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Schwab Market Perspective: Unprecedented! Or Maybe Not?
by Liz Ann Sonders, Brad Sorensen and Jeffrey Kleintop
May 26, 2017

Political uncertainty is having an impact on markets, but investors need to stay focused on fundamentals.

Gimme Three Steps … and a Stumble?
by Liz Ann Sonders
May 22, 2017

The Fed will continue to raise rates, which shouldn’t alarm investors; but the addition of quantitative tightening (QT) via balance sheet shrinkage could drive volatility.

Is The Stock Market Just Quiet Or Is It Too Quiet?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 15, 2017

Does the low volatility and trading volume of this quietly rising stock market mean it’s vulnerable to a sharp pullback on any piece of bad news?

Strange Brew: Heightened Uncertainties, Yet Plunging Volatility…What Gives?
by Liz Ann Sonders
May 08, 2017

Volatility as measured by the VIX is plumbing record lows, but is it a sign of heightened investor complacency, or are there other explanations?

What the Coming Tax Cuts Mean for the Stock Market
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 01, 2017

The leaders of most major countries are implementing or calling for corporate tax cuts. This may be welcome news for stock market investors since it could mean a boost to after-tax profits.

½ Full: Seeing Through a Weak Q1
by Liz Ann Sonders
April 24, 2017

Although economic surprises have weakened noticeably, and hard economic data has been sluggish; leading indicators continue to flash green for the US economy.

Missiles and Markets: An investor guide to geopolitical risks
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 17, 2017

The long history of U.S. missile strikes and NATO military operations shows us that the market impacts of these geopolitical conflicts have been small and brief.

One of These Things ... Market's Moves Not All About Trump
by Liz Ann Sonders
April 10, 2017

Much of the improvement in the economy and the latest stock market rally has been credited to Trump; but perhaps there is an alternate story.

Top Five Trade Issues Investors Should Be Watching
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 03, 2017

World trade is steadily rising, but changing trade agreements hold the potential to shape the direction of global trade and stock markets.

Hard Times: Time for the Hard Data to Catch Up to the Soft Data
by Liz Ann Sonders
March 27, 2017

The spread between soft (surveys/confidence readings) and hard economic data is historically wide … will the spread narrow, and if so, how?

The Fed has China in a Tough Spot
by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 20, 2017

The Fed rate hike has put China in a tough spot in early 2017. How China responds will be important for global markets as investors assess the trade fallout and growth trajectory for the world’s second largest economy.

Big Machine: Why Large Caps Are Likely to Outperform
by Liz Ann Sonders
March 13, 2017

Momentum, breadth, sentiment, earnings, valuation and macro conditions all now support a bias toward large cap stocks within the U.S. equity market.

The future of Europe: EU 2.0 and its impact on the markets
by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 06, 2017

What does Europe’s future look like and what might it mean for investors?

Radioactive: Is Passive’s Dominance Over Active Set to Wane?
by Liz Ann Sonders
February 27, 2017

The macro landscape has led to passive investing strategies handily outperforming active strategies…but the winds are shifting toward a better environment for active.

The stock market sees nothing to worry about—that may be about to change
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 21, 2017

Stock markets are currently behaving as if there is nothing to worry about, but that may be about to change now that we are within 45 trading days of the French Presidential election.

Better Days: Earnings Growth Picks Up Sharply in 2017
by Liz Ann Sonders
February 13, 2017

We step away from the macro and focus on the micro of earnings and valuation... courtesy of the surge in the former, the latter looks reasonable.

Simple Indicators In A Complex World
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 06, 2017

When people feel there is a situation that is out of their control or too complicated to analyze, they often fall back on rules of thumb to make decisions.

Five Reasons to Stay Invested Despite Heightened Uncertainty
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 23, 2017

There are five reasons to stay invested despite the heightened uncertainty.

The CURE for a calm market: Four risks for 2017
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 09, 2017

After a calm post-election climb for stocks, developments in China, United Kingdom, Russia, and Europe may bring a return of volatility.

Luminous Times: Looking Ahead With Optimism About 2017
by Liz Ann Sonders
January 03, 2017

The rally has been called the "Trump trade" but the economic and earnings inflection points pre-dated the election. Optimism is warranted, but greed should be kept in check.

5 Reasons International Stocks May Underperform in 2017
by Jeffrey Kleintop
December 12, 2016

There are five key reasons developed international stocks may lag U.S. stocks again in 2017.

Happy Unrecession: The Alice in Wonderland economy
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 28, 2016

While the odd and upside-down developments confronting investors may seem mad, the stock market gains are not as misguided or illogical as they may at first seem.

Recession Odds Pass Key Threshold
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 31, 2016

A reliable historical indicator suggests the events of October may have been more soothing than scary for long-term investors.

Three Reasons Stocks May Avoid Another Lost Decade
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 17, 2016

The end of September marked 10 years with no growth in earnings and nine years with no gain in the stock market—what will the next 10 years offer investors?

Going Godzilla: What has the Bank of Japan Unleashed?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 03, 2016

The Bank of Japan faces a rising risk that their policy has created a monster that may be getting harder to control.

World Tour: An Around The World Look At the Economic Landscape
by Jeffrey Kleintop
September 19, 2016

The global picture may have brightened a little, thanks largely to Asia, but with little momentum to that improvement.

Your portfolio may be less diversified than you think
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 22, 2016

Investors with a large home bias in their portfolio may not be nearly as diversified as they believe.

Does Zika pose an Olympic-sized risk to stocks?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 08, 2016

While the threat of Zika at the Olympic Games may garner headlines, past world pandemics show us that the market impact has not been significant—even when the global economy was especially vulnerable to a shock.

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?

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.

Selecting Dividend-Paying Stocks—Can You Do Better?
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
May 19, 2014

In a low-yielding environment, many investors have been drawn to dividend-paying stocks. But with recent lackluster performance, we look at alternative ways to help screen them.

How to Build a Sector-Neutral Stock Portfolio
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
May 07, 2014

Why you should keep a sector-neutral stock allocation—and how to do it.

How to Use Schwab Stock Tools
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
January 06, 2014

Learn how to manage your stock portfolio using Schwab Equity Ratings®, the Equity Scorecard, the Portfolio Checkup®, Schwab Stock Lists™ and the Stock Screener.

Why Cash-Out Refinancing to Invest Doesn't Add Up
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
October 23, 2013

Gambling with borrowed money is a recipe for disaster—comparing interest rates doesn't tell the whole story.