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Pricing & Performance: Ratings & Recognition

Third Party Recognition

Get the most recent quarterly ratings of our funds and portfolios by the industry's foremost ratings agencies, Morningstar and Lipper, Inc.

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Morningstar, an industry leader in fund information and analysis, combines measures of a fund's sales load, performance, and risk to assign it a Morningstar Rating based on risk-adjusted returns.

Each of the funds below have earned at least a four-star overall rating and a minimum of a three-star A-share (load-waived) rating overall.

Current Morningstar Ratings


Asset Allocation - Target Risk

Fund Morningstar Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
SAM Flexible Income A (Load-Waived) Conservative Allocation Four Stars Three stars Three stars Four Stars
SAM Flexible Income A Conservative Allocation Four stars Three stars Three Stars Four Stars
SAM Conservative Balanced A (Load-Waived) Conservative Allocation Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars
SAM Conservative Balanced A Conservative Allocation Three stars Three stars Three stars Three stars
SAM Conservative Growth A (Load-Waived) Aggressive Allocation Four stars Four stars Four stars Three stars
SAM Conservative Growth A Aggressive Allocation Three stars Two Stars Three stars Three stars

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Asset Allocation - Target Date

Fund Morningstar Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
LifeTime 2010 A (Load-Waived) Target Date 2000-2010 Four stars Four stars Four stars Two stars
LifeTime 2010 A Target Date 2000-2010 Three stars Three stars Three stars One stars
LifeTime 2020 A (Load-Waived) Target Date 2016-2020 Four stars Four stars Four stars Three stars
LifeTime 2020 A Target Date 2016-2020 Three stars Three stars Three stars Two stars
LifeTime 2040 A (Load-Waived) Target Date 2036-2040 Four stars Three stars Four stars Three stars
LifeTime 2040 A Target Date 2036-2040 Three stars Two stars Three stars Three stars

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Large U.S. Equity

Fund Morningstar Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Equity Income A (Load-Waived) Large Value Four stars Two stars Four stars Four stars
Equity Income A Large Value Three stars Two stars Three stars Three stars
LargeCap S&P 500 Index A (Load-Waived) Large Value Four stars Three stars Four stars Three stars
LargeCap S&P 500 Index A Large Value Three stars Three stars Three stars Three stars

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Small/Mid U. S. Equity

Fund Morningstar Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
MidCap A (Load-Waived) MidCap Growth Five stars Five stars Five stars Five stars
MidCap A MidCap Growth Five stars Four stars Five stars Five stars
SmallCap Value II A (Load-Waived) Small Value Four stars Four stars Four stars Three stars
SmallCap Value II A Small Value Three stars Three stars Three stars Two stars

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International Equity

Fund Morningstar Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Diversified International A (Load-Waived) Foreign Large Blend Four stars Three stars Four stars Three stars
Diversified International A Foreign Large Blend Three stars Two stars Three stars Three stars
Global Real Estate Securities A (Load-Waived) Global Real Estate Four stars Five stars Four stars N/A
Global Real Estate Securities A Global Real Estate Four stars Three stars Four stars N/A
International I (Load-Waived) Foreign Large Blend Four stars Four stars Four stars Three stars
International I Foreign Large Blend Three stars Three stars Three stars Two stars

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Specialty

Fund Morningstar Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Global Diversified Income A (Load-Waived) Conservative Allocation Five stars Four stars Five stars N/A
Global Diversified Income A Conservative Allocation Four stars Three stars Four stars N/A

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Fixed Income

Fund Morningstar Category Overall 3 Year 5 Year 10 Year
Bond & Mtg Securities A (Load-Waived) Intermediate-Term Bond Four stars Three stars Four stars Two stars
Bond & Mtg Securities A Intermediate-Term Bond Three stars Two stars Three stars Two stars
California Municipal Fund A (Load-Waived) Muni California Long Four stars Four stars Four stars Three stars
California Municipal Fund A Muni California Long Three stars Three Stars Three stars Two stars
Government & High Quality Bond A (Load-Waived) Intermediate Government Four stars Five stars Four stars Three stars
Government & High Quality Bond A Intermediate Government Three stars Three Stars Three stars Three stars
High Yield A (Load-Waived) High Yield Bond Four stars Four stars Three stars Five stars
High Yield A High Yield Bond Four stars Two stars Three stars Five stars
High Yield I (Load-Waived) High Yield Bond Four stars Three stars Three stars Five stars
High Yield I High Yield Bond Three stars Two stars Two stars Four stars
Income A (Load Waived) Intermediate-Term Bond Four stars Four stars Four stars Four stars
Income A Intermediate-Term Bond Four stars Four stars Three stars Four stars
Tax-Exempt Bond A (Load-Waived) Muni National Long Four stars Four stars Four stars Three stars
Tax-Exempt Bond A Muni National Long Three stars Three stars Three stars Three stars

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The funds listed above may have recent negative performance. View current performance here.

