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International Real Estate Securities Portfolio (I)

Ticker DFITX
Inception Date 03/01/07
Fund Net Assets $5.8 B (As Of 11/30/17)

The investment objective of the DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio is to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

Returns (As of 11/30/17)(As of 09/30/17)

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 11.70% 11.78%
1 Year 14.68% 15.02%
3 Year 3.09% 3.22%
5 Year 5.23% 5.13%
10 Year 1.39% 1.29%
Since Inception 0.77% 0.65%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 8.72% 8.63%
1 Year -0.73% -0.45%
3 Year 3.59% 3.63%
5 Year 5.64% 5.44%
10 Year 0.43% 0.27%
Since Inception 0.52% 0.39%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2016 3.08% 3.12%
2015 -3.62% -3.54%
2014 11.10% 10.94%
2013 2.27% 2.36%
2012 33.41% 31.92%
2011 -7.75% -8.61%
2010 18.09% 16.91%
2009 37.01% 38.15%
2008 -51.92% -51.85%

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.

The S&P data is provided by Standard & Poor's Index Services Group.

Dimensional funds are distributed by DFA Securities LLC.

Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.25%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.28%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.28%

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 11/30/17)


Price-to-Book 1.09
% in Top 10 Holdings 30.66%
Wtd. Avg. Mkt. Cap. (Millions) $7421
Number of Holdings 283
Annual Turnover as of 10/31/16 1%

REIT Sector Allocation

Retail REITs 36.91%
Diversified REITs 27.28%
Office REITs 16.15%
Industrial REITs 11.48%
Residential REITs 4.12%
Hotel & Resort REITs 1.80%
Health Care REITs 1.13%
Specialized REITs 1.11%
Other Non-Real Estate 0.01%

Top Holdings

Unibail-Rodamco SE 5.97%
Link REIT 4.49%
Scentre Group 3.92%
Westfield Corp 2.92%
Goodman Group 2.76%
Land Securities Group PLC 2.33%
Klepierre SA 2.18%
British Land Co PLC/The 2.10%
Stockland 2.09%
Dexus 1.92%

Top Countries

Australia 20.85%
Japan 20.63%
United Kingdom 13.28%
Singapore 8.69%
Netherlands 7.38%

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

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

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 may also be exposed to foreign currency risk (the possibility that foreign currency will fluctuate in value against the U.S. dollar or that a foreign government will convert, or be forced to convert, its currency to another currency, changing its value against the U.S. dollar). The DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio does not hedge foreign currency risk.

Small Company Risk: Securities of small companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, smaller capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Risks of Concentrating in the Real Estate Industry: The DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio is concentrated in the real estate industry. The exclusive focus by the DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio on the real estate industry will cause the Portfolio to be exposed to the general risks of direct real estate ownership. The value of securities in the real estate industry can be affected by changes in real estate values and rental income, property taxes, and tax and regulatory requirements. Also, the value of securities in the real estate industry may decline with changes in interest rates. Investing in REITs and REIT-like entities involves certain unique risks in addition to those risks associated with investing in the real estate industry in general. REITs and REIT-like entities are dependent upon management skill, may not be diversified, and are subject to heavy cash flow dependency and self-liquidation. REITs and REIT-like entities also are subject to the possibility of failing to qualify for tax free pass-through of income. Also, many foreign REIT-like entities are deemed for tax purposes as passive foreign investment companies (PFICs), which could result in the receipt of taxable dividends to shareholders at an unfavorable tax rate. Also, because REITs and REIT-like entities typically are invested in a limited number of projects or in a particular market segment, these entities are more susceptible to adverse developments affecting a single project or market segment than more broadly diversified investments. The performance of the DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio may be materially different from the broad equity market.

Emerging Markets Risk: Numerous emerging market countries have a history of, and continue to experience serious, and potentially continuing, economic and political problems. Stock markets in many emerging market countries are relatively small, expensive to trade in and generally have higher risks than those in developed markets. Securities in emerging markets also may be less liquid than those in developed markets and foreigners are often limited in their ability to invest in, and withdraw assets from, these markets. Additional restrictions may be imposed under other conditions. Frontier market countries generally have smaller economies or less developed capital markets and, as a result, the risks of investing in emerging market countries are magnified in frontier market countries.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures and foreign exchange forward contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the DFA International Real Estate Securities 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.

Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The DFA International Real Estate Securities Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Cyber Security Risk: The DFA International Real Estate Securities 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.

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