Prospectus

February 28, 2023

 

DIMENSIONAL ETF TRUST

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Ticker:

 

Exchange:

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

 

DFUS

 

NYSE Arca, Inc.

 

Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

 

DFAS

 

NYSE Arca, Inc.

 

Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

 

DFAT

 

NYSE Arca, Inc.

 

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

DFAC

 

NYSE Arca, Inc.

 

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

 

DFUV

 

NYSE Arca, Inc.

 

Dimensional International Value ETF

 

DFIV

 

NYSE Arca, Inc.

 

Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

DFAX

 

NYSE Arca, Inc.

 


 

This Prospectus describes the shares of the Portfolios which are for long-term investors.

The Securities and Exchange Commission has not approved or disapproved these securities or passed upon the adequacy of this Prospectus. Any representation to the contrary is a criminal offense.


 

Table of Contents

 

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

 

 

 

1

 

Investment Objective

 

 

 

1

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

 

 

1

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

 

 

1

 

Principal Risks

 

 

 

2

 

Performance

 

 

 

3

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

 

 

 

5

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

 

 

5

 

Tax Information

 

 

 

5

 

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

 

 

 

6

 

Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

 

 

 

7

 

Investment Objective

 

 

 

7

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

 

 

7

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

 

 

8

 

Principal Risks

 

 

 

9

 

Performance

 

 

 

10

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

 

 

 

11

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

 

 

12

 

Tax Information

 

 

 

12

 

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

 

 

 

12

 

Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

 

 

 

13

 

Investment Objective

 

 

 

13

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

 

 

13

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

 

 

14

 

Principal Risks

 

 

 

15

 

Performance

 

 

 

16

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

 

 

 

17

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

 

 

18

 

Tax Information

 

 

 

18

 

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

 

 

 

18

 

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

19

 

Investment Objective

 

 

 

19

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

 

 

19

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

 

 

20

 

Principal Risks

 

 

 

21

 

Performance

 

 

 

22

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

 

 

 

23

 

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Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

 

 

24

 

Tax Information

 

 

 

24

 

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

 

 

 

24

 

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

 

 

 

25

 

Investment Objective

 

 

 

25

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

 

 

25

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

 

 

25

 

Principal Risks

 

 

 

26

 

Performance

 

 

 

28

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

 

 

 

29

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

 

 

29

 

Tax Information

 

 

 

29

 

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

 

 

 

30

 

Dimensional International Value ETF

 

 

 

31

 

Investment Objective

 

 

 

31

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

 

 

31

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

 

 

31

 

Principal Risks

 

 

 

32

 

Performance

 

 

 

34

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

 

 

 

35

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

 

 

36

 

Tax Information

 

 

 

36

 

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

 

 

 

36

 

Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

37

 

Investment Objective

 

 

 

37

 

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

 

 

 

37

 

Principal Investment Strategies

 

 

 

37

 

Principal Risks

 

 

 

39

 

Performance

 

 

 

41

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

 

 

 

42

 

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

 

 

 

43

 

Tax Information

 

 

 

43

 

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

 

 

 

43

 

Additional Information on Investment Objectives and Policies

 

 

 

44

 

Investment Terms Used in the Prospectus

 

 

 

44

 

US Equity ETF

 

 

 

44

 

US Small Cap ETF

 

 

 

45

 

US Targeted Value ETF

 

 

 

45

 

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US Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

46

 

US Marketwide Value ETF

 

 

 

47

 

International Value ETF

 

 

 

47

 

World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

48

 

Approved Markets

 

 

 

49

 

Market Capitalization Weighted Approach—US Equity ETF, US Small Cap ETF and US Targeted Value ETF

 

 

 

50

 

Tax Management Strategies

 

 

 

51

 

Portfolio Transactions

 

 

 

51

 

Additional Information Regarding Investment Risks

 

 

 

52

 

Other Information

 

 

 

57

 

Commodity Pool Operator Exemption

 

 

 

57

 

Securities Loans

 

 

 

57

 

Securities Lending Revenue

 

 

 

58

 

Management of the Trust

 

 

 

58

 

Management Fees

 

 

 

61

 

Fee Waiver and Expense Assumption Agreements

 

 

 

62

 

Dividends, Capital Gains Distributions and Taxes

 

 

 

63

 

Purchase and Sale of Shares

 

 

 

65

 

Share Price

 

 

 

66

 

Book Entry

 

 

 

67

 

Net Asset Value

 

 

 

67

 

Creations and Redemptions

 

 

 

68

 

Premium/Discount Information

 

 

 

70

 

Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings

 

 

 

70

 

Delivery of Shareholder Documents

 

 

 

70

 

Distribution

 

 

 

70

 

Financial Highlights

 

 

 

70

 

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Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF (the “US Equity ETF” or “Portfolio”) is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns.

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the US Equity ETF. You may also incur usual and customary brokerage commissions when buying or selling shares of the Portfolio, which are not reflected in the table or Example that follows.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each
year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

 

 

 

Management Fee

 

0.08%

 

Other Expenses

 

0.01%

 

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

 

0.09%

 

EXAMPLE

This Example is meant to help you compare the cost of investing in the US Equity ETF with the cost of investing in other funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs whether you redeem or hold your shares would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

$9

 

$29

 

$51

 

$115

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

The US Equity ETF pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 4% of the average value of its investment portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s (the “Advisor”) tax management strategies for the US Equity ETF are designed to maximize the after tax value of a shareholder’s investment. Generally, the Advisor buys and sells securities for the Portfolio with the goals of: (i) delaying and minimizing the realization of net capital gains (e.g., selling stocks with capital losses to offset gains, realized or anticipated); and (ii) maximizing the extent to which any realized net capital gains are long-term in nature (i.e., taxable at lower capital gains tax rates).

To achieve the US Equity ETF’s investment objective, the Advisor implements an integrated investment approach that combines research, portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading functions. As further described

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below, the Portfolio’s design emphasizes long-term drivers of expected returns identified by the Advisor’s research, while balancing risk through broad diversification across companies and sectors. The Advisor’s portfolio management and trading processes further balance those long-term drivers of expected returns with shorter-term drivers of expected returns and trading costs.

The US Equity ETF, using a market capitalization weighted approach, is designed to generally purchase a broad and diverse group of equity securities of U.S. companies. A company’s market capitalization is the number of its shares outstanding times its price per share. The Portfolio may emphasize certain stocks, including smaller capitalization companies, lower relative price stocks, and/or higher profitability stocks as compared to their representation in the U.S. market. Under a market capitalization weighted approach, companies with higher market capitalizations generally represent a larger proportion of the Portfolio than companies with relatively lower market capitalizations. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the US Equity ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum. In assessing a company’s investment characteristics, the Advisor considers ratios such as recent changes in assets divided by total assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

As a non-fundamental policy, under normal circumstances, the US Equity ETF will invest at least 80% of its net assets in securities of U.S. companies. The Advisor considers companies of all market capitalizations for purchase by the Portfolio.

The US Equity ETF may purchase or sell futures contracts and options on futures contracts for U.S. equity securities and indices, to increase or decrease equity market exposure based on actual or expected cash inflows to or outflows from the Portfolio.

The US Equity ETF may lend its portfolio securities to generate additional income.

The US Equity ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specific index and may have a higher degree of portfolio turnover than such index funds.

Principal Risks

Because the value of your investment in the US Equity ETF will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in the Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolio.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk: Securities of small and mid-cap companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small or mid-cap company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small and mid-cap company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, small and

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mid-capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Tax-Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Market Trading Risk: Active trading markets for the Portfolio’s shares may not be developed or maintained by market makers or authorized participants. Authorized participants are not obligated to make a market in the Portfolio’s shares or to submit purchase or redemption orders for creation units. Trading in shares on an exchange may be halted in certain circumstances. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the listing exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Portfolio will continue to be met.

Premium/Discount Risk: The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Portfolio and the value of your investment may fluctuate. Disruptions to creations and redemptions or the market price of the Portfolio’s holdings, the existence of extreme market volatility or potential lack of an active trading market for shares may widen bid-ask spreads and result in shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If a shareholder purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV or sells shares at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, and options thereon, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the Portfolio uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, as well as the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

Performance

The bar chart and table immediately following illustrate the variability of the US Equity ETF’s returns and are meant to provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio. The US Equity ETF has adopted the performance of the Tax-Managed U.S. Equity Portfolio (the predecessor fund) as the result of a reorganization of the predecessor fund into the US Equity ETF, which was consummated after the close of business on June 11, 2021 (the “Reorganization”).

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Prior to the Reorganization, the US Equity ETF had not yet commenced operations. The bar chart shows the changes in the Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) performance from year to year. The table illustrates how annualized one year, five year and ten year returns, both before and after taxes, compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. The Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) past performance (before and after taxes) is not an indication of future results. The returns shown for periods ending on or prior to June 11, 2021 are those of the predecessor fund. Returns of the Portfolio will be different from the returns of the predecessor fund as they have different expenses. Performance reflects any applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Performance returns would be lower without applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Updated performance information for the Portfolio can be obtained by visiting https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

The after-tax returns presented in the table for the Portfolio are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown in the table. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold shares of the Portfolio through tax-advantaged arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

 

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF—Total Returns

January 2013-December 2022

 

 

 

Highest Quarter
21.91% (4/20–6/20)

 

Lowest Quarter
-20.77% (1/20–3/20)

 

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Annualized Returns (%)
Periods ending December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

1 Year

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Before Taxes

 

 

-18.37

%

 

 

 

9.13

%

 

 

 

12.32

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions

 

 

-18.65

%

 

 

 

8.72

%

 

 

 

11.88

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Portfolio Shares

 

 

-10.67

%

 

 

 

7.17

%

 

 

 

10.20

%

 

 

Russell 3000® Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)

 

 

-19.21

%

 

 

 

8.79

%

 

 

 

12.13

%

 

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP serves as the investment advisor for the US Equity ETF. The following individuals are responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the Portfolio:

 

 

Jed S. Fogdall, Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2012).

 

 

John A. Hertzer, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

 

 

Joseph F. Hohn, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

 

 

Mary T. Phillips, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The US Equity ETF issues (or redeems) shares at NAV only to certain financial institutions that have entered into agreements with the Portfolio’s distributor in large aggregated blocks known as “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit of the Portfolio consists of 40,000 shares. Creation Units are issued (or redeemed) in-kind for securities (and an amount of cash) that the Portfolio specifies each day at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order.

Individual Portfolio shares may only be purchased and sold on NYSE Arca, Inc., other national securities exchanges, electronic crossing networks and other alternative trading systems through your broker-dealer at market prices. An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Because Portfolio shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, Portfolio shares may trade at a price less than (discount) or greater than (premium) the Portfolio’s NAV. Recent information, including information on the Portfolio’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads, is available on the Portfolio’s website at https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

Tax Information

The dividends and distributions you receive from the US Equity ETF are taxable and generally will be taxed as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both, unless you are investing through a tax-advantaged arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account, in which case distributions may be taxed as ordinary income when withdrawn from the plan or account.

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Payments to Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the US Equity ETF through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of the Portfolio shares and/or related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial intermediary to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF (the “US Small Cap ETF” or “Portfolio”) is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns.

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the US Small Cap ETF. You may also incur usual and customary brokerage commissions when buying or selling shares of the Portfolio, which are not reflected in the table or Example that follows.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each
year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
*

 

 

 

Management Fee

 

0.25%

 

Other Expenses

 

0.01%

 

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

 

0.26%

 

 

*

 

The “Management Fee” and “Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses” have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in the management fee payable by the Portfolio from 0.30% to 0.25% effective as of February 28, 2022.

EXAMPLE

This Example is meant to help you compare the cost of investing in the US Small Cap ETF with the cost of investing in other funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs whether you redeem or hold your shares would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

$27

 

$84

 

$146

 

$331

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

The US Small Cap ETF pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 9% of the average value of its investment portfolio.

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Principal Investment Strategies

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s (the “Advisor”) tax management strategies for the US Small Cap ETF are designed to maximize the after tax value of a shareholder’s investment. Generally, the Advisor buys and sells securities for the Portfolio with the goals of: (i) delaying and minimizing the realization of net capital gains (e.g., selling stocks with capital losses to offset gains, realized or anticipated); and (ii) maximizing the extent to which any realized net capital gains are long-term in nature (i.e., taxable at lower capital gains tax rates).

To achieve the US Small Cap ETF’s investment objective, the Advisor implements an integrated investment approach that combines research, portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading functions. As further described below, the Portfolio’s design emphasizes long-term drivers of expected returns identified by the Advisor’s research, while balancing risk through broad diversification across companies and sectors. The Advisor’s portfolio management and trading processes further balance those long-term drivers of expected returns with shorter-term drivers of expected returns and trading costs.

The US Small Cap ETF, using a market capitalization weighted approach, is designed to generally purchase a broad and diverse group of securities of U.S. small cap companies. A company’s market capitalization is the number of its shares outstanding times its price per share. Under a market capitalization weighted approach, companies with higher market capitalizations generally represent a larger proportion of the Portfolio than companies with relatively lower market capitalizations. The Portfolio may emphasize certain stocks, including smaller capitalization companies, lower relative price stocks, and/or higher profitability stocks as compared to their representation in the small-cap segment of the U.S. market. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time.

As a non-fundamental policy, under normal circumstances, the US Small Cap ETF will invest at least 80% of its net assets in securities of small cap U.S. companies. For the purposes of the Portfolio, the Advisor considers small cap companies to be companies whose market capitalizations are generally in the lowest 10% of total market capitalization or companies whose market capitalizations are smaller than the 1,000th largest U.S. company, whichever results in the higher market capitalization break. Total market capitalization is based on the market capitalization of eligible U.S. operating companies listed on a securities exchange in the United States that is deemed appropriate by the Advisor. Under the Advisor’s market capitalization guidelines described above, based on market capitalization data as of December 31, 2022, the market capitalization of a small cap company would be below $7,650 million. This threshold will change due to market conditions.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the US Small Cap ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum and investment characteristics. In assessing a company’s investment characteristics, the Advisor considers ratios such as recent changes in assets divided by total assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

The US Small Cap ETF may purchase or sell futures contracts and options on futures contracts for U.S. equity securities and indices, to increase or decrease equity market exposure based on actual or expected cash inflows to or outflows from the Portfolio.

The US Small Cap ETF may lend its portfolio securities to generate additional income.

The US Small Cap ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specific index and may have a higher degree of portfolio turnover than such index funds.

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Principal Risks

Because the value of your investment in the US Small Cap ETF will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in the Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolio.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Small Company Risk: Securities of small companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, smaller capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

Tax-Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Market Trading Risk: Active trading markets for the Portfolio’s shares may not be developed or maintained by market makers or authorized participants. Authorized participants are not obligated to make a market in the Portfolio’s shares or to submit purchase or redemption orders for creation units. Trading in shares on an exchange may be halted in certain circumstances. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the listing exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Portfolio will continue to be met.

Premium/Discount Risk: The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Portfolio and the value of your investment may fluctuate. Disruptions to creations and redemptions or the market price of the Portfolio’s holdings, the existence of extreme market volatility or potential lack of an active trading market for shares may widen bid-ask spreads and result in shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If a shareholder purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV or sells shares at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, and options thereon, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the Portfolio uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, as well as the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

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Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

Performance

The bar chart and table immediately following illustrate the variability of the US Small Cap ETF’s returns and are meant to provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio. The US Small Cap ETF has adopted the performance of the Tax-Managed U.S. Small Cap Portfolio (the predecessor fund) as the result of a reorganization of the predecessor fund into the US Small Cap ETF, which was consummated after the close of business on June 11, 2021 (the “Reorganization”). Prior to the Reorganization, the US Small Cap ETF had not yet commenced operations. The bar chart shows the changes in the Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) performance from year to year. The table illustrates how annualized one year, five year and ten year returns, both before and after taxes, compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. The Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) past performance (before and after taxes) is not an indication of future results. The returns shown for periods ending on or prior to June 11, 2021 are those of the predecessor fund. Returns of the Portfolio will be different from the returns of the predecessor fund as they have different expenses. Performance reflects any applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Performance returns would be lower without applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Updated performance information for the Portfolio can be obtained by visiting https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

The after-tax returns presented in the table for the Portfolio are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown in the table. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold shares of the Portfolio through tax-advantaged arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

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Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF—Total Returns

January 2013-December 2022

 

 

 

Highest Quarter
28.47% (10/20–12/20)

 

Lowest Quarter
-32.32% (1/20–3/20)

 

Annualized Returns (%)
Periods ending December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

1 Year

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Before Taxes

 

 

-13.80

%

 

 

 

5.50

%

 

 

 

10.06

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions

 

 

-14.02

%

 

 

 

4.91

%

 

 

 

9.35

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Portfolio Shares

 

 

-8.03

%

 

 

 

4.22

%

 

 

 

8.15

%

 

 

Russell 2000® Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)

 

 

-20.44

%

 

 

 

4.13

%

 

 

 

9.01

%

 

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP serves as the investment advisor for the US Small Cap ETF. The following individuals are responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the Portfolio:

 

 

Jed S. Fogdall, Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2012).

 

 

Joel P. Schneider, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2017).

 

 

Marc C. Leblond, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2020).

 

 

Joseph F. Hohn, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

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Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The US Small Cap ETF issues (or redeems) shares at NAV only to certain financial institutions that have entered into agreements with the Portfolio’s distributor in large aggregated blocks known as “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit of the Portfolio consists of 30,000 shares. Creation Units are issued (or redeemed) in-kind for securities (and an amount of cash) that the Portfolio specifies each day at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order.

Individual Portfolio shares may only be purchased and sold on NYSE Arca, Inc., other national securities exchanges, electronic crossing networks and other alternative trading systems through your broker-dealer at market prices. An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Because Portfolio shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, Portfolio shares may trade at a price less than (discount) or greater than (premium) the Portfolio’s NAV. Recent information, including information on the Portfolio’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads, is available on the Portfolio’s website at https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

Tax Information

The dividends and distributions you receive from the US Small Cap ETF are taxable and generally will be taxed as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both, unless you are investing through a tax-advantaged arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account, in which case distributions may be taxed as ordinary income when withdrawn from the plan or account.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the US Small Cap ETF through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of the Portfolio shares and/or related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial intermediary to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF (the “US Targeted Value ETF” or “Portfolio”) is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns.

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the US Targeted Value ETF. You may also incur usual and customary brokerage commissions when buying or selling shares of the Portfolio, which are not reflected in the table or Example that follows.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each
year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
*

 

 

 

Management Fee

 

0.27%

 

Other Expenses

 

0.01%

 

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

 

0.28%

 

 

*

 

The “Management Fee” and “Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses” have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in the management fee payable by the Portfolio from 0.30% to 0.27% effective as of February 28, 2022.

EXAMPLE

This Example is meant to help you compare the cost of investing in the US Targeted Value ETF with the cost of investing in other funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs whether you redeem or hold your shares would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

$29

 

$90

 

$157

 

$356

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

The US Targeted Value ETF pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 8% of the average value of its investment portfolio.

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Principal Investment Strategies

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s (the “Advisor”) tax management strategies for the US Targeted Value ETF are designed to maximize the after tax value of a shareholder’s investment. Generally, the Advisor buys and sells securities for the Portfolio with the goals of: (i) delaying and minimizing the realization of net capital gains (e.g., selling stocks with capital losses to offset gains, realized or anticipated); and (ii) maximizing the extent to which any realized net capital gains are long-term in nature (i.e., taxable at lower capital gains tax rates).

To achieve the US Targeted Value ETF’s investment objective, the Advisor implements an integrated investment approach that combines research, portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading functions. As further described below, the Portfolio’s design emphasizes long-term drivers of expected returns identified by the Advisor’s research, while balancing risk through broad diversification across companies and sectors. The Advisor’s portfolio management and trading processes further balance those long-term drivers of expected returns with shorter-term drivers of expected returns and trading costs.

The US Targeted Value ETF, using a market capitalization weighted approach, is designed to generally purchase a broad and diverse group of readily marketable securities of U.S. small and mid cap companies that the Advisor determines to be lower relative price stocks with higher profitability. A company’s market capitalization is the number of its shares outstanding times its price per share. Under a market capitalization weighted approach, companies with higher market capitalizations generally represent a larger proportion of the Portfolio than companies with relatively lower market capitalizations. The Portfolio may emphasize certain stocks, including smaller capitalization companies, lower relative price stocks, and/or higher profitability stocks as compared to their representation in the small- and mid-cap value segment of the U.S. market. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time.

As a non-fundamental policy, under normal circumstances, the US Targeted Value ETF will invest at least 80% of its net assets in securities of U.S. companies. The Advisor considers for investment companies whose market capitalizations are generally smaller than the 500th largest U.S. company. As of December 31, 2022, companies smaller than the 500th largest U.S. company fall in the lowest 13% of total U.S. market capitalization. Total market capitalization is based on the market capitalization of eligible U.S. operating companies listed on a securities exchange in the United States that is deemed appropriate by the Advisor. Based on market capitalization data as of December 31, 2022, the market capitalization of a company smaller than the 500th largest U.S. company would be below $10,936 million. This threshold will change due to market conditions.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the US Targeted Value ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum and investment characteristics. In assessing a company’s investment characteristics, the Advisor considers ratios such as recent changes in assets divided by total assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

The US Targeted Value ETF may purchase or sell futures contracts and options on futures contracts for U.S. equity securities and indices, to increase or decrease equity market exposure based on actual or expected cash inflows to or outflows from the Portfolio.

