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.

Five Big Issues

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.

July 28, 2022

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?

July 14, 2022

Fed Gets Aggressive

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

June 16, 2022

Fighting Investing Fears

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?

June 02, 2022

Current Global Winners & Losers

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?

May 19, 2022

Can Fed Win 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

Crypto'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

World Changes Expose 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

Interest Rates Set to Rise

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

Geopolitics and 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

Rising Rates Target 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

3 Issues Still Facing Congress

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

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 Michael Townsend

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?

September 16, 2021

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.

July 29, 2021

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.

July 15, 2021

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.

July 01, 2021