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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

  • May 31, 2016

    Investors come to terms with the Fed’s rate hike and send the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to their best weeks since March and February, respectively. Read More.

  • May 23, 2016

    The Fed indicates it may act sooner than expected, and investors aren’t quite sure what to make of the news. Read More.

  • May 16, 2016

    An upbeat report on retail sales isn’t enough to keep stocks up for the week, and the S&P 500 is now on the brink of being back in the red for 2016. Read More.

  • May 9, 2016

    A mixed job report offers some solace to investors, but stocks still drift downward for the third week straight. Read More.

  • May 2, 2016

    Disappointing first-quarter news from Apple more than offsets the rebound in the price of oil, sending three major indexes down for the week. Read More.

  • 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.

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)