Current Winners and Losers in the Global Economy

May 19, 2022
U.S. financial markets are rocky, but that’s not true for all markets across the globe. Why the discrepancy, and where are potential opportunities?

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Not all countries have been hit by the financial downturn currently gripping the U.S. and China. Jeff Kleintop, Schwab’s chief global investment strategist, joins Mike to discuss why many international stock markets are outperforming the U.S. markets and whether that trend is sustainable. They also look at the impact on the bottom line of companies that pulled out of Russia, China’s economic difficulties and what they might mean for U.S. consumers, the outlook for improvements to supply chain disruptions, and how concerned investors should be about the rise in the U.S. trade deficit.

Mike also shares updates on additional U.S. aid for Ukraine, the confirmations of Fed nominees, growing concern in Washington about the lack of a regulatory framework for cryptocurrency, and a slowdown in the pace of rules rolling out at the SEC.

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