Who is the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP)?

University of Chicago Booth School of BusinessIt’s no secret that we believe the best investment approach for our clients is to embrace Dimensional Funds Advisor (DFA) evidenced based Investment model. However, DFA has been somewhat of a secret for the past several decades as their funds haven’t been widely available to individual investors until the past few years.

Dimensional Fund Advisors (abbreviated as DFA or Dimensional) is an investment firm headquartered in Austin, TX with regional offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, London, Santa Monica, Sydney, and Vancouver. The company was founded in 1981 by David G. Booth and Rex Sinquefield, both graduates of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. “Rely on academic—not Wall Street—research is not an accident. Academic ideas are at the core of Dimensional’s approach. Since our founding in 1981, four Nobel laureates in Economic Sciences have worked with Dimensional: Eugene Fama, Merton Miller, Myron Scholes, and Robert Merton. Gene has been a shareholder and a director of Dimensional Fund Advisors since the beginning. Merton and Myron were founding independent directors of our US unit trusts; Myron is now the lead independent director. ” … David Booth

So, drum roll please…why is the CRSP important to investors? The Center for Research in Security Prices at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has been an integral part of the academic and commercial world of financial and economic research since 1960. CRSP’s portfolio of historical databases for common stocks, mutual funds, Treasuries, REITs and research indexes is relied on by more than 435 leading academic institutions in 31 countries. It is also widely used for research in the commercial and governmental sectors.



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