Celebrating ETF Achievements

MARCH 30, 2017 ● THE LIGHTHOUSE, PIER ● NYC

ETF.com is proud to bring together the ETF community on March 30, 2017, at The Lighthouse, Pier 61 in New York City for the 4th Annual ETF.com Awards Dinner.

2016 turned out to be an amazing year for exchange-traded funds. The industry is on pace to set a new record for net inflows, with investors putting more than $280 billion to work in ETFs. New startups and established giants alike are flooding the zone with products, whether smart beta, alternative or active in nature. Amidst it all, the ability for investors to build better portfolios than ever continues to increase.

In an effort to recognize the people, companies and products moving this industry forward, Inside ETFs and ETF.com are teaming up once again to host the annual ETF.com Awards. These editorially independent awards are the most coveted in the industry, and are widely seen as the most robust recognition of innovative success.

Please join ETF.com on March 30, 2017 in New York City for an evening to remember as we recognize those helping to build a better investment future for all.

Attendance is by invitation only. Please contact us if you are interested in attending or sponsoring a table.


 

Methodology

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

 

Step 1

The awards process begins with open nominations, which starts December 5, 2016 and closes January 4, 2017. Interested parties are invited to submit nominations using this survey form. Self-nominations are accepted. You cannot win if you are not nominated, and no nominations will be accepted after the deadline. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Step 2

Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of senior leaders at ETF.com and senior members of the FactSet ETF team (whose data powers the ETF.com website and fund reports)—will vote to select up to five finalists in each category. Votes will be cast on a majority basis, and ties broken where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. If ties cannot be broken, more than five finalists are allowed. The nomination voting will be completed by January 9, 2017.

Members of the 2016 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 2016 Awards Selection Committee Include:

  • Kim Arthur, Founding Partner, Main Management
  • Eric Balchunas, ETF Analyst, Bloomberg Intelligence
  • Ben Blaisdell, US Trust
  • Rob Glownia, RiverFront
  • Ben Johnson, Director of Global ETF Research, Morningstar
  • Tom Lydon, Editor, ETF Trends
  • Phil Mackintosh, Managing Director, KCG
  • Jason Nicastro, Senior Research Analyst, LPL Financial
  • Tyler Mordy, President & CIO, Forstrong Global Asset Management
  • Todd Rosenbluth, Director of ETF & Mutual Fund Research, CFRA
  • Jim Wiandt, Founder, ETF.com

Voting will be complete by January 15, 2017, but results will be kept secret until they are announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner on March 30, 2017.


 

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 other category. Previous winners are not eligible.

ETF of the Year – 2016

Awarded to the ETF that has done the most to improve investor opportunities and outcomes in 2016, by providing access to interesting areas of the market, lowering costs, delivering new exposures or otherwise creating better results for investors. There is no requirement for this award regarding when this fund was launched.

Best New ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible.

Most Innovative New ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most groundbreaking and disruptive ETF launched in 2016. This is an ETF that is pushing the envelope in terms of what kinds of exposures can be packaged into an ETF.

Best New U.S. Equity ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important U.S. equity 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a U.S. Equity ETF to qualify.

Best New International/Global Equity ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important international or global equity 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an Equity ETF, but not a U.S.-focused Equity ETF, to qualify.

Best New U.S. Fixed-Income ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important fixed-income 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a U.S. Fixed-Income ETF to qualify.

Best New International/Global Fixed-Income ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important international or global fixed-income 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a Fixed Income ETF, but not a U.S.-focused Fixed Income ETF, to qualify.

Best New Commodity ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important commodity 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a Commodity ETF to qualify.

Best New Currency ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important currency 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a Currency ETF to qualify.

Best New Alternatives ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important alternatives 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an Alternatives ETF to qualify.

Best New Asset Allocation ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2016 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an Asset Allocation ETF to qualify.

Best New Smart-Beta or Factor ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important new ETF launched in 2016, 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 December 31, 2015, 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.)

Best New Active ETF – 2016

Awarded to the most important new actively managed ETF launched in 2016, 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 December 31, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified as “Active per SEC” by FactSet to qualify.

Thematic ETF of the Year – 2016

Awarded to the most important “thematic” ETF of 2016, as measured by its ability to capture important macro plays that can lead to specific portfolio outcomes. There is no requirement for this award regarding when this fund was launched.

ETF Issuer of the Year – 2016

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 2016.

Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year – 2016

Awarded to the ETF provider that has launched the most innovative and groundbreaking group of ETFs in 2016.

New ETF Issuer of the Year – 2016

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 2016. ETF.com considers “issuer” to mean the “brand” of the ETF, as classified by FactSet.

