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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 Strategist 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
  • May 20, 2019

    Major developments in the U.S. trade war with China moved markets in the past week, although not substantially. Read More

  • May 13, 2019

    The stock major indexes swing wildly as trade discussions break off and the U.S. raises tariffs on China — and pledges to impose new levies Read More

  • May 6, 2019

    The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq set records yet again during a week in which the jobless rate fell to a 50-year low. Read More

  • April 29, 2019

    Upbeat earnings news and a stronger than expected initial first-quarter GDP reading push stocks higher. Read More

  • April 22, 2019

    Investors are gearing up for earnings news from bellwethers and the government’s first estimate of Q1 GDP this week. Read More

  • April 15, 2019

    The markets finish the week strong after Q1 earnings news from banks and Disney’s good week push the S&P 500 and the Dow back to within 2 percent of their all-time highs. Read More

  • First Quarter 2019: The Quarter Where Nearly Everything Worked

    The Quarter Where Nearly Everything Worked Read More

  • Quarterly Commentary Fourth Quarter 2018

    The Year When Nothing Worked Read More

  • Quarterly Commentary Third Quarter 2018

    Goldilocks and the Three Fears Read More

  • Quarterly Commentary Second Quarter 2018

    Unique But Not Different Read More

  • Quarterly Commentary First Quarter 2018

    Singles and Doubles, Not Home Runs Read More

  • Quarterly Commentary Fourth Quarter 2017

    This Is (Not Yet) the Summer of 1969 Read More

  • Quarterly Commentary Third Quarter 2017

    I’m All Right … Don’t Nobody Worry About Me Read More

  • Quarterly Commentary Second Quarter 2017

    "First-Half Love ..." Read More