European 🌍 alternatives to ARK ETFs

Due to European PRIIPs regulations, buying ARK Invest ETFs is generally not possible from Europe. Instead, you can buy various European alternatives to ARK ETFs.

Alternatively, it is still possible for Europeans to buy all ARK funds (and other U.S. domiciled ETFs) through a U.S. based broker πŸ—½ instead. Should you be interested in this method, please find detailed steps explaining this method here. Another method is to replicate the funds using the Trading 212 pie feature as explained here, though this only works with ARK ETFs, not with other U.S. ETFs.

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When using a 🌍 European broker, one will generally have to rely on alternative ETFsβ€”similar to the ARK onesβ€”should you want to invest in these funds. This blog post aims to provide you with a selection of European alternatives to ARK ETFs. Thus, buying any of these alternative funds will allow you to mimic ARK Invests’ results to some degree.

The alternatives offered in this overview imitate ARK’s holdings as best I could find. Nevertheless, significant differences in holdings are still common. Additionally, liquidity is much lower and total expense πŸ’Έ ratios (TER) can be higher. If you’d prefer buying the real funds, consider buying the real ARK Invest ETFs through a U.S. broker.

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A European alternative to ARKK Innovation

The first ETF we will analyze is also ARK’s most popular one. The actively managed ARKK targets disruptive innovation. Its holdings are innovative companies such as πŸš— Tesla, Square, and Spotify.

Though this ETF has a UCITS variant via Nikko Asset Managementβ€”which would ordinarily allow it to trade in Europeβ€”it’s still largely restricted, because it’s not currently listed on any retail investor platforms. Besides, even on the institutional ones, there’s an additional 5% entry fee plus a 1.61% yearly charge.

Lyxor MSCI Disruptive Technology ESG Filtered (LU2023678282, UNIC, DTEC), an ETF tracking the a disruptive technology index, seems to be the best European alternative. The aim of the index is, according to its own description, achieving high exposure to business activities such as 3D Printing, internet of things, ☁️ cloud computing, fin-tech, digital payments, healthcare innovation, robotics, cyber security, clean energy and smart grids.

Though the index is much more diversified than ARKK (some 200 versus around 50 portfolio components), it tracks companies similar to it. A major difference between the funds is how they’re managed, with ARK taking an active approach. This means ARK πŸ‘† hand-picks, and often changes, its holdings. Lyxor, on the other hand, is simply following an index passively.

Ultimately, the two ETFs behave similarly in the sense that they generally move in the same direction. However, the less diversified approach of ARKK has lead to more volatile behavior andβ€”thus farβ€”better results. πŸ“ˆ

Another alternative that was suggested to me is HAN-GINS Tech Megatrend Equal Weight (IE00BDDRF700, ITEK, T3KE), which performs similarly to Lyxor but is distinct in that it allocates equal weight to it’s holding. This means that the majority of the holdings cannot be made up of only a few large companies. If you like this idea, this might be a good ETF for you.

For a guide on how to directly purchase ARKK instead of a European alternative, click here.

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European alternatives to ARKW Next Gen Internet

The ARKW Next Generation Internet ETF aims to provide exposure to sectors ranging from cloud computing, social media, big data, and AI to πŸ›’ e-commerce and even blockchain related businesses. Unfortunately, a European alternative cannot currently replicate such a wide variety of holdings.

Through my research I’ve found the closest alternative may be a mix of European ETFs, namely:

If you don’t want to buy a mix of funds, read how to buy ARKW directly here.

A European alternative to ARKQ Autonomous Tech & Robotics

Fortunately, the next ETF we will look at is a bit easier to replicate with a European alternative. Though ARKQ is actively managed, and the alternative is not, you could consider the iShares Automation & Robotics (IE00BYZK4552, RBOT, RBTX, 2B76) ETF.

