WashingtonWise Investor

WashingtonWise Investor

Our finances, portfolios, and the markets are affected daily by the policies and politics coming out of Washington. In each episode of WashingtonWise Investor, 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.

Click each episode link below for a transcript and full show notes.

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