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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 22, 2017

    Stocks falter on Wednesday as the D.C. drama escalates with the naming of a special prosecutor, but rebound on Thursday and Friday. Read More.

  • May 15, 2017

    Q1 earnings for retailers help end the S&P 500’s weekly winning streak, but the major indexes remain in near-record territory. Read More.

  • May 8, 2017

    Stocks hit new highs in a very busy week when the government avoids a shutdown, the Fed stands pat, the House passes the healthcare bill, and France elects a new president. Read More.

  • May 1, 2017

    Stocks rise on relief about the election in France, strong Q1 earnings, and Trump’s tax reform plan. Read More.

  • April 24, 2017

    Mixed earnings news, falling oil prices, the president’s plans, and the French election add up to a volatile, but winning, week for stocks. Read More.

  • April 17, 2017

    Investors look to Treasurys after retail sales fall and overseas tensions rise. Read More.

Quarterly Commentary

  • First Quarter 2017

    "It’s More Than a Feeling..."  Intentionally or sub-consciously, many people, including yours truly, have referred to the economy over the past eight years as being in a state of recovery … Read More.

  • 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.