Active International Equity Portfolio


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Inception date   11/10/2011

Investment objective

This Investment Portfolio seeks a favorable long-term return, mainly through capital appreciation.

Investment strategy

This Investment Portfolio invests in a diverse mix of actively-managed mutual funds that invest primarily in international equity securities. Through its investments in these mutual funds, the Investment Portfolio intends to indirectly allocate its assets to equity securities of foreign issuers, including issuers located in developed and emerging countries.

Risk level




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Historical performance

Average annual total returns as of 5/31/2024

Category Active International Equity Portfolio Benchmark
Year to date 7.26% 6.10%
1 year 19.15% 17.30%
3 years 2.68% 1.22%
5 years 8.37% 7.32%
10 years 4.70% 4.29%
Since inception 6.54% 5.95%

Average annual total returns as of 3/31/2024

Category Active International Equity Portfolio Benchmark
Year to date 5.04% 4.97%
1 year 14.70% 13.90%
3 years 4.18% 2.95%
5 years 7.26% 6.51%
10 years 4.81% 4.52%
Since inception 6.45% 5.94%

The performance data quoted represent past performance and are net of all fees and expenses. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results. Your returns and the principal value of your account will fluctuate, so your investment may be worth more or less than the original value when you withdraw your money. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted above. Investors cannot invest directly in a benchmark.

All performance figures in the table, with the exception of the performance figures in the year-to-date column, represent the average annual compound rate of the total return. All figures in the year-to-date column represent cumulative, nonannualized returns.

Asset allocation

  • 100.00% International Equity

Underlying funds

Ticker Underlying fund Allocation
DFALX DFA Large Cap International Portfolio 80.00%
DFCEX DFA Emerging Markets Core Equity Portfolio 20.00%

The above table lists the underlying investments in which this investment option invests, and the percentage of the investment option’s assets allocated to each of its investments. Please keep in mind that if you invest in this investment option, you will own this investment option; you will not own shares in any of the above mutual funds. For more information on investment options, fees and expenses, including cost examples, please read the Plan Description.

529 Investment Lead

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Jeremy Thiessen

Head of Investment Strategies

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