The US Targeted Value ETF may lend its portfolio securities to generate additional income.

The US Targeted Value ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specific index and may have a higher degree of portfolio turnover than such index funds.

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Principal Risks

Because the value of your investment in the US Targeted Value ETF will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in the Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolio.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk: Securities of small and mid-cap companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small or mid-cap company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small and mid-cap company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, small and mid-capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Tax-Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Market Trading Risk: Active trading markets for the Portfolio’s shares may not be developed or maintained by market makers or authorized participants. Authorized participants are not obligated to make a market in the Portfolio’s shares or to submit purchase or redemption orders for creation units. Trading in shares on an exchange may be halted in certain circumstances. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the listing exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Portfolio will continue to be met.

Premium/Discount Risk: The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Portfolio and the value of your investment may fluctuate. Disruptions to creations and redemptions or the market price of the Portfolio’s holdings, the existence of extreme market volatility or potential lack of an active trading market for shares may widen bid-ask spreads and result in shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If a shareholder purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV or sells shares at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, and options thereon, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the Portfolio uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, as well as the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

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Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

Performance

The bar chart and table immediately following illustrate the variability of the US Targeted Value ETF’s returns and are meant to provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio. The US Targeted Value ETF has adopted the performance of the Tax-Managed U.S. Targeted Value Portfolio (the predecessor fund) as the result of a reorganization of the predecessor fund into the US Targeted Value ETF, which was consummated after the close of business on June 11, 2021 (the “Reorganization”). Prior to the Reorganization, the US Targeted Value ETF had not yet commenced operations. The bar chart shows the changes in the Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) performance from year to year. The table illustrates how annualized one year, five year and ten year returns, both before and after taxes, compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. The Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) past performance (before and after taxes) is not an indication of future results. The returns shown for periods ending on or prior to June 11, 2021 are those of the predecessor fund. Returns of the Portfolio will be different from the returns of the predecessor fund as they have different expenses. Performance reflects any applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Performance returns would be lower without applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Updated performance information for the Portfolio can be obtained by visiting https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

The after-tax returns presented in the table for the Portfolio are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown in the table. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold shares of the Portfolio through tax-advantaged arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

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Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF—Total Returns

January 2013-December 2022

 

 

 

Highest Quarter
30.73% (10/20–12/20)

 

Lowest Quarter
-37.94% (1/20–3/20)

 

Annualized Returns (%)
Periods ending December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

1 Year

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Before Taxes

 

 

-6.24

%

 

 

 

5.84

%

 

 

 

10.23

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions

 

 

-6.55

%

 

 

 

5.21

%

 

 

 

9.34

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Portfolio Shares

 

 

-3.49

%

 

 

 

4.43

%

 

 

 

8.21

%

 

 

Russell 2000® Value Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)

 

 

-14.48

%

 

 

 

4.13

%

 

 

 

8.48

%

 

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP serves as the investment advisor for the US Targeted Value ETF. The following individuals are responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the Portfolio:

 

 

Jed S. Fogdall, Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2012).

 

 

Joel P. Schneider, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2015).

 

 

Marc C. Leblond, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2020).

 

 

Joseph F. Hohn, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

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Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The US Targeted Value ETF issues (or redeems) shares at NAV only to certain financial institutions that have entered into agreements with the Portfolio’s distributor in large aggregated blocks known as “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit of the Portfolio consists of 50,000 shares. Creation Units are issued (or redeemed) in-kind for securities (and an amount of cash) that the Portfolio specifies each day at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order.

Individual Portfolio shares may only be purchased and sold on NYSE Arca, Inc., other national securities exchanges, electronic crossing networks and other alternative trading systems through your broker-dealer at market prices. An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Because Portfolio shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, Portfolio shares may trade at a price less than (discount) or greater than (premium) the Portfolio’s NAV. Recent information, including information on the Portfolio’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads, is available on the Portfolio’s website at https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

Tax Information

The dividends and distributions you receive from the US Targeted Value ETF are taxable and generally will be taxed as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both, unless you are investing through a tax-advantaged arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account, in which case distributions may be taxed as ordinary income when withdrawn from the plan or account.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the US Targeted Value ETF through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of the Portfolio shares and/or related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial intermediary to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF (the “US Core Equity 2 ETF” or “Portfolio”) is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while considering federal income tax implications of investment decisions.

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the US Core Equity 2 ETF. You may also incur usual and customary brokerage commissions when buying or selling shares of the Portfolio, which are not reflected in the table or Example that follows.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each
year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

 

 

 

Management Fee

 

0.16%

 

Other Expenses

 

0.01%

 

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

 

0.17%

 

EXAMPLE

This Example is meant to help you compare the cost of investing in the US Core Equity 2 ETF with the cost of investing in other funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs whether you redeem or hold your shares would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

$17

 

$55

 

$96

 

$217

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

The US Core Equity 2 ETF pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 6% of the average value of its investment portfolio.

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Principal Investment Strategies

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s (the “Advisor”) tax management strategies for the US Core Equity 2 ETF are designed to maximize the after tax value of a shareholder’s investment. Generally, the Advisor buys and sells securities for the Portfolio with the goals of: (i) delaying and minimizing the realization of net capital gains (e.g., selling stocks with capital losses to offset gains, realized or anticipated); and (ii) maximizing the extent to which any realized net capital gains are long-term in nature (i.e., taxable at lower capital gains tax rates).

To achieve the US Core Equity 2 ETF’s investment objective, the Advisor implements an integrated investment approach that combines research, portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading functions. As further described below, the Portfolio’s design emphasizes long-term drivers of expected returns identified by the Advisor’s research, while balancing risk through broad diversification across companies and sectors. The Advisor’s portfolio management and trading processes further balance those long-term drivers of expected returns with shorter-term drivers of expected returns and trading costs.

The US Core Equity 2 ETF is designed to purchase a broad and diverse group of securities of U.S. companies. The Portfolio invests in companies of all sizes, with increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies as compared to their representation in the U.S. Universe. The Advisor generally defines the U.S. Universe as a market capitalization weighted set (e.g., the larger the company, the greater the proportion of the U.S. Universe it represents) of U.S. operating companies listed on a securities exchange in the United States that is deemed appropriate by the Advisor. The Portfolio’s increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies may be achieved by decreasing the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets to larger capitalization, higher relative price, or lower profitability companies relative to their weight in the U.S. Universe. An equity issuer is considered to have a high relative price (i.e., a growth stock) primarily because it has a high price in relation to its book value. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time.

As a non-fundamental policy, under normal circumstances, the US Core Equity 2 ETF will invest at least 80% of its net assets in securities of U.S. companies.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the US Core Equity 2 ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum and investment characteristics. In assessing a company’s investment characteristics, the Advisor considers ratios such as recent changes in assets divided by total assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

The US Core Equity 2 ETF may purchase or sell futures contracts and options on futures contracts for U.S. equity securities and indices, to increase or decrease equity market exposure based on actual or expected cash inflows to or outflows from the Portfolio.

The US Core Equity 2 ETF may lend its portfolio securities to generate additional income.

The US Core Equity 2 ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specific index and may have a higher degree of portfolio turnover than such index funds.

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Principal Risks

Because the value of your investment in the US Core Equity 2 ETF will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in the Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolio.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk: Securities of small and mid-cap companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small or mid-cap company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small and mid-cap company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, small and mid-capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Tax-Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Market Trading Risk: Active trading markets for the Portfolio’s shares may not be developed or maintained by market makers or authorized participants. Authorized participants are not obligated to make a market in the Portfolio’s shares or to submit purchase or redemption orders for creation units. Trading in shares on an exchange may be halted in certain circumstances. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the listing exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Portfolio will continue to be met.

Premium/Discount Risk: The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Portfolio and the value of your investment may fluctuate. Disruptions to creations and redemptions or the market price of the Portfolio’s holdings, the existence of extreme market volatility or potential lack of an active trading market for shares may widen bid-ask spreads and result in shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If a shareholder purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV or sells shares at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, and options thereon, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the Portfolio uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, as well as the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

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Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

Performance

The bar chart and table immediately following illustrate the variability of the US Core Equity 2 ETF’s returns and are meant to provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio. The US Core Equity 2 ETF has adopted the performance of the T.A. U.S. Core Equity 2 Portfolio (the predecessor fund) as the result of a reorganization of the predecessor fund into the US Core Equity 2 ETF, which was consummated after the close of business on June 11, 2021 (the “Reorganization”). Prior to the Reorganization, the US Core Equity 2 ETF had not yet commenced operations. The bar chart shows the changes in the Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) performance from year to year. The table illustrates how annualized one year, five year and ten year returns, both before and after taxes, compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. The Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) past performance (before and after taxes) is not an indication of future results. The returns shown for periods ending on or prior to June 11, 2021 are those of the predecessor fund. Returns of the Portfolio will be different from the returns of the predecessor fund as they have different expenses. Performance reflects any applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Performance returns would be lower without applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Updated performance information for the Portfolio can be obtained by visiting https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

The after-tax returns presented in the table for the Portfolio are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown in the table. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold shares of the Portfolio through tax-advantaged arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

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Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF—Total Returns

January 2013-December 2022

 

 

 

Highest Quarter
22.14% (4/20–6/20)

 

Lowest Quarter
-25.40% (1/20–3/20)

 

Annualized Returns (%)
Periods ending December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

1 Year

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Before Taxes

 

 

-14.94

%

 

 

 

8.07

%

 

 

 

11.58

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions

 

 

-15.25

%

 

 

 

7.58

%

 

 

 

11.04

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Portfolio Shares

 

 

-8.63

%

 

 

 

6.29

%

 

 

 

9.51

%

 

 

Russell 3000® Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)

 

 

-19.21

%

 

 

 

8.79

%

 

 

 

12.13

%

 

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP serves as the investment advisor for the US Core Equity 2 ETF. The following individuals are responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the Portfolio:

 

 

Jed S. Fogdall, Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2012).

 

 

John A. Hertzer, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

 

 

Joseph F. Hohn, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

 

 

Mary T. Phillips, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

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Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The US Core Equity 2 ETF issues (or redeems) shares at NAV only to certain financial institutions that have entered into agreements with the Portfolio’s distributor in large aggregated blocks known as “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit of the Portfolio consists of 100,000 shares. Creation Units are issued (or redeemed) in-kind for securities (and an amount of cash) that the Portfolio specifies each day at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order.

Individual Portfolio shares may only be purchased and sold on NYSE Arca, Inc., other national securities exchanges, electronic crossing networks and other alternative trading systems through your broker-dealer at market prices. An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Because Portfolio shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, Portfolio shares may trade at a price less than (discount) or greater than (premium) the Portfolio’s NAV. Recent information, including information on the Portfolio’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads, is available on the Portfolio’s website at https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

Tax Information

The dividends and distributions you receive from the US Core Equity 2 ETF are taxable and generally will be taxed as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both, unless you are investing through a tax-advantaged arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account, in which case distributions may be taxed as ordinary income when withdrawn from the plan or account.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the US Core Equity 2 ETF through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of the Portfolio shares and/or related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial intermediary to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF (the “US Marketwide Value ETF” or “Portfolio”) is to achieve long-term capital appreciation.

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the US Marketwide Value ETF. You may also incur usual and customary brokerage commissions when buying or selling shares of the Portfolio, which are not reflected in the table or Example that follows.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each
year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

 

 

 

Management Fee

 

0.20%

 

Other Expenses

 

0.02%

 

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

 

0.22%

 

EXAMPLE

This Example is meant to help you compare the cost of investing in the US Marketwide Value ETF with the cost of investing in other funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs whether you redeem or hold your shares would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

$23

 

$71

 

$124

 

$280

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

The pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 3% of the average value of its investment portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s (the “Advisor”) tax management strategies for the US Marketwide Value ETF are designed to maximize the after-tax value of a shareholder’s investment. Generally, the Advisor buys and sells securities for the Portfolio with the goals of: (i) delaying and minimizing the realization of net capital gains (e.g., selling stocks with capital losses to offset gains, realized or anticipated); and (ii) maximizing the extent to which any realized net capital gains are long-term in nature (i.e., taxable at lower capital gains tax rates).

To achieve the US Marketwide Value ETF’s investment objective, the Advisor implements an integrated investment approach that combines research, portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading functions. As

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further described below, the Portfolio’s design emphasizes long-term drivers of expected returns identified by the Advisor’s research, while balancing risk through broad diversification across companies and sectors. The Advisor’s portfolio management and trading processes further balance those long-term drivers of expected returns with shorter-term drivers of expected returns and trading costs.

The US Marketwide Value ETF is designed to purchase a broad and diverse group of securities of U.S. companies that the Advisor determines to be value stocks. A company’s market capitalization is the number of its shares outstanding times its price per share. Companies with higher market capitalizations generally represent a larger proportion of the Portfolio than companies with relatively lower market capitalizations. The Advisor may overweight certain stocks, including smaller companies, lower relative price stocks, and/or higher profitability stocks within the value segment of the U.S. market. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the Tax-Managed Value ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum and investment characteristics. In assessing a company’s investment characteristics, the Advisor considers ratios such as recent changes in assets divided by total assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

As a non-fundamental policy, under normal circumstances, the Portfolio will invest at least 80% of its net assets in securities of U.S. companies. The Advisor considers companies of all market capitalizations for purchase by the Portfolio.

The Portfolio may purchase or sell futures contracts and options on futures contracts for U.S. equity securities and indices, to increase or decrease equity market exposure based on actual or expected cash inflows to or outflows from the Portfolio.

The Portfolio may lend its portfolio securities to generate additional income.

The Portfolio is an actively managed exchange traded fund and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specific index and may have a higher degree of portfolio turnover than such index funds.

Principal Risks

Because the value of your investment in the US Marketwide Value ETF will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in the Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolio.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

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Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk: Securities of small and mid-cap companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small or mid-cap company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small and mid-cap company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, small and mid-capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Tax Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax-managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax-managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Market Trading Risk: Active trading markets for the Portfolio’s shares may not be developed or maintained by market makers or authorized participants. Authorized participants are not obligated to make a market in the Portfolio’s shares or to submit purchase or redemption orders for creation units. Trading in shares on an exchange may be halted in certain circumstances. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the listing exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Portfolio will continue to be met.

Premium/Discount Risk: The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Portfolio and the value of your investment may fluctuate. Disruptions to creations and redemptions or the market price of the Portfolio’s holdings, the existence of extreme market volatility or potential lack of an active trading market for shares may widen bid-ask spreads and result in shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If a shareholder purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV or sells shares at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, and options thereon, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the Portfolio uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, as well as the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

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Performance

The bar chart and table immediately following illustrate the variability of the US Marketwide Value ETF’s returns and are meant to provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio. The Portfolio has adopted the performance of the Tax-Managed U.S. Marketwide Value Portfolio II (the predecessor fund) as the result of a reorganization of the predecessor fund into the US Marketwide Value ETF, which was consummated after the close of business on May 6, 2022 (the “Reorganization”). Prior to the Reorganization, the Portfolio had not yet commenced operations. The bar chart shows the changes in the Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) performance from year to year. The table illustrates how annualized one year, five year and ten year returns, both before and after taxes, compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. The Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) past performance (before and after taxes) is not an indication of future results. The returns shown for periods ending on or prior to May 6, 2022 are those of the predecessor fund. Returns of the Portfolio will be different from the returns of the predecessor fund as they have different expenses. Performance reflects any applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Performance returns would be lower without applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Updated performance information for the Portfolio can be obtained by visiting https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

The after-tax returns presented in the table for the Portfolio are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown in the table. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold shares of the Portfolio through tax-advantaged arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

 

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF—Total Returns

January 2013-December 2022

 

 

 

Highest Quarter
18.26% (10/20–12/20)

 

Lowest Quarter
-30.33% (1/20–3/20)

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Annualized Returns (%)
Periods ending December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

1 Year

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Before Taxes

 

 

-7.83

%

 

 

 

6.19

%

 

 

 

10.83

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions

 

 

-8.27

%

 

 

 

5.43

%

 

 

 

9.98

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Portfolio Shares

 

 

-4.43

%

 

 

 

4.71

%

 

 

 

8.77

%

 

 

Russell 3000® Value Index
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)

 

 

-7.98

%

 

 

 

6.50

%

 

 

 

10.16

%

 

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP serves as the investment advisor for the US Marketwide Value ETF. The following individuals are responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the Portfolio:

 

 

Jed S. Fogdall, Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022 (predecessor fund 2012).

 

 

John A. Hertzer, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio and predecessor fund since 2022.

 

 

Joseph F. Hohn, Vice President and Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio and predecessor fund since 2022.

 

 

Mary T. Phillips, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio and predecessor fund since 2022.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The US Marketwide Value ETF issues (or redeems) shares at NAV only to certain financial institutions that have entered into agreements with the Portfolio’s distributor in large aggregated blocks known as “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit of the Portfolio consists of 50,000 shares. Creation Units are issued (or redeemed) in-kind for securities (and an amount of cash) that the Portfolio specifies each day at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order.

Individual Portfolio shares may only be purchased and sold on NYSE Arca, Inc., other national securities exchanges, electronic crossing networks and other alternative trading systems through your broker-dealer at market prices. An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Because Portfolio shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, Portfolio shares may trade at a price less than (discount) or greater than (premium) the Portfolio’s NAV. Recent information, including information on the Portfolio’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads, is available on the Portfolio’s website at https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

Tax Information

The dividends and distributions you receive from the US Marketwide Value ETF are taxable and generally will be taxed as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both, unless you are investing through a

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tax-advantaged arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account, in which case distributions may be taxed as ordinary income when withdrawn from the plan or account.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the US Marketwide Value ETF through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of the Portfolio shares and/or related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial intermediary to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Dimensional International Value ETF

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Dimensional International Value ETF (the “International Value ETF” or “Portfolio”) is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns.

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the International Value ETF. You may also incur usual and customary brokerage commissions when buying or selling shares of the Portfolio, which are not reflected in the table or Example that follows.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each
year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
*

 

 

 

Management Fee

 

0.25%

 

Other Expenses

 

0.02%

 

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

 

0.27%

 

 

*

 

The “Management Fee” and “Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses” have been adjusted to reflect the decrease in the management fee payable by the Portfolio from 0.30% to 0.25% effective as of February 28, 2022.

EXAMPLE

This Example is meant to help you compare the cost of investing in the International Value ETF with the cost of investing in other funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs whether you redeem or hold your shares would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

$28

 

$87

 

$152

 

$343

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

The International Value ETF pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 12% of the average value of its investment portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s (the “Advisor”) tax management strategies for the International Value ETF are designed to maximize the after tax value of a shareholder’s investment. Generally, the Advisor buys and sells securities for the Portfolio with the goals of: (i) delaying and minimizing the realization of net capital gains (e.g., selling stocks with capital losses to offset gains, realized or anticipated); and (ii) maximizing the extent to which any realized net capital gains are long-term in nature (i.e., taxable at lower capital gains tax rates).

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To achieve the International Value ETF’s investment objective, the Advisor implements an integrated investment approach that combines research, portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading functions. As further described below, the Portfolio’s design emphasizes long-term drivers of expected returns identified by the Advisor’s research, while balancing risk through broad diversification across companies and sectors. The Advisor’s portfolio management and trading processes further balance those long-term drivers of expected returns with shorter-term drivers of expected returns and trading costs.

The International Value ETF is designed to generally purchase securities of large non-U.S. companies in countries with developed markets that the Advisor determines to be lower relative price stocks. A company’s market capitalization is the number of its shares outstanding times its price per share. Under a market capitalization weighted approach, companies with higher market capitalizations generally represent a larger proportion of the Portfolio than companies with relatively lower market capitalizations. The Advisor may overweight certain stocks, including smaller companies, lower relative price stocks, and/or higher profitability stocks within the large-cap value segment of developed ex U.S. markets. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time.

The International Value ETF intends to purchase securities of large companies associated with developed market countries that the Advisor has designated as approved markets. The Advisor determines the minimum market capitalization of a large company with respect to each country or region in which the Portfolio invests. Based on market capitalization data as of December 31, 2022, for the Portfolio, the market capitalization of a large company in any country or region in which the Portfolio invests would be $1,325 million or above. This threshold will change due to market conditions.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the International Value ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

The International Value ETF also may gain exposure to companies associated with approved markets by purchasing equity securities in the form of depositary receipts, which may be listed or traded outside the issuer’s domicile country. The Portfolio may purchase or sell futures contracts and options on futures contracts for foreign or U.S. equity securities and indices, to increase or decrease equity market exposure based on actual or expected cash inflows to or outflows from the Portfolio. Because many of the Portfolio’s investments may be denominated in foreign currencies, the Portfolio may enter into foreign currency exchange transactions, including foreign currency forward contracts, in connection with the settlement of foreign securities or to transfer cash balances from one currency to another currency.

The International Value ETF may lend its portfolio securities to generate additional income.

The International Value ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specific index and may have a higher degree of portfolio turnover than such index funds.

