Category 14: New ETF Issuer of the Year
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. Issuers must have launched their first ETF in 2014.
Winner: Reality Shares
Reality Shares’ DIVY extracts the difference between expected and actual dividend growth as reflected in options prices. This entirely new approach differs radically from conventional dividend growth funds whose return patterns are affected by underlying stock prices.
- ARK Investment Management
- Merk Investments
- WBI Shares
Category 15: Index Provider of the Year
Awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, advisor support and more.
With more than 650 ETFs tracking MSCI indexes globally, more ETFs track MSCI’s indexes than any other index provider. MSCI works with clients globally to conduct research and construct quality indexes, and has been focused on factor indexes in recent years.
- China Securities Index
Category 16: Index of the Year
Awarded to the index that has done the most to provide new ways of considering investment strategies, opportunities or ideas.
Winner: Bloomberg Dollar Spot Index
The Bloomberg Dollar index breaks decades of convention by weighting currencies based on their trade-weights with the U.S. Older currency indexes assign weights largely based on agreements set at Bretton Woods in 1944.
- EMQQ Index
- Endowment Index
- MSCI ACWI Low Carbon Target Indexes
- S&P 500
Category 17: ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year
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.
Winner: Jane Street
The "broker's broker" has come out of the shadows and become a central player in large-scale trading, and is making a bigger name for itself than ever before.
- Cantor Fitzgerald
- Goldman Sachs