Set Up for an Exciting 2023

The Awards are back, along with our new website and brand identity.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell

Next year will be a big one for Coincidentally, 2023 is also the 30th anniversary of the first U.S. ETF, the $373 billion SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY). If SPY were a person, in five years it could run for president. 

Perhaps most exciting for us, the Awards returns next year, with nominations opening on Jan. 3. The awards in 2020 were mailed to winners due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic shortly before the ceremony, which had to be canceled. Last year we held an online awards ceremony.  

This year’s awards were put on pause due to big changes in the company’s executive leadership. But in 2023, we return to tradition with the 9th awards, complete with an in-person awards ceremony in April in New York City. Date and location will be announced soon. 

Once again, the ETF community can make its voice heard as we honor the outstanding people, firms and funds that drove the industry forward during the prior 12 months. Although the awards specifically focus on the U.S. ETF industry, anyone can nominate a fund, firm or person for an award in the appropriate categories.  

Nominations will be accepted as of Jan. 3 for the following categories: 

  1.  Lifetime Achievement 
  2.  ETF of the Year 
  3.  Best New ETF 
  4.  Best New U.S. Equity ETF 
  5.  Best New International/Global Equity ETF 
  6. Best New U.S. Fixed Income ETF 
  7. Best New International/Global Fixed Income ETF 
  8. Best New ESG ETF 
  9. Best New Smart Beta or Factor ETF
  10. Best New Active ETF
  11. Best Thematic ETF of the Year
  12. New ETF Ticker of the Year
  13. ETF Issuer of the Year
  14. New ETF Issuer of the Year
  15. Index Provider of the Year 

Once the nominations close on Jan. 31,’s editorial staff will vote on five finalists for each category. Those finalists will then be reviewed by our panel of independent judges to select the winners. The roster this year includes the following members of the ETF community: 

  • Jillian DelSignore, Managing Director, Head of ETFs, FLX Distribution  
  • Marguerita Cheng, CEO, Blue Ocean Global Wealth   
  • Deborah Fuhr, Managing Partner/Founder, ETFGI  
  • Eric Balchunas, Senior ETF Analyst, Bloomberg  
  • Elisabeth Kashner, Director of Global Funds Research, FactSet  
  • Ben Lavine, Chief Investment Officer, 3D/L Capital Management  
  • Aniket Ullal, Head, ETF Data & Analytics, CFRA   

But Wait! There’s More … 

In addition to a reinvigorated awards event, readers can expect to see a redesigned website and a new brand identity debut in the first quarter. The new site will not only have a fresh look, it will include a range of new and improved tools and functions. 

Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.