Celebrating ETF Achievements

MARCH 22, 2018 ● THE LIGHTHOUSE, PIER 61 ● NYC

ETF.com and Inside ETFs are pleased to announce the finalists for the 2017 ETF.com awards. These annual awards are designed to recognize the people, companies and products driving the ETF industry forward and delivering new value to investors.

Winners in each category will be announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner, taking place March 22, 2018, at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, in New York. Winners will also be announced on the ETF.com website on March 23, 2018, and in the April 2018 issue of ETF Report. For information on attending the dinner, please email [email protected].


 

Methodology

ETF.com Award winners are selected through a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.

 

Step 1

Public nominations opened on Dec. 4, 2017 and closed on Jan. 2, 2018. As with any rational awards process, only nominated people, firms and products are considered. We received a record number of nominations this year, so thank you to everyone who contributed your thoughts to the process.

Step 2

Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating committee—made up of senior leaders at ETF.com, Inside ETFs and the FactSet ETF team (whose data powers the ETF.com website and fund reports)—voted to select up to six finalists in each category.

Members of the 2017 Nominating Committee:

  • Matt Hougan, CEO, ETF.com (Chair)
  • Paul Britt, Senior Analyst, FactSet
  • Elisabeth Kashner, Director of ETF Research, FactSet
  • Dave Nadig, CEO ETF.com
  • Drew Voros, Editor-in-Chief, ETF.com
Step 3

Winners among these finalists will be selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Awards Selection committee, a group of independent ETF experts from throughout the ETF community. Committee members will recuse themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appear as finalists. Ties will be decided where possible with head-to-head runoff votes.

Members of the 2017 Awards Selection Committee Include:

  • Kim Arthur, Main Management
  • Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg Intelligence
  • Ben Blaisdell, US Trust
  • Rob Glownia, RiverFront
  • Tom Lydon, ETFtrends
  • Phil Mackintosh, Virtu
  • Tyler Mordy, Forstrong Global Asset Management
  • Jason Nicastro, LPL Financial
  • Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA
  • Jim Wiandt, Industry Expert

Voting will be completed by the end of Jan. 26, 2018, but results will be kept secret until they are announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner on March 22, 2018.


 

Award Categories for 2017

Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded annually to one living individual for outstanding long-term contributions to ETF investor outcomes, whether from a position of media, regulation, product provider, investor or another category. Note: Previous winners are not eligible.

David Abner, EVP, Head Of WisdomTree Europe
David Blitzer, Managing Director & Chairman of the Index Committee, S&P Dow Jones Indices
Reggie Browne, Senior Managing Director, ETF Group, Cantor Fitzgerald
Henry Fernandez, Chairman & CEO, MSCI
Joanne Hill, Chief Advisor for Research & Strategy, CboeVest

ETF of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the ETF that has done the most to improve investor opportunities and outcomes in 2017, by providing access to interesting areas of the market, lowering costs, delivering new exposures or otherwise creating better results for investors.

Note: There is no requirement for this award regarding when this fund was launched.

ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK)
iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV)
SPDR Portfolio Total Stock Market ETF (SPTM)
U.S. Tax Reform Fund (TAXR)
WisdomTree Emerging Markets ex-State-Owned Enterprises Fund (XSOE)
Vanguard Total Bond Market ETF (BND)

Best New ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible.

USCF SummerHaven SHPEI Index Fund/USCF SummerHaven SHPEN Index Fund (BUY/BUYN)
Principal Active Global Dividend Income ETF (GDVD)
VanEck Vectors Green Bond ETF (GRNB)
iShares Core MSCI International Developed Markets ETF (IDEV)
NuShares ESG U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NUBD)
Vanguard Total Corporate Bond ETF (VTC)

Best New U.S. Equity ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important U.S. equity ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a U.S. Equity ETF to qualify.

USCF SummerHaven SHPEI Index Fund/USCF SummerHaven SHPEN Index Fund (BUY/BUYN)
Republican Policies Fund/Democratic Policies Fund (GOP/DEMS)
Goldman Sachs Equal Weight U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF (GSEW)
Oppenheimer Russell 1000 Dynamic Multifactor ETF (OMFL)
PowerShares PureBeta MSCI USA Portfolio (PBUS)
Schwab 1000 Index ETF (SCHK)

Best New International/Global Equity ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important international or global equity ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an Equity ETF, but not a U.S.-focused Equity ETF, to qualify.

