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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
  • 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

  • August 5, 2019

    Disappointed by the Fed and caught off guard by the president’s new tariffs against China, stocks sink, with the S&P 500 posting its worst week of the year. Read More

  • July 29, 2019

    Investors will have their attention tuned to Wednesday afternoon’s announcement about whether the Fed will cut rates. Read More

  • July 22, 2019

    Stocks hit new highs to open the week but then declined on mixed earnings news and fear that the Fed will not be as aggressive as hoped when it comes to rate cuts. Read More

  • 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

  • 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