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Fintech Innovation

Aims to provide exposure to fintech innovations including mobile payments, digital wallets, peer-to-peer lending, blockchain technology, and financial risk transformation. These innovations should revolutionize the financial industry, impacting every sector of the global economy.

Fintech Innovation

Investment Focus

Digital Wallets

Digital Wallets

Mobile Payments

Mobile Payments

Lending

Lending

Risk Transformation

Risk Transformation

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence

eCommerce

eCommerce

Overview

  • Type: Active Equity
  • Typical # of Holdings: 35-55
  • Inception: Dec. 2016
  • Portfolio Manager: Catherine Wood
  • Analysts: Max Friedrich
    George Whitridge
    Yassine Elmandjra

Strategy Description

This actively managed equity strategy seeks long-term capital growth by investing in domestic and foreign equity securities of companies focused on innovations within financial technology (“fintech”). Companies within this strategy are focused on changing the way the financial sector works, removing friction, and increasing accessibility to financial products and services.

Availability

Strategy ETF Managed Account Mutual Funds
ARK Fintech Innovation In Japan

The content presented does not constitute investment advice, should not be used as the basis for any investment decision, and does not purport to provide any legal, tax or accounting advice. Certain of the statements contained on this website may be statements of future expectations and other forward-looking statements that are based on ARK’s current views and assumptions, and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements. Please remember that there are inherent risks involved with investing in the markets, and your investments may be worth more or less than your initial investment upon redemption. There is no guarantee that ARK’s objectives will be achieved. Further, there is no assurance that any strategies, methods, sectors, or any investment programs herein were or will prove to be profitable, or that any investment recommendations or decisions we make in the future will be profitable for any investor or client. Professional money management is not suitable for all investors. For full disclosures, please go to our Terms & Conditions page.

Strategy Characteristics

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Actively managed, high conviction portfolio

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Cross sector, geographies, and market capitalizations

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Benchmark agnostic with low overlap to broad market indicies

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Research process driven by ARK’s Open Research Ecosystem

Investment Team

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Catherine Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer

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Catherine Wood

Chief Executive Officer
Chief Investment Officer

Cathie registered ARK Investment Management LLC (“ARK”) as an investment adviser with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in January 2014. With over 40 years of experience identifying and investing in innovation, Cathie founded ARK to focus solely on disruptive innovation while adding new dimensions to research. Through an open approach that cuts across sectors, market capitalizations, and geographies, Cathie believes that ARK can identify large-scale investment opportunities in the public markets resulting from technological innovations centered around DNA sequencing, robotics, artificial intelligence, energy storage, and blockchain technology. As Chief Investment Officer (“CIO”) and Portfolio Manager, Cathie led the development of ARK’s philosophy and investment approach and has ultimate responsibility for investment decisions.

Prior to ARK, Cathie spent twelve years at AllianceBernstein as CIO of Global Thematic Strategies where she managed over $5 billion. Cathie joined Alliance Capital from Tupelo Capital Management, a hedge fund she co-founded, which in 2000, managed approximately $800 million in global thematic strategies. Prior to her tenure at Tupelo Capital, she worked for 18 years with Jennison Associates LLC as Chief Economist, Equity Research Analyst, Portfolio Manager and Director. She started her career in Los Angeles, California at The Capital Group as an Assistant Economist. Cathie received her Bachelor of Science, summa cum laude, in Finance and Economics from the University of Southern California in 1981.

Cathie has been recognized as an influential fund manager across various outlets. In 2018, editors at Bloomberg acknowledged Cathie by selecting her to its second annual Bloomberg 50 list of people across business, entertainment, finance, politics, technology, and science who have defined global business. Additionally, Fortune named Cathie to its exclusive roundtable of experts in the annual Fortune Investors Guide: The Best Investing Advice for 2019 From Fortune’s Experts. In 2016, Cathie received the “Women in Finance – Outstanding Contribution Award” from Market Media. Cathie also has been a featured speaker at the World Economic Forum (China) in 2016 & 2017, the World Strategic Forum (Miami) in 2017, The Sohn Hearts and Minds Investment Leaders Conference (Australia) in 2018 and 2019, and Singularity University’s Exponential Finance in 2017 and Global Summit in 2019.

In 2018, Cathie launched the Duddy Innovation Institute at her alma mater, Notre Dame Academy in Los Angeles. The institute offers a challenging educational experience for young women eager to stretch their learning beyond the boundaries of traditional acquisition of knowledge, while influencing a new way of thinking and learning throughout campus.

*The Adviser did not pay a fee to be considered for or granted any awards. The Adviser did not pay a fee or was required to be a member of an organization to be invited as a speaker at any of the noted events. For full Award Disclosure please go to our Terms & Conditions page. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Nicolaus Copernicus

Nicolaus Copernicus

Catherine’s favorite innovator

Arcticles from Catherine Wood:

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Economics | Health Care | Market Insights | Yield Curve
Economics | Health Care | Market Insights | Yield Curve

The Coronavirus: Innovation Gains Traction During Tumultuous Times

The coronavirus has thrown the markets for a loop, understandably. Half of the solution is understanding the problem, so we are reassured by the universal and unified policy responses globally.

