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 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

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