This week’s ETF is among the most well known funds in existence. It is the sixth-largest ETF in size and taps into a different but related segment of the domestic market compared to the funds we have discussed so far in this series on the world’s largest ETFs. The PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) focuses on the Nasdaq 100 Index.
The Nasdaq 100 is an index that holds some of the largest-cap companies in the United States, but it restricts its holdings to nonfinancial firms. Traditionally, this focus has resulted in an index that has a heavy weighting in technology, though this bias is less pronounced now than Nasdaq’s historical reputation as a haven for technology companies would indicate. The index has its holdings readjusted annually, allowing for turnover.
The last 12 months have been excellent for QQQ, which rose 19.14% as the Nasdaq performed well. QQQ has risen 2.66% so far in 2015. This fund also offers a dividend yield of 1.37%. It manages $40.1 million in assets and has an expense ratio of 0.20%.
QQQ’s 10 largest holdings comprise 48.01% of its assets. These holdings include such well-known names as Apple Inc. (AAPL), 15.00%; Microsoft Corp. (MSFT), 7.18%; Google Inc. (class C shares) (GOOG), 3.73%; Amazon.com Inc. (AMZN), 3.53%; and Facebook, Inc. (FB), 3.43%. All but one, GILD, of QQQ’s 10 largest holdings are in the technology sector.
If you find the Nasdaq index the most intriguing of the major U.S. indexes, PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQ) is an accessible and easy way to give your portfolio large-cap tech exposure.
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