And The 2018 Awards Winners Are …

March 28, 2019

The sixth annual Awards Thursday night in New York City honored products, people and companies that made a difference in the ETF industry in 2018. The 30 categories recognize everything from new funds to established products, as well as the issuers, service providers and end users who make the industry go round.

ETFGI's founder and managing partner Deborah Fuhr took home the Lifetime Achievement Award.

For more than 20 years, Fuhr has been one of the world's foremost experts on ETFs, delivering in-depth, comprehensive insight sought by fund issuers, investors, institutions and asset managers alike. When she’s not amassing and analyzing data on the global ETP market, she’s also advocating on behalf of greater gender diversity in the industry via Women in ETFs, the mentorship and networking organization she helped found.

"I love taking on new things that force you to learn something new," said Fuhr. "The landscape is changing so quickly, and data is very important. Providing good data and insights is key. I’m hopeful there’s still a lot more to come."

Fuhr faced off against some of the most important movers and shakers in the industry:

  • Reggie Browne, Cantor Fitzgerald
  • Marie Chandoha, Charles Schwab Investment Management
  • Blake Grossman, ThirdStream Partners
  • Joanne Hill, Cboe Vest

It was also a good night for J.P. Morgan, which took home three awards for its JPMorgan BetaBuilders Japan ETF (BBJP): ETF Of The Year, Best New ETF and Best New International/Global Equity ETF.

The fund, which provides low-cost, market-cap-weighted exposure to Japanese equities, isn't exciting in and of itself. But the sheer speed at which BBJP grew its assets blew everyone away: Within a month's time, BBJP had accumulated more than $1 billion in assets under management, making it the second-fastest U.S. ETF ever to hit the billion-dollar club.

Much of those assets came from J.P. Morgan's existing client base, in a "bring your own assets" approach that has become ETFs' latest defining trend. As of March 22, 2019, BBJP racked up an impressive $3.3 billion in assets.

The three sets of finalists are as follows: 

ETF Of The Year

Best New ETF

Best New International/Global Equity ETF

Here’s a rundown of this year’s other awards…

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