Principal Risks

Because the value of your investment in the International Value ETF will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in the Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolio.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that

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owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

Foreign Securities and Currencies Risk: Foreign securities prices may decline or fluctuate because of: (a) economic or political actions of foreign governments, and/or (b) less regulated or liquid securities markets. Investors holding these securities may also be exposed to foreign currency risk (the possibility that foreign currency will fluctuate in value against the U.S. dollar or that a foreign government will convert, or be forced to convert, its currency to another currency, changing its value against the U.S. dollar). The International Value ETF does not hedge foreign currency risk.

Depositary receipts are generally subject to the same risks as the foreign securities that they evidence or into which they may be converted. In addition, the underlying issuers of certain depositary receipts, particularly unsponsored or unregistered depositary receipts, are under no obligation to distribute shareholder communications to the holders of such receipts, or to pass through to them any voting rights with respect to the deposited securities. Depositary receipts that are not sponsored by the issuer may be less liquid and there may be less readily available public information about the issuer.

Tax-Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Market Trading Risk: Active trading markets for the Portfolio’s shares may not be developed or maintained by market makers or authorized participants. Authorized participants are not obligated to make a market in the Portfolio’s shares or to submit purchase or redemption orders for creation units. Trading in shares on an exchange may be halted in certain circumstances. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the listing exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Portfolio will continue to be met.

Premium/Discount Risk: The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Portfolio and the value of your investment may fluctuate. Disruptions to creations and redemptions or the market price of the Portfolio’s holdings, the existence of extreme market volatility or potential lack of an active trading market for shares may widen bid-ask spreads and result in shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If a shareholder purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV or sells shares at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

International Closed Market Trading Risk: To the extent that the underlying securities held by the Portfolio trade on an exchange that is closed when the securities exchange on which the Portfolio shares list and trade is open, there may be market uncertainty about the stale security pricing (i.e., the last quote from its closed foreign market) resulting in premiums or discounts to NAV that may be greater than those experienced by other ETFs.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures, and options thereon, and foreign currency forward contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the International Value ETF uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, settlement, liquidity, interest rate,

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market, credit and management risks, as well as the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

Performance

The bar chart and table immediately following illustrate the variability of the International Value ETF’s returns and are meant to provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio. The International Value ETF has adopted the performance of the Tax-Managed DFA International Value Portfolio (the predecessor fund) as the result of a reorganization of the predecessor fund into the International Value ETF, which was consummated after the close of business on September 10, 2021 (the “Reorganization”). Prior to the Reorganization, the International Value ETF had not yet commenced operations. The bar chart shows the changes in the Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) performance from year to year. The table illustrates how annualized one year, five year and ten year returns, both before and after taxes, compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. The Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) past performance (before and after taxes) is not an indication of future results. The returns shown for periods ending on or prior to September 10, 2021 are those of the predecessor fund. Returns of the Portfolio will be different from the returns of the predecessor fund as they have different expenses. Performance reflects any applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Performance returns would be lower without applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Updated performance information for the Portfolio can be obtained by visiting https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

The after-tax returns presented in the table for the Portfolio are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown in the table. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold shares of the Portfolio through tax-advantaged arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

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Dimensional International Value ETF—Total Returns

January 2013-December 2022

 

 

 

Highest Quarter
21.49% (10/20–12/20)

 

Lowest Quarter
-31.49% (1/20–3/20)

 

Annualized Returns (%)
Periods ending December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

1 Year

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

Dimensional International Value ETF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Before Taxes

 

 

-3.62

%

 

 

 

1.28

%

 

 

 

4.42

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions

 

 

-4.26

%

 

 

 

0.70

%

 

 

 

3.83

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Portfolio Shares

 

 

-1.30

%

 

 

 

1.13

%

 

 

 

3.61

%

 

 

MSCI World ex USA Value Index (net dividends)
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes on sales)

 

 

-5.64

%

 

 

 

0.56

%

 

 

 

3.55

%

 

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP serves as the investment advisor for the International Value ETF. Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd. and DFA Australia Limited serve as the sub-advisors for the Portfolio. The following individuals are responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the Portfolio:

 

 

Jed S. Fogdall, Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2010).

 

 

Arun C. Keswani, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2020).

 

 

Joseph F. Hohn, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

 

 

Joel P. Schneider, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

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Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The International Value ETF issues (or redeems) shares at NAV only to certain financial institutions that have entered into agreements with the Portfolio’s distributor in large aggregated blocks known as “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit of the Portfolio consists of 50,000 shares. Creation Units are issued (or redeemed) in-kind for securities (and an amount of cash) that the Portfolio specifies each day at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order.

Individual Portfolio shares may only be purchased and sold on NYSE Arca, Inc., other national securities exchanges, electronic crossing networks and other alternative trading systems through your broker-dealer at market prices. An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Because Portfolio shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, Portfolio shares may trade at a price less than (discount) or greater than (premium) the Portfolio’s NAV. Recent information, including information on the Portfolio’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads, is available on the Portfolio’s website at https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

Tax Information

The dividends and distributions you receive from the International Value ETF are taxable and generally will be taxed as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both, unless you are investing through a tax-advantaged arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account, in which case distributions may be taxed as ordinary income when withdrawn from the plan or account.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the International Value ETF through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of the Portfolio shares and/or related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial intermediary to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

Investment Objective

The investment objective of the Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF (the “World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF” or “Portfolio”) is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while considering federal tax implications of investment decisions.

Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio

This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold or sell shares of the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF. You may also incur usual and customary brokerage commissions when buying or selling shares of the Portfolio, which are not reflected in the table or Example that follows.

 

Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment): None

Annual Fund Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each
year as a percentage of the value of your investment)

 

 

 

Management Fee

 

0.25%

 

Other Expenses

 

0.05%

 

Total Annual Fund Operating Expenses

 

0.30%

 

EXAMPLE

This Example is meant to help you compare the cost of investing in the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF with the cost of investing in other funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs whether you redeem or hold your shares would be:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 Year

 

3 Years

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

$31

 

$97

 

$169

 

$381

 

PORTFOLIO TURNOVER

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in Annual Fund Operating Expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 8% of the average value of its investment portfolio.

Principal Investment Strategies

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP’s (the “Advisor”) tax management strategies for the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF are designed to maximize the after tax value of a shareholder’s investment. Generally, the Advisor buys and sells securities for the Portfolio with the goals of: (i) delaying and minimizing the realization of net capital gains (e.g., selling stocks with capital losses to offset gains, realized or anticipated); and (ii) maximizing the extent to which any realized net capital gains are long-term in nature (i.e., taxable at lower capital gains tax rates).

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To achieve the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF’s investment objective, the Advisor implements an integrated investment approach that combines research, portfolio design, portfolio management, and trading functions. As further described below, the Portfolio’s design emphasizes long-term drivers of expected returns identified by the Advisor’s research, while balancing risk through broad diversification across companies and sectors. The Advisor’s portfolio management and trading processes further balance those long-term drivers of expected returns with shorter-term drivers of expected returns and trading costs.

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF is designed to purchase a broad and diverse group of securities of non-U.S. companies in countries with developed and emerging markets. The Portfolio invests in companies of all sizes, with increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies as compared to their representation in the Non-U.S. Universe. For purposes of this Portfolio, the Advisor defines the Non-U.S. Universe as a market capitalization weighted set (e.g., the larger the company, the greater the proportion of the Non-U.S. Universe it represents) of non-U.S. companies in developed and emerging markets that have been authorized for investment as approved markets by the Advisor’s Investment Committee. The Portfolio’s increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies may be achieved by decreasing the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets to larger capitalization, higher relative price, or lower profitability companies relative to their weight in the Non-U.S. Universe. An equity issuer is considered to have a high relative price (i.e., a growth stock) primarily because it has a high price in relation to its book value. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time. The Advisor determines company size on a country or region specific basis and based primarily on market capitalization.

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF intends to purchase securities of companies associated with developed market and emerging market countries, which may include frontier markets (emerging market countries in an earlier stage of development), that the Advisor has designated as approved markets. As a non-fundamental policy, under normal circumstances, the Portfolio will invest at least 80% of its net assets in non-U.S. equity securities and/or investments that provide exposure to non-U.S. securities.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum and investment characteristics. In assessing a company’s investment characteristics, the Advisor considers ratios such as recent changes in assets divided by total assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF may gain exposure to non-U.S. securities by purchasing equity securities in the form of depositary receipts, which may be listed or traded outside the issuer’s domicile country. The Portfolio may also invest in China A-shares (equity securities of companies listed in China) and variable interest entities (special structures that utilize contractual arrangements to provide exposure to certain Chinese companies). The Portfolio may purchase or sell futures contracts and options on futures contracts for foreign or U.S. equity securities and indices, to increase or decrease equity market exposure based on actual or expected cash inflows to or outflows from the Portfolio. Because many of the Portfolio’s investments may be denominated in foreign currencies, the Portfolio may enter into foreign currency exchange transactions, including foreign currency forward contracts, in connection with the settlement of foreign securities or to transfer cash balances from one currency to another currency.

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF may lend its portfolio securities to generate additional income.

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF is an actively managed exchange-traded fund and does not seek to replicate the performance of a specific index and may have a higher degree of portfolio turnover than such index funds.

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Principal Risks

Because the value of your investment in the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in the Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolio.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and the Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices.

Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk: Securities of small and mid-cap companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small or mid-cap company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small and mid-cap company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, small and mid-capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Foreign Securities and Currencies Risk: Foreign securities prices may decline or fluctuate because of: (a) economic or political actions of foreign governments, and/or (b) less regulated or liquid securities markets. Investors holding these securities may also be exposed to foreign currency risk (the possibility that foreign currency will fluctuate in value against the U.S. dollar or that a foreign government will convert, or be forced to convert, its currency to another currency, changing its value against the U.S. dollar). The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF does not hedge foreign currency risk.

Depositary receipts are generally subject to the same risks as the foreign securities that they evidence or into which they may be converted. In addition, the underlying issuers of certain depositary receipts, particularly unsponsored or unregistered depositary receipts, are under no obligation to distribute shareholder communications to the holders of such receipts, or to pass through to them any voting rights with respect to the deposited securities. Depositary receipts that are not sponsored by the issuer may be less liquid and there may be less readily available public information about the issuer.

Emerging Markets Risk: Numerous emerging market countries have a history of, and continue to experience serious, and potentially continuing, economic and political problems. Stock markets in many emerging market countries are relatively small, expensive to trade in and generally have higher risks than those in developed markets. Securities in emerging markets also may be less liquid than those in developed markets and foreigners are often limited in their ability to invest in, and withdraw assets from, these markets. Additional restrictions may be imposed under other conditions. Frontier market countries generally have smaller economies or less developed capital markets and, as a result, the risks of investing in emerging market countries are magnified in frontier market countries.

China Investments Risk: There are special risks associated with investments in China and Taiwan, which are considered emerging market countries by the Portfolio. The Chinese government has implemented significant economic reforms in order to liberalize trade policy, promote foreign investment in the economy, reduce government control of the economy and develop market mechanisms. But there can be no assurance that these reforms will continue or that they will be effective. Despite reforms and privatizations of companies in certain

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sectors, the Chinese government still exercises substantial influence over many aspects of the private sector and may own or control many companies. The Chinese government continues to maintain a major role in economic policy making and investing in China involves risks of losses due to expropriation, nationalization, confiscation of assets and property, and the imposition of restrictions on foreign investments and on repatriation of capital invested.

A reduction in spending on Chinese products and services or the institution of additional tariffs or other trade barriers, including as a result of heightened trade tensions between China and the United States may also have an adverse impact on the Chinese economy. In addition, investments in Taiwan could be adversely affected by its political and economic relationship with China. Certain securities issued by companies located or operating in China, such as China A-shares, are also subject to trading restrictions, quota limitations and less market liquidity, which could pose risks to the Portfolio. The Portfolio may also invest in special structures that utilize contractual arrangements to provide exposure to certain Chinese companies, known as variable interest entities (“VIEs”), that operate in sectors in which China restricts and/or prohibits foreign investments. The Chinese government’s acceptance of the VIE structure is evolving. It is uncertain whether Chinese officials and regulators will withdraw their acceptance of the structure or whether Chinese courts or arbitration bodies would decline to enforce the contractual rights of foreign investors, each of which would likely have significant, detrimental, and possibly permanent losses on the value of such investments.

Tax-Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Market Trading Risk: Active trading markets for the Portfolio’s shares may not be developed or maintained by market makers or authorized participants. Authorized participants are not obligated to make a market in the Portfolio’s shares or to submit purchase or redemption orders for creation units. Trading in shares on an exchange may be halted in certain circumstances. There can be no assurance that the requirements of the listing exchange necessary to maintain the listing of the Portfolio will continue to be met.

Premium/Discount Risk: The net asset value (“NAV”) of the Portfolio and the value of your investment may fluctuate. Disruptions to creations and redemptions or the market price of the Portfolio’s holdings, the existence of extreme market volatility or potential lack of an active trading market for shares may widen bid-ask spreads and result in shares trading at a significant premium or discount to NAV. If a shareholder purchases shares at a time when the market price is at a premium to the NAV or sells shares at a time when the market price is at a discount to the NAV, the shareholder may sustain losses.

International Closed Market Trading Risk: To the extent that the underlying securities held by the Portfolio trade on an exchange that is closed when the securities exchange on which the Portfolio shares list and trade is open, there may be market uncertainty about the stale security pricing (i.e., the last quote from its closed foreign market) resulting in premiums or discounts to NAV that may be greater than those experienced by other ETFs.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures, and options thereon, and foreign currency forward contracts, whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. The use of derivatives for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF uses derivatives, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks including counterparty, settlement, liquidity, interest rate, market, credit and management risks, as well as the risk of improper valuation. Changes in the value of a derivative may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, securities, rate, or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, the Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. The Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the

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collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. The Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Cyber Security Risk: The Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause the Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

Performance

The bar chart and table immediately following illustrate the variability of the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF’s returns and are meant to provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio. The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF has adopted the performance of the T.A. World ex U.S. Core Equity Portfolio (the predecessor fund) as the result of a reorganization of the predecessor fund into the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF, which was consummated after the close of business on September 10, 2021 (the “Reorganization”). Prior to the Reorganization, the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF had not yet commenced operations. The bar chart shows the changes in the Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) performance from year to year. The table illustrates how annualized one year, five year and ten year returns, both before and after taxes, compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. The Portfolio’s (and the predecessor fund’s) past performance (before and after taxes) is not an indication of future results. The returns shown for periods ending on or prior to September 10, 2021 are those of the predecessor fund. Returns of the Portfolio will be different from the returns of the predecessor fund as they have different expenses. Performance reflects any applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Performance returns would be lower without applicable fee waivers and expense reimbursements. Updated performance information for the Portfolio can be obtained by visiting https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

The after-tax returns presented in the table for the Portfolio are calculated using the historical highest individual federal marginal income tax rates and do not reflect the impact of state and local taxes. Actual after-tax returns depend on an investor’s tax situation and may differ from those shown in the table. In addition, the after-tax returns shown are not relevant to investors who hold shares of the Portfolio through tax-advantaged arrangements, such as 401(k) plans or individual retirement accounts.

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Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF—Total Returns

January 2013-December 2022

 

 

 

Highest Quarter
19.21% (4/20–6/20)

 

Lowest Quarter
-28.07% (1/20–3/20)

 

Annualized Returns (%)
Periods ending December 31, 2022

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

1 Year

 

5 Years

 

10 Years

Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Return Before Taxes

 

 

-14.29

%

 

 

 

0.81

%

 

 

 

4.42

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions

 

 

-14.88

%

 

 

 

0.30

%

 

 

 

3.92

%

 

 

Return After Taxes on Distributions and Sale of Portfolio Shares

 

 

-7.92

%

 

 

 

0.72

%

 

 

 

3.57

%

 

 

MSCI All Country World ex USA Index (net dividends)
(reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes on sales)

 

 

-16.00

%

 

 

 

0.88

%

 

 

 

3.80

%

 

 

Investment Advisor/Portfolio Management

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP serves as the investment advisor for the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF. Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd. and DFA Australia Limited serve as the sub-advisors for the Portfolio. The following individuals are responsible for leading the day-to-day management of the Portfolio:

 

 

Jed S. Fogdall, Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2010).

 

 

Allen Pu, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2015).

 

 

Mary T. Phillips, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, member of the Investment Committee, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2017).

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William B. Collins-Dean, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2021 (predecessor fund 2019).

 

 

Joseph F. Hohn, Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor, has been a portfolio manager of the Portfolio since 2022.

Purchase and Sale of Fund Shares

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF issues (or redeems) shares at NAV only to certain financial institutions that have entered into agreements with the Portfolio’s distributor in large aggregated blocks known as “Creation Units.” A Creation Unit of the Portfolio consists of 200,000 shares. Creation Units are issued (or redeemed) in-kind for securities (and an amount of cash) that the Portfolio specifies each day at the NAV next determined after receipt of an order.

Individual Portfolio shares may only be purchased and sold on NYSE Arca, Inc., other national securities exchanges, electronic crossing networks and other alternative trading systems through your broker-dealer at market prices. An investor may incur costs attributable to the difference between the highest price a buyer is willing to pay to purchase shares (bid) and the lowest price a seller is willing to accept for shares (ask) when buying or selling shares in the secondary market (the “bid-ask spread”). Because Portfolio shares trade at market prices rather than at NAV, Portfolio shares may trade at a price less than (discount) or greater than (premium) the Portfolio’s NAV. Recent information, including information on the Portfolio’s NAV, market price, premiums and discounts, and bid-ask spreads, is available on the Portfolio’s website at https://www.dimensional.com/us-en/funds.

Tax Information

The dividends and distributions you receive from the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF are taxable and generally will be taxed as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both, unless you are investing through a tax-advantaged arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or an individual retirement account, in which case distributions may be taxed as ordinary income when withdrawn from the plan or account.

Payments to Financial Intermediaries

If you purchase the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of the Portfolio shares and/or related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the financial intermediary to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your financial advisor or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.

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Additional Information on Investment Objectives and Policies

Dimensional ETF Trust (the “Trust”) offers a variety of investment portfolios. Each of the investment company’s portfolios has its own investment objective and is the equivalent of a separate exchange-traded fund (“ETF”). Shares of the Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF (the “US Equity ETF”), Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF (the “US Small Cap ETF”), Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF (the “US Targeted Value ETF”), Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF (the “US Core Equity 2 ETF”), Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF (the “US Marketwide Value ETF”), Dimensional International Value ETF (the “International Value ETF”), and Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF (the “World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF”) are offered in this Prospectus. The Portfolios are designed for long-term investors.

INVESTMENT TERMS USED IN THE PROSPECTUS

Below are the definitions of some terms that the Advisor uses to describe the investment strategies for certain Portfolios.

Free Float generally describes the number of publicly traded shares of a company.

Price Momentum generally describes the past performance of a stock relative to other stocks.

Trading Strategies generally refers to the ability to execute purchases and sales of stocks in a cost-effective manner.

Profitability generally measures a company’s profit in relation to its book value or assets.

US Equity ETF

The investment objective of the US Equity ETF is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns. The Portfolio generally will invest its assets in a broad and diverse group of securities of companies listed on the U.S. national securities exchanges. The US Equity ETF uses a market capitalization weighted approach. See “Market Capitalization Weighted Approach” in this Prospectus.

The Advisor considers companies of all market capitalizations for purchase by the Portfolio. The total market capitalization range used by the Advisor for the US Equity ETF (i.e., all eligible U.S. operating companies listed on a securities exchange in the United States that is deemed appropriate by the Advisor), generally applies at the time of purchase by the Portfolio. The Portfolio is not required to dispose of a security if the security’s issuer is no longer within this total market capitalization range. Securities that do meet the market capitalization range nevertheless may be sold at any time when, in the Advisor’s judgement, circumstances warrant their sale. See “Portfolio Transactions” in this Prospectus. The Advisor may increase or decrease the Portfolio’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, after considering such factors as free float, price momentum, trading strategies, liquidity, size, relative price, profitability, investment characteristics, and other factors that the Advisor determines to be appropriate. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time. The Advisor may decrease the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets to eligible small capitalization companies that generally have lower profitability and/or higher relative prices.

The Advisor may also increase or reduce the US Equity ETF’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, based on shorter-term considerations, such as a company’s price momentum. In assessing a company’s investment characteristics, the Advisor considers ratios such as recent changes in assets divided by total assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor seeks to reduce trading costs using a flexible trading approach that looks for opportunities to participate in the available market liquidity, while managing turnover and explicit transaction costs.

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The US Equity ETF may invest in ETFs for the purpose of gaining exposure to the U.S. equity markets while maintaining liquidity. In addition to money market instruments and other short-term investments, the Portfolio may invest in affiliated and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds to manage cash pending investment in other securities or to maintain liquidity for the payment of redemptions or other purposes. Investments in ETFs and money market funds may involve a duplication of certain fees and expenses. The Portfolio will look through to the security holdings of any investment companies in which it invests for purposes of compliance with its 80% policy, to the extent that the Portfolio has sufficient information about the holdings of such investment companies.

US Small Cap ETF

The investment objective of the US Small Cap ETF is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns. The Portfolio provides investors with access to a securities portfolio generally consisting of small U.S. companies traded on a U.S. national securities exchange. Company size will be determined for purposes of the Portfolio solely on the basis of a company’s market capitalization, which will be calculated by multiplying the price of a company’s stock by the number of its shares of outstanding common stock. As of the date of this Prospectus, for this Portfolio, the Advisor considers small cap companies to be all companies whose market capitalizations are generally in the lowest 10% of total market capitalization or companies whose market capitalizations are smaller than the 1,000th largest U.S. company, whichever results in the higher market capitalization break. The Advisor may decrease the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets to eligible small capitalization companies that generally have lower profitability and/or higher relative prices.

