TIAA-CREF Funds

 

Prospectus

 

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds

OCTOBER 1, 2023

           
     

Ticker

   

Fund

Institutional
Class

Advisor
Class

Premier
Class

Retirement
Class

Retail
Class

           
           

Lifecycle Retirement
Income Fund

TLRIX

TLRHX

TPILX

TLIRX

TLRRX

Lifecycle 2010 Fund

TCTIX

TCLHX

TCTPX

TCLEX

Lifecycle 2015 Fund

TCNIX

TCNHX

TCFPX

TCLIX

Lifecycle 2020 Fund

TCWIX

TCWHX

TCWPX

TCLTX

Lifecycle 2025 Fund

TCYIX

TCQHX

TCQPX

TCLFX

Lifecycle 2030 Fund

TCRIX

TCHHX

TCHPX

TCLNX

Lifecycle 2035 Fund

TCIIX

TCYHX

TCYPX

TCLRX

Lifecycle 2040 Fund

TCOIX

TCZHX

TCZPX

TCLOX

Lifecycle 2045 Fund

TTFIX

TTFHX

TTFPX

TTFRX

Lifecycle 2050 Fund

TFTIX

TFTHX

TCLPX

TLFRX

Lifecycle 2055 Fund

TTRIX

TTRHX

TTRPX

TTRLX

Lifecycle 2060 Fund

TLXNX

TLXHX

TLXPX

TLXRX

Lifecycle 2065 Fund

TSFTX

TSFHX

TSFPX

TSFRX

           

This Prospectus describes the Institutional Class, Advisor Class, Premier Class, Retirement Class and Retail Class shares offered, as applicable, by the investment portfolios listed above (each, a “Fund” and, collectively, the “Funds”) of the TIAA-CREF Funds (the “Trust”). These Funds comprise the TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Funds (the “Lifecycle Funds”), a sub-family of funds offered by the Trust.

An investment in a Fund is not a deposit of any bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. An investor can lose money in any of the Funds and the Funds could perform more poorly than other investments.

The Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of this Prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.


 

Table of contents

     

Summary information

Lifecycle Retirement Income Fund

Investment objective 6

Fees and expenses 6

Shareholder fees 7

Annual Fund operating expenses 7

Example 8

Portfolio turnover 8

Principal investment strategies 8

Principal investment risks 11

Past performance 16

Portfolio management 19

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 19

Tax information 20

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 20

Summary information

Lifecycle 2010 Fund

Investment objective 21

Fees and expenses 21

Shareholder fees 21

Annual Fund operating expenses 22

Example 22

Portfolio turnover 23

Principal investment strategies 23

Principal investment risks 26

Past performance 31

Portfolio management 33

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 34

Tax information 34

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 34

 

Summary information

Lifecycle 2015 Fund

Investment objective 36

Fees and expenses 36

Shareholder fees 36

Annual Fund operating expenses 37

Example 37

Portfolio turnover 38

Principal investment strategies 38

Principal investment risks 41

Past performance 46

Portfolio management 48

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 49

Tax information 49

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 49

Summary information

Lifecycle 2020 Fund

Investment objective 51

Fees and expenses 51

Shareholder fees 51

Annual Fund operating expenses 52

Example 52

Portfolio turnover 53

Principal investment strategies 53

Principal investment risks 56

Past performance 61

Portfolio management 63

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 64

Tax information 64

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 64


 

     

Summary information

Lifecycle 2025 Fund

Investment objective 66

Fees and expenses 66

Shareholder fees 66

Annual Fund operating expenses 67

Example 67

Portfolio turnover 68

Principal investment strategies 68

Principal investment risks 71

Past performance 76

Portfolio management 78

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 79

Tax information 79

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 79

Summary information

Lifecycle 2030 Fund

Investment objective 81

Fees and expenses 81

Shareholder fees 81

Annual Fund operating expenses 82

Example 82

Portfolio turnover 83

Principal investment strategies 83

Principal investment risks 86

Past performance 91

Portfolio management 93

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 94

Tax information 94

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 94

 

Summary information

Lifecycle 2035 Fund

Investment objective 96

Fees and expenses 96

Shareholder fees 96

Annual Fund operating expenses 97

Example 97

Portfolio turnover 98

Principal investment strategies 98

Principal investment risks 101

Past performance 106

Portfolio management 108

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 109

Tax information 109

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 109

Summary information

Lifecycle 2040 Fund

Investment objective 111

Fees and expenses 111

Shareholder fees 111

Annual Fund operating expenses 112

Example 112

Portfolio turnover 113

Principal investment strategies 113

Principal investment risks 116

Past performance 121

Portfolio management 123

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 124

Tax information 124

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 124


 

Table of contents

     

Summary information

Lifecycle 2045 Fund

Investment objective 126

Fees and expenses 126

Shareholder fees 126

Annual Fund operating expenses 127

Example 127

Portfolio turnover 128

Principal investment strategies 128

Principal investment risks 131

Past performance 136

Portfolio management 138

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 139

Tax information 139

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 139

Summary information

Lifecycle 2050 Fund

Investment objective 141

Fees and expenses 141

Shareholder fees 141

Annual Fund operating expenses 142

Example 142

Portfolio turnover 143

Principal investment strategies 143

Principal investment risks 146

Past performance 151

Portfolio management 153

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 154

Tax information 154

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 154

 

Summary information

Lifecycle 2055 Fund

Investment objective 156

Fees and expenses 156

Shareholder fees 156

Annual Fund operating expenses 157

Example 157

Portfolio turnover 158

Principal investment strategies 158

Principal investment risks 161

Past performance 166

Portfolio management 168

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 169

Tax information 169

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 169

Summary information

Lifecycle 2060 Fund

Investment objective 171

Fees and expenses 171

Shareholder fees 171

Annual Fund operating expenses 172

Example 172

Portfolio turnover 173

Principal investment strategies 173

Principal investment risks 176

Past performance 181

Portfolio management 183

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 184

Tax information 184

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 184


 

     

Summary information

Lifecycle 2065 Fund

Investment objective 186

Fees and expenses 186

Shareholder fees 186

Annual Fund operating expenses 187

Example 187

Portfolio turnover 188

Principal investment strategies 188

Principal investment risks 191

Past performance 196

Portfolio management 198

Purchase and sale of Fund shares 199

Tax information 199

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation 199

Additional information about investment strategies and risks of the Funds 200

Additional information about the Funds 200

More about the Funds’ strategies 201

Additional information about the Funds’ broad-based securities market indices 204

Additional information about the Funds’ composite benchmark indices 204

Additional information about the Underlying Funds 206

Additional information on investment risks of the Funds and Underlying Funds 209

Principal risks of the Funds 209

Additional information on principal risks of the Underlying Funds 223

Additional information on investment strategies and risks of the Funds and Underlying Funds 236

Portfolio holdings 241

Portfolio turnover 241

 

Share classes 242

Management of the Funds 242

The Funds’ investment adviser 242

Investment management fees 243

Portfolio management team 245

Other services 246

Distribution and service arrangements 247

All classes 247

Other payments by the Funds 247

Other payments by Nuveen Securities, Advisors or their affiliates 249

Calculating share price 250

Dividends and distributions 252

Taxes 253

Your account: purchasing, redeeming or exchanging shares 256

Fund shares offered in this Prospectus 256

Share class eligibility 256

Purchasing shares 259

Redeeming shares 266

Exchanging shares 270

Conversion of shares–applicable to all investors 272

Important transaction information 273

Market timing/excessive trading policy–applicable to all investors 277

Electronic prospectuses 278

Additional information about index providers 278

Additional information about the Trust and the Board of Trustees 281

Glossary 281

Financial highlights 283


 

 

Summary information

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle Retirement Income Fund

Investment objective

The Lifecycle Retirement Income Fund seeks high total return over time primarily through income, with a secondary emphasis on capital appreciation.

Fees and expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below.

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SHAREHOLDER FEES (fees paid directly from your investment)

                     
 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement Class

 

Retail
Class

 

Maximum sales charge imposed on purchases (percentage of offering price)

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum deferred sales charge

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum sales charge imposed on reinvested dividends and other distributions

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Redemption or exchange fee

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Account maintenance fee
(annual fee on accounts under $2,000)

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

$15.00

 

ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

                       

 

 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement
Class

 

Retail
Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management fees1,2

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution (Rule 12b-1) fees

 

 

0.15%

 

 

0.25%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expenses1,2

0.06%

 

0.14%

 

0.06%

 

0.31%

 

0.09%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquired fund fees and expenses1,3

0.09%

 

0.09%

 

0.09%

 

0.09%

 

0.09%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total annual Fund operating expenses

0.54%

 

0.62%

 

0.69%

 

0.79%

 

0.82%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waivers and expense reimbursements4,5

(0.17)%

 

(0.17)%

 

(0.17)%

 

(0.17)%

 

(0.20)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total annual Fund operating expenses after fee
  waiver and/or expense reimbursement

0.37%

 

0.45%

 

0.52%

 

0.62%

 

0.62%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Restated to reflect estimate for the current fiscal year.

 

2

Portions of the Management fees and Other expenses are based on expenses originally incurred by Class W shares of the Underlying Funds (as defined below) of the Trust, which have been incurred directly by the Fund pursuant to certain contractual arrangements intended to reallocate directly to the Fund certain fees and expenses that had been paid by the Underlying Funds of the Trust. For additional information, please see the “Management of the Funds” section of this Prospectus.

 

3

“Acquired fund fees and expenses” are the Fund’s proportionate amount of the expenses of any investment companies or pools in which it invests (excluding expenses originally incurred by Class W shares of the Underlying Funds of the Trust that have been incurred directly by the Fund, which are instead reflected in Management fees and Other expenses). These expenses are not paid directly by Fund shareholders. Instead, Fund shareholders bear these expenses indirectly because they reduce Fund performance. Because “Acquired fund fees and expenses” are included in the chart above, the Fund’s operating expenses here will not correlate with the expenses included in the Financial highlights in this Prospectus and the Fund’s annual report.

 

4

Under the Fund’s expense reimbursement arrangements, the Fund’s investment adviser, Teachers Advisors, LLC (“Advisors”), has contractually agreed to reimburse the Fund for any Total annual Fund operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions or other transactional expenses, Acquired fund fees and expenses, extraordinary expenses and any expenses originally attributable to Class W shares of the Underlying Funds of the Trust that were incurred directly by the Fund) that exceed: (i) 0.00% of average daily net assets for Institutional Class shares; (ii) 0.15% of average daily net assets for Advisor Class shares; (iii) 0.15% of average daily net assets for Premier Class shares; (iv) 0.25% of average daily net assets for Retirement Class shares; and (v) 0.25% of average daily net assets for Retail Class shares of the Fund. These expense reimbursement arrangements will continue through at least September 30, 2024, unless changed with approval of the Board of Trustees.

