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Medallion Guarantee

What if an Account Change Requires a Medallion Signature Guarantee?

A Medallion Signature Guarantee is a warranty by the guarantor that the signature is genuine and that the person signing is competent and authorized to sign. The Medallion Signature Guarantee requirement protects the shareholder(s) account against unauthorized transactions.

Certain transactions require a Medallion Signature Guarantee, unless specifically waived by the Fund’s transfer agent.  If required, the signature(s) must be guaranteed by a commercial bank, trust company, credit union, savings and loan, national securities exchange member, or brokerage firm that participates in a Medallion program recognized by the Securities Transfer Association. A signature guarantee by a notary public or savings bank is not acceptable. Signature guarantees are required:

  • if you sell more than $100,000 (in the aggregate) from the Funds;
  • if a sales proceeds check is payable to other than the account shareholder(s), Principal Life, or Principal Bank;
  • to change ownership of an account;
  • to add wire or ACH redemption privileges to a U.S. bank account not previously authorized if there is not a common owner between the bank account and mutual fund account;
  • to change bank account information designated under an existing telephone withdrawal plan if there is not a common owner between the bank account and mutual fund account;
  • to exchange or transfer among accounts with different ownership; and
  • to have a sales proceeds check mailed to an address other than the address on the account or to the address on the account if it has been changed within the preceding 15 days

You can request this service from institutions with which you have a banking or investment relationship.




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