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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

June 30, 2014
Trends in Key Employee Benefits
New research from The Principal® spotlights participants' experiences with nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Learn which factors drive satisfaction with these benefits, how deferral decisions are made and the role of these plans in retirement readiness for key employees.

Latest Perspective

July 21, 2014
New Ideas For Accessing Capital – Beyond The Traditional Bank Loan
Capitalism is alive and well in the U.S. Besides traditional loan financing, new and improved sources of capital are making it easier for business owners to access funds. Find out new ideas to access capital in Steve Parrish's latest Forbes column.

Investment Management

Not All Emerging Markets are Created Equal

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.

Understanding the Role of Fixed Income

Most advisors know that fixed income is an important element of a diversified portfolio, regardless of the market environment...but do their clients understand that? This new thought capital series helps educate investors on this key investment strategy.

Financial Security

Supporting Retirement Savings

New research: Employers want financial professionals to focus more on retirement plan savings success.

New 403(b) survey

The latest trends among non-profit organizations that provide retirement plans to employees. Simplification and personalization rule.


No Exit? (PDF)

Economic Insights, July 7 – 11, 2014: The Federal Reserve will almost certainly wind down asset purchases in October, unless economic growth slows significantly.

Stellar Payroll Report (PDF)

Economic Insights, June 30 – July 4, 2014: The stellar U.S. payroll report was not the only healthy narrative in a data-filled week. Other indicators of job market vigor were also quite good.

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