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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
  • July 15, 2019

    Convinced that the Fed will soon cut its rate late to sustain economic growth, investors pushed the Dow past 27,000 and the S&P 500 past 3,000, both firsts. Read More

  • July 8, 2019

    Good economic news was bad for stocks as traders worry that last week’s strong jobs report may lead the Fed to decide not to cut rates this month. Read More

  • July 1, 2019

    Stocks finish the 1st half of the year strong as trade tensions and the Fed strikes a more accommodative tone. Read More

  • June 24, 2019

    Easing trade tensions and the prospect of easing monetary policy drive stocks to new record highs. Read More

  • June 17, 2019

    Stocks edge up for the second week straight as trade war talk is muted and investors gear up for this week’s Fed meeting. Read More

  • June 10, 2019

    Stocks post their best week of 2019 as the threat of a trade war with Mexico and a sub-par jobs report are eclipsed by the prospect of a Fed rate cut. 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