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Item 7.01. Regulation FD Disclosure 8-K

On November 11, 2008, Principal Financial Group, Inc. ("Principal") issued a press release responding to Moody's Investors Service's announcement of November 7, 2008, affirming Principal's financial strength and debt ratings, all with stable outlooks. The press release is included herewith as Exhibit 99.

Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits

99 Principal Financial Group's Press Release Commenting on Moody's Ratings Affirmations


     Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

    By:  /s/ Terrance J. Lillis
    Name: Terrance J. Lillis 
    Title: Senior Vice President and Chief Financial 
Date:  November 14, 2008     

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    EXHIBIT 99 
For release:  Upon receipt, Nov. 11, 2008   
Contact:  Eva Quinn, the Principal Financial Group, 515-247-7468, or Rhonda Clark-Leyda, 515-247-6634,   

Principal Financial Group Comments on Moody’s Financial Strength Rating Affirmation

  Company’s rating affirmed with stable outlook

(Des Moines, Iowa) – The Principal Financial Group, Inc. (NYSE: PFG) today responded to Moody's announcement affirming the company's financial strength and debt ratings.

     Moody's affirmed Principal Life Insurance Company's financial strength rating at "Aa2" with a stable outlook. They also affirmed the debt ratings of Principal Financial Group® and Principal Financial Services, Inc., all with a stable outlook.

     "The Principal Financial Group is pleased with the announcement by Moody's," said Larry Zimpleman, president and CEO of the Principal Financial Group. “We continue to have a constructive dialogue with Moody’s on all aspects of The Principal. We very much appreciate Moody’s thorough review and the time and effort they’ve taken to truly understand our business given the difficult economic environment. We have robust fundamentals and a sound and well-diversified balance sheet. Our capital position is strong, with very strong liquidity, and we can take advantage of many avenues to maintain financial flexibility as needed.”

       The announcement by Moody's completes a very detailed review. In their announcement, Moody's said that the rating affirmation was based on Principal Life's strong, broad-based position in the U.S. markets for group pensions with a leading position in the 401(k) sector, good asset quality, conservative asset-liability management, and strong capital adequacy, as measured by its NAIC Risk-Based Capital (RBC) ratio.

     Commenting on the stable outlook, Laura Bazer, vice president and senior credit officer said, "Principal Life's exposures to subprime and Alt-A RMBS securities are generally modest and manageable relative to other life insurers. While the company's gross unrealized investment losses -- particularly related to the financial sector – are significant, we expect that Principal Life's strong liquidity will enable it to hold its securities either to maturity or to their price recovery."

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About the Principal Financial Group

     The Principal Financial Group® (The Principal ®)1 is a leader in offering businesses, individuals and institutional clients a wide range of financial products and services, including retirement and investment services, life and health insurance, and banking through its diverse family of financial services companies. A member of the Fortune 500, the Principal Financial Group has $287.4 billion in assets under management2 and serves some 19.0 million customers worldwide from offices in Asia, Australia, Europe, Latin America and the United States. Principal Financial Group, Inc. is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol PFG. For more information, visit

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1 "The Principal Financial Group" and “The Principal” are registered service marks of Principal Financial Services, Inc., a member of the Principal Financial Group.

2 As of September 30, 2008