ARK Rockets Into ETF Issuer Top 10

ARK ETFs have picked up $6.8 billion of fresh cash this year, more than any other issuer except Vanguard. 

Reviewed by: Sumit Roy
Edited by: Sumit Roy

The strong demand for ETFs continued as investors added $18.3 billion to U.S.-listed ETFs during the holiday-shortened week ending Thursday, January 21. Year-to-date inflows now stand at $55.3 billion, compared to $42.7 billion at this same time last year.

ARK Stays Red Hot

Once again, the most noteworthy flows activity of the week came from none other than ARK. Two of the issuer’s funds found themselves on the top inflows list: the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) and the ARK Genomic Revolution ETF (ARKG), with inflows of $1.2 billion and $1 billion, respectively.

ARK’s seven-ETF suite has now pulled in $6.8 billion of new money through the first three weeks of the year, ahead of all ETF issuers other than Vanguard, which is No. 1, with inflows of more than $18 billion. Over the past year, investors have added $27.3 billion to ARK’s exchange-traded funds.

Thanks to strong performance in its holdings tied to “disruptive technology” themes, ARK has come from obscurity to become one of the hottest and largest ETF issuers. According to the latest ETF League Table, ARK is now the ninth-largest ETF issuer and climbing fast.

Its $47.5 billion in assets trails ProShares by just $1.1 billion. It’s also within sight of VanEck’s $55.5 billion in AUM. There’s a wider gap after that, with First Trust commanding $116.7 billion in U.S.-listed ETF assets, followed by Schwab with $207.5 billion, and Invesco with $304 billion.

Stellar Performance Fuels Interest

Still, $47.5 billion is an enormous amount of assets to be controlled by a firm that had a relatively modest $3.4 billion in assets under management only a year ago, and $1.1 billon in assets three years ago.

Ignited by the pandemic, many of ARK’s next-generation technology and health care stocks have skyrocketed. From Tesla to Roku to Square to Teladoc, many of ARK’s holdings are up triple-digit percentages over the past several months.

Strong performance invariably leads to strong investor interest, thus it’s not a total shock to see ARK become the most successful active manager in the ETF space.

The question now is whether ARK can satisfy the plethora of new investors who have bought into its funds based on a strong track record and expect the stellar performance to continue. ARK certainly has the motivation to succeed. Its seven ETFs, with expense ratios ranging from 0.49% to 0.75%, generate annual revenues of $359 million.

For a full list of this week's top ETF inflows and outflows, see the tables below:

Top 10 Creations (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
IUSB iShares Core Total USD Bond Market ETF 3,074.50 9,111.31 33.74%
EFV iShares MSCI EAFE Value ETF 2,941.40 10,539.12 27.91%
XLF Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund 1,314.26 30,948.70 4.25%
MTUM iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF 1,286.65 15,064.51 8.54%
ARKK ARK Innovation ETF 1,176.44 23,909.55 4.92%
ARKG ARK Genomic Revolution ETF 996.62 11,490.69 8.67%
IJR iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF 938.36 62,880.27 1.49%
IEMG iShares Core MSCI Emerging Markets ETF 866.76 77,481.10 1.12%
GLD SPDR Gold Trust 777.48 70,070.02 1.11%
VOO Vanguard S&P 500 ETF 769.23 184,101.85 0.42%


Top 10 Redemptions (All ETFs)

Ticker Name Net Flows ($,mm) AUM ($, mm) AUM % Change
SPY SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust -2,669.94 334,739.64 -0.80%
IVV iShares Core S&P 500 ETF -2,349.92 242,680.09 -0.97%
LQD iShares iBoxx USD Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF -1,456.61 52,908.65 -2.75%
USMV iShares MSCI USA Min Vol Factor ETF -1,307.42 31,410.40 -4.16%
FTCS First Trust Capital Strength ETF -999.70 7,099.28 -14.08%
IWM iShares Russell 2000 ETF -985.91 65,403.88 -1.51%
SHYG iShares 0-5 Year High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -840.53 5,069.89 -16.58%
ESGU iShares ESG Aware MSCI USA ETF -704.90 13,362.96 -5.28%
IHI iShares U.S. Medical Devices ETF -551.73 8,918.11 -6.19%
HYG iShares iBoxx USD High Yield Corporate Bond ETF -480.43 23,440.97 -2.05%


ETF Weekly Flows By Asset Class

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 1,027.47 3,231,794.18 0.03%
International Equity 9,243.97 1,140,675.82 0.81%
U.S. Fixed Income 4,378.73 977,579.09 0.45%
International Fixed Income 1,246.68 125,967.34 0.99%
Commodities 1,277.33 143,429.20 0.89%
Currency -3.90 2,000.86 -0.19%
Leveraged 434.53 43,751.42 0.99%
Inverse 276.28 15,329.94 1.80%
Asset Allocation 113.84 13,662.71 0.83%
Alternatives 272.20 5,844.37 4.66%
Total: 18,267.12 5,700,034.92 0.32%


Asset Classes (Year-to-Date)

  Net Flows ($, mm) AUM ($, mm) % of AUM
U.S. Equity 12,626.07 3,231,794.18 0.39%
International Equity 27,058.82 1,140,675.82 2.37%
U.S. Fixed Income 10,757.45 977,579.09 1.10%
International Fixed Income 2,751.66 125,967.34 2.18%
Commodities 1,069.11 143,429.20 0.75%
Currency 77.54 2,000.86 3.88%
Leveraged -965.08 43,751.42 -2.21%
Inverse 1,275.43 15,329.94 8.32%
Asset Allocation 140.56 13,662.71 1.03%
Alternatives 529.50 5,844.37 9.06%
Total: 55,321.06 5,700,034.92 0.97%


Disclaimer: All data as of 6 a.m. Eastern time the date the article is published. Data is believed to be accurate; however, transient market data is often subject to subsequent revision and correction by the exchanges.

Sumit Roy is the senior ETF analyst for, where he's worked for 12 years. Before joining the company, Roy was the managing editor and commodities analyst for Hard Assets Investor. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he enjoys climbing the city’s steep hills, playing pickleball and snowboarding.