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Principal Expands Opportunity for Investing in Quality Growth Companies

The Principal Blue Chip Fund, benchmarked to the Russell 1000® Growth Index, launched June 13, 2012, and seeks long-term growth of capital through investment in what we believe are high-quality growth companies.

Potential Investors

The Fund provides an attractive alternative for long-term investors seeking a growth stock strategy with potentially lower volatility. The investment strategy favors well-run companies with good balance sheets – characteristics that may help provide stability in downward markets, while allowing participation in up markets.

Fund Benefits

A team led by Portfolio Manager Bill Nolin is responsible for the Principal Blue Chip Fund, using an investment strategy that is a natural extension of the time-tested process they have successfully deployed within the Principal MidCap Blend Fund (Class I: PCBIX) for over a decade.

The investment team is familiar with many large-cap companies because a number are suppliers, customers, and competitors of the mid-cap companies they currently cover. According to Nolin, the new Blue Chip Fund allows for increased participation in Morningstar's Large Growth category. "Many of the mid-cap companies we previously owned in PCBIX have successfully transitioned to large-cap status. The new Fund allows us to continue investing in these growth companies."

For More Information

Launched initially in Institutional shares under the ticker PBCKX, the Fund increases Principal Funds' core large growth capacity for institutional investors.

For additional information, visit the Fund's online profile, contact your Principal Funds representative, or call 800-787-1621, option 6.

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.

A mutual fund's share price and investment return will vary with market conditions, and the principal value of an investment when you sell your shares may be more or less than the original cost.

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To obtain a prospectus, download online or call Sales Support at 1.800.787.1621

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