 

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5

Advisors has contractually agreed to waive 0.100% of the Fund’s Management fee. This waiver will remain in effect through at least September 30, 2026, unless changed with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Advisors has also contractually agreed to waive an additional 0.023% of the Fund’s Management fee. This waiver will remain in effect through at least September 30, 2024, unless changed with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

 

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in shares of the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses, before fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, remain the same. The example assumes that the Fund’s fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement arrangements will each remain in place for the durations noted in the table above. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

                               

 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement
Class

 

Retail
Class

 

1 year

$

38

 

$

46

 

$

53

 

$

63

 

$

63

 

3 years

$

134

 

$

160

 

$

182

 

$

214

 

$

220

 

5 years

$

263

 

$

307

 

$

346

 

$

401

 

$

414

 

10 years

$

640

 

$

737

 

$

822

 

$

942

 

$

975

 

Portfolio turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the fiscal year ended May 31, 2023, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 19% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal investment strategies

The Fund is a “fund of funds” that invests in Class W shares of other funds of the Trust and in other investment pools or investment products, including other funds or exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) advised by the Fund’s investment adviser, Teachers Advisors, LLC (“Advisors”), or its affiliates (collectively, the “Underlying Funds”). The Fund invests in Underlying Funds according to a relatively stable asset allocation strategy that will not gradually adjust over time and is designed for investors who are already in retirement (i.e., have already passed their retirement year) and may have begun taking systematic withdrawals upon retirement.

Advisors currently expects to allocate approximately 35.00% of the Fund’s assets to equity Underlying Funds, 60.00% of its assets to fixed-income

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Underlying Funds and 5.00% of its assets to direct real estate Underlying Funds. These allocations represent targets for equity, fixed-income and direct real estate asset classes. Target allocations may be changed and actual allocations may vary up to ten percentage points from the targets. Within the equity, fixed-income and direct real estate asset classes, Advisors allocates the Fund’s investments to particular market sectors (U.S. equity, international equity, fixed-income, short-term fixed-income, inflation-protected assets and direct real estate) represented by various Underlying Funds. These market sector allocations may vary by up to 10% from the Fund’s target market sector allocations. The Fund’s current target market sector allocations for June 30, 2024 which may change, are approximately as follows: U.S. Equity: 22.75%; International Equity: 12.25%; Fixed-Income: 40.00%; Short-Term Fixed-Income: 10.00%; Inflation-Protected Assets: 10.00%; and Direct Real Estate: 5.00%. The asset class and market sector names used herein are intended to reflect the primary type of investment of the Underlying Funds within each of these categories.

The Fund’s target market sector allocations to Underlying Funds may include the TIAA-CREF Growth & Income Fund, TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth Fund, TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Value Fund, TIAA-CREF Quant Small-Cap Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF Quant Small/Mid-Cap Equity Fund, Nuveen Dividend Growth Fund, Nuveen Dividend Value Fund and Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF (U.S. Equity); TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF International Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF International Opportunities Fund and TIAA-CREF Quant International Small-Cap Equity Fund (International Equity); TIAA-CREF Core Bond Fund, TIAA-CREF Core Plus Bond Fund, TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Debt Fund, TIAA-CREF High-Yield Fund and TIAA-CREF International Bond Fund (Fixed-Income); TIAA-CREF Money Market Fund and TIAA-CREF Short-Term Bond Fund (Short-Term Fixed-Income); TIAA-CREF Inflation-Linked Bond Fund (Inflation-Protected Assets); and TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP (Direct Real Estate). TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP is a private fund, which is not available for investment by the general public; it is currently offered exclusively to investment pools or investment products managed by Advisors or its affiliates.

As a result of its investments in the Underlying Funds, the Fund’s returns will reflect investments in a mix of domestic and foreign equities of companies of various sizes and market capitalizations, a variety of domestic and foreign fixed-income instruments of private and governmental issuers of varying maturities and credit qualities and direct real estate.

Additional or replacement Underlying Funds for each market sector, as well as additional or replacement market sectors, may be included when making future allocations if Advisors believes that such Underlying Funds and/or market sectors are appropriate in light of the Fund’s desired levels of risk and potential return at the particular time. The Fund’s portfolio management team may also add a new market sector if it believes that will help to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. The relative allocations among Underlying Funds within a market sector may be changed at any time without notice to shareholders, and

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the portfolio management team may use tactical allocation to take advantage of short to intermediate term opportunities through a combination of positions in Underlying Funds. If 10% or more of the Fund’s assets are expected to be invested in any Underlying Fund or market sector not listed above, shareholders will receive prior notice of such change. Investors should note that the Fund has a significant level of equity exposure and this exposure could cause fluctuation in the value of the Fund depending on the performance of the equity markets generally.

As part of the Fund’s ability to invest in other investment pools or investment products noted above, the Fund may invest in ETFs and exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”) to gain exposure to various market sectors or securities in order to effect its asset allocation strategy. Additionally, the Fund may use ETFs or ETNs for cash management, hedging or defensive purposes. ETFs or ETNs will be subject to the risks associated with the types of securities or sectors that they track, while ETNs, which are structured as fixed-income obligations, will also be subject to the general risks of fixed-income securities, including credit risk.

The Fund’s asset class allocations, market sector allocations within each asset class, and Underlying Fund allocations within each market sector, as of June 30, 2023, are listed in the chart below. The Fund has relatively fixed asset allocations that will not gradually adjust over time. Underlying Fund allocations may change from year to year.

               

Asset Class

Allocation

  

Market Sector

Allocation

 

Underlying Funds

Allocation

Equity

35.14%

 

U.S. Equity

22.89%

 

 Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF

3.81%

           

 TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth

3.80%

           

 TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Value

3.41%

           

 Nuveen Dividend Value

3.39%

           

 TIAA-CREF Growth & Income

3.33%

           

 Nuveen Dividend Growth

3.32%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant Small/Mid-Cap Equity

0.99%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant Small-Cap Equity

0.84%

     

International Equity

12.25%

 

 TIAA-CREF International Equity

5.33%

           

 TIAA-CREF International Opportunities

3.18%

           

 TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Equity

2.06%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant International Small-Cap Equity

1.68%

Fixed-Income

59.49%

 

Fixed-Income

39.71%

 

 TIAA-CREF Core Bond

20.86%

           

 TIAA-CREF Core Plus Bond

12.92%

           

 TIAA-CREF International Bond

2.07%

           

 TIAA-CREF High-Yield

1.98%

           

 TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Debt

1.88%

     

Short-Term
Fixed-Income

9.90%

 

 TIAA-CREF Short-Term Bond

9.90%

     

Inflation-
Protected Assets

9.88%

 

 TIAA-CREF Inflation-Linked Bond

9.88%

Real Estate

5.37%

 

Direct Real Estate

5.37%

 

 TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP

5.37%

               

Total

100.00%

   

100.00%

   

100.00%

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Principal investment risks

You could lose money over short or long periods by investing in this Fund. An investment in the Fund, due to the nature of the Fund’s portfolio holdings, typically is subject to the following principal investment risks:

· Asset Allocation Risk—The risk that the Fund may not achieve its target allocations. In addition, there is the risk that the asset allocations may not achieve the desired risk-return characteristic or that the selection of Underlying Funds and the allocations among them will result in the Fund underperforming other similar funds or cause an investor to lose money.

· Underlying Funds Risks—The Fund is exposed to the risks of the Underlying Funds in which it invests in direct proportion to the amount of assets the Fund allocates to each Underlying Fund.

· Equity Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in equity Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to the equity markets in general, such as:

· market risk—The risk that market prices of portfolio investments held by a Fund may fall rapidly or unpredictably due to a variety of factors, including changing economic, political or market conditions. Market risk may affect a single issuer, industry or sector of the economy, or it may affect the market as a whole. From time to time, a Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related sectors or industries, which would make the Fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting such sectors or industries;

· issuer risk—The risk that an issuer’s earnings prospects and overall financial position will deteriorate, causing a decline in the value of the issuer’s financial instruments over short or extended periods of time;

· foreign investment risk—Foreign markets can be more volatile than the U.S. market due to increased risks of adverse issuer, political, regulatory, currency, market or economic developments as well as armed conflicts and can result in greater price volatility and perform differently from financial instruments of U.S. issuers. This risk may be heightened in emerging or developing markets. Foreign investments may also have lower liquidity and be more difficult to value than investments in U.S. issuers. To the extent a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of companies in a single country or region, it may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory events or conditions affecting that country or region. Foreign investments may also be subject to risk of loss because of more or less foreign government regulation, less public information, less stringent investor protections and less stringent accounting, corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure standards. The imposition of sanctions, exchange controls (including repatriation restrictions), confiscations, trade restrictions (including

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tariffs) and other restrictions by the United States or other governments may also negatively impact a Fund’s investments. Economic sanctions and other similar governmental actions or developments could, among other things, effectively restrict or eliminate a Fund’s ability to purchase or sell certain foreign securities or groups of foreign securities, and/or thus may make a Fund’s investments in such securities less liquid (or illiquid) or more difficult to value. The type and severity of sanctions and other measures that may be imposed could vary broadly in scope, and their impact is impossible to predict;

· small- and mid-cap risk—The risk that the stocks of small-capitalization companies often experience greater price volatility than large- or mid-sized companies because small-cap companies are often newer or less established than larger companies and are likely to have more limited resources, products and markets. Securities of small-cap companies often have lower overall liquidity than securities of larger companies as a result of there being a smaller market for their securities, which can have an adverse effect on the pricing of these securities and on the ability to sell these securities when a Fund’s investment adviser or sub-adviser deems it appropriate. Stocks of mid-capitalization companies often experience greater price volatility, lower trading volume and lower overall liquidity than the stocks of larger, more established companies;

· style risk—The risk that use of a particular investing style (such as growth or value investing) may fall out of favor in the marketplace for various periods of time and result in underperformance relative to the broader market sector or significant declines in the value of a Fund’s portfolio investments; and

· dividend-paying security risk—The risk that investments in dividend-paying securities could cause a Fund to underperform similar funds that invest without consideration of an issuer’s track record of paying dividends.

