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How to trade on all ARK Invest ETFs in the UK

ARK Invest is an American-based investment management company that focuses its investments on disruptive technology, such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing and electric vehicles. The company offers a range of next-generation exchange-traded funds​ (ETFs) that can all be traded on with our award winning* trading platform. Learn how you can open buy and sell positions on ARK Invest ETFs in the UK with CMC Markets.

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How to trade on ARK Invest ETFs in the UK

Traders of the CMC Markets Next Generation trading platform can trade on the full range of ETFs that ARK Invest offer. We offer you the ability to open buy/sell positions on ARK Invest ETFs with zero currency fees and extremely competitive spreads.

Here is how to trade on ARK Invest ETFs in the UK:

  1. Open a live account to spread bet or trade CFDs on a range of ARK Innovation ETFs.
  2. Fund your account. To trade on ARK ETFs you will need to deposit funds with which to trade.
  3. Determine your trading strategy. Decide your entry and exit points based on your trading strategy. Depending on how the ETF’s price fluctuates, you may decide to ‘go long’ and buy, or to ‘go short’ and sell.
  4. Manage your risk. Before placing your trade, make sure you have followed risk-management guidelines as part of your strategy. Read about our execution and order types to see how stop-loss and take-profit orders can help to prevent capital loss.
  5. Open and monitor your position. If you are making a profit on your position, it may be wise to stick to your trading plan and close out when the target price is reached.

What is ARK Invest & how did it gain success?

ARK Investment Management was established in 2014 by Cathie Wood. The investment giant, whose name is an acronym for Active Research Knowledge and derived from the biblical Ark of the Covenant, concentrates on investing in disruptive technology. Amongst several next-generation technology areas, ARK invests in energy storing, financial technology and electric vehicles. In January 2021, the company became one of the top 10 issuers of ETFs. ARK possesses a risk-taking attitude and has a proactive culture of discovering and investing in innovative companies before they grow. Many attribute this as the foundations of the enormous success and growth the company has enjoyed.

ARK’s employees include scientists as it takes a proactive stance of understanding the impact of destructive technology. The majority of the company’s analysts are millennials, with many of them not coming from a financial background. Many of them take to social media to discuss and defend their investment hypotheses. They create online content and produce podcast and webinars that are published across several social media channels, such as Twitter and YouTube.

Who is Cathie Wood?

Cathie Wood is the founder and CEO of Ark Invest. Born in Los Angeles in 1955, she went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance and economics from the University of Southern California. Woods worked for three years as an economist at Capital Group and, in 1980, she moved to New York City to take a job at Jennison Associates, where she worked her way up to become managing director. In 1998, Wood co-founded a hedge fund, Tupelo Capital Management, and she then went on to join AllianceBernstein as a Chief Investment Officer of global thematic strategies. In 2014, she left AllianceBernstein to become the founder of Ark Invest.

ARK Invest ETF list

ARK Invest manages several ETFs, all of which can be traded on with our Next Generation trading platform​​ by way of spread betting​ or CFD trading​. Spread betting is a tax-efficient** way of speculating on the price movements of the underlying assets without taking ownership. CFDs allow traders to buy or sell a number of units for an instrument, with the difference in price being exchanged at the end of the contract.

ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK)

The ARK Innovation ETF is ARK Invest’s flagship actively-managed, exchange-traded fund that tracks the performance of companies involved in the development of new technologies and services. This includes sectors such as scientific research and DNA technology, industrial innovation in energy, automation and manufacturing, shared technology infrastructures, and fintech services. Top holdings within the ARKK ETF​ include Tesla, Roku, Spotify, Zoom, Baidu and Shopify, which are all indicative of modern developments.

Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF (ARKQ)

The ARK Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF seeks long-term growth of capital by way of investing in equity securities of autonomous technology and robotics companies. This actively-managed ETFs’ companies are engaged in the development and production of robotics and automation, space exploration, energy storage, and 3D printing. Top holdings within the ARKQ ETF​ include industry-leaders such as Tesla, Baidu, and Trimble, which are all companies that are relevant to the ARK’s investment theme of disruptive innovation.

Next Generation Internet ETF (ARKW)

The ARK Next Generation Internet ETF is an actively-managed exchange-traded fund that tracks the performance of companies involved in cybersecurity, e-commerce, artificial intelligence (AI), mobile technology, social platforms, and blockchain. Some of the top holdings within the ARKW ETF​ includes companies such as Shopify, Spotify, and Twitter.

Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG)

The ARK Genomic Revolution ETF is an actively-managed, exchange-traded fund. The companies, of which the ETF tracks the performance of, consist of industry-leaders who are engaged in developing and enabling CRISPR, targeted therapeutics, bioinformatics, molecular diagnostics, stem cells, and agricultural biology. These companies benefit from integrating into their business advanced scientific and technological developments in genomics. Amongst the top holdings in the ARKG ETF​​ are companies such as Teladoc Health, Exact Sciences, and Twist Bioscience.

