Deborah Fuhr is a partner and co-founder of ETFGI, an independent research and consultancy firm established in early 2012 is research and consulting on the global ETF and ETP industry. The firm is focused on providing thought leadership, publishing independent research on the industry, products, applications, competitors, providing education and assistance to investors on product comparison, asset allocation implementation as well as offering customised research. The annual paid subscription service will provide detailed global analysis of the industry on a monthly basis, a directory of ETFs and ETPs and access to the ETFGI database on a country, regional or global basis to allow investors to find and compare ETFs and ETPs across various characteristics in order to build a single or multi-faceted analysis in line with their investment or research requirements.
Previously she was the Global Head of ETF Research and Implementation Strategy and a Managing Director at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors from Sept 2008 – Oct 2011. Under Ms Fuhr’s guidance, BlackRock’s Global ETF Research and Implementation Strategy team was responsible for advising clients globally on the implementation of asset allocation strategies using ETFs, producing analysis and guidebooks on the global ETF industry. The team won a number of awards for their reports. These reports were distributed to BlackRock’s wide range of institutional and intermediary based clients at no cost.
Prior to joining BlackRock in September 2008 Ms Fuhr spent the prior 11 years working at Morgan Stanley. She was a Managing Director and head of the Investment Strategies Group at Morgan Stanley based in London. The unit advised institutional investors globally and wrote on the implementation and strategy on the use of Delta products - including Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) on equity, fixed income and commodity indices globally, OPALS (Optimised Portfolios As Listed Securities), certificates, swaps, futures, out-performance trades, securities lending and yield enhancement trades.
The group has won the award for most useful ETF Research by investors in Europe and the Americas 6 times and by investors in Asia Pacific and Africa 4 times, in an annual global survey conducted by ExchangeTradedFunds.com, and for three years, Deborah has in the same survey won the award for the Greatest Overall Contribution to the development of the Global ETF industry. In 2011, Deborah also received an award for her contribution to the ETF sector in 2010 at the Closed-End Funds and Global ETFs Forum in New York, while her team also won the award for Best ETF Research in a survey conducted by ETF Express.
In 2012, 2009, 2008 and 2007, Ms Fuhr was named as one of the Top 100 women in Finance, a distinguished list of the most influential women in European Finance, by Financial News and in 2010 was featured in Investors Chronicle’s list of "150 People That Can Make You Money", a list which examined investment professionals in emerging markets, the world's financiers, economists, politicians and regulators, corporate game changers and big money managers worldwide.
Previously she was an Associate at Greenwich Associates the premier strategic consulting and research source for providers and users of financial services worldwide.
She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Indexes (USA) and Journal of Indexes Europe, the Advisory Board for The Journal of Index Investing, investment panel of experts for Portfolio Adviser, FTSE ICB Advisory Committee, and the International Advisory Committee (IAC) for the Egyptian Stock Exchange, as well as the University Of Connecticut School Of Business International Advisory Board.
She has an MBA from the JL Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut.