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Mixed Emotions: Sentiment Telling Divergent Stories
Market Commentary

Investor sentiment is telling a mixed story about the market’s ascent since the March low; begging the question, will the skeptics converge with the optimists?
Schwab Market Perspective: Turning to Earnings Season
Market Commentary

Actual third-quarter earnings may be less important than what business leaders say about their expectations.
Global Impact of a “Blue Wave” Election Outcome
Market Commentary

The potential economic and market impacts a “Blue Wave” for the U.S. election could have on five key areas: taxes, labor, the environment, oil and trade.
Election Blues: Looking at Election History for Market Guidance
Market Commentary

With investors already on edge regarding election uncertainty, an “October surprise” arrives yet again. Can history provide some guidance on how elections impact markets?
Risk of Second Wave of COVID-19 Lockdowns
Market Commentary

The biggest political risk facing investors may be the potential for politicians to implement national lockdowns in response to a rise in new COVID-19 cases that could lead to renewed recession and a new bear market for stocks.
Unwind: Simple Rotation or Something More Sinister?
Market Commentary

Since the early-September all-time market high, a rotation from the prior leaders to more classically-cyclical sectors has been underway; but macro support is not fully evident.
Inflation Blues: Fed Keeps Rates Near-Zero, Officially Adopts Average Inflation Targeting
Market Commentary

Fed maintained rates at near-zero, while also updating its summary of economic projections; now expecting a shallower economic contraction, but a slower recovery thereafter.
Brexit Is Back: The Endgame For Investors
Market Commentary

The risk of a “no deal” Brexit and the potential economic harm that accompanies it increased last week.
Crossroads: Shifting Tides in Stock and Labor Markets
Market Commentary

The stock market rotation continues; while the latest data on the health of the labor market was mixed (brightened by strong productivity).
Market Commentary

Major tech-focused shares fell after helping drive the fastest stock market recovery in history.
Stock Market “Inequality” Hides A Big Change
Market Commentary

The recent imbalances in the stock market can lead to vulnerability; rebalancing portfolios may be valuable to help balance exposure to U.S. capitalization-weighted benchmarks relative to international stocks.
Bond Insights

The move away from a precise 2% target likely means short-term rates will stay lower for longer.
High Hopes: S&P 500 Hits All-Time High Amid Pandemic/Recession
Market Commentary

In a speedy round-trip, the S&P 500 hit an all-time high last week; meaning the rally since March is now an “official” bull market.
Confidence Is Everything: 3 Things May Shake It
Market Commentary

Confidence matters; faith in a brighter future drives risk taking, fueling growth through investment and consumption.
Election 2020

Despite the slow pace of negotiations, we continue to think a deal will be struck this month.
Market Commentary

Let’s take a look at how recent developments may have impacted long-term returns for stock market investors.
Stock Market Reaction to Expiring COVID-19 Programs
Market Commentary

If not extended or replaced, the fading support for the unemployed raises the risk of weakening economic momentum, turning the V-shaped recovery into a W.
Washington Watch

With an election in less than five months, lawmakers are scrambling to get work done before a possible change in the political balance in 2021. There are several key developments for investment advisors and investors to follow.
Market Commentary

Rate of change and inflection points in economic data drive stocks; but in these unique times, the level of said data needs to be considered, too.
Election 2020

Here’s what we’re keeping an eye on in the weeks ahead.
What A COVID-19 Second Wave Means For Investors
Market Commentary

A second wave of global COVID-19 is getting a lot of media attention, but the appearance of a global second wave of cases is primarily driven by the different timing of first waves across countries—rather than second waves within countries.

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