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Ivy VIP Bond

  • $5.32 NAV as of 3/29/2017
  • ($0.01) / 0.20% Daily NAV Change
  • 1.03% YTD (NAV)


Credit investing for potential portfolio income

Credit quality
Holds primarily investment-grade securities, which may be attractive for those concerned about credit risk.
A portfolio of corporate, government and mortgage-backed securities that seeks to provide income through monthly distributions.
Can invest in securities of any maturity or duration to potentially address concerns about the interest rate environment.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Rick Perry, CFA

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 1 Year with Fund
  • 24 Years in Industry
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Mr. Perry graduated in 1989 with a BA in accounting and business management from Central College. In 1992, he earned an MBA with a concentration in investments from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the firm, he was a portfolio manager with Aegon USA Investment Management, where he served as the head of investment grade credit since 2006. He joined Aegon in 2001 and was named director of credit research in 2002. Prior to that, he was high-yield portfolio manager with ING Investment Management. He started his investment management career at Equitable Investment Services in 1993, where he held various positions including high-yield portfolio manager. Mr. Perry also has a CPA designation and worked for two years at McGladrey & Pullen CPA's after receiving his master's degree.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 2/28/2017

Assumes an investment over 10 years or life of the share class, reinvestment of dividends and capital gains, and does not include the effect of sales charges or taxes.



Quarterly Fund Commentary

Daily Prices as of 3/29/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $5.32
Daily NAV Change ($) ($0.01) 0.20%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.01 0.20%
Public Offering Price (POP) $5.32

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H307
Fund Code 854
Fund Type Fixed Income Funds
Fund Inception 7/13/1987
Class Inception 7/13/1987
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 2/28/2017) $416.4 mil
Total Holdings (as of 2/28/2017) 242
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 12/31/2016) 84%
Lipper Category Corporate Debt Funds A Rated
Morningstar Category Intermediate-Term Bond
Benchmark Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD


Data quoted is past performance and current performance may be lower or higher. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value of an investment will fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance data quoted does not reflect any expenses or charges associated with owning a variable life insurance policy or variable annuity contract that invests in the Portfolio's shares. When such charges are deducted, actual investment performance in a variable annuity will be lower.

Performance at NAV does not include the effect of sales charges, if it had, performance shown would be lower. Class A shares, including sales charges, reflects the maximum applicable front-end sales load.

Monthly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 2/28/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 0.87% 1.42% 2.64% 2.24% 4.28%
Fund at NAV 1.06% 3.20% 2.56% 2.32% 3.78% 5.95%
Lipper Corporate Debt Funds A Rated 1.06% 2.96% 2.63% 2.74% 4.00% 5.94%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 12/31/2016
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 2.65% 2.65% 3.03% 2.23% 4.34%
Lipper Corporate Debt Funds A Rated 3.36% 3.36% 3.02% 2.86% 4.05% 5.94%
Fund at NAV 4.03% 4.03% 2.84% 2.41% 3.83% 5.94%

Calendar Year Return

Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 4.21 -2.02 5.97 0.55 2.65
Class A 5.78 -2.09 4.34 0.20 4.03

Morningstar Ratings as of 2/28/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Intermediate-Term Bond
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 854
3 Year out of 854
5 Year out of 754
10 Year out of 540

Lipper Ranking through 2/28/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Corporate Debt Funds A Rated
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 8/17 45
3 Year 10/17 56
5 Year 11/16 65
10 Year 9/13 65

Expense Ratios as of 4/30/2016

Net 0.78%
Gross 0.78%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 2/28/2017

Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 2.90

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 2/28/2017

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -0.03
Beta 0.99
R-Squared 92.69
Sharpe Ratio 0.81
Capture Ratio Upside: 101.95%
Downside: 106.25%


Historical Prices Inception 7/13/1987

3/1/2017 $5.30 NO NO
3/2/2017 $5.29 NO NO
3/3/2017 $5.30 NO NO
3/6/2017 $5.29 NO NO
3/7/2017 $5.28 NO NO
3/8/2017 $5.27 NO NO
3/9/2017 $5.25 NO NO
3/10/2017 $5.26 NO NO
3/13/2017 $5.25 NO NO
3/14/2017 $5.25 NO NO
3/15/2017 $5.28 NO NO
3/16/2017 $5.28 NO NO
3/17/2017 $5.29 NO NO
3/20/2017 $5.29 NO NO
3/21/2017 $5.31 NO NO
3/22/2017 $5.31 NO NO
3/23/2017 $5.31 NO NO
3/24/2017 $5.31 NO NO
3/27/2017 $5.32 NO NO
3/28/2017 $5.31 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 7/13/1987

5/18/2016 $0.128 Long: $0.014 Short: $0.000 $5.26 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0.1538 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.22 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0.2127 Long: $0.168 Short: $0.000 $5.27 5/21/2014
5/22/2013 $0.1992 Long: $0.094 Short: $0.000 $5.63 5/22/2013
5/16/2012 $0.1861 Long: $0.043 Short: $0.004 $5.71 5/16/2012

*Special Dividend
The table includes the daily prices at NAV (net asset value) for the history of this fund's selected share class. NAV is the amount per share you would receive if you sold shares that day.

