2016 has 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 $220 billion to work in ETFs through the end of November. 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 organize 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.
Nominations for the awards are now being accepted by clicking on this link. Details on how to submit nominations—as well as the categories, process and voting methodology for the awards—are listed below. The nominations open today, Dec. 5, and close Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.
Winners in each category will be announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner, taking place March 30, 2017, at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, in New York. Winners will also be announced on the www.etf.com website on March 31, 2017, and in the April 2017 issue of ETF Report.
ETF.com Award winners are selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.
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.
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, Inside ETFs (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
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
Phil Mackintosh, Managing Director, KCG
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.