Nominations Open For 2019 Awards

Nominations for the ETF industry’s biggest awards are open.

Reviewed by: Dave Nadig
Edited by: Dave Nadig

(Nominations for the 2019 Awards accepted here)

2019 has been an incredible year for ETF innovation. Between stock market swings, the passage of the much anticipated ETF rule, the move to zero-commission trading, and the approval of new periodically disclosed active structures, we close the year with excitement for 2020, and a lot of “wow” looking back over the last 12 months.

By any measure, it’s been a banner year. As I write this, U.S.-listed ETFs have pulled in over $264 billion, likely ending as the second-largest year for inflows.

Innovation is also alive and well in the ETF industry, with some 250 new products sitting on the shelves, ranging from cannabis to active equity to new takes on fixed income.

Please Vote
In an effort to recognize the people, companies and products moving this industry forward, is once again looking to you to help us with the annual Awards.

These editorially independent awards are the most coveted in the industry, and are widely seen as the most robust recognition of innovative success.

Nominations for the awards are now being accepted by clicking here. Details on how to submit nominations—as well as the categories, process and voting methodology for the awards—are listed below. The nominations open today, Dec. 42019, and close Jan. 4, 2020.

Winners in each category will be announced at an event in March 2020. Historically we’ve done this as an industry dinner, but are exploring other options. We’ll post more information soon.


Methodology 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 open nominations, which start today, Dec. 4, 2019, and close Jan. 4, 2020. Interested parties are invited to submit nominations via the publicly available survey form. Self-nominations are accepted. Nominators may nominate in as many categories as they like. You cannot win if you are not nominated, and no nominations will be accepted after the deadline. There are no exceptions to these rules.


Step 2
Following the open nominations process, the Awards Nominating Committee—made up of editorial staff—reviews nominations. Nominations are screened for eligibility (appropriate timing and category). If more than 5 unique entries are received in the nomination process, the members of the Nominating Committee will force-rank their top 5, resulting in a final slate for each category. Votes will be resolved 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. The Nomination Committee will complete its work by Jan. 10, 2020. Shortly thereafter, the nominees will be published on


Step 3
Winners among these finalists will be selected by a majority vote of the 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. Voting will be complete by Jan. 31, 2019, but results will be kept confidential until they are announced at the Awards ceremony in March, and published in the ETF Report. Details about the awards event will be forthcoming.


2019 Awards Selection Committee: ETFs & Issuers

Kim Arthur, Main Management

Eric Balchunas, Bloomberg Intelligence

Ben Blaisdell, US Trust

John Davi, Astoria Advisors

Emily Doak, Charles Schwab Investment Advisory

Debbie Fuhr, ETFGI

Nate Geraci, ETF Prime/ETF Store

Matt Hougan, Inside ETFs

Ben Johnson, Morningstar

Elisabeth Kashner, Factset

Ben Lavine, 3D Asset Management

Tom Lydon,

Tyler Mordy, Forstrong Global Asset Management

Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA

Dan Weiskopf, ETF Think Tank


(Note: The full description of each award’s criteria is contained in the nomination survey here:)

Lifetime Achievement Award
ETF of the Year – 2019
Best New ETF – 2019
Most Innovative New ETF – 2019
Best New U.S. Equity ETF – 2019
Best New International/Global Equity ETF – 2019
Best New U.S. Fixed-Income ETF – 2019
Best New International/Global Fixed-Income ETF – 2019
Best New Commodity ETF – 2019
Best New Alternatives ETF – 2019
Best New Asset Allocation ETF – 2019
Best New Smart Beta or Factor ETF – 2019
Best New Active ETF – 2019
Best New ESG ETF – 2019

Thematic ETF of the Year – 2019
ETF Issuer of the Year – 2019
Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year – 2019
New ETF Issuer of the Year – 2019
Best ETF Issuer Website – 2019
ETF Hidden Gem – 2019
New ETF Ticker of the Year – 2019


Service Provider Awards

For 2019, we are establishing a separate set of awards for service providers, with a distinct voting committee.

2019 Awards Selection Committee: Service Providers
1 representative from each issuer
1 representative from each listing exchange

Note: This voting committee is currently accepting nominations from the above. Please submit your request for your company’s representative to Stacey Brorup at [email protected].



Index Provider of the Year – 2019
Index of the Year – 2019
ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year – 2019
ETF Custodian of the Year – 2019
ETF Law Firm of the Year – 2019
Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors – 2019
Best ETF Platform – 2019
Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk – 2019
ETF Investor of the Year – 2019

Prior to becoming chief investment officer and director of research at ETF Trends, Dave Nadig was managing director of Previously, he was director of ETFs at FactSet Research Systems. Before that, as managing director at BGI, Nadig helped design some of the first ETFs. As co-founder of Cerulli Associates, he conducted some of the earliest research on fee-only financial advisors and the rise of indexing.