Dimensional Week: The origins of an industry game-changer

Posted by Robin Powell on September 28, 2015


This week is Dimensional Week on The Evidence-Based Investor.

For those readers who aren’t familiar with it, Dimensional Fund Advisors has been, and continues to be, one of the major players in what I like to call the creative destruction of the traditional global investing industry.

Based in Austin, Texas, DFA is a fund management company with a unique selling point, namely that everything it does is based not on speculation but on solid evidence.

It’s also one of those companies that doesn’t like to blow its own trumpet. It never advertises and it barely receives a mention in the financial media press. Yet its influence is growing — the firm recently reported its 77th consecutive month of positive sales — as more and more advisers wake up to the consistently impressive net performance that Dimensional funds deliver.

TEBI is an unconflicted investment blog. I don’t endorse any fund or company. I haven’t been asked to produced this series, and nor am I being paid for it. But I’m happy to acknowledge the contribution of any firm or any individual who is genuinely helping to change investing for the better. DFA certainly falls into that category.

Each day this week we’ll be featuring either one or two videos about Dimensional, its research and its philosophy — starting today with this look back at how it all began:

Tomorrow: The Appliance of Science

(Featured image: ‘Palisades West, Dimensional Fund Advisors, Austin, TX’ by Roy Niswanger)


Robin Powell

Robin is a journalist and campaigner for positive change in global investing. He runs Regis Media, a niche provider of content marketing for financial advice firms with an evidence-based investment philosophy. He also works as a consultant to other disruptive firms in the investing sector.


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