Nominations Open For 2015 ETF.com Awards

December 01, 2014

You can have a say on highlighting the best of the ETF industry.

For 14 years, ETF.com has been the leading independent authority on indexes, index funds and exchange-traded funds. Over that time, we have enjoyed watching the amazing growth and innovation this industry has delivered. As a result of this innovation, investors today are fundamentally better off than they were when we started.

In an effort to recognize the forces that continue to support this growth, ETF.com annually recognizes the people, companies and products that are moving the industry forward and helping to create better outcomes for investors at its annual ETF.com Awards.

Nominations for the awards are now being accepted by clicking on this link. Details on how to submit nominations—as well as the categories, process and voting methodology for the awards—are listed below.

Winners in each category will be announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner, taking place March 19, 2015, at Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, in New York. Winners will also be announced on the www.etf.com website on March 20, 2015, and in the April 2015 issue of ETF Report.

Methodology

ETF.com Award winners are selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.

Step 1

The awards process begins with an open nominations process, which starts Dec. 1 and closes Dec. 31. Interested parties are invited to submit nominations using this survey form. Self-nominations are accepted.

Step 2

Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of senior members of the ETF.com Editorial and Analytics teams—will vote to select up to five finalists in each category. Votes will be cast on a majority basis, and ties broken where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. If ties cannot be broken, more than five finalists are allowed.

Members of the 2015 Nominating Committee:

Matt Hougan, President (Chair)

Paul Britt, Senior ETF Specialist

Dennis Hudachek, Senior ETF Specialist

Elisabeth Kashner, Director of Research

Olivier Ludwig, Managing Editor

Dave Nadig, Chief Investment Officer

The nomination voting will be completed by Jan. 7, 2015.

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Step 3

Winners among these finalists will be selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Awards Selection Committee, a group of independent ETF experts from throughout the ETF community. Committee members will recuse themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appear as finalists. Ties will be decided where possible with head-to-head runoff votes.

The members of the Selection Committee:

Jim Wiandt, Founder & CEO, ETF.com

Phil Mackintosh, Managing Director, KCG

Kim Arthur, Founding Partner, Main Management

Mike Vogelzang, President & Chief Investment Officer, Boston Advisors

Benjamin Blaisdell, Managing Director & Investment Solutions Executive, US Trust

Jason Nicastro, Senior Research Analyst, LPL Financial

Voting will be complete by Jan. 21, but results will be kept secret until they are announced at the ETF.com Awards Dinner.

AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2015

Lifetime Achievement Award

Awarded annually to one living individual for outstanding long-term contributions to ETF investor outcomes, whether from a position of media, regulation, product provider or investor. Previous winners are not eligible.

ETF of the Year – 2014

Awarded to the ETF that has done the most to improve investor opportunities and outcomes in 2014, by opening new areas of the market, lowering costs, delivering new exposures or otherwise creating better options for investors. There is no requirement on when this fund launched.

Best New ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2014.

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, are eligible.

 

 

Most Innovative New ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most groundbreaking and disruptive ETF launched in 2014. This is an ETF that is pushing the envelope in terms of what kinds of exposures can be packaged into an ETF.

 

Best New U.S. Equity ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most important U.S. equity ETF launched in 2014.

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, are eligible.

Best New International/Global Equity ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most important international or global equity ETF launched in 2014.

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, are eligible.

Best New Fixed-Income ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most important fixed-income ETF launched in 2014.

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, are eligible.

Best New Commodity ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most important commodity ETF launched in 2014.

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, are eligible.

 

 

Best New Currency ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most important currency ETF launched in 2014.

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, are eligible.

Best New Alternatives ETF – 2014

Awarded to the most important alternatives ETF launched in 2014.

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, are eligible.

Best New Asset Allocation ETF – 2014

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, are eligible.

ETF Issuer of the Year – 2014

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.

 

Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year – 2014

Awarded to the ETF provider that has launched the most innovative and groundbreaking ETFs in 2014.

New ETF Issuer of the Year – 2014

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.

Index Provider of the Year – 2014

Awarded to the index provider that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through index introductions, research, advisor support and more.

Index of the Year – 2014
Awarded to the index that has done the most to provide new ways of considering investment strategies, opportunities or ideas.

ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year – 2014

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.

Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors – 2014

Awarded to the online brokerage offering the best package for ETF-focused investors. This award will consider commission-free trading options, education materials, supporting services and other factors.

Best ETF Offering: Wirehouse Category – 2014

Awarded to the wirehouse that offer its reps and advisors the best total offering in the ETF space, including research, data, tools, trading capabilities and education.

 

Best ETF Offering: Independent Broker-Dealer Category – 2014

Awarded to the independent broker-dealer offering its reps and advisors the best total offering in the ETF space, including research, data, tools, trading capabilities and education.

Best ETF Research Paper – 2014

Awarded to the published paper from 2014 that most increased our understanding of how ETFs affect investor outcomes, whether in portfolios, markets or broader economic context.

Best ETF Issuer Website – 2014

Awarded to the most informative and user-friendly website by an ETF issuer.

Best Index Provider Website – 2014

Awarded to the most informative and user-friendly website by an index provider.

Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk – 2014

Awarded to the ETF issuer providing the most useful support to advisors for ETF trading.

ETF Strategist of the Year – 2014

Awarded to the ETF strategist/ETF model portfolio provider who has done the most to improve investor outcomes in the previous year. Automated Investment Services are eligible for this award, as they provide managed portfolios en masse to investors.

New ETF Ticker of the Year – 2014
Awarded to the ETF with the best new ETF ticker. The ETF must have launched in 2014 to qualify.

One-Time Awards – 2015 Only

Best Definition of “What is an ETF?” – 50 Words or Less
Awarded to the best definition of “What is an ETF” that uses 50 words or less.

Best Definition of Smart Beta – 50 Words or Less
Awarded to the best definition of smart beta that uses 50 words or less.

 

 

 

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