About Us

Our expertise spans the globe, but we’re bound by one common purpose: to give you the financial tools, resources and information you need to live your best life.

Our story

We got tired of corporate videos that were, well, too corporate. So, here’s us. In two minutes.

A little bit more about us

Whether you’re looking to secure your own retirement or your clients’, we’ll work with you to find strategies that are right for you to help you meet your specific, long-term goals.

  • Retirement plans: #1 provider of Defined Benefit retirement plans1, #1 recordkeeper of Employee Stock Ownership Plans2, and #1 provider of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation plans3
  • Insurance: The #5 non-medical carrier5
  • Mutual funds: #4 manager of target-date lifecycle mutual funds in the U.S.6
  • Workplace culture: Best Place to Work in Money Management7, Best Place to Work in Information Technology8, and One of America's Best Employers10
  • Company ethics: One of the World's Most Ethical Companies9 and #3 Greenest CRE Company4

We have $619.7 billion11 in assets under management, and you can trust us to manage your money, too. Join our customers worldwide, whom we serve through a national (U.S.) network of financial professionals and a diverse family of companies with offices in 18 countries.

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New logo, same company

We might look different, but we’ll continue to serve you with the strength, stability, integrity and experience you expect. 

2015 Corporate Social Responsibility report

Our focus on progress has us always looking to the future to ask, "What's next?" when it comes to doing more as a socially responsible company. The 2015 report highlights some of the ways we have made improvements in key socially responsible areas.

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Simply put, your goals are at the heart of what we do. It’s what motivated Edward Temple to start our company in 1879. It’s what continues to drive us today. We believe everyone can make progress with the right partner.

Dan Houston

Chairman, President, and CEO

Des Moines, IA

1 PLAN SPONSOR magazine, DB Administration Survey, May 2015

2 Based on the number of plans, PLAN SPONSOR Recordkeeping Survey, June 2016

3 Based on total number of NQDC plans, PLAN SPONSOR 2015 NQDC Buyer's Guide, July 2015

4 Commercial Property Executive Published March 2014, “2014 Greenest CRE Companies” list.

LIMRA International 2015 U.S. Sales and In-Force Survey Reports, based on fully insured contracts in force.

6 Principal Funds ranked as the fourth largest manager of target-date lifecycle funds in the United States by Financial Research Corporation Lifecycle Fund Analytic Report. September 2011. “Active multi-managed target-date choices” describes the underlying assets.

7 Pensions & Investments, “The Best Places to Work in Money,” December 12, 2016

8 Computerworld, 2015

9 Ethisphere Institute, 2015

10 Forbes, 2015

11 As of March 31, 2017