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WashingtonWise

Our finances, portfolios and the markets are affected daily by the policies and politics coming out of Washington. In each episode of WashingtonWise, host Mike Townsend, Charles Schwab’s Vice President for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs, focuses a non-partisan eye on the stories that matter most to investors, and his guests offer actionable suggestions for what to do--and what not to do--with your portfolio. Podcasts are for informational purposes only. This channel is not monitored by Charles Schwab. Please visit schwab.com/contactus for contact options.

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Last Episode Date: 16 May 2024

Total Episodes: 19

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Today’s Yields Put the Income Back in Fixed Income
16 May 2024
Today’s Yields Put the Income Back in Fixed Income

During more than a decade of near-zero interest rates, many investors got used to low returns from boring bonds. But bonds are exciting again, providing investors with predictable real income and stability. So where do bonds fits in today’s portfolio? Collin Martin, direct...

35 min
Are Global Headaches Triggering Risks & Rewards?
2 May 2024
Are Global Headaches Triggering Risks & Rewards?

There has been a flurry of geopolitical developments in recent weeks, from Congress passing a massive foreign aid bill to Cabinet members visiting China to India's elections. But the one that has grabbed the most attention―at least among your kids―is the potential bannin...

31 min
Is There Any Good News for the Data-Driven Fed?
18 April 2024
Is There Any Good News for the Data-Driven Fed?

The Fed says its decisions are data-driven, but recent data on inflation, jobs, and other key economic metrics don't seem to be offering a consistent message. Kevin Gordon, Schwab's senior investment strategist, joins host Mike Townsend to go below the headline data and look...

34 min
No Matter Your Age, Start Medicare Planning Now
21 March 2024
No Matter Your Age, Start Medicare Planning Now

Medicare is one of the toughest federal programs to navigate, a maze of confusing choices, odd deadlines, and potential penalties. Yet it's critically important for everyone, even if you're just starting out in your career, to understand it. On this episode, Susan Hirshman, ...

37 min
Don't Bet Your Portfolio on Election Year Fears
7 March 2024
Don't Bet Your Portfolio on Election Year Fears

The presidential election and its impact on the markets loom large among investors' concerns. Mike Townsend tapped the resources of Schwab's Center for Financial Research to answer client questions, including the role of third-party candidates; what happens if either of the ...

28 min
Considering Bonds? What to Know Before You Buy
22 February 2024
Considering Bonds? What to Know Before You Buy

Bonds can be intimidating. While many investors regard them as a necessary component of a balanced portfolio, that doesn't mean they have a good understanding of how they work. When U.S. bonds struggled to their worst performance ever in 2022, investors naturally were spooke...

41 min
Geopolitical Risk: Is the Bark Worse than the Bite?
8 February 2024
Geopolitical Risk: Is the Bark Worse than the Bite?

From China's economic woes and tensions with Taiwan, to escalating fighting in the Middle East and the disruption of shipping routes, to central banks keeping interest rates high, there is no shortage of anxiety about geopolitical risks. On today's episode, host Mike Townsen...

28 min
Markets Notch Record Rally: Is It Sustainable?
25 January 2024
Markets Notch Record Rally: Is It Sustainable?

With the S&P 500® and Dow Jones Industrial Average hitting record highs recently, the bear market is officially over. But is this momentum sustainable? Schwab Senior Investment Strategist Kevin Gordon joins host Mike Townsend to dig into the latest economic data and dis...

31 min
How to Navigate the 2024 Markets Like the Pros
11 January 2024
How to Navigate the 2024 Markets Like the Pros

For investors, 2024 has more than its share of unknowns, including what steps the Fed and other central banks will take, the direction of ongoing wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, and how elections both in the U.S. and more than 60 countries around the world will play out...

37 min
Shape Up Your Financial Plan for 2024
7 December 2023
Shape Up Your Financial Plan for 2024

With 2023 winding down, it’s important for investors to take stock of their financial plan, consider strategies to minimize taxes, and begin looking for opportunities in 2024. Host Mike Townsend is joined by Daniel Stein, who manages two Schwab branches in Virginia, to dis...

35 min
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