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Fund highlights
  • Holistic bond allocation: Access to multiple bond market sectors in a single fund.
  • Nimble approach: Portfolio manager actively manages risk, to help outperform the benchmark in changing markets.
  • Value beyond the benchmark: Up to 30% in higher-yielding bonds, like high-yield bonds and emerging markets debt, which may offer diversification and additional return benefits.

Fund description

The Fund allocates to core bonds, and can invest up to 30% in higher yield, non-benchmark securities to seek strong risk-adjusted total returns. An experienced team seeks to outperform through top down and bottom up analytics, identifying undervalued fixed income securities across a broad spectrum.

Important fund notice

Effective 01 May 2024, the Fund's name changed from TIAA-CREF Core Plus Bond Fund to Nuveen Core Plus Bond Fund. In addition, effective 06 May 2024, the Fund's Institutional, Advisor and Retail share classes were renamed, and an up-front sales charge was applied to certain purchases of Class A shares (formerly Retail Class shares). Please see the Fund's prospectus supplement dated 22 Jan 2024 for more details. These changes will not impact the Fund's investment strategy or portfolio management.

For term definitions and index descriptions, please access the glossary in the footer.

Fund basics

Performance

  • Average annual total returns
  • Calendar year returns
  • Morningstar ratings

Average annual total returns

Performance data shown represents past performance and does not predict or guarantee future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate so that when shares are redeemed, they 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 without sales charges would be lower if the sales charges were included. Returns assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

*Performance shown for the Since Inception period and prior to the Fund's inception date is based on the performance of the Fund's R6 Class. Performance has not been restated to reflect the higher expenses of this share class. If the expense differential had been reflected, performance for these periods would have been lower.

Calendar year returns

Morningstar ratings

Morningstar ratings may vary among share classes and are based on historical risk-adjusted total returns, which are not indicative of future results.

Pricing

Breakpoint pricing

*CDSC information: Sales charges of 0.00% are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). For Class A shares unless you are eligible for a waiver, you may be assessed a CDSC of 1% if you redeem any of your shares within 18 months of purchase. For Class C shares a CDSC of 1% on redemptions within 12 months of purchase.

**A negative SEC 30-Day Yield results when accrued expenses of the past 30 days exceed the income generated during the past 30 days.


***The Taxable-Equivalent Yield for a Fund’s share class with a negative SEC 30-Day Yield is not provided because it does not represent the yield that must be earned on a taxable investment in order to equal the yield of the Fund on an after-tax basis and therefore does not provide a meaningful comparison of the Fund’s yield against the yield of a taxable investment at the assumed tax rate.

Please see the Mutual fund pricing guide for more complete information and important disclosures regarding this section.  Past performance does not guarantee future results.  The SEC 30-Day Yield is computed under an SEC standardized formula and is based on the maximum offer price per share. The Taxable-Equivalent Yield [TEY] represents the yield that must be earned on a fully taxable investment in order to equal the yield of the Fund on an after-tax basis at a specified tax rate. With respect to investments that generate qualified dividend income that is taxable at a rate lower than an individual’s ordinary graduated tax rate, the TEY would be lower. The TEY is based on the Fund’s Distribution Rate or SEC 30-Day Yield on the indicated date and the combined federal and state (if applicable) income tax rate shown. 

Yields

Distributions

Distribution history

For additional details about the Fund’s ordinary income, see the Fund’s Section 19(a) Notice.

*Daily income: Dividend amount declared daily by the fund. Monthly income: Sum of all daily dividends in a month. Ordinary income: This figure may include both Short-Term Capital Gain and market discount. Market Discount is the excess of the stated redemption price of the bond at maturity over the basis of such bond immediately after its acquisition. Funds are required to recognize Short-Term Capital Gain and market discount as ordinary taxable income.

Characteristics

  • Maturity breakdown in years
  • Portfolio allocation
  • Sector allocation
  • Credit quality

Maturity breakdown in years

Portfolio allocation

Sector allocation

Credit quality

Ratings shown are given by one of the following national rating agencies: S&P, Moody's or Fitch. Credit ratings are subject to change. If there are multiple ratings for a security, the lowest rating is used unless ratings are provided by all three agencies, in which case the middle rating is used. AAA, AA, A, and BBB are investment grade ratings; BB, B, CCC/CC/C and D are below-investment grade ratings. U.S. government and agency mortgage-backed securities, if owned by the Fund, are included in the U.S. Treasury/Agency category (included only if applicable). Holdings designated NR are not rated by these national rating agencies and, where applicable, include net derivative positions.