The US Small Cap ETF intends to invest in the securities of eligible companies using a market capitalization weighted approach. See “Market Capitalization Weighted Approach.”

The US Small Cap ETF may invest in ETFs for the purpose of gaining exposure to the U.S. equity markets while maintaining liquidity. In addition to money market instruments and other short-term investments, the Portfolio may invest in affiliated and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds to manage cash pending investment in other securities or to maintain liquidity for the payment of redemptions or other purposes. Investments in ETFs and money market funds may involve a duplication of certain fees and expenses. The Portfolio will look through to the security holdings of any investment companies in which it invests for purposes of compliance with its 80% policy, to the extent that the Portfolio has sufficient information about the holdings of such investment companies.

US Targeted Value ETF

The investment objective of the US Targeted Value ETF is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns.

The US Targeted Value ETF invests its assets in a broad and diverse group of readily marketable securities of U.S. companies that the Advisor determines to be lower relative price stocks with higher profitability at the time of purchase. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value (a “price to book ratio”). In assessing relative price, however, the Advisor may consider additional factors, such as a company’s price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios, as well as economic conditions and developments in the company’s industry. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price or profitability are subject to change from time to time. The Advisor may decrease the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets to eligible small capitalization companies that generally have lower profitability and/or higher relative prices.

The US Targeted Value ETF will purchase securities that are listed on the U.S. national securities exchanges. The Portfolio uses a market capitalization weighted approach. See “Market Capitalization Weighted Approach” in this Prospectus.

On not less than a semi-annual basis, for the US Targeted Value ETF, the Advisor calculates price to book ratios and reviews total market capitalization to determine those companies whose stock may be eligible for

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investment. Generally, the US Targeted Value ETF does not intend to purchase or sell securities based on the prospects for the economy, the securities markets or the individual issuers whose shares are eligible for purchase.

The total market capitalization ranges, and the value criteria used by the Advisor for the US Targeted Value ETF, as described above, generally apply at the time of purchase by the Portfolio. The Tax US Targeted Value ETF is not required to dispose of a security if the security’s issuer is no longer within the total market capitalization range or does not meet current value criteria. Securities that do meet the market capitalization and/or value criteria nevertheless may be sold at any time when, in the Advisor’s judgement, circumstances warrant their sale. See “Portfolio Transactions” in this Prospectus.

The US Targeted Value ETF may invest in ETFs for the purpose of gaining exposure to the U.S. equity markets while maintaining liquidity. In addition to money market instruments and other short-term investments, the Portfolio may invest in affiliated and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds to manage cash pending investment in other securities or to maintain liquidity for the payment of redemptions or other purposes. Investments in ETFs and money market funds may involve a duplication of certain fees and expenses. The Portfolio will look through to the security holdings of any investment companies in which it invests for purposes of compliance with its 80% policy, to the extent that the Portfolio has sufficient information about the holdings of such investment companies.

US Core Equity 2 ETF

The investment objective of the US Core Equity 2 ETF is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income tax implications of investment decisions. The Portfolio seeks to achieve its investment objective by purchasing a broad and diverse group of securities of U.S. companies with an increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies relative to the U.S. Universe. The Advisor generally defines the U.S. Universe as a market capitalization weighted set of U.S. operating companies listed on a securities exchange in the United States that is deemed appropriate by the Advisor from time to time (U.S. Universe). Market capitalization weighted means that a company’s weighting in the U.S. Universe is proportional to that company’s actual market capitalization compared to the total market capitalization of all eligible companies. The higher the company’s relative market capitalization, the greater its representation. The increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies may be achieved by decreasing the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets to larger capitalization, higher relative price, or lower profitability companies relative to their weight in the U.S. Universe. An equity issuer is considered to have a high relative price (i.e., a growth stock) primarily because it has a high price in relation to its book value. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors, such as price-to-cash-flow or price-to-earnings ratios, as well as economic conditions and developments in the issuer’s industry. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor may consider such factors as free float, price momentum, trading strategies, liquidity, size, relative price, profitability, and investment characteristics, as well as other factors it determines appropriate in adjusting the representation of eligible companies in the Portfolio. The Advisor may decrease the amount that the Portfolio invests in small capitalization companies that have lower profitability and/or higher relative prices. The Advisor may consider a small capitalization company’s investment characteristics as compared to other eligible companies when making investment decisions and may exclude a small capitalization company with high investment as measured by the company’s recent asset growth. The Portfolio will generally not exclude more than 5% of the eligible small capitalization companies within the U.S. Universe based on such investment characteristics. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time.

The US Core Equity 2 ETF may invest in ETFs for the purpose of gaining exposure to the U.S. stock market while maintaining liquidity. In addition to money market instruments and other short-term investments, the Portfolio may invest in affiliated and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds to manage cash pending investment in other securities or to maintain liquidity for the payment of redemptions or other purposes. Investments in ETFs and money market funds may involve a duplication of certain fees and expenses. The Portfolio will look through to the security holdings of any investment companies in which it invests for purposes

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of compliance with its 80% policy, to the extent that the Portfolio has sufficient information about the holdings of such investment companies.

US Marketwide Value ETF

The investment objective of the US Marketwide Value ETF is to achieve long-term capital appreciation. Ordinarily, the Portfolio will invest its assets in a broad and diverse group of securities of U.S. companies that the Advisor determines to be value stocks at the time of purchase. The Advisor may overweight certain stocks, including smaller companies, lower relative price stocks, and/or higher profitability stocks within the value segment of the U.S. market. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value (a “price to book ratio”). In assessing relative price, however, the Advisor may consider additional factors, such as a company’s price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios, as well as economic conditions and developments in the company’s industry. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The Advisor may consider a small capitalization company’s investment characteristics as compared to other eligible companies when making investment decisions and may exclude a small capitalization company with high investment as measured by the company’s recent asset growth. The Portfolio will generally not exclude more than 5% of the eligible U.S. small capitalization company universe that the Portfolio invests in based on such investment characteristics. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price, profitability, or investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time. The Advisor may decrease the amount that the Portfolio invests in small capitalization companies that have lower profitability and/or higher relative prices.

The US Marketwide Value ETF will purchase securities of U.S. operating companies listed on securities exchanges in the United States that are deemed appropriate by the Advisor. On not less than a semi-annual basis, the Advisor will calculate price to book ratios and review total market capitalization to determine those companies whose stock may be eligible for investment.

The total market capitalization range, and the value criteria used by the Advisor for the US Marketwide Value ETF, as described above, generally apply at the time of purchase. The Portfolio is not required to dispose of a security if the security’s issuer is no longer within the total market capitalization range or does not meet current value criteria. Securities that do meet the market capitalization and/or value criteria nevertheless may be sold at any time when, in the Advisor’s judgement, circumstances warrant their sale. See “Portfolio Transactions” in this Prospectus.

The US Marketwide Value ETF may invest in ETFs for the purpose of gaining exposure to the U.S. equity markets while maintaining liquidity. In addition to money market instruments and other short- term investments, the Portfolio may invest in affiliated and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds to manage cash pending investment in other securities or to maintain liquidity for the payment of redemptions or other purposes. Investments in ETFs and money market funds may involve a duplication of certain fees and expenses.

International Value ETF

The investment objective of the International Value ETF is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while minimizing federal income taxes on returns. The Portfolio seeks to achieve its investment objective by purchasing the securities of large non-U.S. companies which the Advisor determines to be value stocks at the time of the purchase. The Advisor may overweight certain stocks, including smaller companies, lower relative price stocks, and/or higher profitability stocks within the large-cap value segment of developed ex U.S. markets. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors, such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios, as well as economic conditions and developments in the issuer’s industry. The Advisor may increase or decrease the Portfolio’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, after considering such factors as free float, price momentum, trading strategies, liquidity, size, relative price, profitability, and other factors that the Advisor determines to be appropriate. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time. As of the date of this Prospectus, the Portfolio may invest in the securities of large companies associated with Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy,

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Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom (collectively, the “Approved Markets”). For a description of the securities approved for investment, see “Approved Markets” in this Prospectus.

Under normal market conditions, the International Value ETF intends to invest at least 40% of its assets in three or more non-U.S. countries by investing in securities of companies associated with such countries.

In the countries or regions authorized for investment, the Advisor first ranks eligible companies listed on selected exchanges based on the companies’ market capitalization. The Advisor then determines the universe of eligible securities by defining the minimum market capitalization of a large company that may be purchased by the International Value ETF with respect to each country or region. Based on market capitalization data as of December 31, 2022, for the Portfolio, the market capitalization of a large company in any country or region in which the Portfolio invests would be $1,325 million or above. This threshold will change due to market conditions. For example, based on market capitalization data as of December 31, 2022, the Advisor would consider a large company in the European Economic and Monetary Union (EMU) to have a market capitalization of at least $6,125 million, a large company in Norway to have a market capitalization of at least $1,765 million, and a large company in Switzerland to have a market capitalization of at least $8,202 million. These thresholds will change due to market conditions.

The International Value ETF does not seek current income as an investment objective. However, many of the companies whose securities will be included in the Portfolio do pay dividends. It is anticipated, therefore, that the Portfolio will receive dividend income.

The International Value ETF may invest in ETFs for the purpose of gaining exposure to the equity markets while maintaining liquidity. In addition to money market instruments and other short-term investments, the Portfolio may invest in affiliated and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds to manage cash pending investment in other securities or to maintain liquidity for the payment of redemptions or other purposes. Investments in ETFs and money market funds may involve a duplication of certain fees and expenses.

World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

The investment objective of the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF is to achieve long-term capital appreciation while considering federal tax implications of investment decisions. The Portfolio seeks to achieve its investment objective by purchasing a broad and diverse group of securities of non-U.S. companies with an increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies relative to the Non-U.S. Universe. For purposes of this Portfolio, the Advisor defines the “Non-U.S. Universe” as a market capitalization weighted set of non-U.S. companies in developed and emerging markets, which may include frontier markets, that have been authorized for investment as Approved Markets by the Advisor’s Investment Committee. Market capitalization weighted means that a company’s weighting in the Non-U.S. Universe is proportional to that company’s actual market capitalization compared to the total market capitalization of all eligible companies. The higher the company’s relative market capitalization, the greater its representation. As of the date of this Prospectus, the following markets have been authorized for investment as Approved Markets for the Portfolio and comprise the Non-U.S. Universe: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Egypt, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, the Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates. For a description of the securities approved for investment, see “Approved Markets” in this Prospectus.

Under normal market conditions, the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF intends to invest at least 40% of its assets in three or more non-U.S. countries by investing in securities of companies associated with such countries.

The increased exposure to smaller capitalization, lower relative price, and higher profitability companies for the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF may be achieved by decreasing the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets to larger capitalization, higher relative price or lower profitability companies relative to their weight in the Non-U.S. Universe. An equity issuer is considered to have a high relative price (i.e., a growth stock) primarily because it has a high price in relation to its book value. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value

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stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors, such as price-to-cash-flow or price-to-earnings ratios, as well as economic conditions and developments in the issuer’s industry. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price and profitability are subject to change from time to time. In addition, the Advisor may consider such factors as free float, price momentum, trading strategies, liquidity, size, relative price, profitability, and investment characteristics, as well as other factors it determines appropriate in adjusting the representation of eligible companies in the Portfolio. The Advisor may decrease the amount that the Portfolio invests in small capitalization companies that have lower profitability and/or higher relative prices. The Advisor may consider a small capitalization company’s investment characteristics as compared to other eligible companies when making investment decisions and may exclude a small capitalization company with high investment as measured by the company’s recent asset growth. The Portfolio will generally not exclude more than 5% of the eligible small capitalization companies within the Non-U.S. Universe based on such investment characteristics. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing a company’s investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time.

In determining which emerging market countries are eligible markets for the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF, the Advisor may consider various factors, including, without limitation, the data, analysis, and classification of countries published or disseminated by the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (commonly known as the World Bank), the International Finance Corporation, FTSE International, and MSCI. Approved Markets may not include all such emerging markets. In determining whether to approve emerging markets for investment, the Advisor may take into account, among other things, market liquidity, relative availability of investor information, government regulation, including fiscal and foreign exchange repatriation rules and the availability of other access to these markets for the Portfolio.

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF may invest in ETFs for the purpose of gaining exposure to the equity markets while maintaining liquidity. In addition to money market instruments and other short-term investments, the Portfolio may invest in affiliated and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds to manage cash pending investment in other securities or to maintain liquidity for the payment of redemptions or other purposes. Investments in ETFs and money market funds may involve a duplication of certain fees and expenses.

The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF may also invest in China A-shares (equity securities of companies listed in China) that are accessible through the Shanghai-Hong Kong Stock Connect program or the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Stock Connect program (together, “Stock Connect”) and variable interest entities (special structures that utilize contractual arrangements to provide exposure to certain Chinese companies).

Approved Markets

With respect to the International Value ETF and World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF (each an “International Portfolio” and together, the “International Portfolios”), the Advisor will determine in its discretion when and whether to invest in countries that have been authorized as Approved Markets, depending on a number of factors, including, but not limited to, asset growth in the International Portfolio, constraints imposed within Approved Markets, and other characteristics of each country’s markets. The Investment Committee of the Advisor also may authorize other countries for investment in the future, in addition to the Approved Markets listed above. Although the Advisor does not intend to purchase securities not associated with an Approved Market, an International Portfolio may acquire such securities in connection with corporate actions or other reorganizations or transactions with respect to securities that are held by the Portfolio from time to time. Also, an International Portfolio may continue to hold investments in countries that are not currently designated as Approved Markets, but had been authorized for investment in the past, and may reinvest distributions received in connection with such existing investments in such previously Approved Markets.

The International Portfolios invest in securities of Approved Markets (as identified above) listed on bona fide securities exchanges or traded on over-the-counter markets. These exchanges or over-the-counter markets may be either within or outside the issuer’s domicile country. For example, the securities may be listed or traded in the form of European Depositary Receipts (“EDRs”), Global Depositary Receipts (“GDRs”), American Depositary Receipts (“ADRs”), or other types of depositary receipts (including non-voting depositary receipts) or may be listed on bona fide securities exchanges in more than one country. An International Portfolio will consider for

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purchase securities that are associated with an Approved Market (“Approved Market Securities”). Approved Market Securities are: (a) securities of companies that are organized under the laws of, or maintain their principal place of business in, an Approved Market; (b) securities for which the principal trading market is in an Approved Market; (c) securities issued or guaranteed by the government of an Approved Market, its agencies or instrumentalities, or the central bank of such country or territory; (d) securities of companies that derive at least 50% of their revenues or profits from goods produced or sold, investments made, or services performed in Approved Markets or have at least 50% of their assets in Approved Markets; (e) securities included in the International Portfolio’s benchmark index, which tracks Approved Markets; or (f) depositary shares of companies associated with Approved Markets under the criteria above. Securities of Approved Markets may include securities of companies that have characteristics and business relationships common to companies in other countries or regions. As a result, the value of the securities of such companies may reflect economic and market forces in such other countries or regions as well as in the Approved Markets. The Advisor, however, will select only those companies that, in its view, have sufficiently strong exposure to economic and market forces in Approved Markets that satisfy the criteria described above. The International Portfolios also may obtain exposure to Approved Market Securities by investing in derivative instruments that derive their value from Approved Markets Securities, or by investing in securities of pooled investment vehicles that invest at least 80% of their assets in Approved Markets Securities.

Market Capitalization Weighted Approach—US Equity ETF, US Small Cap ETF and US Targeted Value ETF

The portfolio structures of US Equity ETF, US Small Cap ETF and US Targeted Value ETF each involve market capitalization weighting in determining individual security weights. Market capitalization weighting means each security is generally purchased based on the issuer’s relative market capitalization. Market capitalization weighting may be modified by the Advisor for a variety of reasons. The Advisor may increase or decrease a Portfolio’s exposure to an eligible company, or exclude a company, after considering such factors as free float, price momentum, trading strategies, liquidity, size, relative price, profitability, investment characteristics, and other factors that the Advisor determines to be appropriate. An equity issuer is considered to have a low relative price (i.e., a value stock) primarily because it has a low price in relation to its book value. In assessing relative price, the Advisor may consider additional factors such as price to cash flow or price to earnings ratios. An equity issuer is considered to have high profitability because it has high earnings or profits from operations in relation to its book value or assets. The Advisor may consider a small capitalization company’s investment characteristics as compared to other eligible companies when making investment decisions and may exclude a small capitalization company with high investment as measured by the company’s recent asset growth. The Portfolio will generally not exclude more than 5% of the eligible small capitalization companies within the U.S. Universe based on such investment characteristics. The criteria the Advisor uses for assessing relative price, profitability, and investment characteristics are subject to change from time to time.

The Advisor may deviate from market capitalization weighting to limit or fix the exposure of a Portfolio to a particular issuer to a maximum proportion of the assets of the Portfolio. The Advisor may exclude the stock of a company that meets applicable market capitalization criterion if the Advisor determines, in its judgment, that the purchase of such stock is inappropriate in light of other conditions. These adjustments will result in a deviation from traditional market capitalization weighting.

Adjustment for free float modifies market capitalization weighting to exclude the share capital of a company that is not freely available for trading in the public equity markets. For example, the following types of shares may be excluded: (i) those held by strategic investors (such as governments, controlling shareholders and management), (ii) treasury shares, or (iii) shares subject to foreign ownership restrictions.

Furthermore, the Advisor may reduce the relative amount of any security held in order to retain sufficient portfolio liquidity. A portion, but generally not in excess of 20% of assets, may be invested in interest bearing obligations, such as money market instruments, thereby causing further deviation from market capitalization weighting. A further deviation may occur due to holdings in securities received in connection with corporate actions.

The Portfolios should not be expected to adhere to their market capitalization weighted approach to the same extent as non-tax-managed portfolios. The tax management strategies used by the Advisor to defer the

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realization of net capital gains or minimize dividend income, from time to time, may cause deviation from the market capitalization weighted approach.

Block purchases of eligible securities may be made at opportune prices, even though such purchases exceed the number of shares that, at the time of purchase, adherence to a market capitalization weighted approach would otherwise require. In addition, securities eligible for purchase or otherwise represented in a Portfolio may be acquired in exchange for the issuance of shares. See “Creations and Redemptions.” While such transactions might cause a deviation from market capitalization weighting, they would ordinarily be made in anticipation of further growth of assets.

Generally, changes in the composition and relative ranking (in terms of market capitalization) of the stocks that are eligible for purchase take place with every trade when the securities markets are open for trading due, primarily, to price changes of such securities. At least semi-annually, the Advisor will identify companies whose stock is eligible for investment by a Portfolio. Additional investments generally will not be made in securities that have changed in value sufficiently to be excluded from the Advisor’s then current market capitalization requirement for eligible portfolio securities. This may result in further deviation from market capitalization weighting. Such deviation could be substantial if a significant amount of holdings of a Portfolio change in value sufficiently to be excluded from the requirement for eligible securities, but not by a sufficient amount to warrant their sale.

TAX MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES

Each Portfolio seeks to maximize the after tax value of an investment by managing its portfolio in a manner that will defer the realization of net capital gains where possible and may attempt to reduce dividend income. When selling securities, a Portfolio typically will select the highest cost shares of the specific security in order to minimize the realization of capital gains. In certain cases, the highest cost shares may produce a short-term capital gain. Since short-term capital gains generally are taxed at higher tax rates than long-term capital gains, the highest cost shares with a long-term holding period may be disposed of instead. Each Portfolio, when consistent with all other tax management policies, may sell securities in order to realize capital losses. Realized capital losses can be used to offset realized capital gains, thus reducing capital gains distributions.

The Advisor may attempt to time the purchases and sales of securities to reduce the receipt of dividends when possible. With respect to dividends that are received, the Portfolios may not be eligible to flow through the dividends received deduction attributable to holdings in U.S. equity securities to corporate shareholders if, because of certain timing rules, hedging activities, or debt financing activities at the Portfolio level, the requisite holding period of the dividend paying stock is not met.

Also, the Portfolios may dispose of securities whenever the Advisor determines that disposition is consistent with their tax management strategies or is otherwise in the best interest of a Portfolio. As part of its investment decisions, the Advisor may also consider the effects of holding periods and securities lending, among other factors, that may affect the tax characteristics of the income received.

Although the Advisor intends to manage each Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolios may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders. Of course, realization of capital gains is not entirely within the Advisor’s control. Capital gains distributions may vary considerably from year to year. A Portfolio may be required to distribute taxable realized gains from a prior year, even if the Portfolio has a net realized loss for the year of distribution. There will be no capital gains distributions in years when a Portfolio realizes a net capital loss. Furthermore, the redeeming shareholders may be required to pay taxes on their capital gains, if any, on a redemption of a Portfolio’s shares, whether paid in cash or in kind, if the amount received on redemption is greater than the amount of the shareholder’s tax basis in the shares redeemed.

