Delaware Fund for Income** (formerly, First Investors Fund For Income)

Key features

  • A research-driven high yield bond fund designed for long-term growth and income
  • Leverages the team’s deep credit expertise and sizable presence in the corporate bond market
  • Experienced team with an average of 25 years’ industry experience
Fund information
Inception date04/01/2013
Dividends paid (if any)Monthly
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQFIFLX
CUSIP24611D557

Class R6 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 (12/31/2019)

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

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)12.97%12.97%5.64%5.16%n/a4.60%04/01/2013
ICE BofA US High Yield Constrained Index14.41%14.41%6.32%6.14%n/a5.57%
ICE BofA BB-B US Cash Pay High Yield Constrained Index15.08%15.08%6.45%6.10%n/a5.60%
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)2.17%12.97%5.64%5.16%n/a4.60%04/01/2013
ICE BofA US High Yield Constrained Index2.61%14.41%6.32%6.14%n/a5.57%
ICE BofA BB-B US Cash Pay High Yield Constrained Index2.57%15.08%6.45%6.10%n/a5.60%

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.

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
Gross0.76%
Net0.76%
Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return
2019n/an/a1.35%2.17%12.97%

Class R6 shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

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Portfolio characteristics - as of 12/31/2019ICE BofA US High Yield Constrained Index
Number of holdings2221,775
Number of credit issuers152
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)67%%
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)3.27 years 3.30 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)4.10 years 5.96 years
Yield to maturity (view definition)5.39%6.04%
Average market price (view definition) $101.20 $102.48
Average coupon (view definition)6.23%6.29%
Yield to worst (view definition)4.79%5.41%
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)4.06%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)3.96%
Portfolio composition as of 12/31/2019Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Credits78.1%
Foreign bonds18.3%
Cash and cash equivalents3.6%
Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 12/31/2019

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

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Holding% of portfolio
Sprint Corp. 7.875 9/15/20231.63%
Tenet Healthcare Corporation 8.125 4/1/20221.31%
United Rentals (north America) Inc. 5.250 1/15/20301.08%
Murphy Oil Usa Inc. 4.750 9/15/20291.05%
Cheniere Corpus Christi Holdings L 7.000 6/30/20241.05%
Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc 8.625 12/29/20491.04%
Bausch Health Companies Inc. 5.500 11/1/20251.04%
Popular Inc. 6.125 9/14/20231.03%
Vistra Operations Company Llc 5.625 2/15/20271.00%
Scientific Games International Inc. 8.250 3/15/20260.98%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings11.21%
Fixed income sectors as of 10/31/2019

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.

SectorFund
Media15.3%
Basic industry9.6%
Energy9.2%
Healthcare9.1%
Services8.0%
Telecommunications7.7%
Leisure7.5%
Capital goods6.1%
Technology & electric5.2%
Utility4.3%
Retail4.0%
Consumer goods3.5%
Emerging markets2.9%
Insurance2.1%
Banking1.7%
Financial services0.8%
Transportation0.7%
Automotive0.5%
Real estate0.2%
Credit quality as of 12/31/2019
RatingFundBenchmark
AAA3.6%0.0%
BBB7.0%0.0%
BB45.1%48.9%
B35.8%39.0%
CCC7.9%11.5%
Not rated0.5%0.0%

Total may not equal 100% due to rounding. The Fund’s investment manager, DMC, receives “Credit Quality” ratings for the underlying securities held by the Fund from three “nationally recognized statistical rating organizations” (NRSROs): Standard & Poor’s (S&P), Moody’s Investors Service, and Fitch, Inc. The credit quality breakdown is calculated by DMC based on the NRSRO ratings. If two or more NRSROs have assigned a rating to a security the higher rating (lower value) is used. If only one NRSRO rates a security, that rating is used. Securities that are unrated by any of the three NRSROs are included in the “not rated” category when applicable. Unrated securities do not necessarily indicate low quality. More information about securities ratings is contained in the Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Distribution history - annual distributions (Class J)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment
income
20190.0000.044
20180.0000.000
20170.0000.000
20160.0000.000
20150.0000.000
20140.0000.000
20130.0000.000
20120.0000.000
20110.0000.000
20100.0000.000
20090.0000.000

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.

