Dr. Robert F. Baur is the managing director and chief global economist for Principal Global Investors, and is a vice president for the Principal Financial Group. Principal Global Investors manages $235.3 billion in assets. He oversees investment activity for the firm, and conducts macroeconomic and quantitative research to forecast domestic and international economic trends. Bob also directs macro-economic research for Multi Asset Advisors, an asset allocation boutique of Principal Global Investors. Bob received a Ph.D. in economics and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Iowa State University. He also completed post-doctoral study in finance and economics at the University of Minnesota. Bob has numerous speaking engagements in the U.S. and around the world. He is frequently quoted by the financial news media and appears regularly on CNBC and Bloomberg TV.