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Principal Global Investors

Principal Global Investors (PGI) is an asset management firm that delivers services through a vast network of investment groups, financial advisors and affiliates. It currently has more than $200 billion in assets under management (AUM). 

Principal Global Investors Background

PGI can trace its roots back to 1879. Today, it exists as a global asset management firm. It delivers services and advice through several independent boutiques that specialize in different investment strategies. 

The firm is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Principal Global Investors Holding Company, LLC. 

What Types of Clients Does Principal Global Investors Accept?

PGI works with a variety of clients including: 

  • Individuals
  • High-net-worth individuals
  • Corporate pension and profit–sharing plans
  • Taft-Hartley plans
  • Charitable institutions
  • Foundations and endowments
  • Municipalities
  • Different types of investment funds such as mutual funds, ETFs and foreign funds
  • Trusts
  • Central banks
  • Collective investment trusts (CITs) 
  • Wrap programs
  • Insurance separate accounts
  • Life insurance policies
  • U.S. and international institutions.

Principal Global Investors Minimum Account Size

PGI’s account size minimums depend on the type of investment advisory program you enroll in. Account minimums for separately managed equity portfolios generally range from $10 million to $50 million, depending on the type of investment strategy your advisor utilizes. 

The one for separately managed fixed income portfolios typically spans from $25 million to $50 million. 

In addition, PGI may participate in wrap-fee programs with different sponsors. The sponsor would determine the account minimum but it’s usually $100,000. 

PGI may waive account minimum requirements at its own discretion. 

Services Offered by Principal Global Investors

PGI offers asset management services through a network of independent boutique advisors and other affiliates. These include: 

  • Principal Equities
  • Principal Fixed Income
  • Principal Real Estate Investors
  • Principal Portfolio Strategies
  • Aligned Investors
  • CIMB
  • Columbus Circle Investors
  • Claritas
  • Edge Asset Management
  • Finisterre Capital
  • Morley Capital Management
  • Origin Asset Management
  • Post Advisory Group
  • Spectrum Asset Management

These firms generally provide advice on investing in equities and debt securities along with active and passive currencies.

In addition, the firm provides investment advisory services to separately managed accounts and wrap-fee programs (SMAs) sponsored by broker-dealers, banks or other investment advisors affiliated with broker-dealers. It typically directs trades in these accounts. 

Principal Global Investors Investment Philosophy

PGI generally adopts a range of equity-based strategies. Some of these may involve passive or active management as well as strategic beta, which can be described as a rules-based passive approach. 

In addition, the firm also turns to strategies covering a range of global fixed income strategies. This may involve various securities including corporate debt, municipal bonds and stable value funds. 

Fees Under Principal Global Investors

PGI generally charges fees based on a percentage of your assets under management. These fees vary depending on the investment management strategy you’re involved in. We describe the firm’s current fee schedule below. 

International Equity Fee Schedule
Global equity 0.50% on the first $50 million 0.45% on the next $50 million 0.40% Thereafter
International core equityInternational growth equityGlobal opportunities equity 0.55% on the first $50 million0.50% on the next $50 million0.45% thereafter
International Small Cap Equity 0.85% on the first $50 million0.80% on the next $50 million 0.70% Thereafter
Global Dynamic Risk Premium 0.30% on the first $100 million0.25% Thereafter
Emerging Global Leaders Equity Emerging Markets Equity Global Small Cap Equity  0.75% on the first $50 million0.70% on the next $50 million 0.60% Thereafter
Diversified International Equity International All Country Equity International Opportunities Equity 0.60% on the first $50 million 0.55% on the next $50 million 0.50% Thereafter
European Equity 0.50% on the first $50 million0.40% on the next $50 million0.30% Thereafter


Domestic Equity  Fee
U.S. Small Cap Equity U.S. Small Cap Select Equity U.S. Small Cap Opportunities Equity 0.60% on the first $50 million0.55% on the next $50 million0.45% Thereafter
U.S. Large Cap Dynamic Risk Premium 0.25% on the first $100 million 0.15% Thereafter
U.S. Strategic Beta Indexes 0.15% on the first $100 million 0.125% Thereafter


Aligned Investors Fee Schedule 
U.S. Blue Chip Equity U.S. Mid-Cap Equity  0.60% on the first $50 million 0.55% on the next $50 million 0.45% Thereafter
Focused Equity 0.70% on the first $50 million0.65% on the next $50 million0.55% Thereafter


Edge Equity Fee Schedule
International Equity Income ADR Global Equity Income  0.60% on the first $50 million 0.55% on the next $50 million 0.50% on the next $100 million Negotiable on all thereafter
Capital Appreciation Equity Income 0.50% on the first $50 million 0.45% on the next $50 million 0.40% on the next $100 millionNegotiable on all thereafter
Concentrated Mid Cap 0.60% on the first $50 million 0.55% on the next $50 million 0.50% on the next $100 million Negotiable on all thereafter
Small Mid Cap Value/Equity Income SMID Equity Income 0.70% on the first $50 million 0.65% on the next $50 million 0.60% on the next $100 million Negotiable on all thereafter


