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Markets & Economy

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Liz Ann Sonders, Jeffrey Kleintop, Brad Sorensen
April 13, 2018
There have been some violent market moves recently, but it’s important for investors to keep things in perspective.
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Jeffrey Kleintop
April 11, 2018
The current candidates for the next bubble do not seem to fit the classic bubble profile and may cause less potential damage if they were to burst, but that doesn't mean they don't carry risks for investors.
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Jeffrey Kleintop
March 05, 2018

Global stocks gave up roughly half of their recovery from the February correction last week as President Trump previewed his plan to impose a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum. Not every new tariff constitutes a trade war—metals have often been a target of U.S. tariffs with steel tariffs imposed by each of Trump’s recent predecessors in the White House. Although small in economic impact, these tariffs are symbolically important.

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Kathy A. Jones
February 28, 2018
Even during periods of rising interest rates, fixed income assets can—and often have—produced positive total returns.
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Liz Ann Sonders
February 26, 2018

Every month in the immediate aftermath of the release of The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (LEI) I put together a small deck together for Schwab’s Operating Committee highlighting the overall data and some of the key takeaways. The latest report—out last week—was notable in its strength; and in stark contrast to the worries expressed by some clients lately about the risk of a recession in the near term.

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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Previous volatility spikes and flatter yield curves have tended to have had a relatively predictable effect on sectors, historically speaking. Here’s what investors should know.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the consumer discretionary sector, which covers companies that sell non-essential goods and services.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the consumer staples sector, which includes consumer items that tend to be viewed as household necessities.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the energy sector, which encompasses companies that help produce and distribute energy.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the financial sector, which encompasses the financial services industry and is often referred to by the acronym FIRE, for finance, insurance and real estate.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the health care sector covers health care equipment and services as well as  pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the industrial sector, which includes providers of capital goods, commercial services, transportation services and infrastructure.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the information technology sector, which covers most makers and providers of computer, data, and electronic equipment and services.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the materials sector, which describes an array of commodity-related manufacturing industries.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the real estate sector, which covers companies involved in real estate and includes equity REITs.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the telecommunications sector, including operators of telecom networks and providers of communications and data transmission services.
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Brad Sorensen
February 22, 2018
Schwab's view on the utilities sector, which covers a variety of industries that generate and deliver power and water.
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Liz Ann Sonders
November 30, 2015
Looking again at some popular valuation metrics, it’s a mixed bag … with mixed messages, suggesting as always that valuation is in the eye of the beholder.