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Real Estate Securities Portfolio (I)

Ticker DFREX
Inception Date 01/05/93
Fund Net Assets $7.7 B (As Of 03/31/17)

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

Returns (As of 03/31/17)(As of 03/31/17)

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 0.79% -0.27%
1 Year 2.84% 1.21%
3 Year 10.28% 9.96%
5 Year 9.75% 9.45%
10 Year 4.53% 4.22%
Since Inception 10.19%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 0.79% -0.27%
1 Year 2.84% 1.21%
3 Year 10.28% 9.96%
5 Year 9.75% 9.45%
10 Year 4.53% 4.22%
Since Inception 10.19%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2016 8.38% 6.68%
2015 3.24% 4.48%
2014 31.11% 32.00%
2013 1.39% 1.22%
2012 17.48% 17.12%
2011 8.95% 9.37%
2010 28.67% 28.07%
2009 28.17% 28.46%
2008 -37.36% -39.20%
2007 -18.67% -17.55%

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 0.17%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.19%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.18%

Under certain circumstances, the Advisor has contractually agreed to waive certain fees and/or assume certain expenses of the Portfolio. Unless otherwise stated in the prospectus, the Advisor may amend or discontinue the waivers 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 reimbursement arrangements. Please read the Portfolio’s prospectus for details and more information.

Characteristics (As Of 03/31/17)


Price-to-Book 2.41
% in Top 10 Holdings 34.55%
Wtd. Avg. Mkt. Cap. (Millions) $16050
Number of Holdings 151
Annual Turnover as of 10/31/16 3%

REIT Sector Allocation

Retail REITs 21.70%
Specialized REITs 16.39%
Residential REITs 16.10%
Office REITs 13.68%
Health Care REITs 12.71%
Diversified REITs 6.70%
Industrial REITs 6.46%
Hotel & Resort REITs 6.25%

Top Holdings

Simon Property Group Inc 6.78%
Public Storage 3.99%
Equinix Inc 3.77%
Prologis Inc 3.39%
Welltower Inc 3.17%
AvalonBay Communities Inc 3.11%
Ventas Inc 2.84%
Equity Residential 2.81%
Boston Properties Inc 2.55%
Vornado Realty Trust 2.14%

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 a more recent month end.

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.

Risks of Concentrating in the Real Estate Industry: The DFA Real Estate Securities Portfolio is concentrated in the real estate industry. The exclusive focus by DFA 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, 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 DFA Real Estate Securities Portfolio may be materially different from the broad equity market.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures 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 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 Real Estate Securities Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The DFA 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 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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