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International Small Company Portfolio (I)

Ticker DFISX
Inception Date 09/30/96
Fund Net Assets $14.3 B (As Of 04/30/18)

The investment objective of the International Small Company Portfolio is to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

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

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 0.47% 1.01%
1 Year 16.91% 18.80%
3 Year 10.15% 10.03%
5 Year 9.93% 9.42%
10 Year 6.03% 5.71%
Since Inception 7.60%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD -0.38% -0.50%
1 Year 19.70% 21.16%
3 Year 11.86% 11.30%
5 Year 10.32% 9.71%
10 Year 6.16% 5.81%
Since Inception 7.59%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2017 30.24% 31.04%
2016 5.80% 4.32%
2015 5.91% 5.46%
2014 -6.30% -5.35%
2013 27.44% 25.55%
2012 18.86% 17.48%
2011 -15.35% -15.81%
2010 23.91% 24.51%
2009 41.96% 50.82%
2008 -43.87% -48.03%

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.

MSCI data copyright MSCI 2018, all rights reserved.

Dimensional funds are distributed by DFA Securities LLC.

Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.40%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.53%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.53%

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)


Price-to-Book 1.57
% in Top 10 Holdings 2.41%
Wtd. Avg. Mkt. Cap. (Millions) $2628
Number of Holdings 4585

GICS Sector Allocation1

Industrials 24.45%
Consumer Discretionary 17.14%
Financials 15.69%
Materials 11.56%
Information Technology 10.48%
Consumer Staples 6.29%
Health Care 5.34%
Energy 4.59%
Utilities 2.67%
Telecommunication Services 1.80%

Top Holdings

Rubis SCA 0.28%
TDC A/S 0.27%
LEG Immobilien AG 0.26%
Edenred 0.25%
Umicore SA 0.24%
K+S AG 0.23%
Elisa OYJ 0.23%
Hiscox Ltd 0.22%
Rheinmetall AG 0.22%

Top Countries

Japan 26.20%
United Kingdom 16.52%
Canada 8.11%
Australia 6.45%
Germany 6.26%

1 Sectors defined by MSCI.

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.

Please click here to access Top Holdings as of the most recent month end available.

Holdings are subject to change.

Numbers may not total 100% due to rounding.

Portfolio Risks

Fund of Funds Risk: The investment performance of the International Small Company Portfolio is affected by the investment performance of the Underlying Funds in which the International Small Company Portfolio invests. The ability of the International Small Company Portfolio to achieve its investment objective depends on the ability of the Underlying Funds to meet their investment objectives and on the Advisor’s decisions regarding the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets among the Underlying Funds. There can be no assurance that the investment objective of the International Small Company Portfolio or any Underlying Fund will be achieved. When the Portfolio invests in Underlying Funds, investors are exposed to a proportionate share of the expenses of those Underlying Funds in addition to the expenses of the Portfolio. Through its investments in the Underlying Funds, the International Small Company Portfolio is subject to the risks of the Underlying Funds’ investments. The risks of the International Small Company Portfolio’s and Underlying Funds’ investments are described below.

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 Underlying Funds do 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.

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 International Small Company Portfolio or an Underlying Fund uses derivatives, the Portfolio or Underlying Fund 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 or Underlying Fund 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 Underlying Funds may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Underlying Funds could also lose money if they do 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. To the extent that the Portfolio holds securities directly and lends those securities, it will be also subject to the foregoing risks with respect to its loaned securities.

Cyber Security Risk: The International Small Company 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
06/05/15 06/08/15 06/09/15 Dividend $0.08458
09/08/15 09/09/15 09/10/15 Dividend $0.07672
12/15/15 12/16/15 12/17/15 Dividend $0.21088
12/15/15 12/16/15 12/17/15 Long-Term Capital Gain $0.39627
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/29/16 03/30/16 03/31/16 Dividend $0.07636
06/28/16 06/29/16 06/30/16 Dividend $0.19320
09/28/16 09/29/16 09/30/16 Dividend $0.03418
12/14/16 12/15/16 12/16/16 Dividend $0.14387
12/14/16 12/15/16 12/16/16 Long-Term Capital Gain $0.43134
12/14/16 12/15/16 12/16/16 Short-Term Capital Gain $0.03239
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 Dividend $0.11970
09/27/17 09/28/17 09/29/17 Dividend $0.07366
12/14/17 12/15/17 12/18/17 Short-Term Capital Gain $0.07688
12/14/17 12/15/17 12/18/17 Long-Term Capital Gain $0.59506
12/14/17 12/15/17 12/18/17 Dividend $0.30776
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date
06/27/18 06/28/18 06/29/18
09/26/18 09/27/18 09/28/18
12/17/18 12/18/18 12/19/18

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