Delaware Inflation Protected Bond Fund (closed to new investors)*

Objective

Delaware Inflation Protected Bond Fund seeks to provide inflation protection and current income.

Strategy

The Fund primarily invests in inflation-indexed bonds issued by the U.S. government, its agencies and instrumentalities, and corporations.

Fund information
Inception date12/01/2004
Dividends paid (if any)Monthly
Capital gains paid (if any)December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQDIPIX
CUSIP246094858

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

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 (02/28/2015)
YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)2.03%1.30%-2.64%1.77%3.60%3.68%12/01/2004
Barclays U.S. TIPS Index1.91%3.11%0.42%4.42%4.61%n/a
Average annual total return as of quarter-end (12/31/2014)
QTDYTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)-0.67%0.61%0.61%-2.58%1.68%3.37%3.53%12/01/2004
Barclays U.S. TIPS Index-0.03%3.64%3.64%0.44%4.11%4.37%n/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Prior to May 1, 2005, the Fund had not engaged in a broad distribution effort of its shares and had been subject to limited redemption requests. The returns reflect expense limitations that were in effect during certain periods and which may have been lower than the Fund's current expenses. The returns would have been lower without such expense limitations.

Expense ratio
Gross0.84%
Net0.84%
Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return
20141.23%2.96%-2.81%-0.67%0.61%
2013-1.65%-8.79%-1.08%-2.08%-13.11%
20121.12%3.73%1.08%-0.24%5.76%
20111.50%3.77%4.08%0.67%10.35%
20101.80%2.14%2.86%-0.42%6.51%
20093.66%0.91%4.24%1.76%10.96%
20085.99%-0.72%-2.82%-1.97%0.25%
20072.48%-0.79%4.39%5.05%11.48%
2006-1.86%0.30%3.54%-1.23%0.67%
2005-0.23%2.73%0.20%-0.05%2.65%

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

Portfolio characteristics - as of 02/28/2015
Number of holdings7
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)8.32 years
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)5.80 years
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)5.65
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)-5.63%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)-6.07%
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)128%

The SEC 30-day yield is an SEC standardized formula based on yield to maturity of a fund’s investments over a 30-day period. The SEC yield for the Fund is the yield on the securities within the portfolio adjusted for inflation. Because the Fund has a significant investment in Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS), it is highly influenced by the TIPS market and the monthly inflation adjustments on these securities. This 30-day yield, because of the adjustment, may be more volatile than SEC 30-day yields of funds that do not have significant holdings of TIPS, and the Fund may not be able to repeat any exceptionally high yields produced by the Fund.

Portfolio composition as of 02/28/2015Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
U.S. government securities87.5%
Cash and cash equivalents12.5%
Top 10 holdings as of 02/28/2015
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
United States Treasury Inflation Indexed Bonds 1.125 1/15/202126.3%
United States Treasury Inflation Indexed Bonds 0.625 1/15/202426.3%
United States Treasury Inflation Indexed Bonds 1.375 2/15/20449.8%
United States Treasury Inflation Indexed Bonds 1.375 1/15/20209.6%
United States Treasury Inflation Indexed Bonds 1.625 1/15/20187.0%
United States Treasury Inflation Indexed Bonds 2.375 1/15/20275.2%
United States Treasury Note/Bond 2.250 11/15/20243.4%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings87.6%
Top sectors as of 02/28/2015
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Sector% of portfolio
Treasury inflation-protected securities84.1%
U.S. Treasury securities3.4%
Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment
income
20150.0000.000
20140.0000.149
20130.0000.000
20120.8040.264
20110.4030.338
20100.3430.268
20090.0000.222
20080.0570.530
20070.0000.456
20060.0000.380
20050.0170.567

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.

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

Roger Early

Roger A. Early, CPA, CFA

Managing Director, Head of Fixed Income Investments, Senior Vice President, Co-Chief Investment Officer — Total Return Fixed Income Strategy

Start date on the Fund: May 2007

Years of industry experience: 38

(View bio)


Paul Grillo

Paul Grillo, CFA

Senior Vice President, Co-Chief Investment Officer — Total Return Fixed Income Strategy

Start date on the Fund: May 2007

Years of industry experience: 33

(View bio)


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

The following table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Fund.

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 fees0.45%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.39%
Total annual fund operating expenses0.84%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.84%

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

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Delaware Inflation Protected Bond Fund Quarterly commentary December 31, 2014

Overview

During the fourth quarter of 2014, the fixed income markets experienced significant bouts of volatility and liquidity pressures, which were clearly evident in rate levels, risk asset spreads, and the shape of the yield curve. Many factors drove the markets, including U.S. dollar strength, commodity/oil price declines, and signs of Russian credit stress. Arguably, the most fundamental factor driving markets during the quarter was the developing dispersion between global central bank policies. While the U.S. Federal Reserve has been moving steadily toward a more restrictive, higher rate policy, central banks in Japan and the euro zone have been increasingly accommodative. After years of consistent central bank policies globally, divergence of policies has introduced substantial currency volatility and this has added volatility into all parts of the financial markets.

Since early October, the fall in oil prices has pressured a specific and meaningful part of the corporate bond market, and this pressure has spread to other parts of the corporate market. Credit spreads are close to highs for the year and fears of some defaults in high yield oil and commodity companies have increased. Emerging market debt has also been weak as many regions have a significant dependence on oil revenues. The dollar is still strong across almost all markets and adds pressure on some emerging market economies with dollar-denominated debt. U.S. economic indicators showed generally strong results throughout the fourth quarter. While core inflation was slightly higher during the quarter, headline prices were lower as falling energy prices provided an important dampening impact.

During the quarter, yields on 10-year Treasurys fell from 2.49% to 2.17%, and yields on 2-year Treasurys rose from 0.57% to 0.67%. Rates fell broadly during the first weeks of the quarter but then shifted to a more volatile pattern. The 3-month T-bill / 10-year T-note curve flattened 34 basis points to 2.13% by the end of the quarter. (A basis point equals one one-hundredth of a percentage point.) The 1-month London interbank offered rate (Libor) moved slightly higher, ending the quarter at 0.17%. (Data: Bloomberg.)

The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index recorded a strong return in the fourth quarter as higher-quality bonds and longer-duration sectors led the way. Given the shift in the Treasury yield curve, short-to-intermediate-focused sectors produced lower nominal returns, although mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) were relatively strong. U.S. Treasury inflation-protected securities (TIPS), high yield corporate bonds, global governments, and emerging market bonds produced negative returns.

Within the Fund

For the fourth quarter of 2014, Delaware Inflation Protected Bond Fund (Class A shares at net asset value and Institutional Class shares) posted a negative total return that underperformed that of its benchmark, the Barclays U.S. TIPS Index.

The TIPS market performed poorly during the quarter as real interest rates rose slightly and break-even inflation rates fell once again due to the drop in energy prices. The Fund’s intermediate TIPS focus was a negative, as short and intermediate TIPS produced negative returns while longer-maturity TIPS benefited from the general decline in long-term nominal Treasury yields.

We are maintaining the Fund’s intermediate duration target to encourage lower real rate sensitivity and have laddered its TIPS maturity exposure to neutralize sensitivity to changes in break-even rates.

Outlook

Economic growth in the United States looked stronger as the new year began. The outcome on the fundamental, economic front will be the key determinant to the outlook for market yields, spreads, and the Fed. A sustained return to real gross domestic product (GDP) growth of 3–4% over the next several years would likely create a true “sea change” for the Fed and rates.

However, the return to this rate of growth has been the undelivered promise for each of the last four or five years. Even the Fed’s annual forecasts have generally been optimistic on growth only to turn far more pessimistic as the forecasted period approaches. Today, the Fed’s intermediate-term forecast for GDP growth is centered at 2.5%. In the long term, this may turn out to be relatively optimistic, given that demographics have become far less supportive of growth across most developed global economies. The demographic headwind alone could mean that 2–3% GDP growth would be a “best case” scenario over the intermediate term.

