Asset Management

Introducing the TIAA-CREF International Opportunities Fund

Where will the next innovation in personal devices come from? Who’s building a green breakthrough product? Which ideas have the greatest potential to transform an industry?

The new TIAA-CREF International Opportunities Fund searches both developed and emerging foreign markets to identify companies experiencing a structural growth opportunity driven by differentiated products and/or services.

Companies owned by the Fund have the potential to redefine themselves, perhaps even their industry. Early recognition of the opportunity, and the potential for significant positive results, is an important part of the Fund’s investment approach, along with assessing a firm’s management team and ability to sustain competitive advantages.

An experienced portfolio manager backed by global research expertise

Portfolio manager Jason Campbell has more than 15 years of international equity investment experience in both developed (Europe, Japan, Asia, and Canada) and emerging (Asia and Latin America) markets. He’s been successfully managing international equity portfolios at TIAA-CREF since 2009 and leverages the full support of TIAA-CREF’s global equity research team of approximately 40 sector analysts and 12 research assistants. This team provides coverage for the vast majority of companies in the Fund’s investment universe.

The Fund’s investment process

Global macro enviroment & secular growth themes

Campbell applies a disciplined investment process combining bottom-up stock selection with top-down/macro analysis to identify compelling trends and opportunities. While portfolio holdings are the result of bottom-up stock picking, the Fund also aims to be diversified geographically and among industries and sectors.

The portfolio seeks to own companies that

  • Maintain strong barriers to entry
  • Continue to outgrow their competition
  • Demonstrate accelerating top-line growth with margin expansion
  • Possess strong fundamentals independent from macroeconomic conditions

Emphasizing positive structural change, growth sustainability, and early identification of investment opportunities, the TIAA-CREF International Opportunities Fund may be appropriate for long-term investors seeking the benefits of diversification and enhanced return potential.

Learn more about TIAA-CREF’s International Opportunities Fund

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