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Successful investing begins with being informed. Read the insights of top Schwab professionals and keep up with the daily flux of the stock market.


Disconnect the Dots: Main Street vs. Wall Street
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 1, 2020
The dominant question we’ve been getting from investors is about the perceived disconnect between what’s happening on Main Street and what’s happening on Wall Street.
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.
Every Picture Tells a Story: “Chartbook” Look at Economy/Market
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
May 18, 2020

On a day that started with good news on an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, with the stock market showing strong early gains, today’s report is more visual and less wordy than normal. Since I know not every reader of these publications follows me on Twitter—where I’m constantly posting charts, tables and data that I find compelling—this report has a sampling of what has recently caught my eye (and some bright spots). It combines economic, monetary and market data (in that order), while also a connecting of the dots between the economy and the stock market.

Schwab Market Perspective: Riding the Liquidity Wave
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Jeffrey Kleintop, Kathy Jones
May 15, 2020
Why did stocks rise over the past month despite grim economic news? The Federal Reserve’s massive liquidity injection is one reason.
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.
High Speed: Bear and Bull Both Running at Full Speed
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
May 4, 2020
Both the bear market and subsequent rally have occurred at warp speed; yet the economic recovery may be disappointing to what the market’s now “priced in.”
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.
Loss, Strain & Butterflies: Earnings Plunging, Stocks Ignoring
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
April 20, 2020
Stocks and earnings don’t always move in tandem; with stocks typically leading earnings … but is the market’s rally too much, too soon?
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.
Box of Letters: What Shape Will the Recession/Recovery Take?
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
April 6, 2020
Labor market data has never looked as ugly, with more hits to come; but many are looking ahead at what an eventual recovery will look like.
Market Volatility

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April 3, 2020
Has the pandemic made you reevaluate your priorities? Consider these steps to get your finances in shape.
Market Volatility

by Schwab Center for Financial Research
April 2, 2020
Are you subject to Required Minimum Distributions (RMDs) from a retirement account? Under the new CARES Act, you can forgo taking RMDs this year.
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 30, 2020
This recession is the result of a shock, not the natural end result of a slow build-up of excesses. This may mean the recession and bear market could be deeper, but also that the duration may be shorter.
Market Commentary

by Schwab Center for Financial Research
March 27, 2020
Schwab experts share their perspectives on how the legislation may affect individuals and markets.
Retirement

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March 26, 2020
If you are close to retiring, beware of the little-known sequence-of-returns risk that could take a huge slice out of your retirement income.
Market Volatility

by Schwab Center for Financial Research
March 18, 2020
How to perform a five-point “systems check” on your plan.
Who Fueled The Fastest Bear Market Ever?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 16, 2020
We all know what is driving the market selloff, COVID-19, but who is doing the selling?
Market Commentary

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.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
February 28, 2020
Will the country’s rising tide of debt affect your portfolio?
Market Volatility

by Schwab Center for Financial Research
February 28, 2020
Selling assets when the market is falling isn’t ideal, but you can still think strategically about how and what you’re selling.

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