Government Policy

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

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.

When Interest Rates Rise, What Should You Do with Bonds?

Bonds can play an important role in your portfolio, but how do rising interest rates affect fixed income?

Five Big Issues Top Washington's To-Do List

With several key issues moving to the front burner in Washington, investors are asking questions about what they could mean to their finances now and into retirement.

Recession: Are We There Yet?

Investors are faced with an overload of data on jobs, inflation, energy prices, housing and more. But does it all add up to a recession?

Fed Gets Aggressive: What's It Mean for Investors?

Sticky inflation leads Fed to give rates a bigger bump. Could change be on the horizon for the economy and the markets?

Fighting Investing Fears in a Difficult Market

We can be our own worst enemy when emotional and behavioral factors drive our investing decisions. So how do we get past them and make sound choices?

Current Winners and Losers in the Global Economy

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?

Recession in China?

The world's second-largest economy and consumer market has likely slipped into a recession, at least by China's standards.

Can the Fed Win the Inflation Battle?

Liz Ann Sonders joins the podcast to discuss the Fed's aggressive approach on inflation, the chances for a recession, the market's reaction, and what investors need to keep in mind.

Cryptocurrency's Split Personality

Is it a currency? Is it an investment? Can it be both? Schwab's Randy Frederick joins the podcast to discuss what investors need to know about where cryptocurrency may be headed.