Principal Financial Group announced its investment unit will be doing business as Principal Asset Management as the company intensifies its focus on asset management. This name will highlight the firm’s deep, local knowledge, and global perspectives across all asset classes to help drive long-term investment outcomes for clients, the press release says.
“Asset management is a core growth driver for Principal, adding significant value to the company both financially and strategically in our goal to provide holistic financial solutions,” said Dan Houston, chairman, president, and chief executive officer for Principal. “As markets mature and fluctuate, and demand for global investment solutions increases, Principal Asset Management is well positioned to help our clients achieve their financial goals.”
Principal Asset Management has been working to unify and strengthen its investment teams, processes, distribution model, and products to execute on a forward-looking strategy that reinforces its specialized investment expertise, the release adds.
“The $507.1 billion asset manager is leveraging talent, technology, and its global footprint to bring the firm’s public and private market capabilities together to best serve its diverse client-base, which includes more than 800 institutional, retirement, retail, and high net worth investors across more than 80 markets”, according the firm information.
Resources have been devoted to building new products and alternative investment options such as model portfolios and direct lending, respectively, the company said. Strategic hires have been made to support growth initiatives like global wealth alternatives and liability driven investments. And the client experience is being transformed with a digital strategy that combines data analytics with market insights from Principal Asset Management investment experts to help clients optimize portfolios and to deepen their relationships.
“We’re building and strengthening relationships with investors in over 80 markets, aligning our growth strategy to their needs and the evolving market opportunities to solidify a consistent global identity,” said Kamal Bhatia, chief operating officer for Principal Asset Management. “Principal remains focused on identifying compelling opportunities by providing clear perspectives that are harnessed by the power of our diverse, local investment talent. A global asset management platform that brings deep, specialist capabilities will continue to actively unlock insights and opportunities for all our clients.”