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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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June 2015
Principal Global Perspectives — An Economist and A Strategist Discuss: Greece
Robin Anderson and Seema Shah team up for the latest Principal Global Perspectives piece focused on Greece. It covers the current economic state of Greece, historical fundamentals, worst-case scenarios, and several possible resolutions.

Latest Perspective

Steve Parrish, blog author

June 6, 2015
If Finance Were Football, How Would You Run Your Team?
It’s summertime, but Steve Parrish’s mind is on the gridiron, looking at how a football team is a lot like a business owner’s team of advisors. He recommends taking advantage of the financial offseason to get your team ready for kick-off.

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.


Fed Signals Rate Increase(s) This Year

Economic Insights, June 15 - 19:
At the conclusion of its June 16-17 Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting, the Fed signaled that increases in its federal funds rate would come this year, but the questions of when the first increase would happen and how many hikes would occur before the end of the year were left unanswered.

Another Greek Tragedy?

Economic Insights, June 8 - 12:
The chance of Greece missing an International Monetary Fund (IMF) payment is rising. Last week, the IMF announced that its lead negotiators returned to Washington, frustrated by the lack of progress in discussions with Greek authorities.

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