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Let’s be honest: financial planning can be confusing, stressful, and just plain boring. But when you focus on the kind of life you want—the goals, needs, and dreams you have for yourself and your family—your decisions about money get a lot easier. We’re here to help you explore the financial topics that matter to your life.

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Photo of women reading about how mutual funds work.

Mutual funds are pooled investment vehicles made up of different assets like stocks, bonds, and/or other investments. Find out how they work.

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We’re predicting some growth but see warnings of a recession in 2021. Get our senior economist’s take on how the money you invest could be affected in 2020.  

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A couple of retirement plan participants talking about the SECURE Act status and how it will affect them in 2020.

Principal is excited about how the new legislation provisions within the SECURE Act will benefit individuals and employers alike. A note from Dan Houston, Principal CEO.

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Woman who has created a financial plan.

You’re thinking about your 2020 resolutions. Now, it’s time to make them happen. We’ll help you set doable financial goals in 5 steps.

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Photo of a man who learned how tax reform will affect him.

Brush up on tax know-how here. It may help minimize your tax bill and avoid blunders that could cost you money.

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Photo of woman reviewing her 2020 financial calendar on her smartphone

Mark your 2020 calendar with these key financial deadlines like FAFSA, taxes, and benefit enrollment.

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