PORTFOLIO TRANSACTIONS

In general, securities will not be purchased or sold based on the prospects for the economy, the securities markets, or the individual issuers whose shares are eligible for purchase. Securities that have depreciated in value since their acquisition will not be sold solely because prospects for the issuer are not considered attractive or due

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to an expected or realized decline in securities prices in general. Securities generally will not be sold solely to realize short-term profits, but when circumstances warrant, they may be sold without regard to the length of time held. Securities, including those eligible for purchase, may be disposed of, however, at any time when, in the Advisor’s judgment, circumstances warrant their sale, including, but not limited to, tender offers, mergers, and similar transactions, or bids made for block purchases at opportune prices. Generally, securities will be purchased with the expectation that they will be held for longer than one year and will be held until such time as they are no longer an appropriate holding in light of the investment policies of each Portfolio.

In attempting to respond to adverse market, economic, political, or other conditions, each Portfolio may, from time to time, invest its assets in a temporary defensive manner that is inconsistent with the Portfolio’s principal investment strategies. In these circumstances, the Portfolio may invest a portion of its assets in highly liquid debt instruments, index futures contracts, and options thereon, and, with respect to the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF, freely convertible currencies, which may prevent the Portfolio from achieving its investment objective.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION REGARDING INVESTMENT RISKS

Because the value of your investment in a Portfolio will fluctuate, there is the risk that you will lose money. An investment in a Portfolio is not a deposit of a bank and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The following is a description of principal risks of investing in the Portfolios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

US Equity
ETF

 

US Small Cap
ETF

 

US Targeted Value
ETF

 

US Core Equity 2
ETF

 

US Marketwide Value
ETF

Cyber Security Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Derivatives Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Equity Market Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Market Trading Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Operational Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Premium/Discount Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Profitability Investment Risk

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Securities Lending Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Small Company Risk

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tax-Management Strategy Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

Value Investment Risk

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

   

 

X

 

 

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International Value
ETF

 

World ex U.S. Core Equity 2
ETF

China Investments Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Cyber Security Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Depositary Receipts Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Derivatives Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Emerging Markets Risk

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Equity Market Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Foreign Securities and Currencies Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

International Closed Market Trading Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Market Trading Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Operational Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Premium/Discount Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Profitability Investment Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Securities Lending Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk

 

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Tax-Management Strategy Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

Value Investment Risk

 

 

 

X

 

 

 

 

X

 

 

China Investments Risk: There are special risks associated with investments in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. The Chinese government has implemented significant economic reforms in order to liberalize trade policy, promote foreign investment in the economy, reduce government control of the economy and develop market mechanisms. But there can be no assurance that these reforms will continue or that they will be effective. Despite reforms and privatizations of companies in certain sectors, the Chinese government still exercises substantial influence over many aspects of the private sector and may own or control many companies. The Chinese government continues to maintain a major role in economic policy making and investing in China involves risks of losses due to expropriation, nationalization, confiscation of assets and property, and the imposition of restrictions on foreign investments and on repatriation of capital invested. In addition, investments in Taiwan could be adversely affected by its political and economic relationship with China. The Chinese economy is also vulnerable to the long-running disagreements with Hong Kong related to integration.

Investing in China A-shares through Stock Connect is subject to trading, clearance, settlement, and other procedures, which could pose risks to the Portfolio. Trading through the Stock Connect program is subject to daily quotas that limit the maximum daily net purchases on any particular day, each of which may restrict or preclude the Portfolio’s ability to invest in China A-shares through the Stock Connect program. Trading through Stock Connect may require pre-validation of cash or securities prior to acceptance of orders. This requirement may limit the Portfolio’s ability to dispose of its A-shares purchased through Stock Connect in a timely manner.

A primary feature of the Stock Connect program is the application of the home market’s laws and rules applicable to investors in China A-shares. Therefore, the Portfolio’s investments in Stock Connect China A-shares are generally subject to the securities regulations and listing rules of the People’s Republic of China (“PRC”), among other restrictions. Stock Connect can only operate when both PRC and Hong Kong markets are open for trading and when banking services are available in both markets on the corresponding settlement days. As such, the Shanghai and Shenzhen markets may be open at a time when Stock Connect is not trading, with the result that prices of China A-shares may fluctuate at times when the Portfolio is unable to add to or exit its position, which could adversely affect the Portfolio’s performance.

Changes in the operation of the Stock Connect program may restrict or otherwise affect the Portfolio’s investments or returns. Furthermore, any changes in laws, regulations and policies of the China A-shares market or rules in relation to Stock Connect may affect China A-share prices. These risks are heightened generally by the developing state of the PRC’s investment and banking systems and the uncertainty about the precise nature of

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the rights of equity owners and their ability to enforce such rights under Chinese law. An investment in China A-Shares is also generally subject to the risks identified under “Emerging Markets Risk,” and foreign investment risks such as price controls, expropriation of assets, confiscatory taxation, and nationalization may be heightened when investing in China. Certain investments in Chinese companies may be made through a special structure known as a VIE. In a VIE structure, foreign investors, such as a Portfolio, will only own stock in a shell company rather than directly in the VIE, which must be owned by Chinese nationals (and/or Chinese companies) to obtain the licenses and/or assets required to operate in certain restricted or prohibited sectors in China. The value of the shell company is derived from its ability to consolidate the VIE into its financials pursuant to contractual arrangements that allow the shell company to exert a degree of control over, and obtain economic benefits arising from, the VIE without formal legal ownership. While VIEs are a longstanding industry practice and are well known by Chinese officials and regulators, historically the structure has not been formally recognized under Chinese law and Chinese regulations regarding the structure are evolving. It is uncertain whether Chinese officials or regulators will withdraw their acceptance of the structure. It is also uncertain whether the contractual arrangements, which may be subject to conflicts of interest between the legal owners of the VIE and foreign investors, would be enforced by Chinese courts or arbitration bodies. Prohibitions of these structures by the Chinese government, or the inability to enforce such contracts, from which the shell company derives its value, would likely cause the VIE-structured holding(s) to suffer significant, detrimental, and possibly permanent losses, and in turn, adversely affect a Portfolio’s returns and net asset value.

Cyber Security Risk: A Portfolio’s and its service providers’ use of internet, technology and information systems may expose the Portfolio to potential risks linked to cyber security breaches of those technological or information systems. Cyber security breaches, amongst other things, could allow an unauthorized party to gain access to proprietary information, customer data, or fund assets, or cause a Portfolio and/or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality.

Depositary Receipts Risk: Depositary receipts, such as EDRs, GDRs and ADRs, are subject to many of the risks of the underlying securities. For some depositary receipts, the custodian or similar financial institution that holds the issuer’s shares in a trust account is located in the issuer’s home country. In these cases if the issuer’s home country does not have developed financial markets, the Portfolio could be exposed to the credit risk of the custodian or financial institution and greater market risk. In addition, the depository institution may not have physical custody of the underlying securities at all times and may charge fees for various services. The Portfolio may experience delays in receiving its dividend and interest payments or exercising rights as a shareholder. There may be an increased possibility of untimely responses to certain corporate actions of the issuer in an unsponsored depositary receipt program. Accordingly, there may be less information available regarding issuers of securities underlying unsponsored programs and there may not be a correlation between this information and the market value of the depositary receipts.

Derivatives Risk: Derivatives are instruments, such as futures contracts, and options thereon, and foreign currency forward contracts (collectively, “Derivative instruments”), whose value is derived from that of other assets, rates or indices. Derivative instruments can be used for hedging (attempting to reduce risk by offsetting one investment position with another) or non-hedging purposes. Hedging with derivative instruments may increase expenses, and there is no guarantee that a hedging strategy will work. While hedging can reduce or eliminate losses, it can also reduce or eliminate gains or cause losses if the market moves in a manner different from that anticipated by a Portfolio or if the cost of the derivative instrument outweighs the benefit of the hedge. The use of derivative instruments for non-hedging purposes may be considered to carry more risk than other types of investments. When a Portfolio uses derivative instruments, the Portfolio will be directly exposed to the risks of those derivatives. Derivative instruments expose a Portfolio to counterparty risk (the risk that the derivative counterparty will not fulfill its contractual obligations), including credit risk of the derivative counterparty, and settlement risk (the risk faced when one party to a transaction has performed its obligations under a contract but has not yet received value from its counterparty). The possible lack of a liquid secondary market for derivative instruments and the resulting inability of a Portfolio to sell or otherwise close a derivatives position could expose the Portfolio to losses and could make derivative instruments more difficult for the Portfolio to value accurately. Some derivative instruments are more sensitive to interest rate changes and market price fluctuations than other securities. A Portfolio could also suffer losses related to its derivatives positions as a result of unanticipated market movements, which losses are potentially unlimited. The Advisor may not be able to predict correctly the direction of securities prices, interest rates, currency exchange rates and other economic factors, which could cause a Portfolio’s derivatives positions to lose value. Valuation of derivative instruments

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may also be more difficult in times of market turmoil since many investors and market makers may be reluctant to purchase derivative instruments or quote prices for them. Changes in the value of a derivative instrument may not correlate perfectly with the underlying asset, securities, rate or index, and the Portfolio could lose more than the principal amount invested.

Emerging Markets Risk: Securities of issuers associated with emerging market countries, including, but not limited to, issuers that are organized under the laws of, maintain a principal place of business in, derive significant revenues from, or issue securities backed by the government (or, its agencies or instrumentalities) of emerging market countries may be subject to higher and additional risks than securities of issuers in developed foreign markets. These risks include, but are not limited to (i) social, political and economic instability; (ii) government intervention, including policies or regulations that may restrict a Portfolio’s investment opportunities, including restrictions on investment in issuers or industries deemed sensitive to an emerging market country’s national interests; (iii) less transparent and established taxation policies; (iv) less developed legal systems allowing for enforcement of private property rights and/or redress for injuries to private property; (v) the lack of a capital market structure or market-oriented economy; (vi) higher degree of corruption and fraud; (vii) counterparties and financial institutions with less financial sophistication, creditworthiness and/or resources as those in developed foreign markets; and (viii) the possibility that the process of easing restrictions on foreign investment occurring in some emerging market countries may be slowed or reversed by unanticipated economic, political or social events in such countries, or the countries that exercise a significant influence over those countries. Similar to foreign issuers, emerging market issuers may not be subject to uniform accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and there may be less publicly available financial and other information about such issuers, comparable to U.S. issuers. Stock markets in many emerging market countries are relatively small, expensive to trade in and generally have higher risks than those in developed markets. Securities in emerging markets also may be less liquid than those in developed markets and foreigners are often limited in their ability to invest in, and withdraw assets from, these markets. Additional restrictions may be imposed under other conditions. Frontier market countries generally have smaller economies or less developed capital markets and, as a result, the risks of investing in emerging market countries are magnified in frontier market countries.

Equity Market Risk: Even a long-term investment approach cannot guarantee a profit. Economic, market, political, and issuer-specific conditions and events will cause the value of equity securities, and a Portfolio that owns them, to rise or fall. Stock markets tend to move in cycles, with periods of rising prices and periods of falling prices. In addition, economies and financial markets throughout the world have become increasingly interconnected, which increases the likelihood that events or conditions in one region or country will adversely affect markets or issuers in other regions or countries. Portfolio securities may be negatively impacted by inflation (or expectations for inflation), interest rates, global demand for particular products/services or resources, natural disasters, pandemics, epidemics, terrorism, war, military confrontations, regulatory events and governmental or quasi-governmental actions, among others.

The coronavirus (COVID-10) pandemic has resulted, at times, in market closures, market volatility, liquidity constraints and increased trading costs. Efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 have resulted in global travel restrictions and disruptions of healthcare systems, business operations and supply chains, layoffs, reduced consumer demand, defaults and credit rating downgrades, and other significant economic impacts. The effects of COVID-19 have impacted global economic activity and may heighten pre-existing political, social and economic risks, domestically or globally. The full impact and duration of the COVID-19 pandemic (or other future epidemics or pandemics) are unpredictable and may adversely affect the Portfolio’s performance.

Foreign Securities and Currencies Risk: Foreign securities prices may decline or fluctuate because of: (a) economic or political actions of foreign governments, and/or (b) less regulated or liquid securities markets. Investors holding these securities may also be exposed to foreign currency risk (the possibility that foreign currency will fluctuate in value against the U.S. dollar or that a foreign government will convert, or be forced to convert, its currency to another currency, changing its value against the U.S. dollar). The International Value ETF and World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF do not hedge foreign currency risk.

Foreign issuers may not be subject to uniform accounting, auditing and financial reporting standards and there may be less publicly available financial and other information about such issuers, comparable to U.S. issuers. Certain countries’ legal institutions, financial markets, and services are less developed than those in the U.S. or other major economies. A Portfolio may have greater difficulty voting proxies, exercising shareholder rights,

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securing dividends and obtaining information regarding corporate actions on a timely basis, pursuing legal remedies, and obtaining judgments with respect to foreign investments in foreign courts than with respect to domestic issuers in U.S. courts.

International Closed Market Trading Risk: To the extent that the underlying securities held by the Portfolio trade on an exchange that is closed when the securities exchange on which the Portfolio shares list and trade is open, there may be market uncertainty about the stale security pricing (i.e., the last quote from its closed foreign market) resulting in premiums or discounts to NAV that may be greater than those experienced by other ETFs.

Market Trading Risk: Although shares of a Portfolio are listed for trading on one or more stock exchanges, there can be no assurance that an active trading market for such shares will develop or be maintained. There are no obligations of market makers to make a market in a Portfolio’s shares or of an authorized participant to submit purchase or redemption orders for Creation Units. Decisions by market makers or authorized participants to reduce their role or step away from these activities in times of market stress could inhibit the effectiveness of the arbitrage process in maintaining the relationship between the underlying value of a Portfolio’s portfolio securities and the Portfolio’s market price. This reduced effectiveness could result in Portfolio shares trading at a premium or discount to its NAV and also greater than normal intraday bid/ask spreads. Additionally, in stressed market conditions, the market for a Portfolio’s shares may become less liquid in response to deteriorating liquidity in the markets for the Portfolio’s portfolio holdings, which may cause a significant variance in the market price of the Portfolio’s shares and their underlying value as well as an increase in the Portfolio’s bid-ask spread.

There can be no assurance that a Portfolio’s shares will continue to trade on a stock exchange or in any market or that the Portfolio’s shares will continue to meet the requirements for listing or trading on any exchange or in any market, or that such requirements will remain unchanged. Secondary market trading in Portfolio shares may be halted by a stock exchange because of market conditions or other reasons. In addition, trading in Portfolio shares on a stock exchange or in any market may be subject to trading halts caused by extraordinary market volatility pursuant to “circuit breaker” rules on the stock exchange or market.

During a “flash crash,” the market prices of a Portfolio’s shares may decline suddenly and significantly. Such a decline may not reflect the performance of the portfolio securities held by a Portfolio. Flash crashes may cause authorized participants and other market makers to limit or cease trading in a Portfolio’s shares for temporary or longer periods. Shareholders could suffer significant losses to the extent that they sell shares at these temporarily low market prices. Shares of a Portfolio, similar to shares of other issuers listed on a stock exchange, may be sold short and are therefore subject to the risk of increased volatility associated with short selling.

Operational Risk: Operational risks include human error, changes in personnel, system changes, faults in communication, and failures in systems, technology, or processes. Various operational events or circumstances are outside the Advisor’s control, including instances at third parties. A Portfolio and the Advisor seek to reduce these operational risks through controls and procedures. However, these measures do not address every possible risk and may be inadequate to address these risks.

Premium/Discount Risk: Shares of a Portfolio may trade at prices other than NAV. Shares of a Portfolio trade on stock exchanges at prices at, above or below their most recent NAV. The NAV of a Portfolio is calculated at the end of each business day and fluctuates with changes in the market value of the Portfolio’s holdings since the most recent calculation. The trading prices of a Portfolio’s shares fluctuate continuously throughout trading hours based on market supply and demand rather than NAV. As a result, the trading prices of a Portfolio’s shares may deviate significantly from NAV during periods of market volatility.

Any of these factors, among others, may lead to a Portfolio’s shares trading at a premium or discount to NAV. Thus, you may pay more (or less) than NAV when you buy shares of a Portfolio in the secondary market, and you may receive less (or more) than NAV when you sell those shares in the secondary market. The Advisor cannot predict whether shares will trade above (premium), below (discount) or at NAV. However, because shares can be created and redeemed in Creation Units at NAV, the Advisor believes that large discounts or premiums to the NAV of a Portfolio are not likely to be sustained over the long-term. While the creation/redemption feature is designed to make it likely that a Portfolio’s shares normally will trade on stock exchanges at prices close to the Portfolio’s next calculated NAV, exchange prices are not expected to correlate exactly with the Portfolio’s NAV due to timing reasons as well as market supply and demand factors. In addition, disruptions to creations and

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redemptions or extreme market volatility may result in trading prices for shares of a Portfolio that differ significantly from its NAV.

Profitability Investment Risk: High relative profitability stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause a Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies.

Securities Lending Risk: Securities lending involves the risk that the borrower may fail to return the securities in a timely manner or at all. As a result, a Portfolio may lose money and there may be a delay in recovering the loaned securities. A Portfolio could also lose money if it does not recover the securities and/or the value of the collateral falls, including the value of investments made with cash collateral. Securities lending also may have certain adverse tax consequences.

Small and Mid-Cap Company Risk: Securities of small and mid-cap companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small or mid-cap company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small and mid-cap company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, small and mid-capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Small Company Risk: Securities of small companies are often less liquid than those of large companies and this could make it difficult to sell a small company security at a desired time or price. As a result, small company stocks may fluctuate relatively more in price. In general, smaller capitalization companies are also more vulnerable than larger companies to adverse business or economic developments and they may have more limited resources.

Tax-Management Strategy Risk: The tax-management strategies may alter investment decisions and affect portfolio holdings, when compared to those of non-tax managed funds. The Advisor anticipates that performance of the Portfolio may deviate from that of non-tax managed funds. Although the Advisor intends to manage the Portfolio in a manner which considers the effects of the realization of capital gains and taxable dividend income each year, the Portfolio may nonetheless distribute taxable gains and dividends to shareholders.

Value Investment Risk: Value stocks may perform differently from the market as a whole and an investment strategy purchasing these securities may cause the Portfolio to at times underperform equity funds that use other investment strategies. Value stocks can react differently to political, economic, and industry developments than the market as a whole and other types of stocks. Value stocks also may underperform the market for long periods of time.

Other Information

COMMODITY POOL OPERATOR EXEMPTION

Each Portfolio is operated by a person that has claimed an exclusion from the definition of the term “commodity pool operator” under the Commodity Exchange Act (“CEA”) with respect to the Portfolio, and, therefore, such person is not subject to registration or regulation as a pool operator under the CEA with respect to the Portfolio.

Securities Loans

Each Portfolio is authorized to lend securities to qualified brokers, dealers, banks and other financial institutions for the purpose of earning additional income. While a Portfolio may earn additional income from lending securities, such activity is incidental to the investment objective of the Portfolio. The value of securities loaned may not exceed 331/3% of the value of the Portfolio’s total assets, which includes the value of collateral received. To the extent the Portfolio loans a portion of its securities, the Portfolio will receive collateral consisting generally of cash or U.S. government securities. Collateral received will be maintained by marking to market daily and (i) in

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an amount equal to at least 100% of the current market value of the loaned securities with respect to securities of the U.S. Government or its agencies, (ii) in an amount generally equal to 102% of the current market value of the loaned securities with respect to U.S. securities, and (iii) in an amount generally equal to 105% of the current market value of the loaned securities with respect to foreign securities. Subject to its stated investment policies, a Portfolio will generally invest the cash collateral received for the loaned securities in The DFA Short Term Investment Fund (the “Money Market Series”), an affiliated registered money market fund advised by the Advisor for which the Advisor receives a management fee of 0.05% of the average daily net assets of the Money Market Series. A Portfolio may also invest such collateral in securities of the U.S. Government or its agencies, repurchase agreements collateralized by securities of the U.S. Government or its agencies, and unaffiliated registered and unregistered money market funds. For purposes of this paragraph, agencies include both agency debentures and agency mortgage-backed securities.

In addition, a Portfolio will be able to terminate the loan at any time and will receive reasonable interest on the loan, as well as amounts equal to any dividends, interest or other distributions on the loaned securities. However, dividend income received from loaned securities may not be eligible to be taxed at qualified dividend income rates. See each Portfolio’s Statement of Additional Information (“SAI”) for a further discussion of the tax consequences related to securities lending. A Portfolio will be entitled to recall a loaned security in time to vote proxies or otherwise obtain rights to vote proxies of loaned securities if the Portfolio knows that a material event will occur. In the event of the bankruptcy of the borrower, a Portfolio could experience delay in recovering the loaned securities or only recover cash or a security of equivalent value. See “Principal Risks—Securities Lending Risk” for a discussion of the risks related to securities lending.

Securities Lending Revenue

For the fiscal year ended October 31, 2022, the following Portfolios received the following net revenues from a securities lending program, which constituted a percentage of the average daily net assets of the Portfolio (see “Securities Loans”):

 

 

 

 

 

Portfolio

 

Net Revenue*

 

Percentage
of Net
Assets

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

 

$

 

195,612

   

 

0.00

%

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

 

$

 

550,948

   

 

0.01

%

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

 

$

 

563,596

   

 

0.01

%

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

$

 

724,280

   

 

0.00

%

 

 

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

 

$

 

136,955

   

 

0.00

%

 

 

Dimensional International Value ETF

 

$

 

634,301

   

 

0.02

%

 

 

Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

$

 

2,569,959

   

 

0.06

%

 

 

 

 

*

 

The amounts included in the table above may differ from the amounts disclosed in the Portfolios’ annual reports due to timing differences, reconciliations, and certain other adjustments.

