Delaware VIP® Growth and Income Series**(formerly, First Investors Life Series Growth & Income Fund)

Key features

Focus on high-quality companies with attractive valuations

A diversified portfolio with exposure to all economic sectors, seeking protection from downside risks

Team-based, consensus-driven process that has been applied consistently for more than 40 years

Daily pricing as of 07/02/2020

NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price

Total net assets as of 05/31/2020

All share classes
$426.0 million


Series information
Inception date11/09/1987
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifiers


Russell 1000® Value Index (primary) (view definition)

MSCI USA Value Index (gross) (view definition)


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 (06/30/2020)

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.

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.

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 series and investment team. Please see the Updated Significant Series Event and prospectus for more information.

Expense ratio


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 Series' prospectus for more information.

The performance and expense ratio information shown represent the performance and fees as they relate to actual shares of the Series. These examples do not include any fees or sales charges imposed by the variable insurance contract for which the Series is an investment option. If they were included, your costs would be higher and performance would be lower. Investors should consult the contract prospectus or disclosure documents for more information.

Calendar year total returns @ NAV

Annual return
Annual return


Portfolio characteristics as of 05/31/2020

Number of holdings
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet
$65.1 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet
$108.1 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
Beta (relative to Russell 1000 Value Index) (view definition)
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)

Portfolio composition as of 06/30/2020
Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

Domestic equities
Cash and cash equivalents

Top 10 holdings as of 06/30/2020

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 Series' complete list of holdings for more information.

Holdings based by issuer.

% of portfolio
% of portfolio
CVS Health Corp.
Conagra Brands Inc.
The Walt Disney Co.
Cisco Systems Inc.
Verizon Communications Inc.

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 31.55%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Sector allocation as of 05/31/2020

List may exclude cash, cash equivalents, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that are used for cash management purposes. Please see the Series’ complete list of holdings for more information.

% of portfolio
% of portfolio
Information technology
Communication services
Consumer staples
Consumer discretionary
Real estate


Nikhil Lalvani

Nikhil G. Lalvani, CFA

  • Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Team Leader – US Large-Cap Value Equity team
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 23
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Robert A Vogel

Robert A. Vogel Jr., CFA

  • Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 28
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Kristen Bartholdson

Kristen E. Bartholdson 

  • Senior Portfolio Manager
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 20
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Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.65%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.09%
Total annual Series operating expenses0.74%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1none
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.74%

1The Series' 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 series operating expenses from exceeding 0.77% of the Series' 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 Series.


*The Series changed its broad-based securities index to the Russell 1000 Value Index as of Oct. 4, 2019. The Series had previously changed its broad-based securities index to the MSCI USA Value Index as of Jan. 31, 2019. In each case the Series elected to use the new index because it more closely reflects the Series’ investment strategies.

**Updated Significant Series 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.

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

The Series' investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), may permit its affiliates, Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (MIMGL) and Macquarie Funds Management Hong Kong Limited (MFMHKL), to execute Series security trades on behalf of the Manager. The Manager may also seek quantitative support from MIMGL.

Carefully consider the Series' investment objectives, risk factors, charges, and expenses before investing. This and other information can be found in the Series' prospectus and its summary prospectus, which may be obtained by visiting 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.

Frank Russell Company is the source and owner of the trademarks, service marks and copyrights related to the Russell Indexes. Russell® is a trademark of Frank Russell Company.

Stock prices may decline over short or even extended periods due to general economic and market conditions, adverse political or regulatory developments or interest rate fluctuations. While dividend-paying stocks are generally considered less volatile than other stocks, there can be no guarantee that an investment therein will be less volatile than the general stock market. The Series' investments in potential growth opportunities may increase the potential volatility of its share price. Adverse market events may lead in increased redemptions, which could cause the Series to experience a loss or difficulty in selling securities to meet redemptions.

The Series seeks to invest in securities that are undervalued and that will rise in value due to anticipated events or changes in investor perceptions. If these developments do not occur, the market price of these securities may not rise as expected or may fall.

At times, the Series may not be able to identify attractive dividend-paying stocks. The income received by the Series will also fluctuate due to the amount of dividends that companies elect to pay, which could adversely affect the Series' ability to pay dividends and its share price.

The risk that the securities selected by a series' management will underperform the markets, the relevant indices, or the securities selected by other funds with similar investment objectives and investment strategies. The securities and sectors selected may vary from the securities and sectors included in the relevant index.

In addition to the risks associated with the real estate industry, which include declines in the real estate market, decreases in property revenues and increases in property taxes and operating expenses, REITs are subject to additional risks, including those related to adverse governmental actions, declines in property value, and the potential failure to qualify for federal tax-free "pass-though" of distributed net income and net realized gains and exemption from registration as an investment company. REITs are dependent upon specialized management skills and may invest in relatively few properties, a small geographic area or a small number of property types. As a result, investments in REITs may be volatile. REITs are pooled investment vehicles with their own fees and expenses, and the Series will indirectly bear a proportionate share of those fees and expenses.

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 Series’ 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 Series from executing advantageous investment decisions in a timely manner and could negatively impact the Series’ ability to achieve its investment objective. Any such event(s) could have a significant adverse impact on the value and risk profile of the Series.

Delaware VIP® Series refers to Delaware VIP Funds. Delaware VIP Funds are not available for direct investment except for issuers of variable insurance product contracts. They are available only through the purchase of certain variable insurance products.

Nothing presented should be construed as a recommendation to purchase or sell any security or follow any investment technique or strategy.

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