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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

Jan. 16, 2015
Picking Up the Pace: New Evidence of Better U.S. Employment and Wage Growth (PDF)
Client data from the Principal Financial Group suggests recent spike in U.S. wages. Read the latest research from Principal Global Investors' economists for the full findings.

Latest Perspective

Steve Parrish, blog author

Jan. 20, 2015
Why You Should Pay Taxes Now
Rushing to pay your taxes might seem like crazy talk to some, but Steve Parrish says that in some situations, the long-range benefits can outweigh the immediate expense.

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.


Robust U.S. Economic Momentum (PDF)

Economic Insights, Jan. 12-16, 2015:
Data this week was mixed, but falling oil prices was behind most of the weakness.

A Year of Job Strength (PDF)

Economic Insights, Jan. 5-9, 2015:
Employment growth was strong throughout 2014 and December was no exception. The U.S. economy recorded the strongest year of job growth since 1999.

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