Not all investors are eligible to purchase shares at Net Asset Value (without a sales charge). Load-waived ratings apply only when investors are eligible to purchase shares without the sales charge or for existing shareholders who have already paid the sales charge. Unless indicated as "load-waived", ratings include a maximum sales charge. Consult a current prospectus for details on reduced/waived sales charges and breakpoints.

Ratings listed above are as of 12/31/2014. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

Morningstar proprietary ratings reflect historical risk-adjusted performance for funds with at least a 3-year performance history and are subject to change every month. Morningstar Ratings (TM) are calculated from a fund's three-, five-, and ten-year average annual returns in excess of the 90-day U.S. Treasury bill returns, with appropriate fee adjustments, and a risk factor that reflects performance below the 90-day Treasury bill return. Within each asset class the top 10% of funds receive 5 stars (Highest); the next 22.5% receive 4 stars (Above Average); the middle 35% earn 3 stars (Average); the next 22.5% receive 2 stars (Below Average); and the bottom 10% get 1 star (Lowest). The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Copyright 2012 Morningstar, Inc. All rights reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information.

The number of U.S.-domiciled funds tracked by Morningstar in the following categories for periods ended 12/31/2014 are as follows: the Conservative Allocation category consisted of 575 funds for the three-year period, 463 funds for the five-year period and 253 funds for the ten-year period; the Agressive Allocation category consisted of 348 funds for the three-year period, 310 funds for the five-year period, and 199 funds for the ten-year period; the Target Date 2000-2010 category consisted of 115 funds for the three-year period, 109 funds for the five-year period, and 38 funds for the ten-year period; the Target Date 2016-2020 category consisted of 193 funds for the three-year period, 164 funds for the five-year period, and 55 funds for the ten-year period; the Target Date 2036-2040 category consisted of category consisted of 192 funds for the three-year period, 163 funds for the five-year period, and 50 funds for the ten-year period; the Large Value category consisted of 1,106 funds for the three-year period, 975 funds for the five-year period, and 666 funds for the ten-year period; the MidCap Growth category consisted of 645 funds for the three-year period, 584 funds for the five-year period, and 429 funds for the ten-year period; the Small Value category consisted of 352 funds for the three-year period, 281 funds for the five-year period, and 194 funds for the ten-year period; the Foreign Large Blend category consisted of 650 funds for the three-year period, 583 funds for the five-year period, and 313 funds for the ten-year period; the Global Real Estate category consisted of 180 funds for the three-year period, and 153 funds for the five-year period; the Intermediate-Term Bond category consisted of 913 funds for the three-year period, 807 funds for the five-year period, and 588 funds for the ten-year period; the Muni California Long category consisted of 132 funds for the three-year period, 127 funds for the five-year period, and 107 funds for the ten-year period; the Intermediate Government category consisted of 307 funds for the three-year period, 273 funds for the five-year period, and 224 funds for the ten-year period; the High Yield Bond category consisted of 585 funds for the three-year period, 504 funds for the five-year period, and 353 funds for the ten-year period; the Muni National Long category consisted of 204 funds for the three-year period, 185 funds for the five-year period, and 151 funds for the ten-year period.

This document represents a limited selection of the Principal Funds & Portfolios that are rated by Morningstar. Many of our other Funds, Portfolios and share classes are also rated by Morningstar, but may not be rated as highly as the Funds included in this document.

© 2014 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.


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Lipper Peer Comparison

As of December 31, the following percentage of Principal Funds were in the top half of their respective Lipper categories for the time periods indicated below:

  • 1-year: 73.2% A shares were in the top half (30 out of 41)
  • 3-year: 63.9% A shares were in the top half (23 out of 36)
  • 5 year: 72.7% of A shares were in the top half (24 out of 33)
  • 10 year: 92.3% of A shares were in the top half (12 out of 13)

The Principal Funds in the table below ranked in at least the top half of all funds in one of their respective Lipper categories over different reporting periods. They're just a few of the 49 funds (A shares) in the Principal Funds family.

