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March 15, 2021

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We are now two weeks away from the 8th annual ETF.com Awards. Don't forget to register to attend the event!

This year’s awards will take on a new shape and feel. We will announce the winners at a virtual event on Tuesday, April 20, 5-7 p.m. ET, open to anyone who wants to attend, at no cost.  

Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss, co-founders of Gemini, a cryptocurrency exchange and custodian, will be the keynote speakers, and will discuss how bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are disrupting Wall Street and the investment world. More on the event below.

 

2020 ETF.com Award Finalists

 

Lifetime Achievement

Eric Balchunas (Bloomberg)

Bruce Bond (Innovator)

Matt Hougan (Bitwise)

Burton Malkiel (Wealthfront)

Jan Van Eck (VanEck)

 

ETF Of The Year

Amplify Online Retail ETF (IBUY)

ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK)

Direxion Work From Home ETF (WFH)

Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ)

Invesco Solar ETF (TAN)

 

Best New ETF

Direxion Work From Home ETF (WFH)

Invesco NASDAQ Next Gen 100 ETF (QQQJ)

iShares US Small Cap Value Factor ETF (SVAL)

Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF (BETZ)

Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF (VCEB)

 

Best New US Equity ETF

Defiance Next Gen SPAC Derived ETF (SPAK)

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity Market ETF (DFAU)

Direxion Work From Home ETF (WFH)

Invesco NASDAQ Next Gen 100 ETF (QQQJ)

iShares US Small Cap Value Factor ETF (SVAL)

 

Best New International/Global Equity ETF

BNY Mellon International Equity ETF (BKIE)

Dimensional International Core Equity Market ETF (DFAI)

Innovator MSCI EAFE Power Buffer ETF – January (IJAN)

iShares ESG MSCI EM Leaders ETF (LDEM)

KraneShares CICC China 5G & Semiconductor Index ETF (KFVG)

 

Best New U.S. Fixed Income ETF

Goldman Sachs Access U.S. Aggregate Bond ETF (GCOR)

Innovator 20+ Year Treasury Bond 5 Floor ETF – July (TFJL)

Janus Henderson AAA CLO ETF (JAAA)

SoFi Weekly Income ETF (TGIF)

Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF (VCEB)

 

Best New International/Global Fixed Income ETF

Avantis Core Fixed Income ETF (AVIG)

Franklin Liberty Ultra Short Bond ETF (FLUD)

Global X Emerging Markets Bond ETF (EMBD)

Hartford Core Bond ETF (HCRB)

 

Best New ESG ETF

iShares ESG MSCI EM Leaders ETF (LDEM)

JPMorgan Carbon Transition U.S. Equity ETF (JCTR)

TrueShares ESG Active Opportunities ETF (ECOZ)

Vanguard ESG U.S. Corporate Bond ETF (VCEB)

VictoryShares Top Veteran Employers ETF (VTRN)

 

Best New Smart Beta ETF

Direxion Fallen Knives ETF (NIFE)

iShares US Small Cap Value Factor ETF (SVAL)

Pacer Lunt Large Cap Multi-Factor Alternator ETF (PALC)

Syntax Stratified SmallCap ETF (SSLY)

VanEck Vectors Moody's Analytics IG Corporate Bond ETF (MIG)

 

Best New Active ETF

American Century Focused Dynamic Growth ETF (FDG)

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity Market ETF (DFAU)

Fidelity Blue Chip Growth ETF (FBCG)

Innovator Double Stacker 9 Buffer ETF – October (DBOC)

Janus Henderson AAA CLO ETF (JAAA)

 

Best Thematic ETF

Amplify Online Retail ETF (IBUY)

ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG)

ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK)

Global X Telemedicine & Digital Health ETF (EDOC)

Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF (BETZ)

 

Best New Ticker

Roundhill Sports Betting & iGaming ETF (BETZ)

Direxion Fallen Knives ETF (NIFE)

Defiance Next Gen SPAC Derived ETF (SPAK)

SoFi Weekly Income ETF (TGIF)

Direxion Work From Home ETF (WFH)

 

Issuer Of The Year

ARK

Direxion

Global X

Innovator ETFs

The Vanguard Group

 

Best New Issuer

6 Meridian

Bank of New York Mellon

Dimensional Funds

TrueShares

 

Best Index Provider Of The Year

BlackRock

MSCI

NASDAQ

S&P Dow Jones

Solactive

 

Index Of The Year

Indxx SPAC & NextGen IPO Index

NASDAQ Next Generation 100 Index

SectorSurfer Momentum Index

Solactive Remote Work Index

Wilshire Gold Index

 

Awards & More

In addition, 2019’s Lifetime Achievement winner, ETF capital markets legend Reggie Browne of GTS, will be speaking with CNBC’s Bob Pisani on the state of the markets and the ETF industry itself. And the yet-to-be-selected 2020 Lifetime Achievement award winner will also speak and close out the awards show.

This year’s virtual event will be produced live from the Hotel Café in Hollywood and will be hosted by ETF.com Editor-in-Chief Drew Voros as well as Nic Harcourt, legendary Los Angeles radio DJ and entertainment producer. Music will be provided by Luka Kloser.

Upon the conclusion, we will host four breakout sessions that attendees can choose from, as well as networking opportunities. The breakout sessions will be “Riding The Clean Energy Rocket,” “Can ARK’s Boat Be Rocked?” “Will Active Outsmart Beta?” and “ESG Solutions & Customized Indexing.”

(You can register at no cost for the ETF.com Awards event April 20 here)

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 begins with open nominations, which started Jan. 21, 2021, and closed Feb. 28, 2021. Interested parties are invited to submit nominations via the publicly available survey form. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominators may nominate in as many categories as they like. You cannot win if you are not nominated, and no nominations will be accepted after the deadline. There are no exceptions to these rules.

Step 2
Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of ETF.com editorial staff—reviews nominations. Nominations are screened for eligibility (appropriate timing and category). If more than five unique entries are received in the nomination process, the members of the Nominating Committee will rank their top five, resulting in a final slate for each category. Votes will be resolved on a majority basis, and ties broken where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. If ties cannot be broken, more than five finalists are allowed. The Nominating Committee will complete its work by March 10, 2021. The nominees will be published on 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. Voting will be completed by March 20, 2021, but results will be kept confidential until they are announced at the ETF.com Awards ceremony on Tuesday evening, April 20.

 

2020 Awards Selection Committee

Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg Intelligence 

John Davi, Astoria Advisors 

Jillian DelSignore, FLX Distribution

Blair DuQuesnay, Ritholtz Wealth Management

Deborah Fuhr, ETFGI 

Nate Geraci, ETF Prime/ETF Store

Lois Gregson, FactSet

Ben Johnson, Morningstar

Elisabeth Kashner, FactSet 

Ben Lavine, 3D/L Capital Management

Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA 

Shana Sissel, Spotlight Asset Group

 

You can reach Drew Voros at [email protected]

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