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Are bonds signaling a major stock market peak?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
June 12, 2017

Does the flattening yield curve in the bond market and rising prices in the stock market reflect a fundamental disagreement on the prospects for the global economy?

Schwab Market Perspective: Goldilocks…or the Three Bears?
by Liz Ann Sonders, Brad Sorensen and Jeffrey Kleintop
June 09, 2017

Political uncertainty is having an impact on markets, but investors need to stay focused on fundamentals.

The Long Period of Underperformance for Emerging Market Stocks May Finally Be Over
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 30, 2017

The end of the long period of emerging market stocks’ underperformance is supported by a recent change in trend for each of the four drivers of emerging markets.

Is The Stock Market Just Quiet Or Is It Too Quiet?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 15, 2017

Does the low volatility and trading volume of this quietly rising stock market mean it’s vulnerable to a sharp pullback on any piece of bad news?

What the Coming Tax Cuts Mean for the Stock Market
by Jeffrey Kleintop
May 01, 2017

The leaders of most major countries are implementing or calling for corporate tax cuts. This may be welcome news for stock market investors since it could mean a boost to after-tax profits.

Missiles and Markets: An investor guide to geopolitical risks
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 17, 2017

The long history of U.S. missile strikes and NATO military operations shows us that the market impacts of these geopolitical conflicts have been small and brief.

Top Five Trade Issues Investors Should Be Watching
by Jeffrey Kleintop
April 03, 2017

World trade is steadily rising, but changing trade agreements hold the potential to shape the direction of global trade and stock markets.

The Fed has China in a Tough Spot
by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 20, 2017

The Fed rate hike has put China in a tough spot in early 2017. How China responds will be important for global markets as investors assess the trade fallout and growth trajectory for the world’s second largest economy.

Fed Rate Hikes May Benefit Japanese Stocks
by Michelle Gibley
March 16, 2017

Japanese stocks have benefitted as the yen has weakened against the U.S. dollar. Are more gains on the way?

The future of Europe: EU 2.0 and its impact on the markets
by Jeffrey Kleintop
March 06, 2017

What does Europe’s future look like and what might it mean for investors?

The stock market sees nothing to worry about—that may be about to change
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 21, 2017

Stock markets are currently behaving as if there is nothing to worry about, but that may be about to change now that we are within 45 trading days of the French Presidential election.

Europe Votes: Could More Countries Reject the EU?
by Michelle Gibley
February 08, 2017

Wariness of the political status quo seems to be spreading, but the possibility of another country following the UK’s Brexit example isn’t certain.

Simple Indicators In A Complex World
by Jeffrey Kleintop
February 06, 2017

When people feel there is a situation that is out of their control or too complicated to analyze, they often fall back on rules of thumb to make decisions.

Five Reasons to Stay Invested Despite Heightened Uncertainty
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 23, 2017

There are five reasons to stay invested despite the heightened uncertainty.

Currency Hedging: 5 Things You Need to Know
by Michelle Gibley
January 18, 2017

Hedging international stocks against currency losses when the dollar is rising can make sense, but it depends on your time frame.

The CURE for a calm market: Four risks for 2017
by Jeffrey Kleintop
January 09, 2017

After a calm post-election climb for stocks, developments in China, United Kingdom, Russia, and Europe may bring a return of volatility.

Will the U.S. Dollar Bull Market Continue in 2017?
by Kathy A Jones
January 05, 2017

The U.S. dollar looks set to continue rising this year, but the risks to the rally increase as the bull market ages.

Emerging Markets: Why They Deserve a Place in Your Portfolio
by Michelle Gibley
December 16, 2016

Emerging market stocks tumbled after the U.S. election because of concerns about protectionism and a stronger dollar, but we think the potential benefits offset the risks.

Changing Conditions: A Bond Market FAQ
by Kathy A Jones
December 13, 2016

Yields have surged and potential changes in taxes, government spending and interest rates could make the bond market more volatile. What does it mean to investors?

