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DFA Sustainability Funds: Gun Manufacturer Divestment

Post Series: Investment Committee Commentary Q2 2018

Recent events led Abacus, along with several other members of the DFA Sustainability Council, to request divestment from gun stocks. Abacus co-founders, Brent Kessel and Spencer Sherman, are both members of the DFA Sustainability Council. This group of advisors represents investors in the funds and is instrumental in influencing sustainable investment decisions.

As of March 1, 2018, the Dimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) US Sustainability Core Fund is no longer invested in gun manufacturers. Olin Corporation, Remington Arms Company, and Vista Outdoor are a few of the resulting exclusions*.

As always, our priority is to build the best investment portfolio for our clients. Once we build a portfolio, we ask if we can do it in a sustainable manner without impacting performance. In this case, the excluded companies made up less than 0.1% of the fund, so the financial impact is negligible.

The DFA International and Emerging Markets Sustainability Core Funds do not have exposure to gun manufacturers. In total, the DFA Sustainability Funds make up 70% of the Abacus Rainbow Portfolio’s equity allocation.


*Gun manufacturers defined as civil arms manufacturers by MSCI. A full list of exclusions within the US Sustainability Portfolio can be found here: https://us.dimensional.com/en/-/funds/us/fund-information-announcement/holdings-announcement-us-sustainability-march-2018.pdf

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