Class R6 shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

John McCarthy

John P. McCarthy, CFA

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 33

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Adam Brown

Adam H. Brown, CFA

Managing Director, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 21

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Craig Dembeck

Craig C. Dembek, CFA

Senior Managing Director, Head of Credit Research

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 25

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Paul Matlack

Paul A. Matlack, CFA

Managing Director, Senior Client Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 34

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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 fees0.65%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.11%
Total annual fund operating expenses0.76%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.76%

Class R6 shares are available only to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

1 “Other expenses” for Class R6 are estimated and account for Class R6 shares not being subject to certain expenses as described further in the section of the prospectus entitled “Choosing a share class."

2 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 0.80% 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.

**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.

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.

The Fund's investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), may seek investment advice and recommendations from its affiliates: Macquarie Investment Management Europe Limited, Macquarie Investment Management Austria Kapitalanlage AG, and Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (together, the “Affiliated Sub-Advisors”). The Manager may also permit these Affiliated Sub-Advisors to execute Fund security trades on behalf of the Manager and exercise investment discretion for securities in certain markets where DMC believes it will be beneficial to utilize an Affiliated Sub-Advisor’s specialized market knowledge.

Investing involves risk, including the possible loss of principal.

*The Fund changed its broad-based securities index to the ICE BofA US High Yield Constrained Index as of Oct. 4, 2019. The Fund elected to use the new index because it more closely reflected the Fund’s investment strategies.

Fixed income securities and bond funds can lose value, and investors can lose principal, as interest rates rise. They also may be affected by economic conditions that hinder an issuer’s ability to make interest and principal payments on its debt.

The Fund may also be subject to prepayment risk, the risk that the principal of a bond that is held by a portfolio will be prepaid prior to maturity, at the time when interest rates are lower than what the bond was paying. A portfolio may then have to reinvest that money at a lower interest rate.

High yielding, non-investment-grade bonds (junk bonds) involve higher risk than investment grade bonds.

The high yield secondary market is particularly susceptible to liquidity problems when institutional investors, such as mutual funds and certain other financial institutions, temporarily stop buying bonds for regulatory, financial, or other reasons. In addition, a less liquid secondary market makes it more difficult for the Fund to obtain precise valuations of the high yield securities in its portfolio.

The Fund may invest in derivatives, which may involve additional expenses and are subject to risk, including the risk that an underlying security or securities index moves in the opposite direction from what the portfolio manager anticipated. A derivatives transaction depends upon the counterparties’ ability to fulfill their contractual obligations.

Liquidity risk is the possibility that securities cannot be readily sold within seven days at approximately the price at which a fund has valued them.

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Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

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Daily pricing (as of 01/27/2020)

Class R6PriceNet change
NAV$2.46-0.01
Max offer price$2.46n/a

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

$477.2 million all share classes

Morningstar ranking (as of 12/31/2019)

YTD ranking420 / 711
1 year420 / 711
3 years250 / 616
5 years219 / 539
10 yearsn/a
Morningstar categoryMorningstar High-Yield Bond Category

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking (as of 12/31/2019)

YTD ranking343 / 500
1 year343 / 500
3 years190 / 418
5 years171 / 376
10 yearsn/a
Lipper classificationLipper High Yield Funds Average

Literature

Prospectuses and reports

Benchmark and peer group

ICE BofAML US High Yield Constrained Index (view definition)

ICE BofA BB-B US Cash Pay High Yield Constrained Index (view definition)

Morningstar High-Yield Bond Category (view definition)

Lipper High Yield Funds Average (view definition)

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