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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Talking to us

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Taking control of your retirement

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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.
We are at 5 years in a row:
TIAA is the only company to win “Best Overall Large Fund Company” from Thomson Reuters Lipper, an independent ratings organization, five 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.
Next Steps

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This material is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute a recommendation or investment advice in connection with a distribution, transfer or rollover, a purchase or sale of securities or other investment property, or the management of securities or other investments, including the development of an investment strategy or retention of an investment manager or advisor. This material does not take into account any specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made in consultation with an investor’s personal advisor based on the investor’s own objectives and circumstances.
1 The Thomson Reuters Lipper Large Fund Award is given to the group with the lowest average decile ranking of three years’ Consistent Return for eligible funds over the three-year period ended 11/30/12, 11/30/13, 11/30/14, 11/30/15 and 11/30/2016, respectively. TIAA was ranked among 36 fund companies in 2012, 48 fund companies in 2013 and 2014, 37 fund companies in 2015 and 34 fund companies in 2016 with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios. Classification averages are calculated with all eligible share classes for each eligible classification. The calculation periods extend over 36, 60, and 120 months. The highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) value within each eligible classification determines the fund classification winner over three, five, or ten years.

From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, ©2017 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.