2015 ETF.com Awards Finalists Announced

January 19, 2016


Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded annually to one living individual for outstanding long-term contributions to ETF investor outcomes, whether from a position of media, regulation, product provider, investor or other category. Previous winners are not eligible.

· Reggie Browne, Cantor Fitzgerald
Best known as “The Godfather of ETFs,” Reggie Browne—senior managing director and head of ETF trading at Cantor Fitzgerald—is a legend in the field. At Cantor and earlier at KCG, he has played a key role in the growth of ETFs by helping clients around the world understand and access ETF liquidity. More recently, Browne has helped spearhead efforts to shape the regulatory environment in a positive way for investors and the ETF industry at large.

· Jim Ross, State Street Global Advisors
Jim Ross is an executive vice president of State Street Global Advisors, global head of SSgA’s SPDRs Exchange Traded Funds business and head of Intermediary Distribution for SSgA in the U.S. He was a key player on the team that launched the first U.S.-listed ETF, the iconic SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), and has played a pivotal role in shaping the industry for more than two decades.

· Jonathan Steinberg, WisdomTree
As founder, CEO and president of WisdomTree, Jonathan Steinberg has played a critical role in driving the ETF forward. WisdomTree is widely credited with being one of the most innovative ETF companies on the market, pioneering many concepts including dividend-focused investing, currency-hedged exposure and more.

· Matthew Tucker, BlackRock’s iShares
Matthew Tucker, head of iShares Americas Fixed Income Strategy, is widely credited with fostering the growth of fixed-income ETFs around the world. A passionate proponent of the ETF structure, he’s well-known for his ability to easily explain complex topics in the fixed-income space, and for answering critics of fixed-income ETFs with detailed facts and convincing research.

· Mark Wiedman, BlackRock’s iShares

As Global Head of the iShares business, Mark Wiedman oversees the world’s largest ETF company and the fastest-growing ETF company by assets in 2015. He is widely credited for helping shape the launch of iShares’ low-cost “Core” ETF offering, and for pushing iShares to innovate in major market categories including fixed-income ETFs and smart beta.

Best ETF

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, delivering new exposures or otherwise creating better results for investors. There is no requirement on when this fund was launched for this award.

· Deutsche X-trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares (ASHR)
The first U.S.-listed ETF to access the China A-Share market directly, ASHR opened up a critical asset class to investors during a very interesting time for that market.

· Deutsche X-trackers MSCI EAFE Hedged Equity (DBEF)
The third-most-popular ETF by net flows, DBEF pulled in more than $12 billion from investors eager to access international equity markets while mitigating the impact of a rising dollar. Of note, the fund outperformed unhedged exposure to MSCI EAFE significantly for the year.

· iShares Core S&P Total U.S. Stock Market (ITOT)
iShares made news in 2015 when it cut the expense ratio on ITOT to just 0.03%, making it the cheapest equity ETF on the market. The fund enjoyed more than $1 billion in inflows for the year.

· Vanguard S&P 500 (VOO)
The most popular ETF of 2015, VOO attracted a staggering $12.9 billion in net inflows. The fund offers the cheapest exposure to the S&P 500 in the ETF space, charging fees of just 0.05%.

· WisdomTree Europe Hedged Equity (HEDJ)
HEDJ was one of the hottest trades of 2015, attracting almost $12.6 billion in net new inflows. HEDJ combines currency hedging and an export tilt designed to help investors capitalize on a weaker euro.

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