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Calif. Short-Term Muni Bond Portfolio (I)

Ticker DFCMX
Inception Date 04/02/07
Fund Net Assets $1.1 B (As Of 04/30/18)

The investment objective of the DFA California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio is to seek to provide current income that is expected to be exempt from federal personal income taxes and California state personal income taxes.

Returns (As of 04/30/18)(As of 03/31/18)

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 0.04% 0.17%
1 Year 0.02% -0.04%
3 Year 0.64% 0.54%
5 Year 0.66% 0.61%
10 Year 1.46% 1.55%
Since Inception 1.62% 1.91%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 0.16% 0.33%
1 Year 0.50% 0.34%
3 Year 0.64% 0.61%
5 Year 0.70% 0.65%
10 Year 1.47% 1.57%
Since Inception 1.65% 1.94%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2017 1.07% 0.81%
2016 0.07% 0.22%
2015 1.02% 0.74%
2014 0.80% 0.82%
2013 0.65% 0.79%
2012 0.94% 0.92%
2011 2.68% 2.64%
2010 1.19% 1.32%
2009 3.92% 4.55%
2008 3.13% 4.63%

Performance is reported net of all advisory fees and includes reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. 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.  

Performance less than one year is not annualized.

Indices are not available for direct investment; therefore, their performance does not reflect the expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio.

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Dimensional funds are distributed by DFA Securities LLC.

Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.20%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.22%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.22%

Certain Portfolios have entered into fee waiver and/or expense assumption arrangements with the Advisor. In these cases, the Advisor has contractually agreed, under certain circumstances, to waive certain fees and/or assume certain expenses of the Portfolio. Unless otherwise stated in the prospectus, the Advisor may amend or discontinue these arrangements at any time, one year from the date of the prospectus. The net expense ratio reflects the total annual fund operating expenses of the Portfolio after taking into account any such fee waiver and/or expense assumption arrangements. Please read the Portfolio's prospectus for details and more information.

Characteristics (As Of 04/30/18)


Number of Holdings 294
Average Maturity (Years) 1.35
Yield to Maturity 1.85%
30 Day SEC Yield 1.47%
Average Duration (Years) 1.27

Maturity Allocation

0 - 3 Months 19.77%
3 - 6 Months 13.40%
6 - 9 Months 3.77%
9 - 12 Months 8.41%
1 - 3 Years 39.64%
3 - 5 Years 13.03%
5 - 7 Years 1.99%

Please note that a Portfolio that invests in other Portfolios typically does not hold securities directly. As such, "Top Holdings" information for such a Portfolio represents "Top Holdings" information of underlying Portfolios.

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Holdings are subject to change.

Numbers may not total 100% due to rounding.

Portfolio Risks

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 California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall.

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. When interest rates rise, fixed income security prices fall. When interest rates fall, fixed income security prices rise. In general, fixed income securities with longer maturities are more sensitive to changes in interest rates.

Credit Risk: Credit risk is the risk that the issuer of a security, including a governmental entity, 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 the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio’s performance. The ability of a municipal securities issuer to make payments could be affected by litigation, legislation or other political events or the bankruptcy of the issuer. Credit risk is greater for fixed income securities with ratings below investment grade (e.g., BB+ or below by S&P or Ba1 or below by Moody’s). 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 and, during periods of market volatility, may be more difficult to sell at the time and price the Portfolio desires.

Income Risk: Income risk is the risk that falling interest rates will cause the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio’s income to decline because, among other reasons, the proceeds from maturing short-term securities in its portfolio may be reinvested in lower-yielding securities.

Tax Liability Risk: Tax liability risk is the risk that distributions by the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio become taxable to shareholders due to noncompliant conduct by a municipal bond issuer, unfavorable changes in federal or state tax laws, or adverse interpretations of tax laws by the Internal Revenue Service or state tax authorities or other factors. Such adverse interpretations or actions could cause interest from a security to become taxable, possibly retroactively, subjecting shareholders to increased tax liability. In addition, such adverse interpretations or actions could cause the value of a security, and therefore, the value of the Portfolio’s shares, to decline.

