Nominations Open For 2015 ETF.com Europe Awards

We need nominations from you to recognise the incredible achievements of the ETF industry this year

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2015 has been an amazing year for exchange-traded funds. From the rise of currency-hedged ETFs to the growth of smart beta, 2015 has been defined by massive inflows, exciting new launches, fee wars and the entry of new providers from all over the world, like Indian macro-analytics company ZyFin, Canadian bank BMO and Japanese asset manager Nomura.

As the leading independent authority on exchange-traded funds, ETF.com has watched these developments with joy. While there are still challenges, overall, the ETF industry is bringing new and better funds, lower fees and exciting opportunities to investors. As a result of this innovation, investors today are fundamentally better off than they were when we started.

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

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 Europe Awards Dinner, taking place at the Gherkin on 14 April 2016. Winners will also be announced on the europe.etf.com website directly after the awards ceremony.

Methodology

 

ETF.com Europe 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 11 December and closes 29 January 2016. Interested parties are invited to submit nominations using this survey form. Self-nominations are accepted. You cannot win if you are not nominated, and no nominations will be accepted after the deadline. There are no exceptions to this rule.

Step 2

Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Europe Awards nominating committee—made up of senior leaders at ETF.com and senior members of the FactSet ETF team (whose data powers the ETF.com website)—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, CEO, ETF.com (Chair)

Heather Bell, Managing Editor, ETF.com

Dave Nadig, Vice President, ETFs, FactSet

Boris Valentinov, Investment Analyst, FactSet

Step 3

Winners among these finalists will be selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Europe 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 are:

Jim Wiandt, ETF.com (Chair)

Christos Costandinides, Founder, BlueHarbor

Shaun Port, CIO, Nutmeg

Allan Lane, Managing Partner, Twenty20 Investments

Hortense Bioy, Director, passive fund reasearch, Morningstar

Jan Altmann, Founder, 4asset-managemement

 

Voting results will be kept secret until they are announced at the ETF.com Europe Awards Dinner on 14 April.

 

AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2015

Category #1: Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

 

Category #2: Best ETF  2015

Category #3: Best New ETF 2015

Category #4: Best New Equity ETF 2015

Category #5: Best New Fixed Income ETF 2015

Category #6: Best New Alternative ETF 2015

Category #7: Best Innovative New ETF 2015

Category #8: Best New Smart Beta ETF 2015

Category #9: Best New Global Equity ETF 2015

Category #10: Best New Commodity ETF 2015

Category #11: Best New Currency ETF 2015

Category #12: Best ETF Issuer 2015

Category #13: Best New ETF Issuer 2015

Category #14: Best ETF Issuer Website 2015

Category #15: Best Index 2015

Category #16: Best Index Provider 2015

Category #17: Best Index Provider Website 2015

Category #18: Best ETF Liquidity Provider 2015

Category #19: Best Funds Lawyer 2015

Category #20: Best ETF Custodian 2015

Category #21: Best European ETF Stock Exchange 2015

Category #22: Best Institutional ETF Investor 2015

Category #23: Best ETF Adviser 2015

Category #24: Best UK Adviser Platform For ETFs 2015

Category #25: Best Robo Adviser 2015

Category #26: Best ETF Discretionary Fund Manager 2015

Category #27: Best ETF Analysis and Ratings House 2015

Category #28: Best ETF Research Paper 2015

 

1) Lifetime Achievement Award 2015

Awarded annually to one living individual for outstanding long-term contributions to ETF investor outcomes, including those from the media, regulatory bodies, product providers, investment firms or other categories. Previous winners are not eligible.

2) Best ETF 2015

Awarded to the ETF that has done the most to improve investor opportunities and outcomes in 2015, by providing access to interesting areas of the market, lowering costs, offering new exposures or otherwise creating better results for investors. There is no requirement for an ETF launch date for this award.

3) Best New ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2015.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognise 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 1 January 1, 2015, are eligible.

 

4) Best New Equity ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important equity ETF launched in 2015.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognise 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 1 January, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an equity ETF to qualify.
 

