CREF Variable Annuity

CREF Bond Market Account (R1)

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Unit Value


Day's Change


Portfolio Net Assets


Expense Charge

Expenses are estimated each year based on projected expense and asset levels. Differences between actual expenses and the estimate are adjusted quarterly and are reflected in current investment results.

The Account’s total annual expense deduction appears in the Account's prospectus, and may be different than that shown herein due to rounding. Please refer to the prospectus for further details.

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

0.1618 (0.14%)
$112.8458 - $115.9038
As of close 02/10/2016As of 01/31/2016As of 02/09/2016 
As of 01/31/2016
Based on risk adjusted returns


Management Team

John CerraManaging Director, Global Public Markets, Portfolio Management

John Cerra is a managing director and fixed income portfolio manager for the TIAA-CREF organization. Mr. Cerra is a member of the portfolio management team for several of the organization's fixed-income portfolios. Since joining the TIAA-CREF organization in 1985, he has held several positions including managing the public asset-backed securities team and U.S. dollar-based derivative investment portfolio. He also served as an investment officer of the public markets structured finance team and bond group. In addition, Mr. Cerra worked as a quantitative fixed-income investment analyst. Mr. Cerra holds a B.A. in economics from Fordham University and an M.B.A. in finance from Rutgers University's Graduate School of Management.

Joseph Higgins, CFAManaging Director, Global Public Markets

Joseph Higgins is a managing director and fixed income portfolio manager for the TIAA-CREF organization. Mr. Higgins is the lead portfolio manager and responsible for asset allocation for several of the organization's bond funds and accounts. Previously, he managed structured credit investments and was an investment grade portfolio manager. In addition, he has served in various capacities at the organization including director of private placements, international bank analyst, international investment grade portfolio manager and co-head of corporate credit research. Mr. Higgins initiated the first securitization and co-developed the first collateralized debt obligation (CDO) for TIAA. He joined the TIAA-CREF organization in 1995.Mr. Higgins has 19 years of investment experience. He was previously a certified public accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers.Mr. Higgins holds a B.S. in accounting with a minor in economics from The State University of New York at Albany, magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with dual concentrations in finance and marketing. He is a member of the New York State Society of Securities Analysts and the CFA Institute. He was also a founding member of the User Advisory Council of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB).

As of April 24, 2015, additional classes of CREF Accounts are available with different eligibility requirements. Please visit the account’s prospectus at for more information.
Investing in this account involves a number of risks, including interest rate risk, income volatility risk, credit risk, prepayment and extension risk, illiquid security risk, and foreign investment risks.

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