The asset manager announced its plan to acquire WM Advisors in July 2006, and the deal closed at the end of they year.
According to a press release from Principal, the new combined mutual fund family includes 48 funds.
Ralph Eucher, president, Principal Funds noted the expanded capabilities of the combined fund, which include:
- Broader distribution including relationships with more than 38,000 independent financial advisors.
- Increased scale, with approximately $53 billion in mutual fund assets under management.
- Top-tier performance and rankings of lifecycle and other funds.
WM Advisors’ portfolio management team in Seattle has joined Principal Global Investors, and has been renamed Edge Asset Management, Inc., and will function as a subsidiary of Principal Global Investors. WM Funds Distributor, Inc., and WM Shareholder Services, Inc. have been renamed Principal Funds Distributor, Inc., and Principal Shareholder Services, Inc., and will operate under the name of Principal Funds.