Find visibility by investing in high-quality growth

Outlook 2023Find visibility by investing in high-quality growth

Navigating the equity market during periods of economic uncertainty can feel like walking in the dark. While you may carefully plan your next step to avoid tripping, you just can’t see what’s ahead. Many investors are seeking some type of growth for their portfolios, but finding it in today’s market can be difficult.

Focusing on quality measures is one way equity investors can find some predictability and earnings consistency, when uncertainty and market volatility are high.

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Focus on quality first

We believe companies exhibiting profitability, competitive advantages, and durable pricing power are best suited in this particular environment.


Companies with thin profit margins are playing with fire in a world with rising interest rates and expectations for slowing economic activity.

Competitive advantages

Competition erodes profitability. Wide-moat companies have competitive advantages that can help protect their potential growth – not only for today but for the future.

Durable pricing power

Only the strongest businesses can consistently raise prices faster than their costs increase, without losing customers.

High quality outperforms over the long run

High-quality, profitable companies, as measured by return on assets (ROA), have proven to stand the test of time, through good periods and difficult ones, to provide competitive total returns with lower downside volatility.

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Source: FactSet. Data as of September 30, 2022.

Turning insights into action

Investment solutions to consider

Delaware Ivy Large Cap Growth Fund (IYGIX)

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Long-term focus of owning enduring business models over multi-year periods

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Delaware Ivy Mid Cap Growth Fund (IYMIX)

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Building a progressive portfolio of leading mid-cap growth companies while following a prudent approach

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Source: Morningstar. Data as of 9/30/2022 unless otherwise noted. Morningstar ranking is based on Morningstar risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

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