Markets and Economy

August 19, 2022

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

The End of Rate Hikes?

The signals from central banks that rate hikes, which began last year, may be coming to an end could be welcome news for investors looking ahead to the next 12 months.

Stocks Ended Higher Despite Disappointing Economic Reports

U.S. stocks closed out the day in positive fashion after bouncing back from negative territory earlier in the morning.

Weekly Trader's Outlook

S&P 500 edges higher amid optimism that inflation peaked in June.

Schwab Market Perspective: Mixed Signals

Although some recent economic data has been strong, the bigger picture is more nuanced. Some leading economic indicators have begun signaling recession, and the Treasury yield curve is inverted.

Stocks Cap the Week With Solid Gains

U.S. stocks closed solidly higher to cap off a week that saw the S&P 500 notch its fourth-straight weekly gain.

Both Sides Now: Fed's Dueling Mandates

July's hot jobs report will likely keep the Fed in a hawkish position, but key to watch moving forward is a continued softening in leading labor and inflation indicators.

The Strong Dollar: Can It Continue?

A trifecta of factors support the dollar, including the relatively strong performance of the U.S. economy, tightening monetary policy by the Federal Reserve, and safe-haven buying. These are likely to remain intact into 2023.

The Return of Dividends

Although the 10-year U.S. Treasury yield climbed above stocks' dividend yields earlier this year, dividend payers may continue to reward should the economy continue to slow.

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.

MBS: Yields are Up, but Fed Policy Poses a Risk

Mortgage-backed securities (MBS) yields may have room to rise as the Federal Reserve continues its "quantitative tightening" process. However, MBS have unique characteristics that investors should understand before considering them as an investment.