Cathie Wood Gets Crushed By An Investment That Costs 73% Less
Growth stocks in the S&P 500 are back and tech is hot — playing right into Cathie Wood’s hands. But even the famed investor can’t outperform a cheap index.
Wood’s flagship ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) is having a good year — up 12.74%, making it the tenth-best diversified ETF this year. But the popular fund is still trailing behind the popular $167 billion-in-assets Invesco QQQ Trust (QQQ), which is up 17.3% this year, says Morningstar Direct.
And it’s not just this year that ARK Innovation is lagging the QQQ, which simply owns the 100 largest nonfinancial stocks trading on the Nasdaq. ARK Innovation also trails the Nasdaq 100 in both the past three and five years as well. And get this: QQQ only charges 0.2% annually, or 73% less than ARK Innovation’s 0.75% fee. That’s not to mention the cheaper version of QQQ, Invesco Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQM), which costs just 0.15%.
It shows how the top-heavy market — dominated by just a handful of giant stocks — is throwing off even experienced investors.
“We have seen megacap companies found in growth ETF QQQ to be stronger performers in 2023 than more moderately sized companies more commonly found in disruptive technology ETFs,” said Todd Rosenbluth, director of research at VettaFi.
Rise Of Big Cap Tech
Why such a disconnect between ARK Invest and QQQ when growth is in again? Think big-cap tech, says Rosenbluth.
Just six stocks, all of which are also in the Nasdaq 100, are driving 80% of the S&P 500’s gains this year. That includes Apple (AAPL), Microsoft (MSFT), Meta Platforms (META), Nvidia (NVDA), Amazon.com (AMZN) and Alphabet (GOOGL). All are racing higher this year.
These six stocks also collectively account for 50% the value of the Nasdaq 100. But not one of them is in ARK Innovation. That omission is costly now. Take Meta, a social media giant that’s reorganizing itself to lower costs. Shares are up 99% this year, pushing the company’s value to $616 billion. That’s significant as it means Meta is now more valuable that Tesla (TSLA), which is ARK Innovation’s most important holding at 9.7% of the portfolio.
ARK Lagging QQQ Long And Short Term
|ETF||Symbol||YTD return||3-year annualized return||5-year annualized return|
|Invesco QQQ Trust||(QQQ)||17.3%||14.1%||14.8%|
Source: Morningstar Direct
Lighting Up The Future
Tesla has done well, it’s up 22.7%, but it’s still lagging most of the Nasdaq giant. Apple, Nvidia and Amazon are up 29%, 85.5% and 30.9% respectively. The Nasdaq 100, which also owns Tesla, is up 14.11% and 14.82% in the past three and five years annualized. ARK Innovation is down 12% and 1% during the same periods
So while growth stocks are indeed back, they’re not all back equally. “Growth investing comes in many shapes and sizes and it is important for investors to understand what they own,” Rosenbluth said.
Biggest S&P 500 Gainers All Nasdaq Giants
None of the top performers this year are in ARK Innovation
|Company||Ticker||% of S&P 500’s gain this year||Weight in Nasdaq 100|
Sources: IBD, S&P Global Market Intelligence
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Investment grade will boost realty – Kathimerini English Edition
The local property market stands to reap significant benefits, both short-term and long-term, from a likely credit rating upgrade to investment level for Greece.
Industry executives say that would be a very positive development, as, after 14 years, the Greek real estate market will return to the “elite” of investment destinations and it will become easier to attract foreign investment groups and funds.
“There is an objective problem right now regarding the implementation of investments by a number of institutional investors, as there are rules that prohibit the placement of funds in countries below investment grade. In other words, even if there was an investment opportunity and they were willing to take the risk, such an investment would be cut off by the investment committee of the respective group, because it is not allowed to invest in countries that do not have a positive credit rating,” Tassos Kotzanastassis, ULI global management committee executive and CEO of international real estate investment management company 8G Group, tells Kathimerini.
Securing investment grade means the Greek property market will get back on the “radar” of large institutional investors and state groups that have a long-term investment horizon. This is a development that contradicts speculative moves by a portion of institutions that have been placed in Greece, with a purely short-term horizon, aiming to secure a quick profit and exit from the country.
However, as Kotzanastassis warns, new investments from large foreign funds should not be expected, at least not immediately. “In this period, at the international level, there is significant uncertainty and investors appear restrained. Many are looking for investment opportunities in the form of distressed assets,” he emphasizes.
