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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Consumer Confidence Is Still Low, So Why Are the Markets Doing So Well?
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? In this month’s podcast, Ron and Mark discuss the other factors driving (or not) market reaction; you might be surprised.

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Real Estate’s Driving Force in the U.S. Economypodcast symbol
July, 2014: Download audio | Listen in iTunes

Whether you are a retail or commercial investor, real estate can have a significant impact on the economy and your finances. Listen as Ron and Mark cover the U.S. real estate market and how Russia’s activity in the Ukraine could impact U.S. investing.

School's Out: A Mid-Year Financial Report Card & A Look at Consumer Education Debtpodcast symbol
June, 2014: Download audio | Listen in iTunes

Listen to this month’s podcast as Ron and Mark discuss the impact of education debt on the economy, possible changes to funding, and their overall thoughts on how the economy is doing as we approach the mid-year point.

*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.