Elon Musk vs. Index Funds: Who Owns Extra Tesla Inventory?


Elon Musk spent a lot of final yr promoting off Tesla inventory, although he stays the corporate’s largest particular person stakeholder. Nevertheless, regardless of a disdain for index funds and passive investing, a few of these companies now make up a big portion of Tesla’s shares.

Musk now owns fewer Tesla shares than the market’s three largest index funds mixed — BlackRock, Vanguard, and State Avenue — as detailed in a latest report from Monetary Occasions. Whereas he’s nonetheless Tesla’s largest particular person shareholder with a 13.02% stake, the three index funds comprise a mixed whole of 13.58% of shares.

Tesla joined the S&P 500 in 2020, and it has since change into part of many index funds which have needed to buy the automaker’s shares on the firm’s weighting in benchmarks. On the time of Tesla’s inclusion into the S&P index alone, almost $2 trillion in index funds that adopted the agency’s holdings had been compelled to buy the automaker’s shares.

Since then this has led to Vanguard, Blackrock, and State Avenue proudly owning 6.85%, 3.6%, and three.13% of Tesla’s inventory, respectively. Vanguard can also be now the second-largest shareholder of Tesla, behind Musk himself.

Musk has been vocal in his assist of lively funding over passive funds previously, and whereas every of the three indexes could be investing in Tesla with their lively funds, most of those stakes are probably made up of passive investments.

“Proper earlier than he died, Jack Bogle (of Vanguard fame) mentioned index/passive funds had been too nice a share of the market, and he actually knew what he was speaking about!” Musk wrote on Twitter final Might. “There ought to be a shift again in direction of lively funding. Passive has gone too far.”

Nonetheless, Tesla’s index fund possession is lower than the typical passive possession of most U.S. firms listed on the inventory market, as Monetary Occasions factors out.

Musk says he doesn’t plan to promote any extra Tesla shares for this yr, with plans to carry off for 18–24 months.

The information comes simply as Moody’s has upgraded Tesla’s issuer ranking to a “Baa3,” signifying that the inventory is established nicely sufficient to be thought of investment-grade.

Previous to this alteration, Moody’s nonetheless had Tesla’s inventory ranked as a speculative “Ba1” ranking, with the agency highlighting the corporate’s spectacular financials within the improve. The S&P International Scores index upgraded Tesla to investment-grade final yr, which means that it’s efficiently assembly its monetary commitments and demonstrates management in its market.

Initially posted on EVANNEX. Written by Peter McGuthrie.

Disclosure: Nothing above is monetary or funding recommendation of any sort. We don’t present monetary or funding recommendation right here on CleanTechnica.


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