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Full List Of 2019 ETF.com Award Finalists

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Full List Of 2019 ETF.com Award Finalists
Full List Of 2019 ETF.com Award Finalists

[Editor’s note: With the country and world facing extraordinary circumstances, we are delaying the announcement of winners until a date to be determined.]

 

2019 was a big year for ETFs, which had their second biggest asset haul ever in a calendar year and saw all sorts of exciting innovation extending investor access to interesting areas of the market.

Finalists for the entirety of the 2019 awards are listed below. This year, we have separated the service provider awards from the general awards for individual ETFs and issuers.

The nomination period closed Jan. 4.

The methodology for the ETF.com Awards is at the bottom of the story.

 

SERVICE PROVIDER AWARD CATEGORIES

Index Provider of the Year – 2019

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

BlackRock

ICE (Intercontinental Exchange)

Solactive AG

Syntax

Vanguard

 

Index of the Year – 2019

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

         Cboe Global Indexes - Cboe S&P 500 Target Outcome Indexes

Life + Liberty Freedom 100 Emerging Markets Index

MSCI USA ESG Leaders Index

Solactive AG - Solactive Genomics Index

 

ETF Liquidity Provider of the Year – 2019

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.

Citadel Securities

Jane Street

Virtu

 

ETF Custodian of the Year – 2019

Awarded to the ETF custodial firm offering the best and most innovative service to clients.

Bank of New York Mellon

Brown Brothers Harriman

State Street

US Bank

 

Best Online Broker for ETF-Focused Investors – 2019

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.

Fidelity Investments

Interactive Brokers

Robinhood

Schwab

TD Ameritrade

Vanguard

 

Best ETF Platform – 2019

Awarded to the wirehouse, broker-dealer, online platform or other service provider that offers its reps and advisors—or individual investors—the best total offering in the ETF space, including research, data, tools, trading capabilities and education.

Bloomberg

Charles Schwab

iShares by BlackRock

TD Ameritrade

Vanguard

 

Best Index Provider Website – 2019

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

Alpha Architect

iShares by BlackRock

Syntax Indices

 

Best ETF Issuer Capital Markets Desk – 2019

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

Charles Schwab Investment Management (CSIM)

iShares by BlackRock

Nuveen Capital Markets Desk

Vanguard ETF Capital Markets Desk

 

ETF Investor of the Year – 2019

Awarded to the ETF strategist, model portfolio provider, automated investment service or institutional investor that has done the most to improve investor outcomes in 2019. This can include novel approaches, education, results and advocacy.

CLS

Chuck Self

Corey Hoffstein

Mike Venuto

 

ETF Law Firm of the Year – 2019

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 SEC, advocating for the industry and the rights of investors, and improving outcomes for investors.

Chapman and Cutler

K&L Gates

Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

Ropes & Gray

 

ETF AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2019

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

Award Finalists:

 

Lifetime Achievement Award

 

Eric Balchunas

Bruce Bond

Reggie Browne

Burton Malkiel

Jan van Eck

 

ETF of the Year – 2019

Vanguard Total International Bond Index (BNDX)

AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL)

Innovator Defined Outcome ETF Series: BJANPJAN, UJANEJUL, IJULKOCT, NOCT

Alpha Architect U.S. Quantitative Value ETF (QVAL)

iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF (SUSL)

iShares Edge MSCI Min Vol USA ETF (USMV)

 

Best New ETF – 2019

 

JPMorgan BetaBuilders US Equity ETF (BBUS)

Innovator Defined Outcome ETF series: BJANPJANUJANEJULIJULKOCTNOCT

Alpha Architect Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF (FRDM)

Direxion MSCI USA Cyclicals Over Defensives ETF (RWCD)

iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF (SUSL)

 

Most Innovative New ETF – 2019

Global X Cloud Computing ETF (CLOU)

Hoya Capital Housing ETF (HOMZ)

Quadratic Interest Rate Volatility Inflation Hedge ETF (IVOL)

Direxion MSCI USA Cyclicals Over Defensives ETF (RWCD)

Procure Space ETF (UFO)

 

