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LargeCap S&P 500 Index Fund (A) (PLSAX)






Class A | Class C | Class J

Quick Facts


PLSAX
06/28/2005

12/06/2000
Large Blend
$4,250.37

Investment Strategy

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The investment seeks long-term growth of capital. The fund normally invests at least 80% of its net assets, plus any borrowings for investment purposes, in equity securities of companies that compose the S&P 500 Index at the time of each purchase. The index is designed to represent U.S. equities with risk/return characteristics of the large cap universe. It invests in index futures and options and exchange-traded funds ("ETFs") on a daily basis to gain exposure to the index in an effort to minimize tracking error relative to the benchmark.




Morningstar Style Box™

  as of 07/31/2014
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Investment Style
Stylebox Market Capitalization

Overall Morningstar Star Rating™

  as of 08/31/2014
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Out of 1339 Large Blend Funds

StarRating

Morningstar's Star Ratings reflect risk adjusted performance and are derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three, five, and ten-year (if applicable) time periods.


Total Returns



Investment results shown represent historical performance and do not guarantee future results. Investment returns and principal values fluctuate with changes in interest rates and other market conditions so the value, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than original costs. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance data shown.

Where gross and net expense ratios differ, Principal Management Corporation has contractually agreed to limit the investment option's expenses. Differences also may be due to Principal Management Corporation's decision to pay (through the same dates) certain expenses that would normally be payable by the fund. Returns displayed are based on net total investment expense.


Month-End | Quarter-End
Average Annual Total Returns as of 08/31/2014
1 Month3 MonthYTD1 Year3 Year5 Year10 YearSince     
Inception*
Excluding Sales Charge % 4.02 4.56 9.55 24.54 19.87 16.15 7.66 4.19
Including Sales Charge % 2.45 2.97 7.89 22.63 19.28 15.80 7.50 4.07
Standard & Poor's 500 Index % 4.00 4.68 9.89 25.25 20.61 16.88 8.38 ---
Large Blend Category % 3.69 4.10 8.46 23.27 19.07 15.43 7.89 ---
Morningstar Percentile Rankings** --- --- --- 38 43 36 59 ---
# of Funds in Category 1699 1670 1629 1577 1339 1203 799 ---
06/28/200512/06/2000
**Morningstar percentile rankings are based on total returns and do not reflect the inclusion of sales charges. If sales charges were reflected, rankings could be lower.


Expenses

  as of 08/31/2014
Total Investment Expense - Gross: 0.56%
Total Investment Expense - Net: 0.56%
Maximum Up-front Sales Charge: 1.50%
Contingent Deferred Sales Charge: 0.25%
12b-1 Fee: 0.15%



Growth of $10,000

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Represents performance for Class A shares adjusted for the maximum sales charge and assumes the reinvestment of distributions.

Performance assumes reinvestment of all dividends and capital gains. Extended performance is calculated based on the historical performance of the investment option's oldest share class, adjusted for the fees and expenses of the share class shown. Periods of less than one year are not annualized.



Inv Manager or Sub-Advisor

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Principal Global Investors



Portfolio Managers

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Thomas L. Kruchten , CFA
Since 03/01/2011
B.A. , University of Northern Iowa






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The full name of this investment option is Principal LargeCap S&P 500 Index Fund (A).

Investors should carefully consider a fund's investment objectives, risks, charges, and expenses prior to investing. A prospectus, or summary prospectus if available, containing this and other information can be obtained by contacting a financial professional, visiting principalfunds.com, or calling 800-222-5852. Read the prospectus carefully before investing.

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Not FDIC Insured
May Lose Value - Not a Deposit - No Bank Guarantee
Not Insured by any Federal Government Agency

Standard & Poor's 500 Index is a market capitalization-weighted index of 500 widely held stocks often used as a proxy for the stock market.

Each index based investment option is invested in the stocks or bonds of the index it tracks. Performance of indexes reflects the unmanaged results for the market segment the selected stocks or bonds represent. There is no assurance an index based investment option will match the performance of the index tracked.

These calculated returns reflect the historical performance of the oldest share class of the fund, adjusted to reflect a portion of the fees and expenses of this share class. For time periods prior to inception date of the fund, predecessor performance is reflected. Please see the fund's prospectus for more information on specific expenses, and the fund's most recent shareholder report for actual date of first sale. Expenses are deducted from income earned by the fund. As a result, dividends and investment results will differ for each share class.

The risks associated with derivative investments include that the underlying security, interest rate, market index, or other financial asset will not move in the direction the Investment Adviser and/or Sub-Advisor anticipated, the possibility that there may be no liquid secondary market, the risk that adverse price movements in an instrument can result in a loss substantially greater than a fund's initial investment, the possibility that the counterparty may fail to perform its obligations; and the inability to close out certain hedged positions to avoid adverse tax consequences.

S&P 500 is a trademark of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., and has been licensed for use by Principal Life Insurance Company and Principal Management Corporation. The product is not sponsored, endorsed, sold or promoted by Standard & Poor's and Standard & Poor's makes no representation regarding the advisability of investing in the product.