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.

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.

April 28, 2022

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.

March 31, 2022

Rapid World Changes Expose Vulnerabilities & Risks

War in Europe is sparking rapid change with repercussions around the globe. Investors have questions about how to respond and whether things will ever return to the way they were.

March 17, 2022

Rates Set to Rise: How High, How Fast, How Long?

How high and fast must interest rates rise before consumers and companies slow spending enough to bring inflation under control? Will these rate hikes impact jobs and the economy?

March 01, 2022

Could Geopolitical Hotspots Burn U.S. Markets?

Growing tensions with Russia and China have the U.S. and EU considering tough responses. But how will the markets and the economy react to these geopolitical showdowns?

February 03, 2022

Will Rising Interest Rates Tame Inflation?

Getting inflation under control is job one at the Fed right now, so rates are set to rise. But how soon, how much, and at what cost to the economy?

January 20, 2022

Three Unresolved Issues Congress Must Address

As the year winds down, Congress and the president must make decisions on key issues with potential long-term impact on the markets and economy.

December 08, 2021

Can Your Portfolio Make an Impact and a 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

Reading the Signs of Change and Finding 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 Speed Bumps Ahead

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. Chaos 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 Michael Townsend

Big Issues, Tight Deadlines May Rattle the 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?

September 16, 2021

Confusing Economic Signals: What's Going On?

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.

July 29, 2021

Debt Ceiling Disruption: 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.

July 15, 2021

On Your Mind: Investors' Top Mid-Year Questions

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.

July 01, 2021