Arrow DWA Country Rotation ETF (DWCR)
Davis Select Worldwide ETF (DWLD)
Principal Active Global Dividend Income ETF (GDVD)
iShares Core MSCI International Developed Markets ETF (IDEV)
PowerShares PureBeta FTSE Developed ex-North America Portfolio (PBDM)
PowerShares PureBeta FTSE Emerging Markets Portfolio (PBEE)

Best New U.S. Fixed-Income ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important fixed-income ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a U.S. fixed-income ETF to qualify.

PowerShares Treasury Collateral Portfolio (CLTL)
Goldman Sachs Access Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (GIGB)
NuShares ESG U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NUBD)
Global X U.S. Preferred ETF (PFFD)
Vanguard Total Corporate Bond ETF (VTC)

Best New International/Global Fixed-Income ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important international or global fixed-income ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a Fixed Income ETF, but not a U.S.-focused fixed income ETF, to qualify.

Columbia Diversified Fixed Income Allocation ETF (DIAL)
First Trust TCW Opportunistic Fixed Income ETF (FIXD)
VanEck Vectors Green Bond ETF (GRNB)
IQ S&P High Yield Low Volatility Bond ETF (HYLV)
JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities ETF (JPGB)

Best New Commodity ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important commodity ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a Commodity ETF to qualify.

GraniteShares Gold Trust (BAR)
ETFS Bloomberg All Commodity Strategy K-1 Free ETF (BCI)
GraniteShares Bloomberg Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF (COMB)
GraniteShares S&P GSCI Commodity Broad Strategy No K-1 ETF (COMG)
SPDR Long Dollar Gold Trust (GLDW)

Best New Currency ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important currency ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a currency ETF to qualify.

There are no nominees for this category.

Best New Alternatives ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important alternatives ETF launched in 2017.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an Alternatives ETF to qualify.

Anfield Capital Diversified Alternatives ETF (DALT)
JPMorgan Event Driven ETF (JPED)
JPMorgan Managed Futures Strategy ETF (JPMF)
QuantX Risk Managed Real Return ETF (QXRR)
QuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Total Return ETF (QXTR)

Best New Asset Allocation ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2017 that combines exposure to multiple asset classes. Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an Asset Allocation ETF to qualify.

ClearShares OCIO ETF (OCIO)
QuantX Risk Managed Multi-Asset Income ETF (QXMI)
Cambria Tail Risk ETF (TAIL)
WisdomTree Balanced Income Fund (WBAL)

Best New Smart-Beta or Factor ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important new ETF launched in 2017, regardless of asset class, that uses a quantitative, research-driven approach to attempt to deliver superior long-term risk-adjusted returns.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified as a Smart-Beta strategy by FactSet to qualify. (Please note: Despite the FactSet categorization, currency-hedged exposures do not qualify.)

Arrow DWA Country Rotation ETF (DWCR)
Goldman Sachs Access Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (GIGB)
NuShares Enhanced Yield 1-5 Year U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NUSA)
Oppenheimer Russell 1000 Dynamic Multifactor ETF (OMFL)
Alpha Architect Value Momentum Trend ETF (VMOT)
QuantX Dynamic Beta US Equity ETF (XUSA)

Best New Active ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important new actively managed ETF launched in 2017, regardless of asset class.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible. ETF must be classified as “active per SEC” by FactSet to qualify.

AI Powered Equity ETF (AIEQ)
Principal Active Global Dividend Income ETF (GDVD)
Republican Policies Fund/Democratic Policies Fund (GOP/DEMS)
JPMorgan Global Bond Opportunities ETF (JPGB)
IQ Mackay Shields Municipal Insured ETF (MMIN)
U.S. Tax Reform Fund (TAXR)

Thematic ETF of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the most important “thematic” ETF of 2017, as measured by its ability to capture important macro plays that can lead to specific portfolio outcomes.

Note: There is no requirement for this award regarding when this fund was launched.

ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK)
Global X Robotics & Artificial Intelligence ETF (BOTZ)
Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce ETF (EMQQ)
Oppenheimer Global ESG Revenue ETF (ESGF)
Republican Policies Fund/Democratic Policies Fund (GOP/DEMS)

Best New ESG ETF – 2017

Awarded to the most important ESG ETF launched in 2016.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2016, are eligible.

