Retirement planning basics

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Three steps to consider

No matter where you are in life, you can plan and save for the retirement you want. We can help.


Learn how investing can help you pursue your retirement goals. Contributing to a retirement account can provide tax benefits.

Knowing your match

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Customer Stories

Personal stories*

Meet real TIAA customers who are planning for their retirement.
“I want to be comfortable at 65 because I’m comfortable now.”
Associate VP, Student Affairs
Participant since 1998
“Having enough to take care of myself is very important.”
Director of the arts
Participant since 2010
“I rely on advice from TIAA to ensure I am on target for retirement.”
Professor and entomologist
Participant since 2000
*These quotes describe the circumstances and experiences of specific participants from one or more of the companies in the TIAA organization (“TIAA”).  It may not be representative of the experience of other TIAA customers and is not indicative of future performance or success. Individual results and experiences will vary.

100 years of service

No matter where you are in life, we’re here to help you plan for the retirement you want.
From 2013 - 2018 we were named the Lipper Best Overall Large Fund Company for six consecutive years in a row.1
TIAA has made payments to retirees since 1918.
Our know-how can help you create a strategy that balances today's needs with tomorrow's retirement income goals.
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1Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards Winner United States 2013 -2018, Best Overall Large Fund Family Group Over Three Years. The Refinitiv Lipper Fund Awards are based on the Lipper Leader for Consistent Return rating, which is a risk-adjusted performance measure calculated over 36, 60 and 120 months. Lipper Leaders fund ratings do not constitute and are not intended to constitute investment advice or an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy any security of any entity in any jurisdiction. For more information, see The Award is based on a review of risk-adjusted performance of 36 companies for 2013, 48 for 2014 & 2015, 37 for 2016 and 34 for 2017 & 2018. The award pertains only to the TIAA-CREF mutual funds in the Large Fund Family category. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. Past performance does not guarantee future results. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit The investment advisory services, strategies and expertise of TIAA Investments, a division of Nuveen, are provided by Teachers Advisors, LLC and TIAA-CREF Investment Management, LLC. TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, and Nuveen Securities, LLC, Members FINRA, distribute securities products

From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, ©2018 Thomson Reuters. All rights reserved. Used by permission and protected by the Copyright Laws of the United States. The printing, copying, redistribution, or retransmission of this Content without express written permission is prohibited. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. For current performance and rankings, please visit the Research and Performance section on TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC, Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., and Nuveen Securities, LLC, members FINRA and SIPC, distribute securities products.
A detailed awards methodology can be found at Retirement income depends on asset allocation decisions and income strategies chosen during accumulation and retirement phases.