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GLD vs. ARKK: What’s The Difference?

The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) and the ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) are both among the Top 100 ETFs. GLD is a SPDR State Street Global Advisors N/A fund and ARKK is a ARK ETF Trust Mid-Cap Growth fund. So, what’s the difference between GLD and ARKK? And which fund is better?

The expense ratio of GLD is 0.35 percentage points lower than ARKK’s (0.4% vs. 0.75%). GLD also has a lower exposure to the technology sector and a higher standard deviation. Overall, GLD has provided lower returns than ARKK over the past ten years.

In this article, we’ll compare GLD vs. ARKK. We’ll look at holdings and fund composition, as well as at their annual returns and performance. Moreover, I’ll also discuss GLD’s and ARKK’s industry exposure, risk metrics, and portfolio growth and examine how these affect their overall returns.

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Summary

GLDARKK
NameSPDR Gold SharesARK Innovation ETF
CategoryN/AMid-Cap Growth
IssuerSPDR State Street Global AdvisorsARK ETF Trust
AUM59.26B25.52B
Avg. Return5.81%55.45%
Div. Yield0.0%0.0%
Expense Ratio0.4%0.75%

The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) is a N/A fund that is issued by SPDR State Street Global Advisors. It currently has 59.26B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 5.81% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.0% with an expense ratio of 0.4%.

The ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) is a Mid-Cap Growth fund that is issued by ARK ETF Trust. It currently has 25.52B total assets under management and has yielded an average annual return of 55.45% over the past 10 years. The fund has a dividend yield of 0.0% with an expense ratio of 0.75%.

GLD’s dividend yield is 0.00% lower than that of ARKK (0.0% vs. 0.0%). Also, GLD yielded on average 49.64% less per year over the past decade (5.81% vs. 55.45%). The expense ratio of GLD is 0.35 percentage points lower than ARKK’s (0.4% vs. 0.75%).

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Fund Composition

Industry Exposure

GLD vs. ARKK - Industry Exposure

GLDARKK
Technology0.0%30.5%
Industrials0.0%2.11%
Energy0.0%0.0%
Communication Services0.0%25.01%
Utilities0.0%0.0%
Healthcare0.0%29.47%
Consumer Defensive0.0%0.93%
Real Estate0.0%0.51%
Financial Services0.0%0.04%
Consumer Cyclical0.0%11.42%
Basic Materials0.0%0.0%

The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 0.0%. This is followed by Industrials and Energy at 0.0% and 0.0% respectively. Consumer Cyclical (0.0%), Financial Services (0.0%), and Real Estate (0.0%) only make up 0.00% of the fund’s total assets.

GLD’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Consumer Defensive, Healthcare, Utilities, Communication Services, and Energy stocks at 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, 0.0%, and 0.0%.

The ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) has the most exposure to the Technology sector at 30.5%. This is followed by Healthcare and Communication Services at 29.47% and 25.01% respectively. Utilities (0.0%), Energy (0.0%), and Financial Services (0.04%) only make up 0.04% of the fund’s total assets.

ARKK’s mid-section with moderate exposure is comprised of Real Estate, Consumer Defensive, Industrials, Consumer Cyclical, and Communication Services stocks at 0.51%, 0.93%, 2.11%, 11.42%, and 25.01%.

GLD is 30.50% less exposed to the Technology sector than ARKK (0.0% vs 30.5%). GLD’s exposure to Industrials and Energy stocks is 2.11% lower and 0.00% lower respectively (0.0% vs. 2.11% and 0.0% vs. 0.0%). In total, Consumer Cyclical, Financial Services, and Real Estate also make up 11.97% less of the fund’s holdings compared to ARKK (0.00% vs. 11.97%).

Holdings

GLD - Holdings

GLD HoldingsWeight
Gold Trust100.0%
N/A0%
N/A0%
N/A0%
N/A0%
N/A0%
N/A0%
N/A0%
N/A0%
N/A0%

GLD’s Top Holdings are Gold Trust, N/A, N/A, N/A, and N/A at 100.0%, 0%, 0%, 0%, and 0%.

