TIAA-CREF Investment Expert To Speak to Pitt Faculty, Staff

Issue Date: 
September 21, 2009
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Brett Hammond, a managing director and chief investment strategist for TIAA-CREF, will deliver a talk to University of Pittsburgh staff and faculty about retirement investing in the postrecession market.

The lecture, titled “The New Rules of Investing: Six Principles for Planning a Safe and Secure Retirement,” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. on Sept. 30 in the Connolly Ballroom of Alumni Hall. The free event is open to all Pitt faculty and staff. TIAA-CREF is one of the University’s retirement service providers.

Along with advising TIAA-CREF’s clients about issues related to the macro economy, financial markets, and long-term investing, Hammond is responsible for asset allocation modeling and institutional advising, economic and
market commentary, and investment product and portfolio research. His research on asset allocation has
been integral to the development of TIAA-CREF’s Lifecycle Funds, Asset Allocation, and advice services. Hammond received a PhD from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a bachelor’s degree in economics
and political science from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Hammond says the rules of investing have changed now that the first signs of an economic recovery are becoming evident following last year’s subprime mortgage crisis. His talk will address how following the “new rules of investing” will help investors save for retirement and other long-term financial goals; wisely choose investment vehicles; maintain appropriate risk tolerances; and learn how to ignore market distractions that may tempt investors to stray from their long-term plans.

Registration for Hammond’s talk is requested by visiting