· Fixed-Income Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in fixed-income Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to the fixed-income markets in general, such as:

· interest rate risk—The risk that increases in interest rates can cause the prices of fixed-income investments to decline. This risk is heightened to the extent a Fund invests in longer duration fixed-income investments and during periods when prevailing interest rates are low or negative. Low interest rates may increase a Fund’s exposure to risks associated with rising interest rates and a Fund may also be subject to heightened levels of interest rate risk due to rising interest rates (including a sharp rise in interest rates). In general,

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changing interest rates could have unpredictable effects on the markets and may expose fixed-income and related markets to heightened volatility;

· prepayment risk—The risk that, during periods of falling interest rates, borrowers may pay off their mortgage loans sooner than expected, forcing a Fund to reinvest the unanticipated proceeds at lower interest rates and resulting in a decline in income;

· extension risk—The risk that, during periods of rising interest rates, borrowers may pay off their mortgage loans later than expected, preventing a Fund from reinvesting principal proceeds at higher interest rates and resulting in less income than potentially available;

· issuer risk—The risk that an issuer’s earnings prospects and overall financial position will deteriorate, causing a decline in the value of the issuer’s financial instruments over short or extended periods of time;

· credit risk—The risk that the issuer of fixed-income investments may not be able or willing, or may be perceived (whether by market participants, rating agencies, pricing services or otherwise) as not able or willing, to meet interest or principal payments when the payments become due;

· credit spread risk—The risk that credit spreads (i.e., the difference in yield between securities that is due to differences in each security’s respective credit quality) may increase when market participants believe that bonds generally have a greater risk of default, which could result in a decline in the market values of a Fund’s debt securities;

· income volatility risk—The risk that the level of current income from a portfolio of fixed-income investments may decline in certain interest rate environments;

· market volatility, liquidity and valuation risk (types of market risk)—The risk that volatile or dramatic reductions in trading activity make it difficult for a Fund to properly value its investments and that a Fund may not be able to purchase or sell an investment at an attractive price, if at all;

· fixed-income foreign investment risk—Investment in fixed-income securities or financial instruments of foreign issuers involves increased risks due to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, currency, market or economic developments as well as armed conflicts. These developments may impact the ability of a foreign debt issuer to make timely and ultimate payments on its debt obligations to a Fund or impair a Fund’s ability to enforce its rights against the foreign debt issuer. These risks are heightened in emerging or developing markets. Foreign investments may also have lower overall liquidity and be more difficult to value than investments in U.S. issuers. To the extent a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of

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companies in a single country or region, it may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory events or conditions affecting that country or region. Foreign investments may also be subject to risk of loss because of more or less foreign government regulation, less public information, less stringent investor protections and less stringent accounting, corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure standards. The imposition of sanctions, exchange controls (including repatriation restrictions), confiscations, trade restrictions (including tariffs) and other restrictions by the United States and other governments may also negatively impact a Fund’s investments. Economic sanctions and other similar governmental actions or developments could, among other things, effectively restrict or eliminate a Fund’s ability to purchase or sell certain foreign securities or groups of foreign securities, and/or thus may make a Fund’s investments in such securities less liquid (or illiquid) or more difficult to value. The type and severity of sanctions and other measures that may be imposed could vary broadly in scope, and their impact is impossible to predict; and

· call risk—The risk that, during periods of falling interest rates, an issuer may call (or repay) a fixed-income security prior to maturity, resulting in a decline in a Fund’s income.

· Underlying ETF RiskIn addition to the same principal risks as an investment in a mutual fund with the same investment objectives, strategies and policies as the ETF, investments in an Underlying Fund that is an ETF are subject to additional risks, including: (i) the market price of the ETF’s shares may trade at a premium or a discount to their net asset value (“NAV”); (ii) an active trading market for an ETF’s shares may not develop or be maintained; and (iii) there is no assurance that the requirements of the exchange necessary to maintain the listing of an ETF will continue to be met or remain unchanged.

· Direct Real Estate Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in direct real estate Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to investing in real estate in general, such as:

· real estate-related investment risk—The risks associated with exposure to direct real estate through investing in investment vehicles managed by Advisors that will primarily invest directly in real estate, which can include declines in real estate values or revenues, uninsured losses at properties, the absence of regulatory oversight of and a secondary market for interests in direct real estate Underlying Funds, a scarcity of interests issued by direct real estate Underlying Funds, making it difficult for the Fund to achieve its target allocation, and illiquidity of interests in direct real estate Underlying Funds (which exposes the Fund to illiquid investments risk).

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· Emerging Markets Underlying Funds Risk—The risk of foreign investment often increases in countries with emerging markets or otherwise economically tied to emerging market countries. For example, these countries may have more unstable governments than developed countries, and their economies may be based on only a few industries. Emerging market countries may also have less stringent regulation of accounting, auditing, financial reporting and recordkeeping requirements, which would affect a Fund’s ability to evaluate potential portfolio companies. As a result, there could be less information available about issuers in emerging market countries, which could negatively affect Advisors’ ability to evaluate local companies or their potential impact on a Fund’s performance. Because the financial markets of emerging market countries may be very small, share prices of financial instruments in emerging market countries may be volatile and difficult to determine. Financial instruments of issuers in these countries may have lower overall liquidity than those of issuers in more developed countries. In addition, foreign investors such as a Fund are subject to a variety of special restrictions in many emerging market countries. Moreover, legal remedies for investors in emerging markets may be more limited, and U.S. authorities may have less ability to bring actions against bad actors in emerging market countries.

· Illiquid Investments Underlying Funds RiskThe risk that illiquid investments may be difficult to sell for the value at which they are carried, if at all, or at any price within the desired time frame.

· Currency Underlying Funds RiskThe risk that foreign (non-U.S.) currencies may decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar and adversely affect the value of a Fund’s investments in foreign currencies, securities denominated in foreign currencies or derivative instruments that provide exposure to foreign currencies.

· Active Management Risk—The risk that the strategy, investment selection or trading execution of Advisors or another investment adviser or sub-adviser of an Underlying Fund could cause the Fund or an Underlying Fund to underperform its benchmark index or mutual funds with similar investment objectives and may not produce expected returns.

· Fund of Funds Risk—The ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objective will depend in part upon the ability of the Underlying Funds to achieve their investment objectives. There can be no guarantee that any Underlying Fund will achieve its investment objective.

There can be no assurances that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You should not consider the Fund to be a complete investment program. Please see the non-summary portion of the Prospectus for more detailed information about the risks described above, including the risks of the Underlying Funds.

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Past performance

The following chart and table help illustrate some of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing changes in the Fund’s performance from year to year. The bar chart shows the annual total returns of the Retirement Class of the Fund, before taxes, in each full calendar year for the last ten years. Because the expenses vary across share classes, the performance of the Retirement Class may vary from the other share classes. Below the bar chart are the best and worst returns of the Retirement Class for a calendar quarter during the full calendar-year periods covered by the bar chart. The performance table following the bar chart shows the Fund’s average annual total returns for the Retirement, Institutional, Advisor, Premier and Retail classes over the applicable one-year, five-year, ten-year and since-inception periods ended December 31, 2022, and how those returns compare to those of a broad-based securities market index and a composite index that represents the market sectors in which the Fund invests across the equity and fixed-income asset classes. After-tax performance is shown only for the Retirement Class shares, and after-tax returns for the other classes of shares will vary from the after-tax returns presented for Retirement Class shares.

The returns shown below reflect previous agreements by Advisors to waive or reimburse the Fund and certain Underlying Funds for certain fees and expenses. Without these waivers and reimbursements, the returns of the Fund would have been lower. Past performance of the Fund (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how it will perform in the future. The indices listed below are unmanaged, and you cannot invest directly in an index. The returns for the indices reflect no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes.

For current performance information of each share class, including performance to the most recent month-end, please visit www.tiaa.org.

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ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS FOR THE RETIREMENT CLASS SHARES (%)

Lifecycle Retirement Income Fund

PerformanceBarChartData(2013:9.7,2014:4.18,2015:0.09,2016:5.69,2017:11.75,2018:-4.01,2019:14.95,2020:10.84,2021:6.84,2022:-12.68)

 The year-to-date return as of the most recent calendar quarter, which ended on June 30, 2023, was 5.72%.

Best quarter: 10.66%, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Worst quarter: -9.68%, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

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AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS

For the Periods Ended December 31, 2022

                         

 

 

Inception date

 

One year

 

 

Five years

 

 

Ten years

 

 

Retirement Class

11/30/2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.68

%

 

2.67

%

 

4.42

%

 

 

Return after taxes on distributions

 

 

14.11

%

 

1.00

%

 

2.95

%

 

 

Return after taxes on distributions and sale of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fund shares

 

 

6.95

%

 

1.71

%

 

3.07

%

 

Institutional Class

11/30/2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.51

%

 

2.91

%

 

4.67

%

 

Advisor Class

12/4/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.49

%

 

2.85

%

 

4.57

%#

 

Premier Class

9/30/2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.57

%

 

2.77

%

 

4.52

%

 

Retail Class

11/30/2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.66

%

 

2.67

%

 

4.42

%

 

                         

S&P Target Date Retirement Income Index

 

 

11.17

%

 

2.33

%

 

3.59

%

 

                         

Lifecycle Retirement Income Fund Composite Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(reflects no deductions for fees, expenses or taxes)

 

 

13.40

%

 

3.23

%

 

4.68

%

 

                         

Current performance of the Fund’s shares may be higher or lower than that shown above.

#

The performance shown for the Advisor Class that is prior to its inception date is based on performance of the Fund’s Retirement Class. The performance for these periods has not been restated to reflect the lower expenses of the Advisor Class.

As of the close of business on December 31, 2022, the Lifecycle Retirement Income Fund Composite Index consisted of: 40.0% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index; 26.0% Russell 3000® Index; 14.0% MSCI All Country World Index ex USA Investable Market Index; 10.0% Bloomberg U.S. 1–3 Year Government/Credit Bond Index; and 10.0% Bloomberg U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) 1-10 Year Index. The Fund’s composite benchmark, the components that make up a composite benchmark and the method of calculating a composite benchmark’s performance may vary over time.

 

After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates in effect during the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown. The after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(a), 401(k) or 403(b) plans or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). After-tax returns are shown for only one class, and after-tax returns for other classes will vary.

 

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Portfolio management

Investment Adviser. The Fund’s investment adviser is Teachers Advisors, LLC.

Portfolio Managers. The following persons are primarily responsible for the management of the Fund on a day-to-day basis:

       
       

Name:

John Cunniff, CFA

Steve Sedmak, CFA

 

Title:

Managing Director

Managing Director

 

Experience on Fund:

since 2007

since 2018

 

Purchase and sale of Fund shares

Institutional Class shares are available for purchase directly from the Fund by certain eligible investors (which include employee benefit plans and financial intermediaries). Advisor Class shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries, employee benefit plans and insurance company separate accounts. Premier Class and Retirement Class shares are generally available for purchase through employee benefit plans, other types of savings plans or accounts and certain financial intermediaries. Retail Class shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries or by contacting the Fund directly at www.tiaa.org or 800-223-1200.

· The minimum initial investment is $2 million and the minimum subsequent investment is $1,000 for Institutional Class shares, unless an investor purchases shares by or through financial intermediaries that have entered into an appropriate agreement with the Fund or its affiliates. Employee benefit plans, fee-based managed account programs (“wrap accounts”), state sponsored 529 college savings plans, collective trust funds, investment companies or other pooled investment vehicles, thrifts and bank and trust companies that have entered into agreements to offer Institutional Class shares held in omnibus accounts on the books of the Fund are exempt from initial and subsequent investment minimums.

