ETF AWARD CATEGORIES FOR 2020

Voting will be complete by February 28, 2021, but results will be kept secret until they are announced.

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* 1. Lifetime Achievement Award 

Awarded annually to one living individual for outstanding long-term contributions to ETF investor outcomes, whether from a position of media, regulation, product provider, investor or other category. 

Note: Previous winners are not eligible.

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* 2. ETF of the Year – 2020

Awarded to the ETF that has done the most to improve investor opportunities and outcomes in 2020 by providing access to interesting areas of the market, lowering costs, delivering new exposures or otherwise creating better results for investors.

Note: There is no requirement for this award regarding when this fund was launched.

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* 3. Best New ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2020. 

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 Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible.

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* 4. Best New U.S. Equity ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important U.S. equity ETF launched in 2020.

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 Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a U.S. Equity ETF to qualify.

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* 5. Best New International/Global Equity ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important international or global equity ETF launched in 2020.

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 Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as an Equity ETF, but not a U.S.-focused Equity ETF, to qualify.

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* 6. Best New U.S. Fixed Income ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important fixed income ETF launched in 2020.

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 Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a U.S. Fixed Income ETF to qualify.

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* 7. Best New International/Global Fixed Income ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important international or global fixed income ETF launched in 2020.

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 Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible. ETF must be classified by FactSet as a Fixed Income ETF, but not a U.S.-focused Fixed Income ETF, to qualify.

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* 8. Best New ESG ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important ESG ETF launched in 2020.

Note: Importance is measured by the overall contribution by a fund whose stated investment objectives include environmental, social or governance considerations. 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 ESG investors.

Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible.

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* 9. Best New Smart Beta or Factor ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important ETF launched in 2020, 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 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 Dec. 31, 2019 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.)

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* 10. Best New Active ETF – 2020

Awarded to the most important actively managed ETF launched in 2020, regardless of asset class.

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 Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible. ETF must be classified as “Active per SEC” by FactSet to qualify.

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* 11. Best Thematic ETF of the Year – 2020

Awarded to the most important “thematic” ETF of 2020, as measured by its ability to capture important macro plays that can lead to specific portfolio outcomes.

Note: There is no requirement for this award regarding when this fund was launched.

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* 12. New ETF Ticker of the Year – 2020

Awarded to the ETF with the best new ETF ticker.

Only ETFs with inception dates after Dec. 31, 2019 are eligible.

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* 13. ETF Issuer of the Year – 2020

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 2020.

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* 14. New ETF Issuer of the Year – 2020

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.

Issuer must have launched its first ETF in 2020. ETF.com considers “issuer” to mean the “brand” of the ETF, as classified by FactSet.

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* 15. Index Provider of the Year – 2020

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

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* 16. Best New Index of the Year – 2020

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

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