Our History


John Tappan, age 24, founds Investors Syndicate in Minneapolis, Minnesota. To provide financial solutions to Middle America and give smaller investors access to more benefits, Tappan introduces the Face Amount Certificate, an innovative and democratizing investment idea.

John Tappan Profile photo


The Panic of 1907 spreads through the country, bankrupts brokerage firms and prompts investors to pull their money out of banks. Unlike many institutions during the financial crisis, Investors Syndicate survives and keeps its clients' money working.


The Great Depression lasts a decade. Thousands of financial institutions fail, countless people are left penniless. Meanwhile, Investor Syndicate pays out every dollar on its due date - a total of $101 million - to its clients.

Investor Syndicate Payout Check


Investors Syndicate provides career opportunities for people from all walks of life. Former schoolteachers, beekeepers, housewives, waiters and secretaries join its ranks.

Working men and women in the 1930s photo


Investors Syndicate renames itself Investors Diversified Services (henceforth called IDS) to more clearly indicate its growing range of products and services. In the next decade, IDS becomes the largest investment company in the US.

Investors Diversified Services Building Photo from 1949


IDS founds the Investors Syndicate Life Insurance and Annuity Company and offers life insurance to help protect and preserve the financial well-being of clients. The company is eventually renamed the IDS Life Insurance Company.

Family of four waving photo from 1950s era


Investors Syndicate Life Insurance and Annuity Company becomes IDS Life Insurance Company.


American Express Company acquires IDS.

IDS American Express logo


American Express Financial Advisors is renamed Ameriprise Financial. The name Ameriprise is a blend of "American" and "Enterprise."

Ameriprise Financial becomes an independent, publicly owned company with more than 12,000 advisors and registered representatives and more than 2.7 million individual, business and institutional clients.

Ameriprise Financial announces the RiverSource brand. The brand includes insurance, annuities and investment products and is focused on growing and protecting client income through retirement.

RiverSource logo


Global economic crisis drives broad stock market declines.

When the independent Reserve Fund "breaks the buck" in one of its money market funds and freezes assets, Ameriprise Financial responds by advancing $700 million to help meet clients' immediate cash needs and developing extensive market volatility resources for advisors to help their clients.

Wall Street and Broadway Street Signs Black and White photo


Financially healthy, Ameriprise Financial refuses TARP funding.


As we did through the 2008-2009 financial crisis, RiverSource Life Insurance Company and RiverSource Life Insurance Co. of New York continue to maintain strong ratings from independent ratings agencies.






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