10            0.85%             $4.19
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (FFEB)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  947.90            0.85%             $4.17
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (DFEB)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  958.80            0.85%             $4.20
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33



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UNDERSTANDING YOUR FUND EXPENSES (CONTINUED)
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                                                                                          ANNUALIZED
                                                                                         EXPENSE RATIO     EXPENSES PAID
                                                     BEGINNING           ENDING          BASED ON THE       DURING THE
                                                   ACCOUNT VALUE      ACCOUNT VALUE        SIX-MONTH         SIX-MONTH
                                                   MARCH 1, 2022     AUGUST 31, 2022        PERIOD          PERIOD (a)
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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MARCH (FMAR)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  960.40            0.85%             $4.20
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MARCH (DMAR)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  958.30            0.85%             $4.20
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - APRIL (FAPR)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  935.70            0.85%             $4.15
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - APRIL (DAPR)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  966.40            0.85%             $4.21
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MAY (FMAY)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  964.10            0.85%             $4.21
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MAY (DMAY)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  927.00            0.85%             $4.13
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JUNE (FJUN)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  989.40            0.85%             $4.26
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JUNE (DJUN)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  958.30            0.85%             $4.20
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JULY (FJUL)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  988.60            0.85%             $4.26
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JULY (DJUL)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  947.60            0.85%             $4.17
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (FAUG)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  951.00            0.85%             $4.18
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (DAUG)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  919.90            0.85%             $4.11
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (FSEP)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  969.50            0.85%             $4.22
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (DSEP)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  946.50            0.85%             $4.17
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33



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UNDERSTANDING YOUR FUND EXPENSES (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)



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                                                                                          ANNUALIZED
                                                                                         EXPENSE RATIO     EXPENSES PAID
                                                     BEGINNING           ENDING          BASED ON THE       DURING THE
                                                   ACCOUNT VALUE      ACCOUNT VALUE        SIX-MONTH         SIX-MONTH
                                                   MARCH 1, 2022     AUGUST 31, 2022        PERIOD          PERIOD (a)
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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (FOCT)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  961.40            0.85%             $4.20
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (DOCT)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  952.70            0.85%             $4.18
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (FNOV)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  961.60            0.85%             $4.20
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (DNOV)
Actual                                              $1,000.00           $  962.40            0.85%             $4.20
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (FDEC)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  950.50            0.85%             $4.18
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (DDEC)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  956.60            0.85%             $4.19
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,020.92            0.85%             $4.33

FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION DEFENSIVE ETF (BUFT) (b)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  945.30            0.20%             $0.98
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,024.20            0.20%             $1.02

FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION GROWTH ETF (BUFG) (b)
Actual                                               $1,000.00          $  936.60            0.20%             $0.98
Hypothetical (5% return before expenses)             $1,000.00          $1,024.20            0.20%             $1.02



(a)   Expenses are equal to the annualized expense ratio as indicated in the
      table multiplied by the average account value over the period (March 1,
      2022 through August 31, 2022), multiplied by 184/365 (to reflect the
      six-month period).

(b)   Annualized expense ratio and expenses paid during the six-month period do
      not include fees and expenses of the underlying funds in which the Fund
      invests.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (FJAN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.7%

                                                                                                           
     1,343,489  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,343,489
                (Cost $1,343,489)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.7%......................................................................       1,343,489
                (Cost $1,343,489)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 104.6%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 93.6%
         4,563  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 180,320,634   $      4.38    01/20/23       177,091,380
                (Cost $194,061,728)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 11.0%
         4,563  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     180,320,634        437.98    01/20/23        20,851,105
                (Cost $17,877,329)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     197,942,485
                (Cost $211,939,057)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (5.2)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (4,563) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (180,320,634)       500.17    01/20/23          (104,369)
                (Premiums received $2,427,963)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (5.2)%
        (4,563) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (180,320,634)       394.18    01/20/23        (9,825,515)
                (Premiums received $10,491,388)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (9,929,884)
                (Premiums received $12,919,351)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (122,829)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  189,233,261
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.7%
Purchased Options                                      104.6
Written Options                                         (5.2)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (FJAN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,343,489    $    1,343,489    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       177,091,380                --       177,091,380                --
Put Options Purchased................................        20,851,105                --        20,851,105                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  199,285,974    $    1,343,489    $  197,942,485    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $     (104,369)   $           --    $     (104,369)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (9,825,515)               --        (9,825,515)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (9,929,884)   $           --    $   (9,929,884)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 39





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (DJAN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.7%

                                                                                                           
       922,250  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $      922,250
                (Cost $922,250)                                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.7%......................................................................         922,250
                (Cost $922,250)                                                                                  --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 100.5%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 92.8%
         3,187  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 125,943,866   $      4.37    01/20/23       123,324,152
                (Cost $134,339,733)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 7.7%
         3,187  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     125,943,866        416.08    01/20/23        10,211,148
                (Cost $10,493,284)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     133,535,300
                (Cost $144,833,017)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (1.1)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.2)%
        (3,187) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (125,943,866)       477.53    01/20/23          (226,277)
                (Premiums received $3,610,218)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.9)%
        (3,187) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (125,943,866)       306.59    01/20/23        (1,188,751)
                (Premiums received $2,693,884)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (1,415,028)
                (Premiums received $6,304,102)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (111,735)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  132,930,787
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.7%
Purchased Options                                      100.5
Written Options                                         (1.1)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 40                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (DJAN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $      922,250    $      922,250    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       123,324,152                --       123,324,152                --
Put Options Purchased................................        10,211,148                --        10,211,148                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  134,457,550    $      922,250    $  133,535,300    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $     (226,277)   $           --    $     (226,277)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (1,188,751)               --        (1,188,751)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (1,415,028)   $           --    $   (1,415,028)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 41





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (FFEB)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.8%

                                                                                                           
     2,408,572  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    2,408,572
                (Cost $2,408,572)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.8%......................................................................       2,408,572
                (Cost $2,408,572)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 104.8%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 94.1%
         7,346  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 290,299,228   $      4.34    02/17/23       285,182,498
                (Cost $311,603,719)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 10.7%
         7,346  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     290,299,228        434.23    02/17/23        32,374,789
                (Cost $27,421,740)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     317,557,287
                (Cost $339,025,459)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (5.5)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.1)%
        (7,346) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (290,299,228)       496.11    02/17/23          (379,066)
                (Premiums received $6,561,376)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (5.4)%
        (7,346) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (290,299,228)       390.81    02/17/23       (16,306,657)
                (Premiums received $16,355,859)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (16,685,723)
                (Premiums received $22,917,235)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (201,316)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  303,078,820
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.8%
Purchased Options                                      104.8
Written Options                                         (5.5)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 42                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (FFEB)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    2,408,572    $    2,408,572    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       285,182,498                --       285,182,498                --
Put Options Purchased................................        32,374,789                --        32,374,789                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  319,965,859    $    2,408,572    $  317,557,287    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $     (379,066)   $           --    $     (379,066)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................       (16,306,657)               --       (16,306,657)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (16,685,723)   $           --    $  (16,685,723)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 43





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (DFEB)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.8%

                                                                                                           
     2,317,988  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    2,317,988
                (Cost $2,317,988)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.8%......................................................................       2,317,988
                (Cost $2,317,988)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 100.8%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 93.2%
         7,273  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 287,414,414   $      4.33    02/17/23       282,355,689
                (Cost $308,014,946)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 7.6%
         7,273  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     287,414,414        412.52    02/17/23        22,954,439
                (Cost $21,915,598)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     305,310,128
                (Cost $329,930,544)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (1.5)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.4)%
        (7,273) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (287,414,414)       474.61    02/17/23        (1,109,360)
                (Premiums received $10,825,575)                                                                  --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.1)%
        (7,273) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (287,414,414)       303.96    02/17/23        (3,201,608)
                (Premiums received $5,820,776)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (4,310,968)
                (Premiums received $16,646,351)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (211,608)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  303,105,540
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.8%
Purchased Options                                      100.8
Written Options                                         (1.5)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 44                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (DFEB)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    2,317,988    $    2,317,988    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       282,355,689                --       282,355,689                --
Put Options Purchased................................        22,954,439                --        22,954,439                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  307,628,116    $    2,317,988    $  305,310,128    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (1,109,360)   $           --    $   (1,109,360)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (3,201,608)               --        (3,201,608)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (4,310,968)   $           --    $   (4,310,968)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 45





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MARCH (FMAR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.9%

                                                                                                           
     1,729,042  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,729,042
                (Cost $1,729,042)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.9%......................................................................       1,729,042
                (Cost $1,729,042)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 106.0%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 93.3%
         4,755  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 187,908,090   $      4.45    03/17/23       183,955,095
                (Cost $202,058,926)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 12.7%
         4,755  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     187,908,090        444.52    03/17/23        25,009,963
                (Cost $20,421,845)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     208,965,058
                (Cost $222,480,771)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (6.8)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.1)%
        (4,755) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (187,908,090)       510.22    03/17/23          (212,863)
                (Premiums received $3,748,513)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (6.7)%
        (4,755) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (187,908,090)       400.07    03/17/23       (13,268,268)
                (Premiums received $11,860,192)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (13,481,131)
                (Premiums received $15,608,705)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (149,260)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  197,063,709
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.9%
Purchased Options                                      106.0
Written Options                                         (6.8)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 46                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MARCH (FMAR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,729,042    $    1,729,042    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       183,955,095                --       183,955,095                --
Put Options Purchased................................        25,009,963                --        25,009,963                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  210,694,100    $    1,729,042    $  208,965,058    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $     (212,863)   $           --    $     (212,863)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................       (13,268,268)               --       (13,268,268)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (13,481,131)   $           --    $  (13,481,131)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 47





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MARCH (DMAR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.8%

                                                                                                           
     1,579,581  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,579,581
                (Cost $1,579,581)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.8%......................................................................       1,579,581
                (Cost $1,579,581)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 101.0%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 91.8%
         4,588  SPDR S&P(R) 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 181,308,584   $      4.44    03/17/23       176,876,576
                (Cost $195,617,692)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 9.2%
         4,588  SPDR S&P(R) 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     181,308,584        422.29    03/17/23        17,801,440
                (Cost $14,804,483)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     194,678,016
                (Cost $210,422,175)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (1.7)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.2)%
        (4,588) SPDR S&P(R) 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (181,308,584)       489.06    03/17/23          (509,268)
                (Premiums received $5,122,772)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.5)%
        (4,588) SPDR S&P(R) 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (181,308,584)       311.16    03/17/23        (2,858,324)
                (Premiums received $3,485,299)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (3,367,592)
                (Premiums received $8,608,071)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................         (97,366)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  192,792,639
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.8%
Purchased Options                                      101.0
Written Options                                         (1.7)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 48                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MARCH (DMAR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,579,581    $    1,579,581    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       176,876,576                --       176,876,576                --
Put Options Purchased................................        17,801,440                --        17,801,440                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  196,257,597    $    1,579,581    $  194,678,016    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $     (509,268)   $           --    $     (509,268)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (2,858,324)               --        (2,858,324)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (3,367,592)   $           --    $   (3,367,592)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 49





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - APRIL (FAPR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.9%

                                                                                                           
     2,665,938  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    2,665,938
                (Cost $2,665,938)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.9%......................................................................       2,665,938
                (Cost $2,665,938)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 106.0%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 94.1%
         6,843  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 270,421,674   $      4.38    04/21/23       264,754,271
                (Cost $284,313,339)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 11.9%
         6,843  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     270,421,674        437.79    04/21/23        33,477,855
                (Cost $27,401,504)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     298,232,126
                (Cost $311,714,843)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (6.8)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.2)%
        (6,843) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (270,421,674)       509.37    04/21/23          (541,307)
                (Premiums received $4,184,128)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (6.6)%
        (6,843) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (270,421,674)       394.01    04/21/23       (18,640,047)
                (Premiums received $16,318,901)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (19,181,354)
                (Premiums received $20,503,029)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (205,643)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  281,511,067
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.9%
Purchased Options                                      106.0
Written Options                                         (6.8)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - APRIL (FAPR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    2,665,938    $    2,665,938    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       264,754,271                --       264,754,271                --
Put Options Purchased................................        33,477,855                --        33,477,855                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  300,898,064    $    2,665,938    $  298,232,126    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $     (541,307)   $           --    $     (541,307)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................       (18,640,047)               --       (18,640,047)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (19,181,354)   $           --    $  (19,181,354)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - APRIL (DAPR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 1.8%

                                                                                                           
     4,695,926  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    4,695,926
                (Cost $4,695,926)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 1.8%......................................................................       4,695,926
                (Cost $4,695,926)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 101.3%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 92.5%
         6,360  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 251,334,480   $      4.37    04/21/23       246,073,318
                (Cost $257,449,296)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 8.8%
         6,360  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     251,334,480        415.90    04/21/23        23,314,320
                (Cost $24,185,014)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     269,387,638
                (Cost $281,634,310)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (2.2)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.5)%
        (6,360) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (251,334,480)       485.77    04/21/23        (1,353,509)
                (Premiums received $5,070,012)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.7)%
        (6,360) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (251,334,480)       306.45    04/21/23        (4,461,641)
                (Premiums received $5,879,406)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (5,815,150)
                (Premiums received $10,949,418)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.9)%.....................................................      (2,434,952)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  265,833,462
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       1.8%
Purchased Options                                      101.3
Written Options                                         (2.2)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.9)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - APRIL (DAPR)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    4,695,926    $    4,695,926    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       246,073,318                --       246,073,318                --
Put Options Purchased................................        23,314,320                --        23,314,320                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  274,083,564    $    4,695,926    $  269,387,638    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (1,353,509)   $           --    $   (1,353,509)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (4,461,641)               --        (4,461,641)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (5,815,150)   $           --    $   (5,815,150)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 53





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER - MAY (FMAY)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.9%

                                                                                                           
     3,438,533  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    3,438,533
                (Cost $3,438,533)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.9%......................................................................       3,438,533
                (Cost $3,438,533)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 104.4%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 97.6%
         9,166  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 362,221,988   $      3.90    05/19/23       355,095,996
                (Cost $354,362,142)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 6.8%
         9,166  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     362,221,988        389.63    05/19/23        24,532,099
                (Cost $31,062,254)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     379,628,095
                (Cost $385,424,396)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (5.2)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.3)%
        (9,166) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (362,221,988)       469.31    05/19/23        (4,841,964)
                (Premiums received $8,106,175)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (3.9)%
        (9,166) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (362,221,988)       350.67    05/19/23       (14,116,411)
                (Premiums received $18,890,893)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (18,958,375)
                (Premiums received $26,997,068)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (260,491)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  363,847,762
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.9%
Purchased Options                                      104.4
Written Options                                         (5.2)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 54                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER - MAY (FMAY)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    3,438,533    $    3,438,533    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       355,095,996                --       355,095,996                --
Put Options Purchased................................        24,532,099                --        24,532,099                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  383,066,628    $    3,438,533    $  379,628,095    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (4,841,964)   $           --    $   (4,841,964)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................       (14,116,411)               --       (14,116,411)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (18,958,375)   $           --    $  (18,958,375)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 55





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MAY (DMAY)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.9%

                                                                                                           
     2,075,025  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    2,075,025
                (Cost $2,075,025)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.9%......................................................................       2,075,025
                (Cost $2,075,025)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 103.4%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 98.2%
         5,727  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 226,319,586   $      3.89    05/19/23       221,872,784
                (Cost $223,212,596)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 5.2%
         5,727  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     226,319,586        370.15    05/19/23        11,669,358
                (Cost $14,924,092)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     233,542,142
                (Cost $238,136,688)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (4.2)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (3.0)%
        (5,727) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (226,319,586)       443.91    05/19/23        (6,769,942)
                (Premiums received $9,059,201)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.2)%
        (5,727) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (226,319,586)       272.74    05/19/23        (2,677,723)
                (Premiums received $3,881,218)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (9,447,665)
                (Premiums received $12,940,419)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (151,088)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  226,018,414
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.9%
Purchased Options                                      103.4
Written Options                                         (4.2)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 56                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MAY (DMAY)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    2,075,025    $    2,075,025    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       221,872,784                --       221,872,784                --
Put Options Purchased................................        11,669,358                --        11,669,358                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  235,617,167    $    2,075,025    $  233,542,142    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (6,769,942)   $           --    $   (6,769,942)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (2,677,723)               --        (2,677,723)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (9,447,665)   $           --    $   (9,447,665)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 57





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JUNE (FJUN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 1.0%

                                                                                                           
     3,020,889  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    3,020,889
                (Cost $3,020,889)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 1.0%......................................................................       3,020,889
                (Cost $3,020,889)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 105.4%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 100.1%
         7,721  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 305,118,478   $      3.66    06/16/23       298,757,178
                (Cost $279,467,848)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 5.3%
         7,721  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     305,118,478        365.86    06/16/23        15,734,828
                (Cost $24,083,462)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     314,492,006
                (Cost $303,551,310)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (6.3)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (3.1)%
        (7,721) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (305,118,478)       447.08    06/16/23        (9,354,675)
                (Premiums received $5,913,649)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (3.2)%
        (7,721) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (305,118,478)       329.27    06/16/23        (9,439,595)
                (Premiums received $14,765,755)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (18,794,270)
                (Premiums received $20,679,404)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (220,762)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  298,497,863
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       1.0%
Purchased Options                                      105.4
Written Options                                         (6.3)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 58                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JUNE (FJUN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    3,020,889    $    3,020,889    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       298,757,178                --       298,757,178                --
Put Options Purchased................................        15,734,828                --        15,734,828                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  317,512,895    $    3,020,889    $  314,492,006    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (9,354,675)   $           --    $   (9,354,675)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (9,439,595)               --        (9,439,595)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (18,794,270)   $           --    $  (18,794,270)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 59





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JUNE (DJUN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 1.0%

                                                                                                           
     1,766,947  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,766,947
                (Cost $1,766,947)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 1.0%......................................................................       1,766,947
                (Cost $1,766,947)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 105.9%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 101.7%
         4,733  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 187,038,694   $      3.65    06/16/23       183,143,795
                (Cost $171,711,398)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 4.2%
         4,733  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     187,038,694        347.57    06/16/23         7,503,955
                (Cost $11,906,216)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     190,647,750
                (Cost $183,617,614)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (6.8)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (5.7)%
        (4,733) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (187,038,694)       422.90    06/16/23       (10,256,017)
                (Premiums received $7,195,688)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.1)%
        (4,733) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (187,038,694)       256.10    06/16/23        (1,965,810)
                (Premiums received $3,244,227)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (12,221,827)
                (Premiums received $10,439,915)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (128,660)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  180,064,210
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       1.0%
Purchased Options                                      105.9
Written Options                                         (6.8)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 60                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JUNE (DJUN)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,766,947    $    1,766,947    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       183,143,795                --       183,143,795                --
Put Options Purchased................................         7,503,955                --         7,503,955                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  192,414,697    $    1,766,947    $  190,647,750    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $  (10,256,017)   $           --    $  (10,256,017)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (1,965,810)               --        (1,965,810)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (12,221,827)   $           --    $  (12,221,827)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JULY (FJUL)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 1.1%

                                                                                                           
     2,380,478  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    2,380,478
                (Cost $2,380,478)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 1.1%......................................................................       2,380,478
                (Cost $2,380,478)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 105.5%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 98.4%
         5,611  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 221,735,498   $      3.85    07/21/23       217,037,551
                (Cost $213,408,158)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 7.1%
         5,611  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     221,735,498        385.13    07/21/23        15,527,818
                (Cost $17,824,385)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     232,565,369
                (Cost $231,232,543)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (6.5)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (2.2)%
        (5,611) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (221,735,498)       467.16    07/21/23        (4,780,032)
                (Premiums received $4,416,649)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (4.3)%
        (5,611) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (221,735,498)       346.62    07/21/23        (9,422,756)
                (Premiums received $11,107,276)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (14,202,788)
                (Premiums received $15,523,925)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (149,684)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  220,593,375
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       1.1%
Purchased Options                                      105.5
Written Options                                         (6.5)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JULY (FJUL)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    2,380,478    $    2,380,478    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       217,037,551                --       217,037,551                --
Put Options Purchased................................        15,527,818                --        15,527,818                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  234,945,847    $    2,380,478    $  232,565,369    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (4,780,032)   $           --    $   (4,780,032)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (9,422,756)               --        (9,422,756)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (14,202,788)   $           --    $  (14,202,788)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 63





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JULY (DJUL)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 1.1%

                                                                                                           
     1,665,004  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,665,004
                (Cost $1,665,004)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 1.1%......................................................................       1,665,004
                (Cost $1,665,004)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 104.5%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 99.0%
         4,021  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 158,901,878   $      3.84    07/21/23       155,539,090
                (Cost $154,879,884)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 5.5%
         4,021  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     158,901,878        365.87    07/21/23         8,691,109
                (Cost $9,523,077)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     164,230,199
                (Cost $164,402,961)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (5.5)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (4.1)%
        (4,021) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (158,901,878)       442.98    07/21/23        (6,410,314)
                (Premiums received $6,788,748)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.4)%
        (4,021) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (158,901,878)       269.59    07/21/23        (2,258,213)
                (Premiums received $2,539,139)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (8,668,527)
                (Premiums received $9,327,887)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................         (91,205)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%............................................................................ $  157,135,471
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a) Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       1.1%
Purchased Options                                      104.5
Written Options                                         (5.5)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JULY (DJUL)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,665,004    $    1,665,004    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       155,539,090                --       155,539,090                --
Put Options Purchased................................         8,691,109                --         8,691,109                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  165,895,203    $    1,665,004    $  164,230,199    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (6,410,314)   $           --    $   (6,410,314)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (2,258,213)               --        (2,258,213)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (8,668,527)   $           --    $   (8,668,527)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 65





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (FAUG)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 1.2%

                                                                                                           
     3,942,360  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    3,942,360
                (Cost $3,942,360)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 1.2%......................................................................       3,942,360
                (Cost $3,942,360)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 106.2%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 95.4%
         7,972  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 315,037,496   $      4.22    08/18/23       308,133,278
                (Cost $325,641,103)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 10.8%
         7,972  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     315,037,496        422.14    08/18/23        34,889,677
                (Cost $31,556,739)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     343,022,955
                (Cost $357,197,842)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (7.3)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.7)%
        (7,972) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (315,037,496)       508.51    08/18/23        (2,412,202)
                (Premiums received $7,091,333)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (6.6)%
        (7,972) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (315,037,496)       379.93    08/18/23       (21,386,089)
                (Premiums received $18,868,192)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (23,798,291)
                (Premiums received $25,959,525)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (183,921)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  322,983,103
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       1.2%
Purchased Options                                      106.2
Written Options                                         (7.3)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (FAUG)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    3,942,360    $    3,942,360    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       308,133,278                --       308,133,278                --
Put Options Purchased................................        34,889,677                --        34,889,677                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  346,965,315    $    3,942,360    $  343,022,955    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (2,412,202)   $           --    $   (2,412,202)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................       (21,386,089)               --       (21,386,089)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (23,798,291)   $           --    $  (23,798,291)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 67





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (DAUG)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 1.2%

                                                                                                           
     1,855,295  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,855,295
                (Cost $1,855,295)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 1.2%......................................................................       1,855,295
                (Cost $1,855,295)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 102.6%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 94.2%
         3,829  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 151,314,422   $      4.21    08/18/23       148,001,980
                (Cost $156,968,600)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 8.4%
         3,829  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     151,314,422        401.03    08/18/23        13,223,795
                (Cost $11,038,583)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     161,225,775
                (Cost $168,007,183)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (3.7)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (1.6)%
        (3,829) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (151,314,422)       483.22    08/18/23        (2,450,880)
                (Premiums received $5,304,045)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (2.1)%
        (3,829) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (151,314,422)       295.50    08/18/23        (3,371,541)
                (Premiums received $3,054,970)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (5,822,421)
                (Premiums received $8,359,015)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (109,347)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  157,149,302
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       1.2%
Purchased Options                                      102.6
Written Options                                         (3.7)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (DAUG)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,855,295    $    1,855,295    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       148,001,980                --       148,001,980                --
Put Options Purchased................................        13,223,795                --        13,223,795                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  163,081,070    $    1,855,295    $  161,225,775    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $   (2,450,880)   $           --    $   (2,450,880)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (3,371,541)               --        (3,371,541)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (5,822,421)   $           --    $   (5,822,421)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 69





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (FSEP)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.4%

                                                                                                           
       460,153  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $      460,153
                (Cost $460,153)                                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.4%......................................................................         460,153
                (Cost $460,153)                                                                                  --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 102.1%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 90.8%
         2,927  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 115,669,186   $      4.41    09/16/22       113,578,054
                (Cost $127,597,260)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 11.3%
         2,927  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     115,669,186        441.40    09/16/22        14,174,383
                (Cost $12,490,647)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     127,752,437
                (Cost $140,087,907)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (2.4)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (2,927) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (115,669,186)       495.25    09/16/22            (1,723)
                (Premiums received $1,319,904)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (2.4)%
        (2,927) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (115,669,186)       397.26    09/16/22        (2,997,920)
                (Premiums received $5,505,114)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (2,999,643)
                (Premiums received $6,825,018)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................         (91,235)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  125,121,712
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.4%
Purchased Options                                      102.1
Written Options                                         (2.4)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (FSEP)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $      460,153    $      460,153    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       113,578,054                --       113,578,054                --
Put Options Purchased................................        14,174,383                --        14,174,383                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  128,212,590    $      460,153    $  127,752,437    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $       (1,723)   $           --    $       (1,723)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (2,997,920)               --        (2,997,920)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (2,999,643)   $           --    $   (2,999,643)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 71





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (DSEP)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.4%

                                                                                                           
       396,245  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $      396,245
                (Cost $396,245)                                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.4%......................................................................         396,245
                (Cost $396,245)                                                                                  --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 99.7%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 93.3%
         2,377  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $  93,934,286   $      4.40    09/16/22        92,238,463
                (Cost $100,769,499)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 6.4%
         2,377  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................      93,934,286        419.33    09/16/22         6,373,306
                (Cost $7,020,953)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................      98,611,769
                (Cost $107,790,452)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (0.0)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (2,377) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     (93,934,286)       474.20    09/16/22            (1,642)
                (Premiums received $913,645)                                                                     --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (2,377) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     (93,934,286)       308.98    09/16/22           (19,999)
                (Premiums received $694,577)                                                                     --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................         (21,641)
                (Premiums received $1,608,222)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................         (87,114)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $   98,899,259
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.4%
Purchased Options                                       99.7
Written Options                                         (0.0)(1)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========

(1)   Amount is less than 0.1%.


