Markets and Economy

May 21, 2022

Read our latest market commentary on of-the-moment trends so you can make informed investment decisions.

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Volatility begets more volatility.

Stock Market Volatility: Schwab's Quick Take

What our experts think about the recent stock market drop.

Schwab Market Update: S&P 500 Near Bear Territory After Seventh Week of Losses

U.S. equities revved higher into the close to finish mixed in the final session of a volatile week that saw some key retail sector earnings reports exacerbate inflation worries.

Today's Options Market Update

Stocks reverse course and give up early gains.

Get Schwab's view on markets and economy.

7 Investing Strategies to Prepare for Bear Markets

Bear markets occur with some regularity. Is your portfolio ready? Get prepared with these seven investing tips.

Looking to the Futures: Does oil have more room to run?

Oil markets continue its volatile ride while traders attempt to assess the fundamentals within the industry to gain insight into futures prices of the product.

Signs Point to Rising Recession Risk

Rising inflation, rate hikes, supply-chain problems and the Russia-Ukraine war have contributed to growing recession fears. While recessions are impossible to predict, we think the risk of one—sooner rather than later—has picked up.

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?

Doom and Gloom: When Will It End?

Bearish sentiment is becoming a contrarian support; but for now, aggressive Fed action, tightening financial conditions, and the liquidity drain may keep downward pressure on stocks.

Schwab Market Perspective: Downshifting

The economy has slowed amid rising inflation, aggressive monetary policy tightening and persistent global supply chain crises. In turn, the U.S. stock market has weakened.