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International Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio

Ticker DFSPX
Inception Date 03/12/08
Fund Net Assets $1.3 B (As Of 09/30/19)

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

Returns (As of 09/30/19)(As of 09/30/19)

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 13.58% 13.57%
1 Year -2.38% -0.95%
3 Year 6.48% 6.49%
5 Year 3.64% 3.06%
10 Year 5.14% 4.78%
Since Inception 2.72% 2.21%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 13.58% 13.57%
1 Year -2.38% -0.95%
3 Year 6.48% 6.49%
5 Year 3.64% 3.06%
10 Year 5.14% 4.78%
Since Inception 2.72% 2.21%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
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%
2011 -14.04% -12.21%
2010 11.54% 8.95%
2009 34.95% 33.67%

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 2019, all rights reserved.

Dimensional funds are distributed by DFA Securities LLC.

Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.30%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.34%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.37%

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 09/30/19)


Price-to-Book 1.69
% in Top 10 Holdings 7.50%
Wtd. Avg. Mkt. Cap. (Millions) $34824
Number of Holdings 4033
Annual Turnover as of 10/31/18 8%

Sector Allocation

Industrials 19.29%
Financials 18.02%
Consumer Discretionary 15.15%
Health Care 9.21%
Consumer Staples 8.32%
Materials 8.28%
Information Technology 7.61%
Communication Services 6.80%
Real Estate 3.27%
Utilities 2.23%
Energy 1.83%

Top Holdings

Roche Holding AG 1.51%
Toyota Motor Corp 0.96%
Novo Nordisk A/S 0.76%
LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SE 0.76%
AstraZeneca PLC 0.70%
Novartis AG 0.64%
Unilever NV 0.61%
adidas AG 0.53%
Airbus SE 0.52%
Royal Bank of Canada 0.51%

Top Countries

Japan 24.32%
United Kingdom 14.67%
France 9.48%
Canada 8.26%
Germany 7.76%

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

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 following a value-oriented investment strategy may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

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.

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.

Sustainability Impact Consideration Investment Risk: The International Sustainability Core 1 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 produce different results than funds that are not subject to such special investment 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. In addition, the Portfolio may sell certain securities due to sustainability impact considerations when it is otherwise disadvantageous to do so. The sustainability impact considerations may cause the Portfolio’s industry allocation to deviate from that of funds without these considerations and of conventional benchmarks.

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 Sustainability Core 1 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 International Sustainability Core 1 Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The International Sustainability Core 1 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 International Sustainability Core 1 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
03/29/16 03/30/16 03/31/16 Dividend $0.03569
06/28/16 06/29/16 06/30/16 Dividend $0.10855
09/28/16 09/29/16 09/30/16 Dividend $0.02688
12/14/16 12/15/16 12/16/16 Dividend $0.04984
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/29/17 03/30/17 03/31/17 Dividend $0.01928
06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 Dividend $0.12446
09/27/17 09/28/17 09/29/17 Dividend $0.04175
12/14/17 12/15/17 12/18/17 Dividend $0.07129
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
06/27/18 06/28/18 06/29/18 Dividend $0.13669
09/26/18 09/27/18 09/28/18 Dividend $0.04059
12/17/18 12/18/18 12/19/18 Dividend $0.06000
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

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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