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CONTENT WITH Market Commentary

Timely takes on markets and the economy.

With the rise in mortgage rates accompanying a rash of weaker housing data, attention is back on whether housing remains a leading economic indicator.
As unemployment remains low and the number of open jobs continues to rise, upward pressure on wages has finally kicked in.
EM stocks are prone to high volatility, as we have experienced this year. We will be watching the signs closely to see if this is typical volatility or something leading to a deeper and more prolonged downturn.
Liz Ann Sonders highlights two things about the so-called trade war with China that she believes don’t get the attention they deserve.
Despite the long-running bull market, there continues to be a lack of investor enthusiasm, which should help the bull market continue.
The consumer is looking good heading into the holiday shopping season, and the dire predictions for brick-and-mortar stores may have been premature.
We explore how investors who followed Schwab’s 7 Investing Principles would have fared during the 2008 bear market and afterward.
The August payroll report was generally strong, with a kick into higher gear for wages. Will “Main Street” feel better than “Wall Street” this year?
At the end of September some shifts are coming to the way market sectors are organized. What are the implications for investors?
The U.S. bond market has been a good indicator of peaks in international stock markets. This is now important since the yield curve in the U.S. has flattened more than in Europe.

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