Fund Facts  

Inception Date: Apr 5, 2005
CUSIP: 233203421
Ticker Symbol: DFCEX
Morningstar Category:Diversified Emerging Mkts
As of Dec 31, 2017
Fund Net Assets ($millions) $28,728

Documents for Fund or Underlying Fund(s)  



The investment seeks long-term capital appreciation.

Principal Investment Strategies  

The Emerging Markets Core Equity Portfolio purchases a broad and diverse group of securities associated with emerging markets, which may include frontier markets (emerging market countries in an earlier stage of development), authorized for investment by the Advisor's Investment Committee ("Approved Markets"), with an increased exposure to securities of small cap issuers and securities.

Principal Investment Risks  

There is no guarantee that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. You may lose money by investing in the Fund. Please see the Fund’s prospectus or other disclosure documents for information about the Fund’s risks.


Performance & Expenses

Standard Performance As of Dec 31, 2017
Fund/Benchmark Name QtrYTD1-Yr3-Yr5-Yr10-YrSince Inception
DFA Emerging Markets Core Eqa7.71%36.55%36.55%9.32%4.73%3.04%8.97%
MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net)a,b7.44%37.28%37.28%9.10%4.35%1.68%N/A
Morningstar Diversified Emerging Mktsa,c6.27%34.17%34.17%7.95%4.09%1.63%N/A

Fund past performance, as shown, is no guarantee of how the Fund will perform in the future. The performance shown has been annualized for periods greater than one year. Investment returns and principal value will fluctuate, so that an investor's shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. For current performance, visit

Fund Expensesa
Gross Expenses0.53%
Net Expenses0.53%


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b. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index (Net) is a free float-adjusted market capitalization index of equity securities that is designed to measure the equity market performance of emerging markets. The net version of this index reinvests dividends after the deduction of withholding taxes, using a tax rate applicable to non-resident institutional investors who do not benefit from double taxation treaties.

c. The Morningstar category represents the average return for a category of funds with similar investment objectives and strategies. The average is calculated and funds are assigned to a category by Morningstar.


Dividends and Capital Gains  
Record Date Ex/Payable Date Income/Capital Gains Paid Per Share
Dec 14, 2017Dec 14, 2017$0.135610000
Sep 28, 2017Sep 28, 2017$0.191470000
Jun 29, 2017Jun 29, 2017$0.113170000
Mar 30, 2017Mar 30, 2017$0.004730000
Dec 14, 2016Dec 14, 2016$0.083690000
Sep 29, 2016Sep 29, 2016$0.094370000
Jun 29, 2016Jun 29, 2016$0.112500000
Mar 30, 2016Mar 30, 2016$0.054460000
Dec 15, 2015Dec 15, 2015$0.105960000
Sep 9, 2015Sep 9, 2015$0.184010000
Jun 8, 2015Jun 8, 2015$0.069590000
Dec 15, 2014Dec 15, 2014$0.111570000
Sep 9, 2014Sep 9, 2014$0.174550000
Jun 9, 2014Jun 9, 2014$0.098800000
Dec 11, 2013Dec 11, 2013$0.123000000
Sep 10, 2013Sep 10, 2013$0.121000000
Jun 10, 2013Jun 10, 2013$0.138000000
Mar 8, 2013Mar 8, 2013$0.013000000

Morningstar Information

Morningstar RatingTM   As of Dec 31, 2017
Period Stars Category Size
Overall 4 Stars642
3-Year 3 Stars642
5-Year 3 Stars447
10-Year 4 Stars183

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or “star rating”, is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange–traded funds, closed–end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three–year history. Exchange–traded funds and open–ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk–Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product′s monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three–, five–, and 10–year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three–year rating for 36–59 months of total returns, 60% five–year rating⁄40% three–year rating for 60–119 months of total returns, and 50% 10–year rating⁄30% five–year rating⁄20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Morningstar Stylebox As of Dec 31, 2017
Equity Stylebox
Large Blend
Allocation of Assets As of Nov 30, 2017
Type of Asset Percent
Fixed Income0%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.



Allocation of Assets As of Nov 30, 2017
Asset ClassPercent
Domestic Stock0.0%
Foreign Stock98.8%
Domestic Bond0.0%
Foreign Bond0.0%

Due to rounding, percentages shown may not add up to 100%.

Equity Sector As of Nov 30, 2017
Financial Services17.8%
Consumer Cyclical12.1%
Basic Materials11.0%
Consumer Defensive7.2%
Communication Services4.1%
Real Estate3.6%

Exposure reflects equity securities only and will sum to the equity exposure of the fund.

Top Ten Country Exposure As of Nov 30, 2017
South Korea17.4%
South Africa7.0%
Top Ten Holdings As of Nov 30, 2017
Holding NamePercent
Samsung Electronics Co Ltd4.0%
Tencent Holdings Ltd1.9%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd ADR1.2%
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co Ltd1.1%
SK Hynix Inc0.8%
China Construction Bank Corp H0.8%
Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd0.7%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd ADR0.7%
Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd H0.6%
Vale SA0.6%


Portfolio Statistics As of Dec 31, 2017
Standard Deviation15.0514.11



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