Market Insights | Yield Curve
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Brett Winton

Director of Research

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Brett Winton

Director of Research

Brett joined ARK in February 2014 and has worked alongside Cathie for almost 15 years since their time at AllianceBernstein. As Director of Research, Brett guides and manages the proprietary research of ARK’s investment team. The team recognizes that disruptive innovation demands a dynamic and universal approach. By researching across sectors, industries and markets, ARK’s investment team seeks to gain a deeper understanding of the convergence and market potential of disruptive innovations, and thus size investment opportunities more appropriately.

Prior to ARK, Brett served as a Vice President and Senior Analyst on the Research on Strategic Change team at AllianceBernstein. In that role, Brett conducted thematic research, served on the thematic portfolios strategy committee under Cathie Wood’s stewardship, and advised portfolio managers across asset classes. His research topics included Global Energy in the Face of Carbon Dioxide Regulation; Social Media and the Rise of Facebook; the Reformation of the Financial Services Landscape; and the Emergence of Electric Vehicles. He also is the Founder and Principal at iamB Consulting, providing strategy consulting to early stage startups. Prior to 2007, Brett worked in business development in the Radio-Frequency Identification industry after serving as a founding teacher at a charter high school in Los Angeles. Brett earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Alexander Winton

Alexander Winton

Brett’s favorite innovator

Arcticles from Brett Winton:

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Artificial Intelligence | Blockchain | DNA Sequencing | Energy Storage | Market Insights | Robotics
Artificial Intelligence | Blockchain | DNA Sequencing | Energy Storage | Market Insights | Robotics

Disruptive Innovation: Why Now?

Economics | Electric Vehicles | Market Insights | Market Review | Wrights Law
Economics | Electric Vehicles | Market Insights | Market Review | Wrights Law

Moore’s Law Isn’t Dead: It’s Wrong – Long Live Wright’s Law

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Maximilian Friedrich

Analyst

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Maximilian Friedrich

Analyst

Max joined ARK as an Analyst for ARK’s Fintech strategy in December 2018. He focuses on payments, digital wallets and the venture capital space.

Prior to ARK, he spent nearly two years at Redstone, a Berlin-based venture capital firm. Max also was Research Assistant at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW) where he studied the syndication behavior of venture capitalists and subsequent effects on their portfolio companies. Max obtained his Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Heidelberg.

Max has appeared on TD Ameritrade Network and has been quoted in Financial Times, Forbes, CNBC, among other publications.

Sir Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton

Max’s favorite innovator

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Digital Wallet
Digital Wallet

Cash App Could Be the Fastest Growing Digital Wallet in the US

Square’s Cash App seems to be the fastest growing digital wallet in the US. As disclosed by Square, the number of Cash App monthly active users (MAUs) has more than tripled in the last two years.

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George Whitridge

Analyst

George Whitridge-Work-Remote-Headshot

George Whitridge

Analyst

George joined ARK in August of 2019. As an Analyst for ARK’s Fintech strategy, George focuses on alternative lending, vertical integration of hardware and software and impact investing. Additionally, George has played an integral role in helping to develop and align ARK’s Environmental, Social and Governance policy and our focus on sustainable investing.

Prior to ARK, George worked at Square for almost five years.  He most recently worked on the capital team, Square’s lending arm. George graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Business, Organizations and Entrepreneurship and was a member of the Division I Men’s Crew Team.

George has appeared on Cheddar TV and TD Ameritrade Network for his work on alternative lending.

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

George’s favorite innovator

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Lending | Mobile Payments
Lending | Mobile Payments

Bank Revenue from Credit Cards Could Be Cut in Half in The Next 10 Years

ARK believes the lending industry is undergoing a profound shift. Companies that have digital access to consumers as well as to proprietary data sources, and extend credit without leveraging their own balance sheets, are likely to enjoy significant competitive advantages over traditional lenders.

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Yassine Elmandjra

Analyst

Yassine Elmandjra-Work-Remote-Headshot

Yassine Elmandjra

Analyst

Yassine joined ARK in July 2018. As ARK’s Blockchain/Cryptoasset Analyst, his research focuses on cryptoasset portfolio allocation, cryptoasset institutionalization, and Bitcoin mining.

Prior to ARK, Yassine was a Summer Analyst at Rembrandt Venture Partners, a SaaS focused early stage venture capital firm; and Arena Investors, a registered investment adviser that originates investments with borrowers and other counterparties who need access to financing and are otherwise not able to access conventional sources. Yassine graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Wharton and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering from The School of Engineering.

Yassine has been quoted on Yahoo, Yahoo Finance, Coindesk, Bitcoin Magazine, and Asia Times, among other publications. Additionally, Yassine was a featured speaker at The Fidelity Mining Summit and has been a guest on notable crypto-focused podcasts, including Marty Bent’s Tales from the Crypt, Laura Shin’s Unchained, Bitcoin Magazine, and Anthony Pompliano’s Off The Chain.

Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman

Yassine’s favorite innovator

Arcticles from Yassine Elmandjra:

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