Inspire Global Hope ETF (BLES)
VanEck Vectors Green Bond ETF (GRNB)
KraneShares MSCI China Environment ETF (KGRN)
NuShares ESG U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (NUBD)
iShares ESG USD Corporate Bond ETF (SUSC)

ETF Issuer of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the ETF issuer that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through product introductions, product performance, fund management, asset gathering, investor support and innovation in 2017.

ARK Invest
Exchange Traded Concepts
iShares
State Street Global Advisors
Vanguard Group

Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the ETF provider that has launched the most innovative and groundbreaking ETFs in 2017.

Alpha Architect
Ark Invest
EventShares
Exchange Traded Concepts
iShares
State Street Global Advisors

New ETF Issuer of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the new ETF issuer that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through product introductions, product performance, fund management, investor support and innovation. Issuer must have launched its first ETF in 2017. ETF.com considers “issuer” to mean the “brand” of the ETF, as classified by FactSet.

Davis Advisors
GraniteShares
Inspire Investing
QuantX (Blue Sky Asset Management)
Sage Advisory Services
USAA

Index Provider of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, advisor support and more in 2017.

FTSE Russell
Kensho
MSCI
Solactive
Toroso Investments

Index of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the index that has done the most to provide new ways of considering investment strategies, opportunities or ideas in 2017.

BlackRock High Yield Defensive Bond Index
EMQQ The Emerging Markets Internet & Ecommerce Index
FTSE OFI Dynamic Multifactor Index Series
MSCI China A Inclusion Index
Solactive Equileap Gender Equality Family of Indices
SummerHaven Private Equity Strategy Index (SHPEI)

ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the ETF liquidity provider (including market maker, authorized participant, agency broker, etc.) that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through education, support, services, innovation and outreach.

BAML
Citadel Securities
Jane Street
Susquehanna International Group
Tradeweb Markets

ETF Custodian of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the ETF custodial firm offering the best and most innovative service to clients.

Bank of New York
Brown Brothers Harriman
Citi
State Street
US Bank

Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors – 2017

Awarded to the online brokerage offering the best package for ETF-focused investors. This award will consider commission-free trading options, education materials, supporting services and other factors.

Charles Schwab
Fidelity
Interactive Brokers
TD Ameritrade

Best ETF Platform – 2017

Awarded to the wirehouse, broker-dealer or other service provider that offers its reps and advisors the best total offering in the ETF space, including research, data, tools, trading capabilities and education.

Bloomberg
Merrill Lynch
Morgan Stanley
Raymond James
TD Ameritrade

Best ETF Issuer Website – 2017

Awarded to the most informative and user-friendly website of an ETF issuer.

Alpha Architect
BlackRock’s iShares
Global X
VanEck
WisdomTree

Best Index Provider Website – 2017

Awarded to the most informative and user-friendly website by an index provider.

Alpha Architect
MSCI
S&P Dow Jones Indices
STOXX
WisdomTree

Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk – 2017

Awarded to the ETF issuer providing the most useful support to advisors for ETF trading.

Deutsche Asset Management
iShares
State Street Global Advisors
Vanguard Group
WisdomTree

ETF Strategist of the Year – 2017

Awarded to the ETF strategist or model portfolio provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes in 2017.

Note: Automated investment services are eligible for this award, as they provide managed portfolios en masse to investors.

3Edge
BlackRock
CLS Investments
Newfound Research
Northern Trust Asset Management
Richard Bernstein Advisors

ETF Law Firm of the Year – 2017

Awarded annually to the law firm that has done the most to push the ETF industry forward, including driving new and innovative products through the Securities and Exchange Commission, advocating for the industry and the rights of investors, and improving outcomes for investors.

Chapman and Cutler
Dechert LLP
K&L Gates
Ropes & Gray
Stradley Ronon

ETF Investor of the Year – 2017

Awarded to a financial advisor, advisor team or institutional investor that is using ETFs to deliver high-quality portfolios in an innovative way.

CLS
ClearRock Capital
FIS Group
Heck Capital Advisors
Ritholtz Wealth Management


 

The Venue

Pier 61, Chelsea Piers
23rd St. and West Side Highway
New York, NY 10011

With the feel of a sophisticated New York loft, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers is a unique waterfront venue with sweeping river views of the Hudson River and Statue of Liberty. With 10,000 square feet of sleek hardwood floors, period lanterns, and an all-season glass-enclosed terrace, The Lighthouse provides an incredibly unique space for this year's Awards Dinner.

Located at 23rd St. and the West Side Highway, The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers offers easy accessibility, valet parking, and shuttle bus service.

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