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Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF)

The ARK Fintech Innovation ETF seeks long-term growth of capital by way of investing in both domestic and foreign equities. The companies within this actively-managed ETF are engaged in the innovation of financial technology (fintech). The companies are involved in the production and development of technology that potentially changes the way the financial sector works. They strive to have an impact on a wide range of business platforms such as payments and transaction innovations, risk transformation, and customer facing platforms. Top holdings within the ARKF ETF​​ includes Paypal, Silvergate, and Shopify.

Space Exploration & Innovation ETF (ARKX)

The ARK Space Exploration & Innovation ETF tracks the performance of companies who are involved in the development of products and services used in space. Orbital aerospace companies work to launch and operate platforms such as satellites. Suborbital aerospace companies are involved in operating platforms in suborbital space and developing artificial intelligence, robotics and 3D printing, for use in space exploration. Aerospace beneficiary companies benefit from aerospace activities such as internet access and global positioning system. Some of the top holdings within the AKRX ETF​​ are examples such as Trimble and Kratos Defence & Security.

The 3D Printing ETF (PRNT)​

The ARK 3D Printing ETF tracks and follows the price movements of stocks of companies involved in the 3D printing sector. The companies are involved in business areas such as 3D printing hardware, 3D printing simulation software, 3D printing centres, scanning and measurement, and 3D printing materials. Some of the top holdings within the PRNT ETF​​ include huge companies such as HP, Microsoft, and Renishaw.

Israel Innovative Technology ETF (IZRL)​

The ARK Israel Innovative Technology ETF (IZRL) seeks to provide investment results that closely correspond to the performance of the ARK Israeli Innovation Index. The index tracks and follows the price movements of exchange-listed Israeli companies. The companies within the ETF are engaged in the disruptive innovation of specific areas including the sectors of IT, health care, genomics, and biotechnology. Amongst the top holdings in the IZRL ETF​​ are companies such as Intercure, Camtek, and Inmode.

How can I get an edge trading ARK ETFs?

ARK publish their trades on a daily basis as it strives to be as transparent as possible to the public and its followers. The company send an email every day highlighting stocks that were purchased or sold by ARK’s ETFs. Cathie Wood has emphasised the importance that ARK places on educating people and that the transparency has warranted great feedback. A number of third party tools such as ‘ARK watcher​​’ have popped up in an effort to better track and visualise the daily change in holdings of the ARK ETFs.

This makes it easier for traders to keep an eye on any big changes that can occur in the company’s individual holdings. These big changes could signal interest in a specific stock and ARK’s intent to accumulate more over time, thus indicating that trading on that individual stock might be warranted.

You may find an edge by following ARK and its analysists on Twitter and other social media platforms. You may also look to get into a sector before the general public do by keeping abreast of new sectors and companies that ARK may find interest in creating new ETFs for.

Which is the best ARK ETF?

Identifying which ARK ETF is the ‘best’ to trade would not be an accurate task. However, by reviewing the ETFs’ performances in 2020 & Q1 2021, we can gain an understanding of which are the top performing ETFs for that period, and maybe of interest for traders to keep an eye on.

ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG) led the pack in 2020 as it generated gains of 180%. Some of the other top performing ETFs in 2020 were the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), the ARK Next Generation Internet ETF (AKRW), and the ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (AKRF).

After experiencing a difficult time in the 2020 bear market, the 3D Printing ETF (PRNT) has since gained just under 200% in the space of 10 months, resulting in it being one that is being closely watched by many traders in 2021.

Summary

ARK Invest offers a range of next-generation exchange traded funds (ETFs). Register for an account today to start spread betting and trading CFDs on ARK ETFs with our Next Generation trading platform.

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FAQ

How can I trade on ARK Invest ETFs in the UK?

You can trade on ARK Invest ETFs with the CMC Markets Next Generation trading platform by way of spread betting and trading CFDs.

What is ARK Invest?

ARK Investment Management concentrate on investing in disruptive technology, such as energy storing, financial technology, and electric vehicles. It is also one of the top 10 issuers of ETFs. Learn more about exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

What are the ARK ETFs?

ARK offers a range of next-generation ETFs such as the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK), the Autonomous Technology & Robotics ETF (ARKQ), and the 3D Printing ETF (PRNT). These, and other ARK ETFs, can all be traded on with our Next Generation trading platform.

Which is the best ARK ETF?

There is no single best ETF but amongst some of the top performing ARK ETFs in 2020, ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG) generated gains of 180%, in 2020. Some of the other top performing ETFs in 2020 were the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) and the ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (AKRF). After experiencing a difficult time in the 2020 bear market, the 3D Printing ETF (PRNT) has since gained just under 200% in the space of 10 months, making it one that is being closely watched by many in 2021.

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