Becoming Dimensional Video

We Like Dimensional for 3 Simple Reasons

1. Dimensional Takes an Academic Approach to Investing.

Many mutual fund companies start with their philosophy and find the data to support it. Dimensional’s approach begins with academic research. Dimensional uses that data to help construct their investment solutions.

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2. Dimensional Tilts Their Portfolios Towards Higher Expected Returns.1

Using academic research, Dimensional has identified four premiums of higher expected returns for equities.

Market Premium

To further explore the Market Premium, consider the chart below. Equities grew much more quickly than bonds and treasury bills, and the small-cap index consistently outpaced the large-cap index.

The following chart highlights how the three other equity premiums (company size, relative price, and profitability) have persisted globally and over time.

While the above premiums have persisted globally and over time, the premiums are not guaranteed to show up every year. The chart below shows many periods where the premiums were negative over 10-year rolling periods.2

Keeping these periods of underperformance in perspective is important though. While there can be periods of negative returns, these premiums have persisted over time. For this reason, we encourage our clients to use the Dimensional approach as part of creating a long-term investment strategy.

Note: The premiums above only represent equities. Dimensional has also identified premiums related to fixed-income equities. For more information on these premiums, click here and reference slides 16-27.

3. Dimensional Believes in the Power of Markets.

Many active stock fund managers believe they have the skill to beat the market. As you can see, in the SPIVA U.S. Scorecard (p.9), more than 90% of stock fund managers failed to beat their benchmark over the 15 year period ending 12/31/2018 in almost every category.

Dimensional takes a different approach. Dimensional believes that market prices are very efficient and that trying to beat the market over the long run is a losing game.

See below for a summary of Dimensional’s performance. As you can see on the chart, 11 of 13 of Dimensional’s US Equity Flagship Funds have been able to outperform their respective benchmark over the past 20 years.

How Has Dimensional Performed? 3

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One Life Financial Group uses Dimensional funds within client portfolios. It is important to disclose the following:

  • One Life does not receive any monetary compensation (commissions, referral fees, service fees, etc) for recommending or purchasing Dimensional funds on behalf of One Life clients.
  • One Life does not have an obligation or commitment to use Dimensional funds within client portfolios.
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  • One Life will use investment solutions outside of Dimensional funds if One Life feels there is a better solution for our clients.

1 Higher expected returns are calculated from historical performance. Past performance does not guarantee future returns.

Source: Dimensional Fund Advisors LP

2 All figures represent 10-year annualized compound returns (%) in US dollars. US size premium: Dimensional US Small Cap Index minus S&P 500 Index. US relative price premium: Fama/French US Value Research Index minus Fama/French US Growth Research Index. US profitability premium: Dimensional US High Profitability Index minus Dimensional US Low Profitability Index. Dev. ex US size premium: Dimensional Intl. Small Cap Index minus MSCI World ex USA Index (gross div.). Dev. ex US relative price premium: Fama/French International Value index minus Fama/French International Growth Index. Dev. ex US profitability premium: Dimensional International High Profitability Index minus Dimensional International Low Profitability Index. Emerging Markets size premium: Dimensional Emerging Markets Small Cap Index minus MSCI Emerging Markets Index (gross div.). Emerging Markets relative price premium: Fama/French Emerging Markets Value Index minus Fama/French Emerging Markets Growth Index. Emerging Markets profitability premium: Dimensional Emerging Markets High Profitability Index minus Dimensional Emerging Markets Low Profitability Index. Profitability is measured as operating income before depreciation and amortization minus interest expense scaled by book. Dimensional indices use CRSP, Compustat and Bloomberg data. Fama/French indices provided by Ken French. S&P data copyright 2018 S&P Dow Jones Indices LLC, a division of S&P Global. All rights reserved. MSCI data © MSCI 2018, all rights reserved. Indices are not available for direct investment. Their performance does not reflect the expenses associated with the management of an actual portfolio. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Index returns are not representative of actual portfolios and do not reflect costs and fees associated with an actual investment. Actual returns may be lower. See “Index Descriptions” for descriptions of Dimensional and Fama/French index data. Eugene Fama and Ken French are members of the Board of Directors of the general partner of, and provide consulting services to, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP.

Source: Dimensional Fund Advisors LP

3 “Long-term” refers to Dimensional flagship equity mutual funds with at least 20 years of performance. All funds are US domiciled. The current value of a hypothetical $100,000 investment is reported net of all advisory fees and expenses and includes reinvestment of dividends and other earnings. The initial investment may be higher or lower than the initial amount required to invest in each fund. The performance of an index is not an exact representation of any particular investment, as you cannot invest directly in an index. Past performance is not a guarantee or prediction 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. To obtain performance data current to the most recent month-end, visit

Source: Dimensional Fund Advisors LP