The Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio is a no-load mutual fund designed to maximize total returns by having the flexibility to invest in a full range of investment grade bonds, extending into the universe of US and foreign corporate debt securities rated in the lower half of the investment grade spectrum (i.e., rated BBB- to A+ by S&P or Fitch, or Baa3 to A1 by Moody's); however, the Portfolio will not emphasize investments in the lower half of the investment grade spectrum when Dimensional believes the credit risk premium does not warrant the investment. The Portfolio also invests in obligations issued or guaranteed by US and foreign governments, their agencies, and instrumentalities; bank obligations; commercial paper; repurchase agreements; obligations of other domestic and foreign issuers having investment grade ratings; securities of domestic or foreign issuers denominated in US dollars but not trading in the US; and obligations of supranational organizations. Currently, most investments are made in developed countries, but other countries may be added in the future. The Portfolio intends to hedge foreign currency exposure. The Portfolio primarily invests in securities that mature within five years from the date of settlement and maintains an average portfolio duration of three years or less.
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Operating Expense ratio as of 10/31/2013. The net expense ratio takes into account contractual management fee waivers/caps and expense assumption agreements that are in effect through 2/28/2015. The fund's prospectus contains more information on fees and expenses.
Performance data shown represents past performance and is no guarantee of future results. Current performance may be higher or lower than the performance shown. The investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. To obtain performance data current to the most recent month-end, visit www.dimensional.com.
Market Risk Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, political, and issuer-specific events will cause the value of securities, and the funds that own them, to rise or fall. Because the value of your investment in a fund will fluctuate, there is a risk that you will lose money.
Foreign Securities and Currencies Risk Foreign securities prices may decline or fluctuate because of: (a) economic or political actions of foreign governments, and/or (b) less regulated or liquid securities markets. Investors holding these securities are also exposed to foreign currency risk (the possibility that foreign currency will fluctuate in value against the US dollar).
Interest Rate Risk Fixed income securities are subject to interest rate risk because the prices of fixed income securities tend to move in the opposite direction of interest rates. In general, fixed income securities with longer maturities are more sensitive to these price changes.
Credit Risk Credit risk is the risk that the issuer of a security may be unable to make interest payments and/or repay principal when due. A downgrade to an issuer's credit rating or a perceived change in an issuer's financial strength may affect a security's value, and thus, impact a fund's performance. Credit risk is greater for fixed income securities with ratings below investment grade. Fixed income securities that are below investment grade involve high credit risk and are considered speculative. Below-investment grade fixed income securities may also fluctuate in value more than higher-quality fixed income securities.
Risk of Banking Concentration The fund may temporarily concentrate its assets in obligations of US and/or foreign banks and bank holding companies when the yield to maturity on eligible portfolio investments in banking industry securities as a group generally exceeds the yield to maturity on all other eligible portfolio investments as a group. Focus on the banking industry would link the performance of the fund to changes in the performance of the banking industry. For example, a change in the market's perception of the riskiness of banks compared to non-banks would cause the fund's values to fluctuate.
Income Risk Income risk is the risk that falling interest rates will cause the fund's income to decline.
Call Risk Call risk is the risk that during periods of falling interest rates, a bond issuer will call or repay a higher-yielding bond before its maturity date, forcing the fund to reinvest in bonds with lower interest rates than the original obligations.
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These Net Asset Values ("NAVs") have been prepared by the fund accounting agent. Dimensional Fund Advisors reserves the right to restate these NAV figures, if necessary, at any time.