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Canada economy stats: 24 surprising facts you didn’t know

Canada is widely respected and admired as a nation, and for good reason. It is a parliamentary democracy in which all major parties foster and encourage…



Canada is widely respected and admired as a nation, and for good reason. It is a parliamentary democracy in which all major parties foster and encourage political and economic stability. The ‘true north strong and free’ also boasts prestigious universities, vast natural beauty, a publicly funded healthcare system, cultural diversity, two official languages, and a reputation for peacekeeping and diplomacy.

These factors have contributed to Canada’s global reputation as a safe haven for investors, as the nation is backed by a stable financial system that promotes innovation. As a result, Canada has earned its status as a global economic powerhouse. 

In other words, Canada is much more than maple syrup and hockey. But don’t worry, this list of Canadian economic stats briefly mentions both.

While Canada’s economy has remained resilient for the most part since 2020, it is showing some concerning signs that mirror those of many other countries. In particular, inflation and the housing market are areas of concern.

Below you will find many Canadian economic statistics that every citizen is proud of.

Canada facts and stats – editor’s pick

  • 57.5% of Canada’s population hold an advanced education degree.
  • Canada is home to the world’s third largest oil reserves.
  • The Toronto Stock Exchange is ranked as the 12th largest in the world.
  • The Canadian dollar is the 7th most traded currency in the world.
  • Hockey is an $11 billion industry.

Canada economy stats and facts for 2023

1. Canada ranks as the world’s eighth largest economy

Canada is ranked as the world’s eighth-largest economy based on GDP nominal estimates of $2.24 trillion (IMF) and $1.98 trillion (World Bank). However, adjusting for purchasing power parity, Canada moves lower in the ranking to the fifteenth-largest economy.

2. Canada’s Equalization Program will see $94.6 billion transferred from Ottawa directly to provinces

As part of Canada’s Equalization Program, the federal government will transfer $94.6 billion to provinces and territories in 2023-2024. The purpose of the Equalization Program is to address fiscal disparities among the “have not” provinces and provide an additional cash inflow to help support economic activity and growth.

3. Canada has the highest percentage of its population with a higher education degree among all G7 countries

Canada has the highest proportion of working-age individuals with a college or university degree among all G7 countries, at 57.5%. This educational advantage proved especially beneficial during the early days of the pandemic, as remote work became the norm and educated individuals were better able to weather the economic challenges.

Here is an interesting Canadian economy fact: educated workers boasted higher employment rates and earnings in 2021 compared to 2016.

4. The service sector makes up approximately 70% of Canada’s economy.

Canada’s economy is primarily driven by the services sector, which accounts for 70.5% of the country’s GDP. Additionally, this sector provides around four out of every five jobs in Canada.

5. Canada has the world’s third largest oil reserves

Canada is home to approximately 9.7% of the world’s total oil reserves, which amounts to around 168 billion barrels of oil. This makes Canada the world’s third-largest oil-rich country, after Saudi Arabia (with 297 billion barrels) and Venezuela (with 303 billion barrels).

6. 75% of all exports are destined to the United States

Total goods exported from Canada increased by 22.1% from 2020 levels to reach $777.1 billion, of which 75% were destined for the United States. Naturally, Canada benefits from sharing the world’s longest undefended border with the world’s largest economy.

7. The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) is the 12th largest stock exchange in the world by market capitalization

As of February 16, 2023, the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) had a total market capitalization of approximately C$3.4 trillion ($2.76 trillion), making it the 12th largest exchange in the world. The TSX’s ranking is not far removed from cracking into a top-10 position which is currently held by the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul) with a market capitalization of $2.86 trillion.

8. The TSX index performed roughly in line with the Dow in 2022

In 2022, the S&P/TSX Composite Index experienced a decline of 8.5%, which is comparable to the 8.88% loss in the Dow Jones index. However, the TSX’s performance was notably better than the 19.4% loss in the S&P 500 index and the 33% decline observed in the Nasdaq index.

9. The Canadian dollar declined for the first time since 2018

The Canadian dollar (CAD/USD), known as the loonie, experienced a 6.8% decline in value against the US dollar in 2022, and it currently trades at around $0.74. This marks the first yearly decline since 2018. However, this decline benefited Canadians who invested in US assets.

