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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.


US Market Commentary

Closing Market Update

The S&P 500 index dropped for a sixth straight trading day after Israel launched an attack on Iran and reduced rate cut hopes kept investors in a foul mood.
April 19, 2024

Closing Market Update

The S&P 500 index dropped for a sixth straight trading day after Israel launched an attack on Iran and reduced rate cut hopes kept investors in a foul mood.
April 19, 2024

Opening Market Update

Volatility hit a six-month high overnight after Israel responded to Iran's attack with a limited strike, then erased most of the gain. Major indexes traded near the flat line.
April 19, 2024

Weekly Market Outlook

Chief Global Investment Strategist Jeffrey Kleintop’s 90-second take on the markets for the week ahead.
April 15, 2024

Family Affair: A Look at Sector Trends

While major indexes have seemingly been calm this year, there are notable and stealthy sector leadership shifts that have happened under the surface.
April 15, 2024

Schwab Market Perspective: Rolling Recovery?

There are signs that some previous "rolling recessions" are starting to turn into rolling recoveries.
April 12, 2024

Earnings Season May Bring Changes

Earnings growth, a driver of long-term stock market performance, seems to be expanding beyond a handful of U.S. equities, supporting more broad-based market performance.
April 8, 2024

Will Rising Federal Debt Slow Economic Growth?

Over the past 70 years, rising government debt generally has been accompanied by weaker economic activity. But it's not a simple relationship.
March 29, 2024

What Could Turn China Around?

Changes in China's economic policy tend not be communicated prior to implementation. What can we expect from China's stock market in response to any shifts?
March 25, 2024
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Fed Keeps Pace Slow on a Bumpy Road to Lower Rates

The Federal Reserve suggested that interest rates likely will move lower, but perhaps not as quickly as markets had been expecting.
March 20, 2024

Emotional Rescue: Markets, Fed Policy, and Elections

Between adjustments in Fed policy and a coming presidential election, it's going to be an emotional year, but historical data show staying invested is the best course for investors.
March 18, 2024

2024 Elections: What Are the Trade Risks?

Global elections may lean towards nationalist policies that could hinder trade in goods via tariffs, but also boost growth in domestic industries to counter inflationary effects.
March 11, 2024

Is India's Economy on the Rise?

India's prospects are bright, but the country faces significant headwinds. Here's what to know as an investor.
March 8, 2024
On Investing: Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Sector Views: Our Stock Sector Outlook

Kevin Gordon discusses Schwab's analysis of the 11 sectors that make up the S&P 500.
March 8, 2024

The Fed Hesitates and the Markets Wait

Although a strong economy has changed expectations about the timing and magnitude of interest rate cuts, we still see room for the Federal Reserve to cut by three-quarters of a point this year.
March 6, 2024

Beneath the Surface of Market Highs

Investor sentiment and stock market valuations are getting increasingly stretched as indexes trek higher, but solid underlying breadth has been a positive offset for now.
March 4, 2024

Japan's Long Comeback

The second-largest stock market has captured the interest of investors, supported by stronger, more broad-based earnings, and incentivized by Japan's fiscal and monetary policies.
February 26, 2024
On Investing: Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Understanding Corporate Bond Analysis (With Winnie Cisar)

Kathy Jones and Collin Martin speak with Winnie Cisar of CreditSights about how corporate bonds are rated and analyzed.
February 23, 2024

Inflation: Too Hot?

Relatively hot inflation reports might be blips, but they reinforce why the Fed's rate-cutting cycle might be more gradual, which could be a better backdrop for stocks.
February 20, 2024

Simple Indicators in a Complicated World

Market folklore provides an easy, but inaccurate guide for investing in today's interconnected and complex market. Indicators based on economic or market behavior may be preferred.
February 12, 2024

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