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The End of Rate Hikes?

The signals from central banks that rate hikes, which began last year, may be coming to an end could be welcome news for investors looking ahead to the next 12 months.

August 15, 2022 Jeffrey Kleintop

Perspective: Mixed Signals

Although some recent economic data has been strong, the bigger picture is more nuanced. Some leading economic indicators have begun signaling recession, and the Treasury yield curve is inverted.

August 12, 2022 Liz Ann Sonders

Fed's Dueling Mandates

July's hot jobs report will likely keep the Fed in a hawkish position, but key to watch moving forward is a continued softening in leading labor and inflation indicators.

August 08, 2022 Liz Ann Sonders

Can Dollar Strength Continue?

A trifecta of factors support the dollar, including the relatively strong performance of the U.S. economy, tightening monetary policy by the Federal Reserve, and safe-haven buying. These are likely to remain intact into 2023.

August 04, 2022 Kathy Jones

The Return of Dividends

Although the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed above stocks' dividend yields earlier this year, dividend payers may continue to reward should the economy continue to slow.

August 01, 2022 Jeffrey Kleintop

Trading news

Today's Options Market Update

Nathan Peterson
August 16, 2022

Looking to the Futures

Chris Waterbury
August 16, 2022
Randy Frederick

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Randy Frederick
August 12, 2022

Popular topics

Using IRA Funds for First Home

Just because you can use IRA funds to buy a first home doesn't mean it's the best move for your financial future.

August 10, 2022 Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Bad-Market Tips for Retirees

Certain moves could make more sense during a bad market than during a good one. Here are four.

August 08, 2022 Schwab Center for Financial Research

The AMT and Who Pays It

The alternative minimum tax applies only to some taxpayers. Learn what the alternative minimum tax is, who might be affected, and what might trigger it.

August 05, 2022 Hayden Adams

Tips for a Down Market

Certain moves could make more sense during a bad market than during a good one. Here are five.

August 05, 2022 Schwab Center for Financial Research

Personal finance 101

Not Eligible for a Roth IRA?

If you're interested in contributing to a Roth IRA but your income exceeds IRS limits, you still have options to save for retirement in a tax-smart way.

July 25, 2022

Roth 401(k) Considerations

With their tax-free earnings and large contribution limits, Roth 401(k)s could be a useful addition to the retirement-savings toolbox.

July 20, 2022

Saving Plans: IRA vs. 401(k)

We break down which retirement accounts—IRAs or 401(k)s—may be right for you.

July 18, 2022 Rob Williams

Investing 101

Assessing Your Risk Tolerance

How much risk can you really handle? The answer may surprise you.

June 21, 2022

Find Out About ETFs and Taxes

Different ETF structures have different tax implications. Be informed and avoid unpleasant surprises come tax time.

June 16, 2022 Emily Doak

Finding Reputable ESG Bonds

Not all ESG bonds are what they purport to be. Here's how to help identify the reputable ones.

June 10, 2022

Fishing and Investing?

What can a new investor learn from fishing? You might be surprised.

March 23, 2022 Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz

Rational Buy & Sell Decisions

Schwab experts explain how to tune out market noise and make more deliberate investment decisions.

March 14, 2022

Trading 101

Ins and Outs of Short Selling

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

August 10, 2022 Lee Bohl, CMT

Trading and Social Media

Social media is full of trading tips—but should you listen?

April 07, 2022 Randy Frederick

Margin: How Does It Work?

In the same way a bank can lend you money if you have equity in your house, your brokerage firm can lend you money against the value of the investments in your portfolio.

March 11, 2022 Randy Frederick

Retire with confidence

9 Must-Dos If You're Retired

The need for planning doesn't end when you retire—but the focus of your planning activities should shift. Here's how.

August 15, 2022

Bad-Market Tips for Retirees

Certain moves could make more sense during a bad market than during a good one. Here are four.

August 08, 2022 Schwab Center for Financial Research

Working in Retirement & RMDs

Retired but thinking of going back to work? Be sure you understand how it could affect your savings plans and RMDs.

August 05, 2022 Rob Williams

Working in Retirement

If you've retired but are considering returning to work, be aware that your decision may affect your Social Security and Medicare benefits.

August 05, 2022 Rob Williams

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