Retirement Plan Annuities

TIAA Traditional

Grows while you save – no matter what1

Provides “pension-like” income when you retire2

Our TIAA Traditional fixed annuity* helps you diversify part of your retirement savings now, and it provides guaranteed lifetime income for living expenses in retirement.
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Issued by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA), New York, NY.

Ways to take action today

Don't know how much to contribute to TIAA Traditional? A good starting point is approximately "half your age." Example: 25% of your retirement portfolio at age 50.4

Here to move money?

In 4 steps, you can transfer money from your TIAA retirement plan account to TIAA Traditional.3

Need to run some numbers?

The My Personal Pension calculator takes just 30 seconds to see what your guaranteed monthly income for life can be.

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We'll recommend a customized investment strategy based on your age, savings rate, assets and risk tolerance in 5 minutes or less.
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Why TIAA Traditional?


Guaranteed Growth

The value of your retirement savings is guaranteed to increase every day even in the most volatile markets.1

Guaranteed lifetime income

Turn your savings into regular monthly income to meet your everyday living expenses in retirement. 1

Exclusive benefits

Our "sharing the profits" approach seeks to reward you with additional growth and income. 5
Trust TIAA

We’ve put our customers first for over 100 years

SINCE 1918
Our retired participants have never missed a payout from us.6
Since 1949
TIAA has paid more in lifetime income than our guaranteed minimum amount every year over the past 70 years.
Since 2000
We've shared more than $79B in profits with our clients since 2000.7

TIAA commits General Account to achieve net zero carbon by 2050

TIAA will implement five-year interim targets leading up to 2050, with the first target set for 2025.

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1 All guarantees are based on TIAA's claims-paying ability. TIAA Traditional is a guaranteed insurance contract and not an investment for federal securities law purposes. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.
2 “Pension-like” income refers to lifetime income made available by guaranteed-interest annuity contracts, not income provided by a defined benefit pension plan. Annuity contracts may be funding options in defined contribution pension plans, but are not themselves pension plans. Annuity contract guarantees are subject to the financial strength of the issuing insurer. Defined benefit pension plans are subject to the financial strength of the employer’s pension plan.
3 Before consolidating assets, be sure to carefully consider the benefits of both the existing and new product. There will likely be differences in features, costs, surrender charges, services, company strength and other important aspects. There may also be tax consequences or other penalties associated with the transfer of assets. Indirect transfers may be subject to taxation and penalties. Consult with your own advisors regarding your particular situation.
4 The “half your age” Point of View represents an approximate starting place a participant can consider when allocating a portion of their retirement portfolio into TIAA Traditional and is not to be used in place of advice which is provided by a registered advisor.
5 TIAA may share profits with Traditional Retirement Annuity owners through declared additional amounts of interest and through increases in annuity income throughout retirement. These additional amounts are not guaranteed.
6 As of 12/01/20.
7 Amount paid as of 12/31/2020.
Annuity contracts contain terms for keeping them in force. Exclusions, restrictions, limitations and reductions in benefits will, in certain situations, apply to annuity contracts. Your financial consultant or advisor can provide you with costs and complete details.
TIAA Traditional is a fixed annuity product issued through these contracts by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA), 730 Third Avenue, New York, NY,10017:_ Form series 1000.24; G-1000.4 or G-1000.5/G1000.6 or G1000.7; 1200.8; G1250.1; IGRS-01-84-ACC and IGRS-02-ACC; IGRS-CERT2-84-ACC and IGRS-CERT3-ACC; IGRSP-01-84-ACC and IGRSP-02-ACC; IGRSP-CERT2-84-ACC and IGRSP-CERT3-ACC; 6008.8 and 6008.9-ACC; 1000.24-ATRA; 1280.2, 1280.4, or 1280.3 or 1280.5, or G1350.
Not all contracts are available in all states or currently issued.

Transfers and withdrawals from TIAA Traditional are restricted by its underlying agreements that can affect the liquidity of the product.
Exchanging your savings for income payments (referred to as “annuitization”) is a permanent decision and once lifetime income payments has been selected you are unable to change to another option.
Responsible investing incorporates Environmental Social Governance (ESG) factors that may affect exposure to issuers, sectors, industries, limiting the type and number of investment opportunities available, which could result in excluding investments that perform well.
This material is for informational or educational purposes only and does not constitute fiduciary investment advice under ERISA, a securities recommendation under all securities laws, or an insurance product recommendation under state insurance laws or regulations. 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 based on the investor’s own objectives and circumstances.