5) Best New Fixed Income ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important fixed income ETF launched in 2015.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognise 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 1 January, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a fixed-income ETF to qualify.

6) Best New Alternative ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important alternative ETF launched in 2015.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognise 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 1 January 1, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an alternative ETF to qualify.

7) Best Innovative New ETF 2015

Awarded to the most groundbreaking and disruptive ETF launched in 2015. This is an ETF that is pushing the envelope in terms of what kinds of exposures can be packaged into an ETF.

8) Best New Smart Beta ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important new ETF launched in 2015, regardless of asset class, that uses a quantitative, research-driven approach to attempt to deliver superior long-term risk adjusted returns.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution to positive investor outcomes. The award may recognise 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 1 January 1, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified as a smart beta strategy by FactSet to qualify. (Please note: Despite the FactSet categorization, currency-hedged exposures do not qualify.)

9) Best New Global Equity ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important global equity ETF launched in 2015.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 1 January, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an equity ETF, but not a U.S.-focused Equity ETF, to qualify.

 

10) Best New Commodity ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important commodity ETF launched in 2015.

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 1 January, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a commodity ETF to qualify.

 

11) Best New Currency ETF 2015

Awarded to the most important currency ETF launched in 2015.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 1 January, 2015, are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a currency ETF to qualify.

 

12) Best ETF Issuer 2015

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 in 2015.

 

13) New ETF Issuer 2015

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 2015. ETF considers "issuer" to mean the "brand" of the ETF, as classified by FactSet.

 

14) Best ETF Issuer Website 2015

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

 

15) Best Index 2015
Awarded to the index that has done the most to provide new ways of considering investment strategies, opportunities or ideas.

 

16) Best Index Provider 2015

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

 

17) Best Index Provider Website 2015

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

 

18) ETF Liquidity Provider2015

Awarded to the ETF liquidity provider (including market maker, authorised participant, agency broker, etc.) that has done the most to improve investor outcomes through education, support, services, innovation and outreach.

 

19) Best Funds Lawyer 2015

Awarded to the best lawyer/law firm to contribute to ETFs through diligent service and by shepherding new and effective products into the marketplace.

 

20) Best ETF Custodian 2015

Awarded to the best custodian firm to contribute to ETFs through diligent service, efficient back office operations and the ultimate safeguarding of investor capital.

 

21) Best European ETF Stock Exchange 2015

Awarded to the best stock exchange in Europe that contributes to the efficient listing, distribution and trading of ETFs for the ultimate benefit of investors.

 

22) Best Institutional ETF Investor 2015

Awarded to an institutional investor that is using ETFs to deliver high-quality portfolios in an innovative way.

 

23) Best ETF Adviser 2015

Awarded to an individual financial adviser or advisory team that is using ETFs to deliver high-quality portfolios to clients in an innovative way.

 

24) Best UK Adviser Platform for ETF 2015
The best UK adviser ETF platform is awarded to the platform that offers its advisers low cost, whole of market access with nimble trading facilities and well-developed back office systems.

 

25) Best ETF Discretionary Fund Manager 2015

Awarded to the best DFM that uses ETFs in an innovative way to access various asset classes, goes short or leveraged, hedges currency risk or makes tactical and targeted decisions.

 

26) Best Robo Adviser 2015

Awarded to the best firm providing online, lower cost and technologically efficient investments for clients.

 

27) Best ETF Analysis and Ratings House 2015

Awarded to the ratings or consultancy shop that provides the most informed and informative advice, research and guidance for advisers on ETFs.

 

28) Best ETF Research Paper 2015

Awarded to the published paper from 2015 that has most increased our understanding of how ETFs and/or index-based investments affect investor outcomes, whether in portfolios, markets or broader economic context.

 

Matt Hougan is CEO of Inside ETFs, a division of Informa PLC. He spearheads the world's largest ETF conferences and webinars. Hougan is a three-time member of the Barron's ETF Roundtable and co-author of the CFA Institute’s monograph, "A Comprehensive Guide to Exchange-Trade Funds."