4 Best-Ranked TIAA Mutual Funds To Buy

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Includes: TIDRX, TRCPX, TRPGX, TRSEX
by: Zacks Funds

Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association of America (TIAA) aims to offer financial services pertaining to investment advice and portfolio management to a wide range of investors, including individual investors, intermediaries and institutional clients. TIAA was founded in 1918 by Andrew Carnegie and is headquartered in New York City.

As of June 30, 2016, TIAA Global Asset Management had $889 billion assets under management invested in a wide range of securities. The major portion of its assets is allocated to stocks and fixed-income securities. TIAA has its investments in more than 50 nations. It invests in an array of mutual funds, including both equity and fixed-income funds and U.S. and non-U.S. funds.

Below we share with you four top-rated TIAA Mutual Funds. Each has earned a Zacks Mutual Fund Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and is expected to outperform its peers in the future. To view the Zacks Rank and past performance of all TIAA Mutual Funds, investors can click here.

TIAA-CREF Growth & Income Fund (MUTF:TRPGX) seeks return for the long run through growth of income and capital. It invests the bulk of its assets in income-generating securities. The fund primarily focuses on investing in securities of large-cap companies, which are believed to have strong potential for capital growth. It has a three-year annualized return of 10.1%.

TRPGX has an expense ratio of 0.58% as compared with the category average of 1.29%.

TIAA-CREF Large Cap Value Fund (MUTF:TRCPX) invests the lion's share of its assets in equity securities of large-cap companies, which are expected to be undervalued. It seeks return over the long run primarily through growth of capital. The fund invests in companies as defined by the fund's benchmark index, the Russell 1000 Value Index. It has a three-year annualized return of 8.1%.

Richard Cutler has been one of the fund managers of TRCPX since 2002.

TIAA-CREF Small-Cap Equity Fund Retirement (MUTF:TRSEX) seeks growth of capital for the long run. The fund invests the majority of its assets in securities of domestic small-cap companies. It invests in companies with market capitalization identical to those included in the Russell 2000 Index. The fund has a three-year annualized return of 7.5%.

TRSEX has an expense ratio of 0.67% as compared with the category average of 1.37%.

TIAA-CREF Bond Fund Retirement (MUTF:TIDRX) invests a large portion of its assets in bonds, including fixed-income securities. It seeks growth of income for the long run. The fund invests not only in fixed-income securities, but also in investment-grade bonds. It has a three-year annualized return of 4.3%.

As of July 2016, TIDRX held 1293 issues, with 2.32% of its assets invested in US Treasury Note 1.625%.

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