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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?

Currency Wars: Is a Weaker Currency Good or Bad?
by Michelle Gibley
February 03, 2016

What can currency wars do for an economy?

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.

2016 International Investing: Why Laggards Don't Necessarily Produce Winners
by Michelle Gibley
January 21, 2016

We explain why buying the worst-performing country’s stock index doesn't necessarily result in a strong return in the following year. 

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.

Why Our Outlook for European Stocks Is Positive
by Michelle Gibley
December 04, 2015

We see European growth accelerating in 2016 as the European Central Bank extends stimulus, creating support for European stocks.

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.

Why China's Slowdown May Be a Good Thing
by Michelle Gibley
November 05, 2015

Changes in China’s reserve currency status, growth, and economic make-up are signs of its gradual transformation into a developed country, a long term positive.

Deflation: What Investors Need to Know
by Michelle Gibley
October 06, 2015

Deflation, or falling prices, troubles markets due in part to the potential hit to corporate earnings. We believe global deflation is unlikely.

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. 

How to Invest for Changing Global Growth
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 31, 2015

Questions about global growth abound; but fears may be overblown and investors could benefit.

Video | Schwab Market Snapshot: Market Correction? Don’t Panic
by Liz Ann Sonders
August 24, 2015

Liz Ann Sonders discusses the market correction, the panic investors often feel and positive steps to take instead.

Q2 Earnings Season: Comforting or Concerning?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 03, 2015

What is the global earning picture telling us?

Currency Hedging: 5 Things You Need to Know
by Michelle Gibley
July 16, 2015

Consider your time horizon before employing currency hedging for your international stock investments.

Video | Market Snapshot: U.S. Stock Market Running to Stand Still
by Liz Ann Sonders
July 13, 2015

Liz Ann Sonders considers what’s holding the U.S. markets in a sideways pattern, looking both globally and in the U.S., and whether we’re in a speculative phase for stocks.

China's Stock Plunge – What You Need to Know
by Michelle Gibley
July 08, 2015

China’s stock market has fallen dramatically. What are the implications and what should investors do?

Time for a U-Turn: Global Data and Stocks are Following a Familiar Pattern
by Jeffrey Kleintop
June 22, 2015

International economic data seems to be following a familiar pattern.

Global Bond Investing: Why You Should Worry About Currency Risk
by Kathy A Jones
June 18, 2015

With the dollar strong and U.S. interest rates poised to rise, we explain how currency risk from international bond investing could compromise your portfolio. 

7 Reasons You Should Care That an Emerging Markets Index May Add Chinese Stocks
by Michelle Gibley
June 16, 2015

As China’s markets expand and more of its stocks become accessible to international investors, its importance in your portfolio will likely grow. 

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.

International Investment: Political Risk May No Longer Be a Reason to Avoid Europe
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 13, 2015

As mainstream parties regain ground lost to newer rivals, the increased political stability is making Europe more attractive for investors.

Why Corporate Profits Are Falling and What It Means for the Stock Market
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 04, 2015

With global economic growth on the upswing, we think the recent decline in global corporate profits will be short-lived. 

Mastering Global Diversification: What the Masters Tells Us About the Markets
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 15, 2015

As economic growth becomes more widespread, global investment diversification has become more crucial for investors.

Video | Global Snapshot: International Stocks Out in Front
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 06, 2015

Jeff Kleintop discusses the strong performance of international stocks and the dollar, the impact of currency movements on international investing, as well as the outlook for inflation abroad and for Global earnings.

One of the Most Important Indicators of Growth Has Turned Positive for Europe
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 01, 2015

Loan growth is picking up in the eurozone, which could indicate more spending and hiring, and increased growth for the European economy down the road.

4 Reasons Japanese Stocks Could Continue to Rise
by Michelle Gibley
March 31, 2015

Japanese stocks deserve a look from investors for reasons that go beyond Abenomics and the Bank of Japan's quantitative easing program.

The Fed, Housing Prices, Stocks and the Theory of Everything
by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 13, 2015

Should the Federal Reserve raise interest rates before the U.S. housing market has fully recovered?

Global Earnings Per Share Could Rebound Soon
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 18, 2015

After peaking for the third time in eight years, will global earnings per share continue falling, or will they bounce back?

Video | Straight Talk: Global Divergences Bring Risks and Opportunities
by Liz Ann Sonders
February 09, 2015

The relatively healthy U.S. economy has diverged from weaker global economies, in terms of monetary policies, growth rates and currencies. But what does it mean for your investments?

Don't Be Fooled by Currency This Earnings Season
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 04, 2015

Earnings growth in Europe is expected to outpace the U.S. this year, but a critical factor is the euro's weakness against the dollar.

Why ECB QE May Not Boost European Stocks For Long
by Michelle Gibley
January 30, 2015

Several ingredients are missing in order for the European Central Bank's (ECB) quantitative easing (QE) program to be successful, so a European stock rally may not last.

