Dimensional Fund Advisors Significantly Expands ETF Offering

Dimensional Fund Advisors Significantly Expands ETF Offering

Unveils plans to convert six tax-managed mutual funds into new ETFs, and targets November 18 for planned listing of its first two Dimensional Core Equity Market solutions

Austin, TX—November 17, 2020—Dimensional Fund Advisors, a global leader in systematic factor investing, today filed a preliminary registration statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission to launch six new actively managed, tax-efficient exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Additionally, it announced plans to convert six tax-managed mutual funds into those new ETFs in 2021. The new ETFs will extend Dimensional’s existing suite of ETFs, the first two of which are expected to be listed on NYSE Arca beginning November 18. These developments are another step in offering greater choice in how financial advisors and institutional investors can access Dimensional’s investment solutions.

Dimensional will be one of the first asset managers to launch active transparent ETFs using SEC Rule 6c-11 and convert mutual funds into ETFs in this fashion. The suite of tax-managed mutual funds to be converted consists of approximately $26 billion in assets under management.1 While the six mutual funds have delivered tax efficiency similar to what is available in the existing ETF market, their conversion will provide an additional tool to manage capital gains, supporting the funds’ goal to deliver higher after-tax returns by minimizing tax impact. Following the conversion, the management fees of the six funds are expected to be reduced by 27%, on average, from current levels on an asset-weighted basis.2 Dimensional intends to structure the conversion to be a tax-free event in which each investor’s mutual fund shares will convert to ETF shares.

The planned conversion includes the following mutual funds and new ETFs:


The growing suite of Dimensional ETFs harnesses the power of Dimensional’s investment engine—a consistent investment philosophy combined with a value-added approach to implementation that the firm has been testing, refining, and advancing for nearly four decades.

“We’re pleased to broaden our ETF platform in a way that can help investors manage taxes even more efficiently,” Dimensional Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer Gerard O’Reilly said. “We believe these strategies fill a unique space in the market, providing the benefits of passive investing, including low-cost diversified exposure to stocks, combined with the advantages of active investing, such as higher expected returns, flexible trading, robust daily portfolio management, and risk management.”

“We want our clients to have the tools they need to help investors meet their financial goals,” Co-CEO Dave Butler said. “Financial professionals use different vehicles to invest in the capital markets, including mutual funds, ETFs, separate accounts, and trusts. We’re committed to providing choices in how they access our investment expertise on behalf of their clients.”

In addition to the six new funds registered today, two of Dimensional’s previously announced Core Equity Market ETFs are expected to list on NYSE Arca on November 18:

  • Dimensional US Core Equity Market ETF (NYSE Arca: DFAU)

  • Net expense ratio: 0.12%

  • Dimensional International Core Equity Market ETF (NYSE Arca: DFAI)

  • Net expense ratio: 0.18%

Dimensional also plans to launch an Emerging Core Equity Market ETF in early December.

Dimensional Core Equity Market solutions offer broadly diversified, all cap core exposure, with an emphasis on securities with higher expected returns using variables such as company size, relative price, and profitability. The Core Equity Market ETFs aim to achieve a light level of tilt from market cap weights and low tracking error to the market through a daily managed approach.

1As of October 30, 2020
2Asset-weighted average reduction is based on assets as of September 30, 2020



Dimensional is a leading global investment firm that has been translating academic research into practical investment solutions since 1981. Guided by a strong belief in markets, we help investors pursue higher expected returns through a systematic investment process that integrates research insights with advanced portfolio design, management, and trading, while balancing tradeoffs that can impact returns. Dimensional is headquartered in Austin, Texas, and has offices across North America, Europe, and Asia. As of September 30, 2020, Dimensional manages $527 billion for investors worldwide.



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