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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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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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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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Photo of two men discussing investing near retirement and how market fluctuations shouldn't affect their retirement goals.

News of market volatility can make you nervous, especially if you're near retirement. Here are a few ways to counter those reactions when it comes to your hard-earned retirement dollars.

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A woman who has learned about variable annuities and if they fit into her retirement income plan.

If retirement is still a few years (or even a few decades) off, a variable annuity could offer a great opportunity to potentially grow your nest egg.

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A couple who is figuring out if an indexed annuity is right for their retirement income plan.

An indexed annuity provides the opportunity for risk-free growth. See if it might be a good fit for your retirement saving strategy.

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