Delaware VIP® Diversified Income Series

Objective

Delaware VIP Diversified Income Series seeks maximum long-term total return consistent with reasonable risk.

Strategy

The Series invests in four sectors — U.S. investment grade sector, U.S. high yield sector, international developed markets sector, and emerging markets sector.

Series information
Inception date05/16/2003
Dividends paid*Annually
Capital gains paid*Annually

*If any.

Series identifier
CUSIP246493555

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 (03/31/2014)
YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)2.29%0.47%4.22%9.20%6.10%6.26%05/16/2003
Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index1.84%-0.10%3.75%4.80%4.46%n/a
Average annual total return as of quarter-end (03/31/2014)
QTDYTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)2.29%2.29%0.47%4.22%9.20%6.10%6.26%05/16/2003
Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index1.84%1.84%-0.10%3.75%4.80%4.46%n/a

Returns for less than one year are not annualized.

Expense ratio
Gross0.98%
Net0.93%

Net expense ratio reflects a contractual distribution fee waiver from April 30, 2013 to April 30, 2014. 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.

Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return
20142.29%n/an/an/an/a
20130.36%-3.47%0.68%1.06%-1.42%
20121.37%2.27%2.62%0.46%6.87%
20111.07%2.06%0.56%2.33%6.15%
20103.11%1.07%3.87%-0.36%7.87%
20090.65%10.74%9.99%3.31%26.66%
20082.44%-1.92%-4.11%-1.29%-4.90%
20072.67%0.10%2.67%1.80%7.41%
20060.54%0.33%3.70%2.84%7.57%
2005-1.13%1.63%-0.86%-0.22%-0.59%
20041.89%-2.47%3.92%4.44%7.85%
Portfolio characteristics - as of 03/31/2014
Share assets$1.6 billion
Number of holdings1,084
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)7.60 years
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)5.19 years
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)3.63
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)2.74%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)2.69%
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)260%
Portfolio composition as of 03/31/2014Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
High-grade securities64.7%
High yield securities26.0%
Emerging markets7.6%
International developed1.7%
Top 10 holdings as of 03/31/2014
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
United States Treasury Note/Bond 3.750 11/15/20432.8%
United States Treasury Note/Bond 2.750 2/15/20242.2%
United States Treasury Note/Bond 2.375 8/31/20142.0%
FNCI APR TBA1.7%
FNCI APR TBA1.6%
FNCL MAY TBA1.3%
FNCI APR TBA0.9%
FNCL AB65890.8%
BB&T Corp. 5.250 11/1/20190.6%
Dow Chemical Co. 8.550 5/15/20190.6%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings14.5%
Top sectors as of 03/31/2014
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Sector% of portfolio
Investment grade credits35.0%
High yield credits25.3%
MBS and CMOs13.8%
Emerging markets7.6%
U.S. Treasury securities7.4%
Commercial mortgage-backed securities3.1%
International developed1.7%
Asset-backed securities1.1%
Municipal bonds0.5%
Paul Grillo

Paul Grillo, CFA

Co-Chief Investment Officer — Total Return Fixed Income Strategy

Start date on the Fund: May 2003

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Roger Early

Roger Early, CPA, CFA, CFP

Co-Chief Investment Officer — Total Return Fixed Income Strategy

Start date on the Fund: May 2007

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Wen-Dar Chen

Wen-Dar Chen, Ph.D.

Portfolio Manager — International Debt

Start date on the Fund: May 2007

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Thomas Chow

Thomas H. Chow, CFA

Chief Investment Officer — Corporate Credit

Start date on the Fund: May 2007

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David Hillmeyer

David Hillmeyer, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: February 2011

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Steven Landis

Steven A. Landis 

Senior Portfolio Manager — Emerging Markets Debt

Start date on the Fund: September 2013

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The following table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Series. The fee table does not reflect any fees or sales charges imposed by variable insurance contracts. If it did, the expenses would be higher.

Annual series operating expenses
Management fees0.59%
Distribution and service (12b-1) fees0.30%
Other expenses0.09%
Total annual series operating expenses0.98%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursements(0.05%)
Total annual series operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.93%

1The Series' distributor, Delaware Distributors, L.P. (Distributor), has contracted to limit the 12b-1 fees to no more than 0.25% of average daily net assets from April 30, 2013 through April 30, 2014. This waiver and/or reimbursement may be terminated only by agreement of the Distributor 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 clicking the prospectus link located in the right-hand sidebar or by 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.

High yielding, noninvestment 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 the Fund to obtain precise valuations of the high yield securities in its portfolio.

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.

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 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.

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

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 only available through the purchase of certain variable insurance products.

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

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Daily pricing (as of 04/24/2014)

Service ClassPriceNet changeYTD
NAV$10.56no chg2.94%
Max offer price$10.56n/an/a

Total net assets (as of 03/31/2014)

$2.1 billion all share classes

Benchmark, peer group

Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index (view)

Lipper Core Plus Bond Funds Average (view)

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