Deborah Fuhr is an Exchange Traded Funds trailblazer.

She has been in the ETF world for more than two decades now.

Fuhr worked her way up from managing director and head of investment strategy at Morgan Stanley and actually helped launch Morgan Stanley's (MS) WEBS, (World Equity Benchmark Shares), back in the 90's, was involved in the launch of the iShares and was head of ETF research and implementation strategy and managing director at BlackRock (BLK) /Barclays Global Investors.

She is now the partner and co-founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consulting firm providing services to investors and the ETF industry.  

She also is a founder and board member of Women in ETFs, a global not-for-profit organization to help women and men network and inspire each other in the ETF industry. They have grown to more than 4,100 members with worldwide chapters in places like the U.S., Europe, Canada, Hong Kong and South Africa.

And she was chock full o' facts. For instance:

  • There are over 7300 ETFs now, including 24 in Iran
  • ETFs have more than a $1 billion in assets over hedge funds
  • There have been 51 months of positive net new assets to ETFs, globally

So watch the clip above as Fuhr, who has spoken about ETFs in places like Saudi Arabia, Dubai Kazakhstan and Iran, talks about the recent trends in ETfs and then be sure to listen to our full, fascinating conversation in the podcast above.

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