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The DFA Target Date funds are one-stop funds for your retirement savings. They range from 90% stocks to 20% stocks. They can be built with 6-7 ETFs.
Below you can see the historical return of the DFA target-date funds.
Portfolio data was last updated on 1st of June 2023, 06:35 ET
|Name||Year to date||Return in 2022||10 year return||CAGR since 1989 (%)||Draw Down||Expense ratio||Yield|
|Dimensional 2030 Target Date Retirement Income Fund||4.74||-12.03||5.9||7.66||-22.61||0.05%||3.65|
|Dimensional 2040 Target Date Retirement Income Fund||6.19||-16.34||7.88||8.21||-32.21||0.05%||2.17|
|Dimensional 2050 Target Date Retirement Income Fund||6.9||-17.38||8.86||8.64||-37.66||0.05%||2.18|
|Dimensional 2060 Target Date Retirement Income Fund||6.9||-17.38||8.86||8.64||-37.66||0.05%||2.18|
|Dimensional Retirement Income Fund||2.64||-6.8||2.97||6.15||-7.73||0.05%||4.18|
Here is what the table is showing you
Year to date: This shows what the portfolio has returned this year starting from the first trading day of the year.
10 Year return: This shows the compounded annualized growth rate over a ten-year period. The current year is excluded from calculations.
CAGR since 1989: This shows the compounded annualized growth rate since 1989. The current year is excluded from calculations.
Expense ratio: This shows the cost of holding the portfolio if you were to construct the portfolio using the proposed ETFs.
Yield: This is the expected dividend yield of the portfolio.
Please note that past performance is not a guarantee of future returns.
Below you can see the returns of the best portfolios that we have benchmarked.
|Name||See Portfolio||Year to date||Return in 2022||10 year return||CAGR since 1989 (%)||Draw Down|
TheDFA Retirement Income Funds are funds of funds, which means each retirement fund is a collection of other funds. In other words, each DFA Retirement Income Fund is consists of several additional DFA funds.
This is the standard way of constructing target-date funds. It keeps down trading costs and lowers the complexity immensely. Both Vanguard and iShares employ the same methodology for creating their target-date funds.
Disclaimer: These are target-date funds. By design, their asset allocation will change over time. In general, target-date funds shift more of their assets towards bonds as you age to lower your risk. This means that the asset allocation below will have changed until we update it here at portfolioeinstein.com. This information on these funds was collected in 2018.
Note! The returns listed above for 2019 are higher (by approx. 2%) than those listed by DFA using their funds. This is because portfolioeinstein.com does not use DFA funds to replicate asset allocation, but what we consider the best funds. We favor low fees and a high amount of transparency in selecting the best funds.
Note! Please check the fund prospectus for the exact asset allocation and funds to use. The target-date retirement funds from DFA use DFA funds and not ETFs!
This is a post-retirement portfolio and is meant to provide a source of stable income.
Dimensional Fund Advisors(DFA) is a hugely successful mutual fund provider ($660 billion AUM). They provide access to their funds only through advisors. This means you cannot buy them through your brokerage. The Dimensional Fund Advisors methodology is weighted towards value and small-cap.
This is no surprise as two of the investment committee members of DFA are Eugene Fama and Kenneth French. They pioneered the model for describing asset class premia. Value and small-cap are among those asset classes that have the highest returns.
The impact on investing by Fama cannot be understated and is eloquently detailed in The Myth of the Rational Market by Justin Fox..
DFA is the room filled with the people that invented modern finance.
We regularly see a comparison between DFA and Vanguard. The issue stems from the fact that in some years, DFA funds have better returns, while in other years, Vanguard funds have higher returns.
See, for example ythe following discussions on the subject:
DFA funds have higher expense ratios than Vanguard funds – a lot higher.
“The number of managers that can successfully pick stocks are fewer than you’d expect by chance. So, why even play that game? You don’t need to.” – David Booth,Founder and Executive Chairman, DFA
DFA says that their funds can better capture risk-premia (for example, small-cap and value premia). They have also stated that their trading methodology is different from vanilla index providers in that they will sometimes hold off big block trades until circumstances have become profitable.
See Master In Money Podcast With Ritzholz and his interview with David Booth. This is market timing, of course, on a grand scale, but then again, all investing is a form of market timing. It is only a matter of degree. See the video below on how DFA turns its market timing strategy into a trading advantage.
The funds from DFA are uncustomary lacking weighting towards value and small-cap. They also employ a healthy amount of TIPS. Don’t let that scare you. DFA has Eugene Fama and Kenneth French on their investing committee.
See a comparison of target-date funds in our article What Is The Best Target Date Fund? Learn way more about target-date funds in our article Target Date Fund Portfolios Learn about DFA here (super intro to what investing is right on the front page) They also have a youtube channel with info. It is updated regularly.
Yes, DFA funds are passive but they follow DFA’s own indexes. The DFA indexes favor small-caps and value stocks.
When you compare DFA funds to low-cost ETFs of Vanguard and iShares the funds have comparable returns.
The best Vanguard fund is arguably the Vanguard Total Stock Market fund (VTI).