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Less is more

Four score and seven years ago… Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address was not the keynote address on November 19, 1863 at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery.  It certainly wasn’t the longest speech of the day with most counts showing only 271 words.  It was however, the most memorable, going down as one of the

Posted by Jerry Ripperger, VP of Consulting, the Principal Financial Group, Principal Securities Registered Representative on November 7, 2018

A housing market stumble

Housing is a key leading indicator for the US economy. In fact, according to Edward Leamer’s 2007 National Bureau of Economic Research Paper Housing is the Business Cycle, weak housing and consumer durables sectors have preceded eight recessions since World War II. Recently, housing data have turned down. Should we be concerned about recession, or

Posted by Robin Anderson, Ph.D., Senior Economist, Principal Global Investors on October 30, 2018

Main Street is outperforming Wall Street

After two weeks of stock market turmoil reminiscent of the plunges in February and March, it’s time to take stock. The key to what’s happening in financial markets today is understanding the divergence between the real economy and financial returns: between Main Street and Wall Street. Middle America is doing great; the real economy is

Posted by Bob Baur, Ph.D., Chief Global Economist, Principal Global Investors on October 23, 2018

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