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Steady as We Go: Fed Keeps Rates Unchanged
Market Commentary

As expected, the Fed kept rates unchanged; but did make clear its view that vaccines are key to the trajectory of the economic recovery.
Bridging the Gap(s): Converging and Diverging Trends Stemming From the Crisis
Market Commentary

As a review of the year that was, today’s report analyzes and dissects the nature of the K-shaped recovery in both the economy and stock market.
Market Commentary

Joe Biden takes the Presidential oath of office this week in the U.S., marking the end of a long U.S. political contest; a year of political challenges is just getting started overseas.
Schwab Market Perspective: A Narrow Path Up
Market Commentary

U.S. stocks have continued to climb amid optimism about a vaccine-led economic recovery, but bad news could easily throw markets off track.
Market Commentary

It has been an extraordinary start to 2021 in the nation’s capital.
Market Commentary

December brought the first payrolls decline since last April; with leisure/hospitality—and women—bearing the brunt of the weakness. Expect more economic “scarring” to come.
Top Five Global Investment Risks In 2021
Market Commentary

Risk is often the result of a very high degree of confidence among market participants in one specific outcome.
Rise Up: Vaccines Brought Broader Market Participation
Market Commentary

The market’s tenor changed in early September, when the “rotation era” began; with the benefit of better breadth, but the risk of euphoric sentiment.
Market Commentary

The planned vaccine rollout is good news that has lifted the stock markets around the world. But the reality of the rollout faces risks that could extend the time frame for mass immunizations.
Market Commentary

Stocks head into 2021 having crossed the COVID chasm; but the economy has more work to do. Will vaccines get us to the other side?
2021 Schwab Market Outlook

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. However, the global economy has the potential to make a full recovery in 2021, rebounding from the -4.4% decline in 2020 with growth of +5.2% in 2021, according to current estimates from the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

Market Commentary

Recent positive COVID-19 vaccine may represent a light at the end of the tunnel; but the resurgent virus means we’re still in the darkest part of the tunnel.
Election Day to Inauguration Day: a test for global stock markets
Market Commentary

Stock market performance during the transition period between outgoing and incoming U.S. presidents tends to be more dependent on the economic cycle than the election results.
Too Much: Market Succumbed Again to Trifecta of Virus, Fiscal Relief and Election Uncertainty
Market Commentary

Last week ended with the S&P 500 having its worse week since March; amid surging virus cases and election uncertainty. Is the worst over?
Market Commentary

The S&P 500 posted the worst week since March, losing 5.6% over five trading sessions.
“De-globalization” Already Happened And It Didn’t Matter
Market Commentary

In 2020, politics and the pandemic have led to a lot of speculation that they could bring about an end to the rise of globalization—yet that began over a decade ago.
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?
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.
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.

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