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Reflecting on 2017, there are some natural high and low points, especially when it comes to spending and saving. The Principal Financial Well-Being Index: American Workers, took a deep dive into these trends to get a sense for how American workers are planning for the holiday hubbub.

There are those who would call retirement security a crisis. Find out what Dan Houston thinks the three major global challenges are and what we must consider as we work to clear a path to financial security for everyone.

Principal Financial Group® released findings from the Principal Financial Well-Being Index, the survey shows a record 58% are feeling optimistic about the economic outlook for 2018. 

Voluntary Pensions in Emerging Markets: New Strategies for Meeting the Retirement Security Challenge, a research report by the nonprofit Global Aging Institute, argues that the success of emerging markets at ensuring retirement security will increasingly depend on their success at building robust voluntary pension systems.

‘Tis the season for holiday spending. According to the Principal Financial Well-Being IndexSM, 32 percent of American Workers will primarily shop online for holiday gifts, up from 20 percent last year.