A residual 403-b residing with a former academic employer has been converted by TIAA-CREF (henceforth TC, if mentioned again) from T Rowe Price (Global Real Estate, Cap Appreciation, New Asia, New Era, High Yield, Dividend Growth, Latin America, Emerging Markets bond, Emerging Markets stock, Emerging Europe, Africa Middle East [if you see a concentration here, this was part of my non-US investment strategy]), to a series of funds with which I'm unfamiliar: American EuroPac Grw R6, Templeton GlobBndAdvClass B, Oakmark Equity and Inc I (OK, I know that one), PIMCO Tot RetFd III Inst B, Vanguard 500 Index Fd Sig, Prudential Natural Res Z, Oppenheimer Dev Market Y, Morgan Stanley Glb RI Est I, and Van Total Int StkIndx Sig.
Most of the new funds seem to have equivalent or somewhat better Morningstar ratings, and I think the people at TC are well-meaning, but I had positive feelings toward TRP, not the least because they gave me free M* premium membership (although I am STILL waiting for their recommended Excelon and Western Union to justify my investments, so maybe I'm better off not having access).
My current employer offers Fidelity and TC as investment options, and I've stayed exclusively with Fidelity, primarily with an offshore stock (mostly Asian) or emerging market bond or floating rate bond preference.
The questions: 1)Should I direct new money partly toward TC instead of all Fidelity (Vanguard is not offered), since there seem to be new options (even tho very few of them are TRP) and, if anyone else in a similar situation has checked out the TC offerings, 2) do they offer a better natural resources fund than Prudential and a better global real estate fund than Morgan Stanley?
If you think this is an abuse of the board, sorry; if you have advice, thanks.