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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

  • November 28, 2016

    Despite taking time off for some turkey (and online shopping), investors drove the Dow past 19,000 as the major stock indexes continued to notch record after record. Read More.

  • November 21, 2016

    The post-election stock rally ends, but bond yields continue to climb and Yellen’s remarks make a December rate hike all but a sure thing. Read More.

  • November 14, 2016

    The pundits and pollsters get it wrong as Trump wins the election and the Dow soars to a five-year high. Read More.

  • November 7, 2016

    The Cubs finally ended their 108-year losing streak, but the S&P 500 ran up a nine-day streak of its own as pre-election jitters. Read More.

  • October 31, 2016

    Stocks meander as investors gird for the Fed, the jobs report, and the last full week of pre-election politicking. Read More.

  • October 24, 2016

    Positive Q3 earnings news and some mega-mergers help the major indexes end their two-week losing streak. Read More.

Quarterly Commentary

  • 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

  • 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