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Fund description

The Fund seeks a favorable long-term total return, mainly through capital appreciation, by investing primarily in a portfolio of emerging market equity investments based on a market index. It normally invests at least 80% of its assets in equity securities within its benchmark index, the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, or in instruments with economic characteristics similar to all or a portion of this index. The Fund will invest in most, but not necessarily all, of the stocks within its benchmark, and will attempt to closely match the overall investment attributes of this index.

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

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.

*Performance shown for the Since Inception period and prior to the Fund's inception date is based on the performance of the Fund's Institutional 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.

Retail Class shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries or by contacting the Fund directly at 800-752-8700 or nuveen.com. Retirement Class and Premier Class shares are generally available for purchase through employee benefit plans or other types of savings plans or accounts. Advisor Class shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries and employee benefit plans. Institutional Class 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.

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.

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

  • Portfolio allocation
  • Top countries
  • Sector allocation

Portfolio allocation

Top countries

Sector allocation

Securities lending may be utilized, and in such cases the collateral is included in the Short-Term assets shown.

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.

Literature

  • Fund literature
  • Prospectuses & reports
A word on risk

Mutual fund investing involves risk; principal loss is possible. There is no guarantee the Fund’s investment objectives will be achieved. 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. Prices of equity securities may decline significantly over short or extended periods of time. A portfolio that tracks an index is subject to the risk that it may not fully track its index closely due to security selection and may underperform when factoring in fees, expenses, transaction costs, and the size and timing of shareholder purchases and redemptions. These and other risk considerations, such as issuer risk, are described in detail in the Fund’s prospectus.

The Nuveen Family of Funds and the TIAA-CREF Funds are distinct fund families that comprise different investment products, each with its own features, terms and conditions, fee structures and risk factors. Please note, there are no exchange privileges between the two fund families.

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.

Retail Class shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries or by contacting the Fund directly at 800-752-8700 or nuveen.com. Retirement Class and Premier Class shares are generally available for purchase through employee benefit plans or other types of savings plans or accounts. Advisor Class shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries and employee benefit plans. Institutional Class 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 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.

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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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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: Dividend amount is the sum of all daily dividends in a month. Ordinary income: Income amount 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.

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: Dividend amount is the sum of all daily dividends in a month. Ordinary income: Income amount 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.

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. For Class R3 shares the annual distribution and service fee (12b-1) is 0.50%.

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.