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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

  • August 21, 2017

    Controversy in Washington and terror in Barcelona combine with weak earnings news to pull stocks down for the second week in a row.  Read More.

  • August 14, 2017

    Stocks slip, but don’t slide, after a war of words with North Korea. Read More.

  • August 7, 2017

    Earnings and jobs help drive the Dow to a record for five days straight as it surpasses the 22,000-point mark. Read More.

  • July 31, 2017

    Healthcare reform falls short, but the major indexes once again notch new highs thanks to strong earnings news. Read More.

  • July 24, 2017

    Solid earnings + cautious central bankers = bullish investors and new record highs for stocks. Read More.

  • July 17, 2017

    Yellen speaks, bond yields sink – and the S&P 500 and the Dow close the week at new highs. Read More.

Quarterly Commentary

  • Second Quarter 2017

    "Which Asset Class Will Justify Investors’ First-Half Love?" Few forecasters predicted that the first six months of 2017 would witness sharply rising global equity markets alongside falling long-term interest rates Read More.

  • 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.