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Broker Charles Schwab Reports a 46% Profit Decline in Fourth Quarter

In the fourth quarter, broker Charles Schwab is expected to see a significant drop in profits, with earnings forecasted at 52 cents per share, marking a 46% decline compared to the previous year. Analysts also anticipate a 30% decrease in net interest income to $2.14 billion, along with lower trading income.

On the retail front, sales at US retailers and restaurants are projected to have increased by 0.4% in December, following a 0.3% rise in November.

US President Joe Biden is set to meet with congressional leaders to discuss the importance of additional funding for Ukraine and Israel.

The US Federal Reserve will release its latest “Beige Book,” providing an anecdotal assessment of economic conditions gathered by each central bank branch. Fed governor Michelle Bowman will also participate in a fireside chat at the US Chamber of Commerce’s event on protecting main street lending in Washington.

In the housing market, confidence among US homebuilders is expected to have improved in January, with the National Association of Homebuilders housing market index projected to have ticked up to a reading of 39 from 37 in December.

Historically, Charles Schwab has been a prominent player in the stock brokerage industry, revolutionizing the sector by introducing discounted trades and online trading platforms. The company’s performance is closely monitored by investors and analysts due to its influence on the broader financial market.

Overall, these developments indicate important trends in the financial and retail sectors, reflecting the current state and potential future direction of the US economy.

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