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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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Sept. 12, 2014
Debt Reduction Key to Securing Financial Future (PDF)
When asked what actions they are taking to secure their financial future, employees were most likely to say paying down debt. This was closely followed by saving for retirement.

Latest Perspective

Sept. 3, 2014
There's More To Business Life Insurance Than The Claims It Pays
In honor of Life Insurance Awareness Month, Steve Parrish reflects on how the basic concept of life insurance has evolved in to a multitude of uses for business owners in business planning. See highlights and trends in his latest Forbes column.

Investment Management

Green Real Estate Makes Dollars and Sense (PDF)


August 2014 – Commercial real estate tenants are increasingly willing to pay higher rents for environmentally friendly features and amenities. That means "green" real estate can offer the opportunity for improved risk-adjusted performance.

Not All Emerging Markets are Created Equal


June 2014 – 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.

Financial Security

Generation Y: The Untapped Market for Financial Advisors


August 2014 – Advisors report their financial health is on the up-and-up, yet they're still not reaching Gen Y clients. Find out what's on the minds of advisors in our Well-Being Index: Advisors.

Trends in Key Employee Benefits


July 2014 – The Principal® spotlights participants' experiences with nonqualified deferred compensation plans in new research. Learn which factors drive satisfaction with these benefits.

Economy

Is Goldilocks Back? (PDF)


Economic Insights, Sept. 1-5, 2014: The falloff in job growth in August may be an anomaly as other parts of the jobs report painted a brighter picture.

Diverging Central Bank Policies (PDF)


Economic Insights, Aug. 2014: The Fed's bond purchases will end in October and it is clear from the July FOMC meeting that an intense debate is going on over how and when to raise the Fed Funds rate.


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