Delaware VIP® Growth and Income Series** (formerly, First Investors Life Series Growth & Income Fund)

Key features

  • Focus on high-quality companies with attractive valuations
  • A diversified portfolio with exposure to all economic sectors, seeking protection from downside risks
  • Team-based, consensus-driven process that has been applied consistently for more than 40 years


Delaware VIP Value Series seeks long-term capital appreciation.


The Series invests in securities of large-capitalization companies, seeking consistent long-term performance. The Series follows a traditional value-oriented investment philosophy using a research-based approach.

Series information
Inception date11/09/1987
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifier

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The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance quoted.

Total returns may reflect waivers and/or expense reimbursements by the manager and/or distributor for some or all of the periods shown. Performance would have been lower without such waivers and reimbursements.

Average annual total return

as of month-end (10/31/2019)

as of quarter-end (09/30/2019)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)18.05%8.79%10.07%6.21%11.60%n/a11/09/1987
Russell 1000 Value Index19.46%11.21%10.51%7.61%11.96%n/a
MSCI USA Value Index18.75%11.07%11.11%8.19%11.95%n/a
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)2.17%2.11%8.87%6.53%11.41%n/a11/09/1987

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Index performance returns do not reflect any management fees, transaction costs, or expenses. Indices are unmanaged and one cannot invest directly in an index.

Expense ratio

The performance and expense ratio information shown represent the performance and fees as they relate to actual shares of the Series. These examples do not include any fees or sales charges imposed by the variable insurance contract for which the Series is an investment option. If they were included, your costs would be higher and performance would be lower. Investors should consult the contract prospectus or disclosure documents for more information.

Quarterly total returns @ NAV
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Portfolio characteristics - as of 10/31/2019
Number of holdings33
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet$59.1 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet$98.2 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)58%
Beta, 3 years (relative to Russell 1000 Value Index) (view definition)n/a
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)n/a
Top 10 holdings as of 10/31/2019

Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.

List may exclude cash, cash equivalents, and exchanged-traded funds (ETFs) that are used for cash management purposes. Please see the Fund’s complete list of holdings for more information.

Holdings based by issuer.

Holding% of portfolio
Cigna Holding Co.3.27%
Bank of New York Mellon Corp.3.21%
Merck & Co. Inc.3.20%
Cardinal Health Inc.3.15%
Pfizer Inc.3.11%
CVS Health Corp.3.11%
Broadcom Inc.3.08%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings31.63%
Nik Lalvani

Nikhil G. Lalvani, CFA

Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Team Leader

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 22

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Bob Vogel

Robert A. Vogel Jr., CFA

Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 27

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Kristen Bartholdson

Kristen E. Bartholdson 

Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 19

(View bio)

The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Series. The fee table and example do not reflect any fees or sales charges imposed by variable insurance contracts. If they did, the expenses would be higher.

Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.65%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.07%
Total annual series operating expenses0.72%
Fee waiversnone
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers0.72%

1The Series' investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), has contractually agreed to waive all or a portion of its investment advisory fees and/or pay/reimburse expenses (excluding any acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes, interest, short sale dividend and interest expenses, brokerage fees, certain insurance costs, and nonroutine expenses or costs, including, but not limited to, those relating to reorganizations, litigation, conducting shareholder meetings, and liquidations) in order to prevent total annual series operating expenses from exceeding 0.77% of the Series' average daily net assets from Oct. 4, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2021. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Series.

*The Series changed its broad-based securities index to the Russell 1000 Value Index as of Oct. 4, 2019. The Series had previously changed its broad-based securities index to the MSCI USA Value Index as of Jan. 31, 2019. In each case the Series elected to use the new index because it more closely reflects the Series' investment strategies.

**April 6, 2019, Foresters Investment Management Company, Inc. (FIMCO), the investment adviser to the First Investors Funds, entered into an agreement with Macquarie Management Holdings, Inc. (MMHI), a leading global investment management company, whereby MMHI, on behalf of its affiliate Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (Macquarie), would acquire FIMCO's asset management business (the “Transaction”). In connection with the Transaction, the Board of Trustees of the First Investors Trusts approved, pursuant to an Agreement and Plan of Reorganization (the “Agreement”), the transfer of all assets and liabilities of each First Investors Fund to a corresponding, newly formed fund (each, an “Acquiring Fund,” and collectively, the “Acquiring Funds”) in the Delaware Funds by Macquarie family of funds (each, a “Reorganization” and together, the “Reorganizations”). Following the requisite approval of each Reorganization from shareholders of each First Investors Fund, each Acquiring Fund will be managed by DMC and each Acquiring Fund will have the same or substantially the same investment objective and the same or similar principal investment strategies and principal risks as the corresponding First Investors Fund. The Transaction closed on Oct. 4, 2019 (the “Closing Date”). Information, including without limitation historical holdings and performance information, relating to the Acquiring Funds for periods prior to the Closing Date has been provided by FIMCO and is attributable to the Acquired Funds.

All third-party marks cited are the property of their respective owners.

The Series' investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), may permit its affiliates, Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (MIMGL) and Macquarie Funds Management Hong Kong Limited, to execute Series security trades on behalf of the Manager. The Manager may also seek quantitative support from MIMGL.

Carefully consider the Series' investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Series' prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by visiting or calling 800 523-1918. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

Frank Russell Company is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Frank Russell Company.

Stock prices may decline over short or even extended periods due to general economic and market conditions, adverse political or regulatory developments or interest rate fluctuations. While dividend-paying stocks are generally considered less volatile than other stocks, there can be no guarantee that an investment therein will be less volatile than the general stock market. The Series' investments in potential growth opportunities may increase the potential volatility of its share price. Adverse market events may lead in increased redemptions, which could cause the Series to experience a loss or difficulty in selling securities to meet redemptions.

The Series seeks to invest in securities that are undervalued and that will rise in value due to anticipated events or changes in investor perceptions. If these developments do not occur, the market price of these securities may not rise as expected or may fall.

At times, the Series may not be able to identify attractive dividend-paying stocks. The income received by the Series will also fluctuate due to the amount of dividends that companies elect to pay, which could adversely affect the Series' ability to pay dividends and its share price.

The risk that the securities selected by a series' management will underperform the markets, the relevant indices, or the securities selected by other funds with similar investment objectives and investment strategies. The securities and sectors selected may vary from the securities and sectors included in the relevant index.

In addition to the risks associated with the real estate industry, which include declines in the real estate market, decreases in property revenues and increases in property taxes and operating expenses, REITs are subject to additional risks, including those related to adverse governmental actions, declines in property value, and the potential failure to qualify for federal tax-free "pass-though" of distributed net income and net realized gains and exemption from registration as an investment company. REITs are dependent upon specialized management skills and may invest in relatively few properties, a small geographic area or a small number of property types. As a result, investments in REITs may be volatile. REITs are pooled investment vehicles with their own fees and expenses, and the Series will indirectly bear a proportionate share of those fees and expenses.

Delaware VIP Series refers to Delaware VIP Funds. Delaware VIP Funds are not available for direct investment except for issuers of variable insurance product contracts. They are available only through the purchase of certain variable insurance products.

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Daily pricing (as of 11/20/2019)

Standard ClassPriceNet change
Max offer price$41.61n/a

Total net assets (as of 10/31/2019)

$499.1 million all share classes

Prospectuses and reports

Benchmark and peer group

Russell 1000® Value Index (view definition)

MSCI USA Value Index (view definition)

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