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Market Commentary

Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 23, 2020

As 2020 draws to a close, economic momentum is fading with infection rates on the rise, governments responding with more lockdowns, and few prospects for any major near-term fiscal stimulus. However, the global economy has the potential to make a full recovery in 2021, rebounding from the -4.4% decline in 2020 with growth of +5.2% in 2021, according to current estimates from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Election 2020

by Liz Ann Sonders
November 16, 2020
Recent positive COVID-19 vaccine may represent a light at the end of the tunnel; but the resurgent virus means we’re still in the darkest part of the tunnel.
Schwab Market Perspective: Vaccine News Improves Outlook
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Jeffrey Kleintop, Kathy Jones
November 13, 2020
Actual third-quarter earnings may be less important than what business leaders say about their expectations.
Election Day to Inauguration Day: a test for global stock markets
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 9, 2020
Stock market performance during the transition period between outgoing and incoming U.S. presidents tends to be more dependent on the economic cycle than the election results.
Still the Same: Fed Keeps Monetary Policy Steady
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
November 5, 2020
The Fed did not add to this week’s uncertainties and kept rates unchanged, while also providing no new information with regard to its balance sheet.
Too Much: Market Succumbed Again to Trifecta of Virus, Fiscal Relief and Election Uncertainty
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
November 2, 2020
Last week ended with the S&P 500 having its worse week since March; amid surging virus cases and election uncertainty. Is the worst over?
“De-globalization” Already Happened And It Didn’t Matter
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 26, 2020
In 2020, politics and the pandemic have led to a lot of speculation that they could bring about an end to the rise of globalization—yet that began over a decade ago.
Mixed Emotions: Sentiment Telling Divergent Stories
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
October 19, 2020
Investor sentiment is telling a mixed story about the market’s ascent since the March low; begging the question, will the skeptics converge with the optimists?
Election Blues: Looking at Election History for Market Guidance
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
October 5, 2020
With investors already on edge regarding election uncertainty, an “October surprise” arrives yet again. Can history provide some guidance on how elections impact markets?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 3, 2020
Let’s take a look at how recent developments may have impacted long-term returns for stock market investors.
Stock Market Reaction to Expiring COVID-19 Programs
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 20, 2020
If not extended or replaced, the fading support for the unemployed raises the risk of weakening economic momentum, turning the V-shaped recovery into a W.
Making Sense Of The Market (And Where We Can’t)
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 6, 2020
In order to help try to make sense of it all, let’s take a look at where the stock market makes sense right now and where it doesn’t.
Pause: Stocks’ June Consolidation Continues
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 29, 2020
Since the recent peak in early June, stocks have been consolidating, driven by rising COVID-19 cases and less “shock and awe” from the Fed.
What A COVID-19 Second Wave Means For Investors
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
June 23, 2020
A second wave of global COVID-19 is getting a lot of media attention, but the appearance of a global second wave of cases is primarily driven by the different timing of first waves across countries—rather than second waves within countries.
2020 Mid-Year Outlook: U.S. Stocks and Economy
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 15, 2020
The divergence between the stock market and economy has characterized the past few months; with a convergence possible in the second half of the year.
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 26, 2020
Cyclicals typically lead the market higher when stocks rebound from a bear market and recession—but not this time.
What’s the Future Payback for the Stimulus?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 11, 2020
It is becoming increasingly clear that the massive global stimulus is being financed by a rise in money, not debt.
Dashboards: Measuring Recovery In Real Time
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 27, 2020
For each of the major countries in Asia and Europe, we will be tracking weekly data on key elements of a recovery to assess its pace and success.
What Can Investors Expect From GDP Reports
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 13, 2020
The most widely used measure of economic activity, gross domestic product (GDP), will soon be released for the first quarter by different countries.
Market Volatility

by Schwab Center for Financial Research
March 12, 2020
Market volatility can make anyone nervous. Here’s what investors should know about dealing with it.

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