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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

  • March 20, 2017

    To no one’s surprise, the Fed pulls the trigger as Yellen expresses confidence in the “robustness” and “resilience” of the American economy. Read More.

  • March 13, 2017

    The new health care plan and the tumbling price of oil impact stocks while a strong jobs report all but assures a Fed rate hike this week. Read More.

  • March 6, 2017

    Buoyed by President Trump’s first congressional address, stocks soar and the Dow roars past the 21,000-point mark. Read More.

  • February 27, 2017

    Stocks show no sign of slowing down, but some investors began to hedge their bets by shifting into Treasurys, driving the yield on the 10-year to its lowest level since November. Read More.

  • February 20, 2017

    Investors tune out the political static and the “Trump rally” picks up speed, fueled by positive economic news. Read More.

  • February 13, 2017

    The prospect of tax cuts and strong Q4 earnings drive the major indexes to new highs for two days straight. 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.