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (DSEP)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $      396,245    $      396,245    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................        92,238,463                --        92,238,463                --
Put Options Purchased................................         6,373,306                --         6,373,306                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   99,008,014    $      396,245    $   98,611,769    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $       (1,642)   $           --    $       (1,642)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................           (19,999)               --           (19,999)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $      (21,641)   $           --    $      (21,641)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 73





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (FOCT)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.5%

                                                                                                           
       685,606  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $      685,606
                (Cost $685,606)                                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.5%......................................................................         685,606
                (Cost $685,606)                                                                                  --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 103.5%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 91.5%
         3,442  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 136,020,956   $      4.46    10/21/22       133,908,366
                (Cost $152,766,663)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 12.0%
         3,442  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     136,020,956        445.87    10/21/22        17,535,981
                (Cost $11,950,876)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     151,444,347
                (Cost $164,717,539)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (3.9)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (3,442) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (136,020,956)       498.04    10/21/22            (3,275)
                (Premiums received $2,598,791)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (3.9)%
        (3,442) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (136,020,956)       401.28    10/21/22        (5,649,985)
                (Premiums received $6,326,893)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (5,653,260)
                (Premiums received $8,925,684)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (108,434)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  146,368,259
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.5%
Purchased Options                                      103.5
Written Options                                         (3.9)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (FOCT)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $      685,606    $      685,606    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       133,908,366                --       133,908,366                --
Put Options Purchased................................        17,535,981                --        17,535,981                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  152,129,953    $      685,606    $  151,444,347    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $       (3,275)   $           --    $       (3,275)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (5,649,985)               --        (5,649,985)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (5,653,260)   $           --    $   (5,653,260)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 75





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (DOCT)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 2.3%

                                                                                                           
     2,846,807  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    2,846,807
                (Cost $2,846,807)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 2.3%......................................................................       2,846,807
                (Cost $2,846,807)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 99.8%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 92.5%
         2,946  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 116,420,028   $      4.45    10/21/22       114,614,800
                (Cost $129,004,854)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 7.3%
         2,946  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     116,420,028        423.58    10/21/22         9,099,851
                (Cost $8,544,587)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     123,714,651
                (Cost $137,549,441)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (0.2)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (2,946) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (116,420,028)       478.06    10/21/22            (7,914)
                (Premiums received $3,145,756)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.2)%
        (2,946) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (116,420,028)       312.11    10/21/22          (218,472)
                (Premiums received $1,566,592)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................        (226,386)
                (Premiums received $4,712,348)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (1.9)%.....................................................      (2,402,096)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  123,932,976
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       2.3%
Purchased Options                                       99.8
Written Options                                         (0.2)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (1.9)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 76                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (DOCT)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    2,846,807    $    2,846,807    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       114,614,800                --       114,614,800                --
Put Options Purchased................................         9,099,851                --         9,099,851                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  126,561,458    $    2,846,807    $  123,714,651    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $       (7,914)   $           --    $       (7,914)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................          (218,472)               --          (218,472)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $     (226,386)   $           --    $     (226,386)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 77





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (FNOV)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.6%

                                                                                                           
     1,563,857  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,563,857
                (Cost $1,563,857)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.6%......................................................................       1,563,857
                (Cost $1,563,857)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 106.7%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 89.9%
         6,040  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 238,688,720   $      4.69    11/18/22       234,853,320
                (Cost $276,152,451)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 16.8%
         6,040  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     238,688,720        468.89    11/18/22        43,796,040
                (Cost $24,232,788)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     278,649,360
                (Cost $300,385,239)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (7.2)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (6,040) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (238,688,720)       525.63    11/18/22           (24,160)
                (Premiums received $4,466,482)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (7.2)%
        (6,040) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (238,688,720)       422.00    11/18/22       (18,887,080)
                (Premiums received $14,040,125)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (18,911,240)
                (Premiums received $18,506,607)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (244,106)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  261,057,871
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.6%
Purchased Options                                      106.7
Written Options                                         (7.2)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 78                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (FNOV)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,563,857    $    1,563,857    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       234,853,320                --       234,853,320                --
Put Options Purchased................................        43,796,040                --        43,796,040                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  280,213,217    $    1,563,857    $  278,649,360    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $      (24,160)   $           --    $      (24,160)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................       (18,887,080)               --       (18,887,080)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (18,911,240)   $           --    $  (18,911,240)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 79





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (DNOV)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.5%

                                                                                                           
     2,190,778  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    2,190,778
                (Cost $2,190,778)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.5%......................................................................       2,190,778
                (Cost $2,190,778)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 100.2%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 88.7%
         9,126  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 360,641,268   $      4.68    11/18/22       354,980,559
                (Cost $391,999,895)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 11.5%
         9,126  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     360,641,268        445.45    11/18/22        45,781,831
                (Cost $35,540,556)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     400,762,390
                (Cost $427,540,451)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (0.6)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (9,126) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (360,641,268)       504.53    11/18/22           (22,862)
                (Premiums received $5,930,206)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.6)%
        (9,126) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (360,641,268)       328.22    11/18/22        (2,448,423)
                (Premiums received $6,889,359)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (2,471,285)
                (Premiums received $12,819,565)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (288,708)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  400,193,175
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.5%
Purchased Options                                      100.2
Written Options                                         (0.6)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 80                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (DNOV)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    2,190,778    $    2,190,778    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       354,980,559                --       354,980,559                --
Put Options Purchased................................        45,781,831                --        45,781,831                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  402,953,168    $    2,190,778    $  400,762,390    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $      (22,862)   $           --    $      (22,862)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (2,448,423)               --        (2,448,423)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (2,471,285)   $           --    $   (2,471,285)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 81





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (FDEC)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.7%

                                                                                                           
     1,263,342  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,263,342
                (Cost $1,263,342)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.7%......................................................................       1,263,342
                (Cost $1,263,342)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 106.3%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 91.1%
         4,471  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 176,684,978   $      4.60    12/16/22       173,208,741
                (Cost $200,834,366)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 15.2%
         4,471  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     176,684,978        459.87    12/16/22        28,867,388
                (Cost $18,849,367)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     202,076,129
                (Cost $219,683,733)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (6.9)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (4,471) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (176,684,978)       520.11    12/16/22           (12,277)
                (Premiums received $2,812,224)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (6.9)%
        (4,471) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (176,684,978)       413.88    12/16/22       (13,025,240)
                (Premiums received $10,461,022)                                                                  --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................     (13,037,517)
                (Premiums received $13,273,246)                                                                  --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (159,769)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  190,142,185
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.7%
Purchased Options                                      106.3
Written Options                                         (6.9)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


Page 82                 See Notes to Financial Statements





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (FDEC)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,263,342    $    1,263,342    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       173,208,741                --       173,208,741                --
Put Options Purchased................................        28,867,388                --        28,867,388                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  203,339,471    $    1,263,342    $  202,076,129    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $      (12,277)   $           --    $      (12,277)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................       (13,025,240)               --       (13,025,240)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  (13,037,517)   $           --    $  (13,037,517)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 83





FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (DDEC)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022



    SHARES                                                DESCRIPTION                                                VALUE
--------------  -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  --------------
MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.6%

                                                                                                           
     1,559,037  Dreyfus Government Cash Management Fund, Institutional Shares - 2.11% (a)......................  $    1,559,037
                (Cost $1,559,037)                                                                                --------------

                TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 0.6%......................................................................       1,559,037
                (Cost $1,559,037)                                                                                --------------




  NUMBER OF                                                             NOTIONAL       EXERCISE     EXPIRATION
  CONTRACTS                         DESCRIPTION                          AMOUNT          PRICE         DATE          VALUE
--------------  ---------------------------------------------------   -------------   -----------   -----------  --------------
PURCHASED OPTIONS -- 100.3%

                                                                                                  
CALL OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 89.9%
         5,839  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................   $ 230,745,602   $      4.59    12/16/22       226,211,519
                (Cost $245,553,869)                                                                              --------------

PUT OPTIONS PURCHASED -- 10.4%
         5,839  SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................     230,745,602        436.88    12/16/22        26,055,453
                (Cost $22,172,602)                                                                               --------------

                TOTAL PURCHASED OPTIONS........................................................................     252,266,972
                (Cost $267,726,471)                                                                              --------------

WRITTEN OPTIONS -- (0.8)%

CALL OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.0)%
        (5,839) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (230,745,602)       497.12    12/16/22           (57,543)
                (Premiums received $4,714,702)                                                                   --------------

PUT OPTIONS WRITTEN -- (0.8)%
        (5,839) SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust.......................    (230,745,602)       321.91    12/16/22        (2,004,891)
                (Premiums received $4,352,613)                                                                   --------------

                TOTAL WRITTEN OPTIONS..........................................................................      (2,062,434)
                (Premiums received $9,067,315)                                                                   --------------

                NET OTHER ASSETS AND LIABILITIES -- (0.1)%.....................................................        (171,536)
                                                                                                                 --------------
                NET ASSETS -- 100.0%...........................................................................  $  251,592,039
                                                                                                                 ==============


(a)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Money Market Funds                                       0.6%
Purchased Options                                      100.3
Written Options                                         (0.8)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========


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FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (DDEC)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                        ASSETS TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Money Market Funds...................................    $    1,559,037    $    1,559,037    $           --    $           --
Call Options Purchased...............................       226,211,519                --       226,211,519                --
Put Options Purchased................................        26,055,453                --        26,055,453                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $  253,826,009    $    1,559,037    $  252,266,972    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============

                                                      LIABILITIES TABLE
                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Call Options Written.................................    $      (57,543)   $           --    $      (57,543)   $           --
Put Options Written..................................        (2,004,891)               --        (2,004,891)               --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total................................................    $   (2,062,434)   $           --    $   (2,062,434)   $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============



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FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION DEFENSIVE ETF (BUFT)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022

  SHARES                     DESCRIPTION                      VALUE
-----------  -------------------------------------------  -------------
             EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS -- 100.0%
             CAPITAL MARKETS (a) -- 100.0%
    877,243  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
                Buffer ETF - May (b)                      $  27,695,088
  1,025,904  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
                Buffer ETF - June (b)                        33,229,031
    912,419  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
                Buffer ETF -July (b)                         28,339,734
  1,104,296  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
                Buffer ETF - November (b)                    36,265,081
    963,527  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
                Buffer ETF - December (b)                    29,300,856
                                                          -------------
             TOTAL EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS
                -- 100.0%                                   154,829,790
             (Cost $155,513,131)                          -------------

             MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.0%
     36,402  Morgan Stanley Institutional Liquidity
                Funds - Treasury Portfolio -
                Institutional Class - 2.06% (c)                  36,402
             (Cost $36,402)                               -------------

             TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 100.0%                    154,866,192
             (Cost $155,549,533)
             NET OTHER ASSETS AND
                LIABILITIES -- (0.0)%                           (26,479)
                                                          -------------
             NET ASSETS -- 100.0%                         $ 154,839,713
                                                          =============

(a)   Represents investment in affiliated funds.

(b)   Non-income producing security.

(c)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Exchange-Traded Funds                                  100.0%
Money Market Funds                                       0.0(1)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.0)(1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========

(1)   Amount is less than 0.1%.

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Exchange-Traded Funds*...............................    $  154,829,790    $  154,829,790    $           --    $           --
Money Market Funds...................................            36,402            36,402                --                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total Investments....................................    $  154,866,192    $  154,866,192    $           --    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============


* See Portfolio of Investments for industry breakout.


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FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION GROWTH ETF (BUFG)

PORTFOLIO OF INVESTMENTS
AUGUST 31, 2022

  SHARES                     DESCRIPTION                      VALUE
-----------  -------------------------------------------  -------------
             EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS -- 100.0%
             CAPITAL MARKETS (A) -- 100.0%
    942,600  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer
                ETF - January (b)                         $  30,494,147
    895,839  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer
                ETF - February (b)                           31,696,575
  1,037,951  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer
                ETF - March (b)                              32,415,210
  1,160,260  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer
                ETF - April (b)                              34,030,426
    989,267  FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer
                ETF - August (b)                             34,782,628
                                                          -------------
             TOTAL EXCHANGE-TRADED FUNDS
                -- 100.0%                                   163,418,986
             (Cost $165,087,842)                          -------------

             MONEY MARKET FUNDS -- 0.0%
     27,895  Morgan Stanley Institutional Liquidity
                Funds - Treasury Portfolio -
                Institutional Class - 2.06% (c)                  27,895
             (Cost $27,895)                               -------------

             TOTAL INVESTMENTS -- 100.0%                    163,446,881
             (Cost $165,115,737)
             NET OTHER ASSETS AND
                LIABILITIES -- (0.0)%                           (29,092)
                                                          -------------
             NET ASSETS -- 100.0%                         $ 163,417,789
                                                          =============

(a)   Represents investment in affiliated funds.

(b)   Non-income producing security.

(c)   Rate shown reflects yield as of August 31, 2022.


FUND ALLOCATION                                    % OF NET ASSETS
------------------------------------------------------------------
Exchange-Traded Funds                                  100.0%
Money Market Funds                                       0.0(1)
Net Other Assets and Liabilities                        (0.0)(1)
                                                      --------
   Total                                               100.0%
                                                      ========

(1)   Amount is less than 0.1%.

-----------------------------

VALUATION INPUTS

A summary of the inputs used to value the Fund's investments as of August 31,
2022 is as follows (see Note 2A - Portfolio Valuation in the Notes to Financial
Statements):



                                                                                                LEVEL 2           LEVEL 3
                                                             TOTAL            LEVEL 1         SIGNIFICANT       SIGNIFICANT
                                                            VALUE AT           QUOTED          OBSERVABLE       UNOBSERVABLE
                                                           8/31/2022           PRICES            INPUTS            INPUTS
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
                                                                                                   
Exchange-Traded Funds*...............................    $  163,418,986    $  163,418,986    $           --    $           --
Money Market Funds...................................            27,895            27,895                --                --
                                                         --------------    --------------    --------------    --------------
Total Investments....................................    $  163,446,881    $  163,446,881    $           --    $           --
                                                         ==============    ==============    ==============    ==============


* See Portfolio of Investments for industry breakout.


                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 87





FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES
AUGUST 31, 2022



                                                    FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST
                                                    U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY
                                                    BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -      BUFFER ETF -       DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                      JANUARY              JANUARY             FEBRUARY             FEBRUARY
                                                       (FJAN)              (DJAN)               (FFEB)               (DFEB)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
ASSETS:
                                                                                                    
Investments, at value - Unaffiliated............  $      1,343,489    $         922,250    $       2,408,572    $       2,317,988
Investments, at value - Affiliated..............                --                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total investments, at value..................         1,343,489              922,250            2,408,572            2,317,988
Options contracts purchased, at value...........       197,942,485          133,535,300          317,557,287          305,310,128
Cash............................................                --                   --                   --                   --
Due from broker.................................                --                   43                   22                7,019
Receivables:
   Dividends....................................             2,169                1,556                3,872                4,136
   Capital shares sold..........................                --              768,485                   --                   --
   Investment securities sold...................                --                8,386                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total Assets.................................       199,288,143          135,236,020          319,969,753          307,639,271
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
LIABILITIES:
Options contracts written, at value.............         9,929,884            1,415,028           16,685,723            4,310,968
Due to broker...................................                --                   --                   --                   --
Payables:
   Investment advisory fees.....................           124,998               94,056              205,210              222,763
   Investment securities purchased..............                --              796,149                   --                   --
   Capital shares purchased.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total Liabilities............................        10,054,882            2,305,233           16,890,933            4,533,731
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET ASSETS......................................  $    189,233,261    $     132,930,787    $     303,078,820    $     303,105,540
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================

NET ASSETS CONSIST OF:
Paid-in capital.................................  $    216,095,956    $     143,946,679    $     349,440,106    $     341,197,615
Par value.......................................            58,500               43,250               85,500               89,250
Accumulated distributable earnings (loss).......       (26,921,195)         (11,059,142)         (46,446,786)         (38,181,325)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET ASSETS......................................  $    189,233,261    $     132,930,787    $     303,078,820    $     303,105,540
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
NET ASSET VALUE, per share......................  $          32.35    $           30.74    $           35.45    $           33.96
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Number of shares outstanding (unlimited number
   of shares authorized, par value $0.01
   per share)...................................         5,850,002            4,325,002            8,550,002            8,925,002
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Investments, at cost - Unaffiliated.............  $      1,343,489    $         922,250    $       2,408,572    $       2,317,988
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Investments, at cost - Affiliated...............  $             --    $              --    $              --    $              --
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Total investments, at cost......................  $      1,343,489    $         922,250    $       2,408,572    $       2,317,988
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Premiums paid on options contracts purchased....  $    211,939,057    $     144,833,017    $     339,025,459    $     329,930,544
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Premiums received on options contracts written..  $     12,919,351    $       6,304,102    $      22,917,235    $      16,646,351
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================



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  FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST
   U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY
  BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -
      MARCH               MARCH               APRIL               APRIL                MAY                 MAY
     (FMAR)              (DMAR)              (FAPR)              (DAPR)              (FMAY)              (DMAY)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

                                                                                     
$       1,729,042   $       1,579,581   $       2,665,938   $       4,695,926   $       3,438,533   $       2,075,025
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
        1,729,042           1,579,581           2,665,938           4,695,926           3,438,533           2,075,025
      208,965,058         194,678,016         298,232,126         269,387,638         379,628,095         233,542,142
          811,707                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
               --               1,884                  --                 943               1,397                 836

            3,897               2,554               5,305               4,474               5,831               4,221
              115           2,277,360                  --                  --                  --                  --
               --              39,495                  --                  --                  --                  --
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
      211,509,819         198,578,890         300,903,369         274,088,981         383,073,856         235,622,224
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

       13,481,131           3,367,592          19,181,354           5,815,150          18,958,375           9,447,665
               34                  --                 160                  --                  --                  --

          153,124             127,191             210,788             195,718             267,719             156,145
               --           2,291,468                  --                  --                  --                  --
          811,821                  --                  --           2,244,651                  --                  --
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
       14,446,110           5,786,251          19,392,302           8,255,519          19,226,094           9,603,810
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
$     197,063,709   $     192,792,639   $     281,511,067   $     265,833,462   $     363,847,762   $     226,018,414
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================


$     211,398,271   $     207,508,740   $     310,374,794   $     276,331,814   $     386,562,177   $     238,316,012
           63,000              63,500              95,750              89,000             102,000              71,500
      (14,397,562)        (14,779,601)        (28,959,477)        (10,587,352)        (22,816,415)        (12,369,098)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
$     197,063,709   $     192,792,639   $     281,511,067   $     265,833,462   $     363,847,762   $     226,018,414
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$           31.28   $           30.36   $           29.40   $           29.87   $           35.67   $           31.61
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================


        6,300,002           6,350,002           9,575,002           8,900,002          10,200,002           7,150,002
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$       1,729,042   $       1,579,581   $       2,665,938   $       4,695,926   $       3,438,533   $       2,075,025
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$              --   $              --   $              --   $              --   $              --   $              --
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$       1,729,042   $       1,579,581   $       2,665,938   $       4,695,926   $       3,438,533   $       2,075,025
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$     222,480,771   $     210,422,175   $     311,714,843   $     281,634,310   $     385,424,396   $     238,136,688
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$      15,608,705   $       8,608,071   $      20,503,029   $      10,949,418   $      26,997,068   $      12,940,419
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 89





FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022



                                                    FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST
                                                    U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY
                                                    BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -      BUFFER ETF -       DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                        JUNE                JUNE                 JULY                 JULY
                                                       (FJUN)              (DJUN)               (FJUL)               (DJUL)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
ASSETS:
                                                                                                    
Investments, at value - Unaffiliated............  $      3,020,889    $       1,766,947    $       2,380,478    $       1,665,004
Investments, at value - Affiliated..............                --                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total investments, at value..................         3,020,889            1,766,947            2,380,478            1,665,004
Options contracts purchased, at value...........       314,492,006          190,647,750          232,565,369          164,230,199
Cash............................................                --                   --                   --                   --
Due from broker.................................               871                1,306                   --                  203
Receivables:
   Dividends....................................             6,915                3,060                4,442                2,434
   Capital shares sold..........................                --                   --                   --                   --
   Investment securities sold...................                --                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total Assets.................................       317,520,681          192,419,063          234,950,289          165,897,840
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
LIABILITIES:
Options contracts written, at value.............        18,794,270           12,221,827           14,202,788            8,668,527
Due to broker...................................                --                   --                   --                   --
Payables:
   Investment advisory fees.....................           228,548              133,026              154,126               93,842
   Investment securities purchased..............                --                   --                   --                   --
   Capital shares purchased.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total Liabilities............................        19,022,818           12,354,853           14,356,914            8,762,369
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET ASSETS......................................  $    298,497,863    $     180,064,210    $     220,593,375    $     157,135,471
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================

NET ASSETS CONSIST OF:
Paid-in capital.................................  $    312,079,405    $     191,240,695    $     232,581,700    $     164,253,770
Par value.......................................            82,000               55,500               63,500               50,500
Accumulated distributable earnings (loss).......       (13,663,542)         (11,231,985)         (12,051,825)          (7,168,799)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET ASSETS......................................  $    298,497,863    $     180,064,210    $     220,593,375    $     157,135,471
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
NET ASSET VALUE, per share......................  $          36.40    $           32.44    $           34.74    $           31.12
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Number of shares outstanding (unlimited number
   of shares authorized, par value $0.01
   per share)...................................         8,200,002            5,550,002            6,350,002            5,050,002
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Investments, at cost - Unaffiliated.............  $      3,020,889    $       1,766,947    $       2,380,478    $       1,665,004
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Investments, at cost - Affiliated...............  $             --    $              --    $              --    $              --
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Total investments, at cost......................  $      3,020,889    $       1,766,947    $       2,380,478    $       1,665,004
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Premiums paid on options contracts purchased....  $    303,551,310    $     183,617,614    $     231,232,543    $     164,402,961
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Premiums received on options contracts written..  $     20,679,404    $      10,439,915    $      15,523,925    $       9,327,887
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================



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  FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST
   U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY
  BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -
     AUGUST              AUGUST             SEPTEMBER           SEPTEMBER            OCTOBER             OCTOBER
     (FAUG)              (DAUG)              (FSEP)              (DSEP)              (FOCT)              (DOCT)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

                                                                                     
$       3,942,360   $       1,855,295   $         460,153   $         396,245   $         685,606   $       2,846,807
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
        3,942,360           1,855,295             460,153             396,245             685,606           2,846,807
      343,022,955         161,225,775         127,752,437          98,611,769         151,444,347         123,714,651
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
            4,527                  --                 479                 456                  --                 212

            3,105               2,128                 845                 931               1,522               1,323
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
      346,972,947         163,083,198         128,213,914          99,009,401         152,131,475         126,562,993
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

