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Market Commentary

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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

  • September 26, 2016

    The Fed “struggles” to stand pat, but a rate hike before year-end is now expected. Read More.

  • September 19, 2016

    Volatility rules the stock market as the Fed countdown continues. Read More.

  • September 12, 2016

    Fear that central banks will put the brakes on stimulus takes a toll on stocks and bonds. Read More.

  • September 6, 2016

    As summer comes to a close, a so-so jobs report fails to clarify the Fed’s plans for a rate hike. Read More.

  • August 29, 2016

    Yellen is upbeat but offers no timetable, and now attention turns to this Friday’s jobs report. Read More.

  • August 22, 2016

    Once again, the Fed – and its timetable for the first rate hike of 2016 – moves to center stage. Read More.

Quarterly Commentary

  • 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

  • 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)