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The Principal Financial Group Issues Media Alert – Note to News Editors

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

The Principal Financial Group Issues Media Alert – Note to News Editors18:42 EDT Tuesday, July 10, 2012 DES MOINES, Iowa (Business Wire) -- Today (July 10, 2012) news reports circulated about a fraud investigation related to Peregrine Financial Group and its company, PFGBest. If you choose to report this news, please note that this company is not related to Des Moines, Iowa-based Principal Financial Group, which is traded as “PFG” on the New York Stock Exchange. About the Principal Financial GroupThe Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)1 is a global investment management leader including retirement services, insurance solutions and asset management. The Principal offers businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement, asset management and insurance through its diverse family of financial services companies. Founded in 1879 and a member of the FORTUNE 500®, the Principal Financial Group has $364.1 billion in assets under management2 and serves some 17.3 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. For more information, visit 1 “The Principal Financial Group” and “The Principal” are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.2 As of March 31, 2012. Principal Financial Group, Inc.Media contact:Susan Houser, 515-248-2268houser.susan@principal.comorInvestor contact:John Egan,