       23,798,291           5,822,421           2,999,643              21,641           5,653,260             226,386
               --                  92                  --                  --                  --                  --

          191,553             111,383              92,559              88,501             109,956             105,268
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --           2,298,363
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
       23,989,844           5,933,896           3,092,202             110,142           5,763,216           2,630,017
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
$     322,983,103   $     157,149,302   $     125,121,712   $      98,899,259   $     146,368,259   $     123,932,976
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================


$     370,539,603   $     186,932,093   $     131,086,631   $     104,229,710   $     163,630,397   $     134,465,384
           91,500              49,750              37,500              32,500              44,500              40,500
      (47,648,000)        (29,832,541)         (6,002,419)         (5,362,951)        (17,306,638)        (10,572,908)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
$     322,983,103   $     157,149,302   $     125,121,712   $      98,899,259   $     146,368,259   $     123,932,976
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$           35.30   $           31.59   $           33.37   $           30.43   $           32.89   $           30.60
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================


        9,150,002           4,975,002           3,750,002           3,250,002           4,450,002           4,050,002
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$       3,942,360   $       1,855,295   $         460,153   $         396,245   $         685,606   $       2,846,807
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$              --   $              --   $              --   $              --   $              --   $              --
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$       3,942,360   $       1,855,295   $         460,153   $         396,245   $         685,606   $       2,846,807
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$     357,197,842   $     168,007,183   $     140,087,907   $     107,790,452   $     164,717,539   $     137,549,441
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================
$      25,959,525   $       8,359,015   $       6,825,018   $       1,608,222   $       8,925,684   $       4,712,348
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================



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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES (CONTINUED)
AUGUST 31, 2022



                                                    FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST
                                                    U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY
                                                    BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -      BUFFER ETF -       DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                      NOVEMBER            NOVEMBER             DECEMBER             DECEMBER
                                                       (FNOV)              (DNOV)               (FDEC)               (DDEC)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
ASSETS:
                                                                                                    
Investments, at value - Unaffiliated............  $      1,563,857    $       2,190,778    $       1,263,342    $       1,559,037
Investments, at value - Affiliated..............                --                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total investments, at value..................         1,563,857            2,190,778            1,263,342            1,559,037
Options contracts purchased, at value...........       278,649,360          400,762,390          202,076,129          252,266,972
Cash............................................                --                   --                   --                   --
Due from broker.................................                --                   --                    6                   --
Receivables:
   Dividends....................................             3,912                5,072                3,253                2,588
   Capital shares sold..........................               125                   --                   --                   --
   Investment securities sold...................           922,607                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total Assets.................................       281,139,861          402,958,240          203,342,730          253,828,597
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
LIABILITIES:
Options contracts written, at value.............        18,911,240            2,471,285           13,037,517            2,062,434
Due to broker...................................               484                  320                   --                  915
Payables:
   Investment advisory fees.....................           219,642              293,460              163,028              173,209
   Investment securities purchased..............            62,672                   --                   --                   --
   Capital shares purchased.....................           887,952                   --                   --                   --
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total Liabilities............................        20,081,990            2,765,065           13,200,545            2,236,558
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET ASSETS......................................  $    261,057,871    $     400,193,175    $     190,142,185    $     251,592,039
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================

NET ASSETS CONSIST OF:
Paid-in capital.................................  $    308,801,127    $     425,947,598    $     212,115,434    $     267,332,406
Par value.......................................            73,500              122,000               60,000               82,750
Accumulated distributable earnings (loss).......       (47,816,756)         (25,876,423)         (22,033,249)         (15,823,117)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET ASSETS......................................  $    261,057,871    $     400,193,175    $     190,142,185    $     251,592,039
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
NET ASSET VALUE, per share......................  $          35.52    $           32.80    $           31.69    $           30.40
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Number of shares outstanding (unlimited number
   of shares authorized, par value $0.01
   per share)...................................         7,350,002           12,200,002            6,000,002            8,275,002
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Investments, at cost - Unaffiliated.............  $      1,563,857    $       2,190,778    $       1,263,342    $       1,559,037
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Investments, at cost - Affiliated...............  $             --    $              --    $              --    $              --
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Total investments, at cost......................  $      1,563,857    $       2,190,778    $       1,263,342    $       1,559,037
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Premiums paid on options contracts purchased....  $    300,385,239    $     427,540,451    $     219,683,733    $     267,726,471
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================
Premiums received on options contracts written..  $     18,506,607    $      12,819,565    $      13,273,246    $       9,067,315
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================



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  FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST
    BUFFERED            BUFFERED
   ALLOCATION          ALLOCATION
  DEFENSIVE ETF        GROWTH ETF
     (BUFT)              (BUFG)
-----------------   -----------------

                 
$          36,402   $          27,895
      154,829,790         163,418,986
-----------------   -----------------
      154,866,192         163,446,881
               --                  --
        5,396,648                  --
               --                  --

               34                  43
               --                  --
               --                  --
-----------------   -----------------
      160,262,874         163,446,924
-----------------   -----------------

               --                  --
               --                  --

           26,513              29,135
        5,396,648                  --
               --                  --
-----------------   -----------------
        5,423,161              29,135
-----------------   -----------------
$     154,839,713   $     163,417,789
=================   =================


$     162,753,852   $     176,832,282
           83,000              90,000
       (7,997,139)        (13,504,493)
-----------------   -----------------
$     154,839,713   $     163,417,789
=================   =================
$           18.66   $           18.16
=================   =================


        8,300,002           9,000,002
=================   =================
$          36,402   $          27,895
=================   =================
$     155,513,131   $     165,087,842
=================   =================
$     155,549,533   $     165,115,737
=================   =================
$              --   $              --
=================   =================
$              --   $              --
=================   =================



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 93





FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE PERIOD ENDED AUGUST 31, 2022



                                                    FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST
                                                    U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY
                                                    BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -      BUFFER ETF -       DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                      JANUARY              JANUARY             FEBRUARY             FEBRUARY
                                                       (FJAN)              (DJAN)               (FFEB)               (DFEB)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
INVESTMENT INCOME:
                                                                                                    
Dividends.......................................  $          7,618    $           4,399    $          14,323    $          13,876
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total investment income......................             7,618                4,399               14,323               13,876
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
EXPENSES:
Investment advisory fees........................         1,398,789              758,166            2,266,419            2,410,993
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total expenses...............................         1,398,789              758,166            2,266,419            2,410,993
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET INVESTMENT INCOME (LOSS)....................        (1,391,171)            (753,767)          (2,252,096)          (2,397,117)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------

NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS):
Net realized gain (loss) on:
   Investments - Affiliated.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
   In-kind redemptions - Affiliated.............                --                   --                   --                   --
   Purchased options contracts..................       (18,908,841)          (4,842,724)         (18,186,718)           9,120,142
   Written options contracts....................         2,616,600            (262,236)            5,297,820            6,613,945
   In-kind redemptions - Purchased options
      contracts.................................        24,417,523            6,627,559           22,410,144            4,917,113
   In-kind redemptions - Written options
      contracts.................................         6,137,682            1,586,707           12,288,801            3,238,302
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net realized gain (loss)........................        14,262,964            3,109,306           21,810,047           23,889,502
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation) on:
   Investments - Affiliated.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
   Purchased options contracts..................       (25,538,851)         (16,034,139)         (41,690,645)         (52,273,743)
   Written options contracts....................         4,729,761            8,183,233            3,374,301           23,032,165
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................       (20,809,090)          (7,850,906)         (38,316,344)         (29,241,578)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED
   GAIN (LOSS)..................................        (6,546,126)          (4,741,600)         (16,506,297)          (5,352,076)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS
   RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS....................  $     (7,937,297)   $      (5,495,367)   $     (18,758,393)   $      (7,749,193)
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================



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  FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST
   U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY
  BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -
      MARCH               MARCH               APRIL               APRIL                MAY                 MAY
     (FMAR)              (DMAR)              (FAPR)              (DAPR)              (FMAY)              (DMAY)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

                                                                                     
$          11,101   $           9,447   $          13,989   $          12,096   $          16,550   $          11,104
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
           11,101               9,447              13,989              12,096              16,550              11,104
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

        1,167,116             968,430           1,524,101           1,209,285           1,561,175             987,412
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
        1,167,116             968,430           1,524,101           1,209,285           1,561,175             987,412
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
       (1,156,015)           (958,983)         (1,510,112)         (1,197,189)         (1,544,625)           (976,308)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------



               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
       (2,794,946)         (2,450,357)        (17,449,231)         (9,023,955)        (11,240,825)        (11,641,618)
            2,694          (2,880,450)            954,200           2,286,204             221,688             354,010

        6,268,692           5,199,069          12,890,463           8,926,358           2,528,003           4,096,366

        5,537,769           5,539,946           8,255,737           4,091,904           7,895,801           5,300,346
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
        9,014,209           5,408,208           4,651,169           6,280,511            (595,333)         (1,890,896)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------


               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
      (20,023,882)        (19,542,701)        (20,037,199)        (16,773,593)        (11,481,800)         (8,366,209)
        3,281,167           8,699,171             890,175           7,471,848           8,459,289           5,391,117
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

      (16,742,715)        (10,843,530)        (19,147,024)         (9,301,745)         (3,022,511)         (2,975,092)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

       (7,728,506)         (5,435,322)        (14,495,855)         (3,021,234)         (3,617,844)         (4,865,988)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

$      (8,884,521)  $      (6,394,305)  $     (16,005,967)  $      (4,218,423)  $      (5,162,469)  $      (5,842,296)
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 95





FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)
FOR THE PERIOD ENDED AUGUST 31, 2022



                                                    FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST
                                                    U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY
                                                    BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -      BUFFER ETF -       DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                        JUNE                JUNE                 JULY                 JULY
                                                       (FJUN)              (DJUN)               (FJUL)               (DJUL)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
INVESTMENT INCOME:
                                                                                                    
Dividends.......................................  $         13,335    $           8,679    $           8,797    $           5,973
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total investment income......................            13,335                8,679                8,797                5,973
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
EXPENSES:
Investment advisory fees........................         1,321,011              791,044            1,318,922              655,537
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total expenses...............................         1,321,011              791,044            1,318,922              655,537
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET INVESTMENT INCOME (LOSS)....................        (1,307,676)            (782,365)          (1,310,125)            (649,564)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------

NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS):
Net realized gain (loss) on:
   Investments - Affiliated.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
   In-kind redemptions - Affiliated.............                --                   --                   --                   --
   Purchased options contracts..................       (14,385,253)         (14,247,796)         (16,980,388)          (8,855,539)
   Written options contracts....................            66,222             (42,332)            4,078,353            3,159,658
   In-kind redemptions - Purchased options
      contracts.................................         5,524,478            3,287,306            6,973,912              871,185
   In-kind redemptions - Written options
      contracts.................................         6,112,408            5,034,837            4,319,799              766,292
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net realized gain (loss)........................        (2,682,145)          (5,967,985)          (1,608,324)          (4,058,404)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation) on:
   Investments - Affiliated.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
   Purchased options contracts..................         5,069,218            4,540,663           (1,816,722)          (1,893,470)
   Written options contracts....................         3,224,853             (283,036)           1,539,907            1,484,938
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................         8,294,071            4,257,627             (276,815)            (408,532)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED
   GAIN (LOSS)..................................         5,611,926           (1,710,358)          (1,885,139)          (4,466,936)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS
   RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS....................  $      4,304,250    $      (2,492,723)   $      (3,195,264)   $      (5,116,500)
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================



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  FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST
   U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY         U.S. EQUITY
  BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -     BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -
     AUGUST              AUGUST             SEPTEMBER           SEPTEMBER            OCTOBER             OCTOBER
     (FAUG)              (DAUG)              (FSEP)              (DSEP)              (FOCT)              (DOCT)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

                                                                                     
$          12,307   $           6,650   $           3,314   $           2,428   $           5,070   $           3,710
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
           12,307               6,650               3,314               2,428               5,070               3,710
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

        1,753,459           1,210,114           1,053,459             618,470           1,251,080             879,792
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
        1,753,459           1,210,114           1,053,459             618,470           1,251,080             879,792
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
       (1,741,152)         (1,203,464)         (1,050,145)           (616,042)         (1,246,010)           (876,082)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------



               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
      (19,189,671)        (15,567,904)            927,265           1,663,740          (3,589,562)          1,338,453
          269,397           5,415,213          (2,816,149)         (3,011,908)         (5,158,939)         (4,800,780)

        3,760,190             505,118           2,411,840           1,133,172          12,502,630           6,953,100

       15,474,801           2,065,379           2,981,400           2,329,843           4,373,282           2,502,959
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------
          314,717          (7,582,194)          3,504,356           2,114,847           8,127,411           5,993,732
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------


               --                  --                  --                  --                  --                  --
      (13,861,593)         (7,920,087)        (14,351,091)        (11,460,158)        (24,008,573)        (21,694,531)
          282,934           2,797,291           7,705,807           5,240,592           7,329,975           9,386,756
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

      (13,578,659)         (5,122,796)         (6,645,284)         (6,219,566)        (16,678,598)        (12,307,775)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

      (13,263,942)        (12,704,990)         (3,140,928)         (4,104,719)         (8,551,187)         (6,314,043)
-----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------   -----------------

$     (15,005,094)  $     (13,908,454)  $      (4,191,073)  $      (4,720,761)  $      (9,797,197)  $      (7,190,125)
=================   =================   =================   =================   =================   =================



                        See Notes to Financial Statements                Page 97





FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (CONTINUED)
FOR THE PERIOD ENDED AUGUST 31, 2022



                                                    FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST         FT CBOE VEST
                                                    U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY          U.S. EQUITY
                                                    BUFFER ETF -      DEEP BUFFER ETF -      BUFFER ETF -       DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                      NOVEMBER            NOVEMBER             DECEMBER             DECEMBER
                                                       (FNOV)              (DNOV)               (FDEC)               (DDEC)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
INVESTMENT INCOME:
                                                                                                    
Dividends.......................................  $         11,027    $          13,343    $           9,381    $           8,302
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total investment income......................            11,027               13,343                9,381                8,302
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
EXPENSES:
Investment advisory fees........................         2,206,424            1,961,598            1,475,635            1,063,427
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
   Total expenses...............................         2,206,424            1,961,598            1,475,635            1,063,427
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET INVESTMENT INCOME (LOSS)....................        (2,195,397)          (1,948,255)          (1,466,254)          (1,055,125)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------

NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED GAIN (LOSS):
Net realized gain (loss) on:
   Investments - Affiliated.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
   In-kind redemptions - Affiliated.............                --                   --                   --                   --
   Purchased options contracts..................        (1,923,726)          12,704,359           (3,266,605)          (1,400,072)
   Written options contracts....................       (19,510,944)         (14,793,170)          (4,477,593)          (6,238,970)
   In-kind redemptions - Purchased options
      contracts.................................        28,778,270            8,473,110           14,043,582           11,551,058
   In-kind redemptions - Written options
      contracts.................................         7,900,624              582,969            4,169,743              498,362
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net realized gain (loss)........................        15,244,224            6,967,268           10,469,127            4,410,378
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation) on:
   Investments - Affiliated.....................                --                   --                   --                   --
   Purchased options contracts..................       (44,522,769)         (43,056,874)         (25,688,391)         (23,405,351)
   Written options contracts....................         9,318,978           22,768,382            1,777,650           11,788,682
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................       (35,203,791)         (20,288,492)         (23,910,741)         (11,616,669)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET REALIZED AND UNREALIZED
   GAIN (LOSS)..................................       (19,959,567)         (13,321,224)         (13,441,614)          (7,206,291)
                                                  ----------------    -----------------    -----------------    -----------------
NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN NET ASSETS
   RESULTING FROM OPERATIONS....................  $    (22,154,964)   $     (15,269,479)   $     (14,907,868)   $      (8,261,416)
                                                  ================    =================    =================    =================


(a)   Inception date is October 26, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.


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  FT CBOE VEST        FT CBOE VEST
    BUFFERED            BUFFERED
   ALLOCATION          ALLOCATION
  DEFENSIVE ETF        GROWTH ETF
   (BUFT) (a)          (BUFG) (a)
-----------------   -----------------

                 
$             146   $             185
-----------------   -----------------
              146                 185
-----------------   -----------------

          153,457             196,736
-----------------   -----------------
          153,457             196,736
-----------------   -----------------
         (153,311)           (196,551)
-----------------   -----------------



       (7,352,290)        (16,411,579)
          169,496           5,082,779
               --                  --
               --                  --

               --                  --

               --                  --
-----------------   -----------------
       (7,182,794)        (11,328,800)
-----------------   -----------------


         (683,341)         (1,668,856)
               --                  --
               --                  --
-----------------   -----------------

         (683,341)         (1,668,856)
-----------------   -----------------

       (7,866,135)        (12,997,656)
-----------------   -----------------

$      (8,019,446)  $     (13,194,207)
=================   =================



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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS



                                                             FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
                                                              U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
                                                             BUFFER ETF -                         DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                                JANUARY                                JANUARY
                                                                (FJAN)                                 (DJAN)
                                                  -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
                                                     YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED         YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED
                                                     8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (a)         8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (a)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
OPERATIONS:
                                                                                                
Net investment income (loss)....................  $     (1,391,171)  $       (517,448)   $       (753,767)  $       (337,187)
Net realized gain (loss)........................        14,262,964            221,247           3,109,306          3,003,904
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................       (20,809,090)         9,801,985          (7,850,906)         1,442,263
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from operations..............................        (7,937,297)         9,505,784          (5,495,367)         4,108,980
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

SHAREHOLDER TRANSACTIONS:
Proceeds from shares sold.......................       328,102,017        133,165,845         159,018,136        134,581,825
Cost of shares redeemed.........................      (257,742,698)       (15,860,390)        (70,102,594)       (89,180,193)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from shareholder transactions................        70,359,319        117,305,455          88,915,542         45,401,632
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Total increase (decrease) in net assets.........        62,422,022        126,811,239          83,420,175         49,510,612

NET ASSETS:
Beginning of period.............................       126,811,239                 --          49,510,612                 --
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
End of period...................................  $    189,233,261   $    126,811,239    $    132,930,787   $     49,510,612
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================

CHANGES IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Shares outstanding, beginning of period.........         3,800,002                 --           1,550,002                 --
Shares sold.....................................         9,675,000          4,300,002           4,975,000          4,400,002
Shares redeemed.................................        (7,625,000)          (500,000)         (2,200,000)        (2,850,000)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Shares outstanding, end of period...............         5,850,002          3,800,002           4,325,002          1,550,002
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================


(a)   Inception date is January 15, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Inception date is March 19, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.


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           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
           BUFFER ETF -                         DEEP BUFFER ETF -                         BUFFER ETF-
             FEBRUARY                               FEBRUARY                                 MARCH
              (FFEB)                                 (DFEB)                                 (FMAR)
-----------------------------------    -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
   YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED
   8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (b)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

                                                                                  
$     (2,252,096)  $     (2,051,083)   $     (2,397,117)  $     (3,281,965)   $     (1,156,015)  $       (248,208)
      21,810,047         39,681,194          23,889,502         80,777,145           9,014,209            (11,373)

     (38,316,344)         7,240,170         (29,241,578)       (37,234,562)        (16,742,715)         5,354,576
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

     (18,758,393)        44,870,281          (7,749,193)        40,260,618          (8,884,521)         5,094,995
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------


     352,535,376        373,472,561         165,534,703        471,709,089         312,117,345         85,226,492
    (289,151,113)      (370,815,309)       (137,313,869)      (763,611,447)       (188,778,497)        (7,712,105)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

      63,384,263          2,657,252          28,220,834       (291,902,358)        123,338,848         77,514,387
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
      44,625,870         47,527,533          20,471,641       (251,641,740)        114,454,327         82,609,382


     258,452,950        210,925,417         282,633,899        534,275,639          82,609,382                 --
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
$    303,078,820   $    258,452,950    $    303,105,540   $    282,633,899    $    197,063,709   $     82,609,382
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================


       6,900,002          6,700,002           8,150,002         17,100,002           2,550,002                 --
       9,425,000         11,200,000           4,725,000         14,700,000           9,650,000          2,800,002
      (7,775,000)       (11,000,000)         (3,950,000)       (23,650,000)         (5,900,000)          (250,000)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
       8,550,002          6,900,002           8,925,002          8,150,002           6,300,002          2,550,002
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================



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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS (CONTINUED)



                                                             FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
                                                              U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
                                                           DEEP BUFFER ETF -                        BUFFER ETF -
                                                                 MARCH                                  APRIL
                                                                (DMAR)                                 (FAPR)
                                                  -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
                                                     YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED         YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED
                                                     8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (b)         8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (c)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
OPERATIONS:
                                                                                                
Net investment income (loss)....................  $       (958,983)  $       (214,653)   $     (1,510,112)  $       (334,180)
Net realized gain (loss)........................         5,408,208          2,840,305           4,651,169              3,484
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................       (10,843,530)           339,850         (19,147,024)         6,985,982
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from operations..............................        (6,394,305)         2,965,502         (16,005,967)         6,655,286
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

SHAREHOLDER TRANSACTIONS:
Proceeds from shares sold.......................       264,607,946         91,038,951         416,433,966        141,902,180
Cost of shares redeemed.........................      (131,473,973)       (27,951,482)       (253,668,242)       (13,806,156)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from shareholder transactions................       133,133,973         63,087,469         162,765,724        128,096,024
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Total increase (decrease) in net assets.........       126,739,668         66,052,971         146,759,757        134,751,310

NET ASSETS:
Beginning of period.............................        66,052,971                 --         134,751,310                 --
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
End of period...................................  $    192,792,639   $     66,052,971    $    281,511,067   $    134,751,310
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================

CHANGES IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Shares outstanding, beginning of period.........         2,100,002                 --           4,250,002                 --
Shares sold.....................................         8,425,000          3,000,002          13,375,000          4,700,002
Shares redeemed.................................        (4,175,000)          (900,000)         (8,050,000)          (450,000)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Shares outstanding, end of period...............         6,350,002          2,100,002           9,575,002          4,250,002
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================


(b)   Inception date is March 19, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(c)   Inception date is April 16, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.


