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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

July 24, 2014
New Research: Employees Turn to Family and Friends First for Financial Advice (PDF)
When asked whom they turn to first for financial advice, employees were most likely to say family and friends, followed closely by a financial professional. Two in ten employees said they do not seek any financial advice.

Latest Perspective

July 21, 2014
New Ideas For Accessing Capital – Beyond The Traditional Bank Loan
Capitalism is alive and well in the U.S. Besides traditional loan financing, new and improved sources of capital are making it easier for business owners to access funds. Find out new ideas to access capital in Steve Parrish's latest Forbes column.

Investment Management

Not All Emerging Markets are Created Equal


Will emerging economies and developed economies continue to converge in this decade? A new report by CREATE-Research, sponsored by The Principal, explores investor perceptions of emerging markets and what asset classes will be most in demand by different investor segments.

Understanding the Role of Fixed Income


Most advisors know that fixed income is an important element of a diversified portfolio, regardless of the market environment...but do their clients understand that? This new thought capital series helps educate investors on this key investment strategy.

Financial Security

Trends in Key Employee Benefits


The Principal® spotlights participants' experiences with nonqualified deferred compensation plans in new research. Learn which factors drive satisfaction with these benefits.

Supporting Retirement Savings


New research: Employers want financial professionals to focus more on retirement plan savings success.

Economy

Summer Data Days (PDF)


Economic Insights, July 14 – 18, 2014:
In general, the latest data shows the U.S. ended Q2 on a high note and is entering Q3 with strong momentum.

No Exit? (PDF)


Economic Insights, July 7 – 11, 2014: The Federal Reserve will almost certainly wind down asset purchases in October, unless economic growth slows significantly.


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