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S&P 500 Index component
|Founder||John Tappan and J.R Ridgway|
|James M. Cracchiolo, Chairman & CEO|
Walter S. Berman, CFO
Jeff Noddle, director
Lon R. Greenberg, director
|Revenue|| US$11.9 billion|
| US$1.5 billion|
|AUM|| US$921 billion|
(March 31, 2021)
|Total assets|| US$165.9 billion|
|Total equity|| US$5.9 billion|
Number of employees
|Subsidiaries||Columbia Threadneedle Investments|
RiverSource Life Insurance Company
|Footnotes / references|
Ameriprise Financial, Inc. is a diversified financial services company and bank holding company incorporated in Delaware and headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It provides financial planning products and services, including wealth management, asset management, insurance, annuities, and estate planning.
The company's primary subsidiaries include Ameriprise Financial Services, RiverSource Life Insurance Company, and Columbia Threadneedle Investments, its global asset management brand, and a provider of investments to institutional and retail clients.
The company is ranked 245th on the Fortune 500. It is on the list of largest banks in the United States. It is also the 9th largest independent broker-dealer based on assets under management. It is one of the largest financial planning companies in the United States and is among the 25 largest asset managers in the world. It is ranked 8th in long-term mutual fund assets in the U.S., fourth in retail funds in the U.K., and 27th in global assets under management.
The company specializes in retirement-related financial planning for relatively well-off clients. The company offers variable annuities and life and disability insurance. It also operates Ameriprise Bank, FSB which offers a variety of consumer banking and lending products and personal trust and related services. Since 2015, its asset management arm operates under the name Columbia Threadneedle Investments. The company uses three principal brands for its businesses in the United States: Ameriprise Financial, Columbia Management and RiverSource. The Threadneedle brand is used for its international asset manager's products. Ameriprise Financial Services, a financial planning and retail distribution subsidiary, is a registered broker-dealer and registered investment adviser. It has an integrated model of comprehensive and personalized financial planning, diversified product manufacturing and affiliated and unaffiliated distribution through its network of financial advisors and registered representatives. The retail products and services that use the Ameriprise Financial brand include those that the company provides through its affiliated advisors (e.g., financial planning, investment advisory accounts, retail brokerage services and banking products) and products and services that it markets directly to consumers). RiverSource is the brand for the company's annuities products and for the protection products issued by the RiverSource Life companies, including life and disability income insurance products.
Columbia Threadneedle Investments
Ameriprise Financial has more than 9,700 branded advisors, the 5th largest branded advisor force in the U.S.
In 1940, Investors Syndicate introduced one of the first mutual funds, the Investors Mutual Fund, giving clients new investing options and two advantages: diversification and professional management. By the 1960s, Investors Mutual Fund was the largest balanced mutual fund in the world.
In 1949, Investors Syndicate changed its name to Investors Diversified Services, Inc. (IDS).
In 1994, IDS reached $100 billion in assets.
Effective January 1, 1995, IDS changed its name to American Express Financial Corporation, doing business as American Express Financial Advisors (AEFA).
In February 2008, Threadneedle acquired Invesco Perpetual's full service defined contribution pension business with total assets of £470 million.
In 2009, Ameriprise acquired Standard Chartered Bank's World Express Funds investment funds business, providing Threadneedle with an established Luxembourg-based SICAV platform with over US$2.38 billion worth assets under management.
On April 25, 2011, Ameriprise announced that it was trying to find an "appropriate buyer" for Securities America Financial Corporation to allow its registered representatives to focus on growth opportunities. In November 2011, Ameriprise completed the sale of Securities America to Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services for $150 million in cash and potential future payments. Securities America traced its roots to Financial Dynamics, an insurance marketing organization founded in 1984 by Steve Wild that had between 10,000 and 12,000 affiliated independent insurance agents. In 1993, Financial Dynamics created Securities America, an independent securities broker/dealer, to use its insurance sales force to offer investment management, financial advice and financial planning through a national network of independent financial advisors. In 1998, Securities America was acquired by American Express and was transferred to Ameriprise as part of the corporate spin-off in September 2005. In 2009, Securities America acquired Brecek & Young Advisors, a California-based broker/dealer. Securities America received the inaugural Practitioner Thought Leadership Award from the Retirement Income Industry Association in 2011.
In January 2012, the company opened services to individuals in India with US$40,000 equivalent minimum income. Ameriprise also established an insurance brokerage entity in India that was licensed to deal in insurance products by India's Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (IRDA). Ameriprise India established offices in Delhi, Gurgaon, Greater Noida, Mumbai & Pune. In May 2014, Ameriprise shut down the nascent financial planning division in India, citing poor prospects for fee-based advisory services.
In January 2013, the company completed the conversion of its federal savings bank subsidiary, Ameriprise Bank, FSB, to a limited powers national trust bank, which conversion included changing the name of this subsidiary to Ameriprise National Trust Bank.
In 2017, the company acquired Investment Professionals, Inc.
Criticism and controversy
In July 2005, New Hampshire reached a $7.4 million settlement with Ameriprise Financial Advisors, alleging the company had violated the law by rewarding their financial advisers for recommending underperforming in-house mutual funds to clients.
In December 2005, the company agreed to pay $15 million to settle charges of market timing by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. The Minnesota Department of Commerce levied $2 million in fines for similar market timing violations and the National Association of Securities Dealers fined Ameriprise an additional $12.3 million for unsuitable share sales. Ameriprise had not revealed which funds were timed, or the names of the people involved and the exact nature of the disciplinary action taken. Morningstar, Inc. temporarily reduced the stewardship grade for Ameriprise's funds, although it did not impact the fund's overall star ratings from that firm.
In December 2006, a NASD arbitration panel awarded $9.3 million to three retired American Airlines pilots against Securities America and a formerly associated broker for allegedly mishandling their savings.
Also in December 2006, the company settled charges regarding a lost laptop containing customer data.
On July 11, 2007, the NASD fined Securities America $375,000 for improperly sharing directed brokerage commissions from a mutual fund company with a former Securities America broker.
On July 10, 2009, the company agreed to pay $17.3 million after the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) announced an enforcement action against the company for receiving millions of dollars in undisclosed revenue sharing as a condition for selling certain real estate investment trusts (REITs) to its brokerage customers before the spinoff from American Express.
On April 15, 2011, Securities America, Inc. (SAI) and its holding company, Securities America Financial Corporation, entered into settlement agreements related to the sale of private placement securities issued by Medical Capital and Provident Royalties that resulted in a $118 million pre-tax charge in the first quarter of 2011. The charge is in addition to a $40 million pre-tax charge in the fourth quarter of 2010.
In October 2010, Michael Loscalso, a branch manager in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania who earned $260,000 per year, sued the company after being fired, allegedly for raising serious allegations about the firm’s oversight of brokers.
In October 2014, a former Ameriprise adviser in Plymouth, Minnesota admitted to stealing $1 million from client accounts, which she spent at Victoria's Secret, on Caribbean cruises, salon visits and donations to a local Catholic Church.
In December 2016, the company settled with the U.S. Department of Labor, agreeing to pay $128,200 in back wages for discriminating against 20 black employees by paying them less than similarly situated white workers.
In August 2018, the company paid $4.5 million to settle charges that it failed to safeguard retail investor assets from theft by its representatives after 5 Ameriprise representatives committed fraudulent acts, including forging client documents and stole more than $1 million in client funds over a four-year period.
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