State-Specific Risk: Because the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio focuses its investments primarily in California municipal securities, the value of the Portfolio’s investments will be highly sensitive to events affecting the fiscal stability of the State of California and its agencies, municipalities, authorities and other instrumentalities that issue securities. Having a significant percentage of its assets invested in the securities of fewer issuers, particularly obligations of government issuers of a single state, could result in greater credit risk exposure to a smaller number of issuers due to economic, regulatory or political problems in California. Also, to the extent that the Portfolio makes significant investments in securities issued to finance projects in a particular segment of the California municipal securities market such focused investment may cause the value of the Portfolio’s shares to change more than the value of shares of funds that invest more broadly. The deterioration of California’s fiscal situation as a result of the economic recession that began in the first quarter of 2008 increases the risk of investing in California municipal securities, including the risk of potential issuer default, and also heightens the risk that the prices of California municipal securities will experience greater volatility. These risks are disclosed in more detail in the Portfolio’s Statement of Additional Information.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. Derivatives can be used for hedging (attempting to reduce risk by offsetting one investment position with another) or non-hedging purposes. Hedging with derivatives may increase expenses, and there is no guarantee that a hedging strategy will work. While hedging can reduce or eliminate losses, it can also reduce or eliminate gains or cause losses if the market moves in a manner different from that anticipated by the Portfolio or if the cost of the derivative outweighs the benefit of the hedge. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, and the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested. Additionally, payments made or received by the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio under such derivatives may increase the amount of distributions taxable to you as ordinary income, increase or decrease the amount of capital gain distributions to you and/or decrease the amount available for distribution to you as exempt-interest dividends.

Liquidity Risk: Liquidity risk exists when particular portfolio investments are difficult to purchase or sell. To the extent that the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio holds illiquid investments, the Portfolio’s performance may be reduced due to an inability to sell the investments at opportune prices or times. Liquid portfolio investments may become illiquid or less liquid after purchase by the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio due to low trading volume, adverse investor perceptions and/or other market developments. Liquidity risk includes the risk that the California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio will experience significant net redemptions at a time when it cannot find willing buyers for its portfolio securities or can only sell its portfolio securities at a material loss. Liquidity risk can be more pronounced in periods of market turmoil.

Cyber Security Risk: The California Short-Term Municipal Bond Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.


Calendar Year

Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
02/06/15 02/09/15 02/10/15 Dividend $0.01212
03/06/15 03/09/15 03/10/15 Dividend $0.00925
04/08/15 04/09/15 04/10/15 Dividend $0.00580
05/07/15 05/08/15 05/11/15 Dividend $0.00627
06/05/15 06/08/15 06/09/15 Dividend $0.00573
07/08/15 07/09/15 07/10/15 Dividend $0.00698
08/07/15 08/10/15 08/11/15 Dividend $0.00616
09/08/15 09/09/15 09/10/15 Dividend $0.00665
10/07/15 10/08/15 10/09/15 Dividend $0.00757
11/25/15 11/27/15 11/30/15 Dividend $0.01100
12/14/15 12/15/15 12/16/15 Dividend $0.00668
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
01/27/16 01/28/16 01/29/16 Dividend $0.01150
02/25/16 02/26/16 02/29/16 Dividend $0.00451
03/29/16 03/30/16 03/31/16 Dividend $0.01000
04/27/16 04/28/16 04/29/16 Dividend $0.00605
05/26/16 05/27/16 05/31/16 Dividend $0.00754
06/28/16 06/29/16 06/30/16 Dividend $0.00683
07/27/16 07/28/16 07/29/16 Dividend $0.00755
08/29/16 08/30/16 08/31/16 Dividend $0.00682
09/28/16 09/29/16 09/30/16 Dividend $0.00530
10/27/16 10/28/16 10/31/16 Dividend $0.00825
11/28/16 11/29/16 11/30/16 Dividend $0.00670
12/13/16 12/14/16 12/15/16 Dividend $0.00682
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
01/27/17 01/30/17 01/31/17 Dividend $0.00800
02/24/17 02/27/17 02/28/17 Dividend $0.00589
03/29/17 03/30/17 03/31/17 Dividend $0.01084
04/26/17 04/27/17 04/28/17 Dividend $0.00620
05/26/17 05/30/17 05/31/17 Dividend $0.00802
06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 Dividend $0.00746
07/27/17 07/28/17 07/31/17 Dividend $0.00652
08/29/17 08/30/17 08/31/17 Dividend $0.00977
09/27/17 09/28/17 09/29/17 Dividend $0.00530
10/27/17 10/30/17 10/31/17 Dividend $0.00873
11/28/17 11/29/17 11/30/17 Dividend $0.00628
12/13/17 12/14/17 12/15/17 Dividend $0.00630
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
01/29/18 01/30/18 01/31/18 Dividend $0.00950
02/26/18 02/27/18 02/28/18 Dividend $0.00567
03/27/18 03/28/18 03/29/18 Dividend $0.01130
04/26/18 04/27/18 04/30/18 Dividend $0.00757
05/29/18 05/30/18 05/31/18
06/27/18 06/28/18 06/29/18
07/27/18 07/30/18 07/31/18
08/29/18 08/30/18 08/31/18
09/26/18 09/27/18 09/28/18
10/29/18 10/30/18 10/31/18
11/28/18 11/29/18 11/30/18
12/14/18 12/17/18 12/18/18

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