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Fund highlights
  • Exposure to stocks of emerging markets companies screened for positive environmental, social and governance (“ESG”) criteria
  • International diversification and the growth potential of emerging markets countries
  • Intraday exchange-traded liquidity
  • A transparent, tax-efficient* and low-cost investment solution

Fund description

The Fund seeks to track the investment results, before fees and expenses, of the TIAA ESG Emerging Markets Equity Index. The Fund employs a passive management (or “indexing”) approach, investing all or substantially all of its assets in the securities represented in the Index in approximately the same proportions as the Index.

Index description

The TIAA ESG Emerging Markets Equity Index (the “Index”) uses a rules-based methodology to arrive at a diversified portfolio of equity securities issued by companies located in countries with emerging markets that adhere to predetermined ESG, controversial business involvement and low-carbon screen criteria. The Index is rebalanced quarterly.

Index provider: MSCI

Important fund notice

Effective 28 Sep 2021, the expense ratio has been restated to reflect a reduction in the Fund's contractual management fee. For more information please refer to the Fund's prospectus.

For term definitions, please access the glossary in the footer.

Fund basics

Fund data

Performance

  • Average annual total returns
  • Morningstar Ratings

Average annual total returns

Morningstar ratings

Morningstar ratings are based on historical risk-adjusted total returns, which are not indicative of future results.

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate so that shares redeemed may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. Total returns for a period of less than one year are cumulative. Returns assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains. Market price returns are based on the closing market price.

Shares of ETFs are bought and sold at market price as opposed to net asset value. As a result, an investor may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling. In addition, brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Fund shares are not individually redeemable directly with the Fund, but blocks of shares may be acquired from the Fund and tendered for redemption to the Fund by certain institutional investors in Creation Units.

Pricing

Daily pricing - market price

Daily pricing - NAV

Pricing history

Trailing median bid-ask spread

Premium/discount

Shares of ETFs are bought and sold at market price as opposed to net asset value. As a result, an investor may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling. In addition, brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Fund shares are not individually redeemable directly with the Fund, but blocks of shares may be acquired from the Fund and tendered for redemption to the Fund by certain institutional investors in Creation Units. The premium/discount information provided herein represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results.

Distributions

Distribution history

Characteristics

Portfolio statistics

  • Top countries
  • Sector allocation

Top countries

Sector allocation

All characteristics as a percentage of the fund's total net assets. Holdings and ratings are subject to change. Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.

Top portfolio positions

Holdings are subject to change and may not be representative of the Fund's current or future investments. The holdings listed only include the Fund's long-term investments and may exclude any temporary cash investments and equity index products. The holdings listed are not recommendations to buy or sell.

Literature

  • Fund literature
  • Prospectuses & reports
* ETFs have generally low portfolio turnover and do not need to sell securities to meet shareholder redemptions, potentially reducing taxable gains.

A word on risk

Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. There is no guarantee the Fund's investment objectives will be achieved. An exchange-traded fund seeks to generally track the investment results of an index; however the Fund may underperform, outperform or be more volatile than the referenced index. Non-U.S. investments involve risks such as currency fluctuation, political and economic instability, lack of liquidity and differing legal and accounting standards. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. In addition, because the Index selects securities for inclusion based on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria, the Fund may forgo some market opportunities available to funds that don't use these criteria. A portfolio concentrated in a single industry, sector or country may present more risk than a portfolio broadly diversified over several industries or countries. These and other risks, such as mid-cap stock risk, are described in the Fund's prospectus.

TIAA ESG Emerging Markets Equity Index is a custom index that is owned and calculated by MSCI, is based on the MSCI Emerging Markets Index and aims to increase exposure to positive environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and exhibit lower carbon exposure as compared to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index.

It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) may not be marketed or advertised as an open-end investment company or mutual fund.

The Morningstar RatingTM 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 of the 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. ©2021 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.

Before investing, carefully consider fund investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. For this and other information that should be read carefully, please request a prospectus or summary prospectus from your financial professional or Nuveen at 800.257.8787.


Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC serves as the Fund’s adviser and Teachers Advisors, LLC serves as the Fund’s sub-adviser; both the adviser and sub-adviser are subsidiaries of Nuveen, LLC.
Nuveen Securities, LLC, member FINRA and SIPC.

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All portfolio positions

Holdings are subject to change and may not be representative of the Fund's current or future investments. The holdings listed only include the Fund's long-term investments and may exclude any temporary cash investments and equity index products. The holdings listed are not recommendations to buy or sell.

Premium/discount history

Shares of ETFs are bought and sold at market price as opposed to net asset value. As a result, an investor may pay more than net asset value when buying and receive less than net asset value when selling. In addition, brokerage commissions will reduce returns. Fund shares are not individually redeemable directly with the Fund, but blocks of shares may be acquired from the Fund and tendered for redemption to the Fund by certain institutional investors in Creation Units. The premium/discount information provided herein represents past performance, which is no guarantee of future results.

Pricing history