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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
Americans are Hanging on to Refunds this Tax Season
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.

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

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

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®.

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.


Show Me the Data

Economic Insights, Apr. 6 – 10:
Strength in the jobs market should restore vigor in spending and income in 2014, especially in the second and third quintiles.

Implications for the Fed

Economic Insights, Mar. 30 – Apr. 3:
The feeble jobs report and the generally weak first-quarter data surely take a June rate hike off the table and move it to September.

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