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TIAA-CREF Social Choice Equity Fund (Premier)

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Gross / Net Expense Ratio

Under the Fund’s expense reimbursement arrangements, the Fund’s investment adviser, Teachers Advisors, Inc., has contractually agreed to reimburse the Fund for any Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions or other transactional expenses, Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses and extraordinary expenses) that exceed: 0.37% of average daily net assets for Premier Class shares. These expense reimbursement arrangements will continue through at least February 29, 2016, unless changed with approval of the Board of Trustees.

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

0.32 (2.04%)
0.33% / 0.33%
$15.11 - $17.27
As of close 10/05/2015As of 09/30/2015
As of 09/30/2015
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.

06/30/2012 - 06/30/2015

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Portfolio Overview

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    Premier Class

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The fund seeks a favorable long-term total return that reflects the investment performance of the overall U.S. stock market while giving special consideration to certain social criteria. It normally invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities. The fund's investments are subject to certain environmental, social and governance criteria. The evaluation process favors companies that are strong stewards of the environment; devoted to serving local communities; committed to higher labor standards; dedicated to producing high-quality and safe products; and those managed in an exemplary or ethical manner. The fund may also invest in U.S. Government securities and may hold up to 15% of its assets in foreign investments.

Jim Campagna, CFA

Senior Director, Equity Investments, Quantitative Portfolio Management

Lei Liao, CFA

Director, Equity Investments, Quantitative Portfolio Management

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 06/30/2015
% of
Net Assets
Information Technology18.05%
Health Care14.12%
Consumer Discretionary13.46%
Consumer Staples7.09%
Telecommunication Services1.99%
Short-Term Investments, Other Assets & Liabilities, Net0.64%

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. Top holdings by issuer includes the underlying ordinary shares combined with any depositary receipts, preferred shares, contract for differences (CFDs), rights, options and warrants as applicable.

As of 06/30/2015
Market Value ($)% of
Net Assets
Google, Inc61.4M2.25%
Johnson & Johnson45.8M1.68%
Berkshire Hathaway, Inc (Class B)41.8M1.53%
Procter & Gamble Co37.6M1.38%
Verizon Communications, Inc35.9M1.32%
Walt Disney Co35.5M1.30%
Gilead Sciences, Inc35.1M1.29%
Merck & Co, Inc33.1M1.21%
International Business Machines Corp30.8M1.13%
Intel Corp30.4M1.12%

The risks that the fund is subject to include the risk of socially screened investing, market risk, company risk, index risk and foreign investment risks.

1The fund's Institutional Class began operations on 07/01/1999. Performance shown for the Since Inception period and prior to the inception of the Premier Class is based on the performance of the fund's Institutional Class. Performance has not been restated to reflect the higher expenses of the Premier Class. If the expense differential had been reflected, performance for these periods would have been lower.

2The Russell 3000® Index measures the performance of the stocks of the 3,000 largest publicly traded U.S. companies, based on market capitalization, and it measures the performance of about 98% of the total market capitalization of the publicly traded U.S. equity market. You cannot invest directly in this index. Russell 3000 is a trademark and service mark of the Frank Russell Company. TIAA-CREF products are not promoted or sponsored by, or affiliated with, the Frank Russell Company. 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

  • Competitive return potential. The Fund seeks returns consistent with a broad U.S. core equity benchmark* and a portfolio that has higher ESG performance quality relative to the benchmark.
  • ESG leadership focus. The Fund leverages in-house expertise and independent third-party ESG research, applying industry-specific ESG criteria to identify best-in-class leaders within each sector.
  • A core equity portfolio allocation with lower fees than its peers. Long-term investors who recognize the importance of a diversified equity allocation can use this Fund as a core equity holding. A proprietary quantitative process, coupled with an industry recognized risk model, allows us to capture the long-term performance of the benchmark. Its fees are among the lowest in the category.**
*Russell 3000 Index.
**The average and median expense ratio for the Morningstar Large Blend category was 1.09% and 1.06%, respectively as of June 30, 2015.


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Morningstar Rating

    OUT OF 1,391 FUNDS
  • 3 YEAR
    OUT OF 1,391 FUNDS
  • 5 YEAR
    OUT OF 1,242 FUNDS
  • 10 YEAR
    OUT OF 878 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 Stylebox

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Morningstar Category

Large Blend

Morningstar Risk Measures

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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.

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  • Beta