Principal Capital Management, a member of the Principal Financial Group, has acquired Spectrum Asset Management, a Stamford, Conn.-based investment manager that specializes in preferred securities, an alternative to traditional fixed-income securities, the company announced today.

Spectrum, which has nearly $1 billion in assets under management, will function as an affiliate of Principal Capital, which manages over $100 billion in total affiliated assets. Principal Capital’s current affiliates include BT Funds Management, Invista Capital Management, Principal Capital Income Investors and Principal Capital Real Estate Investors.

Spectrum’s preferred securities expertise will be a good compliment to Principal Capital’s existing offerings, according to Dennis Francis, CEO of Principal Capital.

Institutional investors are increasingly purchasing preferred securities because they have attractive yields, low volatility and diversification benefits, he said in a statement.

Becoming a principal affiliate is advantageous for Spectrum because the asset manager will add resources and expertise in areas such as distribution, institutional client services, and credit research, said Mark Lieb, CEO of Spectrum.

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