Ark Investment Management Opens Door for Fund to Invest in Canadian Crypto ETFs

The Cathie Wood-founded firm disclosed the move through a revised prospectus with the SEC.

Sep 11, 2021 at 9:05 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 2:05 p.m. UTC

Ark Investment Management revised the prospectus for its ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW) to open the possibility of investing in crypto exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in Canada, according to a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Friday.

  • “The fund may have exposure to cryptocurrency, such as bitcoin, indirectly through an investment in a grantor trust or in other pooled investment vehicles, such as exchange-traded funds domiciled in Canada,” the investment management firm founded by crypto bull Cathie Wood wrote, replacing previous language.
  • The amended document further says that the fund may invest in the Grayscale Bitcoin Trust (GBTC) or “other pooled investment vehicles that invest in bitcoin, such as exchange-traded funds that are domiciled and listed for trading in Canada (Canadian Bitcoin ETFs).” Grayscale is part of Digital Currency Group, CoinDesk’s parent company.
  • In a series of tweets, Bloomberg ETF analyst Eric Balchunas speculated that Ark was looking to replace ARKW’s investment in GBTC with a Canadian ETF. ARKW holds over 8.5 million shares of GBTC, making it the second-largest holding in the fund.
  • Balchunas noted that GBTC is down 22% year to date, while the Canadian ETF has dropped 6%. “That’s pretty significant dispersion,” he wrote. “I’m sure that’s irking them.”

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