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DFSMX DFA Short Term Municipal Bond I

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Fund DFSMX DFA Short Term Municipal Bond I SHM SPDR® Nuveen Barclays ST Muni Bd ETF VMLTX Vanguard Ltd-Term Tx-Ex  
100% 92% 90%
Annual Fees
(0.22% Exp. Ratio)
(0.20% Exp. Ratio)
(0.20% Exp. Ratio)
Future Est. Balance in 30 yrs
Assuming 1.85% annual return
$16,201.21 $16,298.92 $16,298.92
Est. savings over 30 yrs +$97.71 +$97.71
As of 9/30/16
1 YR RETURN 1.08%
3 YR 0.98%
5 YR 0.83%
10 YR 1.82%
1 YR RETURN 1.08%
3 YR 1.25%
5 YR 1.15%
10 YR --
1 YR RETURN 1.76%
3 YR 1.67%
5 YR 1.51%
10 YR 2.59%
The investment seeks to provide current income that is exempt from federal personal income taxes and to preserve investors' principal. The fund invests primarily in a universe of investment grade municipal securities, the interest on which is exempt from regular federal income tax. It invests at least 80% of its net assets in municipal securities that pay interest exempt from federal income tax.
The investment seeks to provide investment results that, before fees and expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of the Barclays Managed Money Municipal Short Term Index. The fund invests substantially all, but at least 80%, of its total assets in the securities comprising the index or in securities that the Sub-Adviser determines have economic characteristics that are substantially identical to the economic characteristics of the securities that comprise the index. The index tracks the short term tax exempt municipal bond market and provides income that is exempt from federal income taxes. The fund is non-diversified.
The investment seeks current income that is exempt from federal personal income taxes, with limited price volatility. The fund has no limitations on the maturity of individual securities, but is expected to maintain a dollar-weighted average maturity of 2 to 6 years. At least 75% of the securities held by the fund are municipal bonds in the top three credit-rating categories as determined by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization or, if unrated, determined to be of comparable quality by the advisor. The remaining 5% may be invested in securities with lower credit ratings or, if unrated, determined to be of comparable quality by the advisor.

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