Ratings and Rankings

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At TIAA-CREF, we measure our success by the outstanding service we provide to our customers — and we’re proud to see our efforts recognized by organizations that objectively evaluate our industry

Our Company

Moody’s; S&P; Fitch; A.M. Best
TIAA is one of only three insurance groups in the United States to hold the highest ratings currently awarded from all four leading independent insurance industry ratings agencies.1

LIMRA (Life Insurance and Market Research Association)
Highest average retirement account balances2, 2011

American Society of Pension Professionals & Actuaries
Service Provider Excellence Award, 2010

13 Best-in-class Awards for participants and plan sponsors in the 2009 Annual Defined Contribution Survey3. TIAA-CREF ranked in the top quartile in categories including:

  • Retirement services
  • Educational programs
  • Communications materials
  • Enrollment assistance for participants
  • Plans Sponsor services
  • Responsiveness
  • Regulatory updates

Reputation Institute and Boston College’s Center for Corporate Citizenship
Top 50 Most Socially-Responsible Companies in the U.S., 2008


Our Products and Services

Awarded eight “Best in Class” honors for our participant and plan sponsor services
PLANSPONSOR'S DC Survey (2011)

Portfolio Advisor winner of Managed Solutions of the Year
Money Management Institute4 (2010)

Gold Education Programs Award for Advice Plan Communications
Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America5 (2010)

5 STAR Awards for Excellence in Education and Communication for shareholders, advisors and the investing public
Mutual Fund Education Alliance (2010)

TIAA-CREF Growth & Income Fund, Institutional Class earned Lipper Fund Award for five-year consistent return6
Lipper (2008, 2010)

TIAA-CREF Bond Fund recognized as one of Biggest and Best Bond Funds7
Kiplinger (2010)

Among Top 20 firms offering Unified Managed Accounts
Cerulli Associates8 (2010)

Excellence in Defined Contribution Statements
Dalbar (2009)


Our Diversity and Inclusion

Top 10 Companies for Executive Women
National Association of Female Executives (2012)

40 Best Companies for Diversity
Black Enterprise (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011)

Best Companies for Latinas
Latina Style Magazine (2010, 2011)

100% rating for support of LGBT employees
The Human Rights Campaign Foundation (2010, 2011)

100 Best Companies for Working Mothers
Working Mother (1996, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011)

Silver Language and Cultural Diversity Award for TIAA-CREF's U.S. Hispanic/Latino initiative and partnership with Rice University
Profit Sharing/401(k) Council of America (2010)

Diversity Trailblazer Award
The Diversity Forum (2009)

Minority Corporate Council Association
Employer of Choice (2008)

1 TIAA-CREF Life Insurance Company (TIAA-CREF Life) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA). For its stability, claims-paying ability and overall financial strength, TIAA currently holds the highest possible ratings from the four leading insurance company rating agencies: A.M. Best (A++ as of 4/12), Fitch (AAA as of 6/12), Moody’s Investors Service (Aaa as of 6/12) and Standard & Poor’s (AA+ as of 5/12). Per S&P criteria, the downgrade of U.S. long-term government debt limits the highest rating of U.S. insurers to AA+ (the second-highest rating available). There is no guarantee that current ratings will be maintained. Ratings represent a company’s ability to meet policyholders’ obligations and do not apply to variable annuities, mutual funds or any other product or service not fully backed by TIAA’s claimspaying ability.

2 LIMRA, Not-for-Profit Market Survey, third-quarter 2011 results. Average assets per participant based on full-service business. Please note average retirement account balances are not a measure of performance of TIAA-CREF retirement offerings.

3 Plan Sponsor conducted the survey between late June and late August 2009 by sending out approximately 35,000 survey questionnaires to defined contribution plan sponsors. Awards were given to the top quartile in each category. The awards reflect service levels, not the performance of TIAA-CREF investment or insurance products.

4 Portfolio Adviser is an investment advisory managed account service offered through Advice and Planning Services, a division of Services LLC, a
SEC registered investment adviser.

5 PSCA Signature Awards are based on evaluations of retirement program characteristics and marketing objectives. Awards do not reflect performance of participant accounts or products.

6 The Lipper Fund Award is presented to the highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return (Effective Return) within each eligible classification over three, five, or ten years. Lipper Ratings for Consistent Return reflect funds’ historical risk-adjusted returns, adjusted for volatility, relative to peers (634 funds total in the category). Ratings are subject to change and current performance may be higher or lower than indicated. Past performance is not indicative of future returns.

7 The Kiplinger listing included 125 of the largest taxable bond funds that have been in existence for at least one year and require $25,000 or less to open an account.

8 TIAA-CREF Unified Managed Account was ranked in the top 20 of Unified Managed Account programs from a universe of 22 firms based on total assets under management.

TIAA-CREF products may be subject to market and other risk factors. See the applicable product literature, or visit www.tiaa-cref.org for details.

TIAA-CREF Individual & Institutional Services, LLC and Teachers Personal Investors Services, Inc., members FINRA, distribute securities products. Annuity contracts and certificates are issued by Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association (TIAA) and College Retirement Equities Fund (CREF), New York, NY.

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