And The 2017 ETF.com Awards Winners Are …

March 22, 2018

ETF Issuer of the Year: Vanguard Group

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 2017.

Vanguard is the second-largest ETF issuer in the U.S. today, commanding more than $870 billion in U.S.-listed ETF assets. Its reputation as a steward for investor interests, however, is second to none. In 2017, the firm hit yet another milestone: 15-consecutive years of growing market share. Vanguard’s success in the ETF space is a direct result of its commitment to investor outcomes and its focus on distribution. Today Vanguard is synonymous with low cost. Among the firm’s entire lineup of ETFs, the average expense ratio is only 0.11%, or $11 per $10,000 invested, about half the industry average.

Finalists included:

  • ARK
  • Exchange Traded Concepts
  • iShares by BlackRock
  • State Street Global Advisors

 

Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year: ARK

Awarded to the ETF provider that has launched the most innovative and groundbreaking ETFs in 2017.

ARK focuses exclusively on the concept of disruptive innovation. It burst onto the ETF scene in 2014 with the rollout of a suite of four actively managed funds that all focused on various angles of the disruptive innovation theme—next-generation internet innovation, industrial innovation and genomics.

Finalists included:

  • Alpha Architect
  • EventShares
  • Exchange Traded Concepts
  • iShares by BlackRock
  • State Street Global Advisors

 

New ETF Issuer of the Year: GraniteShares

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

GraniteShares is the brainchild of CEO Will Rhind, who founded the firm on the heels of a stint as the CEO of World Gold Trust Services, the sponsor behind the $35.4 billion SPDR Gold Trust (GLD). Rhind started GraniteShares with the intention of offering investors a new perspective on commodities at rock-bottom pricing. The firm attracted backing from the likes of Bain Capital, and rolled out its first funds—“no K-1” broad commodity ETFs—in May 2017.

Finalists included:

  • Davis Advisors
  • Inspire Investing
  • QuantX (Blue Sky Asset Management)
  • Sage Advisory Services
  • USAA

 

Index Provider of the Year: Solactive

Awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, advisor support and more in 2017.

The winner of the Index Provider of the Year award went to one of the little guys. Solactive, a boutique indexing firm, managed to beat much larger rivals like MSCI and FTSE Russell for the award. The company has carved out a healthy niche for itself in the competitive indexing business, despite not having the name recognition of the larger firms. Solactive has more than 2,000 indices—many of them custom-made for clients—and has managed to capture the attention of the ETF industry. There are currently 40 exchange-traded funds using Solactive-branded indices, with $5.3 billion in assets under management.

Finalists included:

  • FTSE Russell
  • Kensho
  • MSCI
  • Toroso Investments

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