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Key distinctions
  • Strategic allocation to global equities and fixed income that diversifies across countries, regions, market caps and investment styles to seek outperformance and manage risk
  • Responsible investments that have delivered both competitive returns and positive social and environmental outcomes from an experienced industry leader
  • Actively managed portfolio allocations to ETFs within targeted risk profiles to help achieve investor objectives and manage risk in dynamic markets

Seeking growth with positive impact

These model growth portfolios offer a broad range of diversified allocations with potential for attractive long-term total return and exposure to responsible investments.

Important fund notice

Effective 28 Sep 2021, the expense ratios of the underlying Funds have been restated to reflect a reduction in the Funds’ contractual management fee. For more information please refer to the Funds’ prospectuses.

Highlights
  • We believe that due to the rapid vaccine distribution and the reopening of nearly every state, the U.S. has already achieved its peak growth rate and we do not anticipate this will accelerate any more throughout the rest of the year. Internationally, these efforts have lagged in some countries, but we believe this has created opportunities between now and year-end. We repositioned the portfolios by 1) rebalancing to strategic allocations and 2) tactically shifting our equity allocations in favor of non-U.S. markets.
  • Within equities, we are overweight both non-U.S. developed and emerging markets, and underweight U.S. large-cap growth and U.S. large-cap value. U.S. equities have recovered and performed significantly well since March 2020 and valuations in some sectors look stretched while the delayed recovery in non-U.S. markets has provided a valuation advantage. Changes to strategic allocations in U.S. equities (based on the Russell 3000 Index) caused the overall allocation to small-caps to decrease in all the portfolios except conservative, while allocations to large-cap growth increased in the moderate, aggressive, and all equity portfolios.
  • Within fixed income, we rebalanced to strategic weights. High yield spreads remain at historically tight levels and, while we still do not see any near-term impairment in credit markets, we continue to believe there is no value in taking on extra high yield risk.
  • As of 24 Jun 2021, the ESG Moderate Growth portfolio delivered a 21% improvement in MSCI ESG Quality Score and a 45% improvement in MSCI ESG Carbon Intensity score over its Morningstar peers.

Target allocations

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Performance

Average annual total returns

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Performance shown is based on a representative account. Nuveen model portfolios are intended to illustrate how combinations of Nuveen affiliated products could be used to achieve the stated investment objectives. The value of the portfolio will fluctuate based on the value of the underlying securities. Daily returns are calculated net of underlying Fund expenses. Total returns for a period of less than one year are cumulative. Results are inherently limited and do not represent actual results and may not account for the impact of the general market.

Current expense ratios

Expense ratios are represented by the weighted average expense ratio of the blended model portfolio and are based on the Funds’ most recent fiscal year end. Please see the underlying fund prospectuses for details.

Characteristics

  • MSCI ESG Quality and Carbon Intensity Scores
  • Asset allocation

MSCI ESG Quality and Carbon Intensity Scores

Higher ESG Score indicates stronger ESG practices and ability to manage material ESG issues relative to industry peers.

Lower Carbon Intensity Score indicates a more favorable (lower) level of CO2 emissions per $MM sales.

MSCI ESG Quality Score ("Quality Score") measures the ability of underlying holdings to manage key medium to long-term risks and opportunities arising from environmental, social, and governance factors. The Quality Score is calculated as the weighted average of the underlying holdings' ESG Scores. The Quality Score is provided on a 0-10 score, with 0 and 10 being the respective lowest and highest possible fund scores. MSCI rates underlying holdings according to their exposure to 37 industry specific ESG risks and their ability to manage those risks relative to peers. Carbon Intensity Score is measured in tons CO2/$M sales. Since companies with higher carbon intensity are likely to face more exposure to carbon related market and regulatory risks, this metric indicates a fund’s exposure to potential climate change-related risks relative to other funds or a benchmark. To be included in MSCI Fund Metrics, 65% of the fund’s gross weight must come from securities covered by MSCI ESG Research, the fund’s holdings date must be less than one year old, and the fund must have at least ten securities.
Data sources: MSCI, Morningstar

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Important information

Model portfolios

Nuveen model portfolios (“models”) are intended to illustrate how combinations of Nuveen affiliated products could be used to achieve the stated investment objectives. Results are inherently limited and do not represent actual results and may not account for the impact of the general market. Models are not automatically rebalanced; allocations may not achieve model objectives and are not guaranteed. Both the actual underlying Funds and model allocations may vary. Allocations are reviewed periodically and may change based on Nuveen's strategic and tactical views. There are no management or other fees at the model level; however fees apply for the underlying Funds as outlined in each Fund’s prospectus. The models’ risks are directly related to those of the underlying Funds, as described below. Allocations may not match a client’s actual experience from an account managed in accordance with the model portfolio allocation.

A word on risk

Investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. Risks apply to those underlying Funds in the allocation of the models and there is no guarantee the Funds’ investment objectives will be achieved. ETFs seek to generally track the investment results of an index; however the ETF may underperform, outperform or be more volatile than the referenced index. 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. Other risks considerations include credit, interest rate, equity securities, growth stocks, large-capitalization stocks, value stocks, smaller companies, non-U.S. investments, emerging markets, and concentration in a single industry sector or country. Not all risks apply to all Funds. These and other risks are described in the prospectus of each Fund. Asset allocation (or diversification) does not assure a profit or protect against loss.

Portfolio allocations will be principally to funds managed by affiliates and to affiliated sub-advisers, which may present a conflict of interest.

CFA® and Chartered Financial Analyst® are registered trademarks owned by CFA Institute.

FRM® (Financial Risk Manager) is a trademark owned by the Global Association of Risk Professionals.

About the benchmarks

Model portfolio performance is evaluated in relation to a series of benchmarks that consist of appropriate weights of market indexes representing equity and fixed income market sectors. Each benchmark is created by applying the performance of the four indexes in proportion to each model portfolio’s strategic allocations to those market sectors. The benchmarks are reset to their strategic weight allocations at the end of each quarter, given this is the periodicity of the portfolio update process for the model portfolios. The benchmarks do not reflect any fees, brokerage commissions or other expenses but do reflect the reinvestment of dividends. The benchmark is unmanaged and does not reflect the payment of advisory fees and other expenses associated with investing in a mutual fund, commingled fund or separate account.
Conservative growth index blend is comprised of a weighting of 14% Russell 3000® Index, 6% MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. IMI Index and 80% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index.Moderate conservative growth index blend is comprised of a weighting of 28% Russell 3000® Index, 12% MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. IMI Index and 60% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. Moderate growth index blend is comprised of a weighting of 42% Russell 3000® Index, 18% MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. IMI Index and 40% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. Aggressive growth index blend is comprised of a weighting of 56% Russell 3000® Index, 24% MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. IMI Index and 20% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index. All equity growth index blend is comprised of a weighting of 70% Russell 3000® Index and 30% MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. IMI Index. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

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.


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