Delaware Limited-Term Diversified Income Fund

Objective

Delaware Limited-Term Diversified Income Fund seeks maximum total return, consistent with reasonable risk.

Strategy

The Fund invests primarily in investment grade fixed income securities, and maintains an average effective duration from one to three years. The Fund is generally diversified across multiple types of fixed income securities.

Fund information
Inception date06/01/1992
Dividends paid (if any)Monthly
Capital gains paid (if any)November or December
Fund identifiers
NASDAQDTINX
CUSIP245912506

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 (05/31/2016)

as of quarter-end (03/31/2016)

YTD1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)1.93%1.35%1.21%1.16%3.67%4.27%06/01/1992
Barclays 1-3 Year U.S. Government/Credit Index1.04%0.94%0.97%0.98%2.76%n/a
1 year3 year5 year10 yearLifetimeInception date
NAV (view definition)1.38%0.88%0.70%1.46%3.65%4.28%06/01/1992
Barclays 1-3 Year U.S. Government/Credit Index0.98%1.04%0.95%1.14%2.80%n/a

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
Gross0.67%
Net0.67%
Quarterly total returns @ NAV
Year1st quarter2nd quarter3rd quarter4th quarterAnnual return
20161.38%n/an/an/an/a
20151.27%-0.48%0.25%-0.27%0.77%
20140.57%0.77%-0.24%0.33%1.43%
2013-0.22%-2.19%-0.02%0.78%-1.66%
20121.24%1.34%0.60%-0.55%2.64%
20110.14%2.02%1.36%-0.60%2.94%
20101.99%0.25%1.73%-0.04%3.97%
20091.85%4.80%4.42%1.33%12.93%
20082.39%-0.93%0.22%0.69%2.37%
20071.57%0.01%2.20%2.61%6.52%
20060.07%0.50%2.46%0.84%3.92%

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

Portfolio characteristics - as of 05/31/2016Barclays 1-3 Year U.S. Government/Credit Index
Number of holdings6471,769
Number of credit issuers216
Portfolio turnover (last fiscal year)94%n/a
Effective duration (weighted average) (view definition)1.90 years1.91 years
Effective maturity (weighted average) (view definition)3.70 years1.98 years
Yield to maturity (view definition)2.00%1.16%
Average market price (view definition)$101.10$101.75
Average coupon (view definition)2.61%2.03%
Yield to worst (view definition)1.98%1.16%
SEC 30-day yield with waiver (view definition)1.47%
SEC 30-day yield without waiver (view definition)1.47%
Annualized standard deviation, 3 years (view definition)1.45n/a
Portfolio composition as of 05/31/2016Total may not equal 100% due to rounding.
Credits44.1%
Asset-backed securities37.4%
Mortgage-backed securities16.0%
U.S. government securities1.6%
Commercial mortgage-backed securities0.9%
Top 10 fixed income holdings as of 05/31/2016
Holdings are as of the date indicated and subject to change.
List excludes cash and cash equivalents.
Holding% of portfolio
FNCL JUL TBA2.6%
GEDFT 2012-2 A2.0%
COMET 2007-A1 A11.4%
CHAIT 2012-A10 A101.3%
FHR 4457 KZ1.2%
CHAIT 2015-A6 A61.1%
BACCT 2007-A4 A41.0%
NALT 2014-B A31.0%
FORDF 2015-2 A21.0%
MAPS1 2013-1A A1.0%
Total % Portfolio in Top 10 holdings13.6%

Fixed income sectors as of 05/31/2016

List excludes cash and cash equivalents.

SectorFundBenchmark
Investment grade credits38.9%34.0%
Asset-backed securities37.4%0.0%
MBS and CMOs16.0%0.0%
High yield credits2.8%0.0%
Emerging markets2.0%0.0%
Commercial mortgage-backed securities0.9%0.0%
Municipal bonds0.5%0.0%
U.S. Treasury securities0.4%58.6%
Credit quality as of 05/31/2016
RatingFundBenchmark
AAA55.7%69.2%
AA7.5%7.2%
A16.3%12.3%
BBB16.8%11.3%
BB1.9%0.0%
B1.6%0.0%
CCC0.3%0.0%

Total may not equal 100% due to rounding. The Fund’s investment manager, Delaware Management Company (DMC), a series of Delaware 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 Fund’s Statement of Additional Information.

Distribution history - annual distributions (Institutional Class)1,2
Distributions ($ per share)
YearCapital gains3Net investment
income
Return of
capital
20160.0000.0660.000
20150.0000.1420.014
20140.0000.1490.004
20130.0000.0000.153
20120.0150.1880.000
20110.1250.2340.000
20100.0410.2590.000
20090.0000.3490.000
20080.0000.3600.000
20070.0000.3890.000
20060.0000.3760.000

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

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

Start date on the Fund: May 2007

Years of industry experience: 40

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Paul Grillo

Paul Grillo, CFA

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

Start date on the Fund: February 1999

Years of industry experience: 35

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Adam Brown

Adam H. Brown, CFA

Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: October 2013

Years of industry experience: 17

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Brian McDonnell

Brian C. McDonnell, CFA

Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager, Senior Structured Products Analyst, Trader

