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This article was published on October 5, 2020

Inside the $2.5B internet fund dominating the stock market

ARKW is now up 85% this year

Inside the $2.5B internet fund dominating the stock market

Volatility has rocked stock markets this year in ways not seen since 2008. Some sectors, like tourism, find themselves practically in the stone age, but tech stocks are through the roof  and Wall Street’s ARK Invest are capitalizing in a big way.

ARK’s ‘next generation internet’ Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) is now up a pearl-clutching 85% this year while the tech-heavy NASDAQ 100 index returned just 29%.

Buoyed by solid stock picks like Tesla and Square, ARKW’s portfolio is now valued at $2.45 billion, up from $1.11 billion and 120% more than when Hard Fork first analyzed it in June.

ARKW, stock, ARK
ARKW is dominating the NASDAQ 100, widely considered the benchmark for US tech. Chart made with Flourish.

ETF Database ranks ARKW 2020’s best performing “actively managed” ETF so far, rivalled only by ARK’s other “thematic” offerings, which take up the next four leaderboard positions.

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Actively managed funds rely on humans to decide on which stock to buy (or sell), and when  as opposed to funds that simply track an index like the NASDAQ 100 or the S&P 500.

Indeed, ARKW has outdone ARK’s “Genomics” portfolio of biotech stocks, its fintech holdings, and even its broader flagship “Innovation” fund ARKK, which speaks volumes to the pandemic’s effect on internet-adjacent equities.

ARKW no longer features Apple stock

Below you’ll find two donut charts. On the left is ARKW’s portfolio as of June 18, and on the right is its holdings on September 30. If they don’t show, try reloading this page in your browser’s “Desktop Mode.”

At first glance, it’s clear ARKW firmly believes in Tesla (still its largest holding), but there’s a few more changes worth noting.

For one, there’s no more Apple; ARKW held $20.6 million worth of Apple shares in June, and now it has none. Also gone is ecommerce prince Shopify, human capitalists Workday, cloud computers VMWare, Chinese marketplace Pinduoduo, and analytical Alteryx, which together made up more than $46 million (or 4.12%) of the fund’s portfolio.

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There’s also nine entirely new additions: Taiwan Semiconductors ($27.7M), Nintendo ($27M), Adyen ($26.2M), Unity Software ($25.4M), DocuSign ($24.1M), JD.com ($24.1 million), Intercontinental Exchange ($22.5M), Wix.com ($10.6 million), and Social Capital Hedosophia ($3.8M).

ARK’s position in those companies is worth $191.4 million, equalling 7.8% of ARKW’s current portfolio. The fund’s new stakes in Nintendo, Adyen, and Unity Software were some of the fund’s biggest plays last quarter.

Teladoc Health, Slack, and Tesla mean more than ever for ARK

After comparing the weight of each holding over the past three months, we see exactly where ARKW is looking next. Use the toggle below to sort portfolio changes by dollar value, weight, or share count.

ARKW positions that grew the most in terms of portfolio weight are telemedicine play Teladoc Health (1.66%), workflowers Slack (1.4%), and electric lord Tesla (1.23%), followed by China’s Sea (1.18%), Taiwan Semiconductors (1.13%), Nintendo (1.1%), Spotify (1.08%), and Adyen (1.07%).

The real trick for ARK (as always for Wall Street insiders) is to maintain this growth. Returning 85% over nine months is impressive — even more-so during global economic chaos.

Wall Street will surely be watching to see if ARK sticks the landing, no doubt to be riddled with jealously if it does.

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