ETF.com Award winners are selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.
The awards process began with open nominations, which started Dec. 4, 2019, and closed Jan. 4, 2020. Interested parties could submit nominations via the publicly available survey form. Self-nominations were accepted. Nominators could nominate in as many categories as they liked. You cannot win if you were not nominated, and no nominations were accepted after the deadline. There are no exceptions to these rules.
Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of ETF.com editorial staff—reviewed nominations. Nominations were screened for eligibility (appropriate timing and category). If more than 5 unique entries were received in the nomination process, the members of the Nominating Committee force-ranked their top 5, resulting in a final slate for each category. Votes were resolved 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 Committee completed its work by Jan. 10, 2020. Shortly thereafter, the nominees were published on ETF.com.
Winners among these finalists were 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 recused themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appeared as finalists. Ties were decided where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. Voting completed by Jan. 31, 2019, but results were kept confidential until their announcement today, April 2, 2020, and they will be published in the May ETF Report.
2019 Awards Selection Committee: ETFs & Issuers
Kim Arthur, Main Management
Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg Intelligence
Ben Blaisdell, US Trust
John Davi, Astoria Advisors
Emily Doak, Charles Schwab Investment Advisory
Debbie Fuhr, ETFGI
Nate Geraci, ETF Prime/ETF Store
Matt Hougan, Inside ETFs
Ben Johnson, Morningstar
Elisabeth Kashner, Factset
Ben Lavine, 3D Asset Management
Tom Lydon, ETFtrends.com
Tyler Mordy, Forstrong Global Asset Management
Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA
Dan Weiskopf, ETF Think Tank
2019 Awards: Service Providers
For 2019, we established a separate set of awards for service providers, with a distinct voting committee that includes one representative from each issuer and one representative from each listing exchange. The awards for the service providers completed voting in early February.
The awards separated out into this category include the following:
- Index Provider of the Year – 2019
- Index of the Year – 2019
- ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year – 2019
- ETF Custodian of the Year – 2019
- ETF Law Firm of the Year – 2019
- Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors – 2019
- Best ETF Platform – 2019
- Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk – 2019
- ETF Investor of the Year – 2019