Ark's Wood says bitcoin ESG push makes solar much more appealing

May 28, 2021 09:09 AM ET
  • A press toward depending much more on renewable resource for bitcoin mining could make the underperforming solar sector a lot more appealing, celebrity fund manager Cathie Wood said at a cryptocurrency conference Thursday.
Ark's Wood says bitcoin ESG push makes solar much more appealing

The worth of bitcoin, the globe's biggest cryptocurrency, has actually gone down approximately 30% this month due in part to problems that its adverse ecological impacts will discourage firms from embracing it on their balance sheets. Billionaire and also Tesla Inc (TSLA.O) Chief Executive Elon Musk claimed in a May 13 tweet that the electrical automobile manufacturer will certainly no longer approve bitcoin as a type of payment as a result of the "ridiculous" amount of power used to produce it.

Ark Invest CEO Wood claimed in an appearance at Coindesk's Agreement 2021 meeting that bitcoin miners changing to renewable energy sources "will motivate a velocity in the adoption of renewables past which otherwise would certainly have taken the area."

That can make the solar industry more eye-catching, Wood claimed. Ark does not currently invest in solar supplies because it is unclear that the market could be profitable within five years without subsidies, she claimed.

"We have not actually been able to say that in a large method regarding solar, this vibrant may transform that. So I'm in fact quite fired up about it," Wood stated.

Solar stocks are badly underperforming the broad securities market after rallying last year. The Invesco Solar ETF (TAN.P), for example, is down nearly 23% for the year to day, while the benchmark S&P 500 index (. SPX) is up virtually 12%.

Wood, whose Ark Innovation ETF was the best-performing UNITED STATE equity fund in 2020, came to be a household name last year via her outsized bets on supplies that grew during the pandemic such as Zoom Video Clip Communications Inc (ZM.O) and also Tesla.

Yet her performance has actually gone stale considering that the start of the year as worth supplies, which have a tendency to be in cyclical fields of the economy like financials and also power, have actually outperformed.

Wood's flagship fund is down almost 30% from its optimal in early February and also is down slightly more than 10% for the year.

Wood, one of Wall Street's most kept in mind cryptocurrency bulls, has stated that she anticipates bitcoin to at some point get to $500,000. The cryptocurrency traded around $39,500 Thursday.

Ark has actually employed an ether miner on its expert group as part of a broadening focus on cryptocurrencies, Wood claimed on Thursday, while anticipating that depreciation will certainly lift the worth of bitcoin by taxing the money of commodity-dependent arising market nations.

"I would not be shocked if some of these emerging market reserve banks begin building up Bitcoin as well as various other currencies due to the fact that they if they know their currencies are going down ... they will certainly be under attack as books decrease," she claimed.

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