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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
  • January 22, 2019

    Stocks continued their rebound from the year-end swoon, up for the fourth week in a row on the way to posting the best start to a year since 1987. Read More

  • January 14, 2019

    01/14/19 - The shutdown continues, but so does the stock market’s roll, with the Dow turning in its best three-week stretch since after the election of 2016. Read More

  • January 7, 2019

    01/07/19 - Stocks open the year with another wild week, as the jobs report and calming words from the Fed’s Jerome Powell trigger a Friday stock-market surge to more than offset Thursday’s plunge. Read More

  • December 31, 2018

    12/31/18 - A week of record swings ends with the major indexes up, but they look to be headed for their worst year performance since 2008. Read More

  • December 17, 2018

    12/17/18 - There was little joy on Wall Street last week as a long list of year-end concerns sent all three major indexes into correction territory. Read More

  • December 10, 2018

    12/10/18 - A strong start for the stock market turns south after doubts emerge about the trade truce and the U.S. asks Canada to detain a leading Chinese executive. 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