2024 etf.com Awards

The Awards honored the most influential, innovative, and impactful global players in the ETF industry.  Winners spanned across 17 categories and were acknowledge for their countless efforts to continuously growing the ETF landscape.
 

Event Details

Event DateApril 17, 2024
Location Tribeca Rooftop
Address2 Desbrosses Street, NYC
Time6:00 PM - 10:00 PM

 

2024 etf.com Award Winners

Winner: Jan van Eck, VanEck
 

The Lifetime Achievement Award goes to Jan van Eck. Jan’s vision and foresight led VanEck to become one of the first firms to bring ETFs to the market, and more recently became a leader in the race to launch the first spot bitcoin ETFs.

Nominees

Andrew Schlossberg, President and CEO, Invesco

Bob Pisani, Correspondent, CNBC

Hunter Horsley, Cofounder, CEO, Bitwise Asset Management

Jan van Eck, CEO, VanEck

Joanna Gallegos, Cofounder, BondBloxx

Rory Tobin, Global Head SPDR ETFs, State Street Global Advisors

Winner: Roundhill Magnificent Seven ETF (MAGS)
 

The Best New ETF award goes to the Roundhill Magnificent Seven ETF (MAGS). At the time of its 2023 rebranding and launch, MAGS was the first U.S.-listed ETF to track the Mag 7 stocks.

Nominees

Capital Group Core Balanced ETF (CGBL)

Innovator Equity Defined Protection ETF (TJUL)

ProShares S&P 500 High Income ETF (ISPY)

Roundhill Generative AI & Technology ETF (CHAT)

Roundhill Magnificent Seven ETF (MAGS)

Winner: Morgan Stanley Investment Management
 

The New ETF Issuer of the Year award goes to Morgan Stanley Investment Management. Following MSIM’s successful ETF platform launch in 2023, assets have reached $1.75 billion across 14 funds featuring a range of fixed-income, equity and active strategies.

Nominees

Calamos Investments
Madison Investments
Morgan Stanley Investment Management
Panagram Structured Asset Management
Tema ETFs

Winner: Vanguard Short-Term Tax-Exempt ETF (VTES)
 

The Best New U.S. Fixed Income ETF goes to Vanguard Short-Term Tax-Exempt ETF (VTES). In a year when many of its category peers were seeing outflows, VTES accumulated nearly $400 million in assets.

Nominees

Amplify Samsung SOFR ETF (SOF)

Bondbloxx USD High Yield Bond Sector Rotation ETF (HYSA)

Calamos Convertible Equity Alternative ETF (CVRT)

Calvert Ultra-Short Investment Grade ETF (CVSB)

Vanguard Short-Term Tax-Exempt ETF (VTES)

Winner: Sprott Uranium Miners ETF (URNM)
 

The Best Thematic ETF of the Year award goes to Sprott Uranium Miners ETF (URNM). One of the few funds offering exposure to uranium, URNM outperformed 99% of its natural resources category peers and more than doubled the return of the S&P 500 index in 2023.

Nominees

Columbia EM Core ex-China ETF (XCEM)

Global X Artificial Intelligence & Technology ETF (AIQ)

Sprott Uranium Miners ETF (URNM)

VanEck Morningstar Wide Moat ETF (MOAT)

VanEck Semiconductor ETF (SMH)

Winner: Capital Group Dividend Growers ETF (CGDG)
 

The Best New International/Global ETF award goes to Capital Group Dividend Growers ETF (CGDG). The fund offers investors an actively managed portfolio of global dividend stocks at an expense ratio lower than 80 percent of its peer group.

Nominees

Capital Group Dividend Growers ETF (CGDG)

CoreValues Alpha Greater China Growth ETF (CGRO)

KraneShares Global Luxury Index ETF (KLXY)

Matthews Pacific Tiger Active ETF (ASIA)

Sprott Junior Uranium Miners ETF (URNJ)

T. Rowe Price International Equity ETF (TOUS)

Winner: Xtrackers MSCI USA Climate Action Equity ETF (USCA)
 

The Best New ESG ETF award goes to the Xtrackers MSCI USA Climate Action Equity ETF (USCA). The fund accumulated $1.5 billion in assets in its nine months of existence in 2023 while the largest ESG ETFs saw billions in outflows.

