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A Look at Sector Trends

While major indexes have seemingly been calm this year, there are notable and stealthy sector leadership shifts that have happened under the surface.

April 15, 2024 Liz Ann Sonders • Kevin Gordon

Perspective: Rolling Recovery?

There are signs that some previous "rolling recessions" are starting to turn into rolling recoveries.

April 12, 2024

Market Snapshot

Liz Ann Sonders shares her perspective on the U.S. stock market and economy in this monthly Market Snapshot video.

April 11, 2024

Earnings Season Changes?

Earnings growth, a driver of long-term stock market performance, seems to be expanding beyond a handful of U.S. equities, supporting more broad-based market performance.

April 08, 2024

EM Bonds: What to Know Now

Emerging-market local-currency bonds have rallied sharply since last October, along with other risky segments of the global bond market. However, navigating the market can be challenging.

April 03, 2024

Market updates

Joe Mazzola

Schwab Market Update: Opening

Joe Mazzola
April 18, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Today's Options Market Update

Joe Mazzola
April 17, 2024
Stock Graph

Looking to the Futures

Ryan Hinsen
April 17, 2024
Joe Mazzola

Weekly Trader's Outlook

Joe Mazzola
April 12, 2024

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2023 Taxes: 8 Things to Know

With Tax Day approaching, here are eight things to keep in mind as you prepare to file your 2023 taxes.

December 05, 2023

Form 1099-B Reporting

Learn what cost basis is, where to find it on Form 1099-B, and what option traders might expect with their Form 1099-B.

October 02, 2023


Intro to thinkorswim® Desktop

Welcome to thinkorswim®. In this video we'll provide a high-level tour of the most commonly used features of the thinkorswim trading platform.

August 28, 2023

Trading Futures vs. Stocks

Stocks and futures both trade on exchanges, but that's where the similarities end. Futures contracts expire on a set date and can be traded using much more leverage.

April 26, 2023

Options Exercise and Assignment

Learn about options exercise and options assignment before taking a position, not afterward. This guide can help you navigate the dynamics of options expiration.

March 16, 2023

Options Expiration Checklist

Managing options positions on expiration day requires an understanding of the process. Here's an overview of things you should know about options expiration.

October 28, 2022

Planning and retirement

Medicare for Globetrotters

Medicare can fall short when traveling. Here's how to fill the gaps.

April 10, 2024

Tips for Early Retirement

Here's how to figure out how your budget and savings would be affected if you had to retire earlier than anticipated.

April 09, 2024


Save Money Traveling Abroad

Don't let unnecessary expenses eat into your vacation budget.

April 08, 2024

College Custodial Accounts

Custodial accounts may not offer the tax benefits of 529 plans, but they can be used to fund expenses that 529 plans don't cover.

March 27, 2024

Large Withdrawal Mistakes

How to manage a large portfolio withdrawal without throwing the rest of your finances out of whack.

March 13, 2024

What is Tax-Gain Harvesting?

Strategically selling your winning investments could reduce current and future taxes.

March 11, 2024

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