5 Reasons International Stocks May Underperform in 2017
by Jeffrey Kleintop
December 12, 2016

There are five key reasons developed international stocks may lag U.S. stocks again in 2017.

Happy Unrecession: The Alice in Wonderland economy
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 28, 2016

While the odd and upside-down developments confronting investors may seem mad, the stock market gains are not as misguided or illogical as they may at first seem.

President Trump and Global Trade: How Will Campaign Promises Play Out?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
November 10, 2016

Even if he carries out his most aggressive campaign proposals, we believe the consequences could be less damaging than they might at first seem.

Recession Odds Pass Key Threshold
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 31, 2016

A reliable historical indicator suggests the events of October may have been more soothing than scary for long-term investors.

5 Big Risks Posed by China (And Why They Shouldn't Crash Global Markets in 2017)
by Michelle Gibley
October 18, 2016

China’s economy is likely to slow in 2017, but the most bearish predictions may be proved wrong again. We examine five issues to watch.

Three Reasons Stocks May Avoid Another Lost Decade
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 17, 2016

The end of September marked 10 years with no growth in earnings and nine years with no gain in the stock market—what will the next 10 years offer investors?

Going Godzilla: What has the Bank of Japan Unleashed?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
October 03, 2016

The Bank of Japan faces a rising risk that their policy has created a monster that may be getting harder to control.

World Tour: An Around The World Look At the Economic Landscape
by Jeffrey Kleintop
September 19, 2016

The global picture may have brightened a little, thanks largely to Asia, but with little momentum to that improvement.

Keep Calm and Carry On: The Brexit Shock That Wasn't
by Michelle Gibley
August 24, 2016

Stocks seem to have shaken off the shock of the Brexit vote, and conditions may be improving as pro-EU sentiment has strengthened, growth is looking stronger and governments may be willing to spend more.

Your portfolio may be less diversified than you think
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 22, 2016

Investors with a large home bias in their portfolio may not be nearly as diversified as they believe.

Does Zika pose an Olympic-sized risk to stocks?
by Jeffrey Kleintop
August 08, 2016

While the threat of Zika at the Olympic Games may garner headlines, past world pandemics show us that the market impact has not been significant—even when the global economy was especially vulnerable to a shock.

Three Reasons Why Now is Not the Time to Retreat from Global Diversification
by Jeffrey Kleintop
July 11, 2016

The Brexit is another in a series of political, economic and financial shocks coming from outside the United States. So is it time for long-term investors to retreat from global diversification to the perceived relative safety of the U.S. stock market?

What investors need to know about helicopter money
by Jeffrey Kleintop
June 13, 2016

The return of deflation in Japan has led some to call for the use of “helicopter money” which we see as unlikely to be effective at boosting growth, but may raise the risks to the global financial system.

Performing Reformers: How Political Change Can Affect Stocks
by Michelle Gibley
May 18, 2016

Expectations of political reform can help drive markets higher, as they have in Brazil, but the good times don’t always last.

Are Central Banks Out of Options?
by Michelle Gibley
March 24, 2016

We are monitoring three indicators to gauge the effectiveness of central bank efforts to stimulate economic growth: loan rates, loan demand and fiscal policy. 

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Video | Straight Talk: Surviving Market Volatility
by Liz Ann Sonders
September 11, 2015

This stock market update offers insights into what's behind the wild volatility in today's market, how to avoid the pitfalls it can spur, and considers where the market may be headed as the year winds down.

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.

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. 

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. 


Investors should consider carefully information contained in the prospectus, including investing objectives, risks, charges and expenses. You can request a prospectus by calling 800-435-4000. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing.

Performance may be affected by risks associated with non-diversification, including investments in specific countries or sectors. Additional risks may also include, but are not limited to, investments in foreign securities, especially emerging markets, real estate investment trusts (REITs), fixed income and small capitalization securities. Each individual investor should consider these risks carefully before investing in a particular security or strategy.