Nominees

Academy Veteran Impact ETF (VETZ)

CNIC ICE U.S. Carbon Neutral Power Futures Index ETF (AMPD)

Matthews Emerging Markets Sustainable Future Active ETF (EMSF)

Touchstone Climate Transition ETF (HEAT)

Xtrackers MSCI USA Climate Action Equity ETF (USCA)

Winner: Themes Cybersecurity ETF (SPAM)
 

The New ETF Ticker of the Year award goes to the Themes Cybersecurity ETF (SPAM). The ticker is a creative, tongue-in-cheek description for the fund that provides targeted exposure to the large-cap digital security software companies.

Nominees

Defiance Israel Bond ETF (CHAI)

MUSQ Global Music Industry ETF (MUSQ)

Strive Enhanced Income Short Maturity ETF (BUXX)

Themes Cybersecurity ETF (SPAM)

Touchstone Climate Transition ETF (HEAT)

Winner: Women in ETFs
 

The DEI Award goes to Women in ETFs. This non-profit organization provides valuable resources, networking opportunities, and professional development programs that have helped countless women advance their careers, making a significant impact on the ETF industry.

Nominees

Ethan Powell, Founder, Impact Shares

Karim Chedid, Head of Investment Strategy, iShares EMEA

Ophelia Snyder, Cofounder & President, 21.co

Patricia Lizarraga, Managing Partner, Hypatia Capital

Women in ETFs

Winner: Pacer US Small Cap Cash Cows 100 ETF (CALF)
 

The ETF of the Year goes to Pacer US Small Cap Cash Cows 100 ETF (CALF). The fund’s value-driven approach powered CALF to outperform 98% of its small cap value peers in 2023, logging in an impressive 35% gain.

Nominees

Bitwise Crypto Industry Innovators ETF (BITQ)

JPMorgan Nasdaq Equity Premium Income ETF (JEPQ)

Invesco NASDAQ 100 ETF (QQQM)

Invesco S&P 500 Equal Weight ETF (RSP)

Pacer US Small Cap Cash Cows 100 ETF (CALF)

Winner: Dimensional Fund Advisors
 

The ETF Issuer of the Year is Dimensional Fund Advisors. Known for its active management and factor-based strategies, DFA began launching ETFs in 2020, but in the short time since the issuer has grown quickly to 38 funds, crossing $100 billion in assets in 2023.

Nominees

Capital Group

Dimensional Fund Advisors

Fidelity Investments

Franklin Templeton

Invesco

VanEck

Winner: Avantis All Equity Markets Value ETF (AVGV)
 

The award for Best New Smart Beta or Factor ETF goes to Avantis All Equity Markets Value ETF (AVGV). The fund outperformed its category average in 2023 while providing investors with a low-cost, tax-efficient, and globally diversified portfolio.

Nominees

Avantis All Equity Markets Value ETF (AVGV)

Aztlan Global Stock Selection DM SMID ETF (AZTD)

iShares Climate Conscious & Transition MSCI USA ETF (USCL)

SPDR Portfolio S&P Sector Neutral Dividend ETF (SPDG)

Xtrackers MSCI USA Climate Action Equity ETF (USCA)

Winner: Dimensional Global Credit ETF (DGCB)
 

The Best New International/Global Fixed Income ETF award goes to the Dimensional Global Credit ETF (DGCB). While offering a low-cost, broadly diversified and actively managed  portfolio of debt securities, DGCB outperformed its category peers after its 2023 inception.

Nominees

Defiance Israel Bond ETF (CHAI)

Dimensional Global Credit ETF (DGCB)

Franklin Templeton Western Asset Bond ETF (WABF)

Winner: Fidelity Disruptive Technology ETF (FDTX)
 

The Best New U.S. Equity ETF award goes to Fidelity Disruptive Technology ETF (FDTX). Converted from a mutual fund in 2023, FDTX is an actively managed fund that targets innovative businesses with potential for market disruption.