· There are no minimum initial or subsequent investment requirements for Advisor Class, Premier Class or Retirement Class shares.

· The minimum initial investment for Retail Class shares is $2,000 per Fund account for Traditional IRA, Roth IRA and Coverdell accounts and $2,500 for all other account types. Subsequent investments for all account types must be at least $100.

Redeeming or Exchanging Shares. You can redeem (sell) or exchange your shares of the Fund on any day that the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) or its affiliated exchanges, NYSE Arca Equities or NYSE American, are open for trading (each such day a “Business Day”). Exchanges may be made for shares of the same share class of other funds offered by the Trust. If your shares are held through a third party, please contact that entity for applicable redemption or exchange requirements. If your shares are held directly with the Fund, contact the Fund directly in writing or by telephone.

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Tax information

The Fund intends to make distributions to shareholders that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains. Distributions made to tax-exempt shareholders or shareholders who hold Fund shares in a tax-deferred account are generally not subject to income tax in the current year, but redemptions made from tax-deferred accounts may be subject to income tax.

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and/or its related companies may pay the financial intermediary for providing investor services. The Fund’s related companies may also pay the financial intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Summary information

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle 2010 Fund

Investment objective

The Lifecycle 2010 Fund seeks high total return over time through a combination of capital appreciation and income.

Fees and expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below.

SHAREHOLDER FEES (fees paid directly from your investment)

                 
 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement Class

 

Maximum sales charge imposed on purchases
(percentage of offering price)

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum deferred sales charge

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum sales charge imposed on reinvested
dividends and other distributions

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Redemption or exchange fee

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum account fee

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

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ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

                   

 

 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement
Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management fees1,2

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution (Rule 12b-1) fees

 

 

0.15%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expenses1,2

0.04%

 

0.12%

 

0.04%

 

0.29%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquired fund fees and expenses1,3

0.08%

 

0.08%

 

0.08%

 

0.08%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total annual Fund operating expenses

0.51%

 

0.59%

 

0.66%

 

0.76%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waivers and expense reimbursements4,5

(0.14)%

 

(0.14)%

 

(0.14)%

 

(0.14)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total annual Fund operating expenses after fee
  waiver and/or expense reimbursement

0.37%

 

0.45%

 

0.52%

 

0.62%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Restated to reflect estimate for the current fiscal year.

2

Portions of the Management fees and Other expenses are based on expenses originally incurred by Class W shares of the Underlying Funds (as defined below) of the Trust, which have been incurred directly by the Fund pursuant to certain contractual arrangements intended to reallocate directly to the Fund certain fees and expenses that had been paid by the Underlying Funds of the Trust. For additional information, please see the “Management of the Funds” section of this Prospectus.

3

“Acquired fund fees and expenses” are the Fund’s proportionate amount of the expenses of any investment companies or pools in which it invests (excluding expenses originally incurred by Class W shares of the Underlying Funds of the Trust that have been incurred directly by the Fund, which are instead reflected in Management fees and Other expenses). These expenses are not paid directly by Fund shareholders. Instead, Fund shareholders bear these expenses indirectly because they reduce Fund performance. Because “Acquired fund fees and expenses” are included in the chart above, the Fund’s operating expenses here will not correlate with the expenses included in the Financial highlights in this Prospectus and the Fund’s annual report.

4

Under the Fund’s expense reimbursement arrangements, the Fund’s investment adviser, Teachers Advisors, LLC (“Advisors”), has contractually agreed to reimburse the Fund for any Total annual Fund operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions or other transactional expenses, Acquired fund fees and expenses, extraordinary expenses and any expenses originally attributable to Class W shares of the Underlying Funds of the Trust that were incurred directly by the Fund) that exceed: (i) 0.00% of average daily net assets for Institutional Class shares; (ii) 0.15% of average daily net assets for Advisor Class shares; (iii) 0.15% of average daily net assets for Premier Class shares; and (iv) 0.25% of average daily net assets for Retirement Class shares of the Fund. These expense reimbursement arrangements will continue through at least September 30, 2024, unless changed with approval of the Board of Trustees.

5

Advisors has contractually agreed to waive 0.100% of the Fund’s Management fee. This waiver will remain in effect through at least September 30, 2026, unless changed with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Advisors has also contractually agreed to waive an additional 0.016% of the Fund’s Management fee. This waiver will remain in effect through at least September 30, 2024, unless changed with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in shares of the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses, before fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, remain the same. The example assumes that the Fund’s fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement arrangements will each remain in place for the durations noted in

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the table above. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

                         

 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement
Class

 

1 year

$

38

 

$

46

 

$

53

 

$

63

 

3 years

$

128

 

$

153

 

$

175

 

$

207

 

5 years

$

250

 

$

294

 

$

332

 

$

387

 

10 years

$

606

 

$

704

 

$

789

 

$

909

 

Portfolio turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the fiscal year ended May 31, 2023, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 18% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal investment strategies

The Fund is a “fund of funds” that invests in Class W shares of other funds of the Trust and in other investment pools or investment products, including other funds or exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) advised by the Fund’s investment adviser, Teachers Advisors, LLC (“Advisors”), or its affiliates (collectively, the “Underlying Funds”). In general, the Fund is designed for investors who have an approximate target retirement year in mind, and the Fund’s investments are adjusted from more aggressive to more conservative over time as the Fund’s target retirement year approaches and for approximately 30 years afterwards. The Fund invests in Underlying Funds according to an asset allocation strategy designed for investors who retired in, or planned to retire within a few years of, 2010 and may have begun taking systematic withdrawals upon retirement.

Advisors currently expects to allocate approximately 33.00% of the Fund’s assets to equity Underlying Funds, 64.00% of its assets to fixed-income Underlying Funds and 3.00% of its assets to direct real estate Underlying Funds. These allocations represent targets for equity, fixed-income and direct real estate asset classes. Target allocations will change over time and actual allocations may vary up to ten percentage points from the targets. The target allocations along the investment glidepath, illustrated in the chart below, gradually become more conservative. The Fund had target allocations of approximately 50.00% equity/50.00% fixed-income in the Fund’s target retirement year of 2010 (the direct real estate asset class was added in 2017) and will reach the Fund’s final target allocation of approximately 20.00% equity/80.00% fixed-income/0.00% direct real estate in 2040. Within the equity, fixed-income and direct real estate asset classes, Advisors allocates the Fund’s investments to particular market sectors (U.S. equity, international equity, fixed-income, short-term fixed-income,

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inflation-protected assets and direct real estate) represented by various Underlying Funds. These market sector allocations may vary by up to 10% from the Fund’s target market sector allocations. The Fund’s current target market sector allocations for June 30, 2024, which will change over time, are approximately as follows: U.S. Equity: 21.45%; International Equity: 11.55%; Fixed-Income: 40.00%; Short-Term Fixed-Income: 14.00%; Inflation-Protected Assets: 10.00%; and Direct Real Estate: 3.00%. The asset class and market sector names used herein are intended to reflect the primary type of investment of the Underlying Funds within each of these categories.

The Fund’s target market sector allocations to Underlying Funds may include the TIAA-CREF Growth & Income Fund, TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth Fund, TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Value Fund, TIAA-CREF Quant Small-Cap Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF Quant Small/Mid-Cap Equity Fund, Nuveen Dividend Growth Fund, Nuveen Dividend Value Fund and Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF (U.S. Equity); TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF International Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF International Opportunities Fund and TIAA-CREF Quant International Small-Cap Equity Fund (International Equity); TIAA-CREF Core Bond Fund, TIAA-CREF Core Plus Bond Fund, TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Debt Fund, TIAA-CREF High-Yield Fund and TIAA-CREF International Bond Fund (Fixed-Income); TIAA-CREF Money Market Fund and TIAA-CREF Short-Term Bond Fund (Short-Term Fixed-Income); TIAA-CREF Inflation-Linked Bond Fund (Inflation-Protected Assets); and TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP (Direct Real Estate). TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP is a private fund, which is not available for investment by the general public; it is currently offered exclusively to investment pools or investment products managed by Advisors or its affiliates.

As a result of its investments in the Underlying Funds, the Fund’s returns will reflect investments in a mix of domestic and foreign equities of companies of various sizes and market capitalizations, a variety of domestic and foreign fixed-income instruments of private and governmental issuers of varying maturities and credit qualities and direct real estate.

Additional or replacement Underlying Funds for each market sector, as well as additional or replacement market sectors, may be included when making future allocations if Advisors believes that such Underlying Funds and/or market sectors are appropriate in light of the Fund’s desired levels of risk and potential return at the particular time. The Fund’s portfolio management team may also add a new market sector if it believes that will help to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. The relative allocations among Underlying Funds within a market sector may be changed at any time without notice to shareholders, and the portfolio management team may use tactical allocation to take advantage of short to intermediate term opportunities through a combination of positions in Underlying Funds. If 10% or more of the Fund’s assets are expected to be invested in any Underlying Fund or market sector not listed above, shareholders will receive prior notice of such change.

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As part of the Fund’s ability to invest in other investment pools or investment products noted above, the Fund may invest in ETFs and exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”) to gain exposure to various market sectors or securities in order to effect its asset allocation strategy. Additionally, the Fund may use ETFs or ETNs for cash management, hedging or defensive purposes. ETFs or ETNs will be subject to the risks associated with the types of securities or sectors that they track, while ETNs, which are structured as fixed-income obligations, will also be subject to the general risks of fixed-income securities, including credit risk.

The Fund’s asset class allocations, market sector allocations within each asset class, and Underlying Fund allocations within each market sector, as of June 30, 2023, are listed in the chart below. These allocations will change over time. Underlying Fund allocations in particular may change from year to year.

               

Asset Class

Allocation

  

Market Sector

Allocation

 

Underlying Funds

Allocation

Equity

33.75%

 

U.S. Equity

21.98%

 

 Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF

3.67%

           

 TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth

3.65%

           

 TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Value

3.27%

           

 Nuveen Dividend Value

3.25%

           

 TIAA-CREF Growth & Income

3.20%

           

 Nuveen Dividend Growth

3.19%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant Small/Mid-Cap Equity

0.95%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant Small-Cap Equity

0.80%

     

International Equity

11.77%

 

 TIAA-CREF International Equity

5.12%

           

 TIAA-CREF International Opportunities

3.05%

           

 TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Equity

1.98%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant International Small-Cap Equity

1.62%

Fixed-Income

62.44%

 

Fixed-Income

39.71%

 

 TIAA-CREF Core Bond

20.85%

           

 TIAA-CREF Core Plus Bond

12.93%

           

 TIAA-CREF International Bond

2.07%

           

 TIAA-CREF High-Yield

1.98%

           

 TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Debt

1.88%

     

Short-Term
Fixed-Income

12.84%

 

 TIAA-CREF Short-Term Bond

12.84%

     

Inflation-
Protected Assets

9.89%

 

 TIAA-CREF Inflation-Linked Bond

9.89%

Real Estate

3.81%

 

Direct Real Estate

3.81%

 

 TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP

3.81%

               

Total

100.00%

   

100.00%

   

100.00%

The following chart shows how the investment glidepath for the Fund is expected to gradually move the Fund’s target allocations over time between the different target market sector allocations. The actual market sector allocations of the Fund may differ from this chart. The Fund seeks to achieve its final target market sector allocations approximately 30 years following the target date.

