Best Index Provider Website: MSCI
Awarded to the most informative and user-friendly website by an index provider.
MSCI has won the award for Index Provider Website before, which isn’t surprising. The intuitively designed site showcases not only the index provider’s extensive product offering, but its depth of expertise, informed by its 50+ years of experience in the index business. On the site, visitors can access MSCI’s vast library of research through blogs and research papers, as well as learn more about its product offerings in five core categories: global investing, factor investing, risk management, real estate and ESG research. MSCI's site also lets visitors search for returns for its cap-weighted regional, country and sector indexes, for up to a 10-year period. The data are robust and the site tools easy to use, giving investors the means with which to educate themselves on a wide range of investment topics.
- Alpha Architect
- Benchmark Investments
Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk: iShares by BlackRock
Awarded to the ETF issuer providing the most useful support to advisors for ETF trading.
Capital markets desks have enormous influence over every trade: working with authorized participants to enable effective arbitrage; helping institutions connect with counterparties; or just working with portfolio managers to help manage internal liquidity. Returning champ iShares by BlackRock takes the prize again for its 25-year tradition of capital markets excellence. Commenters gave BlackRock particular kudos for their commitment to a holistic trading experience, working with advisors to execute trades with different issuers and manage portfolios reaching far beyond iShares ETFs.
ETF Investor of the Year: Newfound Research
Awarded to a financial advisor, advisor team or institutional investor using ETFs to deliver high-quality portfolios in an innovative way.
Newfound Research, 2016's returning champion, brings a message of rational investing to every kind of investor. It's not just about their model ETF portfolios—which are simple, innovative and low-cost—but about educational outreach, beyond their existing client base. Co-founder and CIO Corey Hoffstein has been featured everywhere, from print to TV to even the digital realm, with Corey’s (too infrequent!) “Flirting with Models” podcast. In everything it does, Newfound brings a message of rational investing to all investors, no matter how large or small their asset base.
- Helios Quantitative Research
- Horizon Investments
- Ritholtz Wealth Management
- Schwab Intelligent Portfolios