Management of the Trust

The Advisor serves as investment advisor to each of the Portfolios. Pursuant to an Investment Management Agreement with each Portfolio, the Advisor is responsible for the management of their respective assets. The Portfolios are managed using a team approach. The investment team includes the Investment Committee of the Advisor, portfolio managers and trading personnel.

The Investment Committee is composed primarily of certain officers and directors of the Advisor who are appointed annually. As of the date of this Prospectus, the Investment Committee has fourteen members. Investment strategies for all Portfolios are set by the Investment Committee, which meets on a regular basis and

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also as needed to consider investment issues. The Investment Committee also sets and reviews all investment related policies and procedures and approves any changes in regards to approved countries, security types and brokers.

In accordance with the team approach used to manage the Portfolios, the portfolio managers and portfolio traders implement the policies and procedures established by the Investment Committee. The portfolio managers and portfolio traders also make daily investment decisions regarding the Portfolios based on the parameters established by the Investment Committee. The individuals named in a Portfolio’s “INVESTMENT ADVISOR/PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT” section coordinate the efforts of all other portfolio managers or trading personnel with respect to the day to day management of such Portfolio.

Mr. Collins-Dean is a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Collins-Dean holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BS from Wake Forest University. Mr. Collins-Dean joined the Advisor in 2014, has been a portfolio manager since 2016, and has been responsible for the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF since inception (2021). Prior to inception, Mr. Collins-Dean was responsible for the T.A. World ex U.S. Core Equity Portfolio since 2019.

Mr. Fogdall is Global Head of Portfolio Management, Chairman of the Investment Committee, Vice President, and a Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Fogdall has an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BS from Purdue University. Mr. Fogdall joined the Advisor as a portfolio manager in 2004 and has been responsible for the US Equity ETF, US Small Cap ETF, US Targeted Value ETF, US Core Equity 2 ETF, International Value ETF and World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF since inception (2021) and the US Marketwide Value ETF since inception (2022). Prior to inception, Mr. Fogdall was responsible for the Tax-Managed DFA International Value Portfolio and T.A. World ex U.S. Core Equity Portfolio since 2010 and the Tax-Managed U.S. Targeted Value Portfolio, Tax-Managed U.S. Equity Portfolio, Tax-Managed U.S. Small Cap Portfolio, T.A. U.S. Core Equity 2 Portfolio and Tax-Managed U.S. Marketwide Value Portfolio II since 2012.

Mr. Hertzer is a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Hertzer holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA from Dartmouth College. Mr. Hertzer joined the Advisor in 2013, has been a portfolio manager since 2016, and has been responsible for the US Equity ETF and US Core Equity 2 ETF since 2022 and the US Marketwide Value ETF since inception (2022). Prior to inception, Mr. Hertzer was responsible for the Tax-Managed U.S. Marketwide Value Portfolio II since 2022.

Mr. Hohn is a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Hohn holds an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MS from the University of Southern California and a BS from Iowa State University. Mr. Hohn joined the Advisor in 2012, has been a portfolio manager since 2015, and has been responsible for the US Equity ETF, US Small Cap ETF, US Targeted Value ETF, US Core Equity 2 ETF, International Value ETF and World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF since 2022 and the US Marketwide Value ETF since inception (2022). Prior to inception, Mr. Hohn was responsible for the Tax-Managed U.S. Marketwide Value Portfolio II since 2022.

Mr. Keswani is a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Keswani holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, an MS from Pennsylvania State University, and a BS from Purdue University. Mr. Keswani joined the Advisor in 2011, has been a portfolio manager since 2013, and has been responsible for the International Value ETF since inception (2021). Prior to inception, Mr. Keswani was responsible for the Tax-Managed DFA International Value Portfolio since 2020.

Mr. Leblond is a Vice President and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Leblond holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, and an MS and BS from Columbia University. Mr. Leblond joined the Advisor in 2015, has been a portfolio manager since 2017, and has been responsible for the US Small Cap ETF and US Targeted Value ETF since inception (2021). Prior to inception, Mr. Leblond was responsible for the Tax-Managed U.S. Small Cap Portfolio and Tax-Managed U.S. Targeted Value Portfolio since 2020.

Ms. Phillips is Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, a member of the Investment Committee, Vice President, and Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Ms. Phillips holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from the University of Puget Sound. Ms. Phillips joined the Advisor in 2012, has been a portfolio manager since 2014, and has been responsible for the World ex U.S. Core Equity

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ETF since inception (2021), the US Equity ETF and US Core Equity 2 ETF since 2022 and the US Marketwide Value ETF since inception (2022). Prior to inception, Ms. Phillips was responsible for the T.A. World ex U.S. Core Equity Portfolio since 2017 and Tax-Managed U.S. Marketwide Value Portfolio II since 2022.

Mr. Pu is Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, a member of the Investment Committee, Vice President, and a Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Pu has an MBA from the University of California, Los Angeles, an MS and PhD from Caltech, and a BS from Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art. Mr. Pu joined the Advisor as a portfolio manager in 2006 and has been responsible for the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF since inception (2021). Prior to inception, Mr. Pu was responsible for the T.A. World ex U.S. Core Equity Portfolio since 2015.

Mr. Schneider is Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, North America, a member of the Investment Committee, Vice President, and a Senior Portfolio Manager of the Advisor. Mr. Schneider holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, an MS from the University of Minnesota, and a BS from Iowa State University. Mr. Schneider joined the Advisor in 2011, has been a portfolio manager since 2013, and has been responsible for the US Small Cap ETF and US Targeted Value ETF since inception (2021) and the International Value ETF since 2022. Prior to inception, Mr. Schneider was responsible for the Tax-Managed U.S. Targeted Value Portfolio since 2015 and the Tax-Managed U.S. Small Cap Portfolio since 2017.

The Portfolios’ SAI provides information about each portfolio manager’s compensation, other accounts managed by the portfolio manager, and the portfolio manager’s ownership of Portfolio shares.

The Advisor and, with respect to the International Portfolios, Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd. (“DFAL”) and DFA Australia Limited (“DFA Australia”), provide the Portfolios with a trading department and selects brokers and dealers to effect securities transactions. Securities transactions are placed with a view to obtaining best price and execution. The Advisor may pay compensation, out of the Advisor’s profits and not as an additional charge to a Portfolio, to financial intermediaries to support the sale of Portfolio shares. The Advisor’s address is 6300 Bee Cave Road, Building One, Austin, TX 78746. A discussion regarding the basis for the Board of Trustees (the “Board”) approving the Investment Management Agreements and Sub-Advisory Agreements with respect to the Portfolios is available in the semi-annual report for the Portfolios for the fiscal period ending April 30, 2022.

The Advisor has been engaged in the business of providing investment management services since May 1981. The Advisor is currently organized as a Delaware limited partnership and is controlled and operated by its general partner, Dimensional Holdings Inc., a Delaware corporation. The Advisor controls DFAL and DFA Australia. As of January 31, 2023, assets under management for all Dimensional affiliated advisors totaled approximately $626 billion.

The Agreement and Declaration of Trust (the “Declaration”) provides that by virtue of becoming a shareholder of the Trust, each shareholder shall be held expressly to have agreed to be bound by the provisions of the Declaration. However, shareholders should be aware that they cannot waive their rights under the federal securities laws. The Declaration provides a detailed process for the bringing of derivative actions by shareholders for claims other than federal securities law claims beyond the process otherwise required by law. This derivative actions process is intended to permit legitimate inquiries and claims while avoiding the time, expense, distraction, and other harm that can be caused to a Portfolio or its shareholders as a result of spurious shareholder demands and derivative actions. Prior to bringing a derivative action, a demand by the complaining shareholder must first be made on the Trustees. The Declaration details conditions that must be met with respect to the demand. Following receipt of the demand, the Trustees must be afforded a reasonable amount of time to investigate and consider the demand. The Trustees will be entitled to retain counsel or other advisors in considering the merits of the request and shall require an undertaking by the shareholders making such request to reimburse the Trust for the expense of any such advisors in the event that the Trustees determine not to bring such action. The Trust’s process for bringing derivative suits may be more restrictive than other investment companies. The process for derivative actions for the Trust also may make it more expensive for a shareholder to bring a suit than if the shareholder was not required to follow such a process.

The Declaration also requires that actions by shareholders against a Portfolio be brought only in a certain federal court in Texas, or if not permitted to be brought in federal court, then in the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware as required by applicable law, or the Superior Court of Delaware, (the “Exclusive Jurisdictions”) and

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that the right to jury trial be waived to the fullest extent permitted by law. Other investment companies may not be subject to similar restrictions. In addition, the designation of Exclusive Jurisdictions may make it more expensive for a shareholder to bring a suit than if the shareholder was permitted to select another jurisdiction. Also, the designation of Exclusive Jurisdictions and the waiver of jury trials limit a shareholder’s ability to litigate a claim in the jurisdiction and in a manner that may be more favorable to the shareholder. A court may choose not to enforce these provisions of the Declaration.

MANAGEMENT FEES

The “Annual Fund Operating Expenses” table describes the fees incurred by each Portfolio (excluding the Portfolios listed below) for the services provided by the Advisor for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2022. The “Management Fee” listed in the “Annual Fund Operating Expenses” table for each such Portfolio provides the investment management fee that was payable by the Portfolio to the Advisor.

The following table describes the effective management fee paid to the Advisor by each Portfolio, based on the Portfolio’s average daily net assets on an annualized basis, during the fiscal year ended October 31, 2022, and the management fee payable by each Portfolio effective as of February 28, 2022 as a result of a decrease in the management fee.

 

 

 

 

 

Portfolio

 

Effective
Management
Fee
10/31/22
Fiscal Year*

 

Management Fee
Effective
February 28, 2022

US Small Cap ETF

 

 

0.27

%

 

 

 

0.25

%

 

 

US Targeted Value ETF

 

 

0.28

%

 

 

 

0.27

%

 

 

International Value ETF

 

 

0.27

%

 

 

 

0.25

%

 

 

 

 

*

 

Management fee reflects a management fee reduction that was effective as of February 28, 2022.

The Advisor, not the International Portfolios, compensates the sub-advisors.

Sub-Advisors

The Advisor has entered into Sub-Advisory Agreements with DFAL and DFA Australia, respectively, with respect to the International Portfolios. Pursuant to the terms of each Sub-Advisory Agreement, DFAL and DFA Australia each have the authority and responsibility to select brokers or dealers to execute securities transactions for the International Portfolios. Each Sub-Advisor’s duties include the maintenance of a trading desk and the determination of the best and most efficient means of executing securities transactions. At least semi-annually, the Advisor will review the holdings of an International Portfolio and review the trading process and the execution of securities transactions. The Advisor is responsible for determining those securities that are eligible for purchase and sale by an International Portfolio and may delegate this task, subject to its own review, to DFAL and DFA Australia. DFAL and DFA Australia maintain and furnish to the Advisor information and reports on securities of companies in certain markets, including recommendations of securities to be added to the securities that are eligible for purchase by an International Portfolio, as well as making recommendations and elections on corporate actions. The Advisor controls DFAL and DFA Australia. DFA Australia has been a U.S. federally registered investment advisor since 1994 and is located at Level 43 Gateway, 1 Macquarie Place, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia. DFAL has been a U.S. federally registered investment advisor since 1991 and is located at 20 Triton Street, Regent’s Place, London NW13BF, United Kingdom.

Manager of Managers Structure

The Advisor and the Trust have received an exemptive order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) for a manager of managers structure that allows the Advisor to appoint, remove or change Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors (defined below), and enter into, amend and terminate sub-advisory agreements with Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors, without prior shareholder approval, but subject to Board approval. A “Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisor” includes (1) sub-advisors that are wholly-owned by the Advisor (i.e.,

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an indirect or direct “wholly-owned subsidiary” (as such term is defined in the Investment Company Act of 1940 (the “1940 Act”)) of the Advisor, or (2) a sister company of the Advisor that is an indirect or direct “wholly-owned subsidiary” (as such term is defined in the 1940 Act) of the same company that, indirectly or directly, wholly owns the Advisor (“Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors”). The Board only will approve a change with respect to sub-advisors if the Trustees conclude that such arrangements would be in the best interests of the shareholders of an International Portfolio. If a new Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisor is hired for an International Portfolio, shareholders will receive information about the new sub-advisor within 90 days of the change. The exemptive order allows greater flexibility for the Advisor to utilize, if desirable, personnel throughout the worldwide organization enabling an International Portfolio to operate more efficiently. The Advisor will not hire unaffiliated sub-advisors without prior shareholder approval and did not request the ability to do so in its application to the SEC for an exemptive order to allow the manager of managers structure.

The use of the manager of managers structure with respect to an International Portfolio is subject to certain conditions set forth in the SEC exemptive order. Under the manager of managers structure, the Advisor has the ultimate responsibility, subject to oversight by the Board, to oversee the Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors and recommend their hiring, termination and replacement. The Advisor will provide general management services to an International Portfolio, including overall supervisory responsibility for the general management and investment of the Portfolio’s assets. Subject to review and approval of the Board, the Advisor will (a) set an International Portfolio’s overall investment strategies, (b) evaluate, select, and recommend Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors to manage all or a portion of an International Portfolio’s assets, and (c) implement procedures reasonably designed to ensure that Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors comply with an International Portfolio’s investment objective, policies and restrictions. Subject to review by the Board, the Advisor will (a) when appropriate, allocate and reallocate an International Portfolio’s assets among multiple Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors; and (b) monitor and evaluate the performance of Dimensional Wholly-Owned Sub-advisors.

FEE WAIVER AND EXPENSE ASSUMPTION AGREEMENTS

Pursuant to a Fee Waiver and/or Expense Assumption Agreement (each, a “Fee Waiver and/or Expense Assumption Agreement”) for the U.S. Equity ETF, US Core Equity 2 ETF, US Marketwide Value ETF and World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF, the Advisor has agreed to waive certain fees and in certain instances, assume certain expenses of the Portfolios, as described below. Each Fee Waiver and/or Expense Assumption Agreement will remain in effect through February 28, 2024, and may only be terminated by the Trust’s Board of Trustees prior to that date. Each Fee Waiver and/or Expense Assumption Agreement shall continue in effect from year to year thereafter unless terminated by the Trust or the Advisor. With respect to each Fee Waiver and/or Expense Assumption Agreement, prior year waived fees and/or assumed expenses can be recaptured only if the expense ratio following such recapture would be less than the expense cap that was in place when such prior year fees were waived and/or expenses assumed, and less than the current expense cap in place for the Portfolio. Each Portfolio is not obligated to reimburse the Advisor for fees previously waived or expenses previously assumed by the Advisor more than thirty-six months before the date of such reimbursement.

US Equity ETF

The Advisor has contractually agreed to waive its management fee and assume the ordinary operating expenses of the US Equity ETF (excluding the expenses that the Portfolio incurs indirectly through investment in other investment companies) (“Portfolio Expenses”) to the extent necessary to reduce the expenses of the Portfolio when its total operating expenses exceed 0.22% of the average net assets of the Portfolio on an annualized basis (the “Expense Limitation Amount”). At any time that the Portfolio Expenses of the Portfolio are less than the Expense Limitation Amount for the Portfolio, the Advisor retains the right to recover any fees previously waived and/or any expenses previously assumed to the extent that such recovery will not cause the annualized Portfolio Expenses for the Portfolio to exceed the Expense Limitation Amount.

US Core Equity 2 ETF

The Advisor has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its management fee and assume the ordinary operating expenses of the US Core Equity 2 ETF (excluding the expenses that the Portfolio incurs indirectly through investment in other investment companies) (“Portfolio Expenses”) to the extent necessary to limit the

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Portfolio Expenses of the Portfolio to 0.30% of the average net assets of the Portfolio on an annualized basis (the “Expense Limitation Amount”). At any time that the Portfolio Expenses of the Portfolio are less than the Expense Limitation Amount for the Portfolio, the Advisor retains the right to recover any fees previously waived and/or expenses previously assumed to the extent that such recovery will not cause the annualized Portfolio Expenses for the Portfolio to exceed the Expense Limitation Amount.

US Marketwide Value ETF

The Advisor has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its management fee and to assume the ordinary operating expenses of the US Marketwide Value ETF (excluding the expenses that the Portfolio incurs indirectly through its investment in other investment companies) (“Portfolio Expenses”) to the extent necessary to limit the Portfolio Expenses of the Portfolio to 0.24% of the average net assets of the Portfolio on an annualized basis (the “Expense Limitation Amount”). At any time that the Portfolio’s annualized Portfolio Expenses are less than the Expense Limitation Amount for the Portfolio, the Advisor retains the right to recover any fees previously waived and/or expenses previously assumed to the extent that such recovery will not cause the annualized Portfolio Expenses of the Portfolio to exceed the Expense Limitation Amount.

World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

The Advisor has agreed to waive all or a portion of its management fee and to assume the expenses of the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF (including the expenses that the Portfolio bears as a shareholder of other funds managed by the Advisor but excluding the expenses that the Portfolio incurs indirectly through investment of its securities lending cash collateral in the Money Market Series and its investment in unaffiliated investment companies) (“Portfolio Expenses”) to the extent necessary to limit the Portfolio Expenses of the Portfolio to 0.39% of the average net assets of the Portfolio on an annualized basis (the “Expense Limitation Amount”). At any time that the Portfolio Expenses of the Portfolio are less than the Expense Limitation Amount for the Portfolio, the Advisor retains the right to recover any fees previously waived and/or expenses previously assumed to the extent that such recovery will not cause the annualized Portfolio Expenses for the Portfolio to exceed the Expense Limitation Amount.

Dividends, Capital Gains Distributions and Taxes

Dividends and Distributions. Each Portfolio intends to qualify each year as a regulated investment company under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”). As a regulated investment company, a Portfolio generally pays no federal income tax on the income and gains it distributes. Dividends from net investment income of the Portfolios are distributed quarterly (on a calendar basis) and any net realized capital gains (after any reductions for available capital loss carryforwards) are distributed annually, typically in December. A Portfolio may distribute such income dividends and capital gains more frequently, if necessary, in order to reduce or eliminate federal excise or income taxes on the Portfolio.

Capital gains distributions may vary considerably from year to year as a result of a Portfolio’s normal investment activities and cash flows. During a time of economic volatility, a Portfolio may experience capital losses and unrealized depreciation in value of investments, the effect of which may be to reduce or eliminate capital gains distributions for a period of time. A Portfolio may be required to distribute taxable realized gains from a prior year, even if the Portfolio has a net realized loss for the year of distribution.

Distributions may be reinvested automatically in additional whole shares only if the broker through whom you purchased shares makes such option available.

Annual Statements. Each year, you will receive a statement that shows the tax status of distributions you received the previous calendar year. Distributions declared in October, November, or December to shareholders of record in such month, but paid in January, are taxable as if they were paid in December.

Avoid “Buying A Dividend.” At the time you purchase your Portfolio shares, a Portfolio’s NAV may reflect undistributed income or undistributed capital gains. A subsequent distribution to you of such amounts, although

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constituting a return of your investment, would be taxable. Buying shares in a Portfolio just before it declares an income dividend or capital gains distribution is sometimes known as “buying a dividend.” In addition, a Portfolio’s NAV may, at any time, reflect net unrealized appreciation, which may result in future taxable distributions to you.

Tax Considerations. In general, if you are a taxable investor, Portfolio distributions are taxable to you as ordinary income, capital gains, or some combination of both. This is true whether you reinvest your distributions in additional Portfolio shares or receive them in cash.

For federal income tax purposes, Portfolio distributions of short-term capital gains are taxable to you at ordinary income rates. Portfolio distributions of long-term capital gains are taxable to you at long-term capital gain rates no matter how long you have owned your shares. A portfolio with a high portfolio turnover rate (a measure of how frequently assets within a portfolio are bought and sold) is more likely to generate short-term capital gains than a portfolio with a low portfolio turnover. A portion of income dividends reported by a Portfolio as qualified dividend income may be eligible for taxation by individual shareholders at long-term capital gain rates provided certain holding period requirements are met.

Compared to other types of investments, derivatives may be less tax efficient. For example, the use of derivatives by a Portfolio may cause the Portfolio to realize higher amounts of ordinary income or short-term capital gain, distributions from which are taxable to individual shareholders at ordinary income tax rates rather than at the more favorable tax rates for long-term capital gains. Changes in government regulation of derivative instruments could affect the character, timing and amount of a Portfolio’s taxable income or gains, and may limit or prevent the Portfolio from using certain types of derivative instruments as a part of its investment strategy. A Portfolio’s use of derivatives also may be limited by the requirements for taxation of the Portfolio as a regulated investment company.

If a Portfolio qualifies to pass through the tax benefits from foreign taxes it pays on its investments, and elects to do so, then any foreign taxes it pays on these investments will be treated as paid by you. You will then be entitled either to deduct your share of these taxes in computing your taxable income, or to claim a foreign tax credit for these taxes against your U.S. federal income tax (subject to limitations for certain shareholders).

Sale of Portfolio Shares. The sale of shares of a Portfolio is a taxable event and may result in a capital gain or loss to you. Currently, any capital gain or loss realized upon a sale of Portfolio shares generally is treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for more than one year and as short-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for one year or less. Any loss incurred on the sale or exchange of a Portfolio’s shares, held for six months or less, will be treated as a long-term capital loss to the extent of capital gain dividends received with respect to such shares. The ability to deduct capital losses may be limited.