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The Fund is designed to accommodate investors who invest in a fund up to their target retirement date, and plan to make gradual systematic withdrawals in retirement. In addition, investors should note that the Fund will continue to have a significant level of equity exposure up to, through and after its target retirement date, and this exposure could cause significant fluctuations in the value of the Fund depending on the performance of the equity markets generally.

After the Fund reaches its final target allocation, the Board of Trustees may authorize the merger of the Fund into another Lifecycle Fund which has also reached its final target allocation or other similar fund designed to maintain a relatively stable asset allocation reflecting the resting point on the glidepath described in the chart above. Fund shareholders will receive prior notice of any such merger.

Principal investment risks

You could lose money over short or long periods by investing in this Fund. An investment in the Fund, due to the nature of the Fund’s portfolio holdings, typically is subject to the following principal investment risks:

· Asset Allocation Risk—The risk that the Fund may not achieve its target allocations. In addition, there is the risk that the asset allocations may not achieve the desired risk-return characteristic or that the selection of Underlying Funds and the allocations among them will result in the Fund underperforming other similar funds or cause an investor to lose money.

· Underlying Funds Risks—The Fund is exposed to the risks of the Underlying Funds in which it invests in direct proportion to the amount of assets the Fund allocates to each Underlying Fund.

· Equity Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in equity Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to the equity markets in general, such as:

· market risk—The risk that market prices of portfolio investments held by a Fund may fall rapidly or unpredictably due to a variety of factors, including changing economic, political or market conditions. Market

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risk may affect a single issuer, industry or sector of the economy, or it may affect the market as a whole. From time to time, a Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related sectors or industries, which would make the Fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting such sectors or industries;

· issuer risk—The risk that an issuer’s earnings prospects and overall financial position will deteriorate, causing a decline in the value of the issuer’s financial instruments over short or extended periods of time;

· foreign investment risk—Foreign markets can be more volatile than the U.S. market due to increased risks of adverse issuer, political, regulatory, currency, market or economic developments as well as armed conflicts and can result in greater price volatility and perform differently from financial instruments of U.S. issuers. This risk may be heightened in emerging or developing markets. Foreign investments may also have lower liquidity and be more difficult to value than investments in U.S. issuers. To the extent a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of companies in a single country or region, it may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory events or conditions affecting that country or region. Foreign investments may also be subject to risk of loss because of more or less foreign government regulation, less public information, less stringent investor protections and less stringent accounting, corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure standards. The imposition of sanctions, exchange controls (including repatriation restrictions), confiscations, trade restrictions (including tariffs) and other restrictions by the United States or other governments may also negatively impact a Fund’s investments. Economic sanctions and other similar governmental actions or developments could, among other things, effectively restrict or eliminate a Fund’s ability to purchase or sell certain foreign securities or groups of foreign securities, and/or thus may make a Fund’s investments in such securities less liquid (or illiquid) or more difficult to value. The type and severity of sanctions and other measures that may be imposed could vary broadly in scope, and their impact is impossible to predict;

· small- and mid-cap risk—The risk that the stocks of small-capitalization companies often experience greater price volatility than large- or mid-sized companies because small-cap companies are often newer or less established than larger companies and are likely to have more limited resources, products and markets. Securities of small-cap companies often have lower overall liquidity than securities of larger companies as a result of there being a smaller market for their securities, which can have an adverse effect on the pricing of these securities and on the ability to sell these securities when a

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Fund’s investment adviser or sub-adviser deems it appropriate. Stocks of mid-capitalization companies often experience greater price volatility, lower trading volume and lower overall liquidity than the stocks of larger, more established companies;

· style risk—The risk that use of a particular investing style (such as growth or value investing) may fall out of favor in the marketplace for various periods of time and result in underperformance relative to the broader market sector or significant declines in the value of a Fund’s portfolio investments; and

· dividend-paying security risk—The risk that investments in dividend-paying securities could cause a Fund to underperform similar funds that invest without consideration of an issuer’s track record of paying dividends.

· Fixed-Income Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in fixed-income Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to the fixed-income markets in general, such as:

· interest rate risk—The risk that increases in interest rates can cause the prices of fixed-income investments to decline. This risk is heightened to the extent a Fund invests in longer duration fixed-income investments and during periods when prevailing interest rates are low or negative. Low interest rates may increase a Fund’s exposure to risks associated with rising interest rates and a Fund may also be subject to heightened levels of interest rate risk due to rising interest rates (including a sharp rise in interest rates). In general, changing interest rates could have unpredictable effects on the markets and may expose fixed-income and related markets to heightened volatility;

· prepayment risk—The risk that, during periods of falling interest rates, borrowers may pay off their mortgage loans sooner than expected, forcing a Fund to reinvest the unanticipated proceeds at lower interest rates and resulting in a decline in income;

· extension risk—The risk that, during periods of rising interest rates, borrowers may pay off their mortgage loans later than expected, preventing a Fund from reinvesting principal proceeds at higher interest rates and resulting in less income than potentially available;

· issuer risk—The risk that an issuer’s earnings prospects and overall financial position will deteriorate, causing a decline in the value of the issuer’s financial instruments over short or extended periods of time;

· credit risk—The risk that the issuer of fixed-income investments may not be able or willing, or may be perceived (whether by market participants, rating agencies, pricing services or otherwise) as not

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able or willing, to meet interest or principal payments when the payments become due;

· credit spread risk—The risk that credit spreads (i.e., the difference in yield between securities that is due to differences in each security’s respective credit quality) may increase when market participants believe that bonds generally have a greater risk of default, which could result in a decline in the market values of a Fund’s debt securities;

· income volatility risk—The risk that the level of current income from a portfolio of fixed-income investments may decline in certain interest rate environments;

· market volatility, liquidity and valuation risk (types of market risk)—The risk that volatile or dramatic reductions in trading activity make it difficult for a Fund to properly value its investments and that a Fund may not be able to purchase or sell an investment at an attractive price, if at all;

· fixed-income foreign investment risk—Investment in fixed-income securities or financial instruments of foreign issuers involves increased risks due to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, currency, market or economic developments as well as armed conflicts. These developments may impact the ability of a foreign debt issuer to make timely and ultimate payments on its debt obligations to a Fund or impair a Fund’s ability to enforce its rights against the foreign debt issuer. These risks are heightened in emerging or developing markets. Foreign investments may also have lower overall liquidity and be more difficult to value than investments in U.S. issuers. To the extent a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of companies in a single country or region, it may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory events or conditions affecting that country or region. Foreign investments may also be subject to risk of loss because of more or less foreign government regulation, less public information, less stringent investor protections and less stringent accounting, corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure standards. The imposition of sanctions, exchange controls (including repatriation restrictions), confiscations, trade restrictions (including tariffs) and other restrictions by the United States and other governments may also negatively impact a Fund’s investments. Economic sanctions and other similar governmental actions or developments could, among other things, effectively restrict or eliminate a Fund’s ability to purchase or sell certain foreign securities or groups of foreign securities, and/or thus may make a Fund’s investments in such securities less liquid (or illiquid) or more difficult to value. The type and severity of sanctions and other measures that may be imposed could vary broadly in scope, and their impact is impossible to predict; and

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· call risk—The risk that, during periods of falling interest rates, an issuer may call (or repay) a fixed-income security prior to maturity, resulting in a decline in a Fund’s income.

· Underlying ETF RiskIn addition to the same principal risks as an investment in a mutual fund with the same investment objectives, strategies and policies as the ETF, investments in an Underlying Fund that is an ETF are subject to additional risks, including: (i) the market price of the ETF’s shares may trade at a premium or a discount to their net asset value (“NAV”); (ii) an active trading market for an ETF’s shares may not develop or be maintained; and (iii) there is no assurance that the requirements of the exchange necessary to maintain the listing of an ETF will continue to be met or remain unchanged.

· Direct Real Estate Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in direct real estate Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to investing in real estate in general, such as:

· real estate-related investment risk—The risks associated with exposure to direct real estate through investing in investment vehicles managed by Advisors that will primarily invest directly in real estate, which can include declines in real estate values or revenues, uninsured losses at properties, the absence of regulatory oversight of and a secondary market for interests in direct real estate Underlying Funds, a scarcity of interests issued by direct real estate Underlying Funds, making it difficult for the Fund to achieve its target allocation, and illiquidity of interests in direct real estate Underlying Funds (which exposes the Fund to illiquid investments risk).

· Emerging Markets Underlying Funds Risk—The risk of foreign investment often increases in countries with emerging markets or otherwise economically tied to emerging market countries. For example, these countries may have more unstable governments than developed countries, and their economies may be based on only a few industries. Emerging market countries may also have less stringent regulation of accounting, auditing, financial reporting and recordkeeping requirements, which would affect a Fund’s ability to evaluate potential portfolio companies. As a result, there could be less information available about issuers in emerging market countries, which could negatively affect Advisors’ ability to evaluate local companies or their potential impact on a Fund’s performance. Because the financial markets of emerging market countries may be very small, share prices of financial instruments in emerging market countries may be volatile and difficult to determine. Financial instruments of issuers in these countries may have lower overall liquidity than those of issuers in more developed countries. In addition, foreign investors such as a Fund are subject to a variety of special restrictions in many emerging

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market countries. Moreover, legal remedies for investors in emerging markets may be more limited, and U.S. authorities may have less ability to bring actions against bad actors in emerging market countries.

· Illiquid Investments Underlying Funds RiskThe risk that illiquid investments may be difficult to sell for the value at which they are carried, if at all, or at any price within the desired time frame.

· Currency Underlying Funds RiskThe risk that foreign (non-U.S.) currencies may decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar and adversely affect the value of a Fund’s investments in foreign currencies, securities denominated in foreign currencies or derivative instruments that provide exposure to foreign currencies.

· Active Management Risk—The risk that the strategy, investment selection or trading execution of Advisors or another investment adviser or sub-adviser of an Underlying Fund could cause the Fund or an Underlying Fund to underperform its benchmark index or mutual funds with similar investment objectives and may not produce expected returns.

· Fund of Funds Risk—The ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objective will depend in part upon the ability of the Underlying Funds to achieve their investment objectives. There can be no guarantee that any Underlying Fund will achieve its investment objective.

