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US Market Commentary

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 with 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 with 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

Slow(er) Ride to Rate Cuts

While focus remains on when the Fed will start cutting rates, history suggests other factors must be looked at when assessing forward stock market performance.
February 5, 2024

Count Down to Rate Cuts (and Hikes)

Market expectations have established a high bar for central banks' rate cuts. Any disappointment like stronger inflation or economic growth could spark market volatility.
January 29, 2024

Back in Black: S&P 500 Hits All-Time High

While the S&P 500's all-time high hasn't been accompanied by other parts of the market (notably, small caps), further gains are possible if breadth firms up.
January 22, 2024

The Global Impact of Taiwan's Election

The election outcome is unlikely to change the status quo for the Taiwan Strait, U.S.-China relations, or global markets which have seemed to price in geopolitical risk.
January 16, 2024
On Investing: Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

What Can the Sahm Rule Tell Us About the Economy?

Former Fed economist Claudia Sahm discusses the December jobs report and the potential for rate cuts this year.
January 12, 2024

Where the U.S. Dollar May Be Headed in 2024

With the Federal Reserve poised to begin cutting interest rates this year, the dollar may drift generally downward. However, its performance against individual currencies may vary widely.
January 10, 2024

Mixed Signals: December's Jobs Report

While headline payroll growth was relatively strong in December, weaker details under the surface continue to paint a mixed labor market picture.
January 8, 2024

Top 5 Global Risks of 2024

There are many risks for 2024 including those that are an ever-present part of investing and not unique to the outlook for any particular year. We've highlighted our top five.
December 18, 2023
On Investing with Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

The Fed Holds Steady with a Dovish Pivot

Kathy Jones discusses the Fed's latest decision and interviews former Fed economist Dr. Julia Coronado.
December 15, 2023
On Investing with Kathy Jones & Liz Ann Sonders

Market Outlook: What's in Store for 2024?

As we approach 2024, what can investors expect from the markets in the new year?
December 8, 2023

Fixed Income Outlook: The Rocky Road Bond Market

Although some volatility may continue, we believe interest rates have peaked. We expect lower Treasury yields and positive returns for investors in 2024.
December 6, 2023

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