New Retirement Mindscape II study: Research reveals stark differences in how men and women think about retirement

Minneapolis(October 18, 2010) – The recession has altered many Americans’ attitudes and preparation for retirement, but women and men are not responding in the same way. New findings from the New Retirement Mindscape IISM study, released today by Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP), demonstrate that gender may have a significant impact on how consumers approach retirement. Although less confident about their overall financial situation, women are significantly more likely than men to feel “enthusiastic” about reaching this important milestone (74% vs. 65%). And, while the number of men who report that they are “enjoying retirement a great deal” has dropped since 2005 (56% vs. 67%), the number of women sharing this sentiment has remained steady. 

Ameriprise Financial Earns Top Marks on the 2011 Corporate Equality Index

Top rating on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s annual index underscores firm’s commitment to LGBT equality

– (October 1, 2010) – For the fifth consecutive year, Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) has earned the top rating of 100 percent on the Corporate Equality Index (CEI), an annual survey administered by the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. The company joins 338 other major U.S. businesses that received top marks on the 2011 index for their treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees and consumers.

Ameriprise Financial Plans Live Audio Webcasts of its Third Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Annual Financial Community Meeting

MINNEAPOLIS – September 30, 2010 – Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) plans to host a live audio webcast of its third quarter investor conference call on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. (ET). The company’s third quarter 2010 financial results are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 soon after the market closes.

Columbia Management Fund Shareholders to Save Projected $30 Million Annually

Result of fee change and fund merger proposals; additional fund mergers announced
BOSTON – September 28, 2010 – Columbia Management announced that it expects fund shareholders to save approximately $30 million annually pending the implementation of fee change and fund merger proposals.

New Retirement Mindscape II Study: Americans Remain Unprepared for Retirement

Minneapolis(Sept. 27, 2010) – While the difficult economic environment has underscored the need to plan more diligently, many Americans are failing to take fundamental steps to prepare for retirement. New findings from the New Retirement Mindscape IISM study released today by Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP), indicate that only half (54%) of pre-retirees have determined the amount of money they need to save for retirement. Furthermore, while most financial professionals recommend preparing for a retirement that will last 30 years, survey respondents estimate theirs will last approximately 20 years – a significant discrepancy that could leave many dramatically unprepared.

New Retirement Mindscape II Study: The Stages of Retirement Have Changed

Minneapolis(Sept. 13, 2010) – Americans’ attitudes, ambitions and preparation for retirement have changed dramatically as a result of the recession. Five years after introducing the stages of retirement, Ameriprise Financial (NYSE: AMP) revisited its groundbreaking New Retirement Mindscape® study to see how consumers’ journey to and through retirement has changed. The findings underscore the substantial emotional impact the difficult economic environment has had on people, especially those who are approaching retirement or who have retired within the past year. In fact, the economy’s impact has been so severe that a new stage has emerged and another has been renamed.

Ameriprise Financial to Match Donations to Feeding America During Hunger Action Month

In recognition of Hunger Action Month, Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP) today announced that it is launching the Ameriprise Financial Challenge – a program that will double match all online contributions to Feeding America made during the month of September.* The public is encouraged to visit starting tomorrow to make a contribution.

Columbia Management Streamlines Mutual Fund Offerings

Mutual fund consolidation expected to benefit shareholders and advisors

BOSTON – August 19, 2010 – Columbia Management announced that it has proposed 62 fund mergers as part of the integration of Columbia Management and RiverSource Investments. These proposals are subject to final approval by the funds’ boards of directors/trustees and are ultimately subject to shareholder approval.