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  • Weekly Market Commentary

    Access a timely summary of market happenings and economic indicators, plus get a glimpse of what's to come in our weekly market commentary. Topics include:

    • Stock market performance
    • Developments in Washington
    • News from abroad
    • Employment
    • Housing
    • Gross domestic product
    • Consumer spending
  • Quarterly Market Commentary

    Find a timely summary and insightful commentary on economic and financial market trends in our quarterly market commentary. Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte, CFA®, manages to be both enlightening and entertaining in his recaps of economic conditions each quarter. His commentary often discusses:

    • What’s happening in domestic markets
    • Trends in developed markets
    • Developments in emerging markets
    • A historical perspective of current global conditions
    • A look ahead at short- and long-term trends


  • Weekly Commentary
  • Quarterly Commentary

Weekly Commentary

  • April 25, 2016

    Higher oil prices and some better-than-expected first quarter earnings push the Dow Jones Industrial Average past 18,000 for the first time since last July. Read More.

  • April 18, 2016

    Earnings season begins and stocks rebound, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average making a run for 18,000. Read More.

  • April 11, 2016

    Despite a surge in oil prices, stocks stumble as investors look ahead to weak first-quarter earnings — and the IRS. Read More.

  • April 4, 2016

    Stocks close the quarter with positive news about jobs, manufacturing and the Fed’s plans to proceed with caution. Read More.

  • March 28, 2016

    Stocks slide in a short week, hampered by bloated oil inventories, the prospect of a new Fed timetable – and the tragedy in Brussels. Read More.

  • March 21, 2016

    Powered by the Fed, the Dow and S&P 500 erase their year-opening dive and move back into positive territory for 2016. Read More.

Quarterly Commentary

  • First Quarter 2016

    "In Like a Lion ... Out Like a Lamb" This usual descriptor for the winter-to-spring transition that takes place in March succinctly describes the United States equity market during the first quarter of 2016 Read More

  • Fourth Quarter 2015

    The title When Doves Cry might mean something different to you depending on if you are a music fan or a financial market fan. We believe its writer, Prince, symbolizes the current market environment … Read More

  • Third Quarter 2015

    “A 1979 action movie appropriately named The China Syndrome brought to the big screen the sheer terror of an accident at a nuclear power plant … Read More (PDF)

  • Second Quarter 2015

    "The Boys in the Boat"  Older travelers like myself may remember the days when Lockheed was in the commercial aircraft business and manufactured a wide-body aircraft known as the TriStar L-1011 Read More (PDF)