Interview: Liz Ann Sonders

Schwab's chief investment strategist sees a choppy ride up.

Liz Ann Sonders has earned a reputation for her spot-on analysis of the stock market and the economy, and her knack for connecting with individual investors.

What are we to make of this market? I'm not a market timer, so I'm not telling clients to back up the truck and load up. But to me, this smacks of a buying opportunity. I think we can have an up year, but there could be a decent amount of pain between now and then. I expected that this would be a choppier year. But what I find troubling is the mechanics of the market. What's nerve-racking is all of this machine-to-machine trading -- a lot of funky things happening that go beyond fundamentals. I think machines are going to cause more mini dramas.

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Anne Kates Smith
Executive Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance

Anne Kates Smith brings Wall Street to Main Street, with decades of experience covering investments and personal finance for real people trying to navigate fast-changing markets, preserve financial security or plan for the future. She oversees the magazine's investing coverage,  authors Kiplinger’s biannual stock-market outlooks and writes the "Your Mind and Your Money" column, a take on behavioral finance and how investors can get out of their own way. Smith began her journalism career as a writer and columnist for USA Today. Prior to joining Kiplinger, she was a senior editor at U.S. News & World Report and a contributing columnist for TheStreet. Smith is a graduate of St. John's College in Annapolis, Md., the third-oldest college in America.