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Municipal Real Return Portfolio

Ticker DMREX
Inception Date 11/04/14
Fund Net Assets $884 M (As Of 10/31/19)

The investment objective of the DFA Municipal Real Return Portfolio is to seek inflation protection and to provide current income from municipal securities.

Returns (As of 10/31/19)(As of 09/30/19)

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 4.21% 5.96%
1 Year 4.56% 8.19%
3 Year 1.68% 3.03%
Since Inception 1.28% 2.99%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 3.94% 5.79%
1 Year 3.06% 7.48%
3 Year 1.60% 2.72%
Since Inception 1.25% 3.01%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2018 -0.51% 1.34%
2017 2.57% 4.13%
2016 1.56% 0.14%
2015 1.09% 2.75%

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 0.24%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.23%

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 10/31/19)


Number of Holdings 288
Average Maturity (Years) 4.78
Yield to Maturity -0.41%
30 Day SEC Yield 1.04%
Average Duration (Years) 4.19

Maturity Allocation

0 - 3 Months 2.35%
3 - 6 Months 2.13%
6 - 9 Months 4.70%
9 - 12 Months 3.24%
1 - 3 Years 15.22%
3 - 5 Years 19.76%
5 - 7 Years 27.20%
7 - 10 Years 25.40%

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

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 Municipal Real Return 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 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.

Inflation-Protected Securities Interest Rate Risk: Inflation-protected securities may react differently from other fixed income securities to changes in interest rates. Because interest rates on inflation-protected securities are adjusted for inflation, the values of these securities are not materially affected by inflation expectations. Therefore, the value of inflation-protected securities are anticipated to change in response to changes in “real” interest rates, which represent nominal (stated) interest rates reduced by the expected impact of inflation. Generally, the value of an inflation-protected security will fall when real interest rates rise and will rise when real interest rates fall.

Inflation-Protected Securities Interest Rate Tax Risk: Any increase in the principal amount of an inflation-protected security may be included for tax purposes in the Portfolio’s gross income, even though no cash attributable to such gross income has been received by the Portfolio. In such event, the Portfolio may be required to make annual gross distributions to shareholders that exceed the cash it has otherwise received. In order to pay such distributions, the Portfolio may be required to raise cash by selling its investments. The sale of such investments could result in capital gains to the Portfolio and additional capital gain distributions to shareholders. In addition, adjustments during the taxable year for deflation to an inflation-indexed bond held by the Portfolio may cause amounts previously distributed to shareholders in the taxable year as income to be characterized as a return of capital.

Risks of Investing for Inflation Protection: Because the interest and/or principal payments on an inflation-protected security are adjusted periodically for changes in inflation, the income distributed by the Portfolio may be irregular. Although the U.S. Treasury guarantees to pay at least the original face value of any inflation-protected securities the Treasury issues, other issuers may not offer the same guarantee. Also, inflation-protected securities, including those issued by the U.S. Treasury, are not protected against deflation. As a result, in a period of deflation, the principal and income of inflation-protected securities held by the Portfolio will decline and the Portfolio may suffer a loss during such periods. While inflation-protected securities are expected to be protected from long-term inflationary trends, short-term increases in inflation may lead to a decline in the Portfolio’s value. For example, if interest rates rise due to reasons other than inflation, the Portfolio’s investment in these securities may not be protected to the extent that the increase is not reflected in the securities’ inflation measures. In addition, positive adjustments to principal generally will result in taxable income to the Portfolio at the time of such adjustments (which generally would be distributed  by the Portfolio as part of its taxable dividends), even though the principal amount is not paid until maturity. The current market value of inflation-protected securities is not guaranteed and will fluctuate.

