Delaware VIP® Total Return Series

Delaware VIP® Total Return Series

Key features

Seeks total return and offers the potential for capital growth and current income

Provides diversification among different asset classes consistent with a moderate risk level

Strategic and tactical allocations made by an experienced multi-asset allocation team

Daily pricing as of 04/12/2024

NAV 1-day net change
Max offer price

Total net assets as of 03/31/2024

All share classes
$41.2 million


Series information
Inception date 12/17/2012
Dividends paid (if any) Annual
Capital gains paid (if any) Annually
Series identifiers
CUSIP 246493423


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

60% S&P 500® Index / 40% Bloomberg US Aggregate Index (view definition)

Bloomberg US Aggregate Index (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 (03/31/2024)

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.

Average annual total return as of quarter-end (03/31/2024)

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.

Expense ratio


Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees and/or expense reimbursements from May 1, 2023 through April 30, 2024. 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 03/31/2024

Number of holdings
Market cap (median) Source: FactSet
$25.6 billion
Market cap (weighted average) Source: FactSet
$408.8 billion
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)
Beta (relative to S&P 500 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 03/31/2024
Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.

US quality and income equity
Investment grade
Large-cap value
High yield
International equity
Cash and cash equivalents

Top 10 holdings as of 03/31/2024

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

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

% of portfolio
% of portfolio
TREASURY NOTE 1.000 12/15/2024
TREASURY NOTE 3.875 1/15/2026
TREASURY NOTE 3.250 6/30/2029
TREASURY NOTE 1.875 2/15/2032
TREASURY NOTE 3.875 11/30/2029

Total % Fund in Top 10 holdings - 28.33%

List of monthly holdingsList of quarterly holdings


Investment manager

Delaware Management Company (DMC)

Stefan Lowenthal

Stefan Löwenthal, CFA

  • Managing Director, Head of Global Multi-Asset
  • Start date on the Fund: June 2020
  • Years of industry experience: 16
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Jurgen Wurzer

Jürgen Wurzer 

  • Managing Director, Deputy Head of Global Multi-Asset
  • Start date on the Fund: June 2020
  • Years of industry experience: 17
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Aaron Young

Aaron D. Young 

  • Senior Vice President, Portfolio Manager – Global Multi-Asset
  • Start date on the Fund: May 2022
  • Years of industry experience: 19
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Annual portfolio operating expenses
Management fees 0.65%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees none
Other expenses 0.38%
Total annual portfolio operating expenses 1.03%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements1 (0.20%)
Total annual portfolio operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements 0.83%

Please see the prospectus and SAI for additional information.

1Net expense ratio reflects a contractual waiver of certain fees/and/or expense reimbursements from May 1, 2023 through April 30, 2024. Please see the fee table in the Portfolios' prospectus for more information.

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 0.86% of the Series’ average daily net assets from April 30, 2021 through April 30, 2022. These waivers and reimbursements may only be terminated by agreement of the Manager and the Series.


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.

The Series' investment manager, Delaware Management Company (Manager), may seek investment advice and recommendations from its affiliates: Macquarie Investment Management Europe Limited, Macquarie Investment Management Austria Kapitalanlage AG, Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (MIMGL), and Macquarie Funds Management Hong Kong Limited (MFMHKL) (together, the “Affiliated Sub-Advisors”). The Manager may also permit these Affiliated Sub-Advisors to execute Series security trades on behalf of the Manager and exercise investment discretion for securities in certain markets where the Manager believes it will be beneficial to utilize an Affiliated Sub-Advisor’s specialized market knowledge. The Series may permit its affiliates, MIMGL and MFMHKL, to execute series security trades on behalf of the Manager. The Manager may also seek quantitative support from MIMGL.

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.

High yielding, non-investment-grade bonds (junk bonds) involve higher risk than investment grade bonds.

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.

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

REIT investments are subject to many of the risks associated with direct real estate ownership, including changes in economic conditions, credit risk, and interest rate fluctuations.

Risk controls and asset allocation models do not promise any level of performance or guarantee against loss of principal. Each [Fund] has a different level of risk.

The risks of investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) typically reflect the risks of the types of instruments in which the ETFs invest. Because ETFs are investment companies, a fund will bear its proportionate share of the fees and expenses of an investment in an ETF. As a result, a fund’s expenses may be higher and performance may be lower.

Liquidity risk is the possibility that securities cannot be readily sold within seven days at approximately the price at which a fund has valued them.

“Non-diversified” funds may allocate more of their net assets to investments in single securities than “diversified” funds. Resulting adverse effects may subject these funds to greater risks and volatility.

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.

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 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.

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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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