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           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
         DEEP BUFFER ETF -                        BUFFER ETF -                         DEEP BUFFER ETF-
               APRIL                                   MAY                                    MAY
              (DAPR)                                 (FMAY)                                 (DMAY)
-----------------------------------    -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
   YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED         YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED
   8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (c)         8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022          8/31/2021
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

                                                                                  
$     (1,197,189)  $       (293,956)   $     (1,544,625)  $       (603,241)   $       (976,308)  $       (243,030)
       6,280,511          1,893,188            (595,333)         6,819,624          (1,890,896)         1,159,456

      (9,301,745)         2,189,341          (3,022,511)         2,540,824          (2,975,092)         1,372,998
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

      (4,218,423)         3,788,573          (5,162,469)         8,757,207          (5,842,296)         2,289,424
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------


     345,991,375        146,182,323         466,357,686        182,819,078         335,159,808         77,943,486
    (169,165,052)       (56,745,334)       (209,223,301)      (118,187,369)       (166,669,713)       (28,116,886)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

     176,826,323         89,436,989         257,134,385         64,631,709         168,490,095         49,826,600
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
     172,607,900         93,225,562         251,971,916         73,388,916         162,647,799         52,116,024


      93,225,562                 --         111,875,846         38,486,930          63,370,615         11,254,591
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
$    265,833,462   $     93,225,562    $    363,847,762   $    111,875,846    $    226,018,414   $     63,370,615
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================


       3,000,002                 --           3,000,002          1,150,002           1,850,002            350,002
      11,300,000          4,850,002          13,125,000          5,200,000          10,500,000          2,350,000
      (5,400,000)        (1,850,000)         (5,925,000)        (3,350,000)         (5,200,000)          (850,000)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
       8,900,002          3,000,002          10,200,002          3,000,002           7,150,002          1,850,002
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================



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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS (CONTINUED)



                                                             FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
                                                              U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
                                                             BUFFER ETF -                         DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                                 JUNE                                   JUNE
                                                                (FJUN)                                 (DJUN)
                                                  -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
                                                     YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED
                                                     8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022          8/31/2021
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
OPERATIONS:
                                                                                                
Net investment income (loss)....................  $     (1,307,676)  $       (535,737)   $       (782,365)  $       (199,732)
Net realized gain (loss)........................        (2,682,145)         8,204,605          (5,967,985)         1,881,474
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................         8,294,071          1,204,882           4,257,627            194,237
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from operations..............................         4,304,250          8,873,750          (2,492,723)         1,875,979
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

SHAREHOLDER TRANSACTIONS:
Proceeds from shares sold.......................       334,243,119        137,956,049         265,756,218         57,855,267
Cost of shares redeemed.........................      (153,124,271)       (82,599,741)       (129,150,213)       (34,330,998)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from shareholder transactions................       181,118,848         55,356,308         136,606,005         23,524,269
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Total increase (decrease) in net assets.........       185,423,098         64,230,058         134,113,282         25,400,248

NET ASSETS:
Beginning of period.............................       113,074,765         48,844,707          45,950,928         20,550,680
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
End of period...................................  $    298,497,863   $    113,074,765    $    180,064,210   $     45,950,928
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================

CHANGES IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Shares outstanding, beginning of period.........         3,050,002          1,500,002           1,350,002            650,002
Shares sold.....................................         9,450,000          3,900,000           8,275,000          1,750,000
Shares redeemed.................................        (4,300,000)        (2,350,000)         (4,075,000)        (1,050,000)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Shares outstanding, end of period...............         8,200,002          3,050,002           5,550,002          1,350,002
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================



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           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
            BUFFER ETF                          DEEP BUFFER ETF -                        BUFFER ETF -
               JULY                                   JULY                                  AUGUST
              (FJUL)                                 (DJUL)                                 (FAUG)
-----------------------------------    -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
   YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED
   8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022          8/31/2021
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

                                                                                  
$     (1,310,125)  $       (351,194)   $       (649,564)  $       (172,669)   $     (1,741,152)  $       (797,507)
      (1,608,324)         4,419,554          (4,058,404)         1,207,182             314,717         13,839,939

        (276,815)         2,003,769            (408,532)           680,378         (13,578,659)         1,184,195
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

      (3,195,264)         6,072,129          (5,116,500)         1,714,891         (15,005,094)        14,226,627
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------


     256,049,793        140,264,490         138,113,236         64,560,989         505,209,564        255,932,223
    (156,983,382)       (54,808,830)        (30,595,982)       (23,925,407)       (322,863,018)      (150,763,677)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

      99,066,411         85,455,660         107,517,254         40,635,582         182,346,546        105,168,546
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
      95,871,147         91,527,789         102,400,754         42,350,473         167,341,452        119,395,173


     124,722,228         33,194,439          54,734,717         12,384,244         155,641,651         36,246,478
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
$    220,593,375   $    124,722,228    $    157,135,471   $     54,734,717    $    322,983,103   $    155,641,651
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================


       3,500,002          1,050,002           1,650,002            400,002           4,150,002          1,100,002
       7,450,000          4,100,000           4,375,000          2,000,000          13,750,000          7,200,000
      (4,600,000)        (1,650,000)           (975,000)          (750,000)         (8,750,000)        (4,150,000)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
       6,350,002          3,500,002           5,050,002          1,650,002           9,150,002          4,150,002
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================



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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS (CONTINUED)



                                                             FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
                                                              U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
                                                           DEEP BUFFER ETF -                        BUFFER ETF -
                                                                AUGUST                                SEPTEMBER
                                                                (DAUG)                                 (FSEP)
                                                  -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
                                                     YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED
                                                     8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (d)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
OPERATIONS:
                                                                                                
Net investment income (loss)....................  $     (1,203,464)  $       (967,283)   $     (1,050,145)  $       (197,943)
Net realized gain (loss)........................        (7,582,194)        10,568,579           3,504,356          5,253,628
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................        (5,122,796)          (169,096)         (6,645,284)        (1,864,811)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from operations..............................       (13,908,454)         9,432,200          (4,191,073)         3,190,874
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

SHAREHOLDER TRANSACTIONS:
Proceeds from shares sold.......................       139,069,655        110,399,422         170,863,306         70,091,179
Cost of shares redeemed.........................       (58,381,894)      (162,893,118)        (82,894,617)       (31,937,957)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from shareholder transactions................        80,687,761        (52,493,696)         87,968,689         38,153,222
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Total increase (decrease) in net assets.........        66,779,307        (43,061,496)         83,777,616         41,344,096

NET ASSETS:
Beginning of period.............................        90,369,995        133,431,491          41,344,096                 --
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
End of period...................................  $    157,149,302   $     90,369,995    $    125,121,712   $     41,344,096
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================

CHANGES IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Shares outstanding, beginning of period.........         2,600,002          4,150,002           1,200,002                 --
Shares sold.....................................         4,150,000          3,300,000           5,000,000          2,150,002
Shares redeemed.................................        (1,775,000)        (4,850,000)         (2,450,000)          (950,000)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Shares outstanding, end of period...............         4,975,002          2,600,002           3,750,002          1,200,002
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================


(d)   Inception date is September 18, 2020, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(e)   Inception date is October 16, 2020, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.


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           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
         DEEP BUFFER ETF -                        BUFFER ETF -                         DEEP BUFFER ETF -
             SEPTEMBER                               OCTOBER                                OCTOBER
              (DSEP)                                 (FOCT)                                 (DOCT)
-----------------------------------    -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
   YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED         YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED         YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED
   8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (d)         8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (e)         8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (e)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

                                                                                  
$       (616,042)  $       (200,274)   $     (1,246,010)  $       (426,374)   $       (876,082)  $       (257,031)
       2,114,847          3,712,900           8,127,411          1,818,298           5,993,732            284,354

      (6,219,566)        (1,372,536)        (16,678,598)         6,677,830         (12,307,775)         2,958,947
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

      (4,720,761)         2,140,090          (9,797,197)         8,069,754          (7,190,125)         2,986,270
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------


     123,483,254         61,367,325         221,146,291         80,609,489         157,311,288         55,024,234
     (45,704,144)       (37,666,505)       (135,510,246)       (18,149,832)        (66,698,871)       (17,499,820)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

      77,779,110         23,700,820          85,636,045         62,459,657          90,612,417         37,524,414
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
      73,058,349         25,840,910          75,838,848         70,529,411          83,422,292         40,510,684


      25,840,910                 --          70,529,411                 --          40,510,684                 --
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
$     98,899,259       $ 25,840,910    $    146,368,259   $     70,529,411    $    123,932,976   $     40,510,684
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================


         800,002                 --           2,050,002                 --           1,250,002                 --
       3,925,000          2,000,002           6,400,000          2,600,002           4,900,000          1,800,002
      (1,475,000)        (1,200,000)         (4,000,000)          (550,000)        (2,100,000)           (550,000)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
       3,250,002            800,002           4,450,002          2,050,002           4,050,002          1,250,002
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================



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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
STATEMENTS OF CHANGES IN NET ASSETS (CONTINUED)



                                                             FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST
                                                              U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY
                                                             BUFFER ETF -                         DEEP BUFFER ETF -
                                                               NOVEMBER                               NOVEMBER
                                                                (FNOV)                                 (DNOV)
                                                  -----------------------------------    -----------------------------------
                                                     YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED          YEAR ENDED         YEAR ENDED
                                                     8/31/2022          8/31/2021           8/31/2022          8/31/2021
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
OPERATIONS:
                                                                                                
Net investment income (loss)....................  $     (2,195,397)  $     (1,452,873)   $     (1,948,255)  $       (920,733)
Net realized gain (loss)........................        15,244,224         26,834,660           6,967,268         24,507,324
Net change in unrealized appreciation
   (depreciation)...............................       (35,203,791)           143,688         (20,288,492)       (14,364,371)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from operations..............................       (22,154,964)        25,525,475         (15,269,479)         9,222,220
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

SHAREHOLDER TRANSACTIONS:
Proceeds from shares sold.......................       371,618,707        268,015,815         419,849,301        110,679,599
Cost of shares redeemed.........................      (232,021,535)      (288,058,581)        (95,354,206)      (174,946,705)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Net increase (decrease) in net assets resulting
   from shareholder transactions................       139,597,172        (20,042,766)        324,495,095        (64,267,106)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Total increase (decrease) in net assets.........       117,442,208          5,482,709         309,225,616        (55,044,886)

NET ASSETS:
Beginning of period.............................       143,615,663        138,132,954          90,967,559        146,012,445
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
End of period...................................  $    261,057,871   $    143,615,663    $    400,193,175   $     90,967,559
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================

CHANGES IN SHARES OUTSTANDING:
Shares outstanding, beginning of period.........         3,750,002          4,200,002           2,600,002          4,550,002
Shares sold.....................................         9,775,000          7,800,000          12,425,000          3,400,000
Shares redeemed.................................        (6,175,000)        (8,250,000)         (2,825,000)        (5,350,000)
                                                  ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
Shares outstanding, end of period...............         7,350,002          3,750,002          12,200,002          2,600,002
                                                  ================   ================    ================   ================


(f)   Inception date is December 18, 2020, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(g)   Inception date is October 26, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.


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           FT CBOE VEST                           FT CBOE VEST                  FT CBOE VEST       FT CBOE VEST
            U.S. EQUITY                            U.S. EQUITY                    BUFFERED           BUFFERED
           BUFFER ETF -                         DEEP BUFFER ETF -                ALLOCATION         ALLOCATION
             DECEMBER                               DECEMBER                   DEFENSIVE ETF        GROWTH ETF
              (FDEC)                                 (DDEC)                        (BUFT)             (BUFG)
-----------------------------------    -----------------------------------    ----------------   ----------------
   YEAR ENDED        PERIOD ENDED        PERIOD ENDED       PERIOD ENDED        PERIOD ENDED       PERIOD ENDED
   8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (f)         8/31/2022        8/31/2021 (f)       8/31/2022 (g)      8/31/2022 (g)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

                                                                                  
$     (1,466,254)  $       (362,338)   $     (1,055,125)  $       (328,334)   $       (153,311)  $       (196,551)
      10,469,127            567,487           4,410,378            530,775          (7,182,794)       (11,328,800)

     (23,910,741)         6,538,866         (11,616,669)         3,162,051            (683,341)        (1,668,856)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

     (14,907,868)         6,744,015          (8,261,416)         3,364,492          (8,019,446)       (13,194,207)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------


     309,044,897        112,246,925         293,161,831        101,213,467         184,494,161        402,524,414
    (174,937,879)       (48,047,905)        (92,853,883)       (45,032,452)        (21,635,002)      (225,912,418)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------

     134,107,018         64,199,020         200,307,948         56,181,015         162,859,159        176,611,996
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
     119,199,150         70,943,035         192,046,532         59,545,507         154,839,713        163,417,789


      70,943,035                 --          59,545,507                 --                  --                 --
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
$    190,142,185   $     70,943,035    $    251,592,039   $     59,545,507    $    154,839,713   $    163,417,789
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================


       2,100,002                 --           1,850,002                 --                  --                 --
       9,175,000          3,600,002           9,325,000          3,300,002           9,400,002         21,000,002
      (5,275,000)        (1,500,000)         (2,900,000)        (1,450,000)         (1,100,000)       (12,000,000)
----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------    ----------------   ----------------
       6,000,002          2,100,002           8,275,002          1,850,002           8,300,002          9,000,002
================   ================    ================   ================    ================   ================



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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (FJAN)



                                                                      YEAR           PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  33.37        $  30.06
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.19)          (0.14)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (0.83)           3.45
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.02)           3.31
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  32.35        $  33.37
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (3.06)%         11.01%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $189,233        $126,811
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JANUARY (DJAN)

                                                                      YEAR           PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  31.94        $  30.06
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.04)          (0.22)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.16)           2.10
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.20)           1.88
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  30.74        $  31.94
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (3.76)%          6.25%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $132,931        $ 49,511
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is January 15, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (FFEB)



                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  37.46        $  31.48        $  30.68
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.22)          (0.30)          (0.08)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.79)           6.28            0.88
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.01)           5.98            0.80
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  35.45        $  37.46        $  31.48
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (5.37)%         19.00%           2.61%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $303,079        $258,453        $210,925
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY (DFEB)

                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  34.68        $  31.24        $  30.68
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.25)          (0.52)          (0.11)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (0.47)           3.96            0.67
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (0.72)           3.44            0.56
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  33.96        $  34.68        $  31.24
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (2.08)%         11.01%           1.83%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $303,106        $282,634        $534,276
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is February 21, 2020, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MARCH (FMAR)



                                                                      YEAR           PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  32.40        $  29.60
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.13)          (0.10)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (0.99)           2.90
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.12)           2.80
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  31.28        $  32.40
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (3.46)%          9.46%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $197,064        $ 82,609
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MARCH (DMAR)

                                                                      YEAR           PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  31.45        $  29.60
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.09)          (0.10)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.00)           1.95
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.09)           1.85
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  30.36        $  31.45
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (3.47)%          6.25%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $192,793        $ 66,053
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is March 19, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - APRIL (FAPR)



                                                                      YEAR           PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  31.71        $  30.04
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.12)          (0.08)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (2.19)           1.75
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.31)           1.67
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  29.40        $  31.71
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (7.28)%          5.56%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $281,511        $134,751
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - APRIL (DAPR)

                                                                      YEAR           PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  31.08        $  30.04
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.07)          (0.10)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.14)           1.14
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.21)           1.04
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  29.87        $  31.08
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (3.89)%          3.46%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $265,833        $ 93,226
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is April 16, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MAY (FMAY)



                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  37.29        $  33.47        $  30.34
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.05)          (0.16)          (0.07)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.57)           3.98            3.20
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.62)           3.82            3.13
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  35.67        $  37.29        $  33.47
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (4.34)%         11.41%          10.32%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $363,848        $111,876        $ 38,487
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MAY (DMAY)

                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  34.25        $  32.16        $  30.35
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.05)          (0.08)          (0.07)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (2.59)           2.17            1.88
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.64)           2.09            1.81
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  31.61        $  34.25        $  32.16
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (7.71)%          6.50%           5.96%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $226,018        $ 63,371        $ 11,255
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is May 15, 2020, which is consistent with the commencement
      of investment operations and is the date the initial creation units were
      established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JUNE (FJUN)



                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  37.07        $  32.56        $  30.25
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.08)          (0.15)          (0.05)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (0.59) (b)       4.66            2.36
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (0.67)           4.51            2.31
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  36.40        $  37.07        $  32.56
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (c)...............................................        (1.81)%         13.85%           7.64%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $298,498        $113,075        $ 48,845
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (d)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (d)
Portfolio turnover rate (e)....................................            0%              0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JUNE (DJUN)

                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  34.04        $  31.62        $  30.25
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.07)          (0.13)          (0.04)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.53)           2.55            1.41
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.60)           2.42            1.37
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  32.44        $  34.04        $  31.62
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (c)...............................................        (4.70)%          7.65%           4.53%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $180,064        $ 45,951        $ 20,551
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (d)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (d)
Portfolio turnover rate (e)....................................            0%              0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is June 19, 2020, which is consistent with the commencement
      of investment operations and is the date the initial creation units were
      established.

(b)   The per share amount does not correlate with the aggregate realized and
      unrealized gain (loss) due to the timing of the Fund share sales and
      repurchases in relation to market value fluctuation of the underlying
      investments.

(c)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(d)   Annualized.

(e)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JULY (FJUL)



                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  35.63        $  31.61        $  30.24
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.17)          (0.09)          (0.02)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (0.72)           4.11            1.39
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (0.89)           4.02            1.37
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  34.74        $  35.63        $  31.61
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (2.50)%         12.72%           4.53%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $220,593        $124,722        $ 33,194
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JULY (DJUL)

                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  33.17        $  30.96        $  30.24
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.08)          (0.09)          (0.02)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.97)           2.30            0.74
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.05)           2.21            0.72
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  31.12        $  33.17        $  30.96
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (6.18)%          7.14%           2.38%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $157,135        $ 54,735        $ 12,384
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is July 17, 2020, which is consistent with the commencement
      of investment operations and is the date the initial creation units were
      established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (FAUG)



                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  37.50        $  32.95        $  30.10
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.12)          (0.13)          (0.08)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (2.08)           4.68            2.93
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.20)           4.55            2.85
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  35.30        $  37.50        $  32.95
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (5.87)%         13.81%           9.47%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $322,983        $155,642        $ 36,246
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.83)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - AUGUST (DAUG)

                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  34.76        $  32.15        $  30.10
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.14)          (0.49)          (0.19)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (3.03)           3.10            2.24
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (3.17)           2.61            2.05
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  31.59        $  34.76        $  32.15
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (9.12)%          8.12%           6.81%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $157,149        $ 90,370        $133,431
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is November 6, 2019, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (FSEP)



                                                                      YEAR          PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  34.45        $  29.76
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.17)          (0.16)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (0.91)           4.85
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.08)           4.69
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  33.37        $  34.45
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (3.13)%         15.76%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $125,122        $ 41,344
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER (DSEP)

                                                                      YEAR          PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  32.30        $  29.76
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.27) (e)      (0.25)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.60)           2.79
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.87)           2.54
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  30.43        $  32.30
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (5.79)%          8.53%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $ 98,899        $ 25,841
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is September 18, 2020, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions. (e) Based on average shares
      outstanding.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (FOCT)



                                                                      YEAR          PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  34.40        $  29.87
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.17)          (0.21)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.34)           4.74
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.51)           4.53
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  32.89        $  34.40
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (4.39)%         15.17%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $146,368        $ 70,529
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER (DOCT)

                                                                      YEAR          PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  32.41        $  29.87
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.08)          (0.21)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.73)           2.75
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.81)           2.54
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  30.60        $  32.41
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (5.58)%          8.50%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $123,933        $ 40,511
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is October 16, 2020, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (FNOV)



                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  38.30        $  32.89        $  30.56
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.05)          (0.40)          (0.10)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (2.73)           5.81            2.43
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.78)           5.41            2.33
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  35.52        $  38.30        $  32.89
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (7.26)%         16.45%           7.62%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $261,058        $143,616        $138,133
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.85)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER (DNOV)

                                                                     YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31,           PERIOD
                                                                 ------------------------------      ENDED
                                                                      2022            2021       8/31/2020 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------  --------------
                                                                                           
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  34.99        $  32.09        $  30.55
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.28) (e)      (0.43)          (0.10)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.91)           3.33            1.64
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.19)           2.90            1.54
                                                                    --------        --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  32.80        $  34.99        $  32.09
                                                                    ========        ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (6.26)%          9.04%           5.04%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $400,193        $ 90,968        $146,012
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85%           0.85% (c)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)%         (0.85)% (c)
Portfolio turnover rate (d)....................................            0%              0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is November 15, 2019, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   Annualized.

(d)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.

(e)   Based on average shares outstanding.


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FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT EACH PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (FDEC)



                                                                      YEAR          PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  33.78        $  30.27
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.28) (b)      (0.17)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.81)           3.68
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (2.09)           3.51
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  31.69        $  33.78
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (c)...............................................        (6.19)%         11.60%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $190,142        $ 70,943
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (d)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)% (d)
Portfolio turnover rate (e)....................................            0%              0%


FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER (DDEC)

                                                                      YEAR          PERIOD
                                                                     ENDED           ENDED
                                                                   8/31/2022     8/31/2021 (a)
                                                                 --------------  --------------
                                                                              
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  32.19        $  30.27
                                                                    --------        --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.26) (b)      (0.18)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.53)           2.10
                                                                    --------        --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.79)           1.92
                                                                    --------        --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  30.40        $  32.19
                                                                    ========        ========
TOTAL RETURN (c)...............................................        (5.56)%          6.34%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $251,592        $ 59,546
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets..................         0.85%           0.85% (d)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.84)%         (0.85)% (d)
Portfolio turnover rate (e)....................................            0%              0%


(a)   Inception date is December 18, 2020, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Based on average shares outstanding.

(c)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The returns presented do not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(d)   Annualized.

(e)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions,
      derivatives and in-kind transactions.


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FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (CONTINUED)
FOR A SHARE OUTSTANDING THROUGHOUT THE PERIOD

FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION DEFENSIVE ETF (BUFT)



                                                                     PERIOD
                                                                      ENDED
                                                                  8/31/2022 (a)
                                                                 --------------
                                                                 
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  20.01
                                                                    --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.02)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.33)
                                                                    --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.35)
                                                                    --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  18.66
                                                                    ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (6.75)%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $154,840
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets (c)..............         0.20% (d)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.20)% (d)
Portfolio turnover rate (e)....................................          445%


FT CBOE VEST BUFFERED ALLOCATION GROWTH ETF (BUFG)
                                                                     PERIOD
                                                                      ENDED
                                                                  8/31/2022 (a)
                                                                 --------------
                                                                 
Net asset value, beginning of period...........................     $  20.01
                                                                    --------
INCOME FROM INVESTMENT OPERATIONS:
Net investment income (loss)...................................        (0.02)
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss)........................        (1.83)
                                                                    --------
Total from investment operations...............................        (1.85)
                                                                    --------
Net asset value, end of period.................................     $  18.16
                                                                    ========
TOTAL RETURN (b)...............................................        (9.25)%

RATIOS/SUPPLEMENTAL DATA:
Net assets, end of period (in 000's)...........................     $163,418
RATIOS TO AVERAGE NET ASSETS:
Ratio of total expenses to average net assets (c)..............         0.20% (d)
Ratio of net investment income (loss) to average net assets....        (0.20)% (d)
Portfolio turnover rate (e)....................................          411%


(a)   Inception date is October 26, 2021, which is consistent with the
      commencement of investment operations and is the date the initial creation
      units were established.

(b)   Total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net
      asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all
      distributions at net asset value during the period, and redemption at net
      asset value on the last day of the period. The return presented does not
      reflect the deduction of taxes that a shareholder would pay on Fund
      distributions or the redemption or sale of Fund shares. Total return is
      calculated for the time period presented and is not annualized for periods
      of less than a year.

(c)   The Fund indirectly bears its proportionate share of fees and expenses
      incurred by the underlying funds in which the Fund invests. This ratio
      does not include these indirect fees and expenses.

(d)   Annualized.

(e)   Portfolio turnover is calculated for the time period presented and is not
      annualized for periods of less than a year and does not include securities
      received or delivered from processing creations or redemptions and in-kind
      transactions.


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                                1. ORGANIZATION

First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII (the "Trust") is an open-end management
investment company organized as a Massachusetts business trust on February 22,
2016, and is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC")
under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act").

The Trust currently consists of fifty-six funds that are offering shares. This
report covers the twenty-six funds (each a "Fund" and collectively, "the Funds")
listed below. The shares of each Fund are listed and traded on the Cboe BZX
Exchange, Inc. ("Cboe BZX").

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January - (ticker "FJAN")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January - (ticker "DJAN")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February - (ticker "FFEB")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February - (ticker "DFEB")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March - (ticker "FMAR")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March - (ticker "DMAR")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April - (ticker "FAPR")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April - (ticker "DAPR")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May - (ticker "FMAY")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May - (ticker "DMAY")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June - (ticker "FJUN")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June - (ticker "DJUN")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July - (ticker "FJUL")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July - (ticker "DJUL")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August - (ticker "FAUG")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August - (ticker "DAUG")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September - (ticker "FSEP")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September - (ticker "DSEP")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October - (ticker "FOCT")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October - (ticker "DOCT")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November - (ticker "FNOV")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November - (ticker "DNOV")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December - (ticker "FDEC")
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December - (ticker "DDEC")
        FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF - (ticker "BUFT")(1)
        FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF - (ticker "BUFG")(1)

(1)   Commenced investment operations on October 26, 2021.

Each Fund represents a separate series of shares of beneficial interest in the
Trust. Unlike conventional mutual funds, each Fund issues and redeems shares on
a continuous basis, at net asset value ("NAV"), only in large blocks of shares
known as "Creation Units."

Each Fund is an actively managed exchange-traded fund ("ETF").

The investment objective of FJAN is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P
500(R) ETF Trust (the "Underlying ETF"), up to a predetermined upside cap of
14.20% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 13.35% (after fees and expenses,
excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses
not included in the Fund's management fee), while providing a buffer against the
first 10% (before fees, expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the
period from January 24, 2022 to January 20, 2023. Prior to January 24, 2022, the
Fund's investment objective included an upside cap of 14.50% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 13.64% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee) and an Outcome Period of January 19, 2021 to January 21,
2022.

The investment objective of DJAN is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 9.03% (before fees, expenses and taxes)
and 8.18% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading
fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management
fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between -5% and
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January 20, 2023. Prior to January 24, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 8.20% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 7.34%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of January 19, 2021 to January 21, 2022.

The investment objective of FFEB is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 14.25% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 13.40% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from February 22,
2022 to February 17, 2023. Prior to February 22, 2022, the Fund's investment
objective included an upside cap of 15.85% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
15.00% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
an Outcome Period of February 22, 2021 to February 18, 2022.

The investment objective of DFEB is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 9.30% (before fees, expenses and taxes)
and 8.45% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading
fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management
fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between -5% and
-30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from February 22, 2022 to
February 17, 2023. Prior to February 22, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 8.85% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.00%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of February 22, 2021 to February 18, 2022.

