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Earnings estimates are rebounding: what it means for stocks
by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 25, 2016

Analysts’ improving outlook for corporate earnings has tracked the trend of better than-expected economic data, helping to support stocks in the face of negative geopolitical events.

Schwab Market Perspective: New Records…Same Skepticism
by Liz Ann Sonders, Brad Sorensen and Jeffrey Kleintop
July 22, 2016

Stock indexes finally broke through to new highs, but investor skepticism remains high…which side is right?

19th Nervous Breakout: Stocks Finally Reach New Highs
by Liz Ann Sonders
July 18, 2016

After treading water for over two years, U.S. stocks finally broke out to new highs amidst improving economic data and subdued investor sentiment.

Three Reasons Why Now is Not the Time to Retreat from Global Diversification
by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 11, 2016

The Brexit is another in a series of political, economic and financial shocks coming from outside the United States. So is it time for long-term investors to retreat from global diversification to the perceived relative safety of the U.S. stock market?

Dazed and Confused: Brexit Contributes to Volatile Times
by Liz Ann Sonders
July 05, 2016

Our outlook for the second half of this year remains clouded by global growth, monetary policy, and now Brexit risks, but sentiment provides some hope.

After the Brexit Vote: What Lies Ahead for Markets?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
June 27, 2016

U.K. voters' decision to exit the European Union has rocked global markets. What will "Brexit" mean for investors going forward?

Beast of Burden (No More): Households Choosing Savings Over Debt
by Liz Ann Sonders
June 20, 2016

Government debt remains an intractable burden; but household deleveraging is well underway.  However, households much prefer savings over debt.

Are the Glory Days of Job Growth Over?
by Liz Ann Sonders
June 06, 2016

After the dismal May jobs report, questions abound as to what it says about the trajectory of the economy and near-term Fed policy.

Five ways investors can make the most of slower growth
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 31, 2016

Making the most out of a slower growth environment may help define investment success in the coming years leading investors to find bright spots among mega-caps and emerging market stocks.

Sympathy for the Devil in the Details of Wage Growth
by Liz Ann Sonders
May 23, 2016

Employment has undeniably improved, but wage growth has been notably subdued in this cycle … or has it?

Japan: Another Recession Coming?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 16, 2016

Japan’s economy is struggling and may be set to disappoint economists’ expectations for a sharp rebound in economic growth this year.

Eight Years Later: Europe’s Economy is Back and its Stocks are Leading Global Markets
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 02, 2016

Europe’s improving economy pushed back above its prior peak eight years ago and has been helping lift European stocks above those of other developed markets.

Earnings Season for Investors: It’s a Marathon, Not a Sprint
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 18, 2016

The Boston Marathon offers investors an important lesson in behavioral biases for investors to keep in mind this earnings season as companies may lower their outlook for profits.

Recession: Your Time is Gonna Come … But Not Yet
by Liz Ann Sonders
April 11, 2016

Two events recently triggered renewed recession concerns; but we side with the four living Fed chairs in believing the risk is exaggerated (by some).

What do the stock market trends in the first quarter mean for Q2 and beyond?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 04, 2016

Stocks’ wild ride and dominant themes in the first quarter hold key messages for investors about the second quarter and beyond.

Risks to the Rally: What Could End the Stock Market Rebound?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 21, 2016

Since the start of November the global stock market has been retracing the pattern seen in the second half of last year. We see three risks to the rally, but also see reasons to believe it is not over yet.

Trust but Verify: Five Independent Indicators of China’s Economy
by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 07, 2016

Some data coming out of China could be considered questionable. Learn where to look for a more accurate picture.

Good Times Bad Times…and Lots in Between
by Liz Ann Sonders
February 29, 2016

Peel back the curtains of pessimism and apocalyptic scenarios and find your inner optimist—it will probably serve you well in the long-term.

Brexit: 5 Things Investors Need to Know
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 22, 2016

Britain will hold a referendum on June 23 to decide whether to remain in the EU or to “Brexit”. Investors can expect more volatility in the markets as the effects on the U.K. and Eurozone economy are considered.

Market Volatility: What Investors Should Know
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
February 11, 2016

Market volatility can make anyone nervous. Here's what investors should know now.

Negative Interest Rate Policy Adds Up To Less than Zero for Investors
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 08, 2016

While central banks’ QE programs lifted stock prices in recent years, the latest shift by central banks to negative interest rate policy seems to be weighing on stocks and may be working against their intentions of promoting economic growth.

Central Banks to the Rescue?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 25, 2016

Rather than rescuing investors, comments from central bankers are more likely to create volatility in the markets until the global economic path is clearer.

Geopolitical risks in 2016: Is your portfolio prepared?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 11, 2016

There are three basic guidelines for investors when it comes to assessing the investment implications of geopolitical events.

How Rate Hikes Impact International Stock Markets
by Jeffrey Kleintop
December 21, 2015

The central banks of 20 nations raised interest rates in 2015, but not all countries are as well–positioned as the U.S. to handle the impact of rate hikes.

Decoding Devaluations: What Do Currency Moves Mean for Your Money?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
December 07, 2015

Find out more on how currency devaluations could impact your investment portfolio.

Devil Inside, Redux: Another Look at the Variety of U.S. Market Valuation Metrics
by Liz Ann Sonders
November 30, 2015

Looking again at some popular valuation metrics, it’s a mixed bag … with mixed messages, suggesting as always that valuation is in the eye of the beholder.

India Becomes World’s Fastest Growing Economy: What Investors Need to Know
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 23, 2015

India has taken the title of the world’s fastest growing economy from China. Despite obvious similarities, the differences between these two economies mean the new leadership holds unique impacts for the global economy and markets.

What are earnings reports telling us about the global economy?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 09, 2015

Find out what company earnings reports are telling us about the global economy.

Bargain Hunters Beware: Is the Rally for Real?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 26, 2015

Investors shouldn’t mistake the double-digit rebounds seen in some emerging markets this month as an all-clear sign to snap up bargains.

European Refugee Crisis: Five Takeaways for Investors
by Jeffrey Kleintop
September 28, 2015

As thousands of people continue to cross into Europe each day, there are economic and political implications for investors to consider beyond the tragic human suffering.

Which Central Banks are Hiking Rates and What Does it Mean for Markets?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
September 14, 2015

The United States isn’t the only nation with a central bank likely to be raising rates in the coming months with implications for global stock market performance. 

How to Invest for Changing Global Growth
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 31, 2015

Questions about global growth abound; but fears may be overblown and investors could benefit.

Panic Is Not a Strategy—Nor Is Greed
by Liz Ann Sonders
August 24, 2015

In a world where time horizons have shrunk precipitously, think longer term.

Q2 Earnings Season: Comforting or Concerning?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 03, 2015

What is the global earning picture telling us?

5 Things You May Have Missed While You Were Greeking Out
by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 06, 2015

Five developments unrelated to the situation in Greece may be at least as important to the direction of markets in the second half of 2015.

Going Global: Selecting ADRs or Foreign Stocks
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
August 22, 2014

You have several options when you invest in the global market. Learn how American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) and foreign stocks compare.

Going Global: Trading Foreign Stocks OTC
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
January 17, 2014

Looking to make an investment in a foreign stock? Read an article about trading foreign ordinaries over-the-counter.