Founded in 2001, ETF.com (formerly IndexUniverse) is the world's leading authority on exchange-traded funds. ETF.com offers investors trusted insights through its leading publications, events, analysis and data. ETF.com offers investors and advisors the only institutional-caliber research tool designed specifically for ETFs. ETF.com delivers the industry's deepest and most insightful coverage online, through its newsletters and in print. ETF.com also hosts the world's largest events focused on ETFs, including Inside ETFs and Inside ETFs Europe.
Founder & CEO
Company founder, Chief Executive Officer and Publisher of ETF.com, ETF Report and Journal of Indexes (JoI)
Jim founded ETF.com in 2001 with a vision of creating the central hub for information and analysis on indexes, index funds and ETFs. That year he acquired Indexes: The Journal of Index Issues from Dow Jones, and transformed the publication into a fully independent journal with broad support from the index industry. Jim made an early move into ETFs, purchasing the Exchange-Traded Funds Report (the longest-running ETF newsletter in the world) in 2003.
He subsequently joined forces with Steven Schoenfeld to work on Schoenfeld's landmark Wiley Finance book "Active Index Investing." The two later developed IndexUniverse.com as a broadly scoped, independent website focused on indexes and ETFs. Now with ETF.com, the company has since expanded into conferences where it runs, among other events, the world's largest ETF conference (Inside ETFs).
Previously, Jim was publisher of IndexFunds.com. He is also the author of "Exchange Traded Funds," a book published by John Wiley & Sons in 2001. Jim has served as an editor and writer for Compton's Encyclopedia, and worked as a contract journalist in West Africa, after serving in the Peace Corps in Niger. He is a 1991 graduate of Tufts University.
Matt Hougan is president of ETF.com. In this position, he oversees the company's editorial, data and analytics efforts, and conferences.
Matt is quoted regularly in the Wall Street Journal, Barron's, Investor's Business Daily, Fortune, Forbes, TheStreet.com, MarketWatch.com and the Associated Press, and was recently named one of the 25 most influential people in the ETF industry. He is a regular guest on CNBC, and was recently named to Registered Rep's "Ten to Watch in 2012" list.
Prior to ETF.com, Matt ran his own strategic communications firm providing PR and speechwriting services to Fortune 500 companies, U.S. and foreign government agencies, and select nonprofits. Earlier, he was the lead biotech analyst for MetaMarkets.com, which ran the world's first transparent mutual fund. Matt is a 1998 graduate of Bowdoin College.
Chief Operating Officer
David leads the product management and marketing teams for ETF.com. Prior to ETF.com, David led the next-generation product line for portfolio managers and analysts at Thomson Reuters. David joined Thomson Reuters via the acquisition of StarMine, a startup that offered equity analytics and research tools for professional investors. As the first executive hire, David founded the product management, marketing, and media relations teams. Prior to StarMine, David co-founded Stanford Technology Group, the company that pioneered relational On-line Analytical Processing (OLAP) for data warehouses and was acquired by IBM. David earned his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.
EVP, Global Head of Sales
Foster joined ETF.com after five years with Asset International as the senior vice president and publisher, where he ran the company's global conferences, events and publications. Prior to Asset International, Foster spent close to a decade in Asia as the CEO and publisher of FinanceAsia Ltd., headquartered in Hong Kong. He led a management buyout of FinanceAsia from the Thomson Corp. in 1998. As CEO, he launched AsianInvestor magazine and Asia's first daily updated capital markets website, FinanceAsia.com. In 2005, Foster and his partners completed the successful sale of FinanceAsia to Haymarket Ltd., the largest privately held publishing company in the U.K. Prior to that, he worked for Euromoney PLC in London, New York and Hong Kong. Foster graduated from Colgate University, where he was the co-captain of the Patriot League Champion Men's soccer team.
Chief Investment Officer
Dave spearheads the in-depth research that drives ETF.com's efforts in ETF.com analysis. He is also a lead writer at ETF.com, where he writes a widely followed blog.
Dave has been involved in researching, reporting and analyzing the investment management industry for more than 15 years. As managing director at Barclays Global Investors, Dave helped design and market some of the first exchange-traded funds. With partner Don Luskin, he went on to found MetaMarkets.com, a revolutionary transparent mutual fund company that pushed fund disclosure to the top of the SEC agenda. As co-founder at Cerulli Associates in the early '90s, he conducted some of the earliest research on fee-only financial advisers and the rise of indexing.
