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There are a number of ways you can invest in the Nasdaq from Canada. These days many stock-trading platforms and brokers offer access to US stock markets. You can buy individual stocks that are listed on the Nasdaq, or invest in index funds that track the performance of the Nasdaq stock market, for example.
|ETF Name||Stock Code||Go to site|
|First Trust Nasdaq-100 Equal Weighted Index Fund||QQEW||Buy on Interactive Brokers|
|Invesco DWA Nasdaq Momentum ETF||DWQA||Buy on Interactive Brokers|
|PowerShares QQQ||QQQ||Buy on Interactive Brokers|
|ProShares Equities for Rising Rates ETF||EQRR||Buy on Interactive Brokers|
|Fidelity Nasdaq Composite Index Tracking Stock ETF||ONEQ||Buy on Interactive Brokers|
That depends on how it performs. As with all investing, there is risk. The Nasdaq and the US in general have been the powerhouse of global growth for many years.
On Monday May 9, the Nasdaq dropped more than 4% as investors grow more concerned with inflation and sell off mega-cap growth shares by the masses. Apple shares made the biggest impact after their shares dropped by 3.3%.
The Nasdaq is the world’s second largest stock exchange by market capitalization after the New York Stock Exchange. It’s the home of some of the most globally renowned companies and the growth of the whole index reflects that. It is also incredibly tech-heavy with big tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Meta and more trading on the exchange.
Canadian investors looking to expand their portfolio will be able to trade over 3,300 stocks on the Nasdaq.
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Some brokers or trading platforms will charge you a commission on every trade, while others may only charge you an FX fee when you initially deposit CAD, then charge no commission on trades.
It’s important that you understand the fee structure of each platform before using it to trade. Certain brokers or platforms will suit different types of investors, but may prove to be expensive if you’re only investing small amounts.
Below is a breakdown of the basic fees you’ll pay when making a single Nasdaq trade using each broker:
If you want to invest in the Nasdaq but don’t want to buy Nasdaq stock directly, you have other options. You can buy an exchange-traded fund that tracks the performance of the entire Nasdaq index, as well as indices like the S&P 500 or Dow Jones Industrial Average.
There are over 3,300 stocks available on the Nasdaq, including many of the largest companies in the world by market capitalization.
Popular Nasdaq stocks include:
The Nasdaq Composite (IXIC) is a stock market index that tracks the common stocks and securities on the Nasdaq. The Nasdaq-100 is an index that tracks a subset of the top 100 non-financial stocks on the Nasdaq. You can invest in these indices by buying an ETF that specifically tracks the performance of the stocks in the index.
The Nasdaq is open during regular US market hours, which are between Monday and Friday from 9:30am to 4pm (Eastern Time).
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