12-Month Trailing Dist. Yield as of 2/28/2017

NAV 2.40%
With Sales Charge 2.40%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield as of 2/28/2017

Subsidized - NAV 2.31%
Unsubsidized - NAV 2.31%


Top 10 Holdings as a % of net assets 2/28/2017

NYC Hsng Dev Corp., Multi-Fam Mtg Rev Bonds (Spring Creek Apt I and II), Ser 2006A (GTD by FHLMC), 0.6%, 3/7/2017 3.07%
U.S. Treasury Notes, 1.4%, 12/15/2019 1.92%
Federal National Mortgage Association Fixed Rate Pass-Through Certificates, 4.5%, 12/1/2019 1.43%
New York Life Global Funding, 2.9%, 1/17/2024 1.32%
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Agency REMIC/CMO, 4.3%, 12/25/2044 1.27%
NYC Indl Dev Agy, Rental Rev Bonds (Yankee Stadium Proj), Ser 2009, 11.0%, 3/1/2029 NYC Indl Dev Agy, 11.0%, 9/1/2029 1.19%
Alliance Data Systems Corp., 5.3%, 12/1/2017 1.10%
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Agency REMIC/CMO, 4.0%, 6/15/2026 0.98%
Ford Motor Credit Co. LLC, 3.8%, 1/9/2024 0.97%
FedEx Corp., 3.3%, 3/15/2027 0.95%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

as a % of fixed income assets as of 2/28/2017

<1 Year 9.7%
1-5 Years 35.6%
5-10 Years 40.5%
10-20 Years 8.1%
>20 Years 6.2%
Average Maturity 7.01 years
Effective Duration 5.55 years

Fixed Income Country Allocation
as a % of bond holdings as of 2/28/2017

United States 89.0%
Canada 1.9%
Australia 1.8%
Japan 1.7%
United Kingdom 1.4%
Denmark 0.8%
Netherlands 0.8%
Ireland 0.8%
Switzerland 0.5%
Mexico 0.4%
Guernsey 0.4%
Cayman Islands 0.3%
Norway 0.3%

as a % of fixed income assets as of 2/28/2017

Quality: Ratings obtained from Standard & Poor's. For securities not rated by Standard & Poor's, ratings are obtained from Moody's. We do not evaluate these ratings, but simply assign them to the appropriate credit quality category as determined by the rating agency.
Government Bonds 16.20%
NonRated 1.30%
AAA 2.20%
AA 11.50%
A 24.50%
BBB 43.20%
BB 1.10%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 2/28/2017

Corporate Bonds 72.97%
Government Bonds 15.01%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 6.74%
Revenue Bonds 2.29%
Asset-Backed Securities 1.31%
Other Government Securities 0.77%
Preferred Stock 0.62%
General Obligation Bonds 0.19%
Mortgage-Backed Securities 0.10%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Risk Factors: The value of the Portfolio's shares will change, and you could lose money on your investment. An investment in the Portfolio is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Fixed income securities are subject to interest rate risk and, as such, the net asset value of the Portfolio may fall as interest rates rise. These and other risks are more fully described in the Portfolio's prospectus. Not all portfolios may be offered at all broker/ dealers. The IVY VARIABLE INSURANCE PORTFOLIOSSM, are only available as investment options in variable life insurance policies and variable annuity contracts issued by participating insurance companies. They are not offered or made available directly to the general public.

