WashingtonWise

Host Mike Townsend focuses a non-partisan eye on news and policies from Washington that impact investors, and his guests offer actionable ideas for your portfolio.

Debt Ceiling Fight and the Markets

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.

January 26, 2023

Market Faces Old and New Fears

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?

January 12, 2023

Can Markets Leave 2022 Behind?

Equity and bond markets in the U.S. and globally have taken it on the chin this year. Does recent positive news signal a course correction, or is more churn on the horizon?

December 08, 2022

Inflation Peaking but Pain Won't End

Indicators are pointing to an easing of inflation, but there are plenty of economic concerns to work through before the markets can truly move out of bear territory.

November 17, 2022

Dangers to U.S. Economy

Recent events in the U.K. and China as well as the Russia/Ukraine war and the strong dollar are impacting the global economy. How will they affect the U.S. markets and economy?

October 27, 2022

Markets at Breaking Point?

The Fed's inflation fight has ramped up volatility, pushed the dollar to new highs, and inverted the yield curve. Now it's stoking recession fears. What can investors do?

October 13, 2022

Does the Fed Have a Plan?

The Fed is determined to break the back of inflation by raising rates again and again—but at what cost to the economy, employment, and the markets? Is there a plan?

September 29, 2022

Investing Takeaways

Sweeping new laws passed by Congress this summer affect corporate taxes, clean energy, electric vehicles, semiconductor manufacturing, and more. What does it all mean for investors?

September 15, 2022

Investing for Impact and Profit

An explosion of investor interest in environmental, social, and governance factors has companies and regulators scrambling to strike the right balance.

November 11, 2021

Signs of Change and Opportunity

Liz Ann Sonders comes back to discuss what investors should be watching for as markets react to changes in the supply chain, the workforce, economic policies, and more.

October 28, 2021

Anxious Markets Eye Big Issues

The market is facing a host of issues, both short and long term, that are sparking concerns for investors. Liz Ann Sonders joins the podcast to help make sense of it all.

October 14, 2021

Can D.C. Halt the Bull Market?

The long-running bull market is facing pressures as Congress continues to flail against complex issues that threaten the economy.

September 30, 2021

Big Issues May Rattle Markets

Congress is facing four major issues, all with short timelines and big hurdles. Can lawmakers find common ground to avoid a government shutdown or worse?

Top Questions From Investors

Washington's slow progress on infrastructure, taxes, deficits, debt, and bills aimed at big tech leaves investors with many questions. Mike Townsend offers updates and discusses the potential for market volatility.

Debt Ceiling Volatility Ahead?

It's been two years since markets had to worry about the debt ceiling, which often sparks market volatility. Now it's back, and the clock is ticking for Congress to address it. Here's what investors need to know.

Confusing Economic Signals

Tried and true economic signals are mixed and have investors in a quandary. Kathy Jones joins the podcast to discuss what investors should be watching for as economic growth slows and inflation ramps up.