Delaware Strategic Income II Fund** (formerly, First Investors Strategic Income Fund)

Key features

  • A multisector bond fund designed for high income
  • An actively managed bond portfolio that invests across all fixed income sectors in search of income opportunities
  • Experienced team with an average of 25 years’ industry experience
Fund information
Inception date04/03/2013
Dividends paid (if any)Monthly
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQFSIHX
CUSIP24611D417

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

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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 (02/29/2020)

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

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)1.14% 6.86% 3.73% 2.94% n/a2.95% 04/03/2013
Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index3.76%11.68%5.01%3.58%n/a3.32%
ICE BofA U.S. Broad Market Index3.89%11.98%5.13%3.66%n/a3.38%
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)1.77% 8.67% 3.82% 3.07% n/a2.84% 04/03/2013
Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index0.18%8.72%4.03%3.05%n/a2.84%
ICE BofA U.S. Broad Market Index0.11%8.88%4.12%3.10%n/a2.89%

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
Gross0.86%
Net0.86%
Calendar year total returns @ NAV
YearAnnual return
20198.67%
2018-1.77%
20174.84%
20166.10%
2015-2.04%
20142.50%
2013n/a

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

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Portfolio characteristics - as of 02/29/2020Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index
Number of holdings14711,158
Number of credit issuers99
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)70%n/a
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)4.95 years 5.88 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)7.47 years 7.88 years
Yield to maturity (view definition)3.86%1.69%
Average market price (view definition) $104.23 $110.11
Average coupon (view definition)4.65%3.20%
Yield to worst (view definition)3.76%1.68%
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)3.01%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)3.01%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)2.17n/a
Portfolio composition as of 02/29/2020Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Credits56.2%
Mortgage-backed securities36.3%
U.S. government securities7.5%
Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 02/29/2020

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

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Holding% of portfolio
Treasury Note 1.750 12/31/20245.66%
JP MORGAN MORTGAGE TRUST 2020-1.69%
FREDDIE MAC STACR REMIC TRUST1.64%
GS MTG SECURITIES TRUST 2018-GS91.45%
GS MTG SECURITIES TRUST 2020-PJ11.27%
JP MORGAN MORTGAGE TRUST 2020-1.26%
GS MTG SECURITIES TRUST 2017-GS51.25%
FREDDIE MAC STACR REMIC TRUST1.25%
SEQUOIA MORTGAGE TRUST 2014-11.25%
CONNECTICUT AVENUE SECURITIES1.24%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings17.96%
Fixed income sectors 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.

SectorFund
High yield credits21.9%
MBS and CMOs20.8%
Emerging markets17.9%
Investment grade credits16.4%
Commercial mortgage-backed securities15.4%
U.S. treasury securities6.7%
Credit quality as of 02/29/2020
RatingFundBenchmark
AAA28.5%72.3%
AA1.6%3.0%
A6.9%11.0%
BBB21.6%13.7%
BB19.1%0.0%
B16.0%0.0%
CCC4.4%0.0%
Not rated1.9%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 (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment
income
20200.0000.057
20190.0000.107
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

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.

J. David Hillmeyer

David Hillmeyer, CFA

Senior Managing Director, Head of Global and Multi-Asset Credit

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 27

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Daniela Mardarovici

Daniela Mardarovici, CFA

Managing Director, Co-Head of US Multisector/Core Plus Fixed Income

Start date on the Fund: October 2019

Years of industry experience: 19

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

You may qualify for sales-charge discounts if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $100,000 in Delaware Funds® by Macquarie. More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial intermediary, in the Fund's Prospectus under the section entitled "About your account," and in the Fund's statement of additional information (SAI) under the section entitled "Purchasing Shares."

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 fees0.55%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.31%
Total annual fund operating expenses0.86%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.86%

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

*The Fund changed its primary broad-based securities index to the Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate 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.

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.

Fixed income securities and bond investments 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 fixed income security that is held by the Fund may be prepaid prior to maturity, potentially forcing the Fund 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 a 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.

International investments entail risks not ordinarily associated with US investments including fluctuation in currency values, differences in accounting principles, or economic or political instability in other nations. Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in established foreign markets due to increased volatility and lower trading volume.

If and when the Fund invests in forward foreign currency contracts or uses other investments to hedge against currency risks, the Fund will be subject to special risks, including counterparty risk.

LIBOR risk is the risk that potential changes related to the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) could have adverse impacts on financial instruments which reference LIBOR. The potential abandonment of LIBOR could affect the value and liquidity of instruments which reference LIBOR.

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.

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Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

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Daily pricing (as of 03/30/2020)

Institutional ClassPriceNet change
NAV$8.150.02
Max offer price$8.15n/a

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

$120.9 million all share classes

Morningstar ranking (as of 02/29/2020)

YTD ranking104 / 335
1 year168 / 316
3 years179 / 270
5 years164 / 225
10 yearsn/a
Morningstar categoryMultisector Bond

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking (as of 02/29/2020)

YTD ranking138 / 343
1 year183 / 324
3 years196 / 279
5 years182 / 233
10 yearsn/a
Lipper classificationLipper Multi-Sector Income Funds Average

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The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.

Literature

Prospectuses and reports

Benchmark and peer group

Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index (view definition)

ICE BofA US Broad Market Index (view definition)

Morningstar Multisector Bond Category (view definition)

Lipper Multi-Sector Income Funds Average (view definition)

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