Sector allocation tables include exposures achieved through credit default swaps. Such exposures are reflected based on the notional value (rather than the market value) of the swaps, with exposures weighted negatively when the Fund has purchased credit protection and positively when the Fund has sold credit protection. Other reflects an offset to (i.e. the inverse of) such notional amounts, and any sectors not specifically identified. Because credit default swaps’ returns are not perfectly correlated with individual portfolio securities’ returns, there may be excess gains or losses from the use of the swaps. Negative sector weightings may result from the use of derivatives and from unsettled trade positions. Positions are subject to change.

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 ten portfolio positions

The holdings are subject to change and may not be representative of the Fund’s current or future investments. The holdings listed includes the Fund’s long-term investments and excludes any temporary cash investments and equity index products. Top holdings by issuer (for other than fixed income securities) includes the underlying ordinary shares combined with any depositary receipts, preferred shares, contract for differences (CFDs), rights, options and warrants. The holdings listed should not be considered a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular security.

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Important information on risk

Mutual fund investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. There is no guarantee the Fund’s investment objectives will be achieved. Fixed-income securities may be susceptible to general movements in the bond market and are subject to credit and interest rate risks. Credit risk arises from an issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments when due, as well as the prices of bonds declining when an issuer’s credit quality is expected to deteriorate. Interest rate risk occurs when interest rates rise causing bond prices to fall. The Fund’s income could decline during periods of falling interest rates. Investments in below investment grade or high yield securities are subject to liquidity risk and heightened credit risk. The issuer of a debt security may be able to repay principal prior to the security’s maturity, known as prepayment (call) risk, because of an improvement in its credit quality or falling interest rates. In this event, this principal may have to be reinvested in securities with lower interest rates than the original securities, reducing the potential for income. 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. These and other risk considerations, such as active management, derivatives, extension, illiquid investments, issuer, and income volatility risks, are described in detail in the Fund’s prospectus.

Returns quoted represent past performance which is no guarantee of future results. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate so that when shares are redeemed, they 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 without sales charges would be lower if the sales charges were included. Returns assume reinvestment of dividends and capital gains.

Class A shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries or by contacting the Fund directly at (800) 257-8787. Retirement Class and Premier Class shares are generally available for purchase through employee benefit plans or other types of savings plans or accounts. Class I shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries and employee benefit plans. Class R6 shares are available for purchase directly from the Fund by certain eligible investors (which include employee benefit plans and financial intermediaries). Class W shares have limited availability, please see the Fund’s prospectus for more details.

The SEC 30-day yield is computed under an SEC standardized formula and is based on the maximum offer price per share. Subsidized (Sub.) yields reflect fee waivers in effect. Without such waivers, yields would be reduced. Unsubsidized (Unsub.) yields do not reflect fee waivers in effect.

Distribution rate is the most recent dividend per share (annualized) divided by the respective price per share. The distribution rate also differs from the SEC 30-day yield because the Fund may be paying out more or less than it is earning and it may not include the effect of amortization of bond premium.

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. ©2024 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.

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Effective 11 Jul 2023, Katherine Renfrew was added as portfolio manager of the Fund.

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, LLC provides investment solutions through its investment specialists. Teachers Advisors, LLC and TIAA-CREF Investment Management, LLC are registered investment advisers and affiliates of Nuveen.

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Distribution history

Distribution history

Historical breakpoint pricing

*CDSC information: Sales charges of 0.00% are subject to a contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC). For Class A shares unless you are eligible for a waiver, you may be assessed a CDSC of 1% if you redeem any of your shares within 18 months of purchase. For Class C shares a CDSC of 1% on redemptions within 12 months of purchase.

Please see the Mutual fund pricing guide for more complete information and important disclosures regarding this section.  Past performance does not guarantee future results. 

Maturity breakdown details

All portfolio positions

The holdings are subject to change and may not be representative of the Fund’s current or future investments. The holdings listed includes the Fund’s long-term investments and excludes any temporary cash investments and equity index products. Top holdings by issuer (for other than fixed income securities) includes the underlying ordinary shares combined with any depositary receipts, preferred shares, contract for differences (CFDs), rights, options and warrants. The holdings listed should not be considered a recommendation to buy, sell or hold a particular security.