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.

Will Geopolitical Risks Bite?

Global hotspots are constantly generating headlines. But investors need a balanced perspective, or they could miss out on potentially strong performance in international markets.

February 08, 2024

Is Record Rally Sustainable?

Investors are feeling pretty good as key indexes hit record highs, but there are questions about cracks in the underlying economic data that could derail the momentum.

January 25, 2024

Navigating the 2024 Markets

Uncertainty is the watchword for 2024. As investors, can we learn to handle uncertainty and the volatility it brings while keeping emotions in check and our portfolios on track?

January 11, 2024

Shape Up Your Financial Plan for 2024

From polishing up your portfolio, to checking on your estate plan, to making tax-efficient choices, now is the time to get your financial plan on sound footing for the new year.

December 07, 2023

Financial Fraud: No One Is Immune

Financial fraudsters are getting smarter, and their tools, like AI, are getting better. So how do you identify a scam and protect yourself from becoming a fraud statistic?

November 16, 2023

Hurdles Mount in Divided House

The three-week odyssey to find a speaker of the House is over, but the looming government shutdown and a growing list of policy battles continue to stymie progress on Capitol Hill.

November 02, 2023

Global Fears Cloud Big Picture

Geopolitical events can impact the markets with little warning. But investors need to step back and view the big picture to be able to make sound decisions.

October 12, 2023

Bonds Shine with Fed's Call

The Fed has indicated higher rates for longer, and that's good news for bond investors. What's the strategy to take advantage of what may be a once-in-a-generation opportunity?

September 28, 2023

Economy’s Mixed Messages

A barrage of conflicting economic data is keeping the investing horizon cloudy. What are market experts focusing on, why does it matter, and does it apply to your portfolio?

September 14, 2023

AI: Investor Considerations

Artificial intelligence is all the buzz with investors. But how do you evaluate AI companies, and what are the intrinsic risks?

July 27, 2023

AI: The Power and the Perils

The AI genie isn’t going back in the bottle, so how do individuals, companies, and governments harness its power while mitigating inherent risks?

July 13, 2023

The Case for Bonds

After a disastrous 2022, things are looking up for bonds in 2023. Is now the time to put bonds back in your portfolio, and what should you consider before you start buying?

June 29, 2023

Now What for Markets?

Passing the debt ceiling bill did not give markets the all-clear sign. What are the ongoing concerns for the equity, bond, and global markets—and your portfolio?

June 15, 2023