Asset Management

Innovative Investing

TIAA-CREF Asset Management manages a wide range of assets spanning a variety of portfolios. Learn more about how we implement our innovative investment strategies through these short case studies from around the globe.

Energy Infrastructure Investments to Power the Future


Daily oil usage is expected to rise to over 100 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE) by 20301; therefore, the market for oil, coal, natural gas, and alternative energy sources is steadily increasing. Although the United States is rapidly executing processes to develop alternative energy sources, most of the oil usage in the world is coming from developing countries that are using oil to build their infrastructure.

TIAA-CREF is actively investing in oil and natural gas; the organization understands natural gas is one of the main sources of clean energy and the recent fuel of choice for building new power plants. As the United States and the rest of the world continue to move toward more alternative energy projects, natural gas will be the bridge fuel used to advance toward a renewable energy solution.


Energy Infrastructure Investments to Power the Future

TIAA-CREF began investing in timberland in 1998, before many other companies were even aware of the value of sustainable production.

While world food, stock feed and bio-fuel demand is increasing, the global supply of arable land is shrinking.* This imbalance underscores the investment logic of TIAA-CREF’s strategic acquisition and responsible management of prime agricultural land around the globe.

Anticipating the economic momentum of sustainable food production, TIAA-CREF has established a portfolio of strategic agricultural assets in some of the world’s most productive areas. The organization has acquired more than 400 farms located across the U.S., Australia, Brazil, and Eastern Europe.

In the TIAA-CREF agriculture portfolio, social responsibility goes hand-in-hand with global investing. The organization’s analysts recognize the value of international investing in socially-responsible and environmentally-friendly ways. This idea pervades many of the organization’s investment decisions.