Human Resources offers employee investment seminars

TIAA-CREF’s Hammond to address post-recession retirement investing

The Office of Human Resources will offer two post-recession retirement investment seminars for WUSTL faculty and staff members Thursday, Oct. 28, and Friday, Oct. 29: “New Rules for Investing” and “Which Way Is Up? — Mapping Your Retirement Strategy in a Post-Recession Economy.”

Brett Hammond, PhD, managing director and chief investment strategist for TIAA-CREF, will lead each seminar. Hammond frequently speaks on issues relating to the macro economy, financial markets and long-term investing and has been featured in many prominent media outlets, including The New York Times, Washington Post, and CNN Money.

‘New Rules for Investing’

During this seminar, Hammond will discuss the new rules for investing wisely in the post-recession recovery period.

Among those rules are:

  • adequately save for retirement;
  • choose investments wisely;
  • firmly maintain an appropriate risk tolerance based on individual needs and goals; and
  • selectively tune out the distractions in the market that may tempt investors away from their long-term plans.

The seminar is scheduled from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Moore Auditorium on the Medical Campus; and from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the May Auditorium, Simon Hall, on the Danforth Campus.

Space is limited. RSVP is required at

‘Which Way Is Up? — Mapping Your Retirement Strategy in a Post-Recession Economy’

During this seminar, Hammond will partner with Alicia Waltenberger, a wealth planning specialist with TIAA-CREF, to take a look at the effects of the upcoming expiration of tax cuts.

Among the issues discussed will be:

  • potential tax law changes;
  • strategies to consider to prepare for these changes;
  • current economic and market landscape; and
  • practical insights on how investors can stay focused on their long-term retirement destination despite uncertainties.

This seminar will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at the Moore Auditorium on the Medical Campus.

Space is limited. RSVP is required at

About Brett Hammond

Hammond, who advises TIAA-CREF clients across the country in person and through regular video and audio podcasts and articles, is responsible for asset allocation modeling and institutional advising, economic and market commentary, and investment product and portfolio research at TIAA-CREF. His research on asset allocation has been integral to the development of TIAA-CREF’s Lifecycle Funds, Asset Allocation and advice services.

Hammond is a member of the Intelligent Investing Channel’s All-Star Investor Panel. Before joining TIAA-CREF, Hammond held positions at the National Academy of Sciences, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the University of California, Berkeley.

Hammond earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

For more information about these seminars, e-mail Donna Bequette at