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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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February 2015
Principal Global Perspectives – Ideas on Allocation (PDF)
With the current economic environment in mind, we asked a selection of our investment management boutiques for their best allocation ideas within their specific asset classes. Take a look at the second installment of Principal Global Perspectives to learn more.

Latest Perspective

Steve Parrish, blog author

Mar. 2, 2015
Don't Give Your Business Away, Sell It
Do you want your kids to be heirs to the family business or successor owners? Steve Parrish explains the difference and offers tips to encourage the latter.

Investment Management

Principal Outlook for Commercial Real Estate (PDF)

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.

Asset Allocation: No Longer One Size Fits All

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.

Financial Security

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.

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.


Is Above-Trend U.S. Growth Already Over? (PDF)

Economic Insights, Feb. 9-13, 2015:
Recent retail sales and trade data have been less than stellar, but outstanding job growth, low gas prices, and improving odds for better wage gains suggest the robust expansion has a few more quarters yet to run.

Awesome Jobs Report (PDF)

Economic Insights, Feb. 2-6, 2015:
It was hard to find something bad with the U.S. employment report for January. Headline payroll growth for January surprised to the upside at 257,000 versus 228,000 expected. It was all about revisions.

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