Columbia Threadneedle Investments

Firm Profile

At Columbia Threadneedle Investments, we understand that you have many options when it comes to choosing business partners. Our priority is the investment success of our clients. We employ a research-driven investment approach designed to identify global opportunities and manage risk, which can help you make informed decisions and eliminate some of the unknowns for your clients.

We offer a broad range of strategies for solutions across equities, fixed-income and alternative investments. With over 450 investment professionals based in 35 countries around the world, we manage $464 billion of assets*.

Investment-Only consultative approach

The Columbia Threadneedle Investments Investment-Only team takes a consultative approach, partnering with you to offer a distinct set of tools to support and help grow your business.

· Extensive knowledge of the retirement industry
· Unbiased guidance focused on client-centric solutions
· Industry-leading resources and tools
· Strategies for client and asset acquisition

Robust retirement solutions lineup

Our competitive product solutions across several investment vehicles can help meet the specific needs of plan sponsor clients of all sizes.

· Mutual fund share classes A, R4, R5 and Y
· Collective Investment Trusts
· Stable Value Funds
§ Columbia Trust Stable Government Fund
§ Columbia Trust Stable Income Fund
· Separately managed accounts

Columbia Capital Allocation Series

· Like target date funds, target risk funds offer a single, balanced solution for participants to diversify their investments and tailor them specifically to a desired risk level.

· Unlike target date funds, investing in target risk funds allow you the simplicity of selecting the right risk level and not having to worry about the additional complexities of glide paths or the significant variations between funds with the same target dates.

· An aggressive target risk fund gives you an aggressive mix. A more conservative target risk fund offers a conservative investment.

· No matter what your planned retirement age, you can get the right investment mix based on your risk profile and can update it as your investing needs evolve.

To learn more about the Columbia Capital Allocation Series read our Investment TIPS.

VALUE-ADD SERVICES

Exclusive ERISA consultant desk
Advisors who partner with our Investment-Only team have direct access to experienced ERISA consultants at the Learning Center. This independent, third-party resource is an exclusive service of Columbia Threadneedle Investments. Consultants at the Learning Center staff a dedicated resource desk and are available by phone to provide insight on technical issues surrounding:
· Plan design and features
· Plan document reviews
· Fiduciary rules and requirements
· Regulatory and legislative issues
· Consultations
· Plan document
· 5500 review
· Access to national speakers bureau
· Continuing education

Industry benchmarking capabilities
Our Investment-Only team brings both qualitative and quantitative insights to the plan benchmarking process: qualitative in the sense that our specialists spend a considerable amount of time working directly with top providers in the industry, and quantitative in that our team is fully conversant in today’s plan investment and design tools, including PlanSponsor Industry reports that provide:
· Demographic and plan design analysis
· Annual industry data for over 45 industries, derived from more than 5,000 plan sponsors

Diligent investment oversight
Our retirement specialists have a keen understanding of fiduciary issues advisors and their plan sponsor clients face. In addition to in-depth provider research, we offer diligent fund selection and monitoring services, including:
· Individual fund analysis focused on diversification, consistency, risk/return, fees and expenses, and style drift
· Analysis of a plan sponsor’s current investment lineup
· fi360
· Zephyr

GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES

Columbia Threadneedle Investments is committed to delivering timely insight on financial markets, economic trends and investment opportunities. We examine the issues from multiple perspectives and we’re not afraid to take a strong stand or point out opportunities — even when there is no clear consensus. Some of our DCIO-focused market insights can be found below:

· Quarterly investment perspectives
· Building wealth through dividend investing
· View the latest insights and viewpoints from our portfolio managers on Asset TV (free registration required)

KEY CONTACTS

Investment-Only National Sales Desk: 877.894.3592
Joseph Feloney, Vice President and National Sales Manager
Robert Moody , Sales Desk Manager

Columbia Threadneedle Investments (Columbia Threadneedle) is the global brand name of the Columbia and Threadneedle group of companies.

Ameriprise Trust Company collective funds are maintained by Ameriprise Trust Company, a Minnesota state chartered trust company and distributed by Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc., member FINRA. Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC (CMIA) provides investment advice for certain of these funds in a subadvisory capacity. These companies are part of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. Certain investment contracts may require that the underlying assets that back the contracts be managed by the contract issuer or its affiliate rather than by Columbia Management Investment Advisers.

* In U.S. dollars as of March 31, 2016. Source: Ameriprise Q1` Earnings Release. Includes all assets managed by entities in the Columbia and Threadneedle groups of companies. Contact us for more current data.

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Key Contacts

Investment-Only National Sales Desk: 877.894.3592

Joseph Feloney, Vice President and National Sales Manager

Robert Moody , Sales Desk Manager

Website: www.colombiathreadneedleus.com