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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
  • February 18, 2019

    Stocks continue their recent roll after Congress averts another shutdown and China and the U.S. make progress in their trade talks. Read More

  • February 11, 2019

    Despite concerns about a slowdown in Britain and the Eurozone, not to mention the trade deal with China, the Dow rallies on Friday to finish up for the seventh week straight. Read More

  • February 4, 2019

    With an assist from the Fed, stocks rebound from a brutal December and put together their best January in 30 years. Read More

  • January 28, 2019

    Fourth-quarter earnings news outweighs fears of a slowdown in China to drive the Dow and Nasdaq up for the fifth week straight and, oh yes, the government is back in business – for now. Read More

  • 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

  • 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