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Columbia Management announced today that veteran portfolio manager Jeffrey L. Knight, CFA has joined the firm in a new position as Head of Global Asset Allocation. Mr. Knight will oversee an existing suite of asset allocation solutions, including institutional strategies and mutual funds. “We’re incredibly pleased to add such an experienced and highly regarded investment professional to lead our Global Asset Allocation Team,” said Colin Moore, Chief Investment Officer. “Jeff’s leadership will help us further enhance our existing asset allocation capabilities on behalf of institutional clients, financial advisors and retail investors.” The Global Asset Allocation Team at Columbia Management currently manages a diverse lineup of asset allocation strategies including capital allocation, risk allocation, risk parity and total return products and solutions. Mr. Knight joins Columbia Management from Putnam Investments, where he most recently managed several mutual funds and institutional strategies as Head of Global Asset Allocation. He began at Putnam in 1993 as Senior Quantitative Analyst in the Global Asset Allocation Group and was instrumental in the development of quantitative models and methodologies. His investment industry career began in 1987. About Columbia Management:Columbia Management is a leading investment manager with $330 billion under management as of December 31, 2012, and the eighth largest manager of long-term mutual fund assets in the U.S. The firm serves a wide range of individual, institutional and high-net-worth clients, and seeks to generate consistent, competitive investment returns through a rigorous, research-driven investment process and disciplined risk management. Columbia Management is a subsidiary of Ameriprise Financial, Inc. (NYSE: AMP). For more information, please visit columbiamanagement.com. Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of a mutual fund carefully before investing. For a free prospectus, which contains this and other important information about the funds, visit columbiamanagement.com. The prospectus should be read carefully before investing. Columbia Funds are distributed by Columbia Management Investment Distributors, Inc., member FINRA, and managed by Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC.