The Nasdaq-100 Index is one of the most widely-followed indexes of primarily technology and biotech stocks. The Nasdaq-100 includes 100 of the largest domestic and international non-financial securities listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market based on market capitalization. The weightings of companies in the index are based on their market capitalizations, with rules capping the influence of the largest components. As of January 8, 2015, the three largest components of the index are Apple (comprising about 13.59% of the index), Microsoft (comprises about 8.33% of the index), and Intel (comprises 3.67% of the index). Google would have been the third largest component if it had not been split into two different equities, Goog and Googl, a split which occurred on August 19, 2014.
The Nasdaq-100 was initiated on January 31, 1985 and, as I have previously discussed, has since become one of the most widely-followed technology indexes during the dot.com bubble.
The chart below (click on the chart for a larger view) illustrates
historical annual returns for the Nasdaq-100 index between the calendar
years 1986 and 2014. The Nasdaq-100 Index does not account for dividend
payouts, but the Nasdaq-100 Total Return Index, which was initiated on
March 4, 1999, does account for dividends. The chart below calculated
based on returns for (a) the Nasdaq-100 Index from January 1, 1986 -
March 3, 1999; and (b) the Nasdaq-100 Total Return Index from March 4,
1999 - December 31, 2014.
As shown below, the Nasdaq-100 recorded a solid year in 2014, rising 19.40%, and has risen some about 272.5% during the calendar years between 2009 and 2013, an annualized return of about 24.5%!
I still believe that the Nasdaq-100 is in the beginning stages of a multi-year secular bull market run as investors reconsider the potential of high tech companies. The Nasdaq-100 returned a total of about 3403.97% between 1986 and 2014, an annualized return of about 13.05%. This greatly outperforms the total return of about 1804.75%, or about 10.70% of the the S&P 500 Index during the same period of time.