N/A (0%), N/A (0%), and N/A (0%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. N/A and N/A are also represented in the GLD’s holdings at 0% and 0%.

ARKK - Holdings

ARKK HoldingsWeight
Tesla Inc9.56%
Roku Inc Class A6.48%
Teladoc Health Inc5.76%
Square Inc A4.37%
Zoom Video Communications Inc4.36%
Shopify Inc A4.27%
Spotify Technology SA3.68%
Twilio Inc A3.66%
Coinbase Global Inc Ordinary Shares – Class A3.65%
Unity Software Inc Ordinary Shares3.41%

ARKK’s Top Holdings are Tesla Inc, Roku Inc Class A, Teladoc Health Inc, Square Inc A, and Zoom Video Communications Inc at 9.56%, 6.48%, 5.76%, 4.37%, and 4.36%.

Shopify Inc A (4.27%), Spotify Technology SA (3.68%), and Twilio Inc A (3.66%) have a slightly smaller but still significant weight. Coinbase Global Inc Ordinary Shares – Class A and Unity Software Inc Ordinary Shares are also represented in the ARKK’s holdings at 3.65% and 3.41%.

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Risk Analysis

GLDARKK
Mean Return0.210
R-squared16.210
Std. Deviation16.580
Alpha3.910
Beta0.480
Sharpe Ratio0.120
Treynor Ratio1.210

The SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) has a Beta of 0.48 with a Treynor Ratio of 1.21 and a Sharpe Ratio of 0.12. Its Standard Deviation is 16.58 while GLD’s R-squared is 16.21. Furthermore, the fund has a Alpha of 3.91 and a Mean Return of 0.21.

The ARK Innovation ETF (ARKK) has a Treynor Ratio of 0 with a Sharpe Ratio of 0 and a Alpha of 0. Its Standard Deviation is 0 while ARKK’s Mean Return is 0. Furthermore, the fund has a R-squared of 0 and a Beta of 0.

GLD’s Mean Return is 0.21 points higher than that of ARKK and its R-squared is 16.21 points higher. With a Standard Deviation of 16.58, GLD is slightly more volatile than ARKK. The Alpha and Beta of GLD are 3.91 points higher and 0.48 points higher than ARKK’s Alpha and Beta.

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Performance

Annual Returns

GLD vs. ARKK - Annual Returns

YearGLDARKK
202023.68%152.52%
201918.36%35.73%
2018-1.54%3.58%
201711.41%87.38%
20168.69%-1.96%
2015-11.78%3.76%
2014-0.58%0.0%
2013-28.09%0.0%
20125.26%0.0%
201111.2%0.0%
201027.25%0.0%

GLD had its best year in 2010 with an annual return of 27.25%. GLD’s worst year over the past decade yielded -28.09% and occurred in 2013. In most years the SPDR Gold Shares provided moderate returns such as in 2012, 2016, and 2011 where annual returns amounted to 5.26%, 8.69%, and 11.2% respectively.

The year 2020 was the strongest year for ARKK, returning 152.52% on an annual basis. The poorest year for ARKK in the last ten years was 2016, with a yield of -1.96%. Most years the ARK Innovation ETF has given investors modest returns, such as in 2011, 2010, and 2018, when gains were 0.0%, 0.0%, and 3.58% respectively.

Portfolio Growth

GLD vs. ARKK - Portfolio Growth

FundInitial BalanceFinal BalanceCAGR
GLD$10,000$17,4535.81%
ARKK$10,000$65,21855.45%

A $10,000 investment in GLD would have resulted in a final balance of $17,453. This is a profit of $7,453 over 5 years and amounts to a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.81%.

With a $10,000 investment in ARKK, the end total would have been $65,218. This equates to a $55,218 profit over 5 years and a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 55.45%.

GLD’s CAGR is 49.64 percentage points lower than that of ARKK and as a result, would have yielded $47,765 less on a $10,000 investment. Thus, GLD performed worse than ARKK by 49.64% annually.


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