Cinthia Murphy

Cinthia Murphy is managing editor of ETF.com, specializing in all things ETFs. Her experience includes time at Dow Jones and former BridgeNews, covering commodity futures markets in Chicago and Brazil equities in Sao Paulo. Murphy has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Features and News

SSgA Changes To S&P Indexes On 7 Equity ETFs

State Street Global Advisors changed indexes on seven of its equity funds from Dow Jones to Standard & Poor’s this week, aligning its U.S. large-, mid- and small-cap funds so that they use benchmarks from the firm that provides indexes for its SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEArca: SPY) and SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF (NYSEArca: MDY).

In addition to getting new names and indexes, the seven funds have also adopted new tickers that build on the “SPY” and “MDY” trading symbols. They are:

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Barclays To Unveil New CMBS Index

Barclays Capital, known for its fixed-income benchmarks, on Jan. 1 is launching a new index that will track the performance of the “resurgent” U.S. commercial mortgage-backed securities market and that will potentially be used in future ETFs.

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Investors Closing More Accounts, Study Says

Competition for investor dollars is getting tougher, a new study says.

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iShares Launches Short-Term TIPs ETF

iShares, BlackRock’s ETF arm and the world’s largest ETF provider, rolled out a bond fund focused on short term Treasury inflation-protected securities, or TIPs, zooming in on a part of the yield curve that many see as the place to be if this year’s bond rally unravels.

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MSCI Launches Micro Cap, All-Cap Indexes

MSCI Inc., widely known for its global investment benchmarks, launched two series of benchmarks, one focused on the micro-cap space and the other an all-cap series. Both focus on developed markets.

The 31 new MSCI Micro Cap Indexes, the market’s first comprehensive lineup of micro-cap benchmarks for all developed countries and regions, add more than 4,800 new securities to the number of stocks covered by the MSCI Global Equity indexes, MSCI said in a press release.

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PowerShares Launches 4 Financial ETFs

PowerShares slices and dices the financial industry with four new ETFs.

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UBS Launches Long-Short VIX Futures ETN

UBS raises the bar in the world of VIX by launching a long-short ETN.

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AdvisorShares Files For Alternative Active ETFs

AdvisorShares, the Bethesda, Md.-based boutique fund provider known for its actively managed ETFs, filed to offer three active exchange-traded funds that ditch traditional market-cap-weighted strategies in favor of a forward-looking fundamental investment process that attempts to outperform benchmarks.