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Schwab Market Perspective: Will a Spring Thaw Lead to a Stock Surge?
by Liz Ann Sonders, Brad Sorensen and Jeffrey Kleintop
March 27, 2015

Stocks have struggled to regain momentum, will a rebound in economic data help?

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?

Currency Wars: Is a Weaker Currency Good or Bad?
by Michelle Gibley
February 27, 2015

What can currency wars do for an economy?

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."

Video | Market Snapshot: Bull Rally - Is It Sustainable?
by Liz Ann Sonders
March 06, 2014

With each new high, this bull market continues to confound skeptics. Liz Ann Sonders shares her insights on the positive drivers propelling our weather-hit economy and if the woes in emerging markets will have a long-lasting impact.  She will review market valuations and show that the "wall of worry" remains intact.

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.

Why Trade Foreign Currency Options
by Randy Frederick
December 20, 2012

You can use foreign currency options to hedge or speculate on the US dollar relative to other major currencies.

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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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.