The investment objective of FMAR is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 14.78% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 13.93% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from March 21,
2022 to March 17, 2023. Prior to March 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 14.20% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 13.35%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of March 22, 2021 to March 18, 2022.

The investment objective of DMAR is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 10.02% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 9.17% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between
-5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from March 21,
2022 to March 17, 2023. Prior to March 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 9.30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.45%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of March 22, 2021 to March 18, 2022.

The investment objective of FAPR is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 16.35% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 15.48% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from April 18,
2022 to April 21, 2023. Prior to April 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 12.00% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 11.15%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of April 19, 2021 to April 14, 2022.

The investment objective of DAPR is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 10.96% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 10.09% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between
-5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from April 18,
2022 to April 21, 2023. Prior to April 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 7.50% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.65%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
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The investment objective of FMAY is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 20.45% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 19.60% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from May 23, 2022
to May 19, 2023. Prior to May 23, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included
an upside cap of 12.50% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 11.65% (after fees
and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an Outcome
Period of May 24, 2021 to May 20, 2022.

The investment objective of DMAY is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 13.93% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 13.08% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between
-5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from May 23, 2022
to May 19, 2023. Prior to May 23, 2022, the Fund's investment objective included
an upside cap of 7.60% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.75% (after fees
and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an Outcome
Period of May 24, 2021 to May 20, 2022.

The investment objective of FJUN is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 22.20% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 21.35% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from June 21, 2022
to June 16, 2023. Prior to June 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 11.70% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 10.85%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of June 21, 2021 to June 17, 2022.

The investment objective of DJUN is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 15.59% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 14.74% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between
-5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from June 21,
2022 to June 16, 2023. Prior to June 21, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 7.06% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.21%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of June 21, 2021 to June 17, 2022.

The investment objective of FJUL is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 21.30% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 20.44% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from July 18, 2022
to July 21, 2023. Prior to July 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 11.70% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 10.85%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of July 19, 2021 to July 15, 2022.

The investment objective of DJUL is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 15.02% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 14.16% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between
-5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from July 18,
2022 to July 21, 2023. Prior to July 18, 2022, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 7.30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.45%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of July 19, 2021 to July 15, 2022.

The investment objective of FAUG is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 20.46% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 19.61% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from August 22,
2022 to August 18, 2023. Prior to August 22, 2022, the Fund's investment
objective included an upside cap of 11.64% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
10.79% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
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The investment objective of DAUG is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 14.47% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 13.62% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between
-5% and -30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from August 22,
2022 to August 18, 2023. Prior to August 22, 2022, the Fund's investment
objective included an upside cap of 7.37% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
6.52% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
an Outcome Period of August 23, 2021 to August 19, 2022.

The investment objective of FSEP is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 12.20% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 11.35% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from September 20,
2021 to September 16, 2022. Prior to September 20, 2021, the Fund's investment
objective included an upside cap of 16.50% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
15.65% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
an Outcome Period of September 21, 2020 to September 17, 2021.

The investment objective of DSEP is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 7.43% (before fees, expenses and taxes)
and 6.58% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading
fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management
fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between -5% and
-30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from September 20, 2021
to September 16, 2022. Prior to September 20, 2021, the Fund's investment
objective included an upside cap of 9.25% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
8.40% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
an Outcome Period of September 21, 2020 to September 17, 2021.

The investment objective of FOCT is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 11.70% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 10.84% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from October 18,
2021 to October 21, 2022. Prior to October 18, 2021, the Fund's investment
objective included an upside cap of 16.22% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
15.37% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
an Outcome Period of October 19, 2020 to October 15, 2021.

The investment objective of DOCT is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 7.22% (before fees, expenses and taxes)
and 6.36% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading
fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management
fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between -5% and
-30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from October 18, 2021 to
October 21, 2022. Prior to October 18, 2021, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 9.34% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 8.49%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of October 19, 2020 to October 15, 2021.

The investment objective of FNOV is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price of the Underlying ETF, up
to a predetermined upside cap of 12.10% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
11.25% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee),
while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees, expenses and taxes)
of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from November 22, 2021 to November 18,
2022. Prior to November 22, 2021, the Fund's investment objective included an
upside cap of 13.72% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 12.87% (after fees
and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and
extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an Outcome
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The investment objective of DNOV is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price of the Underlying ETF, up
to a predetermined upside cap of 7.60% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
6.75% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee),
while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between -5% and -30%
(before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from November 22, 2021 to
November 18, 2022. Prior to November 22, 2021, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 7.75% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 6.90%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of November 23, 2020 to November 19, 2021.

The investment objective of FDEC is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 13.10% (before fees, expenses and
taxes) and 12.25% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions,
trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's
management fee), while providing a buffer against the first 10% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) of Underlying ETF losses, over the period from December 20,
2021 to December 16, 2022. Prior to December 20, 2021, the Fund's investment
objective included an upside cap of 14.00% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and
13.15% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees,
taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and
an Outcome Period of December 21, 2020 to December 17, 2021.

The investment objective of DDEC is to seek to provide investors with returns
(before fees, expenses and taxes) that match the price return of the Underlying
ETF, up to a predetermined upside cap of 8.10% (before fees, expenses and taxes)
and 7.25% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading
fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management
fee), while providing a buffer against Underlying ETF losses between -5% and
-30% (before fees, expenses and taxes) over the period from December 20, 2021 to
December 16, 2022. Prior to December 20, 2021, the Fund's investment objective
included an upside cap of 8.00% (before fees, expenses and taxes) and 7.15%
(after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes
and extraordinary expenses not included in the Fund's management fee) and an
Outcome Period of December 21, 2020 to December 17, 2021.

Under normal market conditions, each Fund, except BUFT and BUFG, will invest
substantially all of its assets in FLexible EXchange(R) Options ("FLEX Options")
that reference the price performance of the Underlying ETF.

The investment objective of BUFT is to seek to provide investors with capital
preservation. BUFT seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing in a
portfolio of ETFs that seek to provide investors with returns (before fees and
expenses) based on the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust ("SPY"),
up to a predetermined cap, while providing a defined buffer against losses of
SPY over a defined one-year period ("SPY Underlying ETFs"). Under normal market
conditions, BUFT will invest substantially all of its assets in SPY Underlying
ETFs. Unlike the SPY Underlying ETFs, BUFT itself does not pursue a defined
outcome strategy. The buffer is only provided by the SPY Underlying ETFs and
BUFT itself does not provide any stated buffer against losses. In order to
understand BUFT's strategy and risks, it is important to understand the
strategies and risks of the SPY Underlying ETFs.

The investment objective of BUFG is to seek to provide investors with capital
appreciation. BUFG seeks to achieve its investment objective by investing in a
portfolio of ETFs that seek to provide investors with returns (before fees and
expenses) based on the price return of the SPY, up to a predetermined cap, while
providing a defined buffer against losses of SPY over a defined one-year period.
Under normal market conditions, BUFG will invest substantially all of its assets
in SPY Underlying ETFs. Unlike the SPY Underlying ETFs, BUFG itself does not
pursue a defined outcome strategy. The buffer is only provided by the SPY
Underlying ETFs and BUFG itself does not provide any stated buffer against
losses. BUFG simply seeks to provide diversified exposure to all the ETFs in a
single investment. In order to understand BUFG's strategy and risks, it is
important to understand the strategies and risks of the SPY Underlying ETFs.

                       2. SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

The Funds are each considered an investment company and follow accounting and
reporting guidance under Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting
Standards Codification Topic 946, "Financial Services-Investment Companies." The
following is a summary of significant accounting policies consistently followed
by the Funds in the preparation of the financial statements. The preparation of
the financial statements in accordance with accounting principles generally
accepted in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP") requires management to
make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts and disclosures
in the financial statements. Actual results could differ from those estimates.


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A. PORTFOLIO VALUATION

Each Fund's NAV is determined daily as of the close of regular trading on the
New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE"), normally 4:00 p.m. Eastern time, on each day
the NYSE is open for trading. If the NYSE closes early on a valuation day, the
NAV is determined as of that time. Each Fund's NAV is calculated by dividing the
value of all assets of the Fund (including accrued interest and dividends), less
all liabilities (including accrued expenses and dividends declared but unpaid),
by the total number of shares outstanding.

Each Fund's investments are valued daily at market value or, in the absence of
market value with respect to any portfolio securities, at fair value. Market
value prices represent last sale or official closing prices from a national or
foreign exchange (i.e., a regulated market) and are primarily obtained from
third-party pricing services. Fair value prices represent any prices not
considered market value prices and are either obtained from a third-party
pricing service or are determined by the Pricing Committee of the Funds'
investment advisor, First Trust Advisors L.P. ("First Trust" or the "Advisor"),
in accordance with valuation procedures adopted by the Trust's Board of
Trustees, and in accordance with provisions of the 1940 Act. Investments valued
by the Advisor's Pricing Committee, if any, are footnoted as such in the
footnotes to the Portfolio of Investments. Each Fund's investments are valued as
follows:

      Exchange-traded options contracts (other than FLEX Option contracts) are
      valued at the closing price in the market where such contracts are
      principally traded. If no closing price is available, exchange-traded
      options contracts are fair valued at the mean of their most recent bid and
      asked price, if available, and otherwise at their closing bid price.
      Over-the-counter options contracts are fair valued at the mean of their
      most recent bid and asked price, if available, and otherwise at their
      closing bid price. FLEX Option contracts are normally valued using a
      model-based price provided by a third-party pricing vendor. On days when a
      trade in a FLEX Option contract occurs, the trade price will be used to
      value such FLEX Option contracts in lieu of the model price.

      Common stocks and other equity securities listed on any national or
      foreign exchange (excluding Nasdaq and the London Stock Exchange
      Alternative Investment Market ("AIM")) are valued at the last sale price
      on the exchange on which they are principally traded or, for Nasdaq and
      AIM securities, the official closing price. Securities traded on more than
      one securities exchange are valued at the last sale price or official
      closing price, as applicable, at the close of the securities exchange
      representing the principal market for such securities.

      Shares of open-end funds are valued at fair value which is based on NAV
      per share.

Certain securities may not be able to be priced by pre-established pricing
methods. Such securities may be valued by the Trust's Board of Trustees or its
delegate, the Advisor's Pricing Committee, at fair value. These securities
generally include, but are not limited to, restricted securities (securities
which may not be publicly sold without registration under the Securities Act of
1933, as amended) for which a third-party pricing service is unable to provide a
market price; securities whose trading has been formally suspended; a security
whose market or fair value price is not available from a pre-established pricing
source; a security with respect to which an event has occurred that is likely to
materially affect the value of the security after the market has closed but
before the calculation of a Fund's NAV or make it difficult or impossible to
obtain a reliable market quotation; and a security whose price, as provided by
the third-party pricing service, does not reflect the security's fair value. As
a general principle, the current fair value of a security would appear to be the
amount which the owner might reasonably expect to receive for the security upon
its current sale. When fair value prices are used, generally they will differ
from market quotations or official closing prices on the applicable exchanges. A
variety of factors may be considered in determining the fair value of such
securities, including, but not limited to, the following:

      1)    the type of security;

      2)    the size of the holding;

      3)    the initial cost of the security;

      4)    transactions in comparable securities;

      5)    price quotes from dealers and/or third-party pricing services;

      6)    relationships among various securities;

      7)    information obtained by contacting the issuer, analysts, or the
            appropriate stock exchange;

      8)    an analysis of the issuer's financial statements; and

      9)    the existence of merger proposals or tender offers that might affect
            the value of the security.

The Funds are subject to fair value accounting standards that define fair value,
establish the framework for measuring fair value and provide a three-level
hierarchy for fair valuation based upon the inputs to the valuation as of the
measurement date. The three levels of the fair value hierarchy are as follows:

      o     Level 1 - Level 1 inputs are quoted prices in active markets for
            identical investments. An active market is a market in which
            transactions for the investment occur with sufficient frequency and
            volume to provide pricing information on an ongoing basis.


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      o     Level 2 - Level 2 inputs are observable inputs, either directly or
            indirectly, and include the following:

            o     Quoted prices for similar investments in active markets.

            o     Quoted prices for identical or similar investments in markets
                  that are non-active. A non-active market is a market where
                  there are few transactions for the investment, the prices are
                  not current, or price quotations vary substantially either
                  over time or among market makers, or in which little
                  information is released publicly.

            o     Inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the
                  investment (for example, interest rates and yield curves
                  observable at commonly quoted intervals, volatilities,
                  prepayment speeds, loss severities, credit risks, and default
                  rates).

            o     Inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by
                  observable market data by correlation or other means.

      o     Level 3 - Level 3 inputs are unobservable inputs. Unobservable
            inputs may reflect the reporting entity's own assumptions about the
            assumptions that market participants would use in pricing the
            investment.

The inputs or methodologies used for valuing investments are not necessarily an
indication of the risk associated with investing in those investments. A summary
of the inputs used to value each Fund's investments as of August 31, 2022, is
included with each Fund's Portfolio of Investments.

In December 2020, the SEC adopted Rule 2a-5 under the 1940 Act, establishing
requirements to determine fair value in good faith for purposes of the 1940 Act.
The rule permits fund boards to designate a fund's investment adviser to perform
fair value determinations, subject to board oversight and certain other
conditions. The rule also defines when market quotations are "readily available"
for purposes of the 1940 Act and requires a fund to fair value a portfolio
investment when a market quotation is not readily available. The SEC also
adopted new Rule 31a-4 under the 1940 Act, which sets forth recordkeeping
requirements associated with fair value determinations. The compliance date for
Rule 2a-5 and Rule 31a-4 is September 8, 2022.

Effective September 8, 2022 and pursuant to the requirements of Rule 2a-5, the
Trust's Board of Trustees designated the Advisor as its valuation designee to
perform fair value determinations and approved new Advisor Valuation Procedures
for the Trust.

B. SECURITIES TRANSACTIONS AND INVESTMENT INCOME

Securities transactions are recorded as of the trade date. Realized gains and
losses from securities transactions are recorded on the identified cost basis.
Dividend income is recorded on the ex-dividend date. Negative dividend amount,
if any, represents charges by broker on excess cash held in the account.

C. FLEX OPTIONS

FLEX Options are customized equity or index option contracts that trade on an
exchange but provide investors with the ability to customize key contract terms
like exercise prices, styles and expiration dates. FLEX Options are guaranteed
for settlement by the Options Clearing Corporation.

Each Fund, with the exception of BUFT and BUFG, purchases and sells call and put
FLEX Options based on the performance of the Underlying ETF. The FLEX Options
that each Fund holds that reference the Underlying ETF will give each Fund the
right to receive or deliver shares of the Underlying ETF on the option
expiration date at a strike price, depending on whether the option is a put or
call option and whether each Fund purchases or sells the option. The FLEX
Options held by each Fund are European style options, which are exercisable at
the strike price only on the FLEX Option expiration date. All options held by
each Fund at August 31, 2022 are FLEX Options.

D. AFFILIATED TRANSACTIONS

BUFT and BUFG invest in securities of affiliated funds. Each Fund's investment
performance and risks are directly related to the investment performance and
risks of the affiliated funds. Dividend income, if any, realized gains and
losses, and change in appreciation (depreciation) from affiliated funds are
presented on the Statements of Operations.


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Amounts related to these investments in BUFT at August 31, 2022 and for the
fiscal period then ended are as follows:



                                                                            CHANGE IN
                                                                            UNREALIZED      REALIZED
                    SHARES AT    VALUE AT                                  APPRECIATION       GAIN         VALUE AT     DIVIDEND
    SECURITY NAME   8/31/2022   10/26/2021    PURCHASES        SALES      (DEPRECIATION)     (LOSS)       8/31/2022      INCOME
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                               
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - January            --  $        --  $  8,445,573  $  (8,453,641) $           --  $       8,068  $         --  $        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - January            --           --    35,678,826    (34,798,968)             --       (879,858)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - February           --           --    45,119,108    (44,060,786)             --     (1,058,322)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - March              --           --    12,545,990    (12,367,434)             --       (178,556)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - March              --           --    43,901,712    (42,453,153)             --     (1,448,559)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - April              --           --     9,750,360     (9,493,939)             --       (256,421)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - May           877,243           --    84,952,151    (56,576,056)       (561,439)      (119,568)   27,695,088           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - June        1,025,904           --    65,052,074    (31,052,413)        510,511     (1,281,141)   33,229,031           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - July          912,419           --    28,951,995        (55,148)       (557,155)            42    28,339,734           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - August             --           --    37,383,362    (36,952,149)             --       (431,213)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - September          --           --    43,010,669    (42,808,704)             --       (201,965)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - October            --           --    36,657,117    (35,831,815)             --       (825,302)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - November    1,104,296           --    65,870,976    (29,080,315)        (26,079)      (499,501)   36,265,081           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - December           --           --     7,452,643     (7,437,687)             --        (14,956)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - December      963,527           --    30,063,604       (718,027)        (49,179)         4,458    29,300,856           --
                                --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                $        --  $554,836,160  $(392,140,235) $     (683,341) $  (7,182,794) $154,829,790  $        --
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Amounts related to these investments in BUFG at August 31, 2022 and for the
fiscal period then ended are as follows:



                                                                            CHANGE IN
                                                                            UNREALIZED      REALIZED
                    SHARES AT    VALUE AT                                  APPRECIATION       GAIN         VALUE AT     DIVIDEND
  SECURITY NAME     8/31/2022   10/26/2021    PURCHASES        SALES      (DEPRECIATION)     (LOSS)       8/31/2022      INCOME
------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                               
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - January       942,600  $        --  $102,262,054  $ (68,952,314) $     (868,884) $  (1,946,709) $ 30,494,147  $        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - February      895,839           --    99,683,865    (66,418,567)     (1,004,477)      (564,246)   31,696,575           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - March       1,037,951           --    81,950,459    (46,126,639)        (22,462)    (3,386,148)   32,415,210           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - April       1,160,260           --    83,101,964    (45,610,717)        (87,382)    (3,373,439)   34,030,426           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - July               --           --    61,732,192    (63,157,383)             --      1,425,191            --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - August        989,267           --   110,952,102    (75,976,651)        314,349       (507,172)   34,782,628           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - September          --           --    69,032,304    (68,956,456)             --        (75,848)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - October            --           --    45,625,515    (45,380,142)             --       (245,373)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Deep
   Buffer
   ETF - October            --           --     5,043,001     (5,035,678)             --         (7,323)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - November           --           --    93,891,019    (92,825,554)             --     (1,065,465)           --           --
FT Cboe Vest U.S.
   Equity Buffer
   ETF - December           --           --    82,040,127    (80,457,859)             --     (1,582,268)           --           --
                                --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                $        --  $835,314,602  $(658,897,960) $   (1,668,856) $ (11,328,800) $163,418,986  $        --
                                ==================================================================================================


E. DIVIDENDS AND DISTRIBUTIONS TO SHAREHOLDERS

Dividends from net investment income of each Fund, if any, are declared and paid
annually, with the exception of BUFT and BUFG which are declared and paid
quarterly, or as the Board of Trustees may determine from time to time.
Distributions of net realized gains earned by each Fund, if any, are distributed
at least annually.

Distributions from net investment income and realized capital gains are
determined in accordance with federal income tax regulations, which may differ
from U.S. GAAP. Certain capital accounts in the financial statements are
periodically adjusted for permanent differences in order to reflect their tax
character. These permanent differences are primarily due to the varying
treatment of income and gain/loss on significantly modified portfolio securities
held by the Funds and have no impact on net assets or NAV per share. Temporary
differences, which arise from recognizing certain items of income, expense and
gain/loss in different periods for financial statement and tax purposes, will
reverse at some time in the future. During their applicable taxable periods,
none of the Funds paid a distribution in 2021 or 2022.


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As of the applicable taxable year end, the components of distributable earnings
on a tax basis for each Fund were as follows:



                                                                                           Accumulated        Net
                                                                          Undistributed    Capital and     Unrealized
                                                              Taxable        Ordinary         Other       Appreciation
                                                             Year End         Income       Gain (Loss)   (Depreciation)
                                                           -------------  --------------  -------------  --------------
                                                                                             
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January                31-Jan-22    $     (113,056) $ (15,497,262) $    4,128,224
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January           31-Jan-22           (44,122)    (5,006,751)        635,400
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February               28-Feb-22          (335,864)   (30,356,328)        984,142
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February          28-Feb-22          (342,052)   (25,392,305)        395,740
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March                  31-Mar-22          (209,934)            --       1,338,253
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March             31-Mar-22          (193,187)    (5,303,110)        599,452
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April                  30-Apr-22          (431,763)   (16,407,792)     (7,138,172)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April             30-Apr-22          (266,079)    (6,121,884)     (3,248,145)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May                    31-May-22          (481,257)   (25,588,792)      9,273,448
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May               31-May-22          (321,459)   (14,162,654)      3,263,795
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June                   30-Jun-22          (537,815)   (26,423,868)      3,048,407
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June              30-Jun-22          (373,396)   (16,876,921)        981,036
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July                   31-Jul-22          (763,527)   (14,357,861)      8,661,196
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July              31-Jul-22          (382,679)    (7,649,376)      3,820,154
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August                 31-Aug-22        (1,180,725)   (34,453,622)    (12,013,653)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August            31-Aug-22          (843,218)   (24,672,642)     (4,316,681)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September              30-Sep-21          (190,914)    (1,636,302)       (536,323)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September         30-Sep-21          (152,862)      (505,434)       (301,100)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October                31-Oct-21          (460,448)    (6,876,924)      1,823,307
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October           31-Oct-21          (269,814)    (3,105,136)        650,888
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November               30-Nov-21        (1,357,803)   (23,533,670)     (4,236,888)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November          30-Nov-21          (739,974)    (9,691,342)     (1,254,397)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December               31-Dec-21                --     (5,909,553)      2,475,112
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December          31-Dec-21                --     (7,120,867)        976,931
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF               31-Aug-22          (145,364)    (5,394,632)     (2,457,143)
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF                  31-Aug-22          (185,676)    (5,105,775)     (8,213,042)


F. INCOME TAXES

Each Fund intends to qualify or continue to qualify as a regulated investment
company by complying with the requirements under Subchapter M of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986, as amended, which includes distributing substantially all
of its net investment income and net realized gains to shareholders.
Accordingly, no provision has been made for federal and state income taxes.
However, due to the timing and amount of distributions, each Fund may be subject
to an excise tax of 4% of the amount by which approximately 98% of each Fund's
taxable income exceeds the distributions from such taxable income for the
calendar year.

The Funds are subject to accounting standards that establish a minimum threshold
for recognizing, and a system for measuring, the benefits of a tax position
taken or expected to be taken in a tax return. For FFEB, DFEB, FMAY, DMAY, FJUN,
DJUN, FJUL, DJUL, FAUG, DAUG, FNOV, and DNOV, the taxable years ended 2020,
2021, and 2022 remain open to federal and state audit. For FJAN, DJAN, FMAR,
DMAR, FAPR, DAPR, FSEP, DSEP, FOCT, DOCT, FDEC, and DDEC, the taxable years
ended 2021 and 2022 remain open to federal and state audit. For BUFT and BUFG,
the taxable year ended 2022 remains open to federal and state audit. As of
August 31, 2022, management has evaluated the application of these standards to
the Funds and has determined that no provision for income tax is required in the
Funds' financial statements for uncertain tax positions.

Each Fund intends to utilize provisions of the federal income tax laws, which
allow it to carry a realized capital loss forward indefinitely following the
year of the loss and offset such loss against any future realized capital gains.
Each Fund is subject to certain limitations under U.S. tax rules on the use of
capital loss carryforwards and net unrealized built-in losses. These limitations
apply when there has been a 50% change in ownership. At each Fund's applicable
taxable year end, for federal income tax purposes, the Funds had a capital loss
carryforward available that is shown in the table below, to the extent provided
by regulations, to offset future capital gains. To the extent that these loss
carryforwards are used to offset future capital gains, it is probable that the
capital gains so offset will not be distributed to the Funds' shareholders.


