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11/24/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/24/2021 11:53

Summary Prospectus by Investment Company (Form 497K)

Summary prospectus

Alternative / specialty mutual fund

Delaware Ivy VIP Balanced

(formerly, Ivy VIP Balanced)

July 29, 2021

(as amended and restated November 23, 2021)

Before you invest, you may want to review the Portfolio's statutory prospectus (and any supplements thereto), which contains more information about the Portfolio and its risks. You can find the Portfolio's statutory prospectus and other information about the Portfolio, including its statement of additional information and most recent reports to shareholders, online at ivyinvestments.com/prospectus. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 888 923-3355. The Portfolio's statutory prospectus and statement of additional information, both dated July 29, 2021 (as amended and restated November 23, 2021) (and any supplements thereto), are incorporated by reference into this summary prospectus.

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Delaware Ivy VIP Balanced

(formerly, Ivy VIP Balanced)

On April 30, 2021, the portfolio in this prospectus (Portfolio) became part of Delaware Funds by Macquarie® and Delaware Management Company became the Portfolio's investment manager (hereinafter, the Portfolio and other legacy Ivy Funds are referred to as Transaction Funds to differentiate them from the other Delaware Funds by Macquarie, the non-Transaction Funds).

What is the Portfolio's investment objective?

Delaware Ivy VIP Balanced seeks to provide total return through a combination of capital appreciation and current income.

What are the Portfolio's fees and expenses?

This table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Portfolio. The table below does not reflect any fees and expenses imposed under the variable life insurance policies and variable annuity contracts (collectively, Policies) through which this Portfolio is offered. See the Policy prospectus for a description of those fees and expenses.

Annual series operating expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)



Management fees


Distribution and service (12b-1) fees


Other expenses


Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses



Total annual portfolio operating expenses




Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses sets forth the Portfolio's pro rata portion of the cumulative expenses charged by the Underlying Affiliated Funds (defined below) in which the Portfolio invested during the last fiscal year. The actual Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses will vary with changes in the allocations of the Portfolio's assets. The Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses shown are based on the total expense ratio of each Underlying Affiliated Fund for the Portfolio's most recent fiscal period. These expenses are not direct costs paid by Portfolio shareholders, and are not used to calculate the Portfolio's NAV.


The Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses ratio shown above does not correlate to the expense ratio shown in the Financial Highlights table because that ratio does not include the Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses.


This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions your costs would be:




1 year


3 years


5 years


10 years


Portfolio turnover

The Portfolio pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or "turns over" its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when Portfolio shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in the annual portfolio operating expenses or in the example, affect the Portfolio's performance. During the most recent fiscal year, the Portfolio's portfolio turnover rate was 61% of the average value of its portfolio.

What are the Portfolio's principal investment strategies?

Delaware Ivy VIP Balanced seeks to achieve its objective by investing primarily in a diversified mix of stocks, debt securities and short-term instruments, depending on market conditions. Regarding its income-generating equity investments, including convertible securities, the Portfolio invests primarily in medium to large, well-established companies, although it may invest in securities issued by companies of any size. The Portfolio invests at least 50% of its total assets in equity securities including convertible securities. The Portfolio may invest in preferred stocks and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

In addition, the Portfolio invests at least 30% of its total assets in debt securities with the objective of providing income and diversification although such diversification may not protect against market risk. The Portfolio's debt securities may include US government securities or investment-grade corporate bonds rated BBB- or higher by S&P Global Ratings, a division of S&P Global, Inc. (S&P), or comparably rated by another nationally recognized statistical rating organization (NRSRO) or, if unrated, determined by Delaware Management Company (DMC), the Portfolio's investment manager, to be of comparable quality. The Portfolio may also invest up to 20% of its total assets in non-investment-grade debt securities. The Portfolio has no limitations on the range of maturities of the debt securities in which it may invest.

For the purposes of this section, a reference to the Manager may also include Macquarie Investment Management Austria Kapitalanlage AG (MIMAK), with respect to its role as sub-advisor of the Portfolio.

