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Edge Asset Management Announces New Head of Fixed Income

Tornga to lead firm’s fixed income portfolio management team

July 18, 2011 (Seattle, Wash.) – Edge Asset Management (Edge) in Seattle, Wash., announces Greg Tornga has joined the firm as the head of fixed income and a portfolio manager. Edge is an affiliate of Principal Global Investors and member company of the Principal Financial Group®.

Tornga, with 15 years of experience, will lead the firm’s fixed income team. He joins Edge during a great period of growth, with assets under management (AUM) increasing 47 percent since June 2009 – to $20.6 billion as of June 30, 2011. Tornga’s responsibilities include overseeing $5.2 billion in core plus and investment-grade fixed income AUM.

“Greg’s addition brings years of proven performance and investment experience to a key area of focus for the firm,” said Jill Cuniff, president of Edge Asset Management. “We look forward to adding his leadership to this high performing team, and we count on his expertise being a valuable asset to our clients.”

“Edge’s strong track record, growing asset base and talented investment team offer an attractive long- term opportunity,” says Tornga. “I look forward to working with the team to continue delivering consistent returns to Edge’s clients.”

Tornga comes to Edge from Payden & Rygel Investment Management in Los Angeles, where he was senior vice president – head of investment grade credit. He is a CFA charter holder and earned his MBA from the Argyros School of Business at Chapman University.

About Edge Asset Management

Edge Asset Management (formerly WM advisors) has been a pioneer in the field of actively managed asset allocation funds and is a leading fundamental manager delivering equity and fixed income products focused on total return and income. Edge has $20.6 billion in assets under management across all its investment strategies. In 2007, Edge Asset Management was acquired by Principal Global Investors, the asset management arm of the Principal Financial Group.

About Principal Global Investors

Principal Global Investors is a diversified asset management organization and a member of the Principal Financial Group, with expertise in equities, fixed income and real estate investments, as well as specialized overlay and advisory services. Principal Global Investors manages $235.3 billion[1] in assets primarily for retirement plans and other institutional clients.

About the Principal Financial Group

The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal®)[2] is a retirement and global asset management leader. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, investment services and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $327.4 billion in assets under management[1] and serves some 16.4 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG.

[1]
As of March 31, 2011.
[2]
“The Principal Financial Group” and “The Principal” are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.

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