Nasdaq-100 Historical Returns

According to official data at the beginning of Oct 1985, the NDX Index was trading at $115.48, and now the current price of NSX Index is $12,681.4. The index has made more than 14.74% CAGR in the last 36 years which means if you had invested $100 during 1986, you would have a portfolio of more than $14132 by the end of  2021.

In the last 10 years, the Nasdaq 100 Index has generated an absolute return of 702.29% with a CAGR of 21.76%.


Nasdaq Historical Chart

At the beginning of 1986, the index was trading at 132.29, and at the end of 2020, the closing price of the index was 12888.28. The index has made more than 13% CAGR in the last 35 years which means if you had invested $100 during 1986, you would have a portfolio of more than $9700 by the end of June 2021.

Nasdaq-100 Total Returns

Check below the absolute returns of the NASDAQ-100 Index in the last 1 Year, 5 Years, 10 Years (Updated: March 2022)

YearNASDAQ-100 IndexNASDAQ Composite Index
1 Year+27.51%+22.18%
5 Year+252.19%+204.85%
10 Year+702.29%+570.34%
Since Inception*+826.81%+852.28%

Nasdaq Return By Year (1986-2022)

Note: The above data shows the annual percentage change in the NASDAQ-100 index (exclusive of dividends.)

Nasdaq 100 vs S&P 500 Historical Performance

Nasdaq and S&P-500 are popular indices that reflect the performance of the US stock market. In recent years, the tech-heavy index Nasdaq 100 has generated better returns compared to S&P 500 returns.

How to Invest in Nasdaq 100?

Investing in an index fund is one of the best strategies for investors as the majority of mutual funds fail to generate higher returns than the benchmark index. Introduced in 1985, the “NASDAQ-100” is a popular stock market index consisting of the largest non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange.

The Nasdaq-100 has 58.7% weight in Technology Sector and 20.8% weight in Consumer Discretionary Section. Therefore it is a good option for those investors who want to aggressively invest in tech sectors and FAANG stocks (Meta (FB), Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google).

The best way to invest in Nasdaq is to buy Nasdaq-100 ETFs or Index funds, which allow them to invest in one click without any complication.

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