2015 ETF.com Awards Finalists Announced

January 19, 2016

Best New Commodity ETF

Awarded to the most important commodity ETF launched in 2015.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize an ETF that opens new areas of the market, lowers costs, drives risk-adjusted performance or provides innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Jan. 1, 2015, are eligible. The ETF must be classified by FactSet as a commodity ETF to qualify.

· WisdomTree Coal (TONS)
TONS holds equal amounts of three different futures contracts on Rotterdam coal, one of the largest coal terminals in Europe. The fund is pricey, with an expense ratio over 1%, but it is the only coal futures ETF available. If you’re a bull on old-school energy, this may be the ETF for you.

Best New Currency ETF

Awarded to the most important currency ETF launched in 2015.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize an ETF that opens new areas of the market, lowers costs, drives risk-adjusted performance or provides innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Jan. 1, 2015, are eligible. The ETF must be classified by FactSet as a currency ETF to qualify.

· No nominations

Best New Alternatives ETF

Awarded to the most important alternatives ETF launched in 2015.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize an ETF that opens new areas of the market, lowers costs, drives risk-adjusted performance or provides innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Jan. 1, 2015, are eligible. The ETF must be classified by FactSet as an alternatives ETF to qualify.

· ALPS Enhanced Put Write Strategy (PUTX)
The actively managed ALPS Enhanced Put Write Strategy ETF writes put options on the S&P 500 with the aim of earning income primarily from option premiums. The fund kicks off very high yields, although whether than can translate into long-term positive total returns remains the big question.

· Highland HFR Event-Driven ETF (DRVN)
DRVN tracks the holdings of hedge funds that employ event-driven strategies, including management changes, spin-offs, mergers and more. The fund differs from competing products like QED in that it aims to hold the same securities these hedge funds do, rather than using replication match in an attempt to match the index.

· Hull Tactical (HTUS)
The actively managed Hull Tactical US ETF aims for capital appreciation—regardless of market cycle—using long, short and leveraged positions in the S&P 500, along with cash. The fund rotates based on the quant models of its manager, HTAA, ranging aggressively from 2X to -1X exposure based on what’s happening in the market.

· QuantShares Hedged Dividend Income (DIVA)
If you believe dividends lead to better total returns, DIVA is the fund for you. It looks at the 1,000 largest U.S.-listed companies by market cap and goes 100% long those with the highest yields, and 50% short those with the lowest.

· WisdomTree Dynamic Long/Short U.S. Equity (DYLS)
DYLS takes a 100% long exposure to the U.S. market and pairs it with a 0%-100% short exposure depending on what’s happening in the market. The baskets are chosen based on growth as well as value factors, and stocks are weighted by the inverse of recent volatility.

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