There can be no assurances that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You should not consider the Fund to be a complete investment program. Please see the non-summary portion of the Prospectus for more detailed information about the risks described above, including the risks of the Underlying Funds.

Past performance

The following chart and table help illustrate some of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing changes in the Fund’s performance from year to year. The bar chart shows the annual total returns of the Retirement Class of the Fund, before taxes, in each full calendar year for the last ten years. Because the expenses vary across share classes, the performance of the Retirement Class may vary from the other share classes. Below the bar chart are the best and worst returns of the Retirement Class for a calendar quarter during the full calendar-year periods covered by the bar chart. The performance table following the bar chart shows the Fund’s average annual total returns for the Retirement, Institutional, Advisor and Premier classes over the applicable one-year, five-year, ten-year and since-inception periods ended December 31, 2022, and how those returns compare to those of a broad-based securities market index and a composite index that represents the market sectors in which the Fund invests across the equity and fixed-income asset classes. After-tax performance is shown only for the Retirement Class shares, and after-tax returns for the other classes of shares will vary from the after-tax returns presented for Retirement Class shares.

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The returns shown below reflect previous agreements by Advisors to waive or reimburse the Fund and certain Underlying Funds for certain fees and expenses. Without these waivers and reimbursements, the returns of the Fund would have been lower. Past performance of the Fund (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how it will perform in the future. The indices listed below are unmanaged, and you cannot invest directly in an index. The returns for the indices reflect no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes.

For current performance information of each share class, including performance to the most recent month-end, please visit www.tiaa.org.

ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS FOR THE RETIREMENT CLASS SHARES (%)

Lifecycle 2010 Fund

PerformanceBarChartData(2013:11.78,2014:4.38,2015:0.07,2016:5.98,2017:12.39,2018:-4.11,2019:15.12,2020:10.95,2021:6.65,2022:-12.62)

 The year-to-date return as of the most recent calendar quarter, which ended on June 30, 2023, was 5.81%.

Best quarter: 10.65%, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Worst quarter: -9.69%, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

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AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS

For the Periods Ended December 31, 2022

                         

 

 

Inception date

 

One year

 

 

Five years

 

 

Ten years

 

 

Retirement Class

10/15/2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.62

%

 

2.68

%

 

4.73

%

 

 

Return after taxes on distributions

 

 

14.08

%

 

0.90

%

 

3.16

%

 

 

Return after taxes on distributions and sale of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fund shares

 

 

6.95

%

 

1.73

%

 

3.31

%

 

Institutional Class

1/17/2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.40

%

 

2.93

%

 

4.98

%

 

Advisor Class

12/4/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.45

%

 

2.93

%

 

4.90

%#

 

Premier Class

9/30/2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.48

%

 

2.80

%

 

4.84

%

 

                         

S&P Target Date 2010 Index

 

 

11.44

%

 

2.82

%

 

4.37

%

 

                         

Lifecycle 2010 Fund Composite Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(reflects no deductions for fees, expenses or taxes)

 

 

13.16

%

 

3.25

%

 

5.01

%

 

                         

Current performance of the Fund’s shares may be higher or lower than that shown above.

#

The performance shown for the Advisor Class that is prior to its inception date is based on performance of the Fund’s Retirement Class. The performance for these periods has not been restated to reflect the lower expenses of the Advisor Class.

As of the close of business on December 31, 2022, the Lifecycle 2010 Fund Composite Index consisted of: 40.0% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index; 24.4% Russell 3000® Index; 13.1% MSCI All Country World Index ex USA Investable Market Index; 12.5% Bloomberg U.S. 1–3 Year Government/Credit Bond Index; and 10.0% Bloomberg U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) 1-10 Year Index. The Fund’s composite benchmark, the components that make up a composite benchmark and the method of calculating a composite benchmark’s performance may vary over time.

 

After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates in effect during the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown. The after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(a), 401(k) or 403(b) plans or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). After-tax returns are shown for only one class, and after-tax returns for other classes will vary.

 

Portfolio management

Investment Adviser. The Fund’s investment adviser is Teachers Advisors, LLC.

Portfolio Managers. The following persons are primarily responsible for the management of the Fund on a day-to-day basis:

       
       

Name:

John Cunniff, CFA

Steve Sedmak, CFA

 

Title:

Managing Director

Managing Director

 

Experience on Fund:

since 2006

since 2018

 

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Purchase and sale of Fund shares

Institutional Class shares are available for purchase directly from the Fund by certain eligible investors (which include employee benefit plans and financial intermediaries). Advisor Class shares are available for purchase through certain financial intermediaries, employee benefit plans and insurance company separate accounts. Premier Class and Retirement Class shares are generally available for purchase through employee benefit plans, other types of savings plans or accounts and certain financial intermediaries.

· The minimum initial investment is $2 million and the minimum subsequent investment is $1,000 for Institutional Class shares, unless an investor purchases shares by or through financial intermediaries that have entered into an appropriate agreement with the Fund or its affiliates. Employee benefit plans, fee-based managed account programs (“wrap accounts”), state sponsored 529 college savings plans, collective trust funds, investment companies or other pooled investment vehicles, thrifts and bank and trust companies that have entered into agreements to offer Institutional Class shares held in omnibus accounts on the books of the Fund are exempt from initial and subsequent investment minimums.

· There are no minimum initial or subsequent investment requirements for Advisor Class, Premier Class or Retirement Class shares.

Redeeming or Exchanging Shares. You can redeem (sell) or exchange your shares of the Fund on any day that the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) or its affiliated exchanges, NYSE Arca Equities or NYSE American, are open for trading (each such day a “Business Day”). Exchanges may be made for shares of the same share class of other funds offered by the Trust. If your shares are held through a third party, please contact that entity for applicable redemption or exchange requirements. If your shares are held directly with the Fund, contact the Fund directly in writing or by telephone.

Tax information

The Fund intends to make distributions to shareholders that may be taxed as ordinary income or capital gains. Distributions made to tax-exempt shareholders or shareholders who hold Fund shares in a tax-deferred account are generally not subject to income tax in the current year, but redemptions made from tax-deferred accounts may be subject to income tax.

Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediary compensation

If you purchase shares of the Fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Fund and/or its related companies may pay the financial intermediary for providing investor services. The Fund’s related companies may also pay the financial intermediary for the sale of Fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by

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influencing the broker-dealer or other financial intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Fund over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Summary information

TIAA-CREF Lifecycle 2015 Fund

Investment objective

The Lifecycle 2015 Fund seeks high total return over time through a combination of capital appreciation and income.

Fees and expenses

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy, hold and sell shares of the Fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below.

SHAREHOLDER FEES (fees paid directly from your investment)

                 
 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement Class

 

Maximum sales charge imposed on purchases
(percentage of offering price)

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum deferred sales charge

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum sales charge imposed on reinvested
dividends and other distributions

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Redemption or exchange fee

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

Maximum account fee

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

0%

 

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ANNUAL FUND OPERATING EXPENSES (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

                   

 

 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement
Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management fees1,2

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

0.39%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution (Rule 12b-1) fees

 

 

0.15%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expenses1,2

0.03%

 

0.15%

 

0.03%

 

0.28%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquired fund fees and expenses1,3

0.10%

 

0.10%

 

0.10%

 

0.10%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total annual Fund operating expenses

0.52%

 

0.64%

 

0.67%

 

0.77%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Waivers and expense reimbursements4,5

(0.14)%

 

(0.14)%

 

(0.14)%

 

(0.14)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total annual Fund operating expenses after fee
  waiver and/or expense reimbursement

0.38%

 

0.50%

 

0.53%

 

0.63%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

Restated to reflect estimate for the current fiscal year.

2

Portions of the Management fees and Other expenses are based on expenses originally incurred by Class W shares of the Underlying Funds (as defined below) of the Trust, which have been incurred directly by the Fund pursuant to certain contractual arrangements intended to reallocate directly to the Fund certain fees and expenses that had been paid by the Underlying Funds of the Trust. For additional information, please see the “Management of the Funds” section of this Prospectus.

3

“Acquired fund fees and expenses” are the Fund’s proportionate amount of the expenses of any investment companies or pools in which it invests (excluding expenses originally incurred by Class W shares of the Underlying Funds of the Trust that have been incurred directly by the Fund, which are instead reflected in Management fees and Other expenses). These expenses are not paid directly by Fund shareholders. Instead, Fund shareholders bear these expenses indirectly because they reduce Fund performance. Because “Acquired fund fees and expenses” are included in the chart above, the Fund’s operating expenses here will not correlate with the expenses included in the Financial highlights in this Prospectus and the Fund’s annual report.

4

Under the Fund’s expense reimbursement arrangements, the Fund’s investment adviser, Teachers Advisors, LLC (“Advisors”), has contractually agreed to reimburse the Fund for any Total annual Fund operating expenses (excluding interest, taxes, brokerage commissions or other transactional expenses, Acquired fund fees and expenses, extraordinary expenses and any expenses originally attributable to Class W shares of the Underlying Funds of the Trust that were incurred directly by the Fund) that exceed: (i) 0.00% of average daily net assets for Institutional Class shares; (ii) 0.15% of average daily net assets for Advisor Class shares; (iii) 0.15% of average daily net assets for Premier Class shares; and (iv) 0.25% of average daily net assets for Retirement Class shares of the Fund. These expense reimbursement arrangements will continue through at least September 30, 2024, unless changed with approval of the Board of Trustees.

5

Advisors has contractually agreed to waive 0.100% of the Fund’s Management fee. This waiver will remain in effect through at least September 30, 2026, unless changed with the approval of the Board of Trustees. Advisors has also contractually agreed to waive an additional 0.024% of the Fund’s Management fee. This waiver will remain in effect through at least September 30, 2024, unless changed with the approval of the Board of Trustees.

Example

This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in shares of the Fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Fund for the time periods indicated and then redeem all your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Fund’s operating expenses, before fee waivers and/or expense reimbursements, remain the same. The example assumes that the Fund’s fee waiver and/or expense reimbursement arrangements will each remain in place for the durations noted in

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the table above. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:

                         

 

Institutional
Class

 

Advisor
Class

 

Premier
Class

 

Retirement
Class

 

1 year

$

39

 

$

51

 

$

54

 

$

64

 

3 years

$

131

 

$

169

 

$

179

 

$

210

 

5 years

$

255

 

$

321

 

$

338

 

$

393

 

10 years

$

618

 

$

765

 

$

801

 

$

921

 

Portfolio turnover

The Fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the Fund’s performance. During the fiscal year ended May 31, 2023, the Fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 18% of the average value of its portfolio.

