ARK Invest (https://ark-invest.com) is a global asset manager specializing in thematic investing in disruptive innovation. ARK’s thematic investment strategies focus on public companies that are leaders, enablers, and beneficiaries of disruptive innovation. Its strategies aim to deliver long-term growth. Currently, ARK offers five active ETFs (ARK Innovation – ARKK, Autonomous Technology & Robotic ETF – ARKQ, Next Generation Internet – ARKW, Genomic Revolution – ARKG, Fintech Innovation – ARKF) and two index ETFs (The 3D Printing – PRNT, Israel Innovative Technology – IZRL). ARK Invest is led by economist and innovation investor Cathie Wood. For the six years of its existence, ARK has achieved tremendous success with its investment returns. Due to that, ARK ETFs became very popular and took in a huge amount of money as a result.
The companies that ARK’s ETFs invest in are usually smaller, nimbler and relatively newer than blue-chip stocks. These companies that ARK’s ETFs have invest in tend to re-invest back into their operation to gain market share as opposed to providing shareholder returns.
Looking at the year-to-date performance of the ARK’s ETFs since inception, the performance are very impressive. Investors who bought these funds years ago would have beaten the market by a wide margin. Looks like these ETFs performance will continue to grow year after year. For long term investment, investors should buy and hold some of the ARK’s ETFs.