About Us

The Principal Financial Group®(The Principal®) is a premier global investment manager, and among the industry leaders in a long list of products and services.

  • #1 provider of Defined Benefit retirement plans1
  • #1 provider of Employee Stock Ownership Plans2
  • #2 provider of Nonqualified Deferred Compensation plans3
  • #3 Greenest CRE Company4
  • #4 provider of non-medical insurance coverages5
  • #4 manager of target-date lifecycle mutual funds in the U.S.6
  • Best Place to Work in Money Management7
  • Best Place to Work in Information Technology8
  • One of the World's Most Ethical Companies9
  • One of America's Best Employers10

With more than $527.4 billion11 in assets under management, The Principal serves 19.1 million11 customers worldwide through a national (U.S.) network of financial professionals and a diverse family of companies with offices in 18 countries.

But the most important thing? We’re a company that is focused on giving you the edge you need to achieve your financial goals.

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We’re growing in our environmental leadership

The Principal celebrates its third year as a CDP Climate Leader.

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"Many middle-income folks don't want to become investment experts, but they can and do articulate what they are trying to achieve. We provide them with the tools."

Larry Zimpleman, Chairman, Des Moines, IA

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1 PLAN SPONSOR magazine, DB Administration Survey, July 2014

2 PLAN SPONSOR magazine, Recordkeeping Survey, June 2014

3 PLAN SPONSOR NQDC Buyer's Guide, July 2014

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

5 LIMRA 2013 survey: Non-medical based on fully insured employer 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, 2014

8 Computerworld, 2015

9 Ethisphere Institute, 2015

10 Forbes, 2015

11 As of fourth quarter, 2015