How we invest

In short, we seek to maximize long-term value for our customers. Find out what sets us apart from other investment companies.
Our vision

Year after year, we help people by pursuing consistent results

Since our start in 1918, TIAA has grown to one of the world’s largest asset managers1 with offices in 40 countries and investments around the globe. With a focus on managing risk responsibly and generating long-term value through real assets like property and farmland, we’re committed to helping you now and in the years to come.
Investment snapshot

$954 billion in assets under management

The TIAA  portfolio includes a variety of investment types, including stocks, bonds and real estate across public and private markets.
Our track record

Performance that’s built to last

Through recessions and crises as well as market highs and lows, TIAA has been recognized for producing consistent long-term performance.3 We look for real, sustainable investment opportunities, to help support our investors in any market.
The #1 manager of real assets in farmland4
The #1 real estate manager of U.S. tax-exempt assets4
Top 10
A top 10 manager of real assets in timber4


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.3
Responsible investment

A leader in responsible investment

TIAA's goal is to deliver competitive returns while promoting broader economic development, positive societal outcomes and a healthier environment. Learn more about how we invest responsibly.
Our professionals

A team of MVPs

A collaborative team of over 350 investment professionals averaging 17 years of experience informs every investment decision.
Amy O’Brien
Managing Director, Head of Responsible Investment
President, Global Investments, Nuveen
Head of Global Equity Trading
Heather Davis
CIO, TIAA Global Real Assets
Anupam Damani
Managing Director, Global Public Markets
Past performance does not guarantee future results.
1 Source: 2017 Annual Pensions & Investments Money Managers’ Report. $954 billion AUM as of June 30, 2017.
2 The expense ratio on all mutual fund products and variable annuity accounts managed by TIAA-CREF is generally less than half the mutual fund industry average. Applies to mutual fund and variable annuity expense ratios. Source: Morningstar Direct, December 31, 2017 . The expense ratio on all mutual fund products and variable annuity accounts managed by TIAA-CREF is generally less than half the mutual fund industry average. 59% are less than half their respective Morningstar Universe average and 50% are less than half their respective Morningstar Universe median.
Our mutual fund and variable annuity products are subject to various fees and expenses, including but not limited to management, administrative, and distribution fees; our variable annuity products have an additional mortality and expense risk charge.
3 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.
4 Based on assets under management as of June 30, 2017.
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.