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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Old Mutual’s GSR Challenges VWO On Price

Borrowing a page from Vanguard, Old Mutual decides to cut the price on its emerging markets ETF in the hopes of gathering assets in one of the fastest-growing pockets of the investment world.

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N.H. Firm Rolls Out Socially Responsible ETF

Pax World Management, a Portsmouth, N.H.-based investment adviser focused on developing socially and environmentally responsible exchange-traded funds, launched its first ETF today, and plans to roll out another two by the end of the month.

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IndexIQ Debuts Small-Cap Taiwan ETF

IndexIQ, a Rye Brook, N.Y.-based ETF firm known for its hedge fund replication strategies, launched a small-cap exchange-traded fund today focused on
Taiwan, its fourth launch in a lineup that will include 13 small-cap strategies targeting commodities and Asian economies.

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Grail Plans Active Money-Market-Type ETF

Grail Advisors, one of the pioneers of actively managed exchange-traded funds, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch an active ETF focused on short-term fixed-income securities that will face off with a competing money market proxy fund offered by Pimco.

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Is SEC Derivatives Review Slowing Fund Launches?

The SEC’s decision to review derivatives use in ETFs has slowed some companies’ plans to roll out funds using these instruments and it probably hasn’t done anything to speed fund approvals, considering how busy the SEC is these days.

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AdvisorShares Rethinks Derivatives Use In Debt ETF

AdvisorShares decides to nix derivatives use in an actively managed debt ETF, in another sign the SEC's recently launched regulatory review is rippling through the fund industry.

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iShares Rolls Out Ireland ETF, Two Others

iShares, the world’s largest ETF provider, launched three country-specific funds today, including one focused on
, a country that’s currently struggling with unemployment and sluggish consumer spending.

The iShares MSCI Ireland Capped Investable Market Index Fund (NYSEArca: EIRL) is likely to be joined before long by other Ireland-centered funds now in registration from firms such as PowerShares and State Street Global Advisors.

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Noah Hamman: Future Is Bright For Actively Managed ETFs

The CEO of AdvisorShares says the SEC’s recent decision to look more carefully at the use of derivatives in exchange-traded funds will neither change his firm’s plans nor its belief that the future is bright for actively managed ETFs.

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Trader Vic: Gov’t ‘Hypocritical’ On Regulation

The outspoken commodities trader and author shares his thoughts on the financial reform debate.