Both companies are deserving of their great reputations for providing quality solutions to passive investors. In fact, my book Wise Investing Made Simple includes an appendix of investment vehicle recommendations that included funds from both fund families. However, once you have decided to be passive, you want the best vehicle available.
To help you decide, the following is a comparison of the returns over the last 10 calendar years for the comparable funds of DFA and Vanguard.
- DFA US Large Company Institutional Index Portfolio (DFUSX) -- -0.96%
- Vanguard 500 Index Admiral Shares (VFIAX) -- -0.96%
- DFA US Large Cap Value Portfolio III (DFUVX) -- 4.53%
- Vanguard Value Index Admiral Shares (VVIAX) -- 1.31%
- DFA US Micro Cap Portfolio (DFSCX) -- 6.30%
- DFA US Small Cap Portfolio (DFSTX) -- 5.72%
- Vanguard Small-Cap Index Admiral Shares (VSMAX) -- 4.46%
- DFA Emerging Markets Portfolio (DFEMX) -- 9.50%
- DFA Emerging Markets Value Portfolio (DFEVX) -- 13.87%
- DFA Emerging Markets Small-Cap Portfolio (DEMSX) -- 12.31%
- Vanguard Emerging Markets Stock Index Admiral Shares (VEMAX) -- 9.88%
- DFA Real Estate Securities Portfolio (DFREX) -- 10.48%
- Vanguard REIT Index Admiral Shares (VGSLX) -- 10.48%
On Wednesday, we'll look at a few more considerations for the debate, including my take on the study Allan cited in his article.