Nasdaq-100 vs a Chanel Bag – Which Makes A Better Investment?

Article by The New Savvy

As an avid investor, I look at branded bags as a luxury. I often hear of women asking if a particular bag is “worth investing in”. Intrigued, I have always been curious whether buying a bag makes financial sense. With the recent astronomical increase in Chanel prices, I thought that it’ll be interesting to compare buying Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).

For the purposes of comparison, let’s take the Chanel Medium Classic Flap and 10 years as our time horizon. Why Chanel? I think Chanel bags are desirable to most, a first big splurge for working women and more ubiquitous than Hermes bags.

What is the Nasdaq-100?

Nasdaq has been creating market-leading indexes for over 50 years. The business started with indexes tracking the world’s most innovative companies listed on Nasdaq, including the Nasdaq Composite, Nasdaq-100, and Nasdaq Biotechnology Indexes.

I chose the Nasdaq-100 index as it:

  • Includes 100 of the largest domestic and international non-financial companies listed on the Nasdaq stock market based on market capitalization.
  • Provides broad sector coverage, such as retail, biotechnology, industrial, technology, health care, and others.

What does this mean? The Nasdaq-100 covers brands that consumers like us are familiar with and love. Brands that we use in our everyday life. For example Starbucks, Apple, Zoom, Tesla, Moderna and more.

Holdings of Nasdaq-100

For the full list, head over to Quotes For NASDAQ-100 Index.

The S&P 100

In comparison, we look at S&P 100 which is a sub-set of the S&P 500. It is designed to measure the performance of large-cap companies in the United States and comprises 100 major blue-chip companies across multiple industry groups. The stocks in the S&P 100 tend to be the largest and most established companies in the S&P 500.

From the graphs below, we note a few differences between the S&P 100 and the Nasdaq-100.

As of 28th February 2022, the S&P 100 has 9.8% of financials in the sector breakdown where financials are not included in the Nasdaq-100.

You can also compare the differences in the holdings for both indexes.

Chanel Bags

Chanel bags need no introduction and for this comparison, I chose the Chanel 2.55 Flap bag, as according to Sotheby’s, it is “arguably the most famous Chanel bag of all time, the 2.55 Flap bag is a timeless icon”.

In 2011, a Chanel Medium Classic will cost you US$3900. It will be interesting to see how the value of the Chanel bag appreciates over the past decade, and when compared to the Nasdaq-100.

Source: Bag Hunter

How have the prices of Chanel changed over the years?

From Bloomberg, “Chanel has raised global prices on some of its classic handbags by almost two-thirds since the end of 2019.

Since November 2019, the price of Chanel’s small classic flap bag in the U.S. has gone up by 60% to $8,200, according to data compiled by Jefferies Group analyst Kathryn Parker. The large version of the handbag known as the 2.55 now costs $9,500 in the U.S. following Chanel’s latest price hike, the brand’s fourth in two years. It cost $7,400 in June, according to Parker.”

Source:Yoogi’s Closet

As you can tell, the Chanel bag prices have indeed appreciated astronomically.

If you have bought a Chanel Medium Classic in 2011 will cost you US$3900. In 2011, it will cost you $7800 on June 25th 2021, after a 14.7% annual price hike. (Pursebob). This is a whopping 200% return, not bad at all, considering most luxury good loses value the moment you buy them.

How has the Nasdaq-100 performed in the past 10 years?

How will the same US$3900 perform if you have invested in the Nasdaq-100 instead, from June 2011 to June 2021?

Source: Google Finance

As you can see, the Nasdaq-100 yielded a 475.48% return in a similar 10 year period. This means that for every $1, you will get back $4.75.

Sure, one can argue that in 2022, the markets have fallen quite drastically. Let’s compare it with today’s prices. (11th March 2022)

Source: Google Finance

The return has dropped to 419.75% if we compare it to March 2022 levels. 55.75% is indeed a big drop. However, your initial US$3900 would still be worth about US$16,370.25 today.

