ARK Invest Becomes First Public Fund Manager to Invest in Bitcoin

Sep 15, 2015, 13:57 ET from ARK Investment Management

NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ARK Investment Management LLC (ARK), an active manager of thematic exchange-traded funds (ETFs), is pleased to announce that the ARK Web x.0 ETF (NYSEARCA: ARKW) has become the first ETF to invest in bitcoin. ARK has made its investment for ARK Web x.0 ETF through the purchase of publicly traded shares of Grayscale's Bitcoin Investment Trust (OTCQX: GBTC).

ARK believes that bitcoin, a digital currency, could disrupt the $500 billion intermediary payment platform industry which includes credit cards, electronic payments and remittances, and might empower the creation of a new group of companies and industries.  As a burgeoning form of payment, it has received acceptance from major companies such as Dell, Overstock and Expedia.

"We're believers in bitcoin, the currency, and Bitcoin, the technology platform.  We also believe that current prices present an attractive entry point for our investors," said ARK's Founder and Chief Investment Officer Cathie Wood. "Bitcoin is a disruptive innovation and while still in its infancy, interest has been growing rapidly in Silicon Valley, Wall Street and Washington, D.C."

The ARK Web x.0 ETF invests in disruptive companies transforming all sectors of the economy. These changes are accelerating thanks to Internet-enabled mobile and local technological breakthroughs, which are revolutionizing consumer and business behavior.

"We're excited to receive an investment into the Bitcoin Investment Trust from an innovative firm like ARK," said Grayscale Founder Barry Silbert. "ARK, a pioneer in the investment community, is in good company. Recent news has highlighted Goldman Sachs, UBS and Citi for their initiatives in the digital currency space."

ARK Web x.0 ETF is the first ETF on a U.S. exchange to invest in bitcoin.  ARK's investment in publicly traded shares of the Bitcoin Investment Trust (OTCQX: GBTC) will be valued each day at 4:00 PM ET at their then current daily market price.

"Grayscale is a leader in the bitcoin ecosystem, bridging the gap between digital currency and the broader investment community," said ARK's Chief Operations Officer Jane Kanter. "Our investment philosophy is to invest in innovative companies, and we're glad to be making our own innovative mark within the ETF community."

About ARK Investment Management

Headquartered in New York City, ARK Investment Management LLC is a registered investment adviser and privately held investment firm, specializing in thematic investing. The firm is rooted in over thirty years of experience in identifying and investing in disruptive innovations that enable outsized growth as industries transform. Through its open source research process, ARK is able to identify companies that we believe are leading and benefiting from disruptive cross-sector forces and changing how the world works.

More information regarding the ARK funds can be found at www.ark-funds.com.  Cathie Wood can be followed at @CathieDWood and the firm's themes can be tracked at @ARKindu @ARKgenome @ARKwebx0. ARK's corporate Twitter feed can be followed at @ARKInvest.

Media Contact: 
Hod Klein/Ryan Gorman 
212-704-7385
Hod@dukaspr.com / RGorman@dukaspr.com  

About Grayscale Investments

Grayscale is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Digital Currency Group, a company helping to build the foundation of the digital currency and blockchain technology industry.  The trusted authority on digital currency investing, Grayscale provides unparalleled market insight and investment exposure to the developing digital currency asset class. The first in Grayscale's line of investment products, the Bitcoin Investment Trust provides access to the investment opportunity of bitcoin securely and seamlessly. The Bitcoin Investment Trust's shares are the first publicly quoted securities (ticker: GBTC) solely invested in and deriving value from the price of bitcoin.

More information regarding Grayscale can be found at www.grayscale.co.  Grayscale and the firm's first product can be followed at @GrayscaleInvest and @BitcoinTrust, respectively.

Media Contact: 
Michael Sonnenshein 
212-668-3911 
press@grayscale.co 

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ARK WEB X.0 ETF (ARKW) TOP 10 HOLDINGS



As of 09/07/2015



Company

Ticker

Weight(%)

1

ATHENAHEALTH INC

ATHN

6.13

2

NVIDIA CORP

NVDA

5.83

3

LINKEDIN CORP - A

LNKD

5.21

4

AMAZON.COM INC

AMZN

4.29

5

RED HAT INC

RHT

3.88

6

FACEBOOK INC-A

FB

3.87

7

SPLUNK INC

SPLK

3.80

8

NETFLIX INC

NFLX

3.66

9

SALESFORCE.COM INC

CRM

3.54

10

ARM HOLDINGS PLC-SPONS ADR

ARMH

3.23

SOURCE ARK Investment Management



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