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Perspective: Connecting Pieces

Softening inflation supports the potential for a Federal Reserve interest rate cut in coming months, but there are complexities below the surface.

July 12, 2024 Liz Ann Sonders • Kathy Jones • Jeffrey Kleintop • Kevin Gordon

Investment Rules to Live By

Liz Ann Sonders interviews market veteran Ned Davis about his overall strategy and the importance of understanding market psychology.

July 12, 2024

Bonds Face Tug-of-War

Central bank monetary policy may soon ease, but government fiscal policies that increase the federal deficit could limit the decline in Treasury yields.

July 11, 2024

Outlook: Municipal Bonds

Although the market is off to a rough start to the year, we think it should recover.

July 11, 2024

U.S. Economy: A Glass Half Full?

With tried-and-true economic indicators pointing in different directions, what should investors be watching to get a good read on the economy now and the near future?

July 11, 2024

Market updates

Joe Mazzola

Schwab Market Update: Opening

Joe Mazzola
July 12, 2024

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Nathan Peterson
July 12, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Today's Options Market Update

Joe Mazzola
July 12, 2024
Dan Sweeney

Looking to the Futures

Dan Sweeney
July 12, 2024

Popular in trading

What to Watch as You Trade

To participate more actively in the market, it's important to know what kind of trader you want to be and which metrics to follow. Schwab's veteran traders share some ideas.

May 15, 2024

Swing Trading Stock Strategies

Learn some of the basic entry and exit signals and money management techniques used in swing trading.

May 14, 2024

Ins and Outs of Short Selling

Make sure you understand the risks of short selling before taking the plunge.

March 11, 2024

Futures Trader on thinkorswim®

Learn how to trade futures using the Futures Trader tab on thinkorswim® desktop.

February 29, 2024

Understanding Option Greeks

Learn how option Greeks can help you evaluate the risks and rewards of options contracts.

November 02, 2021

Planning and retirement

Family Help: Loan vs. Gift

Be sure you know what you're getting into before you agree to a family loan.

July 12, 2024

Starting a 401(k) in Your 20s

Retirement may seem far away, but starting to save in a 401(k) in your 20s is one of the best things you can do for your future self. Here's why.

July 12, 2024

Outlook: Municipal Bonds

Although the market is off to a rough start to the year, we think it should recover.

July 11, 2024

SLATs for Couples

A spousal lifetime access trust (SLAT) allows access to assets while helping to keep them out of your taxable estate.

July 10, 2024

How to Keep Your Accounts Safe

How to stay ahead of the cybersecurity curve and combat increasingly sophisticated attacks.

July 10, 2024

Saving for Vacations & Travel

Mark Riepe and Cindy Scott discuss how financial planning can help you save for short-term goals like travel and vacations without adding risk to your long-term financial future.

July 08, 2024

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