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                                                                                   Non-Expiring
                                                                Taxable            Capital Loss
                                                               Year End            Carryforward
                                                          -------------------   ------------------
                                                                            
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January                  31-Jan-22          $   15,497,262
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January             31-Jan-22               5,006,751
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February                 28-Feb-22              30,356,328
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February            28-Feb-22              25,392,305
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March                    31-Mar-22                      --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March               31-Mar-22               5,303,110
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April                    30-Apr-22              16,407,792
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April               30-Apr-22               6,121,884
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May                      31-May-22              25,588,792
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May                 31-May-22              14,162,654
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June                     30-Jun-22              26,423,868
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June                30-Jun-22              16,876,921
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July                     31-Jul-22              14,357,861
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July                31-Jul-22               7,649,376
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August                   31-Aug-22              34,453,622
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August              31-Aug-22              24,672,642
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September                30-Sep-21               1,636,302
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September           30-Sep-21                 505,434
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October                  31-Oct-21               6,876,924
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October             31-Oct-21               3,105,136
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November                 30-Nov-21              23,533,670
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November            30-Nov-21               9,691,342
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December                 31-Dec-21               5,909,553
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December            31-Dec-21               7,120,867
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF                 31-Aug-22               5,394,632
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF                    31-Aug-22               5,105,775


During the applicable taxable year end, the Fund listed below utilized
non-expiring capital loss carryforwards in the following amount:

                                                              Capital Loss
                                                          Carryforward Utilized
                                                          ---------------------
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February           $ 17,964,075


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Certain losses realized during the current taxable year may be deferred and
treated as occurring on the first day of the following taxable year for federal
income tax purposes. At each Fund's applicable taxable year end, the Funds
listed below incurred and elected to defer net late year ordinary or capital
losses as follows:



                                                                                         Qualified Late Year Losses
                                                                Taxable         --------------------------------------------
                                                               Year End          Ordinary Losses            Capital Losses
                                                          -------------------   ------------------        ------------------
                                                                                                 
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January                  31-Jan-22        $          113,056        $               --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January             31-Jan-22                    44,122                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February                 28-Feb-22                   335,864                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February            28-Feb-22                   342,052                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March                    31-Mar-22                   209,934                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March               31-Mar-22                   193,187                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April                    30-Apr-22                   431,763                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April               30-Apr-22                   266,079                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May                      31-May-22                   481,257                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May                 31-May-22                   321,459                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June                     30-Jun-22                   537,815                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June                30-Jun-22                   373,396                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July                     31-Jul-22                   763,527                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July                31-Jul-22                   382,679                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August                   31-Aug-22                 1,180,725                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August              31-Aug-22                   843,218                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September                30-Sep-21                   190,914                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September           30-Sep-21                   152,862                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October                  31-Oct-21                   460,448                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October             31-Oct-21                   269,814                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November                 30-Nov-21                 1,357,803                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November            30-Nov-21                   739,974                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December                 31-Dec-21                        --                        --
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December            31-Dec-21                        --                        --
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF                 31-Aug-22                   145,364                        --
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF                    31-Aug-22                   185,676                        --



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In order to present paid-in capital and accumulated distributable earnings
(loss) (which consists of accumulated net investment income (loss), accumulated
net realized gain (loss) on investments and net unrealized appreciation
(depreciation) on investments) on the Statements of Assets and Liabilities that
more closely represent their tax character, certain adjustments have been made
to paid-in capital, accumulated net investment income (loss) and accumulated net
realized gain (loss) on investments. These adjustments are primarily due to the
difference between book and tax treatments of income and gains on various
investment securities held by the Funds and in-kind transactions. The results of
operations and net assets were not affected by these adjustments. For each
Fund's applicable taxable period the adjustments were as follows:



                                                                                                Accumulated
                                                                               Accumulated      Net Realized
                                                                Taxable       Net Investment    Gain (Loss)        Paid-In
                                                                Year End      Income (Loss)    on Investments      Capital
                                                             --------------   --------------   --------------   --------------
                                                                                                    
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January                  31-Jan-22      $      907,754   $  (29,401,571)  $   28,493,817
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January             31-Jan-22             483,824      (10,161,595)       9,677,771
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February                 28-Feb-22           2,123,986      (37,014,821)      34,890,835
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February            28-Feb-22           2,593,611       (7,489,979)       4,896,368
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March                    31-Mar-22             497,984      (11,112,372)      10,614,388
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March               31-Mar-22             414,516      (11,773,586)      11,359,070
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April                    30-Apr-22             724,138      (20,340,842)      19,616,704
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April               30-Apr-22             564,025      (10,730,384)      10,166,359
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May                      31-May-22             770,826       (9,088,259)       8,317,433
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May                 31-May-22             403,376       (5,901,636)       5,498,260
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June                     30-Jun-22             734,446      (10,830,303)      10,095,857
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June                30-Jun-22             285,713       (7,364,878)       7,079,165
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July                     31-Jul-22             642,936      (10,757,667)      10,114,731
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July                31-Jul-22             300,610       (1,154,197)         853,587
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August                   31-Aug-22           1,110,780      (19,183,946)      18,073,166
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August              31-Aug-22             920,236       (2,568,051)       1,647,815
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September                30-Sep-21              42,604       (5,045,966)       5,003,362
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September           30-Sep-21              65,029       (2,850,662)       2,785,633
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October                  31-Oct-21              71,989      (15,657,071)      15,585,082
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October             31-Oct-21              49,450       (6,421,364)       6,371,914
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November                 30-Nov-21             820,589      (39,559,134)      38,738,545
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November            30-Nov-21             825,528       (8,808,118)       7,982,590
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December                 31-Dec-21             582,432      (14,455,992)      13,873,560
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December            31-Dec-21             492,196      (11,421,035)      10,928,839
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF                 31-Aug-22               7,947           14,360          (22,307)
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF                    31-Aug-22              10,875         (321,161)         310,286



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As of August 31, 2022, the aggregate cost, gross unrealized appreciation, gross
unrealized depreciation, and net unrealized appreciation/(depreciation) on
investments (including short positions and derivatives, if any) for federal
income tax purposes were as follows:



                                                                                  Gross            Gross        Net Unrealized
                                                                                Unrealized       Unrealized      Appreciation
                                                                Tax Cost       Appreciation    (Depreciation)   (Depreciation)
                                                             --------------   --------------   --------------   --------------
                                                                                                    
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January                $  200,680,514   $    6,693,109   $  (18,017,533) $   (11,324,424)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January              139,505,757        5,589,866      (12,053,101)      (6,463,235)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February                  318,673,800       12,024,910      (27,418,574)     (15,393,664)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February             315,711,724       13,836,775      (26,231,351)     (12,394,576)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March                     211,306,917        6,546,046      (20,639,994)     (14,093,948)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March                203,406,516        8,941,248      (19,457,759)     (10,516,511)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April                     294,018,867       10,444,639      (22,746,796)     (12,302,157)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April                275,420,852        8,812,093      (15,964,531)      (7,152,438)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May                       361,865,861       12,962,746      (10,720,354)       2,242,392
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May                  227,282,837        6,277,134       (7,390,469)      (1,113,335)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June                      285,900,735       24,970,018      (12,152,128)      12,817,890
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June                 174,946,677       13,202,828       (7,956,635)       5,246,193
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July                      218,089,096        8,034,675       (5,380,712)       2,653,963
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July                 156,740,078        5,272,944       (4,786,346)         486,598
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August                    335,180,677        8,012,069      (20,025,722)     (12,013,653)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August               161,575,330        5,002,443       (9,319,124)      (4,316,681)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September                 133,782,032        5,908,240      (14,477,325)      (8,569,085)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September            106,580,340        1,688,465       (9,282,432)      (7,593,967)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October                   156,824,574        8,772,422      (19,120,303)     (10,347,881)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October              135,734,655        5,260,885      (14,660,468)      (9,399,583)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November                  283,747,104       24,008,517      (46,453,644)     (22,445,127)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November             416,990,809       21,226,844      (37,735,770)     (16,508,926)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December                  208,046,475       12,682,174      (30,426,695)     (17,744,521)
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December             260,271,376       12,856,530      (21,364,331)      (8,507,801)
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF                  157,323,335          681,595       (3,138,738)      (2,457,143)
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF                     171,659,923          537,596       (8,750,638)      (8,213,042)


G. EXPENSES

Expenses, other than the investment advisory fee and other excluded expenses,
are paid by the Advisor (see Note 3).

3. INVESTMENT ADVISORY FEE, AFFILIATED TRANSACTIONS AND OTHER FEE ARRANGEMENTS

First Trust, the investment advisor to the Funds, is a limited partnership with
one limited partner, Grace Partners of DuPage L.P., and one general partner, The
Charger Corporation. The Charger Corporation is an Illinois corporation
controlled by James A. Bowen, Chief Executive Officer of First Trust. First
Trust is responsible for the ongoing monitoring of the securities in each Fund's
portfolio, managing the Funds' business affairs and providing certain
administrative services necessary for the management of the Funds.

First Trust is paid an annual unitary management fee of 0.85% of each Fund's
average daily net assets with the exception of BUFT and BUFG which each pay an
annual unitary management fee of 0.20%. In addition, BUFT and BUFG incur pro
rata share of fees and expenses attributable to investments in other investment
companies ("acquired fund fees and expenses"). The total of the unitary
management fee and acquired fund fees and expenses represents each Fund's total
annual operating expenses.

First Trust is responsible for each Fund's expenses, including the cost of
transfer agency, sub-advisory, custody, fund administration, legal, audit and
other services, but excluding fee payments under the Investment Management
Agreement, interest, taxes, acquired fund fees and expenses, if any, brokerage
commissions and other expenses connected with the execution of portfolio
transactions, distribution and service fees payable pursuant to a Rule 12b-1
plan, if any, and extraordinary expenses.

Cboe VestSM Financial LLC ("Cboe Vest"), an affiliate of First Trust, serves as
the Funds' sub-advisor and manages each Fund's portfolio subject to First
Trust's supervision. Pursuant to the Investment Management Agreement, between
the Trust, on behalf of the Funds, and the Advisor, and the Investment
Sub-Advisory Agreement among the Trust, on behalf of the Funds (other than BUFT


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and BUFG), the Advisor and Cboe Vest, First Trust will supervise Cboe Vest and
its management of the investment of each Fund's assets and will pay Cboe Vest
for its services as the Funds' sub-advisor a sub-advisory fee equal to 50% of
any remaining monthly unitary management fee paid to the Advisor after the
average Fund's expenses accrued during the most recent twelve months (or shorter
period during the first eleven months of the Investment Sub-Advisory Agreement)
are subtracted from the unitary management fee for that month. Pursuant to the
Investment Management Agreement, between the Trust, on behalf of the Funds, and
the Advisor, and the Investment Sub-Advisory Agreement among the Trust, on
behalf of BUFT and BUFG, the Advisor and Cboe Vest, First Trust will supervise
Cboe Vest and its management of the investment of each Fund's assets and will
pay Cboe Vest for its services as the Funds' sub-advisor a sub-advisory fee
equal to 50% of the monthly unitary management fee paid to the Advisor, less
Cboe Vest's 50% share of each of BUFT and BUFG's expenses for that month.

The Trust has multiple service agreements with The Bank of New York Mellon
("BNYM"). Under the service agreements, BNYM performs custodial, fund
accounting, certain administrative services, and transfer agency services for
each Fund. As custodian, BNYM is responsible for custody of each Fund's assets.
As fund accountant and administrator, BNYM is responsible for maintaining the
books and records of each Fund's securities and cash. As transfer agent, BNYM is
responsible for maintaining shareholder records for each Fund. BNYM is a
subsidiary of The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation, a financial holding
company.

Each Trustee who is not an officer or employee of First Trust, any sub-advisor
or any of their affiliates ("Independent Trustees") is paid a fixed annual
retainer that is allocated equally among each fund in the First Trust Fund
Complex. Each Independent Trustee is also paid an annual per fund fee that
varies based on whether the fund is a closed-end or other actively managed fund,
a defined-outcome fund or an index fund.

Additionally, the Lead Independent Trustee and the Chairs of the Audit
Committee, Nominating and Governance Committee and Valuation Committee are paid
annual fees to serve in such capacities, with such compensation allocated pro
rata among each fund in the First Trust Fund Complex based on net assets.
Independent Trustees are reimbursed for travel and out-of-pocket expenses in
connection with all meetings. The Lead Independent Trustee and Committee Chairs
rotate every three years. The officers and "Interested" Trustee receive no
compensation from the Trust for acting in such capacities.

                      4. PURCHASES AND SALES OF SECURITIES

For the fiscal period ended August 31, 2022, the Funds, except BUFT and BUFG,
had no purchases or sales of investments, excluding short-term investments and
in-kind transactions. Each Fund, except BUFT and BUFG, holds options for a
target outcome period of approximately one year based on the expiration date of
the options, which occurs on the third Friday of the month corresponding to the
month in each Fund name. For securities transactions purposes, the options are
considered short-term investments.

For the fiscal period ended August 31, 2022, the cost of purchases and proceeds
from sales of investments for BUFT and BUFG, excluding short-term investments
and in-kind transactions, were as follows:



                                                                                Purchases          Sales
                                                                              --------------   --------------
                                                                                         
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF                                $  372,663,987   $  370,535,179
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF                                      435,392,776      433,293,985



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For the fiscal period ended August 31, 2022, the cost of in-kind purchases and
proceeds from in-kind sales for each Fund were as follows:



                                                                                Purchases          Sales
                                                                              --------------   --------------
                                                                                         
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January                                 $   10,046,481   $  195,324,464
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January                                 1,588,335       52,318,111
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February                                     5,605,159      199,661,287
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February                                       --       63,272,533
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March                                        8,104,787      106,611,160
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March                                   1,580,271      118,676,883
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April                                        7,935,796      168,687,388
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April                                   1,537,733      123,332,158
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May                                          9,373,475      182,494,814
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May                                     1,725,323      143,473,693
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June                                         7,436,374      102,861,762
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June                                    1,692,240      101,612,069
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July                                        10,610,878      127,288,344
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July                                    3,330,307       13,212,140
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August                                      18,225,364      261,598,664
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August                                 16,887,238       33,329,496
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September                                   41,087,725       59,405,757
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September                              14,595,362       39,453,732
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October                                     45,356,128       92,318,020
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October                                19,245,353       52,710,582
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November                                    30,340,307      171,629,119
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November                                6,858,468       45,202,005
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December                                     8,474,649      111,664,584
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December                                       --       56,519,503
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF                                   182,172,173       21,605,056
FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth ETF                                      399,921,826      225,603,975



                           5. DERIVATIVE TRANSACTIONS

The following table presents the types of derivatives held by each Fund at
August 31, 2022, the primary underlying risk exposure and the location of these
instruments as presented on the Statements of Assets and Liabilities.



                                                      ASSET DERIVATIVES                         LIABILITY DERIVATIVES
                                          -----------------------------------------   -----------------------------------------
DERIVATIVES                                STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND                    STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND
INSTRUMENT           RISK EXPOSURE           LIABILITIES LOCATION         VALUE          LIABILITIES LOCATION         VALUE
------------------   ------------------   --------------------------   ------------   --------------------------   ------------
                                                                                                    
FJAN
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value          $197,942,485   written, at value            $  9,929,884

DJAN
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           133,535,300   written, at value               1,415,028

FFEB
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           317,557,287   written, at value              16,685,723

DFEB
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           305,310,128   written, at value               4,310,968



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                                                      ASSET DERIVATIVES                         LIABILITY DERIVATIVES
                                          -----------------------------------------   -----------------------------------------
DERIVATIVES                                STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND                    STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND
INSTRUMENT           RISK EXPOSURE           LIABILITIES LOCATION         VALUE          LIABILITIES LOCATION         VALUE
------------------   ------------------   --------------------------   ------------   --------------------------   ------------
                                                                                                    
FMAR
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value          $208,965,058   written, at value            $ 13,481,131

DMAR
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           194,678,016   written, at value               3,367,592

FAPR
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           298,232,126   written, at value              19,181,354

DAPR
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           269,387,638   written, at value               5,815,150

FMAY
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           379,628,095   written, at value              18,958,375

DMAY
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           233,542,142   written, at value               9,447,665

FJUN
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           314,492,006   written, at value              18,794,270

DJUN
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           190,647,750   written, at value              12,221,827

FJUL
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           232,565,369   written, at value              14,202,788

DJUL
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           164,230,199   written, at value               8,668,527

FAUG
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           343,022,955   written, at value              23,798,291

DAUG
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           161,225,775   written, at value               5,822,421

FSEP
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           127,752,437   written, at value               2,999,643

DSEP
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value            98,611,769   written, at value                  21,641



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                                                      ASSET DERIVATIVES                         LIABILITY DERIVATIVES
                                          -----------------------------------------   -----------------------------------------
DERIVATIVES                                STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND                    STATEMENTS OF ASSETS AND
INSTRUMENT           RISK EXPOSURE           LIABILITIES LOCATION         VALUE          LIABILITIES LOCATION         VALUE
------------------   ------------------   --------------------------   ------------   --------------------------   ------------
                                                                                                    
FOCT
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value          $151,444,347   written, at value            $  5,653,260

DOCT
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           123,714,651   written, at value                 226,386

FNOV
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           278,649,360   written, at value              18,911,240

DNOV
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           400,762,390   written, at value               2,471,285

FDEC
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           202,076,129   written, at value              13,037,517

DDEC
                                          Options contracts                           Options contracts
Options              Equity Risk          purchased, at value           252,266,972   written, at value               2,062,434


The following table presents the amount of net realized gain (loss) and change
in net unrealized appreciation (depreciation) recognized for the fiscal year
ended August 31, 2022, on each Fund's derivative instruments, as well as the
primary underlying risk exposure associated with the instruments.



                                                                                  EQUITY RISK
                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS LOCATION                  FJAN          DJAN          FFEB          DFEB          FMAR          DMAR
-------------------------------------          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   
Net realized gain (loss) on:
   Purchased options contracts                 $  5,508,682  $  1,784,835  $  4,223,426  $ 14,037,255  $  3,473,746  $  2,748,712
   Written options contracts                      8,754,282     1,324,471    17,586,621     9,852,247     5,540,463     2,659,496

Net change in unrealized appreciation
  (depreciation) on:
   Purchased options contracts                  (25,538,851)  (16,034,139)  (41,690,645)  (52,273,743)  (20,023,882)  (19,542,701)
   Written options contracts                      4,729,761     8,183,233     3,374,301    23,032,165     3,281,167     8,699,171




                                                                                  EQUITY RISK
                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS LOCATION                  FAPR          DAPR          FMAY          DMAY          FJUN          DJUN
-------------------------------------          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   
Net realized gain (loss) on:
   Purchased options contracts                 $ (4,558,768) $    (97,597) $ (8,712,822) $ (7,545,252) $ (8,860,775) $(10,960,490)
   Written options contracts                      9,209,937     6,378,108     8,117,489     5,654,356     6,178,630     4,992,505

Net change in unrealized appreciation
  (depreciation) on:
   Purchased options contracts                  (20,037,199)  (16,773,593)  (11,481,800)   (8,366,209)    5,069,218     4,540,663
   Written options contracts                        890,175     7,471,848     8,459,289     5,391,117     3,224,853      (283,036)



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                                                                                  EQUITY RISK
                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS LOCATION                 FJUL          DJUL          FAUG          DAUG          FSEP          DSEP
-------------------------------------          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   
Net realized gain (loss) on:
   Purchased options contracts                 $(10,006,476) $ (7,984,354) $(15,429,481) $(15,062,786) $  3,339,105  $  2,796,912
   Written options contracts                      8,398,152     3,925,950    15,744,198     7,480,592       165,251      (682,065)

Net change in unrealized appreciation
  (depreciation) on:
   Purchased options contracts                   (1,816,722)   (1,893,470)  (13,861,593)   (7,920,087)  (14,351,091)  (11,460,158)
   Written options contracts                      1,539,907     1,484,938       282,934     2,797,291     7,705,807     5,240,592




                                                                                  EQUITY RISK
                                               ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS LOCATION                 FOCT          DOCT          FNOV          DNOV          FDEC          DDEC
-------------------------------------          ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                                                   
Net realized gain (loss) on:
   Purchased options contracts                 $  8,913,068  $  8,291,553  $ 26,854,544  $ 21,177,469  $ 10,776,977  $ 10,150,986
   Written options contracts                       (785,657)   (2,297,821)  (11,610,320)  (14,210,201)     (307,850)   (5,740,608)

Net change in unrealized appreciation
  (depreciation) on:
   Purchased options contracts                  (24,008,573)  (21,694,531)  (44,522,769)  (43,056,874)  (25,688,391)  (23,405,351)
   Written options contracts                      7,329,975     9,386,756     9,318,978    22,768,382     1,777,650    11,788,682


The Funds do not have the right to offset financial assets and financial
liabilities related to options contracts on the Statements of Assets and
Liabilities.

The following table presents the premiums for purchased options contracts
opened, premiums for purchased options contracts closed, exercised and expired,
premiums for written options contracts opened, and premiums for written options
contracts closed, exercised and expired, for the fiscal year ended August 31,
2022, on each Fund's options contracts.



                                                   PREMIUMS FOR                          PREMIUMS FOR
                               PREMIUMS FOR         PURCHASED                           WRITTEN OPTIONS
                                PURCHASED       OPTIONS CONTRACTS     PREMIUMS FOR     CONTRACTS CLOSED,
                            OPTIONS CONTRACTS   CLOSED, EXERCISED    WRITTEN OPTIONS     EXERCISED AND
                                  OPENED           AND EXPIRED      CONTRACTS OPENED        EXPIRED
                            ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                                           
           FJAN             $      497,487,780  $      410,715,244  $      36,094,702  $      31,986,897
           DJAN                    231,381,102         137,670,001         15,873,281         12,882,610
           FFEB                    597,655,323         509,895,482         31,467,579         25,969,890
           DFEB                    428,061,917         378,848,154         22,955,251         23,083,934
           FMAR                    409,870,553         269,022,790         21,699,992         11,026,843
           DMAR                    356,605,297         214,619,034         14,422,845          8,982,204
           FAPR                    573,225,415         395,933,612         26,550,143         13,724,370
           DAPR                    445,215,105         257,717,907         17,422,176         10,278,043
           FMAY                    690,184,580         417,086,600         31,059,502         10,691,741
           DMAY                    443,393,010         269,186,191         19,523,266          9,538,435
           FJUN                    495,404,084         306,351,834         26,652,757         12,918,849
           DJUN                    371,731,098         235,037,073         15,078,365          6,994,333
           FJUL                    461,462,621         358,558,200         23,663,396         15,885,399
           DJUL                    244,171,789         135,728,656         11,478,044          4,806,200
           FAUG                    768,299,452         575,311,278         34,203,569         20,047,153
           DAUG                    299,354,566         224,618,131         11,980,655          8,324,608
           FSEP                    218,514,202         124,644,272         13,218,633          9,526,385
           DSEP                    152,835,719          74,918,907          4,516,850          5,645,870
           FOCT                    317,288,421         220,800,542         20,254,946         15,955,930
           DOCT                    203,415,757         106,142,206         10,340,638          8,492,044
           FNOV                    547,761,215         386,274,385         43,207,219         33,650,556
           DNOV                    514,222,632         178,053,376         20,662,753         12,494,800
           FDEC                    407,684,942         257,149,038         27,771,960         19,567,387
           DDEC                    363,447,038         155,564,894         18,409,990         13,081,380



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                 6. CREATIONS, REDEMPTIONS AND TRANSACTION FEES

Each Fund generally issues and redeems its shares in primary market transactions
through a creation and redemption mechanism and does not sell or redeem
individual shares. Instead, financial entities known as "Authorized
Participants" have contractual arrangements with a Fund or one of the Fund's
service providers to purchase and redeem Fund shares directly with the Fund in
large blocks of shares known as "Creation Units." Prior to the start of trading
on every business day, a Fund publishes through the National Securities Clearing
Corporation ("NSCC") the "basket" of securities, cash or other assets that it
will accept in exchange for a Creation Unit of the Fund's shares. An Authorized
Participant that wishes to effectuate a creation of a Fund's shares deposits
with the Fund the "basket" of securities, cash or other assets identified by the
Fund that day, and then receives the Creation Unit of the Fund's shares in
return for those assets. After purchasing a Creation Unit, the Authorized
Participant may continue to hold the Fund's shares or sell them in the secondary
market. The redemption process is the reverse of the purchase process: the
Authorized Participant redeems a Creation Unit of a Fund's shares for a basket
of securities, cash or other assets. The combination of the creation and
redemption process with secondary market trading in a Fund's shares and
underlying securities provides arbitrage opportunities that are designed to help
keep the market price of a Fund's shares at or close to the NAV per share of the
Fund.

Each Fund imposes fees in connection with the purchase of Creation Units. These
fees may vary based upon various fact-based circumstances, including, but not
limited to, the composition of the securities included in the Creation Unit or
the countries in which the transactions are settled. The price for each Creation
Unit will equal the daily NAV per share of a Fund times the number of shares in
a Creation Unit, plus the fees described above and, if applicable, any
operational processing and brokerage costs, transfer fees, stamp taxes and part
or all of the spread between the expected bid and offer side of the market
related to the securities comprising the creation basket.