Creation Units. An authorized participant who exchanges equity securities for Creation Units generally will recognize a gain or a loss. The gain or loss will be equal to the difference between the market value of the Creation Units at the time of purchase (plus any cash received by the authorized participant as part of the issue) and the authorized participant’s aggregate basis in the securities surrendered (plus any cash paid by the authorized participant as part of the issue). An authorized participant who exchanges Creation Units for equity securities generally will recognize a gain or loss equal to the difference between the authorized participant’s basis in the Creation Units (plus any cash paid by the authorized participant as part of the redemption) and the aggregate market value of the securities received (plus any cash received by the authorized participant as part of the redemption). The Internal Revenue Service, however, may assert that a loss realized upon an exchange of securities for Creation Units cannot be deducted currently under the rules governing “wash sales,” or on the basis that there has been no significant change in economic position. Persons exchanging securities should consult their own tax advisor with respect to whether the wash sale rules apply and when a loss might be deductible.

Under current federal tax laws, any capital gain or loss realized upon redemption of Creation Units is generally treated as long-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for more than one year and as a short-term capital gain or loss if the shares have been held for one year or less, assuming such Creation Unit is held as a capital asset.

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If a Portfolio redeems Creation Units in cash, it may recognize more capital gains than it will if it redeems Creation Units in-kind.

Medicare Tax. An additional 3.8% Medicare tax is imposed on certain net investment income (including ordinary dividends and capital gain distributions received from a Portfolio and net gains from redemptions or other taxable dispositions of Portfolio shares) of U.S. individuals, estates and trusts to the extent that such person’s “modified adjusted gross income” (in the case of an individual) or “adjusted gross income” (in the case of an estate or trust) exceeds a threshold amount. This Medicare tax, if applicable, is reported by you on, and paid with, your federal income tax return.

Backup Withholding. By law, a 24% withholding tax may apply to taxable dividends, capital gains distributions, and redemption proceeds paid to you if you do not provide your proper taxpayer identification number and certain required certifications. You may avoid this withholding requirement by providing and certifying on the account registration form your correct Taxpayer Identification Number and by certifying that you are not subject to backup withholding and are a U.S. person (including a U.S. resident alien). Withholding is also imposed if the Internal Revenue Service requires it.

State and Local Taxes. In addition to federal taxes, you may be subject to state and local taxes on distributions from a Portfolio and on gains arising on redemption or exchange of a Portfolio’s shares. Distributions of interest income and capital gains realized from certain types of U.S. Government securities may be exempt from state personal income taxes.

Non-U.S. Investors. Non-U.S. investors may be subject to U.S. withholding tax, at either the 30% statutory rate or a lower rate if you are a resident of a country that has a tax treaty with the U.S., and are subject to special U.S. tax certification requirements to avoid backup withholding and claim any treaty benefits. Exemptions from U.S. withholding tax are provided for certain capital gain dividends paid by a Portfolio from net long-term capital gains, if any, interest-related dividends paid by a Portfolio from its qualified net interest income from U.S. sources and short-term capital gain dividends, if such amounts are reported by a Portfolio. However, notwithstanding such exemptions from U.S. withholding at the source, any such dividends and distributions of income and capital gains will be subject to backup withholding at a rate of 24% if you fail to properly certify that you are not a U.S. person. Non-U.S. investors also may be subject to U.S. estate tax.

Other Reporting and Withholding Requirements. Under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”), a 30% withholding tax is imposed on income dividends made by the Portfolio to certain foreign entities, referred to as foreign financial institutions or non-financial foreign entities, that fail to comply (or be deemed compliant) with extensive reporting and withholding requirements designed to inform the U.S. Department of the Treasury of U.S.-owned foreign investment accounts. After December 31, 2018, FATCA withholding also would have applied to certain capital gain distributions, return of capital distributions and the proceeds arising from the sale of Portfolio shares; however, based on proposed regulations issued by the Internal Revenue Service, which may be relied upon currently, such withholding is no longer required unless final regulations provide otherwise (which is not expected). Information about a Portfolio shareholder may be disclosed to the Internal Revenue Service, non-U.S. taxing authorities or other parties as necessary to comply with FATCA or similar laws. Withholding also may be required if a foreign entity that is a shareholder of a Portfolio fails to provide the appropriate certifications or other documentation concerning its status under FATCA.

This discussion of “DIVIDENDS, CAPITAL GAINS DISTRIBUTIONS AND TAXES” is not intended or written to be used as tax advice. Because everyone’s tax situation is unique, you should consult your tax professional about federal, state, local or foreign tax consequences before making an investment in a Portfolio. Prospective investors should also consult the SAI.

Purchase and Sale of Shares

Shares of a Portfolio may be acquired or redeemed directly from the Portfolio only in Creation Units or multiples thereof, as discussed in the “Creations and Redemptions” section of this Prospectus. Only an Authorized Participant (defined below) may engage in creation or redemption transactions directly with a Portfolio. An

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“Authorized Participant” is either a “participating party” (i.e., a broker-dealer or other participant in the clearing process through the Continuous Net Settlement System of the National Securities Clearing Corporation) or a Depository Trust Company participant who, in either case, has executed an agreement with the distributor and transfer agent with respect to creations and redemptions of Creation Units. Once created, shares of a Portfolio generally trade in the secondary market in amounts less than a Creation Unit.

Shares of a Portfolio are listed for trading on a national securities exchange during the trading day. Shares can be bought and sold throughout the trading day like shares of other publicly traded companies. However, there can be no guarantee that an active trading market will develop or be maintained, or that a Portfolio’s shares listing will continue or remain unchanged. The Trust does not impose any minimum investment for shares of a Portfolio purchased on an exchange. Shares of the Portfolios trade under the following symbols:

 

 

 

Portfolio

 

Ticker:

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

 

 

 

DFUS

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

 

 

 

DFAS

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

 

 

 

DFAT

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

DFAC

 

 

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

 

 

DFUV

 

 

Dimensional International Value ETF

 

 

 

DFIV

 

 

Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

DFAX

 

 

Buying or selling a Portfolio’s shares on an exchange involves certain costs that may apply to all securities transactions. When buying or selling shares of a Portfolio through a financial intermediary, you may incur a brokerage commission or other charges determined by your financial intermediary. Due to these brokerage costs, if any, frequent trading may detract significantly from investment returns. The commission is frequently a fixed amount and may be a significant proportional cost for investors seeking to buy or sell small amounts of shares. In addition, you may also incur the cost of the “spread” (the difference between the bid price and the ask price). The spread varies over time for shares of a Portfolio based on its trading volume and market liquidity and is generally less if the Portfolio has more trading volume and market liquidity and more if the Portfolio has less trading volume and market liquidity. Because shares of the Portfolios trade at market price rather than NAV, an investor may pay more than NAV when purchasing shares and receive less than NAV when selling Portfolio shares. Authorized Participants may acquire Portfolio shares directly from a Portfolio, and Authorized Participants may tender their shares for redemption directly to a Portfolio, at NAV per share only in Creation Units, and in accordance with the procedures described in the SAI.

Each Portfolio’s primary listing exchange is NYSE Arca, Inc. The Exchange is open for trading Monday through Friday and is closed on the following holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Presidents’ Day, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Juneteenth National Independence Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.

The Board has not adopted a policy of monitoring for frequent purchases and redemptions of Portfolio shares (“frequent trading”) that appear to attempt to take advantage of potential arbitrage opportunities presented by a lag between a change in the value of a Portfolio’s portfolio securities after the close of the primary markets for the Portfolio’s portfolio securities and the reflection of that change in the Portfolio’s NAV (“market timing”) because each Portfolio sells and redeems its shares directly through transactions that are in-kind and/or for cash, subject to the conditions described below under “Creations and Redemptions.” The Board has not adopted a policy of monitoring for other frequent trading activity because shares of the Portfolios are listed for trading on a national securities exchange.

SHARE PRICE

The trading prices of a Portfolio’s shares in the secondary market will fluctuate continuously throughout trading hours based on the supply of and demand for Portfolio shares and shares of underlying securities held by a Portfolio, economic conditions and other factors, rather than a Portfolio’s NAV, which is calculated at the end of

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each business day. Portfolio shares will trade on NYSE Arca, Inc. at prices that may be above (i.e., at a premium) or below (i.e., at a discount), to varying degrees, the daily NAV of a Portfolio’s shares. The trading prices of a Portfolio’s shares may deviate significantly from the Portfolio’s NAV during periods of market volatility. Given, however, that a Portfolio’s shares can be issued and redeemed daily in Creation Units, the Advisor believes that large discounts and premiums to NAV should not be sustained over long periods.

NYSE Arca, Inc. will disseminate, every fifteen seconds during the regular trading day, an indicative optimized portfolio value (“IOPV”) relating to a Portfolio. The IOPV calculations are estimates of the value of a Portfolio’s NAV per share. Premiums and discounts between the IOPV and the market price may occur. This should not be viewed as a “real-time” update of the NAV per share. The IOPV is based on the current market value of the published basket of portfolio securities and/or cash required to be deposited in exchange for a Creation Unit and does not necessarily reflect the precise composition of a Portfolio’s actual portfolio at a particular point in time. Moreover, the IOPV is generally determined by using current market quotations and/or price quotations obtained from broker-dealers and other market intermediaries and valuations based on current market rates. The IOPV may not be calculated in the same manner as the NAV, which (i) is computed only once a day, (ii) unlike the calculation of the IOPV, takes into account Portfolio expenses, and (iii) may be subject, in accordance with the requirements of the 1940 Act, to fair valuation at different prices than those used in the calculations of the IOPV. The IOPV price is based on quotes and closing prices from the securities’ local market converted into U.S. dollars at the current currency rates and may not reflect events that occur subsequent to the local market’s close. Therefore, the IOPV may not reflect the best possible valuation of a Portfolio’s current portfolio. Neither the Portfolio nor the Advisor or any of their affiliates are involved in, or responsible for, the calculation or dissemination of such IOPVs and make no warranty as to their accuracy. In the future, the dissemination of the IOPV may be discontinued.

BOOK ENTRY

Shares of the Portfolios are held in book-entry form, which means that no stock certificates are issued. The Depository Trust Company (“DTC”) or its nominee is the record owner of, and holds legal title to, all outstanding shares of the Portfolios.

Investors owning shares of the Portfolios are beneficial owners as shown on the records of DTC or its participants. DTC serves as the securities depository for shares of the Portfolios. DTC participants include securities brokers and dealers, banks, trust companies, clearing corporations and other institutions that directly or indirectly maintain a custodial relationship with DTC. As a beneficial owner of shares, you are not entitled to receive physical delivery of stock certificates or to have shares registered in your name, and you are not considered a registered owner of shares. Therefore, to exercise any right as an owner of shares, you must rely upon the procedures of DTC and its participants. These procedures are the same as those that apply to any other securities that you hold in book-entry or “street name” form.

NET ASSET VALUE

The NAV per share of each Portfolio is normally calculated once daily after the close of the NYSE (normally, 4:00 p.m. ET) by dividing the total value of the Portfolio’s investments and other assets, less any liabilities, by the total outstanding shares of beneficial interest of the Portfolio. Note: The time at which transactions and shares are priced may be changed in case of an emergency or if the NYSE closes at a time other than 4:00 p.m. ET or in other situations to the extent permitted by the SEC.

The value of shares of each Portfolio will fluctuate in relation to its investment experience. Securities held by the Portfolios will be valued in accordance with applicable laws and procedures approved by the Board, and generally, as described below.

Securities held by the Portfolios (including over-the-counter securities) are valued at, as applicable: (1) the official closing price on the exchange or market where the security is principally traded; or (2) the last reported sale price prior to that day’s close. Securities held by the Portfolios that are listed on Nasdaq are valued at the Nasdaq Official Closing Price (“NOCP”). If there is no last reported sales price or official closing price of the day, the Portfolios value the securities at the mean between the most recent quoted bid and asked prices. Price

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information on listed securities is taken from the exchange where the security is primarily traded. Generally, options will be valued using the same pricing methods discussed above.

The value of the securities and other assets of a Portfolio for which no market quotations are readily available (including restricted securities), or for which market quotations have become unreliable, are determined in good faith at fair value in accordance with Rule 2a-5 under the 1940 Act pursuant to procedures approved by the Board of the Trust. Fair value pricing also may be used if events that have a significant effect on the value of an investment (as determined in the discretion of the Advisor) occur before the NAV is calculated. When fair value pricing is used, the prices of securities used by a Portfolio may differ from the quoted or published prices for the same securities on their primary markets or exchanges.

To the extent that the Portfolios hold large numbers of securities, it is likely that it will have a larger number of securities that may be deemed illiquid and therefore must be valued pursuant to fair value pricing procedures approved by the Board than would a fund that holds a smaller number of securities. Portfolios that invest in small capitalization companies are more likely to hold illiquid securities than would a fund that invests in larger capitalization companies.

Valuing securities at fair value involves greater reliance on judgment than valuing securities that have readily available market quotations. There can be no assurance that a Portfolio could obtain the fair value assigned to a security if it were to sell the security at approximately the time at which the Portfolio determines its NAV per share. As a result, the sale or redemption by a Portfolio of its shares at NAV, at a time when a holding or holdings are valued at fair value, may have the effect of diluting or increasing the economic interest of existing shareholders.

For the International Portfolios, the prices of securities traded in foreign currencies will be expressed in U.S. dollars by using the mid-rate prices for the U.S. dollar as quoted by generally recognized reliable sources at 4 p.m. London time. Because the International Portfolios own securities that are primarily traded in foreign markets which may trade on days when the Portfolios do not price their shares, the NAVs of the Portfolios may change on days when shareholders will not be able to purchase or redeem shares.

Certain of the securities holdings of the World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF in Approved Markets may be subject to tax, investment and currency repatriation regulations of the Approved Markets that could have a material effect on the values of the securities. For example, the Portfolio might be subject to different levels of taxation on current income and realized gains depending upon the holding period of the securities. In general, a longer holding period (e.g., 5 years) may result in the imposition of lower tax rates than a shorter holding period (e.g., 1 year). The World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF may also be subject to certain contractual arrangements with investment authorities in an Approved Market which require the Portfolio to maintain minimum holding periods or to limit the extent of repatriation of income and realized gains.

Futures contracts are valued using the settlement price established each day on the exchange on which they are traded. The value of such futures contracts held by a Portfolio is determined each day as of such close. In the absence of prices that are readily available as defined in Rule 2a-5, the futures contract will be valued in good faith at fair value in accordance with procedures approved by the Board.

Each Portfolio generally calculates its NAV per share and accepts purchase and redemption orders of Creation Units on days that the NYSE is open for trading.

Creations and Redemptions

Prior to trading in the secondary market, shares of a Portfolio are “created” at NAV by market makers, large investors and institutions only in block-size Creation Units of the following number of shares or multiples thereof:

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Portfolio

 

Creation Unit

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

 

 

 

40,000 shares

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

 

 

 

30,000 shares

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

 

 

 

50,000 shares

 

 

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

100,000 shares

 

 

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

 

 

50,000 shares

 

 

Dimensional International Value ETF

 

 

 

50,000 shares

 

 

Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

 

 

200,000 shares

 

 

All orders to purchase Creation Units must be placed by or through an “Authorized Participant” that has entered into an authorized participant agreement (an “AP Agreement”) with the Portfolios’ distributor (the “Distributor”).

A creation transaction, which is subject to acceptance by the Distributor or its agents, generally takes place when an Authorized Participant deposits into a Portfolio a designated portfolio of securities (including any portion of such securities for which cash may be substituted) and a specified amount of cash in exchange for a specified number of Creation Units.

Similarly, shares can be redeemed only in Creation Units, generally for a designated portfolio of securities (including any portion of such securities for which cash may be substituted) held by a Portfolio and a specified amount of cash. Except when aggregated in Creation Units, shares are not redeemable by a Portfolio.

The prices at which creations and redemptions occur are based on the next calculation of NAV after a creation or redemption order is received in an acceptable form under the AP Agreement.

Only an Authorized Participant may create or redeem Creation Units directly with a Portfolio. In the event of a system failure or other interruption, including disruptions at market makers or Authorized Participants, orders to purchase or redeem Creation Units either may not be executed according to a Portfolio’s instructions or may not be executed at all, or a Portfolio may not be able to place or change orders.

When a Portfolio engages in in-kind transactions, the Portfolio intends to comply with the U.S. federal securities laws in accepting securities for deposit and satisfying redemptions with redemption securities by, among other means, assuring that any securities accepted for deposit and any securities used to satisfy redemption requests will be sold in transactions that would be exempt from registration under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “1933 Act”). Further, an Authorized Participant that is not a “qualified institutional buyer,” as such term is defined under Rule 144A of the 1933 Act, will not be able to receive restricted securities eligible for resale under Rule 144A.

Creations and redemptions must be made through a firm that is either a member of the Continuous Net Settlement System of the National Securities Clearing Corporation or a DTC participant and, in either case, has executed an AP Agreement with the Distributor. Information about the procedures regarding creation and redemption of Creation Units (including the cut-off times for receipt of creation and redemption orders) is included in the Portfolios’ SAI.

Because new shares may be created and issued on an ongoing basis, at any point during the life of a Portfolio a “distribution,” as such term is used in the 1933 Act, may be occurring. Broker-dealers and other persons are cautioned that some activities on their part may, depending on the circumstances, result in their being deemed participants in a distribution in a manner that could render them statutory underwriters subject to the prospectus delivery and liability provisions of the 1933 Act. Any determination of whether one is an underwriter must take into account all the relevant facts and circumstances of each particular case.

Broker-dealers should also note that dealers who are not “underwriters” but are participating in a distribution (as contrasted to ordinary secondary transactions), and thus dealing with shares that are part of an “unsold allotment” within the meaning of Section 4(a)(3)(C) of the 1933 Act, would be unable to take advantage of the prospectus delivery exemption provided by Section 4(a)(3) of the 1933 Act. For delivery of prospectuses to

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exchange members, the prospectus delivery mechanism of Rule 153 under the 1933 Act is available only with respect to transactions on a national securities exchange.

Premium/Discount Information

Information showing the number of days the market price of a Portfolio’s shares was greater than the Portfolio’s NAV and the number of days it was less than the Portfolio’s NAV (i.e., premium or discount) for various time periods is available by visiting the Portfolio’s website at https://us.dimensional.com/etfs.

Disclosure of Portfolio Holdings

A description of the Trust’s policies and procedures regarding the release of portfolio holdings information is also available in the Trust’s SAI. Portfolio holdings information is available by visiting a Portfolio’s website at https://us.dimensional.com/etfs.

Delivery of Shareholder Documents

To eliminate duplicate mailings and reduce expenses, certain broker-dealers may deliver a single copy of certain shareholder documents, such as this Prospectus and annual and semi-annual reports, to related shareholders at the same address, even if accounts are registered in different names. This practice is known as “householding.” You may contact your broker-dealer to enroll in householding. Once enrolled, this process will continue indefinitely unless you instruct your broker-dealer otherwise. If you do not want the mailings of these documents to be combined with those of other members of your household, please contact your broker-dealer. At any time you may view current prospectuses and financial reports on a Portfolio’s website at https://us.dimensional.com/etfs.

Distribution

The Distributor or its agents distribute Creation Units for the Portfolios on an agency basis. The Distributor does not maintain a secondary market in shares of the Portfolios.

Financial Highlights

The Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF, Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF, Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF, Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF, Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF, Dimensional International Value ETF, and Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF acquired all of the assets, subject to the liabilities, of the Tax-Managed U.S. Equity Portfolio, Tax-Managed U.S. Small Cap Portfolio, Tax-Managed U.S. Targeted Value Portfolio, T.A. U.S. Core Equity 2 Portfolio, Tax-Managed U.S. Marketwide Value Portfolio II, Tax-Managed DFA International Value Portfolio, and T.A. World ex U.S. Core Equity Portfolio, each a series of DFA Investment Dimensions Group Inc. (each, a predecessor fund and collectively, the predecessor funds), respectively, in reorganizations (collectively, the “Reorganizations”) that were consummated after the close of business on June 11, 2021 (for Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF, Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF, Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF, and Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF), September 10, 2021 (for Dimensional International Value ETF and Dimensional World ex U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF) or May 6, 2022 (for Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF). As a result of the Reorganizations, the Financial Highlights information presented for a Portfolio includes the financial history of the corresponding predecessor fund.

The Financial Highlights table is meant to help you understand each Portfolio’s and predecessor fund’s financial performance for the past five years or, if shorter, the period of that Portfolio’s or predecessor fund’s operations, as indicated by the table. The total returns in the table represent the rate that you would have earned (or lost) on

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an investment in the Portfolio or predecessor fund, assuming reinvestment of all dividends and distributions. The information has been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, whose report, along with each Portfolio’s annual financial statements, is included in the Portfolio’s annual report. Further information about each Portfolio’s and predecessor fund’s performance is contained in the Portfolio’s annual report, which is available upon request.

