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Separately managed accounts

Separately managed accounts

The need for personalization and adaptability has grown as investors search for solutions to meet their individualized financial objectives. Separately managed accounts provide the flexibility and control needed to express preferences when investing for a particular outcome.

What is an SMA?

An SMA is a portfolio of fixed income, equities or other securities where an individual investor maintains direct ownership over the investments professionally managed on their behalf.

Who should invest?

SMAs are ideal for clients seeking to capitalize on the benefits of working with a professional investment manager while retaining the ability to influence various aspects of their specific portfolio.

Align preferences with goals

SMAs offer a way for individual investors and their investment manager to build a portfolio with tailored objectives that seek to achieve more personalized results.

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HISTORY OF ACHIEVING OUTCOMES
  • OVERALL SMA MARKET SHARE1
    Top 10
  • U.S. CLIENT ASSETS2
    Top 10
  • LARGEST GLOBAL ASSET MANAGER3
    Top 20
Separately managed accounts capabilities
Income
Municipal and fixed income approaches offering yield or total return that span the credit and maturity spectrum.
Income
Municipal and fixed income approaches offering yield or total return that span the credit and maturity spectrum.
Equities
Diverse capabilities to meet investor preferences for geography, capitalization, style and more.
Equities
Diverse capabilities to meet investor preferences for geography, capitalization, style and more.
Specialty
Options designed to go beyond traditional offerings, including direct indexing and multi-assets.
Specialty
Options designed to go beyond traditional offerings, including direct indexing and multi-assets.

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Separately Managed Accounts
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Separately Managed Accounts
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Municipal Bonds Investing in America
Municipal bonds help finance bridges, schools, hospitals and other projects to improve our communities. Investing in municipal bonds can provide investors with tax-exempt income.
Multi-asset Harness the benefits of direct indexing
Direct indexing products are separately managed accounts (SMA) that provide ownership of, and direct access to the underlying securities, typically equities, in an index-like solution.
Equities Why dividend growth?
It's an ideal time to reassess the benefits of dividend growth investing.

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Frequently asked questions

How do SMAs work?
SMAs offer a way for individual investors to be more closely aligned with the investment team responsible for their accounts. In an SMA, the portfolio manager is responsible for managing the underlying assets on behalf of the individual investor who maintains direct ownership of the investments. The portfolio managers typically charge a fee based on the size of the account and/or the amount of customization requested.
Who typically uses a SMA?
SMAs are well-suited for clients with larger account sizes that are seeking investment flexibility, tax efficiency and transparency.
How are SMAs managed?
In an SMA, the portfolio manager is responsible for managing the underlying assets on behalf of the individual investor who maintains direct ownership of the investments. The portfolio managers typically charge a fee based on the size of the account and/or the amount of customization requested.
What are the minimum requirements to invest?
SMA accounts typically require a minimum account of $100,000 for equity and asset allocation strategies and $250,000 for fixed income strategies, although the specific minimum account size varies by program and may be subject to change. The manager may waive these minimums based on client type, asset class, pre-existing relationship with client and other factors. For certain accounts, a negotiated minimum annual fee applies. Please consult with your Nuveen Advisor Consultant for applicable minimums. 

1 Cerulli Associates, The Cerulli Report, U.S. Managed Accounts 2023. Data as of 31 Dec 2022, updated annually. Based on total assets; includes model separate accounts and proprietary assets.

2 Pensions & Investments, 12 Jun 2023, updated annually: most recent data available.

3 Pensions & Investments, 12 Jun 2023, updated annually: most recent data available. Rankings based on total worldwide assets as of 31 Dec 2022 reported by each responding asset manager, with 434 firms responding.

A separately managed account (SMA) is a private portfolio of actively managed, individual securities that may be customized to achieve an individual investor's unique objectives. 

SMA accounts typically require a minimum investment of $100,000 for equity and asset allocation strategies and $250,000 for fixed income strategies, although the specific minimum account size varies by program and may be subject to change. The manager may waive these minimums based on client type, asset class, pre-existing relationship with client and other factors. For certain accounts, a negotiated minimum annual fee applies. Please consult with your Nuveen Advisor Consultant for applicable minimums.

Check with your financial professional for specific product availability and performance information. This information may change without notice. From time to time, we may close or reopen strategies.

A word on risk
All investments carry a certain degree of risk, including possible loss of principal, and there is no assurance that an investment will provide positive performance over any period of time. It is important to review investment objectives, risk tolerance, tax liability and liquidity needs before choosing an investment style or manager.

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC, and Winslow Capital Management, LLC are registered investment advisers and investment specialists of Nuveen, LLC. The investment advisory services, strategies and expertise of TIAA Investments, a division of Nuveen, are provided by Teachers Advisors, LLC and TIAA-CREF Investment Management, LLC.

Nuveen Asset Management, LLC (Nuveen) has retained Brooklyn Investment Group, LLC (Brooklyn) as the investment sub-adviser to the strategies.

* Nuveen Asset Management, LLC is not affiliated with Brooklyn Investment Group, LLC. Nuveen's parent TIAA has a non-controlling, non-equity investment in Brooklyn. 

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