Cinthia Murphy

Cinthia Murphy is managing editor of, 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.

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First Trust Rolls Out Electric-Grid-Linked ETF


First Trust Advisors, together with the NASDAQ OMX Group and Clean Edge, have launched the first exchange-traded fund to invest in the electric infrastructure sector.

The First Trust Nasdaq Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund (Nasdaq: GRID) will track the Nasdaq OMX Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index, which is a modified market capitalization index comprised of companies involved in electric grid, meters, devices and network, energy storage and management, and sector-related software.

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IndexIQ Launches Play On M&A


IndexIQ launched today the first exchange-traded fund to invest in global companies that are the targets of a takeover.

M&A products are not new to investors, but IndexIQ’s new offering is the first play on that space in an ETF structure.

The IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage ETF (NYSEArca: MNA) will track the IQ ARB Merger Arbitrage Index, which has seen year-to-date returns of some 19.5 percent, just slightly shy of MSCI World Index’s 23.3 percent gains in the period.

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Claymore Files For 10 Corporate Bond Funds


Claymore ETF Trust has registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch 10 corporate bond exchange-traded funds that target a range of specific maturities. They are:


• Claymore Corporate Bond 2011 ETF

• Claymore Corporate Bond 2012 ETF

• Claymore Corporate Bond 2013 ETF

• Claymore Corporate Bond 2014 ETF

• Claymore Corporate Bond 2015 ETF

• Claymore Corporate Bond 2016 ETF

• Claymore Corporate Bond 2017 ETF

• Claymore Corporate Bond 2018 ETF

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WisdomTree Registers New Inflation-Linked ETF


WisdomTree Trust has registered with the SEC a new exchange-traded fund that seeks to give investors long-term returns above the rate of inflation.

To do so, the WisdomTree Real Return Fund (NYSEArca: RRF) will invest in inflation-linked securities such as U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS), bonds and commodities instruments.

RRF will be the newest member in an expanding group of ETFs that seeks to capitalize on investors' rising fears of inflation.

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Equity-Based Commodities: Better Than Futures?

Looking for spot commodity returns? Stock-based ETFs may actually be a better choice than commodity futures.

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UBS Launches New Low-Fee DJ-UBS ETN


Expenses are coming down in the market for commodity-related exchange-traded products.

Just weeks after ETF Securities launched gold and silver bullion ETFs with record-breaking low expense ratios, UBS has set a new bar for futures-based products as well.

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GRES ETF Launch: Momentum Meets Commodity


IndexIQ launched today a new ETF offering a wrinkle on the rapidly expanding market for equity-based commodity ETFs.

The IQ ARB Global Resources ETF (NYSEArca: GRES) bills itself as the first global resources hedged ETF. The fund is designed to tackle two common issues with equities-based commodities ETFs: the usual heavy focus on energy and the higher correlation to equities rather than commodities values.

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Pimco Set To Launch Two Bond Funds


Pimco, the world's largest bond fund manager in terms of assets, is set to launch two new Treasury-linked exchange-traded funds.

Pimco 20+ Year Zero Coupon U.S. Treasury Index Fund (NYSEArca: ZROZ) was listed Friday but hasn't launched. The fund will track the BofA Merrill Lynch Long Treasury Principal STRIPS Index.

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