In evaluating investments for the Portfolio, the Manager focuses on companies with resilient business models characterized by stable growth rates; strong balance sheets; relative strength in earnings; attractive return profiles and valuation; and strong free cash flow generation. In so doing, the Manager evaluates a company's management team, its financial position, its competitive position and the condition of its respective industry in addition to other factors. The Manager utilizes financial statements, independent research by its investment management personnel, third party research, brand studies done by outside parties and other tools and processes to identify what it believes to be attractive


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investment opportunities with a focus on the trajectory and sustainability of a company's business model. The Manager also focuses on companies that possess a sustainable competitive advantage by evaluating factors such as brand equity/loyalty, proprietary technology, switching costs, access to distribution channels, capital requirements, economies of scale, and barriers to entry. In addition, the Manager's analysis informs its view of an appropriate valuation for each potential investment.

Investment opportunities typically fall into two categories: company-specific ideas which include factors such as a company's competitive positioning, production cycles, cost restructuring or a new management team; and thematic ideas where the Manager considers economic or political forces, interest rate term structure variances, cyclical inflections, changes in consumer behavior or technology shifts.

The Portfolio may use a wide range of derivative instruments, typically including forward foreign currency contracts, options, futures contracts, options on futures contracts, and credit default swaps. The Portfolio will use derivatives for both hedging and non-hedging purposes; as a substitute for purchasing or selling securities; and to manage the portfolio characteristics. For example, the Portfolio may invest in: futures and options to manage duration and for defensive purposes, such as to protect gains or hedge against potential losses in the portfolio without actually selling a security, or to stay fully invested; forward foreign currency contracts to manage foreign currency exposure; and credit default swaps to hedge against a credit event, to gain exposure to certain securities or markets, or to enhance total return.

In selecting debt securities for the Portfolio, the Manager focuses on current income and capital preservation and generally seeks to invest in investment-grade securities. The Portfolio may invest up to 30% of its total assets in foreign securities, including equity and fixed-income securities. Additionally, many of the companies in which the Portfolio may invest have diverse operations, with products or services in foreign markets. Therefore, the Portfolio may have indirect exposure to various foreign markets through investments in these companies, even if the Portfolio is not invested directly in such markets.

The Portfolio may invest in bonds of any maturity or duration.

Generally, in determining whether to sell a security, the Manager uses the same analysis as identified above in order to determine if the security is appropriately valued or has met its anticipated price. The Manager also may sell a security if the security ceases to produce income, to reduce the Portfolio's holding in that security, to take advantage of what it believes are more attractive investment opportunities or to raise cash.

In addition, the Manager may seek investment advice and recommendations relating to fixed income securities from its affiliates: Macquarie Investment Management Europe Limited (MIMEL), and Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (MIMGL). The Manager may also permit MIMGL and Macquarie Funds Management Hong Kong Limited (MFMHKL) to execute Portfolio equity security trades on behalf of the Manager. The Manager may also permit MIMEL and MIMGL to exercise investment discretion and perform trading for fixed income securities in certain markets where the Manager


believes it will be beneficial to utilize MIMEL's or MIMGL's specialized market knowledge, and the Manager may also seek quantitative support from MIMGL. MIMGL is also responsible for managing real estate investment trust securities and other equity asset classes to which the portfolio managers may allocate assets from time to time.

What are the principal risks of investing in the Portfolio?

Investing in any mutual fund involves the risk that you may lose part or all of the money you invest. Over time, the value of your investment in the Portfolio will increase and decrease according to changes in the value of the securities in the Portfolio's portfolio. An investment in the Portfolio may not be appropriate for all investors. The Portfolio's principal risks include:

Market risk - The risk that all or a majority of the securities in a certain market - such as the stock or bond market - will decline in value because of factors such as adverse political or economic conditions, future expectations, investor confidence, or heavy institutional selling.

Preferred stock risk - The risk that preferred stocks may be subordinated to bonds in terms of rights to their share of the company's assets, may be less liquid than many other securities, and generally offer no voting rights with respect to the issuer.  Preferred stocks may also be adversely affected by interest rates and may be callable by the issuer.

