This Fund Focuses on New, Emerging Technologies

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The Ark Web x.0 ETF (ARKW), an actively managed exchange-traded fund (ETF), seeks long-term capital growth by investing at least 80% of its assets in companies that its managers expect to benefit from a shift away from hardware and software toward cloud and mobile.

ARKW has a very broad mandate that is not limited by geography or by industry, but rather the fund’s managers look to identify companies they see as the next generation of internet evolution. The fund’s managers target companies involved in “internet of things,” “cloud computing,” “digital currencies” and “wearable technology.”

Companies within ARKW are focused on the transition of technology infrastructure to the cloud, enabling mobile, new and local services. Stocks in this fund offer increased use of shared technology, infrastructure and services, internet-based products and services, new payment methods, big data and social distribution and media.

The ETF currently has $1.15 billion in net assets, $5.43 million daily volume and is at 24.61% in year-to-date return. The expense ratio is 0.75%, which means this fund is slightly more expensive to hold relative to other exchange-traded funds.

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ARKW’s top sectors include technology, consumer cyclical, financial services, real estate and health care. Its top holdings include NVIDIA Corp. (NASDAQ:NVDA), 7.68%; Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), 7.08%; Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), 5.58%; Tencent holdings (OTCMKTS:TCEHY), 4.65%; Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), 4.19%; LendingTree, Inc. (NASDAQ:TREE), 3.74%; and Zillow Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:ZG), 3.32%.

While ARKW’s focus may be appealing for investors with conviction in these new technologies, portfolio implementation is a more difficult task; most of the companies developing these advancements are huge corporations for which nascent technologies are only a small fraction of total revenues. As such, it is difficult to get pure-play access to ARKW’s targeted technologies, so be sure to confirm that the fund’s holdings — not just its thesis — align with your view of the space.

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