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Perspective: Rolling Recovery?

There are signs that some previous "rolling recessions" are starting to turn into rolling recoveries.

April 12, 2024 Liz Ann Sonders • Kathy Jones • Jeffrey Kleintop

The Fed's Inflation Target

Kathy Jones interviews economist David Beckworth about the potential role of nominal GDP as an alternate target for the Fed.

April 12, 2024

Market Snapshot

Liz Ann Sonders shares her perspective on the U.S. stock market and economy in this monthly Market Snapshot video.

April 11, 2024

Bank Earnings Ahead

The first quarter was strong for major U.S. investment banks as the economy grew and M&A and IPO activity accelerated.

April 10, 2024

Earnings Season Changes?

Earnings growth, a driver of long-term stock market performance, seems to be expanding beyond a handful of U.S. equities, supporting more broad-based market performance.

April 08, 2024

Market updates

Joe Mazzola

Schwab Market Update: Opening

Joe Mazzola
April 15, 2024
Michael Zarembski

Looking to the Futures

Michael Zarembski
April 15, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Joe Mazzola
April 12, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Today's Options Market Update

Joe Mazzola
April 11, 2024

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Futures on thinkorswim® web

In this video, we'll demonstrate how to place futures trades on thinkorswim® web, including advanced features such as real-time pricing information and where to find open contracts.

February 29, 2024

2023 Taxes: 8 Things to Know

With Tax Day approaching, here are eight things to keep in mind as you prepare to file your 2023 taxes.

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Form 1099-B Reporting

Learn what cost basis is, where to find it on Form 1099-B, and what option traders might expect with their Form 1099-B.

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Pattern Day Trading Rule

Watch to learn about the pattern day trading rule, what constitutes a day trade, and how to comply with the rule.

September 18, 2023

Intro to thinkorswim® Desktop

Welcome to thinkorswim®. In this video we'll provide a high-level tour of the most commonly used features of the thinkorswim trading platform.

August 28, 2023

Trading Futures vs. Stocks

Stocks and futures both trade on exchanges, but that's where the similarities end. Futures contracts expire on a set date and can be traded using much more leverage.

April 26, 2023

Planning and retirement

How to Avoid Overconcentration

Overconcentration in a single stock—even your company's stock—is risky. Learn about overconcentration, how to avoid it, and what to consider before selling stock.

April 11, 2024

Medicare for Globetrotters

Medicare can fall short when traveling. Here's how to fill the gaps.

April 10, 2024


Weighing Insurance Options

Insurance offers not just downside protection but also financial stability. Here's a look at the costs and considerations of several types of insurance coverage.

April 10, 2024

Can I Afford a Pet?

The joy of owning a pet may be priceless, yet the cost to your budget is real. Consider these five financial moves before becoming a pet parent.

April 10, 2024

Tips for Early Retirement

Here's how to figure out how your budget and savings would be affected if you had to retire earlier than anticipated.

April 09, 2024

Buying an RV? What to Consider

Owning and maintaining a recreational vehicle could become a bit of a financial headache if you're not careful.

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