TIAA-CREF offers its investors access to a range of investments that span equity, fixed-income, target-date, real estate and alternative investments.1
With over 60 years of experience, we’ve refined a disciplined, rigorous process to identify what we believe to be the best investment opportunities. We employ actively managed, quantitatively managed and indexed equity strategies across a variety of styles, which we’ve refined over our long history to provide clients with a broad range of portfolios to meet their needs.
We started as a fixed-income investor in 1918. Today, we are one of the top 10 managers of U.S. institutional tax-exempt assets based on assets under management.3 We offer a myriad of fixed-income portfolios that invest in a wide range of bonds: corporate bonds, government bonds and structured securities, as well as niche strategies.
The TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds4 are age-appropriate, professionally managed asset allocation portfolios that automatically adjust over time. Our Lifecycle Funds are based on our unique experience of managing the retirement assets of nearly four million individuals through all kinds of markets. We focus on the goal of providing our investors with income that lasts longer during their retirement years to help them meet more of their goals for the future.
We have 60 years of asset allocation experience, which we draw upon every day when managing our Lifestyle Funds. By investing in other TIAA-CREF Funds, our Lifestyle Funds cover the risk/reward spectrum and range from conservative to aggressive. This allows us to better meet the needs of all our investors, no matter what their risk tolerance and individual needs might be.
Alternative Investments at TIAA-CREF include natural resource and infrastructure, private equity and private placements. For example, we have a program focused on identifying and investing in areas for sustainable growth, like agriculture.1
We seek to produce long-term, risk-adjusted returns with our agriculture portfolio by encouraging our employees to work with local farmers and operators in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, and Eastern Europe to implement state-of-the-art technology and sustainable farming practices.
Our forward-thinking philosophy has led us to be one of the largest institutional owners of farmland in the world.
1 TIAA’s Alternative investments are just one of many investments of TIAA’s General Account, an account solely owned by TIAA that is not available to individual investors and whose performance is not directly allocated to any specific contract or obligation. TIAA’s General Account invests in a broad range of diversified investments to support TIAA’s contractual guarantees and business operations.
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Diversification is a technique to help reduce risk. There is no guarantee that diversification will protect against a loss of income.
2 As of September 30, 2012.
3 Pensions & Investments, May 28, 2012. Rankings based on institutional tax-exempt assets under management as of December 31, 2011, reported by each responding asset manager.
4 The target date for each Lifecycle Fund is the approximate date when investors plan to start withdrawing their money. The principal value of the fund(s) is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date.
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