Cathie Wood’s Ark Invest has joined forces with 21Shares, to introduce five new Exchange-Traded Fund [ETF] products. This collaboration is set to usher in a wave of investment opportunities, including Bitcoin and Ethereum futures contracts, as well as products focusing on stocks of companies deeply entrenched in the blockchain industry. The prospective ETFs, pending approval, are slated to be launched on the Chicago Board Options Exchange [Cboe], as outlined in the prospectuses released by the companies.
Among the innovative products on the horizon is an ETF that will not only delve into crypto futures contracts but also invest in a diverse range of assets, including “public equities of companies engaged in the blockchain industry,” according to details available on 21Shares’ official website. Ark Invest, a prominent player in the asset management sphere, has underscored that these new funds will provide investors with a comprehensive array of options for integrating exposure to digital assets into their investment portfolios.
Leveraging on-chain signals and their extensive experience in the crypto domain, the suite of products aims to achieve long-term capital appreciation through strategic investments in Bitcoin and Ethereum futures contracts, coupled with the application of cutting-edge blockchain technologies, according to statements released by 21Shares.
Crucially, Ark Invest has emphasized that these funds will not provide a direct avenue for investors to venture into the realm of digital assets. The firm clarified that neither the funds nor the underlying ETF will directly invest in Bitcoin or other digital assets, nor maintain direct exposure to spot Bitcoin. Ark Invest has advised potential investors seeking direct exposure to the price of Bitcoin to explore alternative investment options outside of these funds.
Ark Invest’s Financial Maneuvers
Notably, Ark Invest has been making significant moves in the financial market recently. The company recently made a substantial investment in Robinhood [HOOD], a prominent U.S.-based financial services company. This strategic acquisition followed Robinhood’s announcement of its plans to expand its operations in Europe. Additionally, Ark Invest has streamlined its portfolio by divesting substantial holdings, selling over 42,000 shares of Coinbase and 100,000 shares of Grayscale Bitcoin Trust.
These divestitures amounted to nearly $6 million, marking a strategic reshuffling of the company’s investments. As Ark Invest continues to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of digital assets and blockchain technology, its partnership with 21Shares and the introduction of these innovative ETF products signal a forward-thinking approach to investment opportunities in the digital age.