2015 ETF.com Awards Finalists Announced

January 19, 2016

2015 has been an amazing year for exchange-traded funds. From the rise of currency-hedged ETFs to the growth of smart beta, 2015 has been defined by massive inflows, exciting new launches, fee wars and the entry of major firms like Goldman Sachs and John Hancock.

In an effort to acknowledge the forces that support this growth, ETF.com annually recognizes the people, companies and products that are moving the industry forward and helping to create better outcomes for investors at its annual ETF.com Awards Dinner.

Winners in each category will be announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner, taking place March 16, 2016, at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, in New York. Winners will also be announced on the www.etf.com website on March 16, 2016, and in the April 2016 issue of ETF Report.

Methodology

ETF.com Award winners are selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.

Step 1

The awards process began with an open nominations process, which started Dec. 1 and closed Dec. 31. Interested parties were invited to submit nominations. Self-nominations were accepted.

Step 2

Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of senior leaders at ETF.com and senior members of the FactSet ETF team (whose data powers the ETF.com website)— voted to select up to five finalists in each category. Votes were cast on a majority basis, and ties broken, where possible, with head-to-head runoff votes. If ties could not be broken, more than five finalists were allowed. The nomination voting was completed on Jan. 11, 2016.

Members of the 2015 ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee:

Matt Hougan, CEO, ETF.com (Chair)

Paul Britt, Senior Analyst, FactSet

Dave Nadig, Director, ETFs, FactSet

Drew Voros, Editor-in-Chief, ETF.com

Step 3

Winners among these finalists will be selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Awards Selection Committee, a group of independent ETF experts from throughout the ETF community. Committee members will recuse themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appear as finalists. Ties will be decided, where possible, with head-to-head runoff votes.

Members of the ETF.com Awards Selection Committee:

Kim Arthur, Founding Partner, Main Management

Benjamin Blaisdell, Managing Director & Investment Solutions Executive, US Trust

Rob Glownia, Fixed Income Analyst, RiverFront Investment Group

Phil Mackintosh, Managing Director, KCG

Tyler Mordy, President & Chief Investment Officer, Forstrong Global Asset Management

Jason Nicastro, Senior Research Analyst, LPL Financial

Jim Wiandt, Founder, ETF.com

Voting will be complete by Jan. 18, but results will be kept secret until they are announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner.

For those interested in attending the ETF.com Awards dinner, please email us at [email protected].

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