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Markets Jump on Latest Inflation Readings 06/18/2024

Better than expected inflation data has investors once again expecting a soft landing. Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at why the path forward may not be as smooth as many think.

Markets Jump on Latest Inflation Readings The latest inflation data added fuel to an already surging market. In this week’s Market Commentary, we look at why investors may be wise to temper their enthusiasm.

Conflicting Jobs Data Creates Challenges for the Fed 06/11/2024

Your opinions about the strength of the job market may come down to which employment report you read. Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the discrepancies between two leading reports and weighs in on how the disconnect in reports complicates the Fed’s decision on rates.

Conflicting Jobs Data Creates Challenges for the Fed Is the job market red hot or showing signs of cooling? Last week’s employment data suggests both. In this week’s Market Commentary, we look at why getting an accurate read on the employment picture may be a challenge for the Fed.

Latest Inflation Data Fails to Deliver Ah-ha Moment 06/04/2024

The latest data shows the disinflationary process is progressing at a snail’s pace. Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at why the modest improvement in prices pressures is unlikely to satisfy the Federal Reserve.

Latest Inflation Data Fails to Deliver Ah-ha Moment The latest inflation data showed gradual improvement. We look at why the pace of disinflation is still a concern.

A Look at the Market’s Unyielding Belief in Immaculate Disinflation 05/30/2024

The latest economic data cast further doubt on the timing of potential rate cuts. In this week’s Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at why investors may be underestimating the chance of a bumpy road ahead for the economy.

A Look at the Market’s Unyielding Belief in Immaculate Disinflation Are investors overestimating the likelihood of a soft landing? We look at challenges that remain for the economy and Federal Reserve.

Why the Pace of Disinflation Is So Important 05/21/2024

Higher interest rates appear to be taking a toll on the economy. In this week’s Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at whether the Fed can get inflation under control before the weak economy dips into a recession.

Why the Pace of Disinflation Is So Important With higher rates clearly impacting the economy, is inflation falling fast enough to allow the Fed to avoid a recession?

How Main Street Sentiment Could be a Challenge for the Economy 05/14/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at why faltering consumer sentiment could pose another challenge to the economy.

How Main Street Sentiment Could be a Challenge for the Economy How does the latest tumble in consumer optimism fit into the economic picture? Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Another Challenge for the Fed to Contend With 05/07/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at how recent conflicting wage data highlights another wrinkle for the Fed to contend with.

Another Challenge for the Fed to Contend With Look for more volatility in inflation as we move later into the business cycle. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Latest Economic Data Underscores the Fed’s Tough Task Ahead 04/30/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the latest economic and jobs data and how it points to a tough task ahead for the Fed.

Latest Economic Data Underscores the Fed’s Tough Task Ahead More signs emerge that inflation is moving in the wrong direction. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Investors Adjust to the Likelihood of Higher Rates for Longer 04/23/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at how recent inflation trends have put the Fed on hold when it comes to rate cuts and what it means for the economy.

Investors Adjust to the Likelihood of Higher Rates for Longer Recent inflation measures have the Fed pumping the brakes on rate cuts. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

More Hot Inflation Data Dashes Hopes for Significant Rate Cuts 04/16/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the latest inflation numbers and why a focus on valuations may be a good approach if the Fed holds rates higher for longer.

More Hot Inflation Data Dashes Hopes for Significant Rate Cuts More evidence of stubborn inflation may force the Fed to keep the brakes on the economy. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Why Sticky Inflation Is Making Things Difficult for the Fed 04/15/2024

The markets had a strong first quarter despite inflation sticking around. Here’s a timely analysis from our chief investment officer about what lingering price pressures may mean for the Fed and economy.

Why Sticky Inflation Is Making Things Difficult for the Fed In Northwestern Mutual’s Quarterly Market Commentary, we look at how sticky inflation may signal the late stages of the economic cycle.

Timing of Rate Cuts Remains Cloudy 04/09/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the latest economic data and what it means for the Fed.

Timing of Rate Cuts Remains Cloudy Amid mixed economic data over the past week, investors are now solidly split on whether the Fed will cut rates in June. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Latest Data Gives Fed Little Reason to Cut Rates 04/02/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte digs into the latest inflation figures and why the Fed should think twice about cutting rates in the near term.

Latest Data Gives Fed Little Reason to Cut Rates The latest inflation data may have the Fed holding rates higher for longer. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Markets Cheer Latest Fed Projections 03/26/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the Fed’s latest economic forecasts and why expected rate cuts may not materialize as quickly as some investors think.

