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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

Retirement

by Rob Williams
July 30, 2021
We break down which retirement accounts—IRAs or 401(k)s— may be right for you.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
July 28, 2021
The Federal Reserve left its interest rate and balance sheet policy unchanged; but is opening the door a bit more to tapering its bond purchases.
Ask Carrie

by Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz
July 28, 2021
You can't fund an IRA with child support—or even alimony if divorced after 2018—but you can still invest it wisely.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Kevin Gordon
July 26, 2021
As anticipated, corporate earnings are set for another stellar quarter; but with peak growth rates likely behind us, the road ahead gets choppier.
Sector Views

by David Kastner
July 22, 2021
We recently downgraded our rating on the Energy sector. Here’s why.
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 19, 2021
COVID-19 resurgences appear to be the primary driver of moves across many markets this year.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Jeffrey Kleintop, Kathy Jones
July 16, 2021
The spread of the COVID-19 delta variant has raised concerns of a faster-than-expected slowdown.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Kevin Gordon
July 12, 2021
The market’s bull run has produced very optimistic sentiment, leaving increasingly little room for error as we move further along in the cycle.
Lockdown Leadership Unlikely To Last
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 6, 2021
In the last few weeks, stock market leadership reversed back to lockdown-era defensives as the stock market made new all-time highs.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Kevin Gordon
July 2, 2021
Special purpose acquisition companies—also known as blank-check companies—have gained immense popularity since the beginning of 2020.
Bond Insights

by Kathy Jones, Christina Shaffer
July 2, 2021
Rising Treasury yields, declining commodity prices, and China’s credit pullback darken the picture for EM bonds.
Pressure Drop: Easing Inflation Pressures Ahead?
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Kevin Gordon
June 28, 2021
Inflationary bottleneck pressures tied to the economic reopening are fading; and as suggested by the bond market and wages, a return to hyperinflation is unlikely.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 28, 2021
Over the past 70 years, rising government debt generally has been accompanied by weaker economic activity. But it’s not a simple relationship.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 25, 2021
Examining performance trends over the past year reveals a nuanced relationship.
Is Good Data Now Bad News?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
June 21, 2021
It’s possible that good data could be interpreted as bad news for U.S. markets in the near-term as strong economic data could prompt the Fed to unwind earlier.
Turn Turn Turn: Rotations Persist
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 14, 2021
It’s been a highly-rotational stock market this year in terms of leadership; with aggressively-speculative themes peppered in. Remember, neither FOMO nor HODL are investment strategies.
2021 Mid-Year Outlook: Global Stocks and Economy
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
June 7, 2021
The recovery is now over; a new global economic expansion has begun. The new economic cycle has seen stock market leadership pass from the U.S. to Europe.
2021 Mid-Year Outlook: U.S. Stocks and Economy
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 1, 2021
Peak growth rates for the economy and earnings are likely behind us, setting the economy up for a boom-settle scenario in the second half of the year.
Signs Inflation’s Surge Is Transitory
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 24, 2021
While it’s very early to say the rise in inflation has passed, there are signs that the fastest part of the rebound in inflation might soon be over.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
May 17, 2021
Inflation has become an obsessed-about topic; with the latest CPI report reinforcing inflationists’ fears. Is the Fed right that it’s only a “transitory” problem?

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