Ameriprise is set to buy H&R Block's financial planning division for $315 million. AMP expects the acquisition to help it expand business in Texas, California, and Florida. These climates are warmer, and there are plenty of potential retirees in need of financial planning. AMP aims at attracting affluent baby boomers to its clients list.
AMP's buiness, like other asset managers, is closely tied to the performance of markets. The company earns revenue based on assets under managers. If clients' accounts are decreasing in value due to weak markets or net outflows, this hurts AMP's bottom-line.