Delaware Covered Call Strategy Fund** (formerly, First Investors Covered Call Strategy Fund)

Key features

  • US large-cap equity exposure to help participate in market growth
  • Utilizes an options-based strategy with the goal of providing downside protection
  • Seeks consistent equity-like returns with lower volatility to help weather market cycles
Fund information
Inception date04/01/2016
Dividends paid (if any)Quarterly
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

Please click below to view Fund performance:

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 (02/29/2020)

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

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-11.08% -0.94% 1.20% n/an/a3.64% 04/01/2016
CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index-8.60%0.78%3.16%n/an/a5.37%
S&P 500 Index-8.27%8.19%9.87%n/an/a11.88%
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)4.58% 22.01% 6.72% n/an/a7.10% 04/01/2016
CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index4.33%15.68%7.58%n/an/a8.18%
S&P 500 Index9.07%31.49%15.27%n/an/a15.06%

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Benchmark lifetime returns are as of the month end prior to the Fund's inception date.

Prior to Jan. 28, 2010, the Fund had not engaged in a broad distribution effort of its shares and had been subject to limited redemption requests. The returns reflect expense limitations that were in effect during certain periods and which may have been lower than the Fund's current expenses. The returns would have been lower without expense limitations.

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
Calendar year total returns @ NAV
YearAnnual return

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

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Portfolio characteristics - as of 02/29/2020CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index
Number of holdings77n/a
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet$113.0 billionn/a
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet$261.3 billionn/a
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)34%%
Beta (relative to CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index) (view definition)1.27n/a
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)12.25n/a
Portfolio composition as of 02/29/2020Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Domestic equities97.9%
Cash and cash equivalents2.2%
International equities & depositary receipts-0.1%

Values in excess of 100% and negative values may appear as the result of certain assets and liabilities. See the Fund's prospectus for securities in which the Fund would typically invest.

Top 10 holdings as of 02/29/2020

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

List may exclude cash, cash equivalents, and exchange-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
Apple Inc.5.16%
Mastercard Inc.5.15%
Medtronic PLC4.98%
JPMorgan Chase & Co.4.49%
BlackRock Inc.3.85%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings46.73%
Sector allocation as of 02/29/2020

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

Information technology29.9%
Consumer staples8.9%
Consumer discretionary8.6%
Communication services1.9%

Sector designations may be different than the sector designations presented in other Fund materials. The sector designations may represent the investment manager’s internal sector classifications, which may result in the sector designations for one fund being different than another fund's sector designations.

Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment

1If a Fund makes a distribution from any source other than net income, it is required to provide shareholders with a notice disclosing the source of such distribution (each a "Notice"). The amounts and sources of distributions reported above and in each Notice are only estimates and are not provided for tax reporting purposes. Each Fund will send each shareholder a Form 1099 DIV for the calendar year that will provide definitive information on how to report the Fund's distributions for federal income tax purposes. The information in the table above will not be updated to reflect any subsequent recharacterization of dividends and distributions. Click here to see recent Notices pertaining to the Fund (if any).

2Information on return of capital distributions (if any) is only provided from June 1, 2014 onward.

3Includes both short- and long-term capital gains.

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

Investment manager

Delaware Management Company (DMC)


Ziegler Capital Management

Wiley Angell

Wiley D. Angell 

Chief Investment Officer, Senior Portfolio Manager — Ziegler Capital Management, LLC

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 34

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Sean Hughes

Sean C. Hughes, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager — Ziegler Capital Management, LLC

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 15

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Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

The table below describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.

Shareholder fees
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases as a percentage of offering pricenone
Maximum contingent deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption price, whichever is lowernone
Annual fund operating expenses
Management fees0.80%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.28%
Total annual fund operating expenses1.08%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.08%

Institutional Class shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

1 The Fund’s 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 and dividend 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 fund operating expenses from exceeding 1.09% of the Fund’s 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 Fund.

*The Fund changed its broad-based securities index to the CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index as of Oct. 4, 2019. The Fund elected to use the new index because it more closely reflected the Fund’s investment strategies.

**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.

Ziegler Capital Management, LLC (ZCM), a US registered investment advisor, is the sub-advisor to the Series. As sub-advisor, Ziegler Capital Management, LLC (ZCM) is responsible for day-to-day management of the Series' assets. Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (MIMBT), has ultimate responsibility for all investment advisory services.

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

Carefully consider the Fund’s investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Fund’s prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by clicking the prospectus link located in the right-hand sidebar. For investors investing in Delaware Funds by Macquarie (formerly First Investors Funds) please call 800 423-4026. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

A covered call is a transaction in which the investor selling call options owns the equivalent amount of the underlying security. Call options are financial contracts that give the option buyer the right, but not the obligation, to buy a security at a specified price within a specific time period. The investor's long position in the asset is the "cover" because it means the seller can deliver the shares if the buyer of the call option chooses to exercise.

An exchange-traded fund (ETF) is a security that represents all the stocks on a given exchange. ETF shares can be bought, sold, short-sold, traded on margin, and generally function as if they were stocks.

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

Investing in ADRs may have some limitations for investors such as the absence of voting rights.

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

The Fund may experience portfolio turnover in excess of 100%, which could result in higher transaction costs and tax liability.

Writing call options involves risks.

There is no guarantee that dividend-paying stocks will continue to pay dividends.

By writing covered call options, the Fund will give up the opportunity to benefit from potential increases in the value of a Fund asset above the exercise price, but will bear the risk of declines in the value of the asset. Writing call options may expose the Fund to significant additional costs. Derivatives may be difficult to sell, unwind or value.

Writing call options may significantly reduce or eliminate the amount of Fund dividends that qualify to be taxed to non-corporate shareholders at a lower rate. Covered calls also are subject to federal tax rules that may: (1) limit the allowance of certain losses or deductions by the Fund; (2) convert the Fund’s long-term capital gains into higher taxed short-term capital gains or ordinary income; (3) convert the Fund’s ordinary losses or deductions to capital losses, the deductibility of which is more limited; and/or (4) cause the Fund to recognize income or gains without a corresponding receipt of cash.

Natural or environmental disasters, such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hurricanes, tsunamis, and other severe weather-related phenomena generally, and widespread disease, including pandemics and epidemics, have been and can be highly disruptive to economies and markets, adversely impacting individual companies, sectors, industries, markets, currencies, interest and inflation rates, credit ratings, investor sentiment, and other factors affecting the value of the Fund’s investments. Given the increasing interdependence among global economies and markets, conditions in one country, market, or region are increasingly likely to adversely affect markets, issuers, and/or foreign exchange rates in other countries. These disruptions could prevent the Fund from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner and could negatively impact the Fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. Any such event(s) could have a significant adverse impact on the value and risk profile of the Fund.

Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

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Daily pricing (as of 03/27/2020)

Institutional ClassPriceNet change
Max offer price$9.16n/a

Total net assets (as of 02/29/2020)

$213.1 million all share classes

Morningstar ranking (as of 02/29/2020)

YTD ranking203 / 216
1 year122 / 176
3 years72 / 114
5 yearsn/a
10 yearsn/a
Morningstar categoryOptions-based

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking (as of 02/29/2020)

YTD ranking271 / 305
1 year162 / 285
3 years147 / 228
5 yearsn/a
10 yearsn/a
Lipper classificationLipper Alternative Long/Short Eqty Fds

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The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.


Prospectuses and reports

Benchmark and peer group

CBOE S&P 500® BuyWrite Index (view definition)

S&P 500® Index (view definition)

Morningstar Options-based Category (view definition)

Lipper Alternative Long/Short Equity Funds Average (view definition)

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