In this episode of WashingtonWise Investor, Randy Frederick, Schwab’s vice president for trading and derivatives, joins host Mike Townsend to reflect on a stellar market that broke trading volume records in Q1 and offer insight on the key issues for investors to watch in Q2. They discuss whether the forward momentum is likely to continue or if the market is headed for a pullback, as well as the outlook for the new infrastructure plan, whether the retail trading frenzy around “meme stocks” is over, the rise of SPACs, and the future of cryptocurrency.
Mike also offers his insights on the prospects for the White House’s infrastructure plan on Capitol Hill and how the Federal Trade Commission is positioned to take on a major role in the battle between Washington and Big Tech.
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