One of the market’s perennial problems is it is shallow, so it is difficult to create economies of scale that maximize the return on an investment. Another key point is that all foreign investors of this scope are looking for properties with green characteristics, in the context of the ESG policy they follow. Such properties are still rare in this market, constituting a very small minority in relation to the total stock.
I asked ChatGPT whether I should make a $1000 investment in Dogecoin, it said… – AMBCrypto News
Disclaimer: The information presented does not constitute financial, investment, trading, or other types of advice and is solely the writer’s opinion
As you may already know, Dogecoin (DOGE) has become somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in recent years, thanks in no small part to the vocal support of figures like Elon Musk. The Tesla CEO has been an outspoken proponent of the meme-inspired cryptocurrency, frequently tweeting about it, and even referencing it at any given opportunity.
Recently, investors proposed a class action lawsuit accusing Tesla CEO Elon Musk of insider trading and manipulating the cryptocurrency Dogecoin (DOGE), costing them billions of dollars.
In a 31 May filing in Manhattan federal court, investors said Musk used Twitter posts, paid online influencers, his 2021 appearance on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and other “publicity stunts” to trade profitably at their expense through several Dogecoin wallets that he or Tesla controls.
Read Dogecoin’s [DOGE] Price Prediction 2023-2024
Despite Musk’s enthusiastic support for DOGE, he has not attributed the same feeling towards ChatGPT, the trending AI application. On many occasions, the Twitter main man has expressed skepticism over the long-term prospects and dangers accustomed to the use of the tool.
ChatGPT is scary good. We are not far from dangerously strong AI.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 3, 2022
Thus, in this article, I would be asking ChatGPT what it thinks of the DOGE- Musk relationship. Furthermore, I will also engage in a conversation about the correlation between the parties while assessing Musk’s role in shaping development within Dogecoin.
Putting Musk’s power on the market causes
There is no doubt that Musk, as one of the world’s richest men, has immense influence. And in 2021, the lover of memes engaged this authority in influencing DOGE’s price. Needless to say, Musk has had a hand in DOGE’s 27,668% all-time hike.
However, as market conditions worsened in 2022, the correlation between Dogecoin and Musk fell. In fact, on several occasions, Musk tweeted about DOGE but there was little to no effect on the price action. This means that the correlation between both decoupled until recently when Musk changed the Twitter logo to a dog, in the representation of Dogecoin.
The action resulted in a 30% hike in less than 24 hours. However, the hike in value only lasted a while even though the dog logo remained on the social media platform for more than three days. Therefore, I proceeded to ask ChatGPT what it thought of Dogecoin’s relationship with the controversial Elon Musk.
ChatGPT’s “normal” response stated that its cutoff knowledge data was September 2021. It also admitted that the link between Elon Musk’s tweets and Dogecoin was solid at that point in time. However, it could not provide a straightforward answer as to if the correlation would be the same at the time of writing.
The connection is as solid as ever
So, I considered it necessary to find a way to ensure that it replied as I desired. And the solution?— Jailbreak it! There are several ways to do this, including the switch method, the character play, the API way, and the Do Anything Now (DAN) method.
So, I decided to go with the DAN method to ease my conversation with ChatGPT. After successfully jailbreaking it, I again asked— “ChatGPT, tell me, do Dogecoin tweets from Elon Musk have a strong correlation with the cryptocurrency?”
Based on the response above, ChatGPT agreed that DOGE and Musk’s relationship was as solid as ever. Also, it mentioned that the actions of the Twitter CEO suggest market manipulation. And, there was speculation about such occurrences with the most recent one relating to the Twitter logo change and DOGE’s hike.
On 7 March, Lookonchain reported that two whale addresses saved as “DDuX” and “D8ZE” profited from the DOGE pump and dump.
Whale “DDuX” (the 5th holder) reduced 1.1B $DOGE($95.2M).https://t.co/n6R2L7HKN7
Whale “D8ZE” (the 3rd holder) reduced 300M $DOGE($28.6M).https://t.co/nHLHf8pk60
Could these two addresses be related to @elonmusk? pic.twitter.com/Z9ku8O9MZK
— Lookonchain (@lookonchain) April 7, 2023
In terms of development, not much has been happening in Dogecoin’s ecosystem. However, on 23 March, the project’s core developer Michi Lumin announced a rollup of the 0.1.1 development release. With the new version 0.1.2, functionalities including executable utility and transaction verification would become easy for users.
