Last night ETF industry insiders from around the globe converged in New York City, and it was another big night for the folks at SSgA
| Jim Ross|
Head of ETFs
About 100 fundsters and fundster allies gathered at Convene, near Grand Central in midtown Manhattan, for the 13th annual Global ETF Awards
, hosted and organized by ExchangeTradedFunds.com
and coordinated by the Optimal Networking Event
. Arlene Reyes-Miller
, founder and chief operating officer of ExchangeTradedFunds.com, emceed the awards dinner
, which followed a cocktail reception and before that an afternoon workshop featuring discussion forums on active and smart beta ETFs and on global ETP growth.
The events features both statistically-based awards and awards based on industry voting, and winners were recognized in three different regions: the Americas, Europe, and Asia Pacific. In the Americas, SSgA's SPDRs
led the pack with three statistical awards and three voting-based awards, including "most marketable ETF ticker" for the new and much-lauded SHE
and the NYSE
also each won multiple awards in the Americas. And Kathleen Moriarty
, partner at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer
, won the Nate Most Greatest Contributor to the ETF Market
award. That award is named after Moriarty's late mentor, Nate Most
, who invented the first ETF.
Other asset managers in the Americas that won awards last night include: Guggenheim's CurrencyShares
, First Trust
, BlackRock's iShares
, J.P. Morgan
, Sage Advisory
, and Janus' VelocityShares
Reyes-Miller kicked off the awards show with a presentation about "Formidable Women of Wall Street" throughout American history, women including: Abigail Adams, the U.S.'s first female investor; Tennessee Clafin and Victoria Woodhull, the first women to found a brokerage; Hetty Green, who was known as "the Witch of Wall Street", and Mickie Siebert, the first woman to own a seat on the NYSE.
, ETF Managers Group
, Flow Traders
, Jane Street Capital
, the NYSE, Syntax
, Thompson Hine
, and U.S. Bancorp Fund Services
all sponsored the awards dinner, and executives from the different sponsors took turns presenting the awards.
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