NASDAQ 100 index (NDX) is an index composed of the 100 largest non-financial companies quoted on the NASDAQ stock market according to their market capitalisation. It was established in 1985 as a weighted market capitalisation index with constituents coming from different industries. The tech industry is one of the most dominant ones. It is represented by well-known names such as Amazon, Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet. There is a balanced inclusion of large-cap companies coming from other sectors such as consumer goods, consumer services, healthcare, industrials and telecommunications.
Companies from the technology industry have the highest weight in the US Tech 100 index, with 56.41 per cent, while companies from the consumer services industry take the second largest weight with 24.9 per cent. In contrast, the telecommunications industry has the lowest participation, with a weight of 0.78 per cent. It means that US Tech 100 index can be used to see the overall health of the tech industry and other areas without the influence of the financial companies.
Financial reports, earnings level, new products and other company-related announcements and events can largely affect the NASDAQ 100 value. It is also positively or negatively affected by fundamental factors such as interest rates, overall monetary policy (especially in the US), as well as changes in other economic indicators and the level of economic activity.
Despite the numerous factors, the NASDAQ 100 has been in an uptrend during the last 5 years, except for the more expressed pullback from October until December 2018. During this period, there was a more significant decrease in the index price from 7,700 down to 5,900 after which the price bounced back and continued the upward trend.
During the five years since 2016, the NASDAQ 100 index recorded the lowest value of 3,945 in February 2016, whereas it achieved a 5-year peak at 9,680 in the middle of February 2020. However, the downturn in economic activity caused by the coronavirus lockdown resulted in more than 25 per cent decrease in value within a month. The value managed to bounce back and recover 2,000 points in the following couple of weeks.
Overall, when you look at the price chart, you can see that the index shows a tendency to move in a steady upward trend since its inception in 1985.
NASDAQ 100 trading can be executed through different types of instruments and via a variety of financial companies such as brokers and investment funds. You can trade NASDAQ 100 with futures and options, investments funds or tokenised assets.
While the derivative instruments such as futures and options might provide certain benefits, they do come with some significant limitations. For instance, even though they are commonly traded in larger amounts, you will not be able to partly close your position before delivery date. Accordingly, your liquidity may be put at risk and also the futures may become worthless depending on the price movements of the underlying assets until the expiration period. So, futures are generally used by professional traders and investors who want to hedge their positions in the market.
Options can also be a practical trading instrument, but you may pay higher spread when you trade NASDAQ 100. Besides, don’t forget about the commission to the seller for each option irrespective of whether we decide to exercise the option or not. Trading costs issues can be found with mutual funds and Exchange-traded funds and you need to pay attention to the expense ratio. Additionally, you should be able to understand the operations behind different types of funds before you make your decision to trade.
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