Nominees

Astoria US Quality Kings (ROE)

Fidelity Disruptive Technology ETF (FDTX)

GMO U.S. Quality ETF (QLTY)

ProShares S&P 500 High Income ETF (ISPY)

REX FANG & Innovation Equity Premium Income ETF (FEPI)

Roundhill Magnificent Seven ETF (MAGS)

Winner: AB Disruptors ETF (FWD)
 

The Best New Active ETF award goes to the AB Disruptors ETF (FWD). Its focus on innovative and disruptive technologies like artificial intelligence allowed FWD to capitalize on the rapid growth trends that defined equity markets in 2023.

Nominees

AB Disruptors ETF (FWD)
Capital Group Core Balanced ETF (CGBL)
Fidelity Disruptive Technology ETF (FDTX)
Panagram BBB-B CLO ETF (CLOZ)
PIMCO Commodity Strategy Active ETF (CMDT)

Winner: NASDAQ
 

The Index Provider of the Year award goes to NASDAQ. Established in 1971, NASDAQ offers more than 40 years of experience in index research, creation and calculation services.

Nominees

Bitwise Asset Management

Bloomberg Index Services limited (Bloomberg Indices)

FTSE Russell, an LSEG Business

MarketVector Indexes

MSCI

NASDAQ

S&P Dow Jones Indices

21Shares

Winner: The ETF Institute
 

The award for ETF Education Provider of the Year goes to The ETF Institute. The ETF Institute is the first and only independent organization providing ETF industry professionals and financial advisors with certification, education, and training on exchange-traded funds.

Nominees

ETF Think Tank

eToro

Fidelity Investments

The ETF Institute

Vanguard

To view a complete list of previous winners and nominees

PAST WINNERS

2024 etf.com Award Judges

EricBalcunas
Eric Balchunas
Senior ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence
Marguerita
Marguerita Cheng
Chief Executive Officer 
at Blue Ocean Global Wealth
Debbie
Deborah Fuhr
Managing Partner & Founder at ETFGI
nate
Nate geraci
President at The ETF Store
lois
Lois Gregson
Senior ETF Analyst at FactSet
ben
Benjamin Lavine
Chief Investment Officer at 3D, a Freedom Advisors Company
Aniket
Aniket Ullal
Vice President, ETF Data & Analytics at CFRA
EricBalcunas
Eric Balchunas
Senior ETF Analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence
Marguerita
Marguerita Cheng
Chief Executive Officer 
at Blue Ocean Global Wealth
Debbie
Deborah Fuhr
Managing Partner & Founder at ETFGI
nate
Nate geraci
President at The ETF Store
lois
Lois Gregson
Senior ETF Analyst at FactSet
ben
Benjamin Lavine
Chief Investment Officer at 3D, a Freedom Advisors Company
Aniket
Aniket Ullal
Vice President, ETF Data & Analytics at CFRA

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 will commence on December 1, 2023 and close on January 8, 2024. Interested parties are invited to submit nominations via the publicly available submission form. Self-nominations are accepted. A single fund/issuer can be nominated for multiple awards as long as it meets the criteria of the category. All entries related to funds are strictly for U.S.-listed ETFs.


Step 2

Following the open nominations process, the etf.com Awards Nominating Committee, made up of etf.com editorial staff, will review nominations. Nominations are screened for eligibility (appropriate timing and category). If more than five unique entries are received in the nomination process, the members of the Nominating Committee will force-rank their top five, resulting in a final slate for each category. Votes will be resolved 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 Nominating Committee will complete this process and short list of nominees will be published on etf.com January 29, 2024.


Step 3

Winners among these finalists will be selected by a majority vote of the etf.com Award panel of judges, a group of independent ETF experts from the ETF industry. Judges 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. Voting will be complete by March 1, 2024. Results will be kept confidential until they are announced at the etf.com Awards ceremony on April 17, 2024 and published on etf.com.


Submission Best Practices

Nominations that provide in-depth details on how they have bettered the ETF industry or given investors opportunities to achieve favorable investing outcomes are preferred. Qualified entries will outline the impact they have had on end investors, and supply judges with supporting detail. All entries related to funds are strictly for U.S.-listed ETFs.


Individual submissions are also considered on completeness, attention to details, and those that provide useful data or stories. Entries that follow these guidelines have a greater probability of progressing to the final rounds.

 

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