And The 2016 Awards Winners Are …

March 30, 2017

Best Index Provider: MSCI

Awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, advisor support and more.

MSCI lays claim to the Best Index Provider award for the third year in a row—or every year but one that has handed out prizes. In 2015, MSCI’s expertise shone through in its offering of factor-based indexes. MSCI was in the spotlight yet again in 2016, but this time for its environmental/social/governance (ESG) indexes. MSCI-branded indexes underlie six of the 20-some ESG ETFs that launched in 2016, and MSCI’s research and expertise underpin the indexes of another 10 of those funds. The world’s oldest global index provider consistently manages to stake its flag in the rising trends within the index space.

Finalists included:

  • Indxx
  • Markit iBoxx
  • Morningstar
  • Standard & Poor’s

Best Index: FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index

Awarded to the index that has done the most to provide new ways of considering investment strategies, opportunities or ideas.

2016 was the year in which the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (VWO) completed its transition to the FTSE Emerging Markets All Cap China A Inclusion Index, which includes small-caps and China A-shares, making it "the first broad-based market-cap-weighted emerging markets index fund to offer China A-shares and all capitalization equity exposure." The added geographic and size exposure increases the diversification for investors. Further, Vanguard notes that improved market conditions "have lowered the cost of investing in international small-cap equities."

Finalists included:

  • INDXX Millennials Thematic Index
  • S&P 500
  • SSGA Gender Diversity Index
  • STOXX Global ESG Impact Index

Best ETF Liquidity Provider: Susquehanna International Group

Awarded to the ETF liquidity provider (including market maker, authorized participant, agency broker, etc.) that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through education, support, services, innovation and outreach.

Philadelphia-based Susquehanna—or SIG, as it’s more commonly known—receives consistent praise for its deep commitment to solving client problems in ETFs. Led by Damon Walvoord and Bart Smith, the ETF team participates in virtually every ETF in the market, is the lead market maker on more than 500 ETFs, and handles more than $1 billion in daily creations and redemptions. It’s known for the diversity of its business and for providing excellent pre- and post-trade analysis for its clients.

Finalists included:

  • Bloomberg Tradebook
  • Cantor Fitzgerald
  • Jane Street
  • KCG


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