Market Insights

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Schwab Market Outlook: On the Path to Recovery



2021 Schwab Market Outlook

  • Global Outlook: New Cycle, New Leadership


     As 2020 draws to a close, economic momentum is fading with infection rates on the rise, governments responding with more lockdowns, and few prospects for any major near-term fiscal stimulus.

  • Fixed Income Outlook: Calmer Waters


    Ten-year Treasury bond yields may rise as high as 1.6% in 2021, reflecting prospects for faster economic growth.

  • U.S. Market Outlook: Reaching Better Days?


    Stocks closing out 2020 having crossed the COVID chasm; but the economy has more rough terrain to traverse.

Market commentary

  • How Rising Corporate and Federal Debt Could Affect Your Investments


    Federal and nonfinancial corporate debt are near historic levels. Here’s why it matters—and how you might adjust your portfolio in response.

  • What to Expect from the “Lame Duck” Congress


    Debate over another round of coronavirus aid and economic stimulus likely will be at the top of the agenda for the post-election session. 

  • Market Reacts to Election & Possible Vaccine


    America voted, and while some uncertainty remains—especially regarding control of the Senate—a new political configuration is taking shape. So what’s the market impact?

Timely strategies

Planning & investing

Planning & investing

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When Should You Sell? Part 1: Stocks and Bonds

Successful investing is about what you buy and when you buy it, but also what you sell and when you sell it. So how do you decide which stocks and bonds to sell when?

Near or in retirement

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3 Steps to Prepare for Early Retirement

Retiring earlier than you planned may not be your first choice, but you can take steps to shore up your portfolio to help achieve your retirement goals.


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What Are Semi-Transparent ETFs?

A new breed of exchange-traded fund offers less transparency—in ways good and bad.

Your frequently asked questions about volatility

Your questions about volatility

Will the Federal Reserve and government stimulus spending eventually lead to inflation?
How can I take advantage of market volatility as a trading opportunity?
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Concerned about how recent market volatility may affect your investments?