Start date on the Fund: April 2012

Years of industry experience: 27

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Christopher Testa

Christopher M. Testa, CFA

Senior Vice President, Senior Portfolio Manager

Start date on the Fund: June 2014

Years of industry experience: 29

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

The table below 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 fees0.48%
Distribution and service (12b-1) feesnone
Other expenses0.19%
Total annual fund operating expenses0.67%
Fee waivers and expense reimbursementsnone
Total annual fund operating expenses after fee waivers and expense reimbursements0.67%

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

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Delaware Limited-Term Diversified Income Fund Quarterly commentary March 31, 2016

Overview

The fixed income market aggressively sold risk assets over the first half of the quarter and then turned on a “Draghi dime” and bought risk assets through the end of the period. The first wave of risk-buying in late February gained traction after European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi made it clear that the ECB would not hesitate to further loosen monetary policy, and U.S. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen described a combination of tightening U.S. financial conditions and increased global risks. Risk assets received an additional boost in March after the ECB acted on Draghi’s proposals and Yellen amplified her dovish comments. Significant swings in oil prices and the U.S. dollar contributed to volatility as well.

For the quarter, the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index recorded a positive return, with lower-quality bonds outperforming the higher-rated investment tiers within that index. Although most broad-market fixed income indices produced solid returns, non-U.S. Treasurys and emerging market bonds were the strongest performers, with the asset-backed securities (ABS) and mortgage-backed securities (MBS) sectors lagging. Over the full period, yields on 10-year Treasurys fell from 2.27% to 1.77% while yields on the 2-year Treasury note, the security most sensitive to monetary policy, declined from 1.05% to 0.73%.

The decline in bond yields occurred against a mixed economic backdrop. In March, U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) growth for the fourth quarter of 2015 was revised upward to a 1.4% annualized pace due to a jump in consumer spending. However, corporate profits fell 7.8% during the quarter, the biggest decline since the first quarter of 2011 (-9.2%). Profits have fallen in four of the last five quarters and are down 11.5% from a year earlier, the worst year-on-year drop since the Great Recession. Among the more positive trends, jobless claims, which have averaged about 275,000 for the past year, suggest continued strength in the pace of hiring. Until personal income and wage-and-salary income accelerate, however, consumer inflation should remain muted. Combining these factors with concerns over the pace of global economic growth, lower oil prices, and a strong U.S. dollar raises the hurdle for the next Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) policy rate action.

With investors in perpetual Fed-watch mode, recent statements by Fed officials (other than Yellen) that appear to lean more toward a near-term tightening have been a source of uncertainty. This leaning may be the result of recent signs that inflation expectations are finally approaching the Fed’s 2% target. Though the last official Fed communication suggested two additional quarter-percentage-point increases in the federal funds rate this year, the markets are discounting only one increase in the fourth quarter of 2016. We are inclined to favor the market’s “one increase” view but believe it could come as early as summer.

Within the Fund

Delaware Limited-Term Diversified Income Fund (Institutional Class shares and Class A shares at net asset value) outperformed its benchmark, the Barclays 1–3 Year U.S. Government/Credit Index, for the first quarter of 2016.

The Fund’s overweight allocation to corporate bonds was the primary driver of performance for the period. Out-of-benchmark allocations in MBS, commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS), high yield bonds, and emerging market debt also were positive contributors, as these sectors outperformed the return of the benchmark. Meanwhile, small exposures within municipal bonds and bank loans detracted from relative performance.

Outlook

We believe that the U.S. economic expansion will continue at a modest pace. With more than $7 trillion of sovereign debt around the world now trading with a negative yield, U.S. markets should continue to see interest from overseas investors.

However, we must stay vigilant and closely monitor various risks associated with divergent central bank policies, a challenging economic landscape for emerging markets, and a general lack of pricing power around the globe. We also expect markets to remain volatile, particularly if the Fed’s somewhat manic behavior of focusing on domestic and global issues results in additional communication challenges as it moves toward normalizing rates.

We believe it is important to recognize that deflationary influences can change the nature of the economic cycle. As such, investors must consider the possibility that the current economic cycle may play out differently than any cycle in the postwar period.

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.

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.

High yielding, non-investment-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 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.

The Fund 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 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.

Diversification may not protect against market risk.

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

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 06/24/2016)

Institutional ClassPriceNet change
NAV$8.560.02
Max offer price$8.56n/a

Total net assets (as of 05/31/2016)

$1.0 billion all share classes

Overall Morningstar RatingTM

Institutional Class shares (as of 05/31/2016)
RatingNo. of funds
Overall4497
3 Yrs4497
5 Yrs3409
10 Yrs4287
Morningstar categoryShort-Term Bond

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Lipper ranking (as of 05/31/2016)

YTD ranking90 / 194
1 year61 / 185
3 years86 / 156
5 years97 / 113
10 years43 / 87
Lipper classificationSht-Intmt Inv Grade Debt

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Benchmark, peer group

Barclays 1-3 Year U.S. Government/Credit Index (view definition)

Lipper Short-Intermediate Investment Grade Debt Funds Average (view definition)

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