Investments Dimensional Fund AdvisorsDimensional Fund Advisors (DFA) is an institutional fund manager. It was founded in 1981 to apply academic research on capital market behavior to the practical world of investing. DFA has close ties with the University of Chicago and other financial economics research centers. DFA and mutual fund board members and consultants include some of the world’s most distinguished academic theorists: Eugene Fama, Kenneth French, Roger Ibbotson, Donald Keim, and Nobel Laureate Myron Scholes.DFA funds were initially available only to institutional investors. Beginning in 1989, DFA began offering its low-cost institutional mutual funds to individual investors through approved investment advisors. Currently, Dimensional Fund Advisors manages in excess of $159 billion for corporate, government, college endowment, charitable, and Taft-Hartley clients, as well as clients of approved investment advisors. LPL FinancialLPL Financial was founded with a pioneering vision—to help entrepreneurial financial advisors establish successful businesses through which they could offer independent financial guidance and advice. Today, LPL Financial is one of the nation’s leading diversified financial services companies and the largest independent broker/dealer supporting more than 12,000 financial advisors nationwide.* We are also an enabling partner to a broad range of banks and credit unions, as well as broker/dealers at leading financial services companies.Providing Americans with investment advice has never been more important than now. At LPL Financial, we help financial professionals manage the complexities of running successful organizations by providing our customers with access to:Leading-edge tools and technologyIndependent investment researchDedicated service and trainingOpen product architecture offering investment solutionsThis mix of products and services allows our customers to focus on providing investment advice and to help their clients achieve important life and financial goals. Who We ServeAs a diversified financial services company, we serve three distinct customer groups. Independent Advisor Services meets the needs of advisors at every stage of their careers. Institution Services focuses on the needs of banks and credit unions. Custom Clearing Services works with leading financial services companies.By tailoring our programs and services to the unique needs of our customers, we help them to stay focused on their core areas of expertise, while enabling them to provide outstanding service and strategies to their clients. Being 100% committed to the success of the financial professionals we serve is what has helped LPL Financial become one of the leading diversified financial services organizations in the country, with headquarters in Boston, Charlotte, and San Diego.We have a proud heritage of helping financial professionals and their clients achieve their personal, professional, and financial dreams. Our strength and resources help provide our customers with a solid foundation for continued growth.* As reported in Financial Planning magazine 1996-2016, based on total revenues.