Only 52 countries have a higher GDP* than the value of the portfolio Ron Joelson, Chief Investment Officer for Northwestern Mutual, oversees and now you can have his insights delivered right to your phone, tablet or email through this monthly podcast. Each month Ron and Mark McLennon, vice president of investment services with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, share their perspectives on current financial news and how what’s going on in the world could impact you and your finances.

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What’s Fueling Recent Market Turbulence?
October, 2014: Download audio | Listen in iTunes

The S&P 500 and the DOW are both down from their record highs in September. Throughout the summer, the markets indicated that something extraordinary had to happen in order for them to really move, so what happened? Listen to this month’s podcast as Ron and Mark share their thoughts on what’s causing the turbulence and how poised the U.S. is to weather the storm.

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The Driving Factors That Could Make the Markets Movepodcast symbol
September, 2014: Download audio | Listen in iTunes

We discussed last month consumer sentiment and an “immunization factor,” meaning that current consumer, government, and foreign activities aren’t enough anymore to make the markets move. So what will? This month, Ron and Mark share their thoughts on what they feel will create movement in the markets.

Consumer Confidence Is Still Low, So Why Are the Markets Doing So Well?podcast symbol
August, 2014: Download audio | Listen in iTunes

Recent studies on consumer sentiment show that Americans are still feeling a general lack of satisfaction and confidence with how things are going with the U.S. economy and our political system, yet the markets are still performing well. So what else impacts the economy and the markets? Ron and Mark discuss the other factors driving (or not) market reaction; you might be surprised.

*Source: World Data Bank, Country GDP Data from World Data Bank Copyright May 2014.
The general account portfolio assets are $186 Billion as of the Investment Report delivered April 30, 2014.