Current Lipper Rankings

(as of 12/31/2014) Class A


Asset Allocation1

Fund Ticker Symbol
1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Principal LifeTime 2010 Fund
Mixed-Asset Target 2010 Funds
PENAX
Top 29%
(37 of 127)
Top 30%
(30 of 101)
Top 22%
(21 of 96)
N/A
 
Principal LifeTime 2020 Fund
Mixed-Asset Target 2020 Funds
PTBAX
Top 34%
(67 of 201)
Top 18%
(28 of 162)
Top 17%
(24 of 144)
N/A
 
Principal LifeTime 2030 Fund
Mixed-Asset Target 2030 Funds
PTCAX
Top 40%
(81 of 203)
Top 34%
(54 of 159)
Top 27%
(38 of 141)
N/A
 
Principal LifeTime 2040 Fund
Mixed-Asset Target 2040 Funds
PTDAX
Top 40%
(77 of 192)
Top 35%
(55 of 158)
Top 32%
(45 of 140)
N/A
 
Principal LifeTime 2050 Fund
Mixed-Asset Target 2050 Funds
PPEAX
Top 41%
(73 of 179)
Top 31%
(41 of 135)
Top 30%
(33 of 109)
N/A
 
Principal LifeTime Strategic Income Fund
Mixed-Asset Target Today Funds
PALTX
Top 36%
(46 of 128)
Top 44%
(50 of 115)
Top 29%
(30 of 104)
N/A
 
SAM Balanced Portfolio2
Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Growth Funds
SABPX
Top 47%
(263 of 561)
Top 67%
(340 of 511)
Top 51%
(236 of 470)
Top 39%
(122 of 319)
SAM Conservative Balanced Portfolio2
Miexed-Asset Target Allocation Moderate Funds
SAIPX
Top 37%
(197 of 536)
Top 70%
(315 of 452)
Top 54%
(214 of 398)
Top 40%
(102 of 260)
SAM Conservative Growth Portfolio
Miexed-Asset Target Allocation Aggresive Growth Funds
SAGPX
Top 18%
(30 of 169)
Top 68%
(97 of 143)
Top 37%
(48 of 129)
Top 32%
(23 of 73)
SAM Flexible Income Portfolio2
Mixed-Asset Target Allocation Consv Funds
SAUPX
Top 22%
(75 of 356)
Top 37%
(114 of 310)
Top 34%
(90 of 268)
Top 23%
(30 of 132)
SAM Strategic Growth Portfolio
Miexed-Asset Target Allocation Aggresive Growth Funds
SACAX
Top 7%
(11 of 169)
Top 19%
(27 of 143)
Top 9%
(11 of 129)
Top 25%
(18 of 73)

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Large U.S. Equity

Fund Ticker Symbol
1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Capital Appreciation Fund*
Multi-Cap Core Funds
CMNWX
Top 30%
(228 of 770)
Top 60%
(405 of 685)
Top 56%
(321 of 581)
Top 25%
(94 of 377)
Equity Income Fund
Equity Income Funds
PQIAX
Top 23%
(110 of 483)
Top 47%
(160 of 340)
Top 27%
(72 of 273)
Top 48%
(78 of 163)
LargeCap Growth Fund
Large-Cap Growth Funds
PRGWX
Top 45%
(309 of 700)
Top 52%
(320 of 616)
Top 58%
(316 of 546)
N/A
 
LargeCap Value Fund
Multi-Cap Value Funds
PCACX
Top 42%
(113 of 270)
Top 48%
(113 of 238)
Top 48%
(102 of 215)
N/A
 

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Small/Mid U.S. Equity3

Fund Ticker Symbol
1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
MidCap Fund
Multi-Cap Growth Funds
PEMGX
Top 24%
(131 of 557)
Top 29%
(136 of 474)
Top 5%
(18 of 417)
N/A
 
Real Estate Securities Fund
Real Estate Funds
PRRAX
Top 8%
(19 of 251)
Top 9%
(18 of 219)
Top 32%
(54 of 172)
N/A
 
SmallCap Blend Fund
Small-Cap Core Funds
PLLAX
Top 51%
(403 of 801)
Top 14%
(98 of 704)
Top 24%
(147 of 622)
N/A
 

