Delaware 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

Daily pricing as of 07/30/2021

NAV
NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price
$13.27

Total net assets as of 06/30/2021

All share classes
$139.0 million

Overview

Fund information
Inception date 04/01/2016
Dividends paid (if any) Quarterly
Capital gains paid (if any) November or December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQ FRCDX
CUSIP 24611D201

Benchmark and peer group

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

S&P 500® Index (view definition)

Morningstar Derivative Income Category (view definition)

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

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 (06/30/2021)

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.

Performance shown prior to Oct. 4, 2019, are as of the predecessor fund and investment team.

Average annual total return as of quarter-end (06/30/2021)

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.

Performance shown prior to Oct. 4, 2019, are as of the predecessor fund and investment team.

Overall Morningstar RatingTM

Institutional Class shares - as of 06/30/2021

Rating No. of funds
Overall 2 43
3 years 2 43
5 years 2 26
Morningstar category Derivative Income
 

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The Morningstar rating is based on risk-adjusted returns.

Morningstar ranking - as of 06/30/2021
1 year 36 / 55
3 years 34 / 43
5 years 21 / 26
10 years n/a
Morningstar category Derivative Income

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking - as of 06/30/2021
1 year 78 / 234
3 years 109 / 205
5 years 92 / 172
10 years n/a
Lipper classification Lipper Alternative Long/Short Eqty Fds

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The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.

Expense ratio

Gross
1.12%
Net
1.06%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from Jan. 28, 2021 through Jan. 31, 2022. Please see the fee table in the Fund's prospectus for more information.

Calendar year total returns @ NAV

Year
Annual return
Year
Annual return
2020
-1.15%
2019
22.01%
2018
-10.58%
2017
11.40%

Portfolio

Portfolio characteristics as of 06/30/2021

Number of holdings
63
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet
$177.5 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet
$606.7 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
49%
Beta (relative to CBOE S&P 500 BuyWrite Index) (view definition)
1.09
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)
17.03

Portfolio composition as of 06/30/2021
Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Domestic equities
98.0%
Cash, cash equivalents and other assets
2.1%

Top 10 holdings as of 06/30/2021

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

List may exclude cash and cash equivalents. Please see the Fund's complete list of holdings for more information.

Holdings based by issuer.

Holding
% of portfolio
Holding
% of portfolio
Apple Inc.
8.09
Microsoft Corp.
7.68
Alphabet Inc.
5.09
Home Depot Inc.
4.91
Costco Whsle Corp.
4.75
Medtronic PLC
4.40
Booking Holdings Inc.
4.25
Texas Instruments Inc.
4.25
Bank of America Corp.
4.11
Broadcom Inc.
4.01

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 51.54%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Sector allocation as of 06/30/2021

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.

Sector
Fund
Sector
Fund
Information technology
29.9%
Consumer discretionary
16.6%
Financials
11.8%
Healthcare
8.8%
Industrials
7.5%
Energy
6.0%
Communication services
5.9%
Consumer staples
4.6%
Materials
3.8%
Utilities
3.0%

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)

Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
2021
0.000
0.032
2020
0.000
0.162
2019
0.000
0.155
2018
0.000
0.166
2017
0.000
0.143
2016
0.017
0.102
2015
0.000
0.000
2014
0.000
0.000
2013
0.000
0.000
2012
0.000
0.000
2011
0.000
0.000

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.

Management

Investment manager

Delaware Management Company (DMC)

Sub-advisor

Ziegler Capital Management, LLC (ZCM)

Wiley D Angell

Wiley D. Angell 

  • Chief Investment Officer – ZCM's Fiduciary Asset Management (FAMCO) Group, Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 36
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Sean C Hughes

Sean C. Hughes, CFA

  • Senior Portfolio Manager — Ziegler Capital Management, LLC
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 17
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Fees

Shareholder fees
Maximum sales charge (load) imposed on purchases as a percentage of offering price none
Maximum contingent deferred sales charge (load) as a percentage of original purchase price or redemption price, whichever is lower none
Annual fund operating expenses
Management fees 0.80%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees none
Other expenses 0.32%
Total annual fund operating expenses 1.12%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1 (0.06%)
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements 1.06%

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 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 1.06% of the Fund’s average daily net assets from Jan. 28, 2021 through Jan. 31, 2022. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Fund.

Resources

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

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.

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 under the Resources section, or calling 877 693-3546. Investors should read the prospectus and the summary prospectus carefully before investing.

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 are located under the Resources section, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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