2018 ETF.com Annual Awards

April 01, 2019

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 began with open nominations, which started Dec. 3, 2018, and closed Jan. 3, 2019.

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 five finalists in each category. Votes were cast on a majority basis, and ties broken where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. If ties could not be broken, more than five finalists were allowed. The nomination voting concluded Jan. 14, 2019.

2018 Nominating Committee

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

Step 3
Winners among these finalists were 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 recused themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appeared as finalists. Ties were decided where possible with head-to-head runoff votes.

2018 Awards Selection Committee

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

Voting was completed in January, but results will be kept secret until they are announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner on March 28, 2019.

2018 Award Winners

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD ETF ISSUER OF THE YEAR
Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner and Founder, ETFGI J.P. Morgan Asset Management
ETF OF THE YEAR MOST INNOVATIVE ETF ISSUER OF THE YEAR
JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) Impact Shares
BEST NEW ETF NEW ETF ISSUER OF THE YEAR
JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) Defiance ETFs
MOST INNOVATIVE NEW ETF (TIE) INDEX PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
Breakwave Dry Bulk Shipping ETF (BDRY) MSCI
Innovator S&P 500 Buffer ETFs (Series) (BJUL) INDEX OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW U.S. EQUITY ETF WisdomTree U.S. Multifactor Index
Vanguard ESG U.S. Stock ETF (ESGV) ETF LIQUIDITY PROVIDER OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW INT’L/GLOBAL EQUITY ETF Jane Street
JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP) ETF CUSTODIAN OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW U.S. FIXED-INCOME ETF Brown Brothers Harriman
iShares ESG U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (EAGG) BEST ONLINE BROKER FOR ETF-FOCUSED INVESTORS
BEST NEW INTERNATIONAL/GLOBAL FIXED-INCOME ETF Charles Schwab
Vanguard Total World Bond ETF (BNDW) BEST ETF ISSUER WEBSITE
BEST NEW COMMODITY ETF iShares by BlackRock
iShares Bloomberg Roll Select Commodity Strategy ETF (CMDY) BEST INDEX PROVIDER WEBSITE
BEST NEW ALTERNATIVES ETF MSCI
VanEck Vectors Real Asset Allocation ETF (RAAX) BEST ETF ISSUER CAPITAL MARKETS DESK
BEST NEW ASSET ALLOCATION ETF iShares by BlackRock
WisdomTree 90/60 U.S. Balanced Fund (NTSX) ETF INVESTOR OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW SMART-BETA OR FACTOR ETF Newfound Research
iShares Evolved U.S. Sector ETFs (Series) (IECS) ETF LAW FIRM OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW ACTIVE ETF Stradley Ronon
Vanguard U.S. Multifactor ETF (VFMF) ETF TICKER OF THE YEAR
BEST NEW ESG ETF ProShares Pet Care ETF (PAWZ)
Goldman Sachs JUST U.S. Large Cap Equity ETF (JUST) PEOPLE’S CHOICE
THEMATIC ETF OF THE YEAR (TIE) VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO)
VanEck Vectors Video Gaming and eSports ETF (ESPO)  
EventShares U.S. Policy Alpha ET (PLCY)  

 

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