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Cathie Wood’s ARKK hits 5-year low as FTX collapse spurs crypto wreck

The flagship exchange-traded fund of ARK Invest has fallen to its lowest level in five years after cryptoworld’s latest crisis sent risk assets into a tailspin this week.

Ark Innovation (ARKK), the firm’s beleaguered main ETF, sank more than 6.5% to $32.57 on Wednesday, deepening the fund’s loss to nearly 80% from its February 2021 high.

As of Tuesday's close, fund is down about 63% so far in 2022.

The slide came as crypto-related stocks cratered following the rapid collapse of FTX, the digital asset exchange run by billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried.

ARKK holdings Coinbase (COIN) and Block (SQ) fell roughly 10% and 9%, respectively, on Wednesday. Roblox (RBLX), another favorite of Wood dabbling in crypto, tanked 21%.

The famed fund manager has been a staunch cryptocurrency bull, forecasting earlier this year that the Bitcoin (BTC-USD) would top $1 million by 2030. After reports Wednesday afternoon that Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange, backed out of an emergency deal to acquire FTX as it faces potential insolvency. Bitcoin dropped below $16,000 on the news.

MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 7: Michael Saylor (R), Chairman & CEO, MicroStrategy, gestures as he speaks during the Bitcoin 2022 Conference, next to Catherine Wood, chief executive officer and chief investment officer, Ark Invest, at Miami Beach Convention Center on April 7, 2022 in Miami, Florida. The world's largest bitcoin conference runs from April 6-9, expecting over 30,000 people in attendance and over 7 million live stream viewers worldwide. (Photo by Marco Bello/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FLORIDA - APRIL 7: Michael Saylor (R), Chairman & CEO, MicroStrategy speaks during the Bitcoin 2022 Conference next to Catherine Wood, founder and CEO of Ark Invest. (Photo by Marco Bello/Getty Images)

Even as the sudden downfall of FTX and concerns around its partnerships rattled the crypto ecosystem this week, Wood expanded her holdings of Coinbase — the second-largest crypto exchange by volume.

On Tuesday, ARK Invest snapped up more than 420,000 shares of the company, per a transaction report from the firm, after it fell roughly 11% – and before it posted another loss of nearly that magnitude Wednesday following the firm's dip purchase.

Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong asserted Tuesday on Twitter that his company did not have any material exposure to FTX or its subsidiaries.

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In a webcast hosted by ARK earlier this week, Wood also said the reported acquisition of the exchange would boost its remaining competitors — but that was before Binance's backed out of acquiring FTX.

Alexandra Semenova is a reporter for Yahoo Finance. Follow her on Twitter @alexandraandnyc

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