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Want to invest in Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, and other US technology companies? Read this blog to find out all about the US tech industry and how you can buy US stocks from India.
November 17, 2021

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“Over the next 10 years, I expect many more industries to be disrupted by software, with new world-beating Silicon Valley companies doing the disruption in more cases than not.” - Marc Andreessen (Entrepreneur & Investor)

The US is the world’s leading centre for innovation and distribution of technology. It is lead by hubs like Silicon Valley and access to funding from leading Venture Capitalists along with government support. 

Technology like computer science, IT, and more recently, Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, etc. have been woven into the fabric of every industry from the early 2000s.  

The importance directly correlates to the allocation of budget for tech specifically across industries like financial services, healthcare, media, and entertainment. It stood at 7-7.5% in 2020 versus 4-5% in 2019.

Both innovation and demand have led to an explosion in the market cap of companies like Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, HP, and others. In this blog, we’ll look at 10 of these big tech companies and stocks. 

15 Best US Technology Sector Stocks In 2021

Company

Ticker

Market Cap 

Stock Price

Apple Inc.

AAPL

$2.079 Trillion

$124.61

Microsoft Corporation

MSFT

$1.88 Trillion

$249.68

Amazon.com, Inc.

AMZN

$1.625 Trillion

$3,223.07

Alphabet Inc.

GOOG

$1.597 Trillion

$2,411.56

Facebook, Inc.

FB

$932.101 Billion

$328.73

NVIDIA Corporation

NVDA

$404.813 Billion

$649.78

PayPal

PYPL

$305.453 Billion

$260.02

Adobe Inc

ADBE

$241.189 Billion

$504.58

Intel Corporation

INTC

$230.651 Billion

$57.12

Oracle Corporation

ORCL

$227.05 Billion

$78.74

Cisco Systems, Inc 

CSCO

$222.931 Billion

$52.90

Salesforce.com, inc

CRM

$219.584 Billion

$238.10

Texas Instruments Inc

TXN

$175.303 Billion

$189.82

QUALCOMM Inc

QCOM

$151.761 Billion

$134.54

International Business Machines Corporation

IBM

$128.435 Billion 

$143.74

Intuit Inc. 

INTU

$119.985 Billion

$439.09

How Big Is The US Technology Industry?

The tech industry contributed 12% or $2.3 trillion to the US GDP in 2019. The sector generated approximately 18.2 million jobs and $1.3 trillion in wages the same year. 

The US tech sector also paid $503 billion in taxes in 2019. Data for 2020 suggests that the total spending on tech across the world was $5.2 trillion of which the US spent the most - approximately 32%. 

The US’ spending on tech is expected to increase by 1% in 2021 as per estimates by IDC. The expenditure is compensated by the revenue and taxes generated by global powerhouses like Apple and Microsoft.

Apple became the world’s first trillion-dollar company in 2018 and continues to rule the roost when it comes to market cap. Microsoft became a trillion-dollar company shortly after in 2019. 

However, Microsoft has a stronger credit rating (AAA) than the US government. Apart from that, there are multiple small and medium-tech companies that constantly add to the GDP of the US.  

Fastest growing tech in the US and the world includes:

  • Cloud computing
  • Internet of Things
  • Cybersecurity
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Augmented Reality
  • Machine Learning

The US consistently ranks in at least the top 5 for emerging tech and favourable policies for innovation. The US is the most innovative economy in the world, a fact that’s useful for tech and healthcare

Psst… you can buy US stocks from India Using Cube

Is The US Technology Sector A Good Investment?

The US has three popular stock indices among others that measure the performance of tech in some way:

  • S&P 500 Information Technology
  • Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index
  • NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector Index

The S&P 500 Information Technology tracks 74 of the best US companies with companies like Apple, Microsoft, Intel, Adobe, etc.  

Here's a snapshot of the S&P 500 Information Technology index's returns over time:

Timeline

Returns

QTD

4.11%

YTD

5.92%

1 Year

41.22%

3 Years

25.65%

5 Years

27.04%

10 Years

19.12%

Source: S&P 500 Global

Dow Jones U.S. Technology Index tracks 159 of the biggest tech companies in the US with companies like Alphabet Class A, Cisco Systems, Facebook, etc. 

Timeline

Returns

QTD

5.74%

YTD

9.20%

1 Year

46.86%

3 Years

27.18%

5 Years

28.02%

10 Years

18.63%

Source: S&P 500 Global

NASDAQ-100 Technology Sector Index tracks shares offered by 100 of the biggest tech companies in the US. 

Timeline

Returns

YTD

6.95%

1 Year

47.84%

3 Years

24.82%

5 Years

29.27%

Source: YCharts

The US tech indices have performed well over the past 10 years. However, there are too many stocks to pick from within each index. A platform like Cube Wealth simplifies this process. 

How To Invest In US Technology Stocks From India?

Broadly speaking, there are two ways to invest in US technology stocks from India. One involves using brokerage apps while the other is through international mutual funds. Here's the flow of investing in US technology stocks using a brokerage app:

1. Download app

2. Complete your KYC

3. Finish LRS formalities

4. Transfer money to brokerage account

5. Invest in US tech stocks

Investing in international mutual funds is relatively easy compared to buying US technology stocks directly. All you have to do is:

1. Download mutual fund app/visit AMC website

2. Complete your KYC

3. Pick an international fund that has US technology stocks

4. Start investing

Investing in stocks on your own can be tricky, especially considering the US is a foreign market. Thus, you must exercise caution before investing your hard earned money into US technology stocks.

If you need help, you can always turn to reliable advisors like RIA Rick Holbrook on Cube. Watch this video to know more about US stock advice on Cube Wealth

Note: All facts & figures mentioned in the tables above have been collated from publicly available sources. Facts & figures are accurate as of 01/06/2021. The companies mentioned in the tables are listed in no particular order and are a reflection of US' most popular technology sector brands at the moment. Cube Wealth does not recommend purchasing stocks based on popularity alone and suggest you consult a Wealth Coach before putting your hard-earned money into any asset.

Priya Bansal
Curious about personal finance and all things money. Can either find me reading a book or dancing to a tune.

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