Factoring in the boost that growing indebtedness has given to developed world growth in recent decades, the likely headwind from a current debt overhang could, potentially, push expected GDP growth below 2% over the next one to two decades. This (much like the 3–4% example above) could have a major impact on intermediate-term returns in fixed income. Inflation, real rate levels, risk premiums, and again, Fed policy trends could all be changed by a low-growth environment. 

Bond ratings are determined by a nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO).

Per Standard & Poor’s credit rating agency, bonds rated below AAA are more susceptible to the adverse effects of changes in circumstances and economic conditions than those in higher-rated categories, but the obligor’s capacity to meet its financial commitment on the obligation is still strong. Bonds rated BBB exhibit adequate protection parameters, although adverse economic conditions or changing circumstances are more likely to lead to a weakened capacity of the obligor to meet its financial commitments. Bonds rated BB, B, and CCC are regarded as having significant speculative characteristics, with BB indicating the least degree of speculation of the three.

Mortgage-backed securities are fixed income securities that represent pools of mortgages, with investors receiving principal and interest payments as the underlying mortgage loans are paid back. Many are issued and guaranteed against default by the U.S. government or its agencies or instrumentalities, such as Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and Ginnie Mae. Others are issued by private financial institutions, with some fully collateralized by certificates issued or guaranteed by the U.S. government or its agencies or instrumentalities.

The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index is a broad composite that tracks the investment grade domestic bond market.

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The views expressed represent the Manager's assessment of the Fund and market environment as of the date indicated, and should not be considered a recommendation to buy, hold, or sell any security, and should not be relied on as research or investment advice. Information is as of the date indicated and subject to change.

Document must be used in its entirety.

*On Feb 19, 2015, the Board of Trustees responsible for Delaware Inflation Protected Bond Fund voted and approved a proposal to liquidate and dissolve the Fund. The liquidation and dissolution is expected to take effect on or about June 12, 2015. Effective Feb. 20, 2015, the Fund will be closed to new investors. The Fund will continue to accept purchases from existing shareholders (including reinvested dividends or capital gains) until five business day before the liquidation date. Please read the prospectus, summary prospectus, and the related supplements for more information concerning this event.

Prior to May 1, 2005, the Fund had not engaged in a broad distribution effort of its shares and had been subject to limited redemption requests. The returns reflect expense limitations that were in effect during certain periods and which may have been lower than the Fund's current expenses. The returns would have been lower without such expense limitations.

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 in the right-hand sidebar or calling 800 362-7500. 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 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.

Interest payments on inflation-indexed debt securities will vary as the principal and/or interest is adjusted for inflation.

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

The Funds 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 derivative transaction depends upon the counterparties’ ability to fulfill their contractual obligations.

International investments entail risks not ordinarily associated with U.S. investments including fluctuation in currency values, differences in accounting principles, or economic or political instability in other nations.

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.

Investing in emerging markets can be riskier than investing in established foreign markets due to increased volatility and lower trading volume.

Diversification may not protect against market risk.

The Funds are distributed by Delaware Distributors L.P., an affiliate of Delaware Management Holdings, Inc., and Macquarie Group Limited.

Not FDIC Insured | No Bank Guarantee | May Lose Value

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Daily pricing (as of 03/27/2015)

Institutional ClassPriceNet changeYTD
NAV$9.010.011.69%
Max offer price$9.01n/an/a

Total net assets (as of 02/28/2015)

$58.8 million all share classes

Lipper ranking (as of 02/28/2015)

YTD ranking40 / 239
1 year123 / 213
3 years182 / 185
5 years138 / 145
10 years53 / 76
Lipper classificationInflation Protected Bond

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Benchmark, peer group

Barclays U.S. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) Index (view)

Lipper Inflation-Protected Bond Funds Average (view)

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