Category No. 17: ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year – 2014
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.
Nominee No. 1: Cantor Fitzgerald
Cantor's daily market commentary and consultative trading has put it at the forefront of many investors’ minds.
Nominee No. 2: Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sach’s recent efforts to build out new markets and customer types is helping to drive the ETF industry forward, and contributing to excellent investor outcomes.
Nominee No. 3: KCG
After significant internal turnover, KCG has put itself on track to succeed, and is back in the mix as one of the largest ETF traders on the planet.
Nominee No. 4: Jane Street
The "broker's broker" has come out of the shadows and become a central player in large-scale trading, and is making a bigger name for itself than ever before.
Nominee No. 5: Susquehanna
Susquehanna's long-term commitment to the ETF space has given it a unique position, especially with new issues and new issuers. It remains one of the hidden forces propelling liquidity in the ETF market.
Category No. 18: Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors – 2014
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.
Nominee No. 1: Charles Schwab
Charles Schwab's own ETF lineup and its broad OneSource “free-trading” program make it a natural home for ETF investors.
Nominee No. 2: Etrade
Etrade's offerings may not be as broad as others, but they're firmly focused on active traders, with pricing to match.
Nominee No. 3: Fidelity
Fidelity's deep commitment to education and ETF information stand out in a crowded field. Its screening tools and data are continually evolving and getting better.
Nominee No. 4: Interactive Brokers
Interactive Broker's commitment to low costs and professional tools win accolades from hard-core traders.
Nominee No. 5: TD Ameritrade
TD Ameritrade’s tool set is second to none, and its commitment to commission-free ETFs—selected independently—is commendable.
Category No. 19: Best ETF Offering: Wirehouse Category – 2014
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.
Nominee No. 1: Merrill Lynch
With excellent and meaningful ETF due diligence from the broad Merrill Lynch to its smaller U.S. trust subsidiaries, Merrill also offers solid model portfolios from thoughtful strategists.
Nominee No. 2: Morgan Stanley
Morgan Stanley's well-rounded offerings set the standard at wire houses with solid due diligence, trading expertise and portfolio models.
Nominee No. 3: UBS
UBS offers sharp portfolio offerings combined with old-world private bank service, pushing the envelope of ETF strategy design.
Nominee No. 4: Wells Fargo
Wells Fargo retains some of the best ETF-analytical talent in the business.