Get Ready for ETF Changes: QQQQ Becomes QQQ Again

One of the most heavily traded ETFs on the market gets its ticker symbol streamlined. QQQQ is the former stock ticker symbol for the Invesco QQQ Trust ETF. It continues to attempt to track the performance of the Nasdaq 100 Index. While the Invesco QQQ Trust has a technology focus, it includes companies from various sectors and industries. It’s easy to confuse the Nasdaq-100 with the Nasdaq Composite Index (IXIC). The full Nasdaq Composite Index includes more than 3,000 symbols.

  • If a company were to become larger than that, Nasdaq would then rebalance the index, keeping the largest holding at 24% and redistributing the excess to the index’s other constituents.
  • Some of the benefits of QQQ include targeted and convenient diversification, the potential for greater returns compared to those offered by less transformative industries and companies, and the greater liquidity offered by an actively traded security.
  • The stocks also need to trade at least 200,000 daily shares, report quarterly and annually, and avoid bankruptcy issues.

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Like inverse and leveraged ETFs, options trading is an advanced strategy that comes with higher risks than average investing. If utilized correctly, options can be great hedging instruments that create time-constrained exposure to the index and ETF. The Invesco QQQ ETF, as opposed to the actual Nasdaq 100 Index, is a marketable security that trades on an exchange. It offers traders a way to invest in the 100 largest non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq.

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Being more heavily-weighted to growth stocks and high-tech sectors, the Nasdaq 100 (and by extension the QQQ ETF, which tracks the index) has outperformed the broader S&P 500 over the past several years. The Invesco QQQ ETF tracks many high-tech sectors, including information technology (IT), communications services, and healthcare. The QQQ is rebalanced quarterly and reconstituted annually to track the Nasdaq 100 index. The ratings reflect historical risk-adjusted performance, and the overall rating is derived from a weighted average of the fund’s 3, 5 and 10 year (Morningstar Rating) metrics. I never understood why PowerShares changed the ticker symbol on the Nasdaq 100 ETF from QQQ to QQQQ while simultaneously making QQQ part of its name back in 2004.

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  • When the fund was moved to the Nasdaq in December 2004, it was assigned the ticker QQQQ because all Nasdaq-listed securities were required to have four-letter symbols.
  • The “A+ Metric Rated ETF” field, available to ETF Database Pro members, shows the ETF in the Large Cap Growth Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field.
  • If utilized correctly, options can be great hedging instruments that create time-constrained exposure to the index and ETF.
  • If you’re looking to short the NDX, there is the ProShares UltraShort ETF (QID), which is an inverse ETF.

The reason for this is that when the Nasdaq-100 Index was created, Microsoft was such a large part of the index that the Nasdaq made the decision to forcibly lower Microsoft’s weighting. Since that time, of course, Apple has grown rapidly and now has a market cap of $309.9 billion, compared with Microsoft’s $212.5 billion. Now, with Nasdaq-listed securities permitted to have three-letter symbols, PowerShares has made the decision to change the ETF’s symbol back to QQQ.

You should consider your risk tolerance and timing strategies before buying these products. QQQ will most likely meet the needs of an average investor seeking NDX exposure, but other products can help advanced traders achieve their goals. But those advantages are offset by sector concentration and volatility. Stocks contained within the index also have significantly high valuation levels and P/E ratios. There are no small-cap stocks in the index to minimize the reliance on large-cap tech stocks. Also,  Apple (AAPL) far and away is the largest holding in PowerShares QQQ, at almost 21% of assets, followed by  Qualcomm (QCOM),  Google (GOOG), and  Microsoft (MSFT).

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The investment seeks investment results that generally correspond to the price and yield performance of the NASDAQ-100 Index®. The composition and weighting of the securities portion of a portfolio deposit are also adjusted to conform to changes in the index. The Invesco QQQ Trust is incredibly tech-forward, with 50.36% of its assets allocated to the technology sector. Consumer cyclicals are the next highest weighted sector, with a 17.99% allocation. In the mean time, the communication services sector balances the main three storehouses, with a 17.79% allocation. Any remaining sectors include under a 10% allocation inside the ETF, with medical services, industrials, and utilities rounding out the best six sectors addressed.

The amount of the fees is disclosed in the prospectus of each ETF. The adjacent table gives investors an individual Realtime Rating for QQQQ on several different metrics, including liquidity, expenses, performance, volatility, dividend, concentration of holdings in addition to an overall rating. The “A+ Metric Rated ETF” field, available to ETF Database Pro members, shows the ETF in the Large Cap Growth Equities with the highest Metric Realtime Rating for each individual field. To view all of this data, sign up for a free 14-day trial for ETF Database Pro. To view information on how the ETF Database Realtime Ratings work, click here.

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Leveraged ETPs (exchange-traded products) typically use derivatives to attempt to multiply the returns of the underlying index each day. They have the propensity to be more volatile and are inherently riskier than their non-leveraged counterparts. Albeit the QQQQ is presently formally the Invesco QQQ Trust, it actually tracks the Nasdaq 100, a stock index listing the 100 biggest Nasdaq companies by market cap. The Nasdaq 100 index includes companies from all sectors, with the exception of financial services. These industries incorporate retail, biotechnology, industrial, technology, medical services, and numerous others.

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As such, the ETF, which trades more than 60 million shares a day, is known most for its exposure to large technology companies, which make up about 64% of assets. Investors also can use QQQ for a big helping of other kinds of large-cap growth stocks as well, including leading consumer discretionary and biotech firms, which make up 16% and 13% of the ETF, respectively. Companies on the Nasdaq-100 have to be listed for at least two years. The exceptions are companies with massive market capitalizations that were added after just one year. The stocks also need to trade at least 200,000 daily shares, report quarterly and annually, and avoid bankruptcy issues.

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Buffer ETFs provide investors with the opportunity to participate in the upside of an asset’s risk while giving investors some level of downside protection during a stated outcome period (typically one year). An upside return cap represents the maximum percentage of return an investor can achieve, and an investor will not participate in any excess returns above the cap. Buffer ETFs may limit an investor’s losses up to an ETF’s stated buffer limit; however, in the event of a decline in the underlying investments in excess of the buffer limit, the investor can experience those losses. Return cap and downside buffer levels for a Buffer ETF are established at the beginning of each outcome period and will likely differ from the prior outcome period. Buffer ETFs invest primarily in FLexible EXchange (“FLEX”) options to employ a structured or defined outcome strategy.

The Nasdaq-100 doesn’t include financial firms, so it doesn’t contain any mortgage or banking securities, even those that are listed on the Nasdaq Composite. If you want to trade Nasdaq’s financial companies, you’ll want to check out the Nasdaq Financial-100 (IXF). QQQ is one of the best choices for active traders who are bullish on large technology companies. It is also one of the most popular Nasdaq-tracking ETFs, although several others also exist. Funds that borrow money to purchase more assets in this way will generally move up more than the market when the market rises and move down farther than the market when the market falls. Bond funds that use leverage have the potential to increase the amount of income that they pay out, but at the cost of larger drops in value during a falling market.

Second, indexes like the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 (and the SPDR ETFs that track them) don’t have the same market-capitalization restrictions that limit a company’s weight in the index. The index is weighted by market capitalization, which means that the more a company is worth, the more of its shares are included in the index. But the Nasdaq-100 uses a modified weighting system, which prevents any single firm from taking over too much of the index.