Columbia Threadneedle Investments Joins the Retirement Advisor Council

East Granby, CT – We are pleased to announce Columbia Threadneedle Investments has joined the Retirement Advisor Council as part of the Investment Manager college.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is one of 19 investment managers on the Council. The company will be represented by Steve Karnolt, Regional Vice President and National Account Manager.

We are very pleased to be joining the Retirement Advisor Council and look forward to working with other Council members on issues that impact the retirement industry,” said Joe Kringdon, Managing Director and Head of Intermediary Distribution at Columbia Threadneedle Investments.

Columbia Threadneedle Investments’ broad product range, high fiduciary standards, and dedication to service excellence have helped make it one of the nation’s leading providers of defined contribution investment-only solutions. The company’s significant experience in the defined contribution space has provided it with a deep understanding of the needs of sponsors and their participants.

The Retirement Advisor Council is a national organization that advocates for successful qualified plan and participant retirement outcomes through the collaborative efforts of experienced, qualified retirement plan advisors, investment managers and defined contribution plan service providers.  To advance its mission, the Council undertakes initiatives in the areas of research, public relations and promotion, general public education, regulatory positions and practice management.  The Council accomplishes this mission by:

  • Identifying duties, responsibilities, and attributes of the Professional Retirement Plan Advisor.
  • Sharing professional standards with plan sponsors who are responsible for the success of their plans.
  • Providing collective thought capital to decision makers, product providers, legislators and the public.
  • Giving voice to the retirement plan advisor community
  • Offering tools to evaluate advisors to ensure the quality of services provided.

About Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is a leading global asset management group that provides a broad range of actively managed investment strategies and solutions for individual, institutional and corporate clients around the world. With more than 2,000 people including over 450 investment professionals based in North America, Europe and Asia, the company manages $468 billion of assets (as of 9/30/16) across developed and emerging market equities, fixed income, asset allocation solutions and alternatives. Columbia Threadneedle Investments is the global asset management group of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP).

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