Cathie Wood isn’t afraid to make bold predictions.
Back in early 2018, the owner of Ark Invest said Tesla shares would go from $300 to $4,000 within five years — a potential upside of around 1,200%.
Yet Tesla hit the target early. This January, Tesla shares surged past the $800 mark, or $4,000 on a split-adjusted basis.- ADVERTISEMENT -https://s.yimg.com/rq/darla/4-6-0/html/r-sf-flx.html
Pretty astounding, but Tesla may not be Wood’s most bullish call at the moment. Last month, she told CNBC that the price of Bitcoin could soar to half a million dollars in five years.
“If we’re right and companies continue to diversify their cash into something like Bitcoin, and institutional investors start allocating 5% of their funds in Bitcoin […] we believe the price will be ten-fold what it is today. Instead of $45,000, over $500,000,” she said.
Bitcoin is already moving in that direction; the cryptocurrency trades at around $62,000 at the time of this writing.
Here are a couple ways to play the crypto boom, even if you’re just dabbling with some of your “spare change.”
Wood herself is offering a new way to invest in cryptocurrency. In September, Ark Next Generation Internet ETF tweaked its prospectus to include exposure to Bitcoin via Canadian ETFs.
The first bitcoin ETF on the New York Stock Exchange just started trading last week, but Canada has been ahead of the U.S. for a while. Several Bitcoin ETFs launched in Canada this year, including Purpose Bitcoin ETF, 3iQ CoinShares Bitcoin ETF, CI Galaxy Bitcoin ETF and Evolve Bitcoin ETF.
In the U.S., the debut of the ProShare Bitcoin Strategy ETF was arguably a major catalyst behind Bitcoin’s latest rally. The fund holds bitcoin futures contracts that trade on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.
Investors who want exposure to the crypto market can invest in these ETFs, but you can also buy Bitcoin directly. Some investing apps allow you to buy both cryptocurrencies and ETFs commission-free.
Companies that have tied themselves to the crypto market provide another way for investors to benefit from the crypto rally.
For instance, enterprise software company MicroStrategy purchased 9,000 bitcoins in Q3. That brings its total bitcoin count to 114,042, a stockpile worth roughly $7 billion.
Because of MicroStrategy’s huge Bitcoin stake, some investors have used it as a proxy for investing in the cryptocurrency. In the past, rallies in Bitcoin usually led to similar moves in MicroStrategy’s share price.
Then there’s Riot Blockchain, which mines Bitcoin and hosts Bitcoin mining equipment for institutional clients. Thanks to soaring Bitcoin prices, Riot shares have returned a staggering 577% over the past 12 months.
Investors can also check out Coinbase, which runs the largest cryptocurrency exchange in the U.S. The company’s share price fell below its IPO price of $250 during the summer, but the recent pop in cryptocurrencies has brought it back to over $300.
And while crypto stocks can be pricey, you can get a piece of these companies using a popular app that allows you to buy fractions of shares with as much money as you’re willing to spend.
A ‘finer’ alternative?
At the end of the day, cryptocurrencies are volatile. Not everyone feels comfortable holding an asset that seems to make wild swings every week.
If you want to invest in something that has little correlation with the ups and downs of the stock market and the crypto market, you might want to consider an overlooked asset: fine art.
Contemporary artwork has already outperformed the S&P 500 by a commanding 174% over the past 25 years, according to the Citi Global Art Market chart.
Investing in art by the likes of Banksy and Andy Warhol used to be an option only for the ultra-rich, like Wood. But with a new investing platform, you can invest in iconic artworks, too, just like Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates do.