Category 11: Best New Asset Allocation ETF
Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2014 that combines exposure to multiple asset classes. Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognize ETFs that open new areas of the market, lower costs, drive risk-adjusted performance or provide innovative exposures not previously available to most investors. Only ETFs with inception dates after Jan. 1, 2014, were eligible.
Winner: Global X | JPMorgan Efficiente ETF (EFFE)
The Global X | JPMorgan Efficiente ETF tracks an index that allocates across asset classes via ETFs based on recent risk and return performance, including developed and emerging market equities and bonds, REITs, TIPs, broad commodities and gold.
- Cambria Global Momentum ETF (GMOM)
- First Trust Strategic Income ETF (FDIV)
- Global X | JPMorgan Efficiente ETF (EFFE)
- iShares Commodities Select Strategy ETF (COMT)
Category 12: ETF Issuer of the Year
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.
Winner: First Trust
First Trust pulled in more than $11 billion in net new money in 2014, making it the fastest-growing firm outside of the “big 3” (iShares, State Street, Vanguard). It had positive inflows in 69 of its 94 ETFs, including large inflows into new funds like the First Trust Dorsey Wright Focus 5 (FV). The issuer bucked the “race to zero” fee trend and proved there was still room for new, nonvanilla products focused on outperforming the market.
- Charles Schwab
- Deutsche Bank
Category 13: Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year
Awarded to the ETF provider that has launched the most innovative and groundbreaking ETFs in 2014.
ProShares branched out from its geared roots with the launch of pure credit-risk plays available (the ProShares CDS North American HY Credit fund (TYTE | D) and the ProShares CDS Short North American HY Credit (WYDE), an infrastructure fund, a dividend growth strategy and two alternate ETFs, including a unique risk-weighted managed futures play, the ProShares Managed Futures Strategy (FUTS).
- Reality Shares
- Van Eck