Foreign risk - The risk that foreign securities (particularly in emerging markets) may be adverselyaffected by political instability, changes in currency exchange rates, inefficient markets and higher transaction costs, foreign economic conditions, the imposition of economic or trade sanctions, or inadequate or different regulatory and accounting standards.

Fixed income risk - The risk that bonds may decrease in value if interest rates increase; anissuer may not be able to make principal and interest payments when due; a bond may be prepaid prior to maturity; and, in the case of high yield bonds ("junk bonds"), such bonds may be subject to an increased risk of default, a more limited secondary market than investment grade bonds, and greater price volatility. Interest rate changes are influenced by a number of factors, such as government policy, monetary policy, inflation expectations, and the supply and demand of bonds. Bonds and other fixed income securities with longer maturities or duration generally are more sensitive to interest rate changes. A portfolio may be subject to a greater risk of rising interest rates due to the current period of historically low interest rates.

US government securities risk - The risk that certain US government securities, such as securities issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the FHLB, are not backed by the full faith and credit of the US government and, instead, may be supported only by the credit of the issuer or by the right of the issuer to borrow from the Treasury.

Interest rate risk - The risk that the prices of bonds and other fixed income securities will increase as interest rates fall and decrease as interest rates rise. Interest rate changes are influenced by a number of factors, such as government policy, monetary policy, inflation expectations, and the supply and demand of bonds. Bonds and other fixed income securities with longer maturities or duration


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generally are more sensitive to interest rate changes. A portfolio may be subject to a greater risk of rising interest rates due to the current period of historically low interest rates.

Credit risk - The risk that an issuer of a debt security, including a governmental issuer or an entity that insures a bond, may be unable to make interest payments and/or repay principal in a timely manner.

High yield (junk bond) risk - The risk that high yield securities, commonly known as "junk bonds," are subject to reduced creditworthiness of issuers, increased risk of default, and a more limited and less liquid secondary market. High yield securities may also be subject to greater price volatility and risk of loss of income and principal than are higher-rated securities. High yield bonds are sometimes issued by municipalities that have less financial strength and therefore have less ability to make projected debt payments on the bonds.

REIT-related risk - The risk that the value of a portfolio's investments in a REIT may be adversely affected by (1) changes in the value of the REIT's underlying property or the property secured by mortgages the REIT holds; (2) loss of REIT federal tax status (and the resulting inability to qualify for modified pass-through tax treatment under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Internal Revenue Code" or the "Code")) or changes in laws and/or rules related to that status; or (3) the REIT's failure to maintain its exemption from registration under the Investment Company Act of 1940 (1940 Act). In addition, a portfolio may experience a decline in its income from REIT securities due to falling interest rates or decreasing dividend payments.

Company size risk - The risk that investments in small- and/or medium-sized companies may bemore volatile than those of larger companies because of limited financial resources or dependence on narrow product lines.

Liquidity risk - The possibility that investments cannot be readily sold within seven calendar days at approximately the price at which a portfolio has valued them.

IBOR risk - The risk that changes related to the use of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) or similar interbank offered rates ("IBORs," such as the Euro Overnight Index Average (EONIA)) could have adverse impacts on financial instruments that reference LIBOR or a similar rate. While some instruments may contemplate a scenario where LIBOR or a similar rate is no longer available by providing for an alternative rate setting methodology, not all instruments have such fallback provisions and the effectiveness of replacement rates is uncertain. The abandonment of LIBOR and similar rates could affect the value and liquidity of instruments that reference such rates, especially those that do not have fallback provisions. The use of alternative reference rate products may impact investment strategy performance.

Active management and selection risk - The risk that the securities selected by a portfolio's management will underperform the markets, the relevant indices, or the securities selected by other funds with similar investment objectives and investment strategies. The securities and sectors selected may vary from the securities and sectors included in the relevant index.


The Manager is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Macquarie Group Limited (MGL). Other than Macquarie Bank Limited (MBL), a subsidiary of MGL and an affiliate of the Manager, none of the entities noted are authorized deposit-taking institutions for the purposes of the Banking Act 1959 (Commonwealth of Australia). The obligations of these entities do not represent deposits or other liabilities of MBL. MBL does not guarantee or otherwise provide assurance in respect of the obligations of these entities, unless noted otherwise. The Portfolio is governed by US laws and regulations.

