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.
In an effort to recognize the people, companies and products moving this industry forward, ETF.com is once again looking to you to help us with the annual ETF.com 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. 4, 2019, 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.
ETF.com Award winners are selected in a three-part process designed to leverage the insights and opinions of leaders throughout the ETF industry.
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.
Following the open nominations process, the ETF.com Awards Nominating Committee—made up of ETF.com 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 ETF.com.
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. Voting will be complete by Jan. 31, 2019, but results will be kept confidential until they are announced at the ETF.com 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, ETFtrends.com
Tyler Mordy, Forstrong Global Asset Management
Todd Rosenbluth, CFRA
Dan Weiskopf, ETF Think Tank
ETF AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2019
(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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SERVICE PROVIDER AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2019
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
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