Principal investment strategies

The Fund is a “fund of funds” that invests in Class W shares of other funds of the Trust and in other investment pools or investment products, including other funds or exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) advised by the Fund’s investment adviser, Teachers Advisors, LLC (“Advisors”), or its affiliates (collectively, the “Underlying Funds”). In general, the Fund is designed for investors who have an approximate target retirement year in mind, and the Fund’s investments are adjusted from more aggressive to more conservative over time as the Fund’s target retirement year approaches and for approximately 30 years afterwards. The Fund invests in Underlying Funds according to an asset allocation strategy designed for investors who retired in, or planned to retire within a few years of, 2015 and may have begun taking systematic withdrawals upon retirement.

Advisors currently expects to allocate approximately 36.00% of the Fund’s assets to equity Underlying Funds, 59.00% of its assets to fixed-income Underlying Funds and 5.00% of its assets to direct real estate Underlying Funds. These allocations represent targets for equity, fixed-income and direct real estate asset classes. Target allocations will change over time and actual allocations may vary up to ten percentage points from the targets. The target allocations along the investment glidepath, illustrated in the chart below, gradually become more conservative. The Fund had target allocations of approximately 50.00% equity/50.00% fixed-income in the Fund’s target retirement year of 2015 (the direct real estate asset class was added in 2017) and will reach the Fund’s final target allocation of approximately 20.00% equity/80.00% fixed-income/0.00% direct real estate in 2045. Within the equity, fixed-income and direct real estate asset classes, Advisors allocates the Fund’s investments to particular market sectors (U.S. equity, international equity, fixed-income, short-term fixed-income,

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inflation-protected assets and direct real estate) represented by various Underlying Funds. These market sector allocations may vary by up to 10% from the Fund’s target market sector allocations. The Fund’s current target market sector allocations for June 30, 2024, which will change over time, are approximately as follows: U.S. Equity: 23.40%; International Equity: 12.60%; Fixed-Income: 39.80%; Short-Term Fixed-Income: 9.60%; Inflation-Protected Assets: 9.60%; and Direct Real Estate: 5.00%. The asset class and market sector names used herein are intended to reflect the primary type of investment of the Underlying Funds within each of these categories.

The Fund’s target market sector allocations to Underlying Funds may include the TIAA-CREF Growth & Income Fund, TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth Fund, TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Value Fund, TIAA-CREF Quant Small-Cap Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF Quant Small/Mid-Cap Equity Fund, Nuveen Dividend Growth Fund, Nuveen Dividend Value Fund and Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF (U.S. Equity); TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF International Equity Fund, TIAA-CREF International Opportunities Fund and TIAA-CREF Quant International Small-Cap Equity Fund (International Equity); TIAA-CREF Core Bond Fund, TIAA-CREF Core Plus Bond Fund, TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Debt Fund, TIAA-CREF High-Yield Fund and TIAA-CREF International Bond Fund (Fixed-Income); TIAA-CREF Money Market Fund and TIAA-CREF Short-Term Bond Fund (Short-Term Fixed-Income); TIAA-CREF Inflation-Linked Bond Fund (Inflation-Protected Assets); and TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP (Direct Real Estate). TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP is a private fund, which is not available for investment by the general public; it is currently offered exclusively to investment pools or investment products managed by Advisors or its affiliates.

As a result of its investments in the Underlying Funds, the Fund’s returns will reflect investments in a mix of domestic and foreign equities of companies of various sizes and market capitalizations, a variety of domestic and foreign fixed-income instruments of private and governmental issuers of varying maturities and credit qualities and direct real estate.

Additional or replacement Underlying Funds for each market sector, as well as additional or replacement market sectors, may be included when making future allocations if Advisors believes that such Underlying Funds and/or market sectors are appropriate in light of the Fund’s desired levels of risk and potential return at the particular time. The Fund’s portfolio management team may also add a new market sector if it believes that will help to achieve the Fund’s investment objective. The relative allocations among Underlying Funds within a market sector may be changed at any time without notice to shareholders, and the portfolio management team may use tactical allocation to take advantage of short to intermediate term opportunities through a combination of positions in Underlying Funds. If 10% or more of the Fund’s assets are expected to be invested in any Underlying Fund or market sector not listed above, shareholders will receive prior notice of such change.

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As part of the Fund’s ability to invest in other investment pools or investment products noted above, the Fund may invest in ETFs and exchange-traded notes (“ETNs”) to gain exposure to various market sectors or securities in order to effect its asset allocation strategy. Additionally, the Fund may use ETFs or ETNs for cash management, hedging or defensive purposes. ETFs or ETNs will be subject to the risks associated with the types of securities or sectors that they track, while ETNs, which are structured as fixed-income obligations, will also be subject to the general risks of fixed-income securities, including credit risk.

The Fund’s asset class allocations, market sector allocations within each asset class, and Underlying Fund allocations within each market sector, as of June 30, 2023, are listed in the chart below. These allocations will change over time. Underlying Fund allocations in particular may change from year to year.

               

Asset Class

Allocation

  

Market Sector

Allocation

 

Underlying Funds

Allocation

Equity

37.20%

 

U.S. Equity

24.23%

 

 Nuveen Growth Opportunities ETF

4.05%

           

 TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Growth

4.02%

           

 TIAA-CREF Large-Cap Value

3.60%

           

 Nuveen Dividend Value

3.59%

           

 TIAA-CREF Growth & Income

3.52%

           

 Nuveen Dividend Growth

3.51%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant Small/Mid-Cap Equity

1.05%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant Small-Cap Equity

0.89%

     

International Equity

12.97%

 

 TIAA-CREF International Equity

5.64%

           

 TIAA-CREF International Opportunities

3.36%

           

 TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Equity

2.19%

           

 TIAA-CREF Quant International Small-Cap Equity

1.78%

Fixed-Income

57.43%

 

Fixed-Income

39.25%

 

 TIAA-CREF Core Bond

20.61%

           

 TIAA-CREF Core Plus Bond

12.78%

           

 TIAA-CREF International Bond

2.05%

           

 TIAA-CREF High-Yield

1.96%

           

 TIAA-CREF Emerging Markets Debt

1.85%

     

Short-Term
Fixed-Income

9.09%

 

 TIAA-CREF Short-Term Bond

9.09%

     

Inflation-
Protected Assets

9.09%

 

 TIAA-CREF Inflation-Linked Bond

9.09%

Real Estate

5.37%

 

Direct Real Estate

5.37%

 

 TIAA-CREF Real Property Fund LP

5.37%

               

Total

100.00%

   

100.00%

   

100.00%

The following chart shows how the investment glidepath for the Fund is expected to gradually move the Fund’s target allocations over time between the different target market sector allocations. The actual market sector allocations of the Fund may differ from this chart. The Fund seeks to achieve its final target market sector allocations approximately 30 years following the target date.

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The Fund is designed to accommodate investors who invest in a fund up to their target retirement date, and plan to make gradual systematic withdrawals in retirement. In addition, investors should note that the Fund will continue to have a significant level of equity exposure up to, through and after its target retirement date, and this exposure could cause significant fluctuations in the value of the Fund depending on the performance of the equity markets generally.

After the Fund reaches its final target allocation, the Board of Trustees may authorize the merger of the Fund into another Lifecycle Fund which has also reached its final target allocation or other similar fund designed to maintain a relatively stable asset allocation reflecting the resting point on the glidepath described in the chart above. Fund shareholders will receive prior notice of any such merger.

Principal investment risks

You could lose money over short or long periods by investing in this Fund. An investment in the Fund, due to the nature of the Fund’s portfolio holdings, typically is subject to the following principal investment risks:

· Asset Allocation Risk—The risk that the Fund may not achieve its target allocations. In addition, there is the risk that the asset allocations may not achieve the desired risk-return characteristic or that the selection of Underlying Funds and the allocations among them will result in the Fund underperforming other similar funds or cause an investor to lose money.

· Underlying Funds Risks—The Fund is exposed to the risks of the Underlying Funds in which it invests in direct proportion to the amount of assets the Fund allocates to each Underlying Fund.

· Equity Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in equity Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to the equity markets in general, such as:

· market risk—The risk that market prices of portfolio investments held by a Fund may fall rapidly or unpredictably due to a variety of factors, including changing economic, political or market conditions. Market

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risk may affect a single issuer, industry or sector of the economy, or it may affect the market as a whole. From time to time, a Fund may invest a significant portion of its assets in companies in one or more related sectors or industries, which would make the Fund more vulnerable to adverse developments affecting such sectors or industries;

· issuer risk—The risk that an issuer’s earnings prospects and overall financial position will deteriorate, causing a decline in the value of the issuer’s financial instruments over short or extended periods of time;

· foreign investment risk—Foreign markets can be more volatile than the U.S. market due to increased risks of adverse issuer, political, regulatory, currency, market or economic developments as well as armed conflicts and can result in greater price volatility and perform differently from financial instruments of U.S. issuers. This risk may be heightened in emerging or developing markets. Foreign investments may also have lower liquidity and be more difficult to value than investments in U.S. issuers. To the extent a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of companies in a single country or region, it may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory events or conditions affecting that country or region. Foreign investments may also be subject to risk of loss because of more or less foreign government regulation, less public information, less stringent investor protections and less stringent accounting, corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure standards. The imposition of sanctions, exchange controls (including repatriation restrictions), confiscations, trade restrictions (including tariffs) and other restrictions by the United States or other governments may also negatively impact a Fund’s investments. Economic sanctions and other similar governmental actions or developments could, among other things, effectively restrict or eliminate a Fund’s ability to purchase or sell certain foreign securities or groups of foreign securities, and/or thus may make a Fund’s investments in such securities less liquid (or illiquid) or more difficult to value. The type and severity of sanctions and other measures that may be imposed could vary broadly in scope, and their impact is impossible to predict;

· small- and mid-cap risk—The risk that the stocks of small-capitalization companies often experience greater price volatility than large- or mid-sized companies because small-cap companies are often newer or less established than larger companies and are likely to have more limited resources, products and markets. Securities of small-cap companies often have lower overall liquidity than securities of larger companies as a result of there being a smaller market for their securities, which can have an adverse effect on the pricing of these securities and on the ability to sell these securities when a

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Fund’s investment adviser or sub-adviser deems it appropriate. Stocks of mid-capitalization companies often experience greater price volatility, lower trading volume and lower overall liquidity than the stocks of larger, more established companies;

· style risk—The risk that use of a particular investing style (such as growth or value investing) may fall out of favor in the marketplace for various periods of time and result in underperformance relative to the broader market sector or significant declines in the value of a Fund’s portfolio investments; and

· dividend-paying security risk—The risk that investments in dividend-paying securities could cause a Fund to underperform similar funds that invest without consideration of an issuer’s track record of paying dividends.

