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

Daily pricing as of 08/14/2020

NAV
NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price
$9.43

Total net assets as of 07/31/2020

All share classes
$105.3 million

Overview

Fund information
Inception date04/03/2013
Dividends paid (if any)Monthly
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQFSIHX
CUSIP24611D417

Benchmark and peer group

Bloomberg Barclays US Aggregate Index (primary) (view definition)

ICE BofA US Broad Market Index (view definition)

Morningstar Multisector Bond Category (view definition)

Lipper Multi-Sector Income 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 (07/31/2020)

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.

Average annual total return as of quarter-end (06/30/2020)

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.

Overall Morningstar RatingTM

Institutional Class shares - as of 07/31/2020

RatingNo. of funds
Overall2295
3 years3295
5 years2250
Morningstar categoryMultisector Bond
 

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The Morningstar rating is based on risk-adjusted returns.

Morningstar ranking - as of 07/31/2020
YTD ranking 122 / 350
1 year 106 / 338
3 years 167 / 295
5 years 165 / 250
10 years n/a
Morningstar categoryMultisector Bond

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The Morningstar ranking is based on historical total returns.

Lipper ranking - as of 07/31/2020
YTD ranking 161 / 356
1 year 142 / 342
3 years 193 / 304
5 years 180 / 252
10 years n/a
Lipper classificationLipper Multi-Sector Income Funds Average

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The Lipper ranking is based on historical total returns.

Expense ratio

Gross
0.86%
Net
0.86%

Calendar year total returns @ NAV

Year
Annual return
Year
Annual return
2019
8.67%
2018
-1.77%
2017
4.84%
2016
6.10%
2015
-2.04%
2014
2.50%

Portfolio

Portfolio characteristics as of 07/31/2020

Number of holdings
190
Number of credit issuers
142
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
70%
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)
5.31 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)
7.38 years
Yield to maturity (view definition)
4.28%
Average market price (view definition)
$102.60
Average coupon (view definition)
4.55%
Yield to worst (view definition)
4.03%
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)
3.17%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)
3.17%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)
9.03

Portfolio composition as of 07/31/2020
Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Credits
66.2%
Mortgage-backed securities
28.0%
U.S. government securities
5.8%

Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 07/31/2020

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

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

Holding
% of portfolio
Holding
% of portfolio
Treasury Note 0.625 5/15/2030
3.45
FREDDIE MAC STACR REMIC TRUST
2.27
FREDDIE MAC STACR REMIC TRUST
1.80
Freeport-mcmoran Copper & Gold Inc. 5.450 3/15/2043
1.72
JP MORGAN MORTGAGE TRUST 2020-
1.72
Gsmscii_17-gs6
1.55
Gsms_20-gc47
1.51
nk Kazmunaygaz AO 6.375 10/24/2048
1.44
GS MTG SECURITIES TRUST 2017-GS5
1.44
CONNECTICUT AVENUE SECURITIES
1.39

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 18.29%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Fixed income sectors as of 07/31/2020

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
Emerging markets
24.2%
High yield corporates
20.4%
MBS and CMOs
19.1%
Investment grade corporates
14.5%
Commercial mortgage-backed securities
8.9%
Bank loans
4.3%
U.S. Treasury securities
4.0%
Convertibles
1.9%
International developed
1.0%

Credit quality as of 07/31/2020

Rating
Fund
Rating
Fund
AAA
13.7%
AA
4.9%
A
6.3%
BBB
23.8%
BB
30.2%
B
16.4%
CCC
4.7%
D
0.1%

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. For securities rated by an NRSRO other than S&P, that rating is converted to the equivalent S&P credit rating. 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)

Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
Year
Capital gains3
Net investment income
2020
0.000
0.201
2019
0.000
0.327
2018
0.000
0.346
2017
0.000
0.348
2016
0.000
0.331
2015
0.017
0.382
2014
0.070
0.338
2013
0.004
0.227
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

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: 35
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Craig Dembek

Craig C. Dembek, CFA

  • Senior Managing Director, Head of Credit Research
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 26
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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: 22
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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 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%

Resources

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.

**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.

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.

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 including fluctuation in currency values, differences in accounting principles, or economic or political instability. Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in established foreign markets due to increased volatility, lower trading volume, and higher risk of market closures. In many emerging markets, there is substantially less publicly available information and the available information may be incomplete or misleading. Legal claims are generally more difficult to pursue.

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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