Delaware VIP® Growth Equity Series** (formerly, First Investors Life Series Select Growth Fund)

Key features

  • Concentrated approach that seeks high-quality companies with undiscovered growth potential
  • Systematic integration of technology and fundamental analysis leads to strong risk controls and drives performance
  • Straightforward investment philosophy that has been applied consistently for more than 30 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 date11/08/1999
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 (12/31/2019)

as of quarter-end (12/31/2019)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)24.35%24.35%16.69%11.27%14.05%n/a11/08/1999
Russell 1000 Growth Index36.39%36.39%20.49%14.63%15.22%n/a
Russell 3000 Growth Index35.85%35.85%19.89%14.23%15.05%n/a
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)11.24%24.35%16.69%11.27%14.05%n/a11/08/1999
Russell 1000 Growth Index10.62%36.39%20.49%14.63%15.22%n/a
Russell 3000 Growth Index10.67%35.85%19.89%14.23%15.05%n/a

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
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return

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Portfolio characteristics - as of 12/31/2019
Number of holdings39
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet$48.7 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet$206.4 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)31%
Beta, 3 years (relative to Russell 1000 Growth Index) (view definition)n/a
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)n/a
Portfolio composition as of 12/31/2019Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities99.5%
Cash and cash equivalents0.5%
Top 10 holdings as of 12/31/2019

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
Adobe Inc.4.23%
Fortinet Inc.4.00%
Alphabet Inc.3.79%
Cadence Design Systems Inc.3.74%
Facebook Inc.3.15%
Apple Inc.3.00%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings35.54%
Top sectors as of 12/31/2019

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.

Sector% of portfolio
Information technology37.1%
Consumer discretionary12.0%
Communication services9.1%
Consumer staples4.2%

Investment manager

Delaware Management Company (DMC)


Smith Asset Management Group

Stephen Smith

Stephen S. Smith, CFA

Chief Executive Officer, Chief Investment Officer

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 43

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John Brim

John D. Brim, CFA

Chief Investment Officer

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 29

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Eivind Olsen

Eivind Olsen, CFA

Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 25

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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 expenses0.11%
Total annual series operating expenses0.76%
Fee waiversnone
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers0.76%

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 0.80% 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 index to the Russell 1000 Growth Index as of Jan. 31, 2019. The Series elected to use the new index because it more closely reflects the Series’ investment strategy.

**On 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), whereby MMHI, on behalf of its affiliate Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (MIMBT), would acquire FIMCO’s asset management business (the “Transaction”). In connection with the Transaction, the Board of Trustees of the First Investors Trusts and the First Investors Fund shareholders 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 in the Delaware Funds by Macquarie family of funds. The Transaction closed on Oct. 4, 2019.

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

Smith Asset Management Group, L.P. (Smith), a US registered investment advisor, is the sub-advisor to the Fund. As sub-advisor, Smith is responsible for day-to-day management of the Fund’s assets. Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (MIMBT), has ultimate responsibility for all investment advisory services.

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.

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Investments in small and/or medium-sized companies typically exhibit greater risk and higher volatility than larger, more established companies.

Narrowly focused investments may exhibit higher volatility than investments in multiple industry sectors.

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 01/17/2020)

Standard ClassPriceNet change
Max offer price$17.12n/a

Total net assets (as of 12/31/2019)

$92.0 million all share classes

Prospectuses and reports

Benchmark and peer group

Russell 1000® Growth Index (view definition)

Russell 3000® Growth Index (view definition)

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