The World ex US Government Fixed Income Portfolio is a no-load mutual fund designed to seek to maximize total returns from the universe of debt securities in which the portfolio invests. Total return is comprised of income and capital appreciation. The portfolio invests in a universe of obligations issued primarily by non-US governments and supranational organizations and their agencies that have an investment grade credit rating at the time of purchase. As of the date of the prospectus, most of the portfolio's investments are expected to be made in obligations of issuers associated with developed markets. Generally, the portfolio will purchase securities that mature within five and fifteen years from the date of settlement. The portfolio will ordinarily have an average weighted maturity, based upon market values, of between three and ten years. The portfolio will enter into forward foreign currency contracts to attempt to protect against uncertainty in the level of future foreign currency rates, to hedge against fluctuations in currency exchange rates, or to transfer balances from one currency to another.
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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.
Income Risk Income risk is the risk that falling interest rates will cause the fund's income to decline.
Non-Diversification Risk The risk that the fund may be more volatile than a diversified fund because it invests its assets in a smaller number of issuers. The gains or losses on a single security may, therefore, have a greater impact on the fund's net asset value.
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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.