ETF.com today announced the nominated finalists for the 2015 ETF.com Europe Awards. The ETF.com Europe Awards are designed to recognise the people, products and firms that are driving the ETF industry forward and creating better outcomes for investors.
The finalists are selected by the ETF.com Europe Awards nominating committee—made up of senior members of the ETF.com editorial team—which selects up to five finalists in each Award category (six finalists are allowed if the voters are deadlocked).
Winners will be selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Europe Awards selection committee, a group of independent ETF experts from throughout the financial community. The members of the selection committee are:
- Jim Wiandt, President of Europe, Inside ETFs (Chair)
- Christos Costandinides, Founder, BlueHarbor
- Shaun Port, CIO, Nutmeg
- Allan Lane, Managing Partner, Twenty20 Investments
- Hortense Bioy, Director, passive fund research, Morningstar
- Jan Altmann, Founder, 4asset-management
Voters must recuse themselves from any category in which they or their firm is nominated.
Winners will be announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner Europe on 14 April, 2016, at the Gherkin, London.
The finalists in each category are as follows:
1. Lifetime Achievement Award - 2015
Awarded annually to one living individual for outstanding long-term contributions to ETF investor outcomes, including those from the media, regulatory bodies, product providers, investment firms or other categories.
Valérie Baudson: As CEO of Amundi ETF, Indexing and Smart Beta, Baudson has helped turn the firm into a focused powerhouse in the ETF industry, widely credited with delivering low cost, high quality products to investors.
Isabelle Bourcier: Bourcier’s remarkable résumé includes more than a decade spearheading Lyxor Asset Management and (more recently) four years as head of business development at Ossiam.
Mark Makepeace: As CEO of FTSE Group, Makepeace has driven a highly focused effort to expanding index based investing, with a laser-eye at the ETF and smart beta spaces.
Manooj Mistry: Mistry’s track record in the ETF industry traces back more than a dozen years to the launch of the first ETF in Europe. Today he is head of ETPs for Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management, where he helped spark that firm’s remarkable 2015.
Peter Thompson: Thompson has been an integral part of Source since founding the company in 2008 when then at Goldman Sachs, and has since overseen growth in AUM (to $20 billion), number of products (75) and staff (90).
Graham Tuckwell: A legend in the ETF industry, Tuckwell built Europe’s largest independent ETF issuer—ETF Securities—and played a key role in the global launch of gold bullion ETFs.
2. Best ETF – 2015
Awarded to the ETF that has done the most to improve investor opportunities and outcomes in 2015, by providing access to interesting areas of the market, lowering costs, offering new exposures or otherwise creating better results for investors. There is no requirement for an ETF launch date for this award.
db x-trackers iBoxx Sovereigns Eurozone Yield Plus UCITS ETF
In an environment of low (and sometimes negative) rates, this ETF—which provides exposure to the sovereign bonds of the eurozone's five highest yielding countries—has been perfect for yield hungry investors, especially those not wishing to invest in corporates.
First Trust United Kingdom AlphaDex ETF
The best performing UK ETF over the last year, this smart beta FKU beat the FTSE 100 by 12%. The fund uses the AlphaDex methodology to select stocks based on three factors: size, value and momentum.
Lyxor Smart Cash UCITS ETF
This money market alternative uses an active strategy to attempt to eke out higher yield for investors looking for places to park their cash. One of the most popular ETFs for inflows in 2015, it was the right product at the right time.
Source Goldman Sachs Equity Factor Index Europe ETF
This smart beta ETF has attracted more than 300 million euros in assets since launching in January 2015. The fund combines exposure to five different equity risk factors, and has so far delivered on its promise to outperform the MSCI Europe Index on both a risk adjusted and absolute basis.
Vanguard S&P 500 ETF
This extraordinarily low cost ETF—charging just 0.07% in TER—has become Europe’s second largest ETF thanks to strong continued inflows.