DFA’s Disciplined Approach Earns It a Top Mark

The firm puts theory into practice with a focus on investors.

Morningstar recently issued a new Stewardship Grade for DFA. The firm’s overall grade–which considers corporate culture, fund board quality, fund manager incentives, fees, and regulatory history–is an A. What follows is Morningstar’s analysis of the firm’s corporate culture, for which DFA receives an A. This text, as well as analytical text on the other four Stewardship Grade criteria, is available to subscribers of Morningstar’s software for advisors and institutions: Morningstar Advisor Workstation(SM), Morningstar Office(SM), and Morningstar Direct(SM).

Dimensional Fund Advisors has forged a strong and distinctive culture that has served investors well. The firm’s low-cost structure and disciplined approach to investing, launching new strategies, and qualifying the financial advisors who use its funds help set it apart. It reflects a consistent, industry-leading focus on fundholders, and thus, we are raising its Corporate Culture grade to an A from a B.

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