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The latest insights from our experts on attitudes, behaviors and trends that impact long-term financial security. Thought leaders from across the globe provide data analysis, research and perspective on the economy, investment management, retirement security and more. Know more now.

Latest Insight

April 2015
Debt Down, Confidence Up
But most workers admit they’re behind schedule in planning and saving, according to the 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey. See more key findings.

Latest Perspective

Steve Parrish, blog author

April 6, 2015
Five Ways To Avoid Tax Foolishness
There's no fooling this guy. Our own Steve Parrish breaks down the Tax Day decisions you can make in the next week to set you up for a less painful tax bill next year.

Investment Management

Unlocking the Future of Capital Markets

Apr. 2015 – A new paper authored by Jim McCaughan, CEO Principal Global Investors, reveals how four current trends will greatly influence the future of capital markets.

Principal Outlook for Commercial Real Estate

Dec. 2014 – A new report from Principal Real Estate Investors covers key themes expected to drive the U.S. commercial real estate market in 2015, including stronger economic growth in the United States and continued accommodative monetary policy.

Financial Security

Americans are Hanging on to Refunds this Tax Season

Apr. 2015 – American workers are feeling more confident in the economy, saving on gas and getting ready for their tax refunds, according to new research from The Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM: American Workers.

Millennials and Retirement

Mar. 2015 – While the majority of millennials are starting early when saving for retirement, most aren't saving enough now in order to enjoy a comfortable retirement later, according to new research from the Principal Financial Group®.


U.S. Income Inequality

Economic Insights, Apr. 20 – 24:
Household income differences in the United States and in other countries have always existed and are a fact of economic life. But more important than simply acknowledging its existence is an evaluation of why such inequality exists and what can or should be done about it.

Service Sector Renaissance

Economic Insights, Apr. 13 – 17:
It surprises many to hear the United States had a trade surplus of services of $181 billion in 2014. In fact, service exports have grown more than twice as fast as GDP since 1999, at almost 4.5% annually.

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