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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

Dec. 16, 2014
Where Will Yield Come From in the Future?
Watch the latest video featuring experts from across the investment boutiques of Principal Global Investors commenting on why yield is so important and where it will come from in their asset class in the future.

Latest Perspective

Steve Parrish, blog author

Dec. 15, 2014
Three Companies Doing Well By Doing Good
The rise of the B-Corp offers legal structure for mission-driven, for-profit companies interested in making corporate social responsibility a key part of how they measure success.

Investment Management

Principal Outlook for Commercial Real Estate (PDF)

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.

Asset Allocation: No Longer One Size Fits All

Oct. 2014 – Read unique insights from across our specialized boutique asset managers in our newest paper on emerging markets. This collection of articles represents the views of four of our boutiques and what they see as the challenges and opportunities for emerging markets.

Financial Security

Principal Financial Well-Being Index survey: American Workers

Dec. 2014 – American Workers are feeling more financially fit going into this holiday season. And a majority plan to give back during the holidays.

Pension Risk Management: Dispelling Annuity Purchase Misconceptions (PDF)

Oct. 2014 – Risk management decisions for defined benefit (DB) plans are complex and challenging to make. Learn more about the true impact of annuity purchase on DB plans.


Against Oil Odds: Investment Impacts from Plunging Petroleum Prices

The current weakness in the price of oil is the triumph of economists over geologists. Find out how oil markets have worked out according to the economists' point of view in this new video from Jim McCaughan, CEO of Principal Global Investors.

Discretionary or Necessary: Revisiting Consumer Spending Trends (PDF)

Economic Insights, Dec. 8-12, 2014:
With flat incomes and higher costs for necessities like health care and education, household services spending has stagnated since the end of the Great Recession.

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