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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

  • January 17, 2017

    As the world waits for the Trump era to begin, retail sales were solid, some big banks outperformed and the Nasdaq notched a new high four times in five days. Read More.

  • January 9, 2017

    Stocks begin 2017 on a strong note, with the S&P 500 and NASDAQ reaching new highs and the Dow rising to the brink of 20,00. Read More.

  • January 3, 2017

    Stocks drift for the week but close out a stellar year thanks to Wall Street’s post-election surge and stronger economic growth. Read More.

  • December 27, 2016

    With trading volumes low, the Dow climbs for the seventh week straight but once again comes up just short of the 20,000-point mark. Read More.

  • December 19, 2016

    The Dow falls just short of 20,000 as the Fed raises its rate for the first time this year, with a forecast of three hikes in 2017. Read More.

  • December 12, 2016

    The Dow closes in on 20,000 (!) as investors gird for what’s widely expected to be the Fed’s first, and only, rate hike of 2016. Read More.

Quarterly Commentary

  • Fourth Quarter 2016

    "Ain’t No Mountain High Enough" It is a cliché that financial markets advance by climbing a wall of worry. However, it doesn’t seem like a stretch to say that the stock market scaled a mountain of pessimism in 2016 Read More.

  • Third Quarter 2016

    “To Every Season … Turn, Turn, Turn” The end of the third quarter marked eight years since Lehman Brothers’ fall helped plunge the global economy into the Great Recession. While there have been fleeting moments … Read More.

  • Second Quarter 2016

    "Uncertainty Rings True" In the aftermath of the Great Recession, uncertainty was an environmental staple. The second quarter of 2016 is no exception Read More.

  • 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.