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Experts offer their insights on the U.S. and global markets

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

Opening Market Update

Discussion of possible export restrictions from the Biden administration, along with comments on Taiwan from Trump, may have helped clip markets early.
July 17, 2024

Closing Market Update

Geopolitical worries following Trump's comments and Biden's possible policy changes hit semiconductor stocks, sending the Nasdaq down 2.5% even as yields reached four-month lows.
July 17, 2024

Q2 Surprises and What Could Surprise in Q3

Discover what surprised markets in the second quarter of 2024 and understand the potential drivers of volatility for the third quarter.
July 15, 2024

Weekly Market Outlook

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

Schwab Market Perspective: Connecting the Pieces

Softening inflation supports the potential for a Federal Reserve interest rate cut in coming months, but there are complexities below the surface.
July 12, 2024

Treasury Bond Market Faces Policy Tug-of-War

Central bank monetary policy may soon ease, but government fiscal policies that increase the federal deficit could limit the decline in Treasury yields.
July 11, 2024

Just a Job to Do: Assessing the Labor Market

The labor market continues to normalize and soften, but we think any further weakening might push the Fed to cut rates before the 2% inflation target is reached.
July 8, 2024
On Investing with Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Potential Rate Cuts and the Path to Sustainable Growth (With Joe Brusuelas)

Kathy Jones interviews economist Joe Brusuelas from RSM about the pace of growth in the economy and what keeps him up at night.
July 5, 2024

How Much "Tech" Do You Own?

Owning only the U.S. stock market likely means being overweight Tech. But Tech stocks don't always outperform. Investors may want to look outside the U.S. to be diversified.
July 1, 2024
On Investing with Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Midyear Outlook: The Fed & the U.S. Economy

Kathy Jones and Liz Ann Sonders discuss the broader macroeconomic outlook and potential central bank policy for the second half of the year.
June 28, 2024

Hard to Concentrate: Top-Heavy Market

This year's tale of two markets has underscored resilience at the index level but considerable weakness at the individual member level, leading to massive performance divergences.
June 24, 2024

Election Risk Returns

A top risk for investors, elections may see a shift from centrist to more populist policy that could slow exports, raise inflation, and increase volatility in the global markets.
June 17, 2024

The Fed Holds Rates Steady and Remains Patient

As expected, the Federal Reserve kept its policy rate unchanged at the June meeting, but left the door open to rate cuts later this year if inflation declines.
June 12, 2024

Mid-Year Outlook: Fixed Income

Looking into the second half of the year, we are optimistic that returns will be stronger, but also expect volatility to remain elevated.
June 7, 2024
On Investing with Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Midyear Outlook: Corporate Bonds and Muni Bonds

Collin Martin and Cooper Howard take a look at the state of the corporate bond and muni bond markets halfway through the year.
June 7, 2024

Deficits, Debt and Markets: Myths vs. Realities

Historically, the level of U.S. debt has had no correlation with the performance of the stock or bond markets.
June 6, 2024

2024 Mid-Year Outlook: Global Stocks and Economy

As the global economy builds on its recovery this year, markets may see increased volatility due to divergent central bank policies, geopolitics and election outcomes.
June 3, 2024
On Investing with Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Active Patience: What It's Like to Run an Investment Firm (with Mellody Hobson)

Liz Ann Sonders interviews Mellody Hobson, Co-CEO and President of Ariel Investments, about her views on investing and the business world.
May 31, 2024

Ex-Factor: Housing Holds Some Economic Keys

The housing market looks to be on the road to recovery, but not without significant scarring for a considerable portion of potential homeowners.
May 28, 2024

Emerging Market Contrasts: China and India

The two largest emerging markets have taken very different paths, echoing the divergence in the economic and demographic landscape for these two countries.
May 20, 2024

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