2015 ETF.com Awards Finalists Announced

January 19, 2016

Best ETF Issuer

Awarded to the ETF issuer that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through product introductions, product performance, fund management, asset gathering, investor support and innovation in 2015.

· BlackRock’s iShares
The largest ETF issuer in the world, BlackRock’s iShares further cemented its status by having a great 2015. The fund led the market in net inflows, gathering more than $100 billion in net new assets in the U.S., while pushing the innovative edge of the spectrum by launching 45 new funds, including the most expansive currency hedge suite and significant smart-beta complexes in both fixed income and equities.

· Charles Schwab
Charles Schwab’s ETF lineup is as plain vanilla as it comes, with a broad-based portfolio of low-cost index funds. But the company’s ability to innovate in the distribution of ETFs is driving massive results and significantly shifting the landscape. Its commission-free offerings, robo-advisor efforts and OneSource program are all game changers, and helped the company pull in almost $14 billion in net new money to Schwab ETFs in 2015.

· Deutsche Asset Management
Deutsche Asset Management was the fastest-growing ETF issuer on a percentage basis in 2015, tacking on 400%+ AUM growth on an already-sizable base. The firm pulled in more than $16 billion in net new assets, and broke strongly into the ranks of the top 10 issuers. With innovative products in currency hedging, China exposure and bonds, it pushed the envelope in terms of what was available to investors.

· State Street Global Advisors
SSgA business can be overshadowed by the S&P 500 SPY—the $182 billion behemoth that is the most liquid security in the world. But look past the old-guard product and you’ll find a company that’s innovative aggressively, bringing five of the 10 fastest-growing new ETFs to market in 2015, including the No. 1 fund: TOTL.

· Vanguard
Now the second-largest ETF firm by assets, Vanguard is a juggernaut. The firm brought in more than $75 billion in net new money in 2015, and experienced positive flows in more than 90% of its ETFs. It also launched some significant new products, including by far the lowest-cost muni bond ETF to hit the market.

Most Innovative ETF Issuer

Awarded to the ETF provider that launched the most innovative and groundbreaking group of ETFs in 2015.

· BioShares
BioShares burst onto the scene in 2015 from the group LifeSci Index Partners LLC, a provider of index-based health care products. Its experience in the market is evident. The company’s two funds—BBP and BBC—divide the biotech market into companies with products and revenues, and companies with products in clinical trials, solving a major issue with existing biotech indexes. The fund complements this with one of the best websites in the business.

· BlackRock’s iShares
BlackRock’s iShares is a giant in the ETF space, leading the market in total assets. But the big company manages to be nimble as well, having launched 45 new funds in 2015, including the most expansive currency-hedge suite on the market, as well as significant smart-beta complexes in both fixed income and equities.

· ETF Managers Group
ETF Managers Group is innovative in two different ways. First, the firm is part of a wave of providers making it easier for innovative subadvisors to enter the market. Second, its product lineup is packed with interesting new funds. In 2015 alone, it brought out funds designed to: deal with rising rates; access the mobile payments space; target Israeli technology; access big data companies; invest in Latin American real estate; and gain exposure to the growing restaurants market.

· Goldman Sachs
Goldman Sachs entered the ETF market with a bang in 2015, launching a full suite of smart-beta ETFs using a multi-factor approach to tackle the market. While the funds are fairly innovative in and of themselves, they were nominated in large part for their pricing structure, headlined by the 9 bps fee for their GSLC product. Bringing the price war to smart beta? That’s innovation you can put in the bank.

· State Street Global Advisors

SSgA business can be overshadowed by the S&P 500 SPY—the $182 billion behemoth that is the most liquid security in the world. But look past the old-guard product and you’ll find a company that’s innovative aggressively, bringing five of the 10 fastest-growing new ETFs to market in 2015, including the No. 1 fund: TOTL.

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