Government Policy

Understand how policy decisions coming out of Washington may impact financial markets and your investments. Or explore other investing topics:

Waiting for the End…Just Not Yet

Though the Fed is close to the end of its rate-hiking cycle, additional increases in the fed funds rate are still likely, albeit less aggressive in magnitude.

Add the Debt Ceiling Fight to the Markets’ Woes

Between shrinking earnings, the Fed's ongoing battle to tame inflation, and now the looming debt ceiling fight, the markets just can’t seem to hold their footing.

U.S. Hits Debt Ceiling: Will It Impact Investors?

Fear that the federal government may default on its obligations has driven market volatility in the past, but typically not until the default deadline is much closer.

Old Fears Linger, New Fears Emerge for the Markets

Last year's big concerns, inflation and rising rates, have carried over to 2023 and are joining declining earnings to challenge the markets. When will investors catch a break?

SECURE 2.0: How Does it Affect Retirement Plans?

Provisions included in a last-minute spending bill passed last year will usher in big changes to the rules for RMDs, 401(k)s, and more.

Why the Stock Market Is Not the Economy

Watch to learn the difference between the stock market and the economy.

Congress Passes Major Boost to Retirement Savings

Among other provisions, the SECURE Act 2.0 will raise the age at which individuals must begin taking required minimum distributions (RMDs) from their retirement account to 73, beginning in January 2023.

Will Rising Federal Debt Slow Economic Growth?

Over the past 70 years, rising government debt generally has been accompanied by weaker economic activity. But it's not a simple relationship.

2023 Market Outlook

As we look to the new year, what can investors expect from the markets in 2023?

Make the Most of EV Tax Credits, Solar Tax Credits, and More

Learn how to claim tax credits for EVs and home energy-efficiency improvements.