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An Introduction To Dimensional Fund Advisors

Dimensional Fund Advisors is a leading global investment firm that has been translating academic research into practical investment solutions since 1981. Guided by a strong belief in markets, we work to implement compelling ideas in finance for the benefit of clients. An enduring philosophy, strong client commitment, and a strong connection with the academic community underpin our approach.


Our investment philosophy has been shaped by decades of research. We believe that security prices reflect all publicly available information as intense competition among market participants drives prices toward fair value.We use the information in market prices, combined with fundamental data, to systematically identify differences in expected returns among securities.

We seek to add value by building portfolios that target higher expected returns in a cost-effective manner. Through a dynamic investment process that integrates research, portfolio design, portfolio management,and trading, we manage the tradeoffs that matterfor performance—balancing competing premiums,diversification, and costs. This approach is appliedconsistently across a full suite of global and regionalequity and fixed income strategies, allowing us to helpmeet the diverse needs of investors worldwide.

Introduction to Dimensional Fund Advisors.pdf