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Successful investing begins with being informed. Read the insights of top Schwab professionals and keep up with the daily flux of the stock market.


Disconnect the Dots: Main Street vs. Wall Street
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
June 1, 2020
The dominant question we’ve been getting from investors is about the perceived disconnect between what’s happening on Main Street and what’s happening on Wall Street.
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 26, 2020
Cyclicals typically lead the market higher when stocks rebound from a bear market and recession—but not this time.
Every Picture Tells a Story: “Chartbook” Look at Economy/Market
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
May 18, 2020

On a day that started with good news on an experimental COVID-19 vaccine, with the stock market showing strong early gains, today’s report is more visual and less wordy than normal. Since I know not every reader of these publications follows me on Twitter—where I’m constantly posting charts, tables and data that I find compelling—this report has a sampling of what has recently caught my eye (and some bright spots). It combines economic, monetary and market data (in that order), while also a connecting of the dots between the economy and the stock market.

Schwab Market Perspective: Riding the Liquidity Wave
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders, Jeffrey Kleintop, Kathy Jones
May 15, 2020
Why did stocks rise over the past month despite grim economic news? The Federal Reserve’s massive liquidity injection is one reason.
What’s the Future Payback for the Stimulus?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 11, 2020
It is becoming increasingly clear that the massive global stimulus is being financed by a rise in money, not debt.
High Speed: Bear and Bull Both Running at Full Speed
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
May 4, 2020
Both the bear market and subsequent rally have occurred at warp speed; yet the economic recovery may be disappointing to what the market’s now “priced in.”
Dashboards: Measuring Recovery In Real Time
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 27, 2020
For each of the major countries in Asia and Europe, we will be tracking weekly data on key elements of a recovery to assess its pace and success.
Loss, Strain & Butterflies: Earnings Plunging, Stocks Ignoring
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
April 20, 2020
Stocks and earnings don’t always move in tandem; with stocks typically leading earnings … but is the market’s rally too much, too soon?
What Can Investors Expect From GDP Reports
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 13, 2020
The most widely used measure of economic activity, gross domestic product (GDP), will soon be released for the first quarter by different countries.
Box of Letters: What Shape Will the Recession/Recovery Take?
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
April 6, 2020
Labor market data has never looked as ugly, with more hits to come; but many are looking ahead at what an eventual recovery will look like.
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 30, 2020
This recession is the result of a shock, not the natural end result of a slow build-up of excesses. This may mean the recession and bear market could be deeper, but also that the duration may be shorter.
Who Fueled The Fastest Bear Market Ever?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 16, 2020
We all know what is driving the market selloff, COVID-19, but who is doing the selling?
Q&A on COVID-19: The Economy, Markets and What Investors Should Do
Market Volatility

by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 28, 2020
We answer key questions about the coronavirus impact on the economy, markets and what investors should do.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
February 28, 2020
Will the country’s rising tide of debt affect your portfolio?
The Coronavirus and Emerging Markets: Ready for a Rebound?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 18, 2020
Dire predictions may have driven commodity prices to over-react to the downside; and now they may be poised to partially rebound.
Virus: Could it be the Catalyst to Change Sentiment?
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
January 27, 2020
As expected, a long and strong move up in stocks attracts more and more believers and adherents, which can stretch sentiment to extremes, like now.
Will Europe Lead In 2020 As 2019 Risks Fade?
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 21, 2020
The receding risks posed by Brexit and the trade wars should provide a tailwind to Europe’s economy.
Top Ten Global Risks For Investors In 2020
Market Commentary

by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 6, 2020
Top Ten Global Risks For Investors In 2020
2020 U.S. Market Outlook: Ramble On?
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
December 16, 2019
Next year is set to start on a high note, with consumers and the Fed keeping the economy and market afloat; but risks remain elevated, including trade and elections.
Market Commentary

by Liz Ann Sonders
December 9, 2019
The U.S. economy likely will remain split in early 2020.

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