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.

U.S. Economy: A Glass Half Full?

With tried-and-true economic indicators pointing in different directions, what should investors be watching to get a good read on the economy now and the near future?

July 11, 2024 Michael Townsend

Adopt a Trader Mindset

From the fear of missing out to geopolitical and economic uncertainties, investor emotions are high. The wisdom of a seasoned trader could help you focus on the data and stay on track.

June 27, 2024

Strong Economy But Investor Uncertainty Lingers

Even with a growing economy, falling inflation, and record low unemployment, investors can’t shake concerns about interest rates, the election, and the U.S. debt and deficit.

June 13, 2024

Income Is Back in Fixed Income

Investors looking for solid returns with lower risk and less volatility are finding a bright spot in today’s bond market.

May 16, 2024

Global Issues: Risks & Rewards

International markets continue to outperform U.S. markets, but not without obvious concerns. How do you weigh the risk-reward ratio when adding foreign stocks to your portfolio?

May 02, 2024

Good News for Data-Driven Fed?

The flood of economic data can be overwhelming, confusing, and often contradictory. So what data is the Fed tracking as it battles inflation and considers rate cuts?

April 18, 2024

Medicare Planning Starts Now

For nearly everyone, part of every paycheck you earn goes straight to Medicare. It’s a big and confusing investment that needs to be managed wisely—but when and how do you start?

March 21, 2024

Election Year Investing Fears

The hype is always high in a presidential election year, fueling investor emotions and worry over the markets. So how do you prepare yourself and your portfolio for a bumpy ride?

March 07, 2024

What to Know Before Buying Bonds

After a rough couple of years, there are real opportunities in bonds. What do you need to know to make better decisions on when and what to buy?

February 22, 2024

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

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