Delaware Tax-Free USA Fund

Key features

  • Income-driven, risk-controlled approach
  • Disciplined, bottom-up, research-driven process
  • Experienced management team dedicated solely to municipal bond investing
Fund information
Inception date12/31/2008
Dividends paid (if any)Monthly
Capital gains paid (if any)December
Fund identifiers

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

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 (11/30/2018)

as of quarter-end (09/30/2018)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-0.34%0.70%2.31%4.04%n/a5.72%12/31/2008
Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index0.08%1.13%2.13%3.52%n/a4.77%
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-0.34%1.15%2.72%4.23%n/a5.86%12/31/2008
Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index-0.15%0.35%2.24%3.54%n/a4.80%

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

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from Dec. 29, 2017 through Dec. 29, 2018. Please see the fee table in the Fund’s prospectus for more information.

Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return

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

Portfolio characteristics - as of 11/30/2018Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index
Number of holdings18853,753
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)42%n/a
Modified duration (view definition)5.38 years5.25 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)7.68 years13.05 years
Yield to maturity (view definition)4.07%3.46%
Average market price (view definition)$108.07n/a
Average coupon (view definition)5.48%4.68%
Yield to worst (view definition)2.81%2.87%
Alternative minimum tax5.43%4.46%
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)3.17%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)3.03%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)3.32n/a
Portfolio composition as of 11/30/2018Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Municipal bonds97.7%
Cash and cash equivalents2.3%

Cash and cash equivalents include accruals on bonds and long-term receivables.

Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 11/30/2018

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

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Holding% of portfolio
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority 6.000 1/1/20222.81%
Buckeye Tobacco Settlement Financing Authority 5.875 6/1/20472.12%
New York City Transitional Finance Authority Future Tax Secured Revenue 5.000 11/1/20422.02%
County of Mecklenburg NC 5.000 9/1/20251.74%
Brooklyn Arena Local Development Corp. 6.500 7/15/20301.61%
County of Mecklenburg NC 5.000 4/1/20251.52%
North Texas Tollway Authority 5.000 1/1/20431.44%
Salt River Project Agricultural Improvement & Power District 5.000 1/1/20301.32%
City of New York NY 5.000 10/1/20361.29%
M-S-R Energy Authority 6.500 11/1/20391.27%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings17.14%
Fixed income sectors as of 11/30/2018

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.

IDR/PCR (corporate)14.0%
Local general obligations10.8%
State general obligations9.3%
Special tax6.8%
Water & sewer1.3%
Credit quality as of 11/30/2018
Not rated15.5%0.0%

Total may not equal 100% due to rounding. The Fund’s investment manager, Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust, 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.

Top 10 states as of 11/30/2018
State% of portfolio
New York14.9%
New Jersey7.2%
North Carolina3.6%
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 available only available to certain investors. See the prospectus for more information.

Joe Baxter

Joe Baxter  

Senior Vice President, Head of Municipal Bonds, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: January 2003

Years of industry experience: 34

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Steve Czepiel

Steve Czepiel  

Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: July 2007

Years of industry experience: 36

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Greg Gizzi

Greg Gizzi 

Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: December 2012

Years of industry experience: 34

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Institutional Class shares available only available 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 fees0.55%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.16%
Total annual fund operating expenses0.71%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements(0.15%)
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.56%

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

1The 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 12b-1 fees, acquired fund fees and expenses, taxes, interest, inverse floater program expenses, 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 fund operating expenses from exceeding 0.56% of the Fund's average daily net assets from Dec. 29, 2017 through Dec. 29, 2018. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Fund.

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 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.

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.

Substantially all dividend income derived from tax-free funds is exempt from federal income tax. Some income may be subject to state or local taxes and/or the federal alternative minimum tax (AMT) that applies to certain investors. Capital gains, if any, are taxable.

Duration number will change as market conditions change. Therefore, duration should not be solely relied upon to indicate a municipal bond fund’s potential volatility.

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

Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

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Daily pricing (as of 12/14/2018)

Institutional ClassPriceNet change
NAV$11.32no chg
Max offer price$11.32n/a

Total net assets (as of 11/30/2018)

$538.0 million all share classes

Overall Morningstar RatingTM

Institutional Class shares (as of 11/30/2018)
RatingNo. of funds
3 Yrs4146
5 Yrs4128
10 Yrs4106
Morningstar categoryMorningstar Muni National Long Category

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The Morningstar rating is based on risk-adjusted returns.

Morningstar ranking (as of 11/30/2018)

YTD ranking58 / 162
1 year67 / 162
3 years46 / 146
5 years49 / 128
10 yearsn/a
Morningstar categoryMorningstar Muni National Long Category

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking (as of 11/30/2018)

YTD ranking112 / 260
1 year118 / 259
3 years64 / 231
5 years62 / 196
10 yearsn/a
Lipper classificationLipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average

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The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.

Benchmark, peer group

Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index (view definition)

Morningstar Muni National Long Category (view definition)

Lipper General & Insured Municipal Debt Funds Average (view definition)

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