ETF Launches: ARKF

ARK Invest rolls out the first active fintech ETF.

Reviewed by: Heather Bell
Edited by: Heather Bell


ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF)
New ETF offers active take on fintech space

In February, ARK Invest rolled out an actively managed ETF covering the fintech space. The ARK Fintech Innovation ETF (ARKF) is in line with the firm’s focus on disruptive innovation; in this case, financial technology innovation.

ARKF comes with an expense ratio of 0.75% and lists on the NYSE Arca exchange.

Companies that are eligible for inclusion must either generate significant portions of their revenue or market value from fintech innovation or have declared that their primary business focus is providing products and services in the field of fintech innovation, according to the prospectus, with managers making high-conviction portfolio selections from across the equity size spectrum.

The firm uses internal and external research to determine the degree to which companies bring disruptive innovation to the fintech space, meaning its analysts are looking at how companies are leveraging technology to deliver products and services that change the way the financial sector works, the prospectus says.

The document also notes that the companies that are under consideration are involved in e-commerce, transactional innovation, payment platforms, peer-to-peer lending and blockchain technologies, among other activities.

Source: Data and information as of 2/28/2019.
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Heather Bell is a former managing editor of She has also held editorial positions at Dow Jones Indexes and Lehman Brothers. Bell is a graduate of Dartmouth college and resides in the Denver area with her two dogs.