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DFA VA Short-Term Fixed Portfolio
Release date as of 2022-05-31. Data on page is subject to change.
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Overall Morningstar
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As of 2022-05-31
Out of 214
Ultrashort Bond Funds
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As of 2022-04-30
Total Fund Assets ($ Mil)
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  Investment Objective & Strategy  
The investment seeks to achieve a stable real return in excess of the rate of inflation with a minimum of risk.
The fund seeks to achieve its investment objective by generally investing in a universe of high quality fixed income securities that typically mature in one year or less from the date of settlement. It may, however, take a large position in securities maturing within two years from the date of settlement when higher yields are available. Under normal circumstances, the fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets in fixed income securities and maintain a dollar-weighted average portfolio maturity that will not exceed one year.
  Morningstar Category: Ultrashort Bond
Ultrashort-bond portfolios invest primarily in investment-grade U.S. fixed-income issues and have durations typically of less than one year. This category can include corporate or government ultrashort bond portfolios, but it excludes international, convertible, multisector, and high-yield bond portfolios. Because of their focus on bonds with very short durations, these portfolios offer minimal interest-rate sensitivity and therefore low risk and total return potential. Morningstar calculates monthly breakpoints using the effective duration of the Morningstar Core Bond Index in determining duration assignment. Ultrashort is defined as 25% of the three-year average effective duration of the MCBI. 
  Investment Risks
There are no additional fund specific investment risks (e.g. liquidity risk, currency risk, foreign investment risk, etc.) associated with this fund beyond the normal risks generally associated with investing in a mutual fund.
  Portfolio Profile
Asset Allocation
% of Net Assets
Bullet U.S. Stocks U.S. Stocks 0.0
Bullet Non-U.S. Stocks Non-U.S. Stocks 0.0
Bullet Bonds Bonds 84.3
Bullet Cash Cash 14.4
Bullet Other Other 1.4
Asset Allocation Rescaled Graph
Data through 2022-04-30
Morningstar Fixed-Income Sectors
% Fund
Government 75.81
Corporate 9.82
Securitized 0.00
Municipal 0.00
Cash & Equivalents 14.36
Other 0.00
Data through 2022-04-30
Credit Analysis
% Bonds
AAA 68.17
AA 26.76
A 5.07
BBB 0.00
BB 0.00
B 0.00
Below B 0.00
Not Rated 0.00
Data through 2022-04-30
Credit Analysis Graph
Holding Status
Total Number of Stock Holdings 0
Total Number of Bond Holdings 41
% of Net Assets in Top 10 Holdings 50.45
Turnover % (as of 2021-10-31) 109.00
30 Day SEC Yield % 1.64
Top Holdings
% of Net
United States Treasury Notes 0.125% 2023-10-15 27,750 26,810 8.72
United States Treasury Notes 0.375% 2023-10-31 27,500 26,630 8.66
United States Treasury Notes 0.25% 2023-09-30 27,200 26,361 8.58
United States Treasury Notes 0.125% 2023-09-15 16,350 15,841 5.15
United States Treasury Notes 1.625% 2023-10-31 13,000 12,829 4.17
United States Treasury Notes 0.88705% 2024-01-31 12,000 12,015 3.91
United States Treasury Notes 0.5% 2023-11-30 11,500 11,129 3.62
FMS Wertmanagement 2.75% 2024-01-30 8,000 7,997 2.60
Province of Alberta 3.35% 2023-11-01 7,763 7,835 2.55
United States Treasury Notes 0.125% 2024-01-15 8,000 7,668 2.49
Data through 2022-04-30
  Principal Risks   
Lending, Credit and Counterparty, Prepayment (Call), Currency, Foreign Securities, Loss of Money, Not FDIC Insured, Income, Interest Rate, Market/Market Volatility, Other, Restricted/Illiquid Securities, Derivatives, Sovereign Debt, Management
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  Other Information
Inception Date: 1995-10-03
Portfolio Manager(s)
David A. Plecha   (1995-10-03)
David Plecha is Dimensional’s Global Head of Fixed Income. A member of the Investment Committee and Investment Research Committee, he not only manages US and global portfolios but also maintains much of the fixed income research and client communications. Dave received his Chartered Financial Analyst® designation in 1996. Prior to joining Dimensional in 1989, he managed stock index futures and options for Leland O’Brien Rubinstein Associates and was an operations planner for Texas Instruments.
Ryan C. Haselton   (2021-02-28)
Joseph F. Kolerich   (2012-02-28)
Joseph Kolerich is Head of Fixed Income, Americas, Senior Portfolio Manager and Vice President of Dimensional and a member of the Investment Committee. Mr. Kolerich has an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BS from Northern Illinois University. Mr. Kolerich joined DFA as a portfolio manager in 2001 and has been responsible for the fixed income portfolios since 2012.
Investment Advisor(s)
Dimensional Fund Advisors LP
Dimensional Fund Advisors
Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd
DFA Australia Limited
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