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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
  • September 16, 2019

    Stocks continue to inch toward record highs and bond yields bounce back thanks to some concessions in the trade war, better-than-expected retail sales, and the expectation of a Fed rate cut this week Read More

  • September 9, 2019

    After an early stumble, stocks rebounded to finish up for the week, driven by new planned trade talks and the prospect of a Fed rate cut. Read More

  • September 3, 2019

    Stocks end their four-week losing streak, but still fall for the month of August as trade rumors and tweets keep investors guessing. Read More

  • August 26, 2019

    Stocks moved sharply lower Friday after a string of tweets from President Trump suggest the President may look to escalate the trade war with China. Read More

  • August 19, 2019

    Stocks are coming off a rough week in which traders digested several market-moving headlines. Here’s what caused last week’s market volatility. Read More

  • August 12, 2019

    Investors shift to the safety of bonds and gold during a volatile week that saw the U.S. and China turn up the trade war heat. Now, there’s a new front opened in the conflict: currency manipulation. Read More

  • Market Commentary Second Quarter 2019: Is It Too Late Now to Say Sorry?

    Second Quarter 2019 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