TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds

TIAA-CREF High Yield Fund (Institutional)


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Day's Change


Portfolio Net Assets


Gross / Net Expense Ratio


30 Day
SEC Yield

The fund's 30-day SEC yield is based on yield to maturity of a fund's investments over a 30-day period and not on the dividends paid by the fund, which may differ.

Overall Morningstar Rating

The Overall Morningstar Rating is based on risk-adjusted return, and is a weighted average of the applicable 3-, 5-, and 10-year Ratings.

52 Week Range

0.01 (0.10%)
0.37% / 0.37%
$9.50 - $10.50
As of close 03/26/2015As of 02/28/2015As of 03/25/2015 
As of 02/28/2015
Based on risk adjusted returns

Hypothetical Growth of $10,000 
The chart illustrates the performance of a hypothetical $10,000 investment made on the date indicated. The total returns are not adjusted to reflect sales charges or the effects of taxation, but are adjusted to reflect actual ongoing expenses, and assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, net of all recurring costs.

12/31/2011 - 12/31/2014

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Portfolio Overview

  • Investment Strategy
  • Management Team
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  • Share Class

    Institutional Class

  • Dividend Frequency


  • Redemption Fee 
    Shares held less than 60 calendar days may be subject to a 2.00% redemption fee. Please see the prospectus for details. The fund performance shown does not reflect the deduction of this fee. Had the fee been deducted, returns would have been lower.

    2.00% if shares held < 60 days

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The fund seeks high current income and, when consistent with its primary objective, capital appreciation. It typically invests at least 80% of its assets in lower-rated, higher-yielding fixed-income securities, such as domestic and foreign corporate bonds, debentures, loan participations and notes, as well as convertible securities and preferred stocks. The fund's investment adviser attempts to minimize the risks of investing in lower-rated securities by conducting its own credit analysis and constructing a portfolio of securities diversified by industry, maturity, duration and credit quality. Under certain market conditions, the fund may sacrifice potential yield in an effort to adopt a defensive posture designed to preserve capital. The fund may invest up to 20% of its assets in securities of foreign issuers, including emerging markets.

Kevin Lorenz, CFA

Managing Director, Global Public Markets

Jean Lin, CFA

Managing Director, Global Public Markets

Performance Returns 
Average annual total return is a hypothetical rate of return that, if achieved annually, would have produced the same cumulative total return if performance had been constant over the entire period. Average annual total returns smooth out variation in performance; they are not the same as actual year-by-year results. Also, it is the average annual profit or loss realized by an investment at the end of a specified calendar period, stated as the percentage gained or lost per dollar invested.

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The performance data quoted represents past performance, and is no guarantee of future results. Your returns and the principal value of your investment will fluctuate so that your accumulation units or shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted above. Performance may reflect waivers or reimbursements of certain expenses. Absent these waivers or reimbursement arrangements, performance results would have been lower. Since Inception performance shown is cumulative for funds that have less than one year of performance history. For investments with exceptional performance, please note that performance fluctuates and currently may be lower than noted here.

Portfolio Composition

Portfolio Composition provides details for the investments that constitute a particular fund.

Sector Weightings

As of 12/31/2014
% of
Net Assets
Corporate Bonds68.24%
Foreign Government And Corporate Bonds Denominated In U.S. Dollars14.53%
Bank Loan Obligations14.41%
Preferred Stock0.18%
Short-Term Investments, Other Assets & Liabilities, Net2.64%

Top 10 Holdings 
The top 10 holdings are subject to change and may not be representative of the fund's current or future investments. The holdings listed only include the fund's long-term investments and may exclude any temporary cash investments and equity index products. The holdings listed should not be considered a recommendation to buy or sell a particular security.

As of 12/31/2014
Market Value ($)% of
Net Assets
Albertson's Holdings LLC 4.500%, 08/25/2127.6M1.08%
CHS/Community Health Systems 6.875%, 02/01/2223.6M0.93%
1011778 BC / New Red Fin 6.000%, 04/01/2221.3M0.83%
Evergreen Skills Lux S.a.r.l. 9.250%, 04/28/2220.6M0.81%
SPL Logistics Escrow LLC 8.875%, 08/01/2020.4M0.80%
Visant Corp 7.000%, 09/23/2120.3M0.80%
Gates Global LLC 4.250%, 07/05/2119.4M0.76%
Calumet Specialty Products Partners LP 6.500%, 04/15/2118.7M0.73%
Hexion US Finance Corp 6.625%, 04/15/2018.3M0.72%
Tenet Healthcare Corp 8.125%, 04/01/2217.9M0.70%

The risks that the fund is subject to include market risk, company risk, interest-rate risk, credit risk, income volatility risk, illiquid security risk and foreign investment risks.

1The Merrill Lynch BB/B Cash Pay Issuer Constrained Index measures the performance of securities that pay interest in cash and have a credit rating of BB or B. Merrill Lynch uses a composite of Fitch Ratings, Moody's and Standard and Poor's credit ratings in selecting bonds for this index. These ratings measure the risk that the bond issuer will fail to pay interest or to repay principal in full. You cannot invest directly in this index.

Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds and variable annuities.

For each fund/account with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's/account's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Where applicable, Morningstar's performance rankings are based on linked performance that considers the differences in expense ratios, while actual performance data shown does not reflect such differences.

The top 10 percent of funds/accounts in a category receive five stars, the next 22.5 percent receive four stars, and the next 35 percent receive three stars, the next 22.5 percent receive two stars and the bottom 10 percent receive one star. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund/account within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) Morningstar proprietary ratings on U.S.-domiciled funds/accounts reflect historical risk-adjusted performance, are subject to change every month. They are derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five- and ten-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. Please note, Morningstar now rates group variable annuities within the open-end mutual fund universe.

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TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, Members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products. Annuity contracts and certificates are issued by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) and College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF), New York, NY. Investment products, insurance and annuity products: are not FDIC insured, are not bank guaranteed, are not deposits, are not insured by any federal government agency, are not a condition to any banking service or activity, and may lose value.

Key Differentiators

  • Members of the portfolio management team have been active participants in high-yield markets over the course of several market cycles and bring that knowledge to the Fund’s management
  • In-depth credit analysis from a dedicated team of five high-yield research analysts plus TIAA-CREF’s broader Fixed Income Research Team
  • Diversified portfolio comprised primarily of high-yield corporate bonds and term loans ranging in quality from BB to B, with investments in bonds rated CCC and lower made on an opportunistic basis


A research company that rates the performance of Mutual Funds and Variable Annuities.

Morningstar Rating

    OUT OF 596 FUNDS
  • 3 YEAR
    OUT OF 596 FUNDS
  • 5 YEAR
    OUT OF 501 FUNDS
  • 10 YEAR
    OUT OF 350 FUNDS

The Overall Morningstar Rating is based on risk-adjusted return, and is a weighted average of the applicable 3-, 5-, and 10-year Ratings.

Morningstar Category

High Yield Bond

Morningstar Risk Measures

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  • HIGH

Investment Risk

Investment risk is usually related to the performance of an investment—riskier investments offer potentially higher returns—but are more volatile in the short-term. Beta (past price fluctuations), R-Squared (performance against benchmark index), and Standard Deviation (past volatility) are all used to calculate the degree of risk associated with individual investments.

Level of risk is defined using the 3 Year Standard Deviation of the Investment.

Following risk measures below are based on a 3 Year period.

  • Standard Deviation

  • R-Squared

  • Sharpe Ratio

  • Beta