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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

May 2015
Paying for college can be a huge burden.
Jenny Smith, Financial Services Representative at The Principal, has some tips for parents and students on how to tackle college costs

Latest Perspective

Steve Parrish, blog author

May 26, 2015
I Get To Go To Work
Steve Parrish shares a story about his friend, Pete, who despite a severe physical disability, joyfully shows up for work every day.

Investment Management

Unlocking the Future of Capital Markets


Apr. 2015 – A new paper authored by Jim McCaughan, CEO Principal Global Investors, reveals how four current trends will greatly influence the future of capital markets.

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

Debt Down, Confidence Up


Apr. 2015 –But most workers admit they’re behind schedule in planning and saving, according to the 2015 Retirement Confidence Survey. See more key findings.

Americans are Hanging on to Refunds this Tax Season


Apr. 2015 – 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.

Economy

Waiting for the U.S. Rebound


Economic Insights, May 18- 22:
If the lousy GDP report for the first quarter really was from temporary factors as Fed Chair Yellen noted, we should see signs of a strong rebound: not this week — no clear recovery of momentum.

Where is the Momentum?


Economic Insights, May 11 - 15:
The U.S. economic data have been frustratingly disappointing. Economic surprises relative to market expectations are the lowest since 2009.


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