Elon Musk and Cathie Wood knock passive index investing, saying it’s gone too far

Cathie Wood, chief executive officer and chief investment officer, Ark Invest, gestures as she speaks during the Bitcoin 2022 Conference at Miami Beach Convention Center on April 7, 2022 in Miami, Florida.

Elon Musk and Cathie Wood took aim at index funds in a Twitter thread, arguing that passive investments have controlled too big a percentage of the stock market.

The CEO of Tesla responded to a post by venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, who said giant asset managers like BlackRock have outsized voting power in corporate America because of their increasingly popular index funds. Musk agreed with Andreessen, saying passive investing “has gone too far.”

“Decisions are being made on behalf of actual shareholders that are contrary to their interests! Major problem with index/passive funds,” Musk tweeted.

Ark Invest’s Wood joined the conversation Wednesday, saying investors in index funds like the S&P 500 ETF missed out on Tesla’s 400-fold appreciation before it was added to the equity benchmark.

“In my view, history will deem the accelerated shift toward passive funds during the last 20 years as a massive misallocation of capital,” Wood added.