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Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio

Ticker DFEQX
Inception Date 03/04/09
Fund Net Assets $6.2 B (As Of 08/31/20)

The investment objective of the DFA Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio is to maximize total returns from the universe of debt securities in which the Portfolio invests. Total return is composed of income and capital appreciation.

Returns (As of 08/31/20)(As of 06/30/20)

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 1.69% 4.27%
1 Year 2.23% 4.66%
3 Year 2.41% 3.39%
5 Year 2.35% 2.70%
10 Year 2.11% 2.18%
Since Inception 2.96% 2.73%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD 1.13% 3.83%
1 Year 2.42% 5.32%
3 Year 2.46% 3.48%
5 Year 2.25% 2.64%
10 Year 2.25% 2.27%
Since Inception 2.96% 2.73%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2019 4.51% 5.08%
2018 1.34% 1.40%
2017 1.97% 1.28%
2016 2.06% 1.62%
2015 1.15% 1.05%
2014 1.68% 1.51%
2013 0.41% 0.32%
2012 3.63% 2.47%
2011 2.93% 3.10%
2010 5.15% 4.17%

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 0.19%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.22%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.22%

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 08/31/20)


Number of Holdings 601
Average Maturity (Years) 1.44
Yield to Maturity 0.88%
30 Day SEC Yield 0.33%
Average Duration (Years) 1.37

Maturity Allocation

0 - 3 Months 37.26%
3 - 6 Months 7.06%
6 - 9 Months 4.24%
9 - 12 Months 2.06%
1 - 3 Years 33.38%
3 - 5 Years 16.00%

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 Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall.

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 Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio hedges foreign currency risk.

Foreign Government Debt Risk: The risk that: (a) the governmental entity that controls the repayment of government debt may not be willing or able to repay the principal and/or to pay the interest when it becomes due, due to factors such as political considerations, the relative size of the governmental entity’s debt position in relation to the economy, cash flow problems, insufficient foreign currency reserves, the failure to put in place economic reforms required by the International Monetary Fund or other multilateral agencies, and/or other national economic factors; (b) governments may default on their debt securities, which may require holders of such securities to participate in debt rescheduling; and (c) there is no legal or bankruptcy process by which defaulted government debt may be collected in whole or in part.

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 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 Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio’s performance. Government agency obligations have different levels of credit support and, therefore, different degrees of credit risk. Securities issued by agencies and instrumentalities of the U.S. Government that are supported by the full faith and credit of the United States, such as the Federal Housing Administration and Ginnie Mae, present little credit risk. Other securities issued by agencies and instrumentalities sponsored by the U.S. Government, that are supported only by the issuer’s right to borrow from the U.S. Treasury, subject to certain limitations, and securities issued by agencies and instrumentalities sponsored by the U.S. Government that are sponsored by the credit of the issuing agencies, such as Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae, are subject to a greater degree of credit risk. U.S. government agency securities issued or guaranteed by the credit of the agency may still involve a risk of non-payment of principal and/or interest. Credit risk is greater for fixed income securities with ratings below investment grade (e.g., BB+ or below by S&P or Ba1 or below by Moody’s). Fixed income securities that are below investment grade involve high credit risk and are considered speculative. Below investment grade fixed income securities may also fluctuate in value more than higher quality fixed income securities and, during periods of market volatility, may be more difficult to sell at the time and price the Portfolio desires.

Income Risk: Income risk is the risk that falling interest rates will cause the Short- Term Extended Quality 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.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as swaps, futures, and options thereon, and foreign currency forward 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 Short-Term Extended Quality 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. 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.

Liquidity Risk: Liquidity risk exists when particular portfolio investments are difficult to purchase or sell. To the extent that the Short-Term Extended Quality 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 Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio due to low trading volume, adverse investor perceptions and/or other market developments. Liquidity risk includes the risk that the Short-Term Extended Quality 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 or at increased costs. Liquidity risk can be more pronounced in periods of market turmoil or in situations where ownership of shares of the Short-Term Extended Quality Portfolio are concentrated in one or a few investors.

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 Short-Term Extended Quality 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 Short-Term Extended Quality 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 Short-Term Extended Quality 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
01/27/17 01/30/17 01/31/17 Dividend $0.01258
02/24/17 02/27/17 02/28/17 Dividend $0.01460
03/29/17 03/30/17 03/31/17 Dividend $0.01932
04/26/17 04/27/17 04/28/17 Dividend $0.01487
05/26/17 05/30/17 05/31/17 Dividend $0.01694
06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 Dividend $0.01776
07/27/17 07/28/17 07/31/17 Dividend $0.01617
08/29/17 08/30/17 08/31/17 Dividend $0.01912
10/27/17 10/30/17 10/31/17 Dividend $0.01075
11/28/17 11/29/17 11/30/17 Dividend $0.01233
12/13/17 12/14/17 12/15/17 Long-Term Capital Gain $0.00773
12/13/17 12/14/17 12/15/17 Dividend $0.04876
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
04/26/18 04/27/18 04/30/18 Dividend $0.01351
05/29/18 05/30/18 05/31/18 Dividend $0.01651
06/27/18 06/28/18 06/29/18 Dividend $0.03564
07/27/18 07/30/18 07/31/18 Dividend $0.01807
08/29/18 08/30/18 08/31/18 Dividend $0.01639
09/26/18 09/27/18 09/28/18 Dividend $0.00657
10/29/18 10/30/18 10/31/18 Dividend $0.01810
11/28/18 11/29/18 11/30/18 Dividend $0.01064
12/14/18 12/17/18 12/18/18 Dividend $0.19635
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
04/26/19 04/29/19 04/30/19 Dividend $0.01565
05/29/19 05/30/19 05/31/19 Dividend $0.01535
06/26/19 06/27/19 06/28/19 Dividend $0.01659
08/28/19 08/29/19 08/30/19 Dividend $0.00017
09/26/19 09/27/19 09/30/19 Dividend $0.01076
11/26/19 11/27/19 11/29/19 Dividend $0.05844
12/13/19 12/16/19 12/17/19 Dividend $0.11904
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
01/29/20 01/30/20 01/31/20 Dividend $0.00201
02/26/20 02/27/20 02/28/20 Dividend $0.00799
03/27/20 03/30/20 03/31/20 Dividend $0.00696
04/28/20 04/29/20 04/30/20 Dividend $0.01496
10/28/20 10/29/20 10/30/20
11/25/20 11/27/20 11/30/20
12/11/20 12/14/20 12/15/20

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