10. The Canadian dollar is the 7th most traded currency in the world

The Canadian dollar ranks as the seventh most traded currency in the world. As of April 2022, the Canadian dollar accounted for 6.2% of total volume which is up from 5.0% in April 2019. 

11. Canada’s central bank increased interest rates by 1,700% in 2022

Canada’s central bank, the Bank of Canada, implemented seven interest rate hikes in 2022, making its policy rate soar from 0.25% in March 2022 to 4.5% in January 2023. This marks the most aggressive year of hikes in history. You can read additional Invezz coverage on Canada’s central bank rate hikes by clicking this link.

12. Canada’s inflation ranked among the worst of all developed countries

When excluding Russia, Brazil, Argentina, and Turkey, Canada’s inflation rate ranked among the highest in the G20 group of developed and emerging economies in 2022. In fact, Canada’s inflation peaked at 8.1% during the summer months, making it the third-highest inflation rate in the G20. The country’s inflation rate ended 2022 at 6.8%, which is the highest it has been in 40 years.

13. Canada’s economy is ranked as the 14th freest in the world.

Canada is ranked as the 14th freest economy in the world, according to the Fraser Institute’s Economic Freedom of the World report. The index takes into account factors such as the size of government, freedom to trade internationally, and regulations, among others.

14. Canada is a member of the G7, G20, and OECD.

Canada is a member of the Group of Seven (G7) industrialized nations, the Group of Twenty (G20) major economies, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). A seat at the table means Canada has a platform to advocate for its own economic interests and priorities, such as free trade and environmental sustainability

15. Canada has signed on to 15 free trade agreements

Canada has signed 15 free trade agreements with 51 countries, the most notable of which is the Canada-United-States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA), which replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). These FTAs collectively cover 1.5 billion consumers.

16. Canada experienced six recessions since the end of World War 2

Canada is a global economic powerhouse but it is not immune to downturns. Canada has experienced six recessions in recent history. These include the 1957 recession, the 1981-1982 recession, the 1990-1991 recession, the 2001 recession, the Great Recession of 2008-2009, and the COVID-19 recession of 2020.

17. Canada is home to 4.4 million businesses

According to Statistics Canada, Canada was home to 1,336,336 employer businesses and 3,021,567 non-employer businesses that each generated revenue of at least $30,000 at the end of 2022.

18. Canada’s underground economy is estimated at 2.7% of total GDP

In 2021, the underground economy in Canada was valued at $68.5 billion, which represents approximately 2.7% of the country’s GDP. The main driver of this growth was an 18% increase in underground economic activity associated with investments in residential structures.

19. The average hourly wage in Canada rose 4% in 2022

In 2022, the average hourly wage rate in Canada increased by 4% from $30.67 to $31.96. The utilities sector had the highest average hourly wage rate of $47.86, while the accommodation and food services sector had the lowest at $18.50 per hour.

20. 15% of Canadians earn more than $100,000 annually

The average household income in Canada is slightly above $75,000 per year, with 15% of the population earning more than $100,000 annually. To be considered in the top 1% of all earners, a worker would need to earn at least $512,000 per year.

21. Average housing cost was down 18% in January, 2023

As of January 2023, the average home price in Canada had fallen 18% year-over-year to $612,204. Real estate transactions were also down 58% year-over-year to just 20,931, resulting in home sales hitting a new 14-year low to start the year.

22. Housing affordability in Canada has reached its lowest point since the 1980s

According to the National Bank of Canada, a typical home in Canada requires 67.3% of a worker’s salary to service their debt. Invezz’s rough calculation that includes municipal taxes, electricity, and other costs paints a more concerning housing market statistic.

23. Canada accounts for nearly 75% of the world’s maple syrup production

No article on Canadian stats is complete with an obligatory mention of its prized treasure: maple syrup. Canada is the world’s largest producer of maple syrup, accounting for around 71% of global production. In 2020, Canadian maple syrup producers produced a record 13.2 million gallons (49.7 million litres) of syrup. Fun fact: around 3,000 tons of maple syrup worth around $19 million were stolen in 2011 and 2012 as part of the largest heist in Canadian history. 

