The International Small Company Portfolio is a no-load mutual fund designed to achieve long-term capital appreciation. As of the date of the prospectus, as a fund of funds, the portfolio pursues its objective by investing substantially all of its assets in the Canadian Small Company Series (0-20%), Japanese Small Company Series (10-35%), Asia Pacific Small Company Series (0-25%), United Kingdom Small Company Series (10-30%) and Continental Small Company Series (25-50%), although it has the ability to invest directly in securities and derivatives. From time to time, the Advisor may add or remove Underlying Funds in the International Small Company portfolio without notice to shareholders. These Underlying Funds invest in small companies using a market cap weighted approach in each country or region designated by Dimensional as an approved market for investment. Dimensional may modify market capitalization weights and even exclude companies after considering such factors as free float, momentum, trading strategies, liquidity management, and expected profitability. In assessing expected profitability, Dimensional may consider different ratios, such as that of earnings or profits from operations relative to book value or assets.
For a full description, please consult the Portfolio's prospectus.
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).
Small Company Risk Securities of small companies are often less liquid than those of large companies. As a result, small company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, small companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.
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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.