The One-Step Choice keeps things simple. You choose a single lifecycle fund to invest in. It’s a convenient, low-maintenance way to have your retirement investments professionally managed for you.
TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds have names that match specific investment time horizons. So all you need to do is:
What is a TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Fund?
A Lifecycle Fund is a “fund of funds” that invests in a mix of assets. Sometimes called “target date funds,” “retirement funds,” or “age-based funds,” they are designed and managed for investors who have a specific target retirement year in mind. The target date is an approximate date when investors may plan to begin withdrawing from the fund.
TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds invest in a mix of TIAA-CREF mutual funds including stocks, bonds and real estate investments.1
How do TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds Work?
In a lifecycle fund, the mix of assets changes over time to maximize return and minimize risk as the target year approaches.
- Lifecycle Funds are adjusted periodically to maintain an asset allocation appropriate for the fund’s time horizon. 2
- Each Lifecycle Fund’s investments are adjusted from more aggressive to more conservative as a target retirement year approaches. 2
- Approximately seven to ten years after a Lifecycle Fund’s target date, a TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Fund may merge into the Lifecycle Retirement Income Fund or a similar fund.
The principal value of these funds is not guaranteed at any time, including the target date, which is the approximate date when investors plan to begin withdrawing their money.
1 Diversification and reallocating/rebalancing cannot ensure a profit or eliminate market risk and the principal value of these funds is not guaranteed at any time, including the target date of the fund (which is the approximate date when investors may plan to begin withdrawing their money). In addition to the fund-level expenses, Lifecycle Funds are also subject to the expenses of their underlying investments.
2 The Lifecycle Funds share the risks associated with the types of securities held by each of the underlying funds in which they invest, including market risk, company risk, foreign investment risks, interest-rate risk, credit risk, illiquid security risk, prepayment risk and extension risk. For a detailed discussion of risk, consult the prospectus.