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US Micro Cap Portfolio (I)

Ticker DFSCX
Inception Date 12/23/81
Fund Net Assets $5.4 B (As Of 08/31/20)

The investment objective of the U.S. Micro Cap Portfolio is to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

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

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD -14.42% -5.53%
1 Year -2.88% 6.02%
3 Year 0.54% 5.03%
5 Year 4.82% 7.65%
10 Year 10.73% 11.53%
Since Inception 10.98% 9.97%

Annualized Returns

portfolio benchmark
YTD -20.63% -12.98%
1 Year -14.92% -6.63%
3 Year -2.51% 2.01%
5 Year 1.81% 4.29%
10 Year 9.74% 10.50%
Since Inception 10.81% 9.78%

Calendar Year Returns

portfolio benchmark
2019 20.66% 25.52%
2018 -11.60% -11.01%
2017 11.18% 14.65%
2016 25.63% 21.31%
2015 -3.62% -4.41%
2014 2.92% 4.89%
2013 45.06% 38.82%
2012 18.24% 16.35%
2011 -3.25% -4.18%
2010 31.29% 26.85%

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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Fees & Expenses

Management Fee 0.48%
Total Operating Expense Ratio 0.51%
Net Expense Ratio (to investor) 0.51%

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)


Price-to-Book 1.51
% in Top 10 Holdings 4.46%
Wtd. Avg. Mkt. Cap. (Millions) $1452
Number of Holdings 1614
Annual Turnover as of 10/31/19 15%

Sector Allocation

Industrials 21.20%
Financials 20.75%
Consumer Discretionary 14.59%
Information Technology 13.13%
Health Care 11.60%
Materials 5.48%
Consumer Staples 4.38%
Energy 3.63%
Communication Services 2.62%
Utilities 1.74%
Real Estate 0.87%

Top Holdings

Saia Inc 0.54%
Kinsale Capital Group Inc 0.52%
Ensign Group Inc/The 0.49%
Shenandoah Telecommunications Co 0.46%
Casella Waste Systems Inc 0.45%
Wingstop Inc 0.42%
Fabrinet 0.40%
MDC Holdings Inc 0.40%
Lattice Semiconductor Corp 0.39%
Synaptics Inc 0.39%

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.

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.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, and options thereon, 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 U.S. Micro Cap 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, 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 U.S. Micro Cap Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The U.S. Micro Cap 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 U.S. Micro Cap 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
03/29/17 03/30/17 03/31/17 Dividend $0.02473
06/28/17 06/29/17 06/30/17 Dividend $0.03956
09/27/17 09/28/17 09/29/17 Dividend $0.03470
12/14/17 12/15/17 12/18/17 Long-Term Capital Gain $0.93929
12/14/17 12/15/17 12/18/17 Short-Term Capital Gain $0.07519
12/14/17 12/15/17 12/18/17 Dividend $0.07102
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/27/18 03/28/18 03/29/18 Dividend $0.01784
06/27/18 06/28/18 06/29/18 Dividend $0.03693
09/26/18 09/27/18 09/28/18 Dividend $0.03895
12/17/18 12/18/18 12/19/18 Long-Term Capital Gain $0.86226
12/17/18 12/18/18 12/19/18 Dividend $0.06010
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/27/19 03/28/19 03/29/19 Dividend $0.03762
06/26/19 06/27/19 06/28/19 Dividend $0.04505
09/26/19 09/27/19 09/30/19 Dividend $0.04126
12/16/19 12/17/19 12/18/19 Long-Term Capital Gain $0.43205
12/16/19 12/17/19 12/18/19 Dividend $0.05074
Record Date Ex-Date Payable Date Type Rate per Share
03/27/20 03/30/20 03/31/20 Dividend $0.04301
06/26/20 06/29/20 06/30/20 Dividend $0.03324
09/28/20 09/29/20 09/30/20 Dividend $0.03623
12/15/20 12/16/20 12/17/20

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