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After a brutal 2022 that saw the S&P 500® fall by more than 19% and bonds post their worst year in decades, investors are wary about what 2023 may bring. On this episode of WashingtonWise, Kevin Gordon, Schwab's senior investment strategist, joins host Mike Townsend to discuss how the markets have been reacting to messages the Federal Reserve is sending about inflation, interest rates, and the economy. He shares his takeaways from recent housing and jobs data, previews the upcoming earnings season, and considers why investors are changing their tune when it comes to some of the biggest names in the markets. And he offers questions to ask yourself to help you tailor your investments to your needs instead of following a formula.
Mike also offers his perspective on a wild opening week for the new Congress and previews the looming battles over the debt ceiling and funding the government, two key issues that are likely to affect the markets in 2023. He discusses how new rules the IRS and the SEC are considering could have a direct impact on investors and shares highlights from the new retirement savings law that Congress passed in late December.
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