24. Hockey is an $11 billion industry

What’s more Canadian than maple syrup? Hockey. According to a 2015 study, hockey is an $11 billion industry that plays an important role in small communities. The study shows that more than $1 billion in tourism revenue makes its way into cities and towns with a population of less than 100,000.


Despite facing some challenges in recent years, the Canadian economy has shown resilience and continues to grow. The government’s efforts to promote innovation, investment, and trade have contributed to this growth, as well as the country’s highly skilled workforce and diverse range of industries.

As we move forward, it will be interesting to see how the Canadian economy continues to develop and adapt to changing global circumstances. Nevertheless, with a strong foundation and a commitment to sustainable growth, Canada is well-positioned to face whatever challenges and opportunities lie ahead.

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The Great Silence

The Great Silence

Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via,

The kids are two years behind in education. Inflation still rages. White-collar…



The Great Silence

Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via,

The kids are two years behind in education. Inflation still rages. White-collar jobs are disappearing thanks to the reversal of Fed policy. Household finances are a wreck. The medical industry is in upheaval. Trust in government has never been lower.

Major media too is discredited. Young people are dying at levels never seen. Populations are still on the move from lockdown states to where it is less likely. Surveillance is everywhere, and so is political persecution. Public health is in a disastrous state, with substance abuse and obesity all at new records.

Each one of these, and many more besides, are continued fallout from the pandemic response that began in March 2020. And yet here we are 38 months later and we still don’t have honesty or truth about the experience.

Officials have resigned, politicians have tumbled out of office and lifetime civil servants have departed their posts, but they don’t cite the great disaster as the excuse. There is always some other reason.

This is the period of the great silence. We’ve all noticed it. The stories in the press recounting all the above are conventionally scrupulous about naming the pandemic response much less naming the individuals responsible.

Maybe there is a Freudian explanation: things so obviously terrible and in such recent memory are too painful to mentally process, so we just pretend it didn’t happen. Plenty in power like this solution.

Everyone in a position of influence knows the rules. Don’t talk about the lockdowns. Don’t talk about the mask mandates. Don’t talk about the vaccine mandates that proved useless and damaging and led to millions of professional upheavals.

Don’t talk about the economics of it. Don’t talk about collateral damage. When the topic comes up, just say, “We did the best we could with the knowledge we had,” even if that is an obvious lie.

Above all, don’t seek justice.

Where’s the National Commission?

There is this document intended to be the “Warren Commission” of COVID slapped together by the old gangsters who advocated for lockdowns. It is called Lessons from the Covid War: An Investigative Report.

The authors are people like Michael Callahan (Massachusetts General Hospital), Gary Edson (former deputy national security adviser), Richard Hatchett (Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations), Marc Lipsitch (Harvard University), Carter Mecher (Veterans Affairs), and Rajeev Venkayya (former Gates Foundation and now Aerium Therapeutics).

If you have been following this disaster, you might know at least some of the names. Years before 2020, they were pushing lockdowns as the solution for infectious disease. Some claim credit for having invented pandemic planning. The years 2020–2022 were their experiment.

As it was ongoing, they became media stars, pushing compliance, condemning as disinformation and misinformation anyone who disagreed with them. They were at the heart of the coup d’etat, as engineers or champions of it, that replaced representative democracy with quasi-martial law run by the administrative state.

The first sentence of the report is a complaint:

We were supposed to lay the groundwork for a National COVID Commission. The COVID Crisis Group formed at the beginning of 2021, one year into the pandemic. We thought the U.S. government would soon create or facilitate a commission to study the biggest global crisis so far in the 21st century. It has not.

That is true. There is no National COVID Commission. You know why? Because they could never get away with it, not with legions of experts and passionate citizens who wouldn’t tolerate a coverup.

The public anger is too intense. Lawmakers would be flooded with emails, phone calls and daily expressions of disgust. It would be a disaster. An honest commission would demand answers that the ruling class is not prepared to give. An “official commission” perpetuating a bunch of baloney would be dead on arrival.

This by itself is a huge victory and a tribute to indefatigable critics.