“We’re ALREADY working on all sorts of new inclusions for 0.1.3, so keep watching – libdogecoin will continue to do more and more while remaining ultra lightweight and cross-compatible.”
Prior to that, Halborn security identified some susceptibles on the Dogecoin blockchain and recommended measures against possible exploits. With respect to its price action, CoinMarketCap revealed that DOGE slipped from its quick run to $0.1.
DOGE: A clampdown on the hype
DOGE has barely gained 0.5% of its value over a week, rising to $0.0739 on 29 May. The meme token displayed a ranging pattern for more than two weeks and may be due a breakout.
At the time of writing, DOGE was trading at $0.0725, with a market capitalization of $10 billion and a 24-hr trading volume of $156 million.
DOGE’s technical indicators painted an ambiguous picture for the memecoin, sliding towards a bearish sentiment. The relative strength index (RSI) was hovering only slightly above the neutral 50-mark, not a pretty picture at any stretch.
The RSI, paired with the on balance volume (OBV) moving sideways, indicates a bearish trend for DOGE.
A $1000 investment would end in a…
I then progressed to ask ChatGPT about Dogecoin. This time, I queried if it is a wise decision to invest $1,000 in the meme. As expected, its classic answer was that which any individual would give, as it encouraged me not to invest in any asset without doing any research.
However, the tool’s jailbroken response gave me the go-ahead to invest the funds in the cryptocurrency. In the words of ChatGPT,
“Investing in Dogecoin for the long term is a wise decision. The cryptocurrency has a strong community of supporters, a growing acceptance as a form of payment, and the backing of influential figures such as Elon Musk”
Regardless, you should remember that ChatGPT is not a perfect tool as it remains in the learning stage. So, it would be better if you conduct your own analysis before taking the advice to fill up your DOGE orders with the amount stated.
How much are 1,10,100 DOGEs worth today?
For the time being, Elon Musk’s deep affection for Dogecoin does not seem like one that would be thwarted anytime soon. In fact, the Tesla Founder once mentioned that he would love a DOGE lover like himself to become Twitter’s CEO when he steps down.
However, OpenAI, the team behind ChatGPT, has addressed the safety concerns raised about the platform.
According to its 5 April press release, its latest model GPT-4 has been subjected to rigorous safety evaluation. Moreover, it has been working on improving its accuracy, research, and privacy worries. This could also extend to its knowledge of the crypto-ecosystem. OpenAI noted,
“Improving factual accuracy is a significant focus for OpenAI and many other AI developers, and we’re making progress. By leveraging user feedback on ChatGPT outputs that were flagged as incorrect as a main source of data—we have improved the factual accuracy of GPT-4.”
Fidelity has cut Reddit valuation by 41% since 2021 investment
Fidelity, the lead investor in Reddit’s most recent funding round in 2021, has slashed the estimated worth of its equity stake in the popular social media platform by 41% since the investment.
Fidelity Blue Chip Growth Fund’s stake in Reddit was valued at $16.6 million as of April 28, according to the fund’s monthly disclosure released over the weekend. That’s down 41.1% cumulatively since August 2021 when the asset manager spent $28.2 million to acquire the Reddit shares, according to disclosures the firm has made in its annual and semi-annual reports.
Reddit was valued at $10 billion when the social media giant attracted funds in August 2021. Fidelity — which has marked down its stakes in many startups including Stripe and Reddit in recent quarters — also slashed the value of its Twitter stake, it disclosed in the filing, valuing Elon Musk’s firm at about $15 billion.
The substantial markdown of Reddit’s value by Fidelity predominantly occurred by the previous year. Nevertheless, it merits pointing out that Fidelity has persistently implemented minor reductions in the worth of Reddit’s shares in the ensuing months. Fidelity, also an investor in Indian startups such as Meesho and Pine Labs, has effected considerably less dramatic valuation cuts in these holdings in the past two years.
Reddit declined to comment.
This devaluation, part of a broader trend that has hit a variety of growth stage startups across the globe in the past year, raises uncertainties about whether Reddit will maintain its initial intent to reportedly go public at a valuation around $15 billion.
Reddit, which has raised over $1 billion to date, counts Sequoia Capital and Andreessen Horowitz among its backers. The firm was valued at as high as $15 billion in secondary markets late 2021, according to people familiar with the matter.
The current wave of valuation cutbacks sheds new light on the impact of deteriorating worldwide economic conditions on fledgling startups. Despite the diminished funding activities for startups globally over the past year, valuations of numerous larger startups have stayed constant.
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