How has the Nasdaq-100 performed in the past 10 years?

In comparison with the S&P 100, if we had invested $1 in 2012, we would have netted 235.51% return for the same period.

Source: Google Finance


Putting funds into a Nasdaq-100 index undoubtedly will give you a bigger monetary return. Of course, this is a simplistic, unemotional look at allocating one’s funds. I understand that we are not factoring in the joy and emotional attachment to rewarding yourself and enjoying the fruits of your labour. A luxury bag is often something one desires and can’t be quantified. This article is by no means trying to preach to make you feel guilty or that you shouldn’t buy any luxury item.

Instead, I hope that the main key takeaway you take from this article is to consider the opportunity costs and other potential investments you can make. Whenever you are buying something, do ask yourself if this is a necessity. If it’s purely a want, do you really need it? What are you sacrificing in return?

After all, delayed gratification, time in the market and being patient can help to reward you further in the long term.

How to Invest in the Nasdaq-100

Investors can check with their local ETF providers if they offer relevant products. If not, here are 2 ETFs available from the U.S. for your reference: QQQ, QQQM

Click to understand more about Nasdaq Global Index

This post was written in collaboration with Nasdaq. The New Savvy is financially compensated for this article. Nonetheless, we strive to maintain our editorial integrity and review all investments and products in an objective and unbiased manner. We are committed to ensuring that the information collected and imparted is accurate and timely.

This is not financial advice and should not be considered one. Past performance is not indicative of future results.


3 Safe Option Strategies to execute today  

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Aenean commodo ligula eget dolor. Aenean massa. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus.

Stock Trading vs Options Trading  

Donec quam felis, ultricies nec, pellentesque eu, pretium quis, sem. Nulla consequat massa quis enim. Donec pede justo, fringilla vel, aliquet nec, vulputate eget, arcu. In enim justo, rhoncus ut, imperdiet a, venenatis vitae, justo.

Grow a Small Options Account Consistently and Confidently  

Trading index options is now made extremely affordable. Learn how you can start trading index options with a small account size through the usage of Credit Spreads.

Top 3 Strategies for Index Options  

Here are the top 3 index options trading strategies that a beginner option trader with a small account size can execute.

How to Trade Index Options 

Which are the popular index option strategies that a beginner option trader can execute? In this hour-long video, we do a detailed step-by-step tutorial on trading the Nasdaq vs. S&P 500 index.


Beginners Guide to Trading Index Options

Index options provide investors broad based exposure to specific sectors and indices with the benefits of diversification while removing single stock risk.

Beginners Guide to Trading Index Options

Index options provide investors broad based exposure to specific sectors and indices with the benefits of diversification while removing single stock risk.

Traders Taking Full Advantage of Multiple Option Expirations

There are strategies that are very attractive based on an option expiring in the next day or two and now those opportunities are available multiple times a week.


Disclaimer: Nasdaq may, from time to time, exercise reasonable discretion as it deems appropriate in order to ensure Index integrity including but not limited to quantitative inclusion criteria. Nasdaq may also, due to special circumstances, if deemed essential, apply discretionary adjustments to ensure and maintain the high quality of the index construction and calculation. Nasdaq does not guarantee that any Index accurately reflects future market performance. Neither Nasdaq, Inc. nor any of its affiliates (collectively “Nasdaq”) makes any recommendation to buy or sell any security or any representation about the financial condition of any company. Investors should undertake their own due diligence and carefully evaluate companies before investing. The information contained herein is provided for informational and educational purposes only, and nothing contained herein should be construed as investment advice, either on behalf of a particular security or an overall investment strategy. ADVICE FROM A SECURITIES PROFESSIONAL IS STRONGLY ADVISED.

©2022 MarketWiseASIA. All Rights Reserved.

Hello world.

This is a sample box, with some sample content in it.