‘We Didn’t Crack Down Hard Enough’

Instead, the “COVID Crisis Group” met with funding from the Rockefeller and Charles Koch foundations and slapped together this report. Despite being celebrated as definitive by The New York Times and The Washington Post, it has mostly had no impact at all.

It is far from obtaining the status of being some kind of canonical assessment. It reads like they were on deadline, fed up, typed lots of words and called it a day.

Of course it is whitewash.

It begins with a bang to denounce the U.S. policy response: “Our institutions did not meet the moment. They did not have adequate practical strategies or capabilities to prevent, to warn, to defend their communities or fight back in a coordinated way, in the United States and globally.”

Mistakes were made, as they say.

Of course the upshot of this kvetching is not to criticize what Justice Neil Gorsuch calls “the greatest intrusions on civil liberties in the peacetime history of this country.” They hardly mention those at all.

Instead they conclude that the U.S. should have surveilled more, locked down sooner (“We believe that on Jan. 28 the U.S. government should have started mobilizing for a possible COVID war”), directed more funds to this agency rather than that and centralized the response so that rogue states like South Dakota and Florida could not evade centralized authoritarian diktats next time.

The authors propose a series of lessons that are anodyne, bloodless and carefully crafted to be more-or-less true but ultimately structured to minimize the sheer radicalism and destructiveness of what they favored and did. The lessons are clichés such as we need “not just goals but road maps,” and next time we need more “situation awareness.”

There is no new information in the book that I could find, unless something is hidden therein that escaped my notice. It’s more interesting for what it does not say. Some words that never appear in the text: Sweden, ivermectin, ventilators, remdesivir and myocarditis.

‘Look, Lockdowns and Mandates Worked!’

Perhaps this gives you a sense of the book and its mission. And on matters of the lockdowns, readers are forced to endure claims such as “all of New England — Massachusetts, the city of Boston, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine — seem to us to have done relatively well, including their ad hoc crisis management setups.”

Oh really! Boston destroyed thousands of small businesses and imposed vaccine passports, closed churches, persecuted people for holding house parties, and imposed travel restrictions. There is a reason why the authors don’t elaborate on such preposterous claims. They are simply unsustainable.

One amusing feature seems to me to be a foreshadowing of what is coming. They throw Anthony Fauci under the bus with sniffy dismissals: “Fauci was vulnerable to some attacks because he tried to cover the waterfront in briefing the press and public, stretching beyond his core expertise—and sometimes it showed.”

Ooooh, burn!

“Trump Was a Comorbidity”

This is very likely the future. At some point, Fauci will be scapegoated for the whole disaster. He will be assigned to take the fall for what is really the failure of the national security arm of the administrative bureaucracy, which in fact took charge of all rule-making from March 13, 2020, onward, along with their intellectual cheerleaders. The public health people were just there to provide cover.

Curious about the political bias of the book? It is summed up in this passing statement: “Trump was a comorbidity.”

Oh how highbrow! How clever! No political bias here!

Maybe this book by the Covid Crisis Group hopes to be the last word. This will never happen. We are only at the beginning of this. As the economic, social, cultural, and political problems mount, it will become impossible to ignore the incredibly obvious.

The masters of lockdowns are influential and well-connected but not even they can invent their own reality.

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Pandemic babies’ developmental milestones: Not as bad as we feared, but not as good as before

Research findings are mostly reassuring for parents — despite the disruptions to nearly every aspect of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, most children…

Scientists and physicians raised concerns early in the pandemic that increased parental stress, COVID infections, reduced interactions with other babies and adults, and changes to health care may affect child development. (Shutterstock)

The COVID-19 pandemic created conditions that threatened children’s healthy development.

Scientists and physicians raised concerns early in the pandemic, pointing out that increased parental stress, COVID infections, reduced interactions with other babies and adults and changes to health care could affect child development. Furthermore, some children could be especially vulnerable to the pandemic circumstances.

With these concerns in mind, we started a longitudinal study of pregnant Canadians to understand how pandemic stressors might influence later child development.

Our initial findings were alarming: the rates of anxiety and depression among pregnant individuals were two to four times higher during the early phase of the pandemic compared to numerous pregnancy studies prior to the pandemic. This worrisome increase in mental health problems was seen worldwide.

