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Since 1981, Dimensional* has sought to provide better investment outcomes by combining the knowledge gained from rigorous theoretical and empirical research with effective implementation. Dimensional’s 1,400 employees across 13 offices serve an investor asset base of over USD $637 billion (SGD $858 billion) globally as of 31 March 2021. To meet the needs of clients, Dimensional has developed investment solutions across a broad range of asset classes and geographic regions, all based on a single philosophy and implemented through an integrated, process-driven approach. Each adheres to strict parameters designed to enhance returns and reduce costs. Dimensional continuously evaluates these strategies based upon research and advances in technology, while seeking new opportunities to address clients’ evolving needs both here in Asia and around the globe.
*”Dimensional” refers to the Dimensional separate but affiliated entities generally, rather than to one particular entity. These entities are Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd., Dimensional Ireland Limited, DFA Australia Limited, Dimensional Fund Advisors Canada ULC, Dimensional Fund Advisors Pte. Ltd., Dimensional Japan Ltd. and Dimensional Hong Kong Limited. Dimensional Hong Kong Limited is licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission to conduct Type 1 (dealing in securities) regulated activities only and does not provide asset management services.
Dimensional’s investment approach is based on a belief in markets. Rather than relying on futile forecasting or trying to outguess others, we draw information about expected returns from the market itself—letting the collective knowledge of its millions of buyers and sellers set security prices. Letting markets do what they do best—drive information into prices—frees us to spend time where we believe we have an advantage, namely in how we interpret the research, how we design and manage portfolios, and how we service our clients. It means we take a less subjective, more systematic approach to investing—an approach we can implement consistently and investors can understand and stick with, even in challenging market environments.
Dimensional’s investment approach is grounded in economic theory and backed by decades of empirical research. Our internal team of researchers works closely with leading financial economists to better understand where returns come from. Research has shown that securities offering higher expected returns share certain characteristics, which we call dimensions. To be considered a dimension, these characteristics must be sensible, persistent over time, pervasive across markets, and cost-effective to capture. We structure broadly diversified portfolios that emphasize the dimensions of higher expected returns, while addressing the trade offs that arise when executing portfolios. Every day our portfolio managers and traders seek to balance costs against expected returns and diversification. We work for the slightest expected gain, as every incremental improvement can add up over time.
Dimensional Investing is about providing a successful investment experience. That means more than just returns. It means offering peace of mind because investors know that a transparent approach backed by decades of research is powering every decision. Markets go up and they go down. The goal of Dimensional Investing is to help people be prepared, so they can stick with their plan.