Stylebox: The Morningstar Fixed Income Style Box reveals a fund’s investment style. The vertical axis shows the credit quality of the bonds owned and the horizontal axis shows interest rate sensitivity as measured by a bond’s effective duration. Morningstar seeks credit rating information from fund companies on a periodic basis (e.g., quarterly). In compiling credit rating information, Morningstar instructs fund companies to only use ratings that have been assigned by a Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organization (NRSRO). If two NRSROs have rated a security, fund companies are to report the lowest rating; if three or more NRSROs have rated the same security differently, fund companies are to report the rating that is in the middle. Credit quality breakdowns are shown for corporate-bond holdings and depict the quality of bonds in the underlying portfolio. The report shows the percentage of fixed-income securities that fall within each credit quality rating as assigned by an NRSRO. Bonds not rated by an NRSRO are included in the not rated (NR) category. Please note: Morningstar, Inc. is not itself an NRSRO nor does it issue a credit rating on the fund. An NRSRO rating on a fixed-income security can change from time-to-time. For credit quality, Morningstar combines the credit rating information provided by fund companies with an average default rate calculation to come up with a weighted-average credit quality. The weighted-average credit quality is currently a letter that roughly corresponds to the scale used by a leading NRSRO. Bond funds are assigned a style box placement of “low,” “medium,” or “high” based on their average credit quality. Funds with a low credit quality are those whose weighted-average credit quality is determined to be less than “BBB-;” medium are those less than “AA-,” but greater or equal to “BBB-;” and high are those with a with a weighted-average credit quality of “AA-” or higher. When classifying a bond portfolio, Morningstar first maps the NRSRO credit ratings of the underlying holdings to their respective default rates (as determined by Morningstar’s analysis of actual historical default rates). Morningstar then averages these default rates to determine the average default rate for the entire bond fund. Finally, Morningstar maps this average default rate to its corresponding credit rating along a convex curve. For interest-rate sensitivity, Morningstar obtains from fund companies the average effective duration. Generally, Morningstar classifies a fixed-income fund’s interest-rate sensitivity based on the effective duration of the Morningstar Core Bond Index (MCBI), which is currently three years. The classification of Limited will be assigned to those funds whose average effective duration is between 25% to 75% of MCBI’s average effective duration; funds whose average effective duration is between 75% to 125% of the MCBI will be classified as Moderate; and those that are at 125% or greater of the average effective duration of the MCBI will be classified as Extensive.

Index Description: The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond TR USD Index - A market capitalization-weighted index, representing most U.S. traded investment grade bonds. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Annuities are long-term financial products designed for retirement purposes. Annuity and life insurance guarantees are based on the financial strength and claims-paying ability of the issuing insurance company. The guarantees have no bearing on the performance of a variable investment option. Variable investment options are subject to market risk, including loss of principal. There are charges and expenses associated with annuities and variable life insurance products, including mortality and expense risk charges, management fees, administrative fees, expenses for optional riders and deferred sales charges for early withdrawals. Withdrawals before age 59 1/2 may be subject to a 10% IRS tax penalty and surrender charges may apply.

Pricing: All prices and year-to-date returns are based on closing quotes unless noted, as supplied to the NASDAQ by 6:00 p.m. Eastern time. YTD Prices can be updated 3 to 4 hours after the Daily Pricing information which can result in mismatching data.

Unsubsidized yields reflect what the yield would have been without the effect of reimbursements and waivers. The adviser and its affiliates have or may voluntarily waive a portion of their fees (including, but not limited to, distribution and service (12b-1) fees) and reimburse certain expenses. There is no guarantee that the fund will avoid a negative yield. Such undertaking may be amended or withdrawn at any time.

30-Day SEC Yield: is calculated based on a formula mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that calculates a fund's hypothetical annualized income, as a percentage of its assets. A security's income, for the purposes of this calculation, is based on the current market yield to maturity (in the case of bonds) or projected dividend yield (for stocks) of the fund's holdings over a trailing 30 day period. This hypothetical income will differ (at times, significantly) from the fund's actual experience; as a result, income distributions from the fund may be higher or lower than implied by the SEC yield.

12-Month Trailing Distribution Yield: at NAV refers to the 12-month historical cash flow paid over the past 12 months in dividends, divided by the past months ending NAV.

MPT Statistics: Alpha is a measure of a portfolio’s actual returns and expected performance, given its level of risk (as measured by beta). Beta reflects the sensitivity of the portfolio’s return to fluctuations in the market index. R-squared indicates how much of a portfolio’s fluctuations are attributable to movements in the portfolio’s benchmark. Standard deviation is a measure of how volatile a portfolio’s returns are. Sharpe ratio is a measure of a portfolio’s risk-adjusted performance.

The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

Quality: Ratings obtained from Standard & Poor's. For securities not rated by Standard & Poor's, ratings are obtained from Moody's. We do not evaluate these ratings, but simply assign them to the appropriate credit quality category as determined by the rating agency.

Information is subject to change and is not intended to represent any past or future investment recommendations.

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