Impact on children’s development

To determine how the pandemic might be affecting children’s development, we measured developmental milestones in 3,742 12-month-old infants born during the first 18 months of the pandemic. We then compared these infants to a similar group of 2,898 Canadian infants born between 2015 and 2018.

A pregnant woman and a doctor both wearing face masks in the doctor's office
Rates of anxiety and depression among pregnant individuals were two to four times higher during the early phase of the pandemic compared to numerous pregnancy studies prior to the pandemic. (Shutterstock)

The study evaluated developmental milestones using the Ages and Stages Questionnaire-3. The ASQ-3 is a parent report of child behaviour that can help identify children at risk of developmental delays in five separate domains: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Personal-Social and Problem Solving.

In a study to be published in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, we found that most children born during the pandemic were doing fine, with almost 90 per cent meeting their key developmental milestones in each area. This should be reassuring for parents, caregivers and communities, because it suggests that most children are developing normally despite adverse early circumstances.

However, a slightly higher proportion of children born during the pandemic were at risk of developmental delay in Communication, Gross Motor and Personal-Social domains, compared to children born before the pandemic. Our findings are consistent with prior smaller studies showing only small increases in the risk for poor verbal, motor and cognitive performance among 12-month-old infants born during the pandemic.

A woman smiling and playing with her baby in her lap
Engaging an infant in conversation or song (even a pre-verbal infant) is a powerful way to encourage language learning. (Shutterstock)

The largest effects we observed were in the Communication and Personal-Social domains. Infants born during the pandemic were almost twice as likely to score below cutoffs compared to pre-pandemic infants.

This represents an increase of about one to two additional children in 100 who are at risk, but highlights some potentially concerning effects of the pandemic on early child development. Across Canada, this could result in service demands for 20,000-40,000 additional preschool children.

Although small in absolute terms, these increases have important implications, since already limited resources will need to increase to meet the needs of more children. Certainly, it will be important to continue monitoring infants/children born during the pandemic to determine how long-lasting these effects are.

Reassuringly, early interventions can be highly effective for children who are struggling.

Concerns about child development

A smiling baby crawling towards the camera in the foreground, and a young man smiling in the background
Provide your child with many opportunities for one-on-one interaction with a caring and responsive adult. (Shutterstock)

Parents should be mostly reassured by these findings. Despite the disruptions to nearly every aspect of life during the pandemic, the majority of children continue to show healthy development. Parents with concerns about their child’s development may find these suggestions helpful:

  1. Provide your child with many opportunities for one-on-one interaction with a caring and responsive adult. The Harvard Center on the Developing Child describes the back-and-forth interactions that form the key processes of child development as “serve and return.”

  2. Believe in “ordinary magic.” This is the phrase that child development expert Ann Masten uses to describe how resilience emerges from ordinary, everyday processes and interactions. Children develop resilience when they have access to the right environments, the right relationships and the right chances to be able to safely explore themselves and the world around them.

  3. Talk and sing with your child. Engaging an infant in conversation or song (even a pre-verbal infant) is a powerful way to encourage language learning.

  4. There is a wide range of development that is considered “normal.” It is okay for your child to be at a different stage than other children their age, as long as your child is still showing signs of development.

  5. If you are concerned about your child’s development after some time of monitoring, discuss your concerns with a qualified health professional to determine if further investigation is needed.

Overall, the findings of our study (and others) suggest that the effects of the pandemic on infant development (at least to one year of age) have not been as bad as we feared. However, a greater number of children will likely require further evaluation and support compared to pre-pandemic.

Gerald Giesbrecht receives funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation.

Catherine Lebel receives funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Brain Canada, the Azrieli Foundation, Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation, and the Canada Research Chairs program.

Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen receives funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Brain Canada, Calgary Health Trust, the Alberta Children's Hospital Foundation and the Weston Foundation.