Best New U.S. Equity ETF – 2019

Avantis U.S. Equity ETF (AVUS)

Innovator Defined Outcome ETF series: BJANPJANUJANKOCTNOCT

Hoya Capital Housing ETF (HOMZ)

Direxion MSCI USA Cyclicals Over Defensives ETF (RWCD)

iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF (SUSL)

 

Best New International/Global Equity ETF – 2019

Alpha Architect Freedom 100 Emerging Market ETF (FRDM)

Pacer Trendpilot International (PTIN)

Direxion MSCI Developed Over Emerging Markets ETF (RWDE)

Procure Space ETF (UFO)

Amplify International Online Retail ETF (XBUY)

 

Best New U.S. Fixed-Income ETF – 2019

Goldman Sachs Access Ultra Short Bond ETF (GSST)

iShares iBonds High Yield and Income Series: IBHA, IBHB, IBHC, IBHDIBHE

Quadratic Interest Rate Volatility Inflation Hedge ETF (IVOL)

VanEck Vectors Municipal Allocation ETF (MAAX)

Nuveen ESG High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NUHY)

 

Best New International/Global Fixed-Income ETF – 2019

Pacific Global Focused High Yield (FJNK)

SP Funds Dow Jones Global Sukuk ETF (SPSK)

Principal Ultra-Short Active Income ETF (USI)

 

Best New Commodity ETF – 2019

iPath Gold ETN (GBUG)

iPath Series B Carbon ETN (GRN)

 

Best New Alternatives ETF – 2019

Franklin Liberty Systematic Style Premia ETF (FLSP)

RPAR Risk Parity ETF (RPAR)

RYZZ Managed Futures Strategy Plus ETF (RYZZ)

 

Best New Asset Allocation ETF – 2019

WisdomTree 90/60 U.S. Balanced Fund (NTSX)

Strategy Shares Newfound/ReSolve Robust Momentum ETF (ROMO)

Virtus Private Credit Strategy (VPC)

Bull-Rider Bear-Fighter ETF (WIZ)

 

Best New Smart Beta or Factor ETF – 2019

Pacer Emerging Markets Cash Cows 100 ETF (ECOW)

Fidelity Targeted International Factor ETF (FDEV) and Fidelity Targeted Emerging Markets Factor ETF (FDEM)

PIMCO RAFI ESG U.S. ETF (RAFE)

Strategy Shares Newfound/ReSolve Robust Momentum ETF (ROMO)

GraniteShares XOUT US Large Cap ETF (XOUT)

 

Best New Active ETF – 2019

ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF)

Avantis U.S. Equity ETF (AVUS)

Aware Ultra-Short Duration Enhanced Income ETF (AWTM)

PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ESG ETF (EMNT)

JPMorgan Core Plus Bond ETF (JCPB)

 

Thematic ETF of the Year – 2019

Global X Cloud Computing ETF (CLOU)

Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF (FRDM)

The Goldman Sachs Motif Data-Driven World ETF (GDAT)

VanEck Vectors Green Bond ETF (GRNB)

Defiance Quantum ETF (QTUM)

Procure Space ETF (UFO)

 

People's Choice

Schwab 1-5 Year Corporate Bond ETF (SCHJ)Schwab 5-10 Year Corporate Bond ETF (SCHI) & Schwab Long-Term U.S. Treasury ETF (SCHQ)

North Shore Global Uranium Mining ETF (URNM)

Xtrackers S&P 500 ESG ETF (SNPE)

iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders ETF (SUSL)

Avantis U.S. Equity ETF (AVUS)

John Hancock Multifactor Media and Communications ETF (JHCS)

ProShares S&P Technology Dividend Aristocrats ETF (TDV)

Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports & Digital Entertainment ETF (NERD)

Freedom 100 Emerging Market ETF (FRDM)

 

Best New ESG ETF – 2019

PIMCO Enhanced Short Maturity Active ESG ETF (EMNT)

Alpha Architect Freedom 100 Emerging Market ETF (FRDM)

Nuveen ESG High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (NUHY)

iShares ESG MSCI USA Leaders (SUSL)

Xtrackers MSCI USA ESG Leaders Equity ETF (USSG)

