SOURCE: Equity Leader Inc.

February 27, 2012 09:00 ET

Conditions of Growth, Economic Analysis - Research Report on The Charles Schwab Corporation and Principal Financial Group Inc

HONG KONG--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - Today, introduced research coverage of The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) and Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE: PFG). Full research reports are available to readers at:

Economic fundamentals leading into 2012 have set a generally positive pace with GDP growth likely to pick up through the coming year. However, there are several important caveats to note as the world economy continues to face headwinds and risks weigh to the downside. Positive outlooks are conditional on fiscal policy in payroll taxes and unemployment insurance benefits and upon the easing of the European debt situation. A repeat of volatility experience in 2011 is likely in 2012, as perceptions about the strength of the U.S. economy and the euro zone will vary over time as events unfold.

Despite the current situation, our team continues to identify high momentum situations with growth potential -- there remains strong opportunity within careful discretion.

Equity Leader has decided to cover The Charles Schwab Corporation for its current position within the financial industry. The Charles Schwab Corporation (CSC) is a savings and loan holding company. The Company engaged, through its subsidiaries, in securities brokerage, banking, and related financial services. As of December 31, 2010, the Company had eight million active brokerage accounts and 1.5 million corporate retirement plan participants. A copy of this report detailing The Charles Schwab Corporation (NYSE: SCHW) is available at:

Equity Leader is also taking note of Principal Financial Group Inc for its changing role within the financial industry. Principal Financial Group, Inc. (PFG) is a provider of retirement savings, investment and insurance products and services. As of December 31, 2011, the Company had approximately 18 million customers. PFG's United States and international operations concentrate primarily on asset accumulation and asset management. To download free research on Principal Financial Group Inc (NYSE: PFG) investors may visit:

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