How has Delaware Ivy VIP Balanced performed?

The bar chart and table below provide some indication of the risks of investing in the Portfolio by showing changes in the Portfolio's performance from year to year and by showing how the Portfolio's average annual total returns for the periods compare with those of a broad measure of market performance. On April 30, 2021, the Portfolio became part of Delaware Funds by Macquarie® and Delaware Management Company became the Portfolio's investment manager. The returns shown from before April 30, 2021 are from the Portfolio's prior investment manager. The Portfolio's past performance (before and after taxes) is not necessarily an indication of how it will perform in the future. The returns reflect any expense caps in effect during these periods. The returns would be lower without the expense caps. You may obtain the Portfolio's most recently available month-end performance by calling 888 923-3355 or by visiting our website at ivyinvestments.com.

Effective November 15, 2021, the Portfolio changed its investment strategy. Performance prior to November 15, 2021 reflects the Portfolio's former strategy; its performance may have differed if the Portfolio's current strategy had been in place.

Calendar year-by-year total return (Class II)

As of June 30, 2021, the Portfolio's Class II shares had a calendar year-to-date return of 10.64%. During the periods illustrated in this bar chart, Class II's highest quarterly return was 15.52% for the quarter ended June 30, 2020, and its lowest quarterly return was -16.23% for the quarter ended March 31, 2020.


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Average annual total returns for periods ended December 31, 2020

1 year

5 years

10 years

Class II




S&P 500 Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes)




Bloomberg US Aggregate Index* (net of fees and expenses)




* The Portfolio changed its primary broad-based securities index to the Bloomberg US Aggregate Index as of November 15, 2021. The Portfolio elected to use the new index because it more closely reflects the Portfolio's investment strategies.

Who manages the Portfolio?

Investment manager

Delaware Management Company, a series of Macquarie Investment Management Business Trust (a Delaware statutory trust)

Portfolio manager

Title with Delaware Management Company

Start date on the Portfolio

Aaron D. Young

Vice President, Portfolio Manager

November 2021


Macquarie Investment Management Austria Kapitalanlage AG (MIMAK)

Portfolio managers

Title with MIMAK

Start date on the Portfolio

Stefan Löwenthal

Senior Vice President, Chief Investment Officer ‑ Global Multi-Asset Team

November 2021

Jürgen Wurzer

Vice President, Deputy Head of Portfolio Management, Senior Investment Manager ‑ Global Multi-Asset Team

November 2021

Macquarie Funds Management Hong Kong Limited (MFMHKL)

Macquarie Investment Management Europe Limited (MIMEL)

Macquarie Investment Management Global Limited (MIMGL)

Purchase and redemption of Portfolio shares

Shares of the Portfolio are currently sold only to separate accounts of Participating Insurance Companies (PICs) to fund benefits payable under the Policies. Class I shares may be purchased only through fund of funds, advisory or trust accounts, wrap accounts or other asset allocation or fee-based investment arrangements.The Portfolio's shares are redeemable. Shares are purchased or redeemed at the Portfolio's NAV per share next calculated after your order is received in good order on any business day.

The Portfolio does not have initial and subsequent investment minimums. Please refer to your Policy prospectus for more information on purchasing and redeeming Portfolio shares.

Please refer to the Fund's prospectus and statement of additional information for more details regarding the purchase and sale of Fund shares.

Tax information

Because the Portfolio's only shareholders are separate accounts of PICs, distributions the Portfolio makes of its net investment income and net realized gains, if any - most or all of which it intends to distribute annually - and redemptions or exchanges of Portfolio shares generally will not be taxable to its shareholders (or to the holders of the underlying Policies). See the prospectus for your Policy for further tax information.

Payments to broker/dealers and other financial intermediaries

If you purchase shares of the Portfolio through a broker/dealer or other financial intermediary (such as an insurance company), the Portfolio and its related companies may pay the intermediary for the sale of Portfolio shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker/dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the Portfolio over another investment. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary's website for more information.


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