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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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Apr. 15, 2014
Gen Y Defines Their American Dream
New research shows Gen Y workers are optimistic about the future. Greg Burrows on how their passion for financial security and retirement savings shows they are taking charge and planning for their own American Dream.
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Investment Management

Asset Management Research Report

Investing In A Debt-Fuelled World discusses the challenges facing global financial markets imbued with ultra-low interest rates, heavy uncertainty, and investors who lack direction and the impact on investing.

Why Diversification Matters

Having enough income in retirement is often a top concern among investors. Learn how an outcome-oriented portfolio that seeks to mitigate specific risks using non-core income strategies and a multi-discipline, multi-manager approach can contribute to your goals.

Financial Security

Retirement Confidence, not Behavior, Rebounds

The 2014 Retirement Confidence Survey says expectations don't always meet reality. Greg Burrows and Dan Houston on actions to build retirement security.

Americans Banking on a Tax Refund

The Principal Financial Well-Being Index finds American Workers will use tax refunds to beef up nest eggs. See the infographic showing workers' plans for the extra funds.


Economic Insights: March 31 – April 4, 2014

With the winter weather effects now receding and payroll employment seemingly back on track, the U.S. economy looks set to put a weak first quarter behind it and show strength throughout the rest of the year.

Economic Insights: March 2014

Unless pressured by bond purchases looking for safety in the face of unexpected geopolitical turmoil, U.S. interest rates should trend higher into mid-year and year-end.

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