Meet the Editors
Drew Voros is the editor-in chief for ETF.com, where he supervises the full suite of U.S. publications, newsletters and websites, including ETF.com, ETF Report, Journal of Indexes, HardAssetsInvestor.com. Drew has more than 25 years of experience in journalism, including serving as the longtime business editor for the Oakland Tribune and sister papers of the Bay Area News Group, as well as covering public entertainment companies for Hollywood trade papers Daily Variety and Variety. He also served as managing editor for HardAssetsInvestor.com prior to his appointment as U.S. editor-in-chief for ETF.com. Drew is a 1986 graduate of the University of Southern California.
Olivier "Olly" Ludwig
With almost 20 years of experience as a journalist, and most recently, a stint in the brokerage business, Olivier is now a member of the ETF.com team. Previously, he was a financial adviser at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney and an editor at Bloomberg News, covering the fund industry from Boston. Before that, Olivier was a journalist at the Reuters News Agency in New York, serving as a copy editor and reporter, covering stocks, energy and the U.S. Treasurys market. A native Californian, a French speaker and a trained cook, he is a graduate of the City University of New York, where he majored in economic history.
Meet the Analysts
Elisabeth Kashner, CFA
Director of Research
Elisabeth Kashner, CFA, is ETF.com's senior vice president of analytics. She designs the quantitative and qualitative tools that run the company's ETF.com Analytics product, and supervises our team of analysts. Elisabeth brings a combination of academic rigor (master's of financial analysis, CFA charter holder) and practical experience in derivatives trading and wealth management to our analytics group. She gained experience with ETF analysis as a quantitative analyst building portfolios for high-net-worth clients.
Paul Britt, CFA
Senior ETF Specialist
Paul Britt, CFA is a senior ETF specialist analyst at ETF.com. He focuses on index strategies and alternative ETFs. He worked most recently as a private placement agent at an IRA custodian. Paul holds an M.S. in financial analysis from the University of San Francisco and is an active member of the CFA Society of San Francisco.
Senior ETF Specialist
Dennis Hudachek is a Senior ETF Specialist at ETF.com. He is the lead analyst for international and currency ETFs, with a focus on China, Japan, emerging and frontier markets. He is co-head of ETF.com's Alpha Think Tank publication, aimed at combining alpha research from leading global macro strategists with ETF.com's best-in-class beta analysis. Dennis also works extensively on ETF.com's ETF Classification System (ECS), which feeds the company's ETF Reference Data Feed product, and he spearheaded the creation of ETF.com's European-domiciled ETF Reference Data Feed.
Prior to ETF.com, Dennis worked as a senior specialist at Merrill Lynch, where he gained extensive brokerage experience working with over 100 Financial Advisory teams. Dennis has a B.A. in economics from UC Davis. He has passed the FINRA series 4, 7, 24, 53, 55, 63 and 66 exams and the CFA Level 1 exam.
Scott Burley is an ETF specialist at ETF.com. He focuses on commodity ETFs, and maintains much of the data that underlies ETF Analytics. Scott previously worked in corporate governance advisory. He studied economics at San Jose State University, and has passed the Level II CFA exam.
Howard Lee is an ETF specialist at ETF.com. He is the lead fixed-income ETF analyst, responsible for generating all analytical data on all U.S.-listed fixed-income ETFs. Prior to ETF.com, Howard served in the U.S. Army as a medical laboratory specialist and headed up a small clinical referencing laboratory. Upon honorable discharge from active duty, he studied economics and political science at Columbia University, where he graduated with honors. Howard currently serves in the California Army National Guard. He speaks Cantonese and understands Mandarin.
Boris Valentinov is an ETF specialist at ETF.com. He focuses on equity, currency and European-domiciled ETFs. Boris' previous experience includes a number of positions at various businesses within GE Capital. There, he analyzed corporate financial statements, evaluated market opportunities and developed business strategies in support of M&A activities and other investment decisions. Boris holds a B.A. in economics from Hamilton College, an M.S. in financial analysis from the University of San Francisco, and is a 2015 Level III candidate in the CFA program.
Chris Vinyard is an ETF specialist at ETF.com. His main focus lies in data analysis, with additional coverage of alternative ETFs. Previous to joining ETF.com in 2013, Chris worked as a proposal analyst at Lockheed Martin's Advanced Technology Center, in Palo Alto, California. He graduated from San Francisco State University with degrees in both corporate finance and financial services, and has passed the CFA Level 1 exam.