With a name that could almost teach literacy by itself, Teachers Insurance and Annuity Association - College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) is one of the largest, if not longest-named, private retirement systems in the US. It provides for more than 3.7 million members of the academic, cultural, medical, and research communities and for investors outside of academia's ivied confines. It also serves institutional investors. TIAA-CREF's core offerings include financial advice, investment information, retirement plans and accounts, annuities, life insurance, brokerage, and trust services. The not-for-profit organization also manages a line of mutual funds. TIAA-CREF has $840 billion in assets under management.