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ABSTRACT. Technology stocks can be quite volatile as innovation creates new opportunities, however many technology companies may not provide a dividends that makes them harder to value. Fund managers try to outperform technology indexes, but the majority are unable to outperform them. So, investors have started looking at passive indexation methods like fundamental, equal weight, risk based and risk-weighted alpha indexation. This paper develops a new equity indexation method called the Alternate Equity indexation (AEI) method that intends to provide a higher return than the underlying index by reducing underlying index volatility. The NASDAQ index is taken as an example of a technology index in this paper. Results show that the index developed using AEI method outperformed the NASDAQ index by 5 times during the period from 2nd January 2003 to 31st December 2012. pp. 41–51
JEL codes: H54; R53

Keywords: Alternate Equity indexation (AEI); NASDAQ index; technology stock

How to cite: Agarwal, Nipun (2016), “Alternate Equity Indexation for Technology Stocks: An Application to the NASDAQ Index,” Economics, Management, and Financial Markets 11(1): 41–51.

Received 9 March 2015 • Received in revised form 31 March 2015
Accepted 1 April 2015 • Available online 25 January 2016

NIPUN AGARWAL
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University of New England
OMAR AL FAROOQUE
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University of New England

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