I just published a second article about ARK's liquidity issues👇

ARK’s illiquid holdings are problematic because if ARK ever faced outflows, hedge funds could take predatory short positions in ARK’s illiquid holdings and create a performance death spiral.

A review of ARK’s illiquid holdings show that could be happening:
On Twitter jokes about front-running forced selling by ARK have gained traction:

ARK Invest has no chief risk officer on its website. ARK’s chief operating officer is Tom Staudt. According to Mr. Staudt’s LinkedIn, prior to joining ARK, he was the account executive at WILX-TV, a local station for Lansing Michigan.
ARK sends out daily emails with its buying and selling and someone even made an app to track ARK’s trades:

This is problematic because any actions taken by ARK will now work against them. If ARK starts selling a big holding, retail may bail and predatory shorts will pounce. This may cause further declines in whatever security ARK tries to sell.
Worst of all, ARK seems indifferent to its illiquidity risks. For example, last week, ARK initiated a position in Vuzix (VUZI), a $900 million small tech company that is up around 1,000% over the last 12 months.
Just yesterday, ARK’s Genomic Fund (ARKG) bought another 122,000 shares of Surface Oncology (SURF), a $350 million cancer drug company. ARK now owns around 9% of the company.
ARK should be treating the situation as a four-alarm fire. Instead, it is just business as usual.

The next 48 hours will play a big role in determining what happens next. If things don’t change, Cathie’s ARK may sink.

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