 

 

ETF Hidden Gem – 2019

Cambria Emerging Shareholder Yield ETF (EYLD)

Freedom 100 Emerging Markets ETF (FRDM)

VanEck Vectors Green Bond ETF (GRNB)

Pacer U.S. Export Leaders ETF (PEXL)

Procure Space ETF (UFO)

 

ETF Issuer of the Year – 2019

Global X

Innovator ETFs (Innovator Capital Management)

iShares

J.P. Morgan Asset Management

Vanguard

 

New ETF Issuer of the Year – 2019

Avantis

Hoya Capital Real Estate

ProcureAM

Syntax Advisors

Tidal ETF Services (SoFi)

 

Most Innovative ETF Issuer of the Year – 2019

Alpha Architect

ARK Investment Management

Innovator ETFs (Innovator Capital Management)

Tidal ETF Services (SoFi)

 

Best ETF Issuer Website – 2019

Alpha Architect

ARK Investment Management

Fidelity Investments

iShares

Vanguard Financial Advisor Services

 

New ETF Ticker of the Year – 2019

Pacer Cash Cows Fund of Funds ETF (HERD)

Roundhill BITKRAFT Esports & Digital Entertainment ETF (NERD)

Cambria Cannabis ETF (TOKE)

Procure Space ETF (UFO)

AdvisorShares Pure Cannabis ETF (YOLO)

ETFs & Issuers Methodology
ETF.com Award winners were selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.

Step 1
The awards process began with open nominations, which ran from Dec. 4, 2019, to Jan. 4, 2020. Self-nominations were accepted. Nominators could nominate in as many categories as they liked. You cannot win if you are not nominated, and no nominations were accepted after the deadline. There are no exceptions to these rules.

Step 2
Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of ETF.com editorial staff—reviewed nominations. Nominations were screened for eligibility (appropriate timing and category). If more than five unique entries were received in the nominations process, the members of the Nominating Committee force-ranked their top five, resulting in a final slate for each category. Votes were resolved on a majority basis, and ties were broken where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. If ties were unable to be broken, more than five finalists were allowed. The Nomination Committee completed its work by Jan. 10, 2020, with the nominees published on ETF.com thereafter.

Step 3
Winners among these finalists were selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Awards Selection Committee, a group of independent ETF experts from across the ETF community. Committee members recused themselves from voting in any category in which they or their firms appear as finalists. Ties were decided where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. Voting was completed by Jan. 31, 2019, but results are kept confidential until they are announced in March, and published in the April ETF Report.

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, ETFtrends.com

Tyler Mordy, Forstrong Global Asset Management

Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA

Dan Weiskopf, ETF Think Tank

 

 

Service Provider Methodology

ETF.com Awards for service providers 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 ran from Dec. 4, 2019, to Jan. 4, 2020. Self-nominations were accepted. Nominators were allowed to nominate in as many categories as they liked. 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 ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of ETF.com editorial staff—reviewed nominations. Nominations are screened for eligibility (appropriate timing and category). If more than five unique entries were received in the nominations process, the members of the Service Provider Judging Committee force-ranked their top five, resulting in a final slate for each category. Votes were resolved on a majority basis, and ties broken where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. If ties were unable to be broken, more than five finalists were allowed. The Service Provider Judging Committee completed its work by Feb. 14, 2020, with the nominees published on ETF.com.

Step 3

Winners among these finalists are selected by a majority vote of the ETF.com Awards Service Provider Judging Committee. Ties are decided where possible with head-to-head runoff votes. Voting will be complete by February 28, 2019, but results will be kept confidential until they are announced in March, and published in the April ETF Report.

 

2019 Awards Service Provider Judging Committee:

The committee for the Service Provider Awards is an industry effort. ETF.com reached out to each of the U.S. issuers asking for the contact details of an individual whom those firms would like to vote for on their behalf. A representative for NYSE, Nasdaq and Cboe Global Markets were also contacted. Any of the contacts who decline to vote before the deadlines given are disqualified for that round of voting, but are included for the following round. The names of the individual committee members will be available upon request following the announcement of winners.

 

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