Markets Cheer Latest Fed Projections The latest economic forecasts from the Fed underscore the balancing act it faces on rates. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Signs of Lingering Inflation Raise the Stakes for the Fed 03/19/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the latest inflation data and the impact higher interest rates are having on consumers.

Signs of Lingering Inflation Raise the Stakes for the Fed The latest inflation data puts the Fed in a tough situation when it comes to cutting rates. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Mixed Employment Data Highlights the Challenge the Fed Faces 03/12/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at what the latest data has to say about the employment picture and what it means for the Fed.

Mixed Employment Data Highlights the Challenge the Fed Faces The latest employment data provides little clarity on when the Fed might act on rates. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Trending Inflation Is a Cause for Caution 03/05/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the latest inflation data and why it should be cause for concern by the Fed.

Trending Inflation Is a Cause for Caution Investors look past the trend in inflation as markets hit new highs. Get more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

The Risk Some Investors May Be Missing 02/27/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at a recent investor trend and the risk it poses.

The Risk Some Investors May Be Missing A recent investor trend may be putting some folks at risk. Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Hot Inflation Readings Dash Hopes for Near-Term Rate Cuts 02/20/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the latest inflation data and why the Fed may be compelled to hold rates at current levels for longer.

Hot Inflation Readings Dash Hopes for Near-Term Rate Cuts Latest Inflation data highlights that more progress is needed before the Fed cuts rates. Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Hot Wage Growth Highlights Lingering Inflation Risks 02/06/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at wages and employment numbers and what it means for the timing of potential rate cuts.

Hot Wage Growth Highlights Lingering Inflation Risks Strong wage gains may tie the Fed’s hands on rates. Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Will the Fed Risk Overheating the Economy? 01/30/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte discusses where we are in the business cycle and why it may mean rate cuts are on hold.

Will the Fed Risk Overheating the Economy? The decline of the inflation rate could reverse if the Fed cuts rates too soon. Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

How the Fed’s Softer Tone Could Hurt Its Fight Against Inflation 01/23/2024

In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte makes the case that now is not the time for the Fed to take a victory lap.

How the Fed’s Softer Tone Could Hurt Its Fight Against Inflation Are recent comments from the Federal Reserve undercutting its efforts to fully extinguish inflation? Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

A Reversal of Fortunes for the Markets—but Challenges Remain 01/12/2024

A timely analysis from our chief investment officer about why the pace of wage growth may be the overlooked story of 2024.

A Reversal of Fortunes for the Markets—but Challenges Remain Why Wage Growth May Prevent the Recent Market Surge From Lasting.

Latest Employment Data Highlights the Fed’s Challenge 01/09/2024

The markets pulled back last week as investors focused on employment readings. In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Officer Brent Schutte looks at the data and why wage growth remains a concern for the Fed.

Latest Employment Data Highlights the Fed’s Challenge The latest employment and wage data underscores why rates may need stay higher for longer. Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Markets Surge as Investors Eye Rate Cuts in Early 2024 12/19/2023

Equities notched a record week in anticipation of rate cuts in the first half of 2024. In the Weekly Market Commentary, Chief Investment Office Brent Schutte looks at the data and why the optimism may be premature.

Markets Surge as Investors Eye Rate Cuts in Early 2024 A softer tone by Fed Chair Powell ignited a surge in the markets, but is it premature? Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

12/13/2023

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Making Sense of the Latest Complicated Employment Data 12/12/2023

Equities continued to climb last week as some employment data opened the door for easing wage pressures, but are the improvements sustainable? Get the latest from Brent Schutte in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Making Sense of the Latest Complicated Employment Data Last week’s employment data offered some encouraging news, but is it enough to erase the Fed’s fears of wage inflation? Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Investors Embrace Bad News as a Sign the Rate Hiking Cycle Is Over 12/05/2023

Equities continued to rally as investors embraced soft economic data as a sign the Fed is done raising rates, but what if the slowdown gains momentum? Get the latest from Brent Schutte in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Investors Embrace Bad News as a Sign the Rate Hiking Cycle Is Over Investors continued to cheer signs of an economic slowdown, but can it last? Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

Lingering Warning Signs: Is the Economy at Risk Despite Strong Market Gains? 11/21/2023

Last week’s surge in equities and strong market gains have sparked optimism, but are we ignoring warning signs about the economy? Get the latest from Brent Schutte in Northwestern Mutual’s Weekly Market Commentary.

Lingering Warning Signs: Is the Economy at Risk Despite Strong Market Gains? Investor optimism over the past week may be a bit premature. Read more in our Weekly Market Commentary.

11/20/2023

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