Each Fund also imposes fees in connection with the redemption of Creation Units.
These fees may vary based upon various fact-based circumstances, including, but
not limited to, the composition of the securities included in the Creation Unit
or the countries in which the transactions are settled. The price received for
each Creation Unit will equal the daily NAV per share of a Fund times the number
of shares in a Creation Unit, minus the fees described above and, if applicable,
any operational processing and brokerage costs, transfer fees, stamp taxes and
part or all of the spread between the expected bid and offer side of the market
related to the securities comprising the redemption basket. Investors who use
the services of a broker or other such intermediary in addition to an Authorized
Participant to effect a redemption of a Creation Unit may also be assessed an
amount to cover the cost of such services. The redemption fee charged by a Fund
will comply with Rule 22c-2 of the 1940 Act which limits redemption fees to no
more than 2% of the value of the shares redeemed.

                              7. DISTRIBUTION PLAN

The Board of Trustees adopted a Distribution and Service Plan pursuant to Rule
12b-1 under the 1940 Act. In accordance with the Rule 12b-1 plan, the Funds are
authorized to pay an amount up to 0.25% of their average daily net assets each
year to reimburse First Trust Portfolios L.P. ("FTP"), the distributor of the
Funds, for amounts expended to finance activities primarily intended to result
in the sale of Creation Units or the provision of investor services. FTP may
also use this amount to compensate securities dealers or other persons that are
Authorized Participants for providing distribution assistance, including
broker-dealer and shareholder support and educational and promotional services.

No 12b-1 fees are currently paid by the Funds, and pursuant to a contractual
arrangement, no 12b-1 fees will be paid any time before December 31, 2023 for
FJAN, DJAN, FFEB, DFEB, FMAR, DMAR, FAPR, DAPR, FMAY, DMAY, FJUN, DJUN, FJUL,
DJUL, FAUG, DAUG, FSEP, DSEP, FOCT, DOCT, FNOV, DNOV, FDEC, and DDEC, and
October 25, 2023 for BUFT and BUFG.

8. INDEMNIFICATION

The Trust, on behalf of the Funds, has a variety of indemnification obligations
under contracts with its service providers. The Trust's maximum exposure under
these arrangements is unknown. However, the Trust has not had prior claims or
losses pursuant to these contracts and expects the risk of loss to be remote.


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                              9. SUBSEQUENT EVENTS

Management has evaluated the impact of all subsequent events on the Funds
through the date the financial statements were issued and has determined that
there were the following subsequent events:

As of September 19, 2022, the investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Buffer ETF - September changed to include an upside cap of 23.41% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 22.56% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee) and an Outcome Period of September 19,
2022 to September 15, 2023.

As of September 19, 2022, the investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September changed to include an upside cap of 16.98%
(before fees, expenses and taxes) and 16.13% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee) and an Outcome Period of September 19,
2022 to September 15, 2023.

As of October 24, 2022, the investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity
Buffer ETF - October changed to include an upside cap of 27.12% (before fees,
expenses and taxes) and 26.27% (after fees and expenses, excluding brokerage
commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not included in the
Fund's management fee) and an Outcome Period of October 24, 2022 to October 20,
2023.

As of October 24, 2022, the investment objective of the FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity
Deep Buffer ETF - October changed to include an upside cap of 19.20% (before
fees, expenses and taxes) and 18.35% (after fees and expenses, excluding
brokerage commissions, trading fees, taxes and extraordinary expenses not
included in the Fund's management fee) and an Outcome Period of October 24, 2022
to October 20, 2023.


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TO THE SHAREHOLDERS AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED
FUND VIII:

OPINION ON THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

We have audited the accompanying statements of assets and liabilities of FT Cboe
Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF
- January, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - February, FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March,
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity
Buffer ETF - April, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April, FT Cboe
Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF -
May, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
Buffer ETF - June, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July, FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August, FT
Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer
ETF - September, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September, FT Cboe
Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF
- October, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November, FT Cboe Vest U.S.
Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF -
December, FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December, FT Cboe Vest
Buffered Allocation Defensive ETF, and FT Cboe Vest Buffered Allocation Growth
ETF (the "Funds"), each a series of the First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII,
including the portfolios of investments, as of August 31, 2022, and the related
statements of operations, the changes in net assets, and the financial
highlights for the periods indicated in the table below, and the related notes.
In our opinion, the financial statements and financial highlights present
fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Funds as of
August 31, 2022, and the results of their operations, the changes in their net
assets, and the financial highlights for the periods listed in the table below,
in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States
of America.



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       INDIVIDUAL FUNDS              STATEMENTS OF            STATEMENTS OF                           FINANCIAL
     INCLUDED IN THE TRUST             OPERATIONS         CHANGES IN NET ASSETS                       HIGHLIGHTS
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the year ended August 31, 2022 and for the period from
   ETF - January                   August 31, 2022       January 15, 2021 (commencement of operations) through
                                                         August 31, 2021
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
   Buffer ETF - January
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the years ended         For the year ended August 31,
   ETF - February                  August 31, 2022       August 31, 2022 and 2021    2022 and 2021, and for the period
                                                                                     from February 21, 2020
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep                                                        (commencement of operations)
   Buffer ETF - February                                                             through August 31, 2020
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the year ended August 31, 2022 and for the period from
   ETF - March                     August 31, 2022       March 19, 2021 (commencement of operations) through
                                                         August 31, 2021
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
   Buffer ETF - March
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the year ended August 31, 2022 and for the period from
   ETF - April                     August 31, 2022       April 16, 2021 (commencement of operations) through
                                                         August 31, 2021
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
   Buffer ETF - April
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the years ended         For the year ended August 31,
   ETF - May                       August 31, 2022       August 31, 2022 and 2021    2022 and 2021, and for the period
                                                                                     from May 15, 2020
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep                                                        (commencement of operations)
   Buffer ETF - May                                                                  through August 31, 2020
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the years ended         For the year ended August 31,
   ETF - June                      August 31, 2022       August 31, 2022 and 2021    2022 and 2021, and for the period
                                                                                     from June 19, 2020
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep                                                        (commencement of operations)
   Buffer ETF - June                                                                 through August 31, 2020
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       INDIVIDUAL FUNDS              STATEMENTS OF            STATEMENTS OF                           FINANCIAL
     INCLUDED IN THE TRUST             OPERATIONS         CHANGES IN NET ASSETS                       HIGHLIGHTS
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the years ended         For the years ended August 31,
   ETF - July                      August 31, 2022       August 31, 2022 and 2021    2022 and 2021, and for the period
                                                                                     from July 17, 2020
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep                                                        (commencement of operations)
   Buffer ETF - July                                                                 through August 31, 2020
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the years ended         For the year ended August 31,
   ETF - August                    August 31, 2022       August 31, 2022 and 2021    2022 and 2021, and for the period
                                                                                     from November 6, 2019
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep                                                        (commencement of operations)
   Buffer ETF - August                                                               through August 31, 2020
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the year ended August 31, 2022, and for the period from
   ETF - September                 August 31, 2022       September 18, 2020 (commencement of operations) through
                                                         August 31, 2021
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
   Buffer ETF - September
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the year ended August 31, 2022, and for the period from
   ETF - October                   August 31, 2022       October 16, 2020 (commencement of operations) through
                                                         August 31, 2021
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
   Buffer ETF - October
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the years ended         For the year ended August 31,
   ETF - November                  August 31, 2022       August 31, 2022 and 2021    2022 and 2021, and for the period
                                                                                     from November 15, 2019
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep                                                        (commencement of operations)
   Buffer ETF - November                                                             through August 31, 2020
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FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer    For the year ended    For the year ended August 31, 2022, and for the period from
   ETF - December                  August 31, 2022       December 18, 2020 (commencement of operations) through
                                                         August 31, 2021
FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep
   Buffer ETF - December
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FT Cboe Vest Buffered              For the period from October 26, 2021 (commencement of operations) through
   Allocation Defensive ETF        August 31, 2022

FT Cboe Vest Buffered
   Allocation Growth ETF
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BASIS FOR OPINION

These financial statements and financial highlights are the responsibility of
the Funds' management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Funds'
financial statements and financial highlights based on our audits. We are a
public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight
Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to
the Funds in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable
rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those
standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable
assurance about whether the financial statements and financial highlights are
free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud. The Funds are not
required to have, nor were we engaged to perform, an audit of their internal
control over financial reporting. As part of our audits we are required to
obtain an understanding of internal control over financial reporting but not for
the purpose of expressing an opinion on the effectiveness of the Funds' internal
control over financial reporting. Accordingly, we express no such opinion.


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Our audits included performing procedures to assess the risks of material
misstatement of the financial statements and financial highlights, whether due
to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such
procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts
and disclosures in the financial statements and financial highlights. Our audits
also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant
estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of
the financial statements and financial highlights. Our procedures included
confirmation of securities owned as of August 31, 2022, by correspondence with
the custodian and brokers; when replies were not received from brokers, we
performed other auditing procedures. We believe that our audits provide a
reasonable basis for our opinion.

/s/ Deloitte & Touche LLP

Chicago, Illinois
October 24, 2022

We have served as the auditor of one or more First Trust investment companies
since 2001.


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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

                      PROXY VOTING POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

A description of the policies and procedures that the Trust uses to determine
how to vote proxies and information on how each Fund voted proxies relating to
its portfolio securities during the most recent 12-month period ended June 30 is
available (1) without charge, upon request, by calling (800) 988-5891; (2) on
each Fund's website at www.ftportfolios.com; and (3) on the Securities and
Exchange Commission's ("SEC") website at www.sec.gov.

                               PORTFOLIO HOLDINGS

Each Fund files portfolio holdings information for each month in a fiscal
quarter within 60 days after the end of the relevant fiscal quarter on Form
N-PORT. Portfolio holdings information for the third month of each fiscal
quarter will be publicly available on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Each
Fund's complete schedule of portfolio holdings for the second and fourth
quarters of each fiscal year is included in the semi-annual and annual reports
to shareholders, respectively, and is filed with the SEC on Form N-CSR. The
semi-annual and annual report for each Fund is available to investors within 60
days after the period to which it relates. Each Fund's Forms N-PORT and Forms
N-CSR are available on the SEC's website listed above.

                            FEDERAL TAX INFORMATION

There were no distributions made by each Fund during their applicable taxable
period; therefore, no analysis for the corporate dividends received deduction
and qualified dividend income was completed.

                              RISK CONSIDERATIONS

RISKS ARE INHERENT IN ALL INVESTING. CERTAIN GENERAL RISKS THAT MAY BE
APPLICABLE TO A FUND ARE IDENTIFIED BELOW, BUT NOT ALL OF THE MATERIAL RISKS
RELEVANT TO EACH FUND ARE INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT AND NOT ALL OF THE RISKS BELOW
APPLY TO EACH FUND. THE MATERIAL RISKS OF INVESTING IN EACH FUND ARE SPELLED OUT
IN ITS PROSPECTUS, STATEMENT OF ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND OTHER REGULATORY
FILINGS. BEFORE INVESTING, YOU SHOULD CONSIDER EACH FUND'S INVESTMENT OBJECTIVE,
RISKS, CHARGES AND EXPENSES, AND READ EACH FUND'S PROSPECTUS AND STATEMENT OF
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION CAREFULLY. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD EACH FUND'S PROSPECTUS AT
WWW.FTPORTFOLIOS.COM OR CONTACT FIRST TRUST PORTFOLIOS L.P. AT (800) 621-1675 TO
REQUEST A PROSPECTUS, WHICH CONTAINS THIS AND OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT EACH FUND.

CONCENTRATION RISK. To the extent that a fund is able to invest a significant
percentage of its assets in a single asset class or the securities of issuers
within the same country, state, region, industry or sector, an adverse economic,
business or political development may affect the value of the fund's investments
more than if the fund were more broadly diversified. A fund that tracks an index
will be concentrated to the extent the fund's corresponding index is
concentrated. A concentration makes a fund more susceptible to any single
occurrence and may subject the fund to greater market risk than a fund that is
more broadly diversified.

CREDIT RISK. Credit risk is the risk that an issuer of a security will be unable
or unwilling to make dividend, interest and/or principal payments when due and
the related risk that the value of a security may decline because of concerns
about the issuer's ability to make such payments.

CYBER SECURITY RISK. The funds are susceptible to potential operational risks
through breaches in cyber security. A breach in cyber security refers to both
intentional and unintentional events that may cause a fund to lose proprietary
information, suffer data corruption or lose operational capacity. Such events
could cause a fund to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage,
additional compliance costs associated with corrective measures and/or financial
loss. In addition, cyber security breaches of a fund's third-party service
providers, such as its administrator, transfer agent, custodian, or sub-advisor,
as applicable, or issuers in which the fund invests, can also subject a fund to
many of the same risks associated with direct cyber security breaches.

DEFINED OUTCOME FUNDS RISK. To the extent a fund's investment strategy is
designed to deliver returns tied to the price performance of an underlying ETF,
an investor may not realize the returns the fund seeks to achieve if that
investor does not hold shares for the entire target outcome period. In the event
an investor purchases shares after the first day of the target outcome period or
sells shares prior to the end of the target outcome period, the buffer that the
fund seeks to provide against a decline in the value of the underlying ETF may
not be available, the enhanced returns that the fund seeks to provide (if any)
may not be available and the investor may not participate in a gain in the value
of the underlying ETF up to the cap for the investor's investment period.
Additionally, the fund will not participate in gains of the underlying ETF above
the cap and a shareholder may lose their entire investment. If the fund seeks
enhanced returns, there are certain time periods when the value of the fund may
fall faster than the value of the underlying ETF, and it is very unlikely that,
on any given day during which the underlying ETF share price increases in value,
the fund's share price will increase at the same rate as the enhanced returns
sought by the fund, which is designed for an entire target outcome period.
Trading flexible exchange options involves risks different from, or possibly
greater than, the risks associated with investing directly in securities, such
as less liquidity and correlation and valuation risks. A fund may experience
substantial downside from specific flexible exchange option positions and
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DERIVATIVES RISK. To the extent a fund uses derivative instruments such as
futures contracts, options contracts and swaps, the fund may experience losses
because of adverse movements in the price or value of the underlying asset,
index or rate, which may be magnified by certain features of the derivative.
These risks are heightened when a fund's portfolio managers use derivatives to
enhance the fund's return or as a substitute for a position or security, rather
than solely to hedge (or offset) the risk of a position or security held by the
fund.

EQUITY SECURITIES RISK. To the extent a fund invests in equity securities, the
value of the fund's shares will fluctuate with changes in the value of the
equity securities. Equity securities prices fluctuate for several reasons,
including changes in investors' perceptions of the financial condition of an
issuer or the general condition of the relevant stock market, such as market
volatility, or when political or economic events affecting the issuers occur. In
addition, common stock prices may be particularly sensitive to rising interest
rates, as the cost of capital rises and borrowing costs increase. Equity
securities may decline significantly in price over short or extended periods of
time, and such declines may occur in the equity market as a whole, or they may
occur in only a particular country, company, industry or sector of the market.

ETF RISK. The shares of an ETF trade like common stock and represent an interest
in a portfolio of securities. The risks of owning an ETF generally reflect the
risks of owning the underlying securities, although lack of liquidity in an ETF
could result in it being more volatile and ETFs have management fees that
increase their costs. Shares of an ETF trade on an exchange at market prices
rather than net asset value, which may cause the shares to trade at a price
greater than net asset value (premium) or less than net asset value (discount).
In times of market stress, decisions by market makers to reduce or step away
from their role of providing a market for an ETF's shares, or decisions by an
ETF's authorized participants that they are unable or unwilling to proceed with
creation and/or redemption orders of an ETF's shares, could result in shares of
the ETF trading at a discount to net asset value and in greater than normal
intraday bid-ask spreads.

FIXED INCOME SECURITIES RISK. To the extent a fund invests in fixed income
securities, the fund will be subject to credit risk, income risk, interest rate
risk, liquidity risk and prepayment risk. Income risk is the risk that income
from a fund's fixed income investments could decline during periods of falling
interest rates. Interest rate risk is the risk that the value of a fund's fixed
income securities will decline because of rising interest rates. Liquidity risk
is the risk that a security cannot be purchased or sold at the time desired, or
cannot be purchased or sold without adversely affecting the price. Prepayment
risk is the risk that the securities will be redeemed or prepaid by the issuer,
resulting in lower interest payments received by the fund. In addition to these
risks, high yield securities, or "junk" bonds, are subject to greater market
fluctuations and risk of loss than securities with higher ratings, and the
market for high yield securities is generally smaller and less liquid than that
for investment grade securities.

INDEX OR MODEL CONSTITUENT RISK. Certain funds may be a constituent of one or
more indices or ETF models. As a result, such a fund may be included in one or
more index-tracking exchange-traded funds or mutual funds. Being a component
security of such a vehicle could greatly affect the trading activity involving a
fund, the size of the fund and the market volatility of the fund. Inclusion in
an index could increase demand for the fund and removal from an index could
result in outsized selling activity in a relatively short period of time. As a
result, a fund's net asset value could be negatively impacted and the fund's
market price may be significantly below its net asset value during certain
periods. In addition, index rebalances may potentially result in increased
trading activity in a fund's shares.

INDEX PROVIDER RISK. To the extent a fund seeks to track an index, it is subject
to Index Provider Risk. There is no assurance that the Index Provider will
compile the Index accurately, or that the Index will be determined, maintained,
constructed, reconstituted, rebalanced, composed, calculated or disseminated
accurately. To correct any such error, the Index Provider may carry out an
unscheduled rebalance or other modification of the Index constituents or
weightings, which may increase the fund's costs. The Index Provider does not
provide any representation or warranty in relation to the quality, accuracy or
completeness of data in the Index, and it does not guarantee that the Index will
be calculated in accordance with its stated methodology. Losses or costs
associated with any Index Provider errors generally will be borne by the fund
and its shareholders.

INVESTMENT COMPANIES RISK. To the extent a fund invests in the securities of
other investment vehicles, the fund will incur additional fees and expenses that
would not be present in a direct investment in those investment vehicles.
Furthermore, the fund's investment performance and risks are directly related to
the investment performance and risks of the investment vehicles in which the
fund invests.

LIBOR RISK. 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 the fund or
on certain instruments in which the fund invests can be difficult to ascertain,
and they may vary depending on a variety of factors, and they could result in
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MANAGEMENT RISK. To the extent that a fund is actively managed, it is subject to
management risk. In managing an actively-managed fund's investment portfolio,
the fund's portfolio managers will apply investment techniques and risk analyses
that may not have the desired result. There can be no guarantee that a fund will
meet its investment objective.

MARKET RISK. Market risk is the risk that a particular security, or shares of a
fund in general, may fall in value. Securities held by a fund, as well as shares
of a fund itself, are subject to market fluctuations caused by factors such as
general economic conditions, political events, regulatory or market
developments, changes in interest rates and perceived trends in securities
prices. Shares of a fund could decline in value or underperform other
investments as a result of the risk of loss associated with these market
fluctuations. In addition, local, regional or global events such as war, acts of
terrorism, spread of infectious diseases or other public health issues,
recessions, or other events could have a significant negative impact on a fund
and its investments. Such events may affect certain geographic regions,
countries, sectors and industries more significantly than others. 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 and the ensuing policies
enacted by governments and central banks have caused and may continue to cause
significant volatility and uncertainty 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. These events also
adversely affect the prices and liquidity of the Fund's portfolio securities or
other instruments and could result in disruptions in the trading markets. Any of
such circumstances could have a materially negative impact on the value of the
Fund's shares and result in increased market volatility. During any such events,
the Fund's shares may trade at increased premiums or discounts to their net
asset value and the bid/ask spread on the Fund's shares may widen.

NON-U.S. SECURITIES RISK. To the extent a fund invests in non-U.S. securities,
it is subject to additional risks not associated with securities of domestic
issuers. Non-U.S. securities are subject to higher volatility than securities of
domestic issuers due to: possible adverse political, social or economic
developments; restrictions on foreign investment or exchange of securities;
capital controls; lack of liquidity; currency exchange rates; excessive
taxation; government seizure of assets; the imposition of sanctions by foreign
governments; different legal or accounting standards; and less government
supervision and regulation of exchanges in foreign countries. Investments in
non-U.S. securities may involve higher costs than investments in U.S.
securities, including higher transaction and custody costs, as well as
additional taxes imposed by non-U.S. governments. These risks may be heightened
for securities of companies located, or with significant operations, in emerging
market countries.

OPERATIONAL RISK. Each fund is subject to risks arising from various operational
factors, including, but not limited to, human error, processing and
communication errors, errors of a fund's service providers, counterparties or
other third-parties, failed or inadequate processes and technology or systems
failures. Each fund relies on third-parties for a range of services, including
custody. Any delay or failure relating to engaging or maintaining such service
providers may affect a fund's ability to meet its investment objective. Although
the funds and the funds' investment advisor seek to reduce these operational
risks through controls and procedures, there is no way to completely protect
against such risks.

PASSIVE INVESTMENT RISK. To the extent a fund seeks to track an index, the fund
will invest in the securities included in, or representative of, the index
regardless of their investment merit. A fund generally will not attempt to take
defensive positions in declining markets.

VALUATION RISK. The valuation of certain securities may carry more risk than
that of common stock. Uncertainties in the conditions of the financial markets,
unreliable reference data, lack of transparency and inconsistency of valuation
models and processes may lead to inaccurate asset pricing. A fund may hold
investments in sizes smaller than institutionally sized round lot positions
(sometimes referred to as odd lots). However, third-party pricing services
generally provide evaluations on the basis of institutionally-sized round lots.
If a fund sells certain of its investments in an odd lot transaction, the sale
price may be less than the value at which such securities have been held by the
fund. Odd lots often trade at lower prices than institutional round lots. There
is no assurance that the fund will be able to sell a portfolio security at the
price established by the pricing service, which could result in a loss to the
fund.

                                   DISCLAIMER

The funds are not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by SPDR(R) S&P 500(R)
ETF Trust, PDR, or Standard & Poor's(R) (together with their affiliates
hereinafter referred to as the "Corporations"). The Corporations have not passed
on the legality or suitability of, or the accuracy or adequacy of, descriptions
and disclosures relating to the funds or the FLEX Options. The Corporations make
no representations or warranties, express or implied, regarding the advisability
of investing in the funds or the FLEX Options or results to be obtained by the
funds or the FLEX Options, shareholders or any other person or entity from use
of the SPDR(R) S&P 500(R) ETF Trust. The Corporations have no liability in
connection with the management, administration, marketing or trading of the
funds or the FLEX Options.

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                      ADVISORY AND SUB-ADVISORY AGREEMENTS

 BOARD CONSIDERATIONS REGARDING CONTINUATION OF INVESTMENT MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT
                   AND INVESTMENT SUB-ADVISORY AGREEMENT FOR

             FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JANUARY FT CBOE
                   VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JANUARY

             FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY FT CBOE
                  VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - FEBRUARY

              FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MARCH FT CBOE
                    VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MARCH

              FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - APRIL FT CBOE
                    VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - APRIL

             FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - MAY FT CBOE VEST
                       U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - MAY

            FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JUNE FT CBOE VEST
                       U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JUNE

            FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - JULY FT CBOE VEST
                       U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - JULY

              FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - AUGUST FT CBOE
                   VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - AUGUST

            FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER FT CBOE
                  VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - SEPTEMBER

             FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER FT CBOE
                   VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - OCTOBER

             FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER FT CBOE
                  VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - NOVEMBER

             FT CBOE VEST U.S. EQUITY BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER FT CBOE
                  VEST U.S. EQUITY DEEP BUFFER ETF - DECEMBER

The Board of Trustees of First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII (the "Trust"),
including the Independent Trustees, unanimously approved the continuation of the
Investment Management Agreement (the "Advisory Agreement") with First Trust
Advisors L.P. (the "Advisor") and the Investment Sub-Advisory Agreement (the
"Sub-Advisory Agreement" and together with the Advisory Agreement, the
"Agreements") among the Trust, the Advisor and Cboe Vest Financial LLC (the
"Sub-Advisor") on behalf of the following twenty-four series of the Trust (each
a "Fund" and collectively, the "Funds"):

        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - January (FJAN)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - January (DJAN)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity BufferETF - February (FFEB)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - February (DFEB)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - March (FMAR)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - March (DMAR)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - April (FAPR)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - April (DAPR)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - May (FMAY)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - May (DMAY)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - June (FJUN)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - June (DJUN)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - July (FJUL)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - July (DJUL)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - August (FAUG)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - August (DAUG)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - September (FSEP)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - September (DSEP)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - October (FOCT)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - October (DOCT)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - November (FNOV)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - November (DNOV)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Buffer ETF - December (FDEC)
        FT Cboe Vest U.S. Equity Deep Buffer ETF - December (DDEC)


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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

The Board approved the continuation of the Agreements for each Fund for a
one-year period ending June 30, 2023 at a meeting held on June 12-13, 2022. The
Board determined for each Fund that the continuation of the Agreements is in the
best interests of the Fund in light of the nature, extent and quality of the
services provided and such other matters as the Board considered to be relevant
in the exercise of its business judgment.

