Delaware VIP® Limited Duration Bond Series

Key features

A flexible short-term bond fund designed to weather market cycles

An actively managed bond portfolio emphasizing risk control and liquidity

Experienced management team with a long history of managing short-term portfolios

Daily pricing as of 10/26/2020

NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price

Total net assets as of 09/30/2020

All share classes
$30.0 million


Series information
Inception date07/01/2014
Dividends paid (if any)Annually
Capital gains paid (if any)Annually
Series identifiers


Bloomberg Barclays 1–3 Year US Government/Credit Index (primary) (view definition)

ICE BofA 1-5 Year US Broad Market Index (primary) (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 (09/30/2020)

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 (09/30/2020)

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Benchmark lifetime returns are as of the month end prior to the Series' 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 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 09/30/2020

Number of holdings
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)
1.99 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)
2.55 years
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)

Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 09/30/2020

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

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

% of portfolio
% of portfolio
Treasury Note 0.250 7/31/2025
Treasury Note 2.750 11/30/2020
Treasury Note 1.500 10/31/2021
wi Treasury Floating Rate Note 0.155 7/31/2022
Treasury Note 1.750 7/31/2024
Baa Funding Ltd. 4.875 7/15/2021
FN FM4386
FN FM1677
Dnb Boligkreditt AS 2.500 3/28/2022

Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings - 44.95%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings

Sector allocation as of 09/30/2020

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
Investment grade corporates
U.S. Treasury securities
Asset-backed securities/CLO
MBS and CMOs
High yield corporates
Emerging markets

Credit quality as of 09/30/2020


Total may not equal 100% due to rounding. The Series’ 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 Series’ Statement of Additional Information.


David Hillmeyer

David Hillmeyer, CFA

  • Senior Managing Director, Head of Global and Multi-Asset Credit
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Daniela Mardarovici

Daniela Mardarovici, CFA

  • Managing Director, Co-Head of US Multisector/Core Plus Fixed Income
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Brian McDonnell

Brian C. McDonnell, CFA

  • Senior Managing Director, Head of US Core Fixed Income
  • Start date on the Fund: October 2019
  • Years of industry experience: 31
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Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.50%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.45%
Total annual Series operating expenses0.95%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1(0.20%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.75%

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 0.75% 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 Bloomberg Barclays 1-3 Year US Government/Credit Index as of Jan. 31, 2019. The Series elected to use the new index because it more closely reflects the Series’ investment strategies.

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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.

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 Series may also be subject to prepayment risk, the risk that the principal of a fixed income security that is held by the Series may be prepaid prior to maturity, potentially forcing the Series to reinvest that money at a lower interest rate.

The Series 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 Series 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 Series invests in forward foreign currency contracts or use other investments to hedge against currency risks, the Series will be subject to special risks, including counterparty risk.

Narrowly focused investments may exhibit higher volatility than investments in multiple industry sectors.

During periods of falling interest rates, an issuer of a callable bond held by the Series may “call” or repay the security before its stated maturity. The Series would then lose any price appreciation above the bond’s call price and the Series may have to reinvest the proceeds at lower interest rates, resulting in a decline in the Series' income.

The market values of bonds and other debt securities are affected by changes in interest rates. In general, when interest rates rise, the market value of a debt security declines, and when interest rates decline, the market value of a debt security increases. Generally, the longer the maturity and duration of a debt security, the greater its sensitivity to interest rates. The yields received by the Fund on its investments will generally decline as interest rates decline.

Writing call options involves risks, such as potential losses if equity markets or an individual equity security do not move as expected and the potential for greater losses than if these techniques had not been used.

The Series may hold a significant amount of investments in similar businesses, which could be affected by the same economic or market conditions. To the extent the Series invests significantly in the financials sector, the value of the Series’ shares may be particularly vulnerable to factors affecting that sector, such as the availability and cost of capital, changes in interest rates, the rate of corporate and consumer debt defaults, credit ratings and quality, market liquidity, extensive government regulation and price competition.

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.

IBOR risk is the risk that changes related to the use of the London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) or similar rates (such as EONIA) could have adverse impacts on financial instruments that reference these rates. The potential abandonment of these rates and transition to alternative rates could affect the value and liquidity of instruments that reference them and could affect investment strategy performance.

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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