Index Provider of the Year – 2016

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

Index of the Year – 2016

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

ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year – 2016

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.

Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors – 2016

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.

Best ETF Offering: Wirehouse Category – 2016

Awarded to the wirehouse that offer its reps and advisors the best total offering in the ETF space, including research, data, tools, trading capabilities and education.

Best ETF Offering: Independent Broker-Dealer Category – 2016

Awarded to the independent broker-dealer offering its reps and advisors the best total offering in the ETF space, including research, data, tools, trading capabilities and education.

Best ETF Research Paper – 2016

Awarded to the published paper from 2016 that most increased our understanding of how ETFs and/or index-based investments affect investor outcomes, whether in portfolios, markets or broader economic context.

Best ETF Issuer Website – 2016

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

Best Index Provider Website – 2016

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

Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk – 2016

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

ETF Strategist of the Year – 2016

Awarded to the ETF strategist or model portfolio provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes in 2016. Automated investment services are eligible for this award, as they provide managed portfolios en masse to investors.

ETF Lawyer of the Year: 2016

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.

New ETF Ticker of the Year – 2016

Awarded to the ETF with the best new ETF ticker. The ETF must have launched in 2016 to qualify.

ETF Advisor of the Year – 2016

Awarded to an individual financial advisor or advisor team that is using ETFs to deliver high-quality portfolios to clients in an innovative way.

Institutional ETF User of the Year – 2016

Awarded to an institutional investor that is using ETFs to deliver high-quality portfolios in an innovative way.


 

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.

New York

 

 

Winners

  • 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Jim Ross

  • 2016 ETF of the Year
  • VanEck Vectors Fallen Angel High Yield Bond ETF (ANGL)

  • 2016 Best New ETF
  • SPDR® SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF (SHE)

  • 2016 Most Innovative New ETF
  • SPDR® SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF (SHE)

  • 2016 Best New U.S. Equity ETF
  • SPDR® SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF (SHE)

  • 2016 Best New International/Global Equity ETF
  • WisdomTree Dynamic Currency Hedged International Equity Fund (DDWM)

  • 2016 Best New U.S. Fixed-Income ETF
  • Deutsche X-trackers USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYLB)

  • 2016 Best New International/Global Fixed-Income ETF
  • Deutsche X-trackers Barclays International Corporate Bond Hedged ETF (IFIX)

  • 2016 Best New Commodity ETF
  • Elkhorn Fundamental Commodity Strategy ETF (RCOM)

  • 2016 Best New Alternatives ETF
  • JPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF (JPHF)

  • 2016 Best New Asset Allocation ETF
  • PowerShares DWA Tactical Multi-Asset Income Portfolio (DWIN)

  • 2016 Best New Smart-Beta or Factor ETF
  • Fidelity Dividend ETF for Rising Rates (FDRR)
  • AND
  • Vanguard International High Dividend Yield ETF (VYMI)

  • 2016 Best New Active ETF
  • JPMorgan Diversified Alternatives ETF (JPHF)

  • 2016 Thematic ETF of the Year
  • SPDR® SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF (SHE)

  • 2016 ETF Issuer of the Year
  • iShares by BlackRock

  • 2016 Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year
  • Elkhorn Investments

  • 2016 New ETF Issuer of the Year
  • Nuveen

  • 2016 Index of the Year
  • FTSE Emerging Markets All-Cap China-A Inclusion Index

  • 2016 Index Provider of the Year
  • MSCI

  • 2016 ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year
  • Susquehanna International Group

  • 2016 Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors
  • Charles Schwab

  • Best ETF Offering: Wire House
  • Bank of America Merrill Lynch

  • Best ETF Offering: Independent Regional Broker-Dealer
  • Raymond James

  • 2016 Best ETF Research Paper
  • S&P Index Vs. Active Scorecard (SPIVA)

  • 2016 Best ETF Issuer Website
  • iShares by BlackRock

  • 2016 Best Index Provider Website
  • MSCI

  • 2016 Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk
  • Goldman Sachs

  • 2016 ETF Strategist of the Year
  • Newfound Research

  • 2016 ETF Lawyer of the Year
  • Dechert LLP
  • AND
  • Thompson Hine LLP

  • 2016 ETF Advisor of the Year
  • Ritholtz Wealth Management

  • 2016 Institutional ETF User of the Year
  • USAA

  • 2016 New ETF Ticker of the Year
  • WSKY: Spirited Funds/ETFMG Whiskey & Spirits ETF

  • People’s Choice Award
  • SPDR® SSGA Gender Diversity Index ETF (SHE)

 


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