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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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Nov. 20, 2014
A is for China (PDF)
China's A-shares are making headlines as leading index providers propose to include the shares in certain of their indexes. One of the ways to invest in China's A-shares is with RQFII-licensed asset managers, which provides distinct advantages such as greater liquidity, fewer restrictions, and flexible investment guidelines.

Latest Perspective

Bob Bauer

Nov. 6, 2014
Implications on the End of QE in the U.S. – Perspectives from Principal Global Investors (Video)
How will the end of QE affect markets? Watch our latest video, featuring experts from across the investment boutiques of Principal Global Investors commenting on how the end of QE in the U.S. will affect their asset classes and the economy as a whole.

Investment Management

Principal Global Perspectives – October 2014 (PDF)


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.

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.

Financial Security

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.

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.

Economy

Vanishing labor Market Slack (PDF)


Economic Insights, Nov. 3-7, 2014:
All in all, this was a hawkish jobs report because it shows whatever labor market slack exists is rapidly diminishing.

The U.S., Firing on all Cylinders (PDF)


Economic Insights, Oct. 2014: The 3.5% estimate of third-quarter growth put the last six months on the best pace since the last half of 2003. Early October releases suggest the momentum continued this quarter.


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