Dimensional Fund Advisors

A strategic partner in helping Lexington deliver an exceptional investment experience for our clients.

Science has changed every aspect of our lives including how we communicate, travel, shop and even invest… and the technology keeps improving.

The financial world is no different. Before computers there was no way people could possibly understand what drives the market returns, was it by chance, or are there fundamentals that drive long term returns.

Two researchers Eugene Fama and Kenneth French developed a new framework to study financial markets, Eugene has been honoured with a Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work.

Their research underlies all of Dimensional’s thinking and helped develop the firm’s process.

Widely regarded as the “father of modern finance,” Fama has brought an empirical and scientific rigour to the field of investment management.

Transforming the way finance is viewed and conducted, which you may know as evidence-based investing.

Dimensional Fund Advisors is currently the eighth-largest fund management company in the world.

It manages assets exclusively for institutional investors and the clients of a select group of fee-based advisers.

Those assets were worth $660 billion as of June 2021.

So why haven’t you heard of them?

The firm does no advertising and is primarily owned by employees and directors.

This helps keep fund expense ratios very low.

DFA’s board members, directors, and consultants represent a “who’s who” in the world of financial economics, including Eugene Fama and other Nobel Prize-winning laureates, Robert Merton and Myron Scholes.

DFA does not develop or recommend investor portfolios, instead, this work is left up to the adviser chosen by the client.

Development of highly efficient portfolio models requires a thorough understanding of Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT).

A comparison of the performance between
Vanguard and Dimensional

By evolving with advances in financial science, the firm has delivered impressive long-term results for clients, which is why so many institutional clients and big companies use it…. and why it’s a well-kept secret.

We use US data here because Vanguard has a longer history in the US.

As you can see, DFLVX outperformed VIVAX by 1.67% per year.

You will also see that Dimensional outperforms Vanguard across the U.S. Small Cap and U.S. Small Cap Value asset classes as well.

The driving factor behind Dimensional’s outperformance comes from their ability to have an exposure that is more sensitive to the market, size, and relative price premiums.

Of course, past performance is no guarantee of future success… but looking at the evidence helps put things in perspective.

A systematic investment approach is the way forward, it keeps investors disciplined and patient even through the most challenging times because they believe in the enduring power of the markets. They believe in their strategies and that their portfolio is working for them no matter what.

This is why during the volatile period of 2008-2012, US mutual funds saw outflows of $535.7 billion and Dimensional saw inflows of $34.4 billion.

Having a strategy you trust is vital to investment success, it will give you the clarity and confidence needed to control your financial future.

If you’re interested in hearing how Dimensional Funds can work for you please make an appointment below.

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Within 30 minutes we can get to know you – your situation, goals and needs – then we can summarise how we can help you pursue true wealth.