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Nasdaq statistics in 2023

The Nasdaq is the world’s largest electronic stock exchange and second-largest stock exchange globally in terms of market capitalization behind the New…



The Nasdaq is the world’s largest electronic stock exchange and second-largest stock exchange globally in terms of market capitalization behind the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).  It was founded in 1971 and is headquartered in New York City. The Nasdaq stock exchange lists over 3,500 companies, including many of the world’s leading technology companies.

The Nasdaq Composite Index, which is the largest index on the Nasdaq, measures all domestic and international common type stocks. The market-capitalization-weighted index is the second-largest stock market index in the world, after the S&P 500. 

In terms of performance, Nasdaq stocks have often outperformed the broader stock market, with the Nasdaq 100 doing better than the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average in recent years. 

Here is a summary of key Nasdaq stocks statistics for 2023.

Key takeaways

  • More than 3,500 companies are listed on Nasdaq.
  • Nasdaq’s listed companies have a total market capitalization of $25.3 trillion.
  • Over 4.3 billion shares are traded daily on the Nasdaq exchange.
  • Technology stocks make up more than half of companies in the Nasdaq Composite. 
  • The Nasdaq 100 index comprises the largest 100 companies traded on the Nasdaq, with nearly 60% being in the tech sector.

Nasdaq stocks: market summary

1.There are over 3,500 companies listed on Nasdaq

More than 3,500 companies are listed on the NASDAQ stock market. According to this FactSheet by Nasdaq, these companies represent a wide variety of industries, including technology, healthcare, and financial services.

2. The market capitalization of the nasdaq stock market is $25.3 trillion

The total market capitalization of all Nasdaq stocks is $25.3 trillion (as of May 29, 2023). This is the second-largest market capitalization in the stock exchange industry, only behind the NYSE. Compared in terms of growth, the Nasdaq shows a faster pace since January 2018, when it had a market cap of about $11 trillion. The NYSE had a market cap of $23 trillion at the time.

3. Over $200 billion worth of stocks trade on Nasdaq daily

In 2023, an average of over $200 billion worth of stocks were traded on Nasdaq daily, with $290 billion traded on 25 May 2023. 

4. An average of 4.3 billion shares are traded daily on Nasdaq

According to daily market data for Nasdaq, an average of 4.3 billion shares in volume are traded daily on the Nasdaq exchange.

5. There are over 1000 international stocks listed on the Nasdaq

There are a total of 1,000 foreign companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market. These companies represent a wide variety of countries, including China, India, and Japan.

Nasdaq markets and indices stats

6. Nasdaq operates 29 markets, a clearinghouse, and 5 central securities depositories

The Nasdaq’s operations encompass 29 markets for stocks, bonds, derivatives and commodities.  It also operates a clearinghouse and five central securities depositories.

7. Nasdaq’s trading technology is used by over 100 exchanges globally

Nasdaq’s growth as a leading electronic stock exchange has seen its proprietary trading technology deployed by 100 exchanges across 50 countries.

8. Nasdaq trades under the ticker NDAQ and part of the S&P 500 since 2008

The Nasdaq Inc stock trades under the symbol NDAQ on the Nasdaq exchange. The company has also been a component of the S&P 500 Index since 2008.

9. The Nasdaq has two major indexes

Nasdaq has two major indexes that track the performance of Nasdaq stocks daily. There’s the Nasdaq Composite and the Nasdaq 100. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite tracks most securities on the Nasdaq exchange (except for mutual funds, preferred stocks, and derivatives).  

10. More than half of Nasdaq Composite stocks are tech companies

Tech stocks account for 52% of the total market weight of Nasdaq Composite, with 457 tech companies currently making up the index. Consumer Discretionary is next with about 18% and 450 stocks while healthcare is the third largest with 9% and 1,078 companies.

11. About 6 out of 10 companies in Nasdaq 100 are tech stocks

Nearly 60%, or approximately six out of every 10 of the companies that make up the Nasdaq 100 are in the technology sector.  

12. Apple is the top stock by market capitalization in the Nasdaq Composite

The top 3 components on the Nasdaq Composite are Apple, Microsoft and Amazon with 13.2%, 10.87% and 5.36% respectively. Nvidia, Tesla, Alphabet and Meta Platforms are in the top 10. Apple has a market capitalization of $2.76 trillion. 

