Help your employees build retirement savings

The simplicity of an all-in-one solution is appealing to retirement investors. That's why we offer award-winning1 actively managed and index lifecycle funds.
Winner of the 2020 Lipper Best Mixed Assets Large Fund Award including TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Active and Index Series

Three ways our lifecycle funds stand out

Competitive fees

Fees are among the lowest for actively managed Target-Date Funds, and fees for the Lifecycle Index Funds rank in the bottom 6% across all Target Date Funds.2

High ratings

100% of the TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds received an overall Morningstar rating based on risk-adjusted returns as of 09/30/20203

Risk management

Our lifecycle funds balance market risk and longevity risk to help employees prepare for a potentially longer retirement.


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TIAA's unique glidepath

Our through-retirement glidepath balances market risk against the risks caused by the longer life expectancies in the U.S.
TIAA Lifecycle Funds include investments in commercial real estate, helping diversification and risk control. Stable cash flows from long-term leases have the potential to result in attractive yields and risk-adjusted returns.

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TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds at a glance

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index Funds at a glance

1 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  Lipper Fund Awards from Refinitiv, ©2020 Refinitiv. All rights reserved. Used under license.  The award pertains only to the TIAA-CREF mutual funds in the mixed-asset 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
2 Source: Morningstar Direct, Sept. 30, 2020 institutional share class. Note: The Lifecycle Retirement Income ranks in the 24th percentile and the Lifecycle Index Retirement Income ranks in the 30th percentile over the 10-year period
3 Source: Morningstar Rankings based on total returns. Rankings refer to the institutional share class only. Rankings for other time periods may not be as favorable. Please note Lifecycle Funds are subject to the equity and fixed-income risk, as well as asset allocation risk. The target date for Lifecycle Funds is the approximate date when investors plan to start withdrawing their money. The principal value of the fund(s) is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date. TIAA-CREF has 24 Lifecycle Funds (12 actively managed funds and 12 index funds). The Morningstar category for Lifecycle Funds is named Target Date and Morningstar groups funds within the same target date in compiling its individual fund rankings.
Source: Morningstar ratings based on the lowest cost share class (Institutional Share Class) for each mutual fund, based on U.S. open end mutual funds. For a fund with multiple share classes and the same pricing, the share class with the longest performance history is used. Morningstar ratings maybe higher or lower on a monthly basis. Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds. The top 10% of funds in an investment category receive five stars, the next 22.5% receive four stars and the next 35% receive three stars. The overall star ratings are Morningstar’s published ratings, which are weighted averages of its three-, five- and ten-year ratings for periods ended Sept. 30, 2020. Past performance cannot guarantee future results. For current performance and rankings, please visit
Diversification is a technique to help reduce risk. However, there is no guarantee that diversification will protect against a loss of income.
As with all mutual funds, the principal value of a Lifecycle Fund isn’t guaranteed at any time and will fluctuate with market changes. The target date approximates when investors may plan to start making withdrawals. However, you are not required to withdraw the funds at that target date. After the target date has been reached, some of your money may be merged into a fund with a more stable asset allocation.
Lifecycle Funds share the risks associated with the types of securities held by each of the underlying funds in which they invest. In addition to the fees and expenses associated with the Lifecycle Funds, there is exposure to the fees and expenses associated with the underlying mutual funds.