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Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series

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Collective Investment Trusts (CITs) are available only to qualified retirement plans, such as 401(k) defined contribution plans and governmental plans.

Building a retirement portfolio that aligns with a long-term savings goals can be a challenge. As participants get closer to retirement, their goals can evolve. An investment in the Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series can help participants save through their working years in order to help meet income needs during retirement.

The Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series are target date strategies that provide a single diversified investment that adjusts over time.

Why Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series?

  • Offers a fully diversified portfolio in a single investment
  • Provides experienced, professional management with detailed attention to risk management to help minimize volatility
  • Focuses on providing a carefully constructed mix of Index strategies within each asset class with the goal of improving risk/return

Diversified and professionally managed

With diversified exposure across asset classes, investment styles and approaches, the Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series integrates risk management into decision-making to help minimize volatility and seeks to improve the consistency of returns over time. Portfolio managers, along with a dedicated, experienced team of investment professionals, monitor and manage the underlying strategies to help ensure that proper levels of risk and a long-term focus are maintained.

Our goal is to deliver better outcomes-not just saving to retirement but also through retirement.
- John Cunniff, CFA, Portfolio Manager

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Effective 01 May 2024, the name of the Series changed from Nuveen TIAA Lifecycle Index CIT Series to Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series. This change did not impact any of the underlying Funds' investment strategies or portfolio management.

The material contained on this webpage is not intended to be a recommendation or investment advice, does not constitute a solicitation to buy, sell or hold a security or investment strategy and is not provided in a fiduciary capacity. The information provided does not take into account the specific objectives or circumstances of any particular investor, or suggest any specific course of action. Investment decisions should be made based on an investor’s objectives and circumstances and in consultation with his or her advisors.

The target date is the approximate date when investors plan to start withdrawing their money. The principal value of the CIT is not guaranteed at any time, including at the target date. After 30 years past when the target-date has been reached, the CIT may be merged into another target-date CIT with the same asset allocation. The unit value of the CIT will fluctuate, and investors may lose money. The CIT may not achieve its target allocations and even if it does, the asset allocations may not achieve the desired risk-return characteristics and may result in the CIT underperforming other similar funds.

Important information on risk

Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. There is no guarantee the Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series ("CIT") investment objectives will be achieved. The CIT is a fund of funds subject to the risks of its underlying funds in proportion to each CIT allocation. Underlying Funds invest primarily in stocks, bonds and real estate. Large cap stocks may grow more slowly than the overall market. Growth stocks and stocks issued by smaller companies are more volatile than other stocks. Bonds lose value when the issuer is unable to make interest and principal payments when due or otherwise faces a decline in its credit quality. They experience volatility when interest rates fluctuate. Rising interest rates can cause bond prices to fall. Declining interest rates can cause bond income to fall. Non-U.S. investments involve risks including currency fluctuation, political and economic instability, and lack of liquidity and differing legal and accounting standards. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. Real estate investment involves risks caused by economic downturns, reduced rents, property tax increases, and interest rate and tax laws changes.

As a complex bank product, CITs are exposed to operational, regulatory and reputational risks. CITs may not be suitable for all investors or all plan needs and may outperform certain sector products during times of market volatility but also may underperform certain sector products over certain periods of time. Diversification does not assure a profit or protect against loss. Allocations are subject to change.

The Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series (part of the Nuveen/SEI Trust Company Investment Trust) are trusts for the collective investment of assets or participating tax qualified pension and profit sharing plans and related trusts, and governmental plans as more fully described in the Declaration of Trust. As bank collective trusts, the Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series are exempt from registration as an investment company. SEI Trust Company (the "Trustee") serves as the Trustee of the Fund and maintains ultimate fiduciary authority over the management of, and the investments made, in the Fund. The Fund is part of a Collective Investment Trust (the "Trust") operated by the Trustee. The Trustee is a trust company organized under the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and wholly owned subsidiary of SEI Investments Company (SEI). The Nuveen Lifecycle Index CIT Series are managed by SEI Trust Company, the trustee, based on the investment advice of Nuveen Fund Advisors, LLC, the investment adviser to the trusts.

A plan and/or a fiduciary should consider the CIT objectives, risks, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Disclosure Memorandum. The CIT is not a mutual fund, and its units are not registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the applicable securities laws of any state or other jurisdiction. Please refer to for more information.

The information contained is about the Nuveen target date strategies overall and also contains information about the Nuveen Lifecycle Collective Investment Trust Series described on this material (Lifecycle CIT Series). Please note that the Lifecycle CIT Series is not a series of mutual funds and differs in many ways from the mutual funds using a similar strategy. Information about the mutual funds or management of the mutual funds should not be automatically applied to the CIT. The Lifecycle CIT series may be referred to as “Funds” in the following disclosures.

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