We work for every future.

Everyone deserves a secure retirement. For more than 100 years, we've delivered it for millions of people—and we're just getting started.

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Our history

First movers from day one

We got our start in 1918, fighting to make secure retirement possible for America's educators. Today, our solutions and forward-thinking guidance help millions of people retire securely, with freedom and dignity.

1918

Andrew Carnegie founds TIAA

One of history's greatest visionaries, Andrew Carnegie believed in a secure retirement for all educators. His new organization introduces a fully funded pension system specifically for teachers across the United States.

1952

We invent the variable annuity

TIAA forms CREF — the first-ever variable annuity. An innovative new product, it offers a diversified fund of common stocks to help investors fight inflation.

1990

We introduce Social Choice

Early advocates for value-driven and ESG investing, TIAA introduces Social Choice, an innovative variable annuity that offers investors a socially responsible investment option.

2014

TIAA acquires Nuveen

The globally renowned asset manager strengthens TIAA's asset management capabilities, enhancing our ability to provide reliable, competitive lifetime income solutions.

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