NU Online News Service, Feb. 19, 1:30 p.m. – National Financial Partners Corp., New York, an independent financial services agency, has named the Principal Financial Group Inc., Des Moines, Iowa, to be a “core carrier.”

Principal will now distribute retirement plans, group insurance products, and related services and products through NFP insurance agencies and NFP’s broker-dealer subsidiary, NFP says.

The broker-deal unit has a network of 900 registered representatives, the company says.

More than 100 group and non-medical specialists at Principal will help support the NFP agents and representatives.