2016-2017 Best Mixed Assets
Large Fund Group

Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds and
TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index Funds Recognized Two Years in a Row

Thomson Reuters Lipper Mixed Assets Large Fund Award is based on a review of 39 companies 2015 and 36 companies 2016 risk-adjusted performance.

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Consider TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds and TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index Funds

  • Strong Performance

    100% of both the Active Series (36% 5-Star; 64% 4-Star) and Index Series (64% 5-Star; 36% 4-Star) received a 4- or 5-Star Overall Morningstar Rating as of 12/31/161

  • Competitive fees

    Expenses are in the bottom quartile vs peers as of 12/31/162

  • Outcome-oriented
    Approach

    Leverages decades of experience managing retirement assets while supporting the growing life expectancy of the U.S. population

  • Rigorous Risk
    Management

    Seeks to balance market risk and longevity risk to prepare for a potentially longer retirement

  • Asset Allocation
    Expertise

    More than 60 years of experience managing asset allocation portfolios

The TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds

Learn how the TIAA-CREF target date funds are different than those from other providers.

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Sources
1. Source: Morningstar Direct, Data as of December 31, 2016. TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds 36% are 5 Stars and 64% 4 Stars. TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index Funds 64% 5 Stars and 36% 4 Stars. Morningstar ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns. Morningstar ratings based on the lowest cost 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 may be higher or lower on a monthly basis. Morningstar is an independent service that rates mutual funds.
2. Morningstar Direct as of December 31, 2016. Data is based on the Institutional Share Class. Other share classes expenses will vary. TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds average expense ratio is 0.42% which is the bottom 16% vs. industry peers. TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Index Funds average expense ratio is 0.10% which is the bottom 1% vs. industry peers.

The 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 (36 fund companies), 11/30/13 (48), 11/30/14 (48), 11/30/15 (37) and 11/30/16 (37) with at least five equity, five bond, or three mixed-asset portfolios. For the Mixed-Assets category, TIAA ranked against 39 and 36 fund families for the three-year period ended 11/30/15 and 11/30/16, respectively. Note these awards pertain to mutual funds within the TIAA-CREF group of mutual funds; other funds distributed by Nuveen Securities were not included. 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. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Certain funds have fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers ratings could be lower. For current performance, rankings and prospectuses, please visit the Research and Performance section on TIAA.org. Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC. From Thomson Reuters Lipper Awards, ©2017 Thomas 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.

© 2017 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average ofthe performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Funds considered in the Lipper Awards may have experi­enced negative returns during or since the rating period. Mutual fund investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. There is no guarantee that the Funds’ investment objectives will be achieved.

Not all products are available at all firms. Please check with your firm for availability. 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 www.tiaa.org or nuveen.com/MutualFunds.

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