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International Equity4

Fund Ticker Symbol
1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Diversified International Fund
International Multi-Cap Growth Funds
PRWLX
Top 32%
(120 of 380)
Top 52%
(171 of 330)
Top 41%
(124 of 307)
N/A
 
Global Opportunities Fund
Global Multi-Cap Core
PGLAX
Top 38%
(55 of 145)
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
Global Real Estate Securities Fund
Global Real Estate Funds
POSAX
Top 21%
(29 of 139)
Top 13%
(13 of 107)
Top 11%
(10 of 96)
N/A
 

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Specialty

Fund Ticker Symbol
1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Global Multi-Strategy Fund
Alternative Multi-Strategy Funds
PMSAX
Top 36%
(47 of 132)
Top 42%
(27 of 64)
N/A
 
N/A
 

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Fixed Income5

Fund Ticker Symbol
1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Bond & Mortgage Securities Fund
Core Bond Funds
PRBDX
Top 77%
(394 of 515)
Top 40%
(182 of 454)
Top 18%
(71 of 405)
N/A
 
California Municipal Fund
California Municipal Debt Funds
SRCMX
Top 14%
(17 of 126)
Top 24%
(26 of 112)
Top 22%
(23 of 107)
Top 73%
(63 of 86)
Government & High Quality Bond Fund
U.S. Mortgage Funds
CMPGX
Top 79%
(103 of 130)
Top 49%
(54 of 110)
Top 56%
(47 of 84)
Top 47%
(31 of 65)
Income Fund
Corporate Debt Funds BBB-Rated
CMPIX
Top 73%
(141 of 194)
Top 61%
(101 of 165)
Top 69%
(95 of 138)
Top 45%
(42 of 94)
High Yield Fund
High Yield Funds
CMPIX
Top 30%
(185 of 620)
Top 34%
(165 of 488)
Top 37%
(152 of 418)
Top 5%
(14 of 284)
Inflation Protection Fund
Inflation Protected Bond Funds
PITAX
Top 39%
(81 of 212)
Top 53%
(98 of 184)
Top 41%
(56 of 137)
N/A
 
Opportunistic Municipal Fund
High Yield Municipal Debt Funds
PMOAX
Top 23%
(31 of 136)
N/A
 
N/A
 
N/A
 
Preferred Securities Fund
Flexible Income Funds
PPSAX
Top 22%
(14 of 65)
Top 20%
(11 of 55)
Top 29%
(10 of 34)
N/A
 
Tax-Exempt Bond Fund
General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds
PTEAX
Top 21%
(53 of 258)
Top 41%
(94 of 231)
Top 34%
(69 of 207)
Top 43%
(66 of 156)

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Short-Term Fixed Income

Fund Ticker Symbol
1 yr 3 yr 5 yr 10 yr
Short-Term Income Fund
Short Investment Grade Debt Funds
SRHQX
Top 12%
(36 of 300)
Top 17%
(42 of 259)
Top 26%
(56 of 217)
Top 24%
(36 of 150)

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Past performance does not guarantee future results.

* The full name of this fund is the Principal Capital Appreciation Fund.

1 Equity investment options involve greater risk, including heightened volatility, than fixed-income investment options. Fixed-income investment options are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise.
2 Fixed-income investments are subject to interest rate risk; as interest rates rise their value will decline.
3 Small and mid-cap stocks may have additional risks including greater price volatility.
4 International and global investing involves greater risks such as currency fluctuations, political/social instability and differing accounting standards.
5 Fixed-income investment options are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise. Lower-rated securities are subject to additional credit and default risks. International investing involves increased risks due to currency fluctuations, political or social instability, and differences in accounting standards. REIT securities are subject to risk factors associated with the real estate industry and tax factors of REIT registration.

Many of our other Funds, Portfolios, and share classes are also rated by Lipper, but may not be rated as highly. Lipper rankings are based on total returns and do not reflect the inclusion of sales charges. If sales charges were reflected, rankings could be lower. Fund ranking calculated quarterly or annually by Lipper Inc. of New York. Each fund is ranked within a universe of funds similar in investment objective. Lipper Inc. is a nationally recognized organization that reports on mutual fund total return performance and calculated fund rankings. In instances Class A performance and extended performance do not correspond, the Lipper ranking is based upon the original class of shares adjusted for Class A expenses.


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