Eurozone Economy: The ECB Can't Save It
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 22, 2015

Unless structural reforms are taken to address the root causes of deflation, any boost to the eurozone economy from the ECB's actions this week will likely be temporary. 

International Investments 2015: Top 5 Global Issues to Watch
by Michelle Gibley
January 14, 2015

If you're considering making international investments in 2015, we recommend you keep these issues in mind. 

Video | Global Snapshot: Outlook 2015
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 09, 2015

Jeffrey Kleintop shares his 2015 outlook for global markets, comparing the U.S. and international markets, opportunities in emerging markets, and specific risks to watch out for.

Contrarian Investing: Be Prepared for the Top 5 Surprises in 2015
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 07, 2015

In five areas of economics and finance, investors may want to be ready for possible surprises with a contrarian investing plan.

The Santa Claus Rally and the Risks to Watch
by Jeffrey Kleintop
December 23, 2014

The Santa Claus Rally usually produces above average gains in the last two weeks of the year.  However, there are some risks to watch this year.

Surging Chinese A-Shares: What’s Next?
by Michelle Gibley
December 11, 2014

We look at what’s behind the rapid rise in Chinese A-shares and weigh in on what might happen next.

Why Global Economic Policy Is Likely to Boost Growth in 2015
by Jeffrey Kleintop
December 10, 2014

With the drag from fiscal policy on the wane, could economic policy support global growth next year?

Top 5 Ways Chinese Consumers Are Altering Global Investing
by Michelle Gibley
December 08, 2014

As the Chinese economy transitions to a more consumer-led growth pattern, global investors should be paying attention.

Will International Stocks Outperform in 2015?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 25, 2014

The U.S. current account—a measure of trade and investment flows in and out of the U.S.—may provide clues to where international stocks are headed relative to U.S. stocks.

What China's New Trading Link Means for Investors
by Michelle Gibley
November 14, 2014

The "Stock Connect"—a trading link between the Shanghai and Hong Kong stock exchanges—could be a milestone for China and offer increased opportunities for foreign investment.

What Central Banks Have Learned About Interest Rate Hikes
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 13, 2014

A number of economies have had to reverse interest rate hikes in the last five years. What have central banks learned from this experience?

What the “Shutdown” by Europe's Government Means for Stocks
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 30, 2014

While the European Central Bank is prevented from enacting more aggressive stimulus, the European stock market may underperform.

How Earnings Season Is Like Homecoming for Investors
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 15, 2014

Earnings season is a time for investors to focus on the traditional measure of value: earnings.

Japanese Stock Market Could Get a Boost from Pension Investments
by Michelle Gibley
October 01, 2014

New pension investments and additional monetary stimulus could be positive for the Japanese stock market. 

Does the ECB's QE Make European Stocks Attractive?
by Michelle Gibley
September 18, 2014

Will the European Central Bank’s quantitative easing plan give the European economy the boost it needs?

Russian Sanctions: Will They Tip Europe Into Recession?
by Michelle Gibley
August 26, 2014

With Europe teetering near recession, will Russian sanctions push it over the edge? 

Claiming Foreign Taxes: Credit or Deduction?
by Rande Spiegelman
August 22, 2014

If you own foreign investments, you could be paying foreign tax. Claiming a deduction or a credit could prevent double taxation in the U.S.

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.

4 Mistakes to Avoid in International Investing
by Michelle Gibley
May 29, 2014

Avoid these common pitfalls when you're investing internationally.

Cross-Listed International Stocks: Another Investing Alternative
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
May 23, 2014

Cross-listed stocks trade on one or more foreign stock exchanges in addition to a domestic exchange—another way for investors to invest internationally. 

Overcoming Home Bias with Schwab Equity Ratings International
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
May 20, 2014

Many people tend to shy away from investing in non-U.S. companies. Find out how you might overcome your "home bias."

International ETFs—How They Can Help Investors Diversify
by Michael Iachini
February 13, 2014

Diversify across world markets with just a few trades and at little ongoing expense. 

Going Global: Trading Foreign Stocks OTC
by Schwab Center for Financial Research
January 17, 2014

Looking to make an investment in a foreign stock? Read an article about trading foreign ordinaries over-the-counter.

Currency ETFs: Understanding How They Work
by Michael Iachini
December 24, 2013

ETFs can be a practical way to diversify and/or hedge the currencies in your portfolio. Find out how they work.

Emerging Markets: What You Should Know
by Michelle Gibley
July 27, 2012

Emerging markets are becoming bigger players on the world stage. A look inside at what may be fueling their growth, investment risks, and potential investment types to consider.

Why Invest Internationally?
by Michelle Gibley
July 24, 2012

International investing shouldn't be ignored—your overall portfolio could benefit from potentially higher returns and lower risk. 


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