Trends in TIAA-CREF Participant Premium and Asset Allocations: 1986 - 2000

John Ameriks, TIAA-CREF Institute

November 2000 | Issue # 65

As participant balances in all types of defined contribution pension plans continue to grow, there has been increasing interest in trends in the allocation of assets managed by plan participants.TIAA-CREF’s long history as a provider of defined contribution pensions provides a unique opportunity to examine the portfolio decisions that individuals have made over a relatively long period. This article presents updated data and analysis of the asset allocation choices made by TIAA-CREF participants from 1986 to 2000. It builds upon an earlier issue of Research Dialogue (Ameriks, King, and Warshawsky,1997) in which we first presented detailed historical statistics on the allocation choices made by TIAA-CREF participants.

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