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About The Nasdaq 100 Index Definition Friday, June 27, 3:06 PM ET
A very popular index among technology-focused investors is the Nasdaq 100. The words "tech heavy" often precede the index when written about, because the methodology calls for screening out any financial companies and investment companies, and then ranking the remaining Nasdaq-listed companies by size. The largest 100 then make up the index.
The Nasdaq 100 index saw its inception back on January 31st of the year 1985. Often, investors in the most prominent ETF that tracks the Nasdaq 100 will fondly refer to that ETF as "cubes" or as "The Q's" because the letters in its trading symbol are all Q's. Unlike the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 which include only U.S.-based companies, foreign companies are allowed within the Nasdaq 100.
The financial and investment companies screened out of the Nasdaq 100 are instead placed into the "Nasdaq Financial 100" index.
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