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Applying Science to Investing

Science has transformed every aspect of life—including investing. See how financial science has formed the foundation of Dimensional’s approach.

Dimensional's Trading Advantage

Dimensional Vice President Dave Twardowski, PhD, examines the pricing advantage that investors can get from Dimensional’s patient and flexible approach to trading.

Opportunities for Women in Finance

Women advisors who work with Dimensional talk about the rewarding aspects of their work and describe the industry opportunities available to women today.

Fama and French on Home Bias

Investors tend to overweight their equity portfolios with stocks from their home country market.

Ken French says that, while home bias is still the norm, investors have significantly increased their allocation to foreign markets over the last 30 years. He explains that investors might overweight their home market for economic reasons, perhaps to hedge consumption risk or to offset tax disadvantages they suffer in some foreign markets. Home bias can also be driven by behavioral factors. For example, investors may overweight their home country because of their uncertainty (the unknown unknowns) about foreign markets, or because they are overconfident about picking stocks in their home market. Ken says the best approach is to start with a global market portfolio, then make adjustments based on personal preference.

Tuning out the Noise

A wise investor disregards the media hype and noise and focuses on the long-term.

Eugene Fama on Finance and the Efficient Market Huypothesis

University of Chicago Booth Professor and Nobel prize winning economist Eugene Fama talks about the evolution of modern finance.

Mutual Fund Landscape

Dimensional’s 2019 analysis of US-based mutual funds shows that only a small percentage of funds have outperformed their primary benchmarks after costs

—and among top-ranked funds based on past results, only a small percentage have repeated their past success.

Things Really Add Up Over Time

David Booth discusses how Dimensional looks to add value at every step of the investment process, from portfolio construction to implementation to operations, in an effort to deliver higher returns for investors.

How Much Income Do You Need in Retirement?

Dimensional Vice President Marlena Lee, PhD, explains how her research on replacement rates can help you prepare for a better retirement outcome.

What Happens to Stocks When Interest Rates Change?

Can we predict which way stocks will move when interest rates change? Wei Dai, PhD, examined US market returns and a variety of interest rates to determine if there is an empirical relation.

Can You Predict a Good Time to Buy and Sell Stocks?

Can investors gain an edge from market timing? Jim Davis, PhD, runs more than 780 tests on data from 15 stock markets to test this theory.

Does a Declining Number of Stocks Affect the Size Premium?

New research by Dimensional examines the decline in the number of US stocks over the last two decades and whether this has implications for the size, or small cap, premium.

Empirical Work

Professor Eugene Fama and David Booth discuss the role of empirical research and the importance of determining whether what you see in the data is just a chance result or systematic.
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