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Financial Highlights
(For a share outstanding throughout each period)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dimensional U.S. Equity ETF

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2022

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2021

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2020

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2019

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2018

Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period

 

 

$

 

50.34

   

 

$

 

35.43

 

 

 

$

 

32.60

 

 

 

$

 

29.44

   

 

$

 

28.01

 

 

Income From Investment Operations(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income (Loss)

 

 

 

0.63

   

 

 

0.54

 

 

 

 

0.53

 

 

 

 

0.52

   

 

 

0.47

 

Net Gains (Losses) on Securities (Realized and Unrealized)

 

 

 

(8.29

)

 

 

 

 

14.91

 

 

 

 

2.83

 

 

 

 

3.25

   

 

 

1.40

 

 

Total From Investment Operations

 

 

 

(7.66

)

 

 

 

 

15.45

 

 

 

 

3.36

 

 

 

 

3.77

   

 

 

1.87

 

 

Less Distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

 

 

(0.62

)

 

 

 

 

0.54

 

 

 

 

(0.53

)

 

 

 

 

(0.56

)

 

 

 

 

(0.44

)

 

Net Realized Gains

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.05

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Distributions

 

 

 

(0.62

)

 

 

 

 

(0.54

)

 

 

 

 

(0.53

)

 

 

 

 

(0.61

)

 

 

 

 

(0.44

)

 

 

Net Asset Value, End of Period

 

 

$

 

42.06

   

 

$

 

50.34

 

 

 

$

 

35.43

 

 

 

$

 

32.60

   

 

$

 

29.44

 

 

Total Return at NAV(b)

 

 

 

(15.30

)%

 

 

 

 

43.83

%

 

 

 

 

10.47

%

 

 

 

 

13.03

%

 

 

 

 

6.68

%

 

 

Total Return at Market(c)

 

 

 

(15.19

)%

 

 

 

 

43.80

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Net Assets, End of Year (thousands)

 

 

$

 

5,474,263

   

 

$

 

6,041,240

 

 

 

$

 

4,197,993

 

 

 

$

 

4,010,197

   

 

$

 

3,562,284

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

0.09

%

 

 

 

 

0.17

%

 

 

 

 

0.22

%

 

 

 

 

0.22

%

 

 

 

 

0.21

%

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets (Excluding Fees Waived, Expenses Reimbursed, Previously Waived Fees Recovered by Advisor and/or Fees Paid Indirectly)

 

 

 

0.09

%

 

 

 

 

0.17

%

 

 

 

 

0.22

%

 

 

 

 

0.23

%

 

 

 

 

0.21

%

 

Ratio of Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

1.39

%

 

 

 

 

1.21

%

 

 

 

 

1.57

%

 

 

 

 

1.71

%

 

 

 

 

1.58

%

 

Portfolio Turnover Rate(d)

 

 

 

4

%

 

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

 

 

2

%

 

 

 

 

2

%

 

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

 

(a)

 

Computed using average shares outstanding.

 

(b)

 

Net asset value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at net asset value. This percentage is not an indication of the performance of a shareholder’s investment in the Fund based on market value due to differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.

 

(c)

 

Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the market value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at market value. Market value is determined by the composite closing price. Composite closing security price is defined as the last reported sale price from any primary listing market (e.g., NYSE Arca) or participating regional exchanges or markets. The composite closing price is the last reported sale price from any of the eligible sources, regardless of volume and not an average price and may have occurred on a date prior to the close of the reporting period. Market value may be greater or less than net asset value, depending on the Fund’s closing price on the listing market.

 

(d)

 

Excludes impact of in-kind transactions.

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Financial Highlights
(For a share outstanding throughout each period)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dimensional U.S. Small Cap ETF

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2022

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2021

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2020

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2019

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2018

Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period

 

 

$

 

60.22

   

 

$

 

38.59

 

 

 

$

 

42.03

 

 

 

$

 

42.82

   

 

$

 

44.35

 

 

Income From Investment Operations(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income (Loss)

 

 

 

0.62

   

 

 

0.55

 

 

 

 

0.40

 

 

 

 

0.41

   

 

 

0.39

 

Net Gains (Losses) on Securities (Realized and Unrealized)

 

 

 

(6.88

)

 

 

 

 

21.53

 

 

 

 

(2.74

)

 

 

 

 

0.35

   

 

 

(0.30

)

 

 

Total From Investment Operations

 

 

 

(6.26

)

 

 

 

 

22.08

 

 

 

 

(2.34

)

 

 

 

 

0.76

   

 

 

0.09

 

 

Less Distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

 

 

(0.57

)

 

 

 

 

(0.45

)

 

 

 

 

(0.39

)

 

 

 

 

(0.38

)

 

 

 

 

(0.38

)

 

Net Realized Gains

 

 

 

(1.29

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.71

)

 

 

 

 

(1.17

)

 

 

 

 

(1.24

)

 

 

Total Distributions

 

 

 

(1.86

)

 

 

 

 

(0.45

)

 

 

 

 

(1.10

)

 

 

 

 

(1.55

)

 

 

 

 

(1.62

)

 

 

Net Asset Value, End of Period

 

 

$

 

52.10

   

 

$

 

60.22

 

 

 

$

 

38.59

 

 

 

$

 

42.03

   

 

$

 

42.82

 

 

Total Return at NAV(b)

 

 

 

(10.58

)%

 

 

 

 

57.38

%

 

 

 

 

(5.68

)%

 

 

 

 

2.18

%

 

 

 

 

0.12

%

 

 

Total Return at Market(c)

 

 

 

(10.55

)%

 

 

 

 

57.51

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Net Assets, End of Year (thousands)

 

 

$

 

4,678,114

   

 

$

 

4,290,238

 

 

 

$

 

2,717,143

 

 

 

$

 

3,115,850

   

 

$

 

2,985,680

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

0.28

%

 

 

 

 

0.39

%

 

 

 

 

0.46

%

 

 

 

 

0.50

%

 

 

 

 

0.52

%

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets (Excluding Fees Waived, Expenses Reimbursed, Previously Waived Fees Recovered by Advisor and/or Fees Paid Indirectly)

 

 

 

0.28

%

 

 

 

 

0.39

%

 

 

 

 

0.46

%

 

 

 

 

0.50

%

 

 

 

 

0.52

%

 

Ratio of Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

1.15

%

 

 

 

 

1.00

%

 

 

 

 

1.04

%

 

 

 

 

0.99

%

 

 

 

 

0.86

%

 

Portfolio Turnover Rate(d)

 

 

 

9

%

 

 

 

 

11

%

 

 

 

 

12

%

 

 

 

 

11

%

 

 

 

 

12

%

 

 

 

(a)

 

Computed using average shares outstanding.

 

(b)

 

Net asset value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at net asset value. This percentage is not an indication of the performance of a shareholder’s investment in the Fund based on market value due to differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.

 

(c)

 

Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the market value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at market value. Market value is determined by the composite closing price. Composite closing security price is defined as the last reported sale price from any primary listing market (e.g., NYSE Arca) or participating regional exchanges or markets. The composite closing price is the last reported sale price from any of the eligible sources, regardless of volume and not an average price and may have occurred on a date prior to the close of the reporting period. Market value may be greater or less than net asset value, depending on the Fund’s closing price on the listing market.

 

(d)

 

Excludes impact of in-kind transactions.

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Financial Highlights
(For a share outstanding throughout each period)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dimensional U.S. Targeted Value ETF

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2022

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2021

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2020

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2019

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2018

Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period

 

 

$

 

46.49

   

 

$

 

28.37

 

 

 

$

 

34.02

 

 

 

$

 

35.17

   

 

$

 

37.94

 

 

Income From Investment Operations(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income (Loss)

 

 

 

0.68

   

 

 

0.64

 

 

 

 

0.45

 

 

 

 

0.45

   

 

 

0.41

 

Net Gains (Losses) on Securities (Realized and Unrealized)

 

 

 

(2.13

)

 

 

 

 

18.00

 

 

 

 

(5.03

)

 

 

 

 

0.05

   

 

 

(1.33

)

 

 

Total From Investment Operations

 

 

 

(1.45

)

 

 

 

 

18.64

 

 

 

 

(4.58

)

 

 

 

 

0.50

   

 

 

(0.92

)

 

 

Less Distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

 

 

(0.69

)

 

 

 

 

(0.52

)

 

 

 

 

(0.43

)

 

 

 

 

(0.43

)

 

 

 

 

(0.40

)

 

Net Realized Gains

 

 

 

(0.03

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.64

)

 

 

 

 

(1.22

)

 

 

 

 

(1.45

)

 

 

Total Distributions

 

 

 

(0.72

)

 

 

 

 

(0.52

)

 

 

 

 

(1.07

)

 

 

 

 

(1.65

)

 

 

 

 

(1.85

)

 

 

Net Asset Value, End of Period

 

 

$

 

44.32

   

 

$

 

46.49

 

 

 

$

 

28.37

 

 

 

$

 

34.02

   

 

$

 

35.17

 

 

Total Return at NAV(b)

 

 

 

(3.07

)%

 

 

 

 

65.98

%

 

 

 

 

(13.70

)%

 

 

 

 

1.93

%

 

 

 

 

(2.66

)%

 

 

Total Return at Market(c)

 

 

 

(3.05

)%

 

 

 

 

66.13

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Net Assets, End of Year (thousands)

 

 

$

 

7,188,295

   

 

$

 

6,449,204

 

 

 

$

 

3,868,490

 

 

 

$

 

4,743,286

   

 

$

 

4,603,040

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

0.29

%

 

 

 

 

0.38

%

 

 

 

 

0.45

%

 

 

 

 

0.45

%

 

 

 

 

0.44

%

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets (Excluding Fees Waived, Expenses Reimbursed, Previously Waived Fees Recovered by Advisor and/or Fees Paid Indirectly)

 

 

 

0.29

%

 

 

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

 

Ratio of Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

1.52

%

 

 

 

 

1.53

%

 

 

 

 

1.55

%

 

 

 

 

1.36

%

 

 

 

 

1.07

%

 

Portfolio Turnover Rate(d)

 

 

 

8

%

 

 

 

 

6

%

 

 

 

 

14

%

 

 

 

 

24

%

 

 

 

 

14

%

 

 

 

(a)

 

Computed using average shares outstanding.

 

(b)

 

Net asset value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at net asset value. This percentage is not an indication of the performance of a shareholder’s investment in the Fund based on market value due to differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.

 

(c)

 

Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the market value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at market value. Market value is determined by the composite closing price. Composite closing security price is defined as the last reported sale price from any primary listing market (e.g., NYSE Arca) or participating regional exchanges or markets. The composite closing price is the last reported sale price from any of the eligible sources, regardless of volume and not an average price and may have occurred on a date prior to the close of the reporting period. Market value may be greater or less than net asset value, depending on the Fund’s closing price on the listing market.

 

(d)

 

Excludes impact of in-kind transactions.

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Financial Highlights
(For a share outstanding throughout each period)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dimensional U.S. Core Equity 2 ETF

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2022

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2021

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2020

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2019

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2018

Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period

 

 

$

 

28.13

   

 

$

 

19.42

 

 

 

$

 

19.24

 

 

 

$

 

17.87

   

 

$

 

17.56

 

 

Income From Investment Operations(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income (Loss)

 

 

 

0.37

   

 

 

0.32

 

 

 

 

0.30

 

 

 

 

0.30

   

 

 

0.28

 

Net Gains (Losses) on Securities (Realized and Unrealized)

 

 

 

(3.72

)

 

 

 

 

8.67

 

 

 

 

0.51

 

 

 

 

1.48

   

 

 

0.44

 

 

Total From Investment Operations

 

 

 

(3.35

)

 

 

 

 

8.99

 

 

 

 

0.81

 

 

 

 

1.78

   

 

 

0.72

 

 

Less Distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

 

 

(3.35

)

 

 

 

 

(0.28

)

 

 

 

 

(0.28

)

 

 

 

 

(0.31

)

 

 

 

 

(0.27

)

 

Net Realized Gains

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.35

)

 

 

 

 

(0.10

)

 

 

 

 

(0.14

)

 

 

Total Distributions

 

 

 

(3.35

)

 

 

 

 

(0.28

)

 

 

 

 

(0.63

)

 

 

 

 

(0.41

)

 

 

 

 

(0.41

)

 

 

Net Asset Value, End of Period

 

 

$

 

24.43

   

 

$

 

28.13

 

 

 

$

 

19.42

 

 

 

$

 

19.24

   

 

$

 

17.87

 

 

Total Return at NAV(b)

 

 

 

(11.95

)%

 

 

 

 

46.47

%

 

 

 

 

4.31

%

 

 

 

 

10.25

%

 

 

 

 

4.05

%

 

 

Total Return at Market(c)

 

 

 

(12.01

)%

 

 

 

 

46.57

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Net Assets, End of Year (thousands)

 

 

$

 

15,437,733

   

 

$

 

14,457,938

 

 

 

$

 

9,529,122

 

 

 

$

 

10,121,793

   

 

$

 

9,113,032

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

0.17

%

 

 

 

 

0.21

%

 

 

 

 

0.24

%

 

 

 

 

0.25

%

 

 

 

 

0.23

%

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets (Excluding Fees Waived, Expenses Reimbursed, Previously Waived Fees Recovered by Advisor and/or Fees Paid Indirectly)

 

 

 

0.17

%

 

 

 

 

0.21

%

 

 

 

 

0.24

%

 

 

 

 

0.25

%

 

 

 

 

0.23

%

 

Ratio of Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

1.43

%

 

 

 

 

1.25

%

 

 

 

 

1.59

%

 

 

 

 

1.64

%

 

 

 

 

1.49

%

 

Portfolio Turnover Rate(d)

 

 

 

6

%

 

 

 

 

2

%

 

 

 

 

3

%

 

 

 

 

6

%

 

 

 

 

1

%

 

 

 

(a)

 

Computed using average shares outstanding.

 

(b)

 

Net asset value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at net asset value. This percentage is not an indication of the performance of a shareholder’s investment in the Fund based on market value due to differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.

 

(c)

 

Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the market value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at market value. Market value is determined by the composite closing price. Composite closing security price is defined as the last reported sale price from any primary listing market (e.g., NYSE Arca) or participating regional exchanges or markets. The composite closing price is the last reported sale price from any of the eligible sources, regardless of volume and not an average price and may have occurred on a date prior to the close of the reporting period. Market value may be greater or less than net asset value, depending on the Fund’s closing price on the listing market.

 

(d)

 

Excludes impact of in-kind transactions.

75


 

Financial Highlights
(For a share outstanding throughout each period)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dimensional US Marketwide Value ETF

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2022

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2021

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2020

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2019

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2018

Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period

 

 

$

 

36.32

   

 

$

 

25.06

   

 

$

 

28.74

   

 

$

 

28.02

   

 

$

 

28.30

 

 

Income From Investment Operations(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income (Loss)

 

 

 

0.64

   

 

 

0.54

   

 

 

0.57

   

 

 

0.60

   

 

 

0.58

 

Net Gains (Losses) on Securities (Realized and Unrealized)

 

 

 

(2.93

)

 

 

 

 

11.26

   

 

 

(3.22

)

 

 

 

 

1.66

   

 

 

0.63

 

 

Total From Investment Operations

 

 

 

(2.29

)

 

 

 

 

11.80

   

 

 

(2.65

)

 

 

 

 

2.26

   

 

 

1.21

 

 

Less Distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

 

 

(0.59

)

 

 

 

 

(0.54

)

 

 

 

 

(0.55

)

 

 

 

 

(0.56

)

 

 

 

 

(0.54

)

 

Net Realized Gains

 

 

   

 

   

 

 

(0.48

)

 

 

 

 

(0.98

)

 

 

 

 

(0.95

)

 

 

Total Distributions

 

 

 

(0.59

)

 

 

 

 

(0.54

)

 

 

 

 

(1.03

)

 

 

 

 

(1.54

)

 

 

 

 

(1.49

)

 

 

Net Asset Value, End of Period

 

 

$

 

33.44

   

 

$

 

36.32

   

 

$

 

25.06

   

 

$

 

28.74

   

 

$

 

28.02

 

 

Total Return at NAV(b)

 

 

 

(6.28

%)

 

 

 

 

47.30

%

 

 

 

 

(9.41

%)

 

 

 

 

8.82

%

 

 

 

 

4.27

%

 

 

Total Return at Market(c)

 

 

 

(6.29

%)

 

 

 

%

 

 

 

%)

 

 

 

%

 

 

 

%

 

 

Net Assets, End of Year (thousands)

 

 

$

 

7,904,011

   

 

$

 

8,320,772

   

 

$

 

1,563,787

   

 

$

 

1,917,021

   

 

$

 

1,841,678

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

0.22

%

 

 

 

 

0.23

%

 

 

 

 

0.24

%

 

 

 

 

0.24

%

 

 

 

 

0.22

%

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets (Excluding Fees Waived, Expenses Reimbursed, Previously Waived Fees Recovered by Advisor and/or Fees Paid Indirectly)

 

 

 

0.22

%

 

 

 

 

0.41

%

 

 

 

 

0.44

%

 

 

 

 

0.44

%

 

 

 

 

0.42

%

 

Ratio of Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

1.86

%

 

 

 

 

1.62

%

 

 

 

 

2.18

%

 

 

 

 

2.18

%

 

 

 

 

1.98

%

 

Portfolio Turnover Rate(d)

 

 

 

3

%

 

 

 

 

0

%

 

 

 

 

N/A

   

 

 

N/A

   

 

 

N/A

 

 

 

(a)

 

Computed using average shares outstanding.

 

(b)

 

Net asset value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at net asset value. This percentage is not an indication of the performance of a shareholder’s investment in the Fund based on market value due to differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.

 

(c)

 

Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the market value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at market value. Market value is determined by the composite closing price. Composite closing security price is defined as the last reported sale price from any primary listing market (e.g., NYSE Arca) or participating regional exchanges or markets. The composite closing price is the last reported sale price from any of the eligible sources, regardless of volume and not an average price and may have occurred on a date prior to the close of the reporting period. Market value may be greater or less than net asset value, depending on the Fund’s closing price on the listing market.

 

(d)

 

Excludes impact of in-kind transactions.

76


 

Financial Highlights
(For a share outstanding throughout each period)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Dimensional International Value ETF

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2022

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2021

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2020

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2019

 

Year
Ended
Oct. 31,
2018

Net Asset Value, Beginning of Period

 

 

$

 

33.76

   

 

$

 

11.67

 

 

 

$

 

14.61

 

 

 

$

 

14.61

   

 

$

 

16.39

 

 

Income From Investment Operations(a)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income (Loss)

 

 

 

1.34

   

 

 

0.78

 

 

 

 

0.30

 

 

 

 

0.51

   

 

 

0.47

 

Net Gains (Losses) on Securities (Realized and Unrealized)

 

 

 

(5.95

)

 

 

 

 

22.06

 

 

 

 

(2.88

)

 

 

 

 

(0.01

)

 

 

 

 

(1.79

)

 

 

Total From Investment Operations

 

 

 

(4.61

)

 

 

 

 

22.84

 

 

 

 

(2.58

)

 

 

 

 

0.50

   

 

 

(1.32

)

 

 

Less Distributions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Investment Income

 

 

 

(1.45

)

 

 

 

 

(0.75

)

 

 

 

 

(0.36

)

 

 

 

 

(0.50

)

 

 

 

 

(0.46

)

 

Net Realized Gains

 

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

   

 

 

 

Total Distributions

 

 

 

(1.45

)

 

 

 

 

(0.75

)

 

 

 

 

(0.36

)

 

 

 

 

(0.50

)

 

 

 

 

(0.46

)

 

 

Net Asset Value, End of Period

 

 

$

 

27.70

   

 

$

 

33.76

 

 

 

$

 

11.67

 

 

 

$

 

14.61

   

 

$

 

14.61

 

 

Total Return at NAV(b)

 

 

 

(13.97

)%

 

 

 

 

48.18

%

 

 

 

 

(17.77

)%

 

 

 

 

3.52

%

 

 

 

 

(8.27

)%

 

 

Total Return at Market(c)

 

 

 

(14.08

)%

 

 

 

 

48.68

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

Net Assets, End of Year (thousands)

 

 

$

 

3,757,656

   

 

$

 

3,616,969

 

 

 

$

 

2,392,708

 

 

 

$

 

3,821,142

   

 

$

 

3,668,647

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

0.29

%

 

 

 

 

0.48

%

 

 

 

 

0.52

%

 

 

 

 

0.54

%

 

 

 

 

0.53

%

 

Ratio of Expenses to Average Net Assets Excluding Fees Waived, Expenses Reimbursed, Previously Waived Fees Recovered by Advisor and/or Fees Paid Indirectly)

 

 

 

0.29

%

 

 

 

 

0.48

%

 

 

 

 

0.52

%

 

 

 

 

0.55

%

 

 

 

 

0.53

%

 

Ratio of Net Investment Income to Average Net Assets

 

 

 

4.31

%

 

 

 

 

3.34

%

 

 

 

 

2.34

%

 

 

 

 

3.58

%

 

 

 

 

2.89

%

 

Portfolio Turnover Rate(d)

 

 

 

12

%

 

 

 

 

14

%

 

 

 

 

16

%

 

 

 

 

17

%

 

 

 

 

21

%

 

 

 

(a)

 

Computed using average shares outstanding.

 

(b)

 

Net asset value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the net asset value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period at net asset value. This percentage is not an indication of the performance of a shareholder’s investment in the Fund based on market value due to differences between the market price of the shares and the net asset value per share of the Fund.

 

(c)

 

Market value total return is calculated assuming an initial investment made at the market value at the beginning of the period, reinvestment of all dividends and distributions at net asset value during the period, if any, and redemption on the last day of the period