Delaware Hedged U.S. Equity Opportunities Fund**(formerly, First Investors Hedged U.S. Equity Opportunities Fund)

Key features

A US equity portfolio balanced across styles and market capitalizations that seeks to provide total return

Utilizes a hedging strategy overlay to reduce market risk

Offers potential diversification benefits when added to an overall portfolio

Daily pricing as of 05/28/2020

NAV
NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price
$10.78

Total net assets as of 04/30/2020

All share classes
$77.9 million

Overview

Fund information
Inception date08/01/2016
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQFHEKX
CUSIP24611D839

Benchmark and peer group

Russell 3000® Index (primary) (view definition)

ICE BofA US 3-Month Treasury Bill Index (view definition)

70% Russell 3000® Index / 30% ICE BofA US 3-Month Treasury Bill Index (view definition)

Morningstar Options-based Category (view definition)

Lipper Multi-Cap Core 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 (04/30/2020)

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. Please see the Updated Significant Fund Event and prospectus for more information.

Average annual total return as of quarter-end (03/31/2020)

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. Please see the Updated Significant Fund Event and prospectus for more information.

Overall Morningstar RatingTM

Institutional Class shares - as of 04/30/2020

MorningstarMorningstarMorningstarMorningstarMorningstar
RatingNo. of funds
Overall5118
3 years5118
Morningstar categoryOptions-based
 

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The Morningstar rating is based on risk-adjusted returns.

Morningstar ranking - as of 04/30/2020
YTD ranking 79 / 215
1 year 33 / 184
3 years 15 / 118
5 years n/a
10 years n/a
Morningstar categoryOptions-based

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking - as of 04/30/2020
YTD ranking 54 / 717
1 year 95 / 694
3 years 284 / 625
5 years n/a
10 years n/a
Lipper classificationLipper Multi-Cap Core Funds

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The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.

Expense ratio

Gross
1.65%
Net
1.30%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from Oct. 4, 2019 through Oct. 31, 2021. Please see the fee table in the Fund's prospectus for more information.

Calendar year total returns @ NAV

Year
Annual return
Year
Annual return
2019
22.20%
2018
-2.94%
2017
12.65%

Portfolio

Portfolio characteristics as of 04/30/2020

Number of holdings
282
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet
$20.8 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet
$136.6 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
124%
Beta (relative to Russell 3000 Index) (view definition)
0.64
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)
11.30

Top 10 holdings as of 04/30/2020

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

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.

Holdings based by issuer.

Holding
% of portfolio
Holding
% of portfolio
Amazon.com Inc.
2.13
Apple Inc.
1.68
Johnson & Johnson
1.62
Medtronic PLC
1.57
TJX COMPANIES INC
1.54
UnitedHealth Group Inc.
1.41
MCDONALDS CORP
1.36
COCA-COLA CO
1.23
PepsiCo Inc.
1.12
CANADIAN NTL RAIL CO
1.11

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 14.77%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)

Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
2020
0.000
0.000
2019
1.914
0.045
2018
0.208
0.000
2017
0.000
0.000
2016
0.000
0.002
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
2010
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

Wellington Management Company

Gregg R Thomas

Gregg R. Thomas, CFA

  • Senior Managing Director, Partner, and Director
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 27
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Roberto J Isch

Roberto J. Isch, CFA

  • Managing Director, Research Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 13
  • Read bio

Fees

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 fees1.15%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.50%
Total annual fund operating expenses1.65%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1(0.35%)
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements1.30%

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 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 1.30% 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.

Resources

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

**Updated Significant Fund Event. 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.

Wellington Management Company LLP (Wellington Management), a US registered investment advisor, is the sub-advisor to the Fund. As sub-advisor, Wellington Management Company LLP (Wellington Management) is responsible for day-to-day management of the Fund’s 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.

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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.

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.

Investments in small and/or medium-sized companies typically exhibit greater risk and higher volatility than larger, more established companies.

Hedging seeks to limit downside risks, but it also will limit the Fund’s return potential. This will especially be true during periods of rapid or large market gains. Hedging activities involve fees and expenses, which can further reduce the Fund’s returns. If the Fund uses a hedging instrument at the wrong time or judges market conditions incorrectly, or the hedged instrument does not correlate to the risk sought to be hedged, the hedge might be unsuccessful, reduce the Fund’s return, and/or create a loss.

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.

The Fund may experience portfolio turnover in excess of 100%, which could result in higher transaction costs and tax liability.

Futures and options involve risks, such as possible default by a counterparty, potential losses if markets do not move as expected, and the potential for greater losses than if these techniques had not been used. Investments in derivatives can increase the volatility of the Fund’s share price and expose it to significant additional costs. Derivatives may be difficult to sell, unwind or value.

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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