Finalists Announced For 2016 Awards

January 17, 2017

ETF Strategist of the Year – 2016

Awarded to the ETF strategist or model portfolio provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes in 2016. Automated investment services are eligible for this award, as they provide managed portfolios en masse to investors.

  • Beaumont: Beaumont Capital is a leading quantitative, ETF-based investment manager. It boasts a deep research bench and pairs rules-based quantitative strategies with a firm understanding of fundamentals to create unique portfolios.
  • Cambria Investments: “Meb Faber is the best,” wrote one nominator, while others gave credit for his “great communication” and “solid offerings” that help investors of all stripes build portfolios.
  • CLS: CLS provides “everything an advisor would need to allocate client portfolios across investment mandates,” said one nomination. “This ranges from quasi-automated investment services (CLS Autopilot) to highly customized tax management strategies.” Others noted its risk budgeting tools, significant writing on ETFs and continued innovation to stay at the forefront of this industry.
  • Newfound: The firm received multiple nominations, including one that wrote: “It provides top-quality research freely to the public and takes deeper dives for anyone who requests it. With the introduction of its open-architecture Durable Model portfolios, it has taken robust portfolio construction to the next level while providing investors with best-in-class solutions for the tough years ahead.”
  • Sage Advisory: The leader in fixed-income ETF portfolios in the ETF strategist space, Sage’s services seem more important than ever in a world of rising rates and potential inflation.

ETF Lawyer of the Year – 2016

Awarded annually to the law firm that has done the most to push the ETF industry forward, including driving new and innovative products through the Securities and Exchange Commission, advocating for the industry and the rights of investors, and improving outcomes for investors.

  • Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer: Nominations noted one thing: It brought on board Kathleen Moriarty, the legendary ETF lawyer who helped shepherd the very first ETF through the SEC.
  • Chapman & Cutler: Chapman & Cutler won a nomination for being the “nicest, most intelligent people you’ll ever work with” and “helping people innovate new products and structures with the SEC.”
  • Dechert: Dechert received praise for having a comprehensive understanding of the ETF space and offering a variety of services, thought leadership and more.
  • Ropes & Gray: Ropes & Gray was nominated with citations of its “extremely deep experience” in all manner of the ETF approval process.
  • Thompson Hine: “In an era of ever-changing regulation,” one paper wrote, “Thompson Hine has been invaluable in helping keep us on the cutting edge.”


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