get the basics
A convenient, simple approach to investing
A mutual fund is collection of professionally selected and managed stocks, bonds, cash or alternative investments grouped together in one fund.
Advantages of mutual funds
Don't put all your eggs in one basket
Mutual funds provide multiple investment opportunities in one fund. This can provide lower risk through diversification and lower costs for you.
Professional money management
We handle all the day-to-day decisions, such as buying, selling and researching investment opportunities for our actively managed funds.
Easy access to your money
Mutual funds allow you to buy and sell shares as well as convert your assets to cash with ease.
Choose from mutual funds that help you meet your goals.
Interested in responsible investment?
Our responsible investment funds have a dual objective of seeking competitive returns and making a positive economic, social and environmental impact.
Access solutions across traditional and alternative asset classes from leading investment managers.
Looking for tax-exempt income and the potential to dampen volatility in a diversified portfolio?
Learn about our wide range of funds that have received Morningstar’s Overall rating of four or five stars
Keep up-to-date on Nuveen mutual funds quarterly commentary
Five times in a row!
We’re the only company to win “Best Overall Large Fund Company” five years in a row, from Thomson Reuters Lipper, an independent ratings organization.1
67% of TIAA-CREF’s funds and variable annuity accounts received a Morningstar overall rating of 4 or 5 stars ( 45.33% 4 stars and 21.33% 5 stars ), based on risk-adjusted returns as of December 31, 2016 .2
More about mutual funds
Need help to decide?