Fixed income Fee Schedule
Global Bonds Global Corporate Plus Global Investment Grade Corporate Core Plus Universal 0.35% on the first $50 mm0.30% on the next $50 mm0.25% on the next $50 mm0.20% thereafter
Core Plus Bond 0.30% on the first $100 mm 0.25% on the next $100 mm0.20% thereafter
Core Plus Bond Opportunistic 0.40% on the first $50 mm0.35% on the next $50 mm0.30% on the next $50 mm0.25% thereafter
Corporate Plus Investment Grade Corporate Intermediate Duration Investment Grade Corporate Long Duration Investment Grade Corporate Long Duration Fixed Income Credit Emphasis Long Duration Core Plus 0.30% on the first $50 mm 0.25% on the next $50 mm 0.20% thereafter
Emerging Market Broad 0.50% on the first $100 mm0.45% on the next $100 mm0.40% thereafter
Investment Grade Opportunistic 0.35% on the first $50 mm 0.30% on the next $50 mm 0.25% thereafter
Global Credit Opportunities Global Capital Structure Opportunities 0.35% on the first $50 mm0.30% on the next $50 mm0.25% thereafter
Global Sovereign Bonds  0.40% on the first $50 mm0.35% on the next $50 mm0.30% on the next $50 mm0.25% thereafter
Mortgage Backed Securities  0.30% on the first $50 mm 0.25% on the next $50 mm0.20% thereafter
Short Term Income  0.20% on the first $150 mm0.15% on the next $150 mm0.10% on the next $150 mm


Municipal Fee Schedule
Opportunistic Municipal  0.30% on the first $50 mm0.25% on the next $50 mm0.20% thereafter
Municipal California Fixed Income Municipal Fixed Income 0.25% on the first $100 mm0.20% on the next $100 mm0.15% thereafter


Asset Allocation Strategies Fee Schedule
TR-Balanced TR-Conservative GrowthTR-Conservative Balanced TR-Flexible Income TR-Strategic Growth 0.60% on the first $50 mm 0.50% on the next $50 mm 0.40% on the next $100 mmNeogtiable thereafter
Active Income Global Income Active Balanced 0.60% on the first $200 mm 0.55% on the next $200 mm 0.45% on the next $400 mm Negotiable on all thereafter

But note that these are advisory fees only. They generally don’t account for other expenses your account would bear such as custodial fees and charges associated with the underlying funds your portfolio invests in. For more details, refer to the fund prospectus as well as relevant advisory documents provided by PGI. 

For SMA wrap programs, asset-based fees typically range from 0.22% to 0.55%. However, the program sponsor ultimately determines these fees. More information can be found in the sponsor’s disclosure brochure. 

In addition, PGI may charge performance-based fees, which it would negotiate with the client. 

What to Watch Out For

Because of its open architecture framework, PGI may accept fees from various sources including third-party affiliates that offer products recommended or sold by PGI advisors. This may create a conflict of interest as some advisors may be incentivised to recommend specific products for potential higher compensation. However, PGI works as a fiduciary and must uphold its duty to always provide advice in your best interests. In addition, the firm must disclose potential conflicts of interests under regulations that govern RIAs

Also, the firm says that it works with non-high-net-worth individuals, yet its minimum is account requirement starts at $10 million.

Principal Global Investors Disclosures

PGI has no legal or disciplinary events in the past 10 years to disclose as of the time of this writing, according to Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) data. For the latest disclosure information, you can access the firm’s Form ADV brochure and disclosure documents on the SEC’s official website. 

Opening an Account With Principal Global Investors

To open an account with PGI, visit the firm’s website at or call the firm at (800) 533-1390.  

Where Is Principal Global Investors Located?

PGI can be found at the following address: 

801 Grand Ave
Des Moines, Iowa 50309

All information was accurate as of the writing of this article.

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How Long $1mm Lasts in Retirement

SmartAsset's interactive map highlights places where $1 million will last the longest in retirement. Zoom between states and the national map to see the top spots in each region. Also, scroll over any city to learn about the cost of living in retirement for that location.

Rank City Housing Expenses Food Expenses Healthcare Expenses Utilities Expenses Transportation Expenses

Methodology We analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns to determine how many years of retirement a $1 million nest egg would cover in cities across America.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors. We then applied cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research to adjust those national average spending levels based on the costs of each expense category (housing, food, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other) in each city. Using this data, SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%. Then, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would cover retirement expenses in each of the cities in our study. Cities where $1 million lasted the longest ranked the highest in the study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research