To reach this determination for each Fund, the Board considered its duties under
the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended (the "1940 Act"), as well as
under the general principles of state law, in reviewing and approving advisory
contracts; the requirements of the 1940 Act in such matters; the fiduciary duty
of investment advisors with respect to advisory agreements and compensation; the
standards used by courts in determining whether investment company boards have
fulfilled their duties; and the factors to be considered by the Board in voting
on such agreements. At meetings held on April 18, 2022 and June 12-13, 2022, the
Board, including the Independent Trustees, reviewed materials provided by the
Advisor and the Sub-Advisor responding to requests for information from counsel
to the Independent Trustees, submitted on behalf of the Independent Trustees,
that, among other things, outlined: the services provided by the Advisor and the
Sub-Advisor to each Fund (including the relevant personnel responsible for these
services and their experience); the unitary fee rate payable by each Fund as
compared to fees charged to a peer group of funds (the "Expense Group") and a
broad peer universe of funds (the "Expense Universe"), each assembled by
Broadridge Financial Solutions, Inc. ("Broadridge"), an independent source, and
as compared to fees charged to other clients of the Advisor, including other
exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") managed by the Advisor; the sub-advisory fee rate
as compared to fees charged to other clients of the Sub-Advisor; the expense
ratio of each Fund as compared to expense ratios of the funds in the Fund's
Expense Group and Expense Universe; performance information for each Fund,
including, for each of FFEB, DFEB, FMAY, DMAY, FJUN, DJUN, FJUL, DJUL, FAUG,
DAUG, FSEP, DSEP, FOCT, DOCT, FNOV, DNOV, FDEC and DDEC, comparisons of each
Fund's performance to that of one or more relevant benchmark indexes and to that
of a performance group of funds and a broad performance universe of funds (the
"Performance Universe"), each assembled by Broadridge; the nature of expenses
incurred in providing services to each Fund and the potential for the Advisor
and the Sub-Advisor to realize economies of scale, if any; profitability and
other financial data for the Advisor; financial data for the Sub-Advisor; any
indirect benefits to the Advisor and its affiliates, First Trust Portfolios L.P.
("FTP") and First Trust Capital Partners, LLC ("FTCP"), and the Sub-Advisor; and
information on the Advisor's and the Sub-Advisor's compliance programs. The
Board reviewed initial materials with the Advisor at the meeting held on April
18, 2022, prior to which the Independent Trustees and their counsel met
separately to discuss the information provided by the Advisor and the
Sub-Advisor. Following the April meeting, counsel to the Independent Trustees,
on behalf of the Independent Trustees, requested certain clarifications and
supplements to the materials provided, and the information provided in response
to those requests was considered at an executive session of the Independent
Trustees and their counsel held prior to the June 12-13, 2022 meeting, as well
as at the June meeting. The Board applied its business judgment to determine
whether the arrangements between the Trust and the Advisor and among the Trust,
the Advisor and the Sub-Advisor continue to be reasonable business arrangements
from each Fund's perspective. The Board determined that, given the totality of
the information provided with respect to the Agreements, the Board had received
sufficient information to renew the Agreements. The Board considered that
shareholders chose to invest or remain invested in a Fund knowing that the
Advisor and the Sub-Advisor manage the Fund and knowing the Fund's unitary fee.

In reviewing the Agreements for each Fund, the Board considered the nature,
extent and quality of the services provided by the Advisor and the Sub-Advisor
under the Agreements. With respect to the Advisory Agreement, the Board
considered that the Advisor is responsible for the overall management and
administration of the Trust and each Fund and reviewed all of the services
provided by the Advisor to the Funds, including the oversight of the
Sub-Advisor, as well as the background and experience of the persons responsible
for such services. The Board noted that the Advisor oversees the Sub-Advisor's
day-to-day management of each Fund's investments, including portfolio risk
monitoring and performance review. In reviewing the services provided, the Board
noted the compliance program that had been developed by the Advisor and
considered that it includes a robust program for monitoring the Advisor's, the
Sub-Advisor's and each Fund's compliance with the 1940 Act, as well as each
Fund's compliance with its investment objective, policies and restrictions. The
Board also considered a report from the Advisor with respect to its risk
management functions related to the operation of the Funds. Finally, as part of
the Board's consideration of the Advisor's services, the Advisor, in its written
materials and at the April 18, 2022 meeting, described to the Board the scope of
its ongoing investment in additional personnel and infrastructure to maintain
and improve the quality of services provided to the Funds and the other funds in
the First Trust Fund Complex. With respect to the Sub-Advisory Agreement, the
Board noted that each Fund is an actively-managed ETF and the Sub-Advisor
actively manages the Fund's investments. In addition to the written materials
provided by the Sub-Advisor, at the June 12-13, 2022 meeting, the Board also
received a presentation from representatives of the Sub-Advisor, who discussed
the services that the Sub-Advisor provides to each Fund, including the
Sub-Advisor's day-to-day management of the Funds' investments. In considering
the Sub-Advisor's management of the Funds, the Board noted the background and
experience of the Sub-Advisor's portfolio management team. In light of the
information presented and the considerations made, the Board concluded that the
nature, extent and quality of the services provided to the Trust and each Fund
by the Advisor and the Sub-Advisor under the Agreements have been and are
expected to remain satisfactory and that the Sub-Advisor, under the oversight of
the Advisor, has managed each Fund consistent with its investment objective,
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                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

The Board considered the unitary fee rate payable by each Fund under the
Advisory Agreement for the services provided. The Board noted that the
sub-advisory fee for each Fund is paid by the Advisor from the Fund's unitary
fee. The Board considered that as part of the unitary fee the Advisor is
responsible for each Fund's expenses, including the cost of sub-advisory,
transfer agency, custody, fund administration, legal, audit and other services
and license fees, if any, but excluding the fee payment under the Advisory
Agreement and interest, taxes, brokerage commissions and other expenses
connected with the execution of portfolio transactions, distribution and service
fees pursuant to a Rule 12b-1 plan, if any, and extraordinary expenses, if any.
The Board received and reviewed information showing the fee rates and expense
ratios of the peer funds in the Expense Groups, as well as advisory and unitary
fee rates charged by the Advisor and the Sub-Advisor to other fund (including
ETFs) and non-fund clients, as applicable. Because each Fund pays a unitary fee,
the Board determined that expense ratios were the most relevant comparative data
point. Based on the information provided, the Board noted that the unitary fee
rate for each Fund was above the median total (net) expense ratio of the peer
funds in its Expense Group. With respect to the Expense Groups, the Board, at
the April 18, 2022 meeting, discussed with Broadridge its methodology for
assembling peer groups and discussed with the Advisor limitations in creating
peer groups for actively-managed ETFs and different business models that may
affect the pricing of services among ETF sponsors. The Board also noted that not
all peer funds employ an advisor/sub-advisor management structure. The Board
took these limitations and differences into account in considering the peer
data. With respect to fees charged to other non-ETF clients, the Board
considered differences between the Funds and other non-ETF clients that limited
their comparability. In considering the unitary fee rates overall, the Board
also considered the Advisor's statement that it seeks to meet investor needs
through innovative and value-added investment solutions and the Advisor's
demonstrated long-term commitment to each Fund and the other funds in the First
Trust Fund Complex.

The Board considered performance information for each Fund. The Board noted the
process it has established for monitoring each Fund's performance and portfolio
risk on an ongoing basis, which includes quarterly performance reporting from
the Advisor and the Sub-Advisor for the Funds. The Board determined that this
process continues to be effective for reviewing each Fund's performance. The
Board received and reviewed information comparing the performance of each of
FFEB, DFEB, FMAY, DMAY, FJUN, DJUN, FJUL, DJUL, FAUG, DAUG, FSEP, DSEP, FOCT,
DOCT, FNOV, DNOV, FDEC and DDEC for the one-year period ended December 31, 2021
to the performance of the funds in the Fund's respective Performance Universe
and a benchmark index. Because each of FJAN, DJAN, FMAR, DMAR, FAPR and DAPR
commenced operations in 2021 and therefore has a limited performance history,
comparative performance information for the Fund was not reviewed. The Board
noted that the Funds are target outcome ETFs that seek to provide investors with
returns (before fees and expenses) over a defined period of time (typically one
year) that match the price return of the SPDR(R) S&P 500 ETF(R) Trust ("SPY"),
up to a predetermined cap, while providing a buffer against certain losses on
the price return of SPY. The Board considered information provided by the
Sub-Advisor on each of FJAN's, DJAN's, FFEB's, DFEB's, FMAR's, DMAR's, FMAY's,
DMAY's, FJUN's, DJUN's, FJUL's, DJUL's, FAUG's, DAUG's, FSEP's, DSEP's, FOCT's,
DOCT's, FNOV's,7 DNOV's, FDEC's and DDEC's performance during its respective
target outcome period that ended between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022 and
noted that each Fund delivered on its target outcome objective. The initial
target outcome period for FAPR and DAPR ended after March 31, 2022.

On the basis of all the information provided on the unitary fee and performance,
as applicable, of each Fund and the ongoing oversight by the Board, the Board
concluded that the unitary fee for each Fund (out of which the Sub-Advisor is
compensated) continues to be reasonable and appropriate in light of the nature,
extent and quality of the services provided by the Advisor and the Sub-Advisor
to each Fund under the Agreements.

The Board considered information and discussed with the Advisor whether there
were any economies of scale in connection with providing advisory services to
the Funds and noted the Advisor's statement that it believes that its expenses
relating to providing advisory services to the Funds will likely increase during
the next twelve months as the Advisor continues to build infrastructure and add
new staff. The Board noted that any reduction in fixed costs associated with the
management of the Funds would benefit the Advisor, but that the unitary fee
structure provides a level of certainty in expenses for the Funds. The Board
considered the revenues and allocated costs (including the allocation
methodology) of the Advisor in serving as investment advisor to each of FFEB,
DFEB, FMAY, DMAY, FJUN, DJUN, FJUL, DJUL, FAUG, DAUG, FSEP, DSEP, FOCT, DOCT,
FNOV, DNOV, FDEC and DDEC for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021 and to
each of FJAN, DJAN, FMAR, DMAR, FAPR and DAPR for the period from inception
through December 31, 2021 and the estimated profitability level for each Fund
calculated by the Advisor based on such data, as well as complex-wide and
product-line profitability data, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2021.
The Board noted the inherent limitations in the profitability analysis and
concluded that, based on the information provided, the Advisor's profitability
level for each Fund was not unreasonable. In addition, the Board considered
indirect benefits described by the Advisor that may be realized from its
relationship with the Funds. The Board considered that the Advisor had
identified as an indirect benefit to the Advisor and FTP their exposure to
investors and brokers who, absent their exposure to the Funds, may have had no
dealings with the Advisor or FTP. The Board also noted that FTCP has a
controlling ownership interest in the Sub-Advisor's parent company and
considered potential indirect benefits to the Advisor from such ownership
interest. The Board concluded that the character and amount of potential
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                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

The Board considered the Sub-Advisor's statement that it believes that the
sub-advisory fee for each Fund is appropriate. The Board noted the Sub-Advisor's
statements that it continues to invest in infrastructure, technology and
personnel, and that it anticipates that its expenses relating to providing
services to the Funds will remain approximately the same for the next twelve
months. The Board did not review the profitability of the Sub-Advisor with
respect to each Fund. The Board noted that the Advisor pays the Sub-Advisor for
each Fund from its unitary fee and its understanding that each Fund's
sub-advisory fee rate was the product of an arm's length negotiation. The Board
concluded that the profitability analysis for the Advisor was more relevant. The
Board considered the potential indirect benefits to the Sub-Advisor from being
associated with the Advisor and the Funds, and noted the Sub-Advisor's
statements that it is the Sub-Advisor's policy currently not to enter into
soft-dollar arrangements for the procurement of research services in connection
with client securities transactions and that, as a result, there are no foreseen
indirect benefits from its relationship with the Funds. The Board also
considered the potential indirect benefits to the Sub-Advisor from FTCP's
controlling ownership interest in the Sub-Advisor's parent company. The Board
concluded that the character and amount of potential indirect benefits to the
Sub-Advisor were not unreasonable.

Based on all of the information considered and the conclusions reached, the
Board, including the Independent Trustees, unanimously determined that the terms
of the Agreements continue to be fair and reasonable and that the continuation
of the Agreements is in the best interests of each Fund. No single factor was
determinative in the Board's analysis.

                       LIQUIDITY RISK MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

In accordance with Rule 22e-4 under the Investment Company Act of 1940, as
amended (the "1940 Act"), the Funds and each other fund in the First Trust Fund
Complex, other than the closed-end funds, have adopted and implemented a
liquidity risk management program (the "Program") reasonably designed to assess
and manage the funds' liquidity risk, i.e., the risk that a fund could not meet
requests to redeem shares issued by the fund without significant dilution of
remaining investors' interests in the fund. The Board of Trustees of the First
Trust Funds has appointed First Trust Advisors, L.P. (the "Advisor") as the
person designated to administer the Program, and in this capacity the Advisor
performs its duties primarily through the activities and efforts of the First
Trust Liquidity Committee (the "Liquidity Committee").

Pursuant to the Program, the Liquidity Committee classifies the liquidity of
each fund's portfolio investments into one of the four liquidity categories
specified by Rule 22e-4: highly liquid investments, moderately liquid
investments, less liquid investments and illiquid investments. The Liquidity
Committee determines certain of the inputs for this classification process,
including reasonably anticipated trade sizes and significant investor dilution
thresholds. The Liquidity Committee also determines and periodically reviews a
highly liquid investment minimum for certain funds, monitors the funds' holdings
of assets classified as illiquid investments to seek to ensure they do not
exceed 15% of a fund's net assets and establishes policies and procedures
regarding redemptions in kind.

At the April 18, 2022 meeting of the Board of Trustees, as required by Rule
22e-4 and the Program, the Advisor provided the Board with a written report
prepared by the Advisor that addressed the operation of the Program during the
period from March 16, 2021 through the Liquidity Committee's annual meeting held
on March 17, 2022 and assessed the Program's adequacy and effectiveness of
implementation during this period, including the operation of the highly liquid
investment minimum for each fund, including the Fund, that is required under the
Program to have one, and any material changes to the Program. Note that because
the Funds primarily hold assets that are highly liquid investments, the Funds
have not adopted any highly liquid investment minimums.

As stated in the written report, during the review period, no fund breached the
15% limitation on illiquid investments, no fund with a highly liquid investment
minimum breached that minimum and no fund filed a Form N-LIQUID. The Advisor
concluded that each fund's investment strategy is appropriate for an open-end
fund; that the Program operated effectively in all material respects during the
review period; and that the Program is reasonably designed to assess and manage
the liquidity risk of each fund and to maintain compliance with Rule 22e-4.


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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

The following tables identify the Trustees and Officers of the Trust. Unless
otherwise indicated, the address of all persons is 120 East Liberty Drive, Suite
400, Wheaton, IL 60187.

The Trust's statement of additional information includes additional information
about the Trustees and is available, without charge, upon request, by calling
(800) 988-5891.



                                                                                           NUMBER OF                OTHER
                                                                                         PORTFOLIOS IN         TRUSTEESHIPS OR
                                TERM OF OFFICE                                          THE FIRST TRUST         DIRECTORSHIPS
           NAME,                AND YEAR FIRST                                           FUND COMPLEX          HELD BY TRUSTEE
     YEAR OF BIRTH AND            ELECTED OR              PRINCIPAL OCCUPATIONS           OVERSEEN BY            DURING PAST
  POSITION WITH THE TRUST          APPOINTED               DURING PAST 5 YEARS              TRUSTEE                5 YEARS
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                                                        INDEPENDENT TRUSTEES
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Richard E. Erickson, Trustee   o Indefinite Term   Physician, Edward-Elmhurst Medical         220         None
(1951)                                             Group; Physician and Officer,
                               o Since Inception   Wheaton Orthopedics (1990 to 2021)

Thomas R. Kadlec, Trustee      o Indefinite Term   Retired; President, ADM Investors          220         Director, National Futures
(1957)                                             Services, Inc. (Futures Commission                     Association and ADMIS
                               o Since Inception   Merchant) (2010 to July 2022)                          Singapore Ltd.; Formerly,
                                                                                                          Director of ADM Investor
                                                                                                          Services, Inc., ADM
                                                                                                          Investor Services
                                                                                                          International, ADMISHong
                                                                                                          Kong Ltd., and
                                                                                                          Futures Industry
                                                                                                          Association

Denise M. Keefe, Trustee       o Indefinite Term   Executive Vice President, Advocate         220         Director and Board Chair
(1964)                                             Aurora Health and President,                           of Advocate Home Health
                               o Since 2021        Advocate Aurora Continuing Health                      Services, Advocate Home
                                                   Division (Integrated Healthcare                        Care Products and
                                                   System)                                                Advocate Hospice;
                                                                                                          Director and Board Chair
                                                                                                          of Aurora At Home (since
                                                                                                          2018); Director of
                                                                                                          Advocate Physician
                                                                                                          Partners Accountable Care
                                                                                                          Organization; Director and
                                                                                                          Board Chair of RML Long
                                                                                                          Term Acute Care
                                                                                                          Hospitals; and Director of
                                                                                                          Senior Helpers (since
                                                                                                          2021)

Robert F. Keith, Trustee       o Indefinite Term   President, Hibs Enterprises                220         Formerly, Director of
(1956)                                             (Financial and Management                              Trust Company of Illinois
                               o Since Inception   Consulting)

Niel B. Nielson, Trustee       o Indefinite Term   Senior Advisor (2018 to Present),          220         None
(1954)                                             Managing Director and Chief
                               o Since Inception   Operating Officer (2015 to 2018),
                                                   Pelita Harapan Educational
                                                   Foundation (Educational
                                                   Products and Services)

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                                                         INTERESTED TRUSTEE
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James A. Bowen(1), Trustee,    o Indefinite Term   Chief Executive Officer, First             220         None
Chairman of the Board                              Trust Advisors L.P. and First Trust
(1955)                         o Since Inception   Portfolios L.P., Chairman of the
                                                   Board of Directors, BondWave LLC
                                                   (Software Development Company) and
                                                   Stonebridge Advisors LLC
                                                   (Investment Advisor)


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(1)   Mr. Bowen is deemed an "interested person" of the Trust due to his
      position as Chief Executive Officer of First Trust Advisors L.P.,
      investment advisor of the Trust.


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BOARD OF TRUSTEES AND OFFICERS (CONTINUED)
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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)



                             POSITION AND           TERM OF OFFICE
     NAME AND                  OFFICES               AND LENGTH OF                         PRINCIPAL OCCUPATIONS
   YEAR OF BIRTH              WITH TRUST                SERVICE                             DURING PAST 5 YEARS
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                                                            OFFICERS(2)
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James M. Dykas        President and Chief          o Indefinite Term   Managing Director and Chief Financial Officer, First
(1966)                Executive Officer                                Trust Advisors L.P. and First  Trust Portfolios L.P.;
                                                   o Since Inception   Chief Financial Officer, BondWave LLC (Software
                                                                       Development Company) and Stonebridge Advisors
                                                                       LLC (Investment Advisor)

Donald P. Swade       Treasurer, Chief Financial   o Indefinite Term   Senior Vice President, First Trust Advisors L.P. and
(1972)                Officer and Chief                                First Trust Portfolios L.P.
                      Accounting Officer           o Since Inception

W. Scott Jardine      Secretary and Chief Legal    o Indefinite Term   General Counsel, First Trust Advisors L.P. and First 
(1960)                Officer                                          Trust Portfolios L.P.; Secretary and General Counsel,
                                                   o Since Inception   BondWave LLC; Secretary, Stonebridge Advisors LLC


Daniel J. Lindquist   Vice President               o Indefinite Term   Managing Director, First Trust Advisors L.P. and First
(1970)                                                                 Trust Portfolios L.P.
                                                   o Since Inception

Kristi A. Maher       Chief Compliance Officer     o Indefinite Term   Deputy General Counsel, First Trust Advisors L.P. and
(1966)                and Assistant Secretary                          First Trust Portfolios L.P.
                                                   o Since Inception

Roger F. Testin       Vice President               o Indefinite Term   Senior Vice President, First Trust Advisors L.P. and
(1966)                                                                 First Trust Portfolios L.P.
                                                   o Since Inception

Stan Ueland           Vice President               o Indefinite Term   Senior Vice President, First Trust Advisors L.P. and
(1970)                                                                 First Trust Portfolios L.P.
                                                   o Since Inception


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(2)   The term "officer" means the president, vice president, secretary,
      treasurer, controller or any other officer who performs a policy making
      function.


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PRIVACY POLICY
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                     FIRST TRUST EXCHANGE-TRADED FUND VIII
                          AUGUST 31, 2022 (UNAUDITED)

                                 PRIVACY POLICY

First Trust values our relationship with you and considers your privacy an
important priority in maintaining that relationship. We are committed to
protecting the security and confidentiality of your personal information.

SOURCES OF INFORMATION

We collect nonpublic personal information about you from the following sources:

      o     Information we receive from you and your broker-dealer, investment
            professional or financial representative through interviews,
            applications, agreements or other forms;

      o     Information about your transactions with us, our affiliates or
            others;

      o     Information we receive from your inquiries by mail, e-mail or
            telephone; and

      o     Information we collect on our website through the use of "cookies."
            For example, we may identify the pages on our website that your
            browser requests or visits.

INFORMATION COLLECTED

The type of data we collect may include your name, address, social security
number, age, financial status, assets, income, tax information, retirement and
estate plan information, transaction history, account balance, payment history,
investment objectives, marital status, family relationships and other personal
information.

DISCLOSURE OF INFORMATION

We do not disclose any nonpublic personal information about our customers or
former customers to anyone, except as permitted by law. In addition to using
this information to verify your identity (as required under law), the permitted
uses may also include the disclosure of such information to unaffiliated
companies for the following reasons:

      o     In order to provide you with products and services and to effect
            transactions that you request or authorize, we may disclose your
            personal information as described above to unaffiliated financial
            service providers and other companies that perform administrative or
            other services on our behalf, such as transfer agents, custodians
            and trustees, or that assist us in the distribution of investor
            materials such as trustees, banks, financial representatives, proxy
            services, solicitors and printers.

      o     We may release information we have about you if you direct us to do
            so, if we are compelled by law to do so, or in other legally limited
            circumstances (for example to protect your account from fraud).

In addition, in order to alert you to our other financial products and services,
we may share your personal information within First Trust.

USE OF WEBSITE ANALYTICS

We currently use third party analytics tools, Google Analytics and AddThis, to
gather information for purposes of improving First Trust's website and marketing
our products and services to you. These tools employ cookies, which are small
pieces of text stored in a file by your web browser and sent to websites that
you visit, to collect information, track website usage and viewing trends such
as the number of hits, pages visited, videos and PDFs viewed and the length of
user sessions in order to evaluate website performance and enhance navigation of
the website. We may also collect other anonymous information, which is generally
limited to technical and web navigation information such as the IP address of
your device, internet browser type and operating system for purposes of
analyzing the data to make First Trust's website better and more useful to our
users. The information collected does not include any personal identifiable
information such as your name, address, phone number or email address unless you
provide that information through the website for us to contact you in order to
answer your questions or respond to your requests. To find out how to opt-out of
these services click on: Google Analytics and AddThis.

CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECURITY

With regard to our internal security procedures, First Trust restricts access to
your nonpublic personal information to those First Trust employees who need to
know that information to provide products or services to you. We maintain
physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your nonpublic
personal information.

POLICY UPDATES AND INQUIRIES

As required by federal law, we will notify you of our privacy policy annually.
We reserve the right to modify this policy at any time, however, if we do change
it, we will tell you promptly. For questions about our policy, or for additional
copies of this notice, please go to www.ftportfolios.com, or contact us at
1-800-621-1675 (First Trust Portfolios) or 1-800-222-6822 (First Trust
Advisors).

March 2022


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FIRST TRUST

First Trust Exchange-Traded Fund VIII

INVESTMENT ADVISOR
First Trust Advisors L.P.
120 East Liberty Drive, Suite 400
Wheaton, IL 60187

INVESTMENT SUB-ADVISOR
Cboe Vest(SM) Financial LLC
8350 Broad Street, Suite 240
McLean, VA 22102

ADMINISTRATOR, CUSTODIAN,
FUND ACCOUNTANT &
TRANSFER AGENT
The Bank of New York Mellon
240 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10286

INDEPENDENT REGISTERED
PUBLIC ACCOUNTING FIRM
Deloitte & Touche LLP
111 S. Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60606

LEGAL COUNSEL
Chapman and Cutler LLP
320 South Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606





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