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Title: Best Fidelity or TIAA funds?
Post by: Dee18 on June 14, 2013, 07:29:52 AM
I am embarrassed to admit it here, but I have been putting my 403 money into
Tiaa Cref guaranteed fund with a 3% return.  I now want to begin putting my monthly pretax contribution into index funds.  The options are Fidelity  and TIAA. Can someone recommend specific funds?  I have other retirement money in Vanguard, for which there have been great discussions here, but that is not an option with my employer.
Title: Re: Best Fidelity or TIAA funds?
Post by: grantmeaname on June 14, 2013, 11:52:25 AM
The Fidelity Spartan series is Fidelity's answer to Vanguard's index funds. They're equally low-expense, and they're probably your best option - honestly, they're just as good as their Vanguard equivalents. Here (https://fundresearch.fidelity.com/mutual-funds/summary/315911404) is the VTSMX/VTSAX competitor, for example. This list (https://www.fidelity.com/mutual-funds/index-funds/why-fidelity) has all of the index funds Fidelity offers.
Title: Re: Best Fidelity or TIAA funds?
Post by: arebelspy on June 14, 2013, 11:58:05 AM
I like the Fidelity Four in One Index Fund, FFNOX.

It is 85% stocks (60% domestic in two funds, 25% international) and 15% bonds.

0.22% expense ratio.

This may be useful for you if you already know your desired AA, to find the best funds to achieve it: http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Fidelity
Title: Re: Best Fidelity or TIAA funds?
Post by: aj_yooper on June 23, 2013, 08:19:16 PM
I am embarrassed to admit it here, but I have been putting my 403 money into
Tiaa Cref guaranteed fund with a 3% return.  I now want to begin putting my monthly pretax contribution into index funds.  The options are Fidelity  and TIAA. Can someone recommend specific funds?  I have other retirement money in Vanguard, for which there have been great discussions here, but that is not an option with my employer.

+1 You were saving!  Develop a written asset allocation plan that reflects how you want to balance the rewards of higher returns with their risks.  Bogleheads has a good introduction to investing at: http://www.bogleheads.org/wiki/Bogleheads®_investing_start-up_kit.