· Fixed-Income Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in fixed-income Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to the fixed-income markets in general, such as:

· interest rate risk—The risk that increases in interest rates can cause the prices of fixed-income investments to decline. This risk is heightened to the extent a Fund invests in longer duration fixed-income investments and during periods when prevailing interest rates are low or negative. Low interest rates may increase a Fund’s exposure to risks associated with rising interest rates and a Fund may also be subject to heightened levels of interest rate risk due to rising interest rates (including a sharp rise in interest rates). In general, changing interest rates could have unpredictable effects on the markets and may expose fixed-income and related markets to heightened volatility;

· prepayment risk—The risk that, during periods of falling interest rates, borrowers may pay off their mortgage loans sooner than expected, forcing a Fund to reinvest the unanticipated proceeds at lower interest rates and resulting in a decline in income;

· extension risk—The risk that, during periods of rising interest rates, borrowers may pay off their mortgage loans later than expected, preventing a Fund from reinvesting principal proceeds at higher interest rates and resulting in less income than potentially available;

· issuer risk—The risk that an issuer’s earnings prospects and overall financial position will deteriorate, causing a decline in the value of the issuer’s financial instruments over short or extended periods of time;

· credit risk—The risk that the issuer of fixed-income investments may not be able or willing, or may be perceived (whether by market participants, rating agencies, pricing services or otherwise) as not

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able or willing, to meet interest or principal payments when the payments become due;

· credit spread risk—The risk that credit spreads (i.e., the difference in yield between securities that is due to differences in each security’s respective credit quality) may increase when market participants believe that bonds generally have a greater risk of default, which could result in a decline in the market values of a Fund’s debt securities;

· income volatility risk—The risk that the level of current income from a portfolio of fixed-income investments may decline in certain interest rate environments;

· market volatility, liquidity and valuation risk (types of market risk)—The risk that volatile or dramatic reductions in trading activity make it difficult for a Fund to properly value its investments and that a Fund may not be able to purchase or sell an investment at an attractive price, if at all;

· fixed-income foreign investment risk—Investment in fixed-income securities or financial instruments of foreign issuers involves increased risks due to adverse issuer, political, regulatory, currency, market or economic developments as well as armed conflicts. These developments may impact the ability of a foreign debt issuer to make timely and ultimate payments on its debt obligations to a Fund or impair a Fund’s ability to enforce its rights against the foreign debt issuer. These risks are heightened in emerging or developing markets. Foreign investments may also have lower overall liquidity and be more difficult to value than investments in U.S. issuers. To the extent a Fund invests a significant portion of its assets in the securities of companies in a single country or region, it may be more susceptible to adverse economic, market, political or regulatory events or conditions affecting that country or region. Foreign investments may also be subject to risk of loss because of more or less foreign government regulation, less public information, less stringent investor protections and less stringent accounting, corporate governance, financial reporting and disclosure standards. The imposition of sanctions, exchange controls (including repatriation restrictions), confiscations, trade restrictions (including tariffs) and other restrictions by the United States and other governments may also negatively impact a Fund’s investments. Economic sanctions and other similar governmental actions or developments could, among other things, effectively restrict or eliminate a Fund’s ability to purchase or sell certain foreign securities or groups of foreign securities, and/or thus may make a Fund’s investments in such securities less liquid (or illiquid) or more difficult to value. The type and severity of sanctions and other measures that may be imposed could vary broadly in scope, and their impact is impossible to predict; and

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· call risk—The risk that, during periods of falling interest rates, an issuer may call (or repay) a fixed-income security prior to maturity, resulting in a decline in a Fund’s income.

· Underlying ETF RiskIn addition to the same principal risks as an investment in a mutual fund with the same investment objectives, strategies and policies as the ETF, investments in an Underlying Fund that is an ETF are subject to additional risks, including: (i) the market price of the ETF’s shares may trade at a premium or a discount to their net asset value (“NAV”); (ii) an active trading market for an ETF’s shares may not develop or be maintained; and (iii) there is no assurance that the requirements of the exchange necessary to maintain the listing of an ETF will continue to be met or remain unchanged.

· Direct Real Estate Underlying Funds Risks—The risks of investing in direct real estate Underlying Funds include risks specific to their investment strategies, as well as risks related to investing in real estate in general, such as:

· real estate-related investment risk—The risks associated with exposure to direct real estate through investing in investment vehicles managed by Advisors that will primarily invest directly in real estate, which can include declines in real estate values or revenues, uninsured losses at properties, the absence of regulatory oversight of and a secondary market for interests in direct real estate Underlying Funds, a scarcity of interests issued by direct real estate Underlying Funds, making it difficult for the Fund to achieve its target allocation, and illiquidity of interests in direct real estate Underlying Funds (which exposes the Fund to illiquid investments risk).

· Emerging Markets Underlying Funds Risk—The risk of foreign investment often increases in countries with emerging markets or otherwise economically tied to emerging market countries. For example, these countries may have more unstable governments than developed countries, and their economies may be based on only a few industries. Emerging market countries may also have less stringent regulation of accounting, auditing, financial reporting and recordkeeping requirements, which would affect a Fund’s ability to evaluate potential portfolio companies. As a result, there could be less information available about issuers in emerging market countries, which could negatively affect Advisors’ ability to evaluate local companies or their potential impact on a Fund’s performance. Because the financial markets of emerging market countries may be very small, share prices of financial instruments in emerging market countries may be volatile and difficult to determine. Financial instruments of issuers in these countries may have lower overall liquidity than those of issuers in more developed countries. In addition, foreign investors such as a Fund are subject to a variety of special restrictions in many emerging

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market countries. Moreover, legal remedies for investors in emerging markets may be more limited, and U.S. authorities may have less ability to bring actions against bad actors in emerging market countries.

· Illiquid Investments Underlying Funds RiskThe risk that illiquid investments may be difficult to sell for the value at which they are carried, if at all, or at any price within the desired time frame.

· Currency Underlying Funds RiskThe risk that foreign (non-U.S.) currencies may decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar and adversely affect the value of a Fund’s investments in foreign currencies, securities denominated in foreign currencies or derivative instruments that provide exposure to foreign currencies.

· Active Management Risk—The risk that the strategy, investment selection or trading execution of Advisors or another investment adviser or sub-adviser of an Underlying Fund could cause the Fund or an Underlying Fund to underperform its benchmark index or mutual funds with similar investment objectives and may not produce expected returns.

· Fund of Funds Risk—The ability of the Fund to achieve its investment objective will depend in part upon the ability of the Underlying Funds to achieve their investment objectives. There can be no guarantee that any Underlying Fund will achieve its investment objective.

There can be no assurances that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You should not consider the Fund to be a complete investment program. Please see the non-summary portion of the Prospectus for more detailed information about the risks described above, including the risks of the Underlying Funds.

Past performance

The following chart and table help illustrate some of the risks of investing in the Fund by showing changes in the Fund’s performance from year to year. The bar chart shows the annual total returns of the Retirement Class of the Fund, before taxes, in each full calendar year for the last ten years. Because the expenses vary across share classes, the performance of the Retirement Class may vary from the other share classes. Below the bar chart are the best and worst returns of the Retirement Class for a calendar quarter during the full calendar-year periods covered by the bar chart. The performance table following the bar chart shows the Fund’s average annual total returns for the Retirement, Institutional, Advisor and Premier classes over the applicable one-year, five-year, ten-year and since-inception periods ended December 31, 2022, and how those returns compare to those of a broad-based securities market index and a composite index that represents the market sectors in which the Fund invests across the equity and fixed-income asset classes. After-tax performance is shown only for the Retirement Class shares, and after-tax returns for the other classes of shares will vary from the after-tax returns presented for Retirement Class shares.

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The returns shown below reflect previous agreements by Advisors to waive or reimburse the Fund and certain Underlying Funds for certain fees and expenses. Without these waivers and reimbursements, the returns of the Fund would have been lower. Past performance of the Fund (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how it will perform in the future. The indices listed below are unmanaged, and you cannot invest directly in an index. The returns for the indices reflect no deduction for fees, expenses or taxes.

For current performance information of each share class, including performance to the most recent month-end, please visit www.tiaa.org.

ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS FOR THE RETIREMENT CLASS SHARES (%)

Lifecycle 2015 Fund

PerformanceBarChartData(2013:13.66,2014:4.45,2015:0.18,2016:6.11,2017:13.65,2018:-4.74,2019:16.27,2020:11.58,2021:7.43,2022:-13.1)

 The year-to-date return as of the most recent calendar quarter, which ended on June 30, 2023, was 6.06%.

Best quarter: 11.65%, for the quarter ended June 30, 2020. Worst quarter: -10.87%, for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.

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AVERAGE ANNUAL TOTAL RETURNS

For the Periods Ended December 31, 2022

                         

 

 

Inception date

 

One year

 

 

Five years

 

 

Ten years

 

 

Retirement Class

10/15/2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

13.10

%

 

2.90

%

 

5.17

%

 

 

Return after taxes on distributions

 

 

14.39

%

 

1.34

%

 

3.50

%

 

 

Return after taxes on distributions and sale of

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fund shares

 

 

7.22

%

 

1.95

%

 

3.66

%

 

Institutional Class

1/17/2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.85

%

 

3.17

%

 

5.44

%

 

Advisor Class

12/4/2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

12.97

%

 

3.08

%

 

5.30

%#

 

Premier Class

9/30/2009

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return before taxes

 

 

13.06

%

 

3.00

%

 

5.27

%

 

                         

S&P Target Date 2015 Index

 

 

12.16

%

 

3.07

%

 

5.01

%

 

                         

Lifecycle 2015 Fund Composite Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(reflects no deductions for fees, expenses or taxes)

 

 

13.77

%

 

3.50

%

 

5.49

%

 

                         

Current performance of the Fund’s shares may be higher or lower than that shown above.

#

The performance shown for the Advisor Class that is prior to its inception date is based on performance of the Fund’s Retirement Class. The performance for these periods has not been restated to reflect the lower expenses of the Advisor Class.

As of the close of business on December 31, 2022, the Lifecycle 2015 Fund Composite Index consisted of: 39.5% Bloomberg U.S. Aggregate Bond Index; 27.6% Russell 3000® Index; 14.9% MSCI All Country World Index ex USA Investable Market Index; 9.0% Bloomberg U.S. 1–3 Year Government/Credit Bond Index; and 9.0% Bloomberg U.S. Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS) 1-10 Year Index. The Fund’s composite benchmark, the components that make up a composite benchmark and the method of calculating a composite benchmark’s performance may vary over time.

 

After-tax returns are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates in effect during the periods shown and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on the investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown. The after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold their Fund shares through tax-deferred arrangements such as 401(a), 401(k) or 403(b) plans or Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs). After-tax returns are shown for only one class, and after-tax returns for other classes will vary.

 

Portfolio management

Investment Adviser. The Fund’s investment adviser is Teachers Advisors, LLC.

Portfolio Managers. The following persons are primarily responsible for the management of the Fund on a day-to-day basis:

       
       

Name:

John Cunniff, CFA

Steve Sedmak, CFA

 

Title:

Managing Director

Managing Director

 

Experience on Fund:

since 2006

since 2018

 

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