Nasdaq IPOs and ETFs

13. A total of 156 IPOs went live on Nasdaq in 2022

There were a total of 156 IPOs on the NASDAQ stock market in 2022. According to market details the exchange’s website, there were also 29 exchange transfers.

14. IPOs on Nasdaq raised $2.1 billion in Q1, 2023

IPOs statistics show the Nasdaq attracted $2.1 billion in new listings in the first quarter of 2023, making the stock exchange the fourth largest in Q1.

15. The Nasdaq also lists more than 2,300 ETFs

There are a total of 2,300 etf listings on the Nasdaq stock market. These etfs track a wide variety of asset classes, including stocks, bonds, and commodities.

Nasdaq stocks: performance, key milestones and facts

16. The Nasdaq Composite stocks are 24% up year-to-date

As of May 2023, the Nasdaq Composite has returned over 24%, with gains in the past month nearly at 7%.

17. The Nasdaq Composite’s YTD return is higher than that of the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average

This Nasdaq statistic will surprise investors, but the 24% year-to-date returns for the Nasdaq Composite index are higher than the 9.97% for the S&P 500 and -0.13% for the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

18. Nasdaq-100 ‘s YTD and 1-Year returns are 13% and 32% respectively

Over the past year, the Nasdaq-100 Index has returned roughly 13% after most stocks dipped in 2022 amid economic and geopolitical headwinds headlined by rising inflation and the Russia-Ukraine war. However, the index is 32% up so far (as of May 29, 2023).

19. NVIDIA, Meta and Tesla are the best performing Nasdaq stocks in 2023 so far

Nvidia (NASDAQ:NVDA) is the best performing mega cap on Nasdaq with 172% YTD return so far. It was followed by Meta (NASDAQ:META) and Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), up 110% and 78%, respectively. Nvidia’s stock exploded in May as the company highlighted major revenue gains in coming quarters due to demand for AI-powered chips.

20. Nasdaq-100 Index stocks have added just 101% in five years

Over a 5-year time frame, the Nasdaq-100 Index has yielded a positive return of 101%. The period with the sharpest climb for the index in the last five years was between March 2020 and November 2021.

21. Nasdaq-100 Index’s 10-year return is about 358%

The NASDAQ-100 Index has returned +358.37% over a 10-year period and an impressive +3,088% since May 1995.

22. Nasdaq Composite stocks have returned about 71% in the past five years

Nasdaq statistics over the past five years show that the Nasdaq Composite Index has gained 71% in that period and 285% over the past 10 years. Since 1983 (40 years), the index has gained by over 4,000%. This suggests that investing over extended time frames can come with considerable returns on investments.

23. Nasdaq’s largest point increase: 760.97 points

On October 11, 2022, the Nasdaq Composite witnessed an unprecedented positivity to record a historic surge. The index closed a staggering 760.97 points higher, marking its largest ever single-day points increase.

24. The Nasdaq Composite declined 13.3% in April 2022, its worst monthly performance since October 2008

After notching its all-time high in November 2021, the Nasdaq Composite declined sharply by 23%. This included a 13.3% dip in April 2022 that was the index’s worst monthly return since October 2008. At the time, it had fallen 17.4% as the global financial crisis raged.

25. The largest single-day points decrease for Nasdaq Composite was 970.28 points

The Nasdaq Composite experienced its most substantial single-day points drop on March 16, 2020. Amid the global panic due to the covid-19 pandemic, the index plummeted by 970.28 points.

26. Nasdaq’s highest daily trading volume was over 12 billion trades

January 27, 2021, stands as a historic day for Nasdaq in terms of trading volume. On this day, the total trading volume reached a record-breaking 12,030,107,207 trades.


The Nasdaq stock market is currently one of the most important stock exchanges in the world. It is home to a wide variety of companies, lists thousands of companies and its indexes have outperformed the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average in recent years. 

The strong performance of the Nasdaq stock market is due to a number of factors, including the growth of the technology and healthcare sectors. This sees the Nasdaq Composite Index up over 24% year-to-date.

In terms of investment, the Nasdaq is a popular choice for investors who are looking for exposure to growth stocks and international exposure as it lists over 1000 companies from more than 100 countries.

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