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Information About Your Fund's Expenses


As an investor of the Fund, you incur two types of costs: ongoing expenses and transaction costs. Ongoing expenses include management fees, distribution and service (12b‐1) fees and other Fund expenses. Examples of transaction costs include contract charges, redemption fees and account maintenance fees, which are not shown in this section. The following tables are intended to help you understand your ongoing expenses (in dollars) of investing in the Fund and to help you compare these expenses with the ongoing expenses of investing in other mutual funds. In the most recent six‐month period, the Fund limited these expenses; had it not done so, expenses would have been higher. The example in the table is based on an investment of $1,000 invested at the beginning of the six‐month period and held for the entire period (January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014).

The tables illustrate your Fund's expenses in two ways:

  • Actual Fund Return. This helps you estimate the actual dollar amount of ongoing expenses (but not transaction costs) paid on a $1,000 investment in the Fund using the Fund's actual return during the period. To estimate the expenses you paid over the period, simply divide your account value by $1,000 (for example, an $8,600 account value divided by $1,000 = 8.6), then multiply the result by the number in the “Expenses Paid per $1,000” line under the share class you hold.

  • Hypothetical 5% Fund Return. This helps you to compare your Fund's ongoing expenses (but not transaction costs) with those of other mutual funds using the Fund's actual expense ratio and a hypothetical rate of return of 5% per year before expenses. Examples using a 5% hypothetical Fund return may be found in the shareholder reports of other mutual funds. The hypothetical account values and expenses may not be used to estimate the actual ending account balance or expenses you paid for the period.

Please note that the expenses shown in these tables are meant to highlight your ongoing expenses only and do not reflect any transaction costs. The “Expenses Paid per $1,000” line of the tables is useful in comparing ongoing expenses only and will not help you determine the relative total expense of owning different funds. If these transaction costs had been included, your costs would have been higher.

Expenses and Value of a $1,000 Invest

ment for the six months ended June 30, 2014 (Una


Actual Fund Return Beginning Account Value 1/1/14 Ending Account Value 6/30/14 Expenses Paid per $1,000*

Class A $1,000.00 $1,070.00



Class B $1,000.00 $1,068.40



Class B2 $1,000.00 $1,068.00



Hypothetical 5% Fund Return Beginning Account Value 1/1/14 Ending Account Value 6/30/14 Expenses Paid per $1,000*

Class A $1,000.00 $1,023.16



Class B $1,000.00 $1,021.92



Class B2 $1,000.00 $1,021.42



  • *

    Expenses are equal to the Fund's annualized

multiplied by 181 (the number of days in the

expense ratio for each share class, multiplied by the most recent six‐month period), then divided by 365.

average account value over the period,

Class A

Class B

Class B2




Annualized Expense Ratios Deutsche Equity 500 Index VIP

For more information, please refer to the Fund's prospectus.

These tables do not reflect charges and fees (“contract charges”) associated with the separate account that invests in the Fund or any variable life insurance policy or variable annuity contract for which the Fund is an investment option.

For an analysis of the fees associated with an investment in the fund or similar funds, please refer to the current and hypothetical expense calculators for Variable Insurance Products which can be found at deutschefunds.com/EN/resources/calculators.jsp.

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