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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.

Schwab Market Perspective: Watching and Waiting
by Liz Ann Sonders, Brad Sorensen and Jeffrey Kleintop
February 05, 2016

Where are stocks headed next, and what direction is the economy headed in?

Life in the Fast Lane: Look Through the Windshield, Not the Rear View Mirror
by Liz Ann Sonders
February 01, 2016

Groupthink has gelled around the worst-case scenario for the economy/market; but looking at leading indicators suggests the glass remains half full.

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.

Changes: Turn and Face the Strange (Market)
by Liz Ann Sonders
January 19, 2016

After the worst two-week start to a year ever, recession fears are elevated and investors are wondering where the market goes from here.

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.

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.

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. 

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?

M&A Boom May Be Good News for Investors
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 29, 2015

A new M&A boom that has companies putting their cash to work buying other businesses could boost global stock values.

Devil Inside: Dissecting the Most Popular Valuation Metrics
by Liz Ann Sonders
May 18, 2015

Shiller’s CAPE says the US stock market is grossly overvalued; while traditional P/Es say only mildly so…what’s to make of the wide gap?