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International Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio

Ticker DFSPX
Inception Date 03/12/08
Fund Net Assets $3 B (As Of 07/31/22)

The investment objective of the International Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio is to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

Returns (As of 07/31/22)(As of 06/30/22)

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2021 12.11% 12.62%
2020 11.63% 7.59%
2019 24.21% 22.49%
2018 -15.53% -14.09%
2017 27.26% 24.21%
2016 2.82% 2.75%
2015 -0.27% -3.04%
2014 -6.00% -4.32%
2013 22.64% 21.02%
2012 18.10% 16.41%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD -16.85% -14.72%
1 Year -16.63% -13.20%
3 Year 4.83% 3.78%
5 Year 3.09% 3.06%
10 Year 6.55% 5.75%
Since Inception 3.10% 2.54%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD -21.46% -18.76%
1 Year -20.17% -16.76%
3 Year 2.16% 1.70%
5 Year 2.54% 2.66%
10 Year 5.91% 5.37%
Since Inception 2.71% 2.21%

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 2022, all rights reserved.

Dimensional funds are distributed by DFA Securities LLC.

Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.20%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.24%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.24%

The “Management Fee” and “Total Operating Expense Ratio” for certain Portfolios have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in the management fee payable by the Portfolio effective February 28, 2022. 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 07/31/22)


Price-to-Book 1.68
% in Top 10 Holdings 9.95%
Wtd. Avg. Mkt. Cap. (Millions) $46747
Number of Holdings 4306
Annual Turnover as of 10/31/21 7%

Sector Allocation

Industrials 20.04%
Financials 18.02%
Consumer Discretionary 13.03%
Health Care 10.54%
Information Technology 8.92%
Materials 8.70%
Consumer Staples 7.63%
Communication Services 5.90%
Utilities 3.05%
Real Estate 2.50%
Energy 1.65%
Other 0.01%

Top Holdings

Roche Holding AG 1.60%
Novo Nordisk A/S 1.54%
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE 1.28%
ASML Holding NV 1.16%
Novartis AG 0.94%
Unilever PLC 0.78%
Royal Bank of Canada 0.77%
Toyota Motor Corp 0.67%
L'Oreal SA 0.63%
AIA Group Ltd 0.60%

Top Countries

Japan 21.18%
United Kingdom 14.31%
Canada 10.08%
Switzerland 9.10%
France 8.94%

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.

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.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

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

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 International Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio does not hedge foreign currency risk.

Depositary receipts are generally subject to the same risks as the foreign securities that they evidence or into which they may be converted. In addition, the underlying issuers of certain depositary receipts, particularly unsponsored or unregistered depositary receipts, are under no obligation to distribute shareholder communications to the holders of such receipts, or to pass through to them any voting rights with respect to the deposited securities. Depositary receipts that are not sponsored by the issuer may be less liquid and there may be less readily available public information about the issuer.

Sustainability Impact Consideration Investment Risk: The Portfolio’s sustainability impact considerations may limit the number of investment opportunities available to the Portfolio, and as a result, at times, the Portfolio may underperform funds that are not subject to such sustainability impact considerations. For example, the Portfolio may decline to purchase, or underweight its investment in, certain securities due to sustainability impact considerations when other investment considerations would suggest that a more significant investment in such securities would be advantageous. The Portfolio may also overweight its investment in certain securities due to sustainability impact considerations when other investment considerations would suggest that a lesser investment in such securities would be advantageous. In addition, the Portfolio may sell or retain certain securities due to sustainability impact considerations when it is otherwise disadvantageous to do so. The sustainability impact considerations may also cause the Portfolio’s industry allocation to deviate from that of funds without these considerations and of conventional benchmarks. The Advisor may also not be able to assess the sustainability impact of each company eligible for purchase by the Portfolio. For example, the Advisor may not be able to determine an overall sustainability impact score for each company based on the sustainability considerations because the third party service providers may not have data on the entire universe of companies considered by the Advisor for the Portfolio, or may not have information with respect to each factor considered as a sustainability impact consideration. Furthermore, “sustainability” is not uniformly defined, and there are significant differences in interpretations of what it means for a company to meet sustainability criteria. The Advisor’s assessment of a company’s sustainability impact may differ from assessments made by other funds, managers, or investors. As a result, there is no guarantee that the Portfolio’s investments will reflect the sustainability considerations of any particular investor.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures, and options thereon, and foreign currency 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 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, settlement, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, as well as 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 Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The 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.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The 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
03/27/19 03/28/19 03/29/19 Dividend $0.01739
06/26/19 06/27/19 06/28/19 Dividend $0.14570
09/26/19 09/27/19 09/30/19 Dividend $0.04483
12/16/19 12/17/19 12/18/19 Dividend $0.07038
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/27/20 03/30/20 03/31/20 Dividend $0.01000
06/26/20 06/29/20 06/30/20 Dividend $0.06306
09/28/20 09/29/20 09/30/20 Dividend $0.04670
12/15/20 12/16/20 12/17/20 Dividend $0.05447
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/29/21 03/30/21 03/31/21 Dividend $0.02234
06/28/21 06/29/21 06/30/21 Dividend $0.12426
09/28/21 09/29/21 09/30/21 Dividend $0.06065
12/14/21 12/15/21 12/16/21 Dividend $0.14140
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/29/22 03/30/22 03/31/22 Dividend $0.01832
06/28/22 06/29/22 06/30/22 Dividend $0.12869
09/28/22 09/29/22 09/30/22
12/13/22 12/14/22 12/15/22
12/28/22 12/29/22 12/30/22

The implementation and management of the portfolio described above is protected by U.S. Patent Nos. 7,596,525 B1, 7,599,874 B1 and 8,438,092 B2.

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