NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes has been named the Most Innovative Index Provider of the Year by the 2014 ETFExpress Global Awards. The award was presented in late February at the ETFExpress Global Awards gala in London. NASDAQ OMX Global Indexes gained the largest amount of votes in an online poll to win the title. Among the reasons for their win:
NASDAQ OMX is one of the only index providers to have products listed globally covering equities, commodities, and fixed income.
As of 2013 year-end, NASDAQ had 148 licensed ETPs globally with approximately $92.3 billion in assets under management. The ETPs based on NASDAQ indexes are listed in 16 countries, and NASDAQ OMX is the first index provider to have its indexes linked to ETPs in China, India, and Iceland.
In October 2013, NASDAQ OMX launched the NASDAQ US Rising Dividend Achievers Index, a continuation of the Dividend Achievers brand. The index was designed to include stocks that are best positioned to continue dividend increases, and the methodology includes both several dividend criteria and balance sheet criteria. The largest dividend ETF with just under $20B in assets under management tracks the NASDAQ US Dividend Achievers Select Index.
Another innovative move took place in 2013, when NASDAQ OMX partnered with Accretive Asset Management to co-brand and grow BulletShares, the first fixed-maturity corporate bond indexes; since then, assets have grown in BulletShares ETFs substantially and the NASDAQ BulletShares Ladder indexes were launched.