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Principal Global Economist in Des Moines, Iowa

Our Global Economist is a member of the Global Insights team which is responsible for economic, market strategy, and asset allocation viewpoints to support Principal’s investment strategy, outlook, and brand presence.

Be part of the development, analysis and communication of global economic insights and research. Partner closely with members of Principal’s Insights program to develop and execute the ongoing program of economic analysis in programmatic content and research. Support a diverse stakeholder group, by providing timely, in- depth economic research, forecasting tools, and macroeconomic analysis with a global investment perspective. While the primary role would be to cover the US economy, an understanding and knowledge of global economies is also required.

How you'll spend your time:

  • Source, research, analyze, and evaluate global economic data, conditions and financial markets to extract intelligent insights, project economic trends, and design, develop and evaluate economic models and forecasting tools.

  • Perform advanced statistical and econometric analyses of data including working with complex data sets and managing the treatment of gaps and other challenges.

  • Translate and communicate macroeconomic views through the development of clear data visualizations, charts, written analyses, and presentations for use by members of the Insights team.

  • Identify and drive intellectual thought leadership through delivery of forward-looking economic trends with a view for enhancing strategic and tactical asset allocation investment performance.

  • Collaborate with the broader Insights team to produce regular reports for management that distill complex data into a clear/consumable format to be used for investment decisions.

  • Maintain a strong knowledge of financial market developments.

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  • Master's degree in economics with a minimum of 5 years of relevant experience.

  • Excellent analytical and modeling skills. Should be proficient in the use of market data software (Bloomberg, FactSet, EViews, etc.), programming languages (R, Python, etc.) and other applications (Microsoft Office, etc.) as well as data sets used to develop global macroeconomic models and analytics.

  • Must be skilled working in global team environments.

  • A thorough understanding and knowledge of global economies in addition to the US economy is preferred.

  • Proven ability to articulate thought process and findings.

  • Proven writing and data visualization skills.

  • Record of delivering high impact in a fast-paced business environment

  • Business judgment and relentlessly high standards

  • Willing to travel within USA for presentations and client engagement.

We are looking for a self-motivated economist who has the ability or experience in working with alternative data sources. Strong knowledge of quantitative analysis and statistical modeling techniques, and a robust understanding of how investment markets and economies function is required.


Open to multiple locations within our Asset Allocations hubs in the U.S. Des Moines, IA, New York, NY, and Seattle, WA. Open to full time remote pending qualifications.

Work Authorization/Sponsorship

At this time, we're not considering candidates that need any type of immigration sponsorship now or in the future or those needing work authorization for this role. (This includes, but is not limited to students on F1-OPT, F1-CPT, J-1, etc.)

Investment Code of Ethics

For Principal Global Investors positions, you’ll need to follow an Investment Code of Ethics related to personal and business conduct as well as personal trading activities for you and members of your household. These same requirements may also apply to other positions across the organization.

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Principal is an Equal Opportunity Employer

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

Requisition ID: 2021-29290

Enterprise Segment: PGI

Business Area: PGI Other

External Company Name: Principal Financial Group

Street: 801 Grand Ave

Remote: Yes

FLSA Status: Exempt