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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.

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Oct. 1, 2014
Principal Global Perspectives – October 2014 (PDF)
Read unique insights from across our specialized boutique asset managers in our newest paper focused on emerging markets. This collection of articles represents the views of four of our boutiques on what they see as the challenges and opportunities for emerging markets.

Latest Perspective

Oct. 17, 2014
What's Not Keeping the Fastest Growing Companies Awake At Night
Direct from the Inc. 500/5000 conference, hear what's on the minds of owners of some of the fastest-growing businesses in the country.

Investment Management

Asset Allocation: No Longer One Size Fits All

Sept. 2014 – Read the latest trends and goals in asset allocation, which reveals fundamental shift in the mind-set of investors—attitudes and behaviors are now focused on tailored, goal-oriented approaches to manage risk, rather than chasing yield.

Green Real Estate Makes Dollars and Sense (PDF)

August 2014 – Commercial real estate tenants are increasingly willing to pay higher rents for environmentally friendly features and amenities. That means "green" real estate can offer the opportunity for improved risk-adjusted performance.

Financial Security

New Principal Financial Well-Being Index survey: Business Owners

Oct. 2014 – The future looks bright for business owners. Economic optimism soars in the coming year. With a brighter outlook a better work/life balance follows.

Latest Best Practices in Employee Benefits

Sept. 2014 – An independent panel of judges selected growing companies (five – 1,000 employees) for an outstanding commitment to their employees' financial security. Find out what's working.


Jump in Housing Starts Still Mostly Apartments (PDF)

Economic Insights, Oct. 13-17, 2014:
Strong labor markets, low gasoline prices, and decent confidence despite Ebola and geopolitical headlines are likely setting the stage for a decent final quarter of the year for personal consumption.

Considering a Considerable Time (PDF)

Economic Insights, Oct. 6-10, 2014:
The FOMC minutes calmed financial market fears that the Fed might have developed a high pain threshold for advancing the expected rate path in 2015.

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