Both ETFs aim to invest in companies contributing to advancements in πŸ€– robotics and automation. Thus far, each one has achieved impressive results as well. Stillβ€”as with the other fundsβ€”ARK has outperformed its iShares counterpart and this could well continue to be the case.

Another very similar option would be L&G ROBO Global Robotics and Automation (IE00BMW3QX54, ROBO, ROBE, ROBG, IROB, ETL8), which sometimes performs a bit better and sometimes a bit worse than iShares.

Should you like ARK’s track record and prefer to buy ARKQ instead, you can find instructions on how to do so from Europe here.

A European alternative to ARKG Genomic Revolution

If you’re looking for exposure to 🧬 gene editing, therapeutics, agricultural biology, and health care innovation, ARKG would make for a great candidate. Unfortunately, finding a European alternative is a tough job.

So far, it seems the best option is to aim for a broader πŸ‘©β€βš•οΈ healthcare innovation ETF. iShares Healthcare Innovation (IE00BYZK4776 HEAL, DRDR, 2B78) seems to have the best results in this area, but it still doesn’t even come close to those of ARKG.

Another similar suggestion that was made to me is L&G Healthcare Breakthrough (IE00BK5BC677, DOCT, DOCG, XMLH). The concept is the same, and so far it seems to perform a little better than iShares. Might be worth considering!

Should you be open to using a U.S. broker instead, here you can read how to buy ARKG directly from Europe.

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A European alternative to ARKF Fintech Innovation

The last on our list of European alternatives to ARK ETFs is a fintech related fund. Perhaps one would expect various European πŸ’³ fintech ETFs to be available. It seems, however, that Invesco KBW Nasdaq Fintech (IE00BYMS5W68, FTEK) is currently our only option.

As the name suggests, it picks its holdings from the Nasdaq only. It follows an index of roughly 50 companies with fintech related activities. ARKF, on the other hand, doesn’t determine its holdings based on exchange. Instead, innovative fintech companies are selected no matter their exchange.

As a result, ARKF has significantly outperformed πŸ’° the Invesco fund. Sadly, this is our only European option, so there’s not much we can do about it. However, it is possible to directly buy ARKF from a U.S. broker instead, as I have detailed here.

A European alternative to ARKX Space Exploration

ARK recently started offering a new ETF focused on πŸ‘½ space exploration. The ETF mainly contains companies in the defense sector and companies involved in innovative technologies such as drones, 3D printing, and AI.

For the latter technologies you’ll be able to find suitable ETFs elsewhere on this page. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the former. Though my goal was to provide European alternatives to ARK ETFs, there currently are no European ETFs covering the aerospace and defense πŸ’£ sector.

In this case, the only options is to buy ARKX directly from a U.S. broker. Here you an find a guide on how to do this as a European.





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Did you buy any of the alternatives provided, or did you choose to buy the real ARK funds instead? Leave a comment and share your own suggestions!

7 comments

  1. Hi, wonderful and very helpful article! May I also suggest HANetf HAN-GINS Tech Megatrend Equal Weight as an alternative to ARKK, L&G Healthcare Breakthrough for ARKG and L&G ROBO Global Robotics and Automation for ARKQ

    1. Hi Themis, thanks a lot for your suggestions. When I find some time I’ll have a look and update the article!

      EDIT: I have now added your suggestions, thank you!

  2. Cool picks! I do think (IS3R) is a way better ARKK clone than (UNIC)

    (IS3R) iShares Edge World Momentum Factor UCITS ETF – USD ACC
    > TSLA, AAPL, NVDA, SQ, ROKU, SHOP, PYPL, TWLO, …

    I’m thinking of starting a separate portfolio with a mix

    25% IS3R
    20% DRDR
    15% UNIC
    15% EMQQ
    10% RBOT
    10% WCLD
    5% BCHS

    1. Thanks for your suggestion, I might add it at some point. πŸ™‚ I like your portfolio too, I also recently discovered EMQQ and might put some of that in my IRA. Only downside is the expense ratio.

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