Income Risk: Income risk is the risk that falling interest rates will cause the 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 Municipal Real Return 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. Additionally, if the Portfolio’s use of derivative instruments for hedging and non-hedging purposes cause the Portfolio to invest less than 50% of its assets in municipal securities in any quarter, which the Portfolio does not anticipate, the Portfolio may fail to qualify to pay exempt-interest dividends to its shareholders, resulting in the distributions by the Municipal Real Return Portfolio becoming taxable to shareholders as ordinary income.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as swaps and 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 Portfolio uses derivatives, the Municipal Real Return 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. Additional risks are associated with the use of credit default swaps including counterparty and credit risk (the risk that the other party to a swap agreement will not fulfill its contractual obligations, whether because of bankruptcy or other default) and liquidity risk (the possible lack of a secondary market for the swap agreement). Credit risk increases when the Portfolio is the seller of credit default swaps and counterparty risk increases when the Portfolio is a buyer of credit default swaps. In addition, where the Portfolio is the seller of credit default swaps, it may be required to liquidate portfolio securities at inopportune times in order to meet payment obligations or segregation requirements. Credit default swaps may be illiquid or difficult to value. Additionally, payments made or received by the 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 Municipal Real Return 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 Municipal Real Return Portfolio due to low trading volume, adverse investor perceptions and/or other market developments. Liquidity risk includes the risk that the Municipal Real Return 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.

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 Municipal Real Return 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.

Cyber Security Risk: The Municipal Real Return 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
01/27/16 01/28/16 01/29/16 Dividend $0.01379
02/25/16 02/26/16 02/29/16 Dividend $0.00649
03/29/16 03/30/16 03/31/16 Dividend $0.01159
04/27/16 04/28/16 04/29/16 Dividend $0.00935
05/26/16 05/27/16 05/31/16 Dividend $0.00776
06/28/16 06/29/16 06/30/16 Dividend $0.00907
07/27/16 07/28/16 07/29/16 Dividend $0.01031
08/29/16 08/30/16 08/31/16 Dividend $0.00897
09/28/16 09/29/16 09/30/16 Dividend $0.00747
10/27/16 10/28/16 10/31/16 Dividend $0.01068
11/28/16 11/29/16 11/30/16 Dividend $0.00911
12/13/16 12/14/16 12/15/16 Dividend $0.00789
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
01/27/17 01/30/17 01/31/17 Dividend $0.01282
02/24/17 02/27/17 02/28/17 Dividend $0.00874
03/29/17 03/30/17 03/31/17 Dividend $0.01419
04/26/17 04/27/17 04/28/17 Dividend $0.00954
05/26/17 05/30/17 05/31/17 Dividend $0.01134
06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 Dividend $0.01138
07/27/17 07/28/17 07/31/17 Dividend $0.01081
08/29/17 08/30/17 08/31/17 Dividend $0.01322
09/27/17 09/28/17 09/29/17 Dividend $0.00814
10/27/17 10/30/17 10/31/17 Dividend $0.01231
11/28/17 11/29/17 11/30/17 Dividend $0.00883
12/13/17 12/14/17 12/15/17 Dividend $0.00934
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
01/29/18 01/30/18 01/31/18 Dividend $0.01485
02/26/18 02/27/18 02/28/18 Dividend $0.00884
03/27/18 03/28/18 03/29/18 Dividend $0.01600
04/26/18 04/27/18 04/30/18 Dividend $0.01147
05/29/18 05/30/18 05/31/18 Dividend $0.01336
06/27/18 06/28/18 06/29/18 Dividend $0.01178
07/27/18 07/30/18 07/31/18 Dividend $0.01336
08/29/18 08/30/18 08/31/18 Dividend $0.01229
09/26/18 09/27/18 09/28/18 Dividend $0.01084
10/29/18 10/30/18 10/31/18 Dividend $0.01478
11/28/18 11/29/18 11/30/18 Dividend $0.00871
12/14/18 12/17/18 12/18/18 Dividend $0.01367
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
01/29/19 01/30/19 01/31/19 Dividend $0.01830
02/26/19 02/27/19 02/28/19 Dividend $0.01153
03/27/19 03/28/19 03/29/19 Dividend $0.01198
04/26/19 04/29/19 04/30/19 Dividend $0.01685
05/29/19 05/30/19 05/31/19 Dividend $0.01345
06/26/19 06/27/19 06/28/19 Dividend $0.01226
07/29/19 07/30/19 07/31/19 Dividend $0.01541
08/28/19 08/29/19 08/30/19 Dividend $0.01191
09/26/19 09/27/19 09/30/19 Dividend $0.01059
10/29/19 10/30/19 10/31/19 Dividend $0.01611
11/26/19 11/27/19 11/29/19
12/13/19 12/16/19 12/17/19

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