Long-Term Returns for the Nasdaq 100

In the study we did of SP 500 returns for the last decade, the 20 years and since 1990, (article here), the Nasdaq 100 was omitted, so just out curiosity, and thanks to a comment Michael Santoli of CNBC made late last week when he noted that the years where the Nasdaq 100 or the QQQ’s were up 40% two years in a row, has historically spelled trouble for the market, I thought it was worth a look to draw some return comparison between the SP 500 and the Nasdaq 100 or QQQ’s:

  • 1-yr return: SP 500 +18.34%. QQQ’s +48.46%
  • 2-yr return: SP 500 +55.68%, QQQ’s +106.5% (average annual returns are +24.73% and +43.64%)
  • 3-yr return: SP 500 +48.85%. QQQ’s +106.3% (average annual returns are +14.14% and 20.21%
  • 5-yr return: SP 500 +103%. QQQ’s +193% (average annual returns are +15.20% and +23.97%)
  • Since 2010: SP 500 +322%. QQQ’s +664.7% (average annual returns are +13.98% and +20.30%)
  • Since 2000: SP 500 +284%. QQQ’s +294% (average annual returns are +6.61% and +6.64%)

The left-hand returns are cumulative, while the parentheses returns are “average annual”.

What’s fascinating to me is that looking back 20 years to 1/1/2000, both the SP 500 and the Nasdaq 100 returns are still average, to below average.

In this chart Bespoke confirms our conclusion from the November 27th, 2020 report linked above.

For you stat junkies, in 2018, the SP 500 fell 4.5% after the fed funds rate and China trade war caught up to the SP 500 in the 4th quarter of 2018, so readers should note the difference in the 2-year and 3-year returns, and not the cumulative returns, but the average annual returns.

It doesn’t take much – just a flat year even – to pull down average, annual returns for the benchmarks.

Summary / conclusion: My conclusion is pretty much the same looking at the Nasdaq 100 versus the SP 500: looking at the last 21 years, the long-term returns are slightly below-average, while the most recent 1 – 5 years returns are – well – quite extended. This was the same conclusion from the blog post linked in the first sentence on this post.

Sentiment is very bullish coming into 2021 and that is worrisome.

Thanks for reading.

 

 

 

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