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Ivy VIP Dividend Opportunities

  • $8.03 NAV as of 4/21/2017
  • ($-0.01) / -0.13% Daily NAV Change
  • 3.13% YTD (NAV)


Dividend growth: A path to compound opportunities

Fund description
Seeks financially sound large-cap companies from a diverse mix of sectors that has the potential to pay solid dividends or are likely to increase dividends over a 3- to 5-year time horizon.
Management discipline
Focuses on dividend growth using fundamental analysis and rigorous screening.
Potential benefits
Offers equity diversification through a portfolio of companies with proven cash flows and exposure to stocks that have the potential to hold up better in an economic downturn than non-dividend-paying stocks. Diversification cannot ensure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Christopher J. Parker, CFA

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 2 Years with Fund
  • 21 Years in Industry
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Christopher J. Parker is a vice president of Ivy Investment Management Company and Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. Mr. Parker joined the firm in 2008 as an investment analyst. In 2010, he was named assistant vice president and assistant portfolio manager for both the small- and large-cap value funds. In September 2011, Mr. Parker was named portfolio manager of the Ivy Small Cap Value Fund and Ivy Funds VIP Small Cap Value. In August 2014, Mr. Parker was appointed portfolio manager of the Ivy Dividend Opportunities Fund, Ivy Funds VIP Dividend Opportunities and Waddell & Reed Advisors Dividend Opportunities Fund. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Parker was a private investment manager from 2006 through 2007. From 2001 through 2005, he was a vice president in the equity research department of Citigroup Asset Management. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Parker was an equity research analyst following financials for Ryan, Beck & Company. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1995 with a BS in finance from Boston College, Wallace E. Carroll School of Management. In 2001, he earned an MBA with distinction, concentrations in finance and management/strategy, from Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of the Kansas City CFA Society.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 3/31/2017

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 4/21/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $8.03
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.01) -0.13%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.08 1.05%
Public Offering Price (POP) $8.03

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H505
Fund Code 865
Fund Type Domestic Equity
Fund Inception 11/20/2003
Class Inception 11/20/2003
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 3/31/2017) $516.9 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 43
Total Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 47
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 12/31/2016) 59%
Lipper Category Equity Income Funds
Morningstar Category Large Blend
Benchmark Russell 1000 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 3/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Lipper Equity Income Funds 3.80% 16.44% 7.17% 11.06% 5.92% 6.59%
Fund at NAV 3.81% 12.94% 5.39% 9.58% 5.27% 7.06%
Russell 1000 TR USD 6.03% 17.43% 9.99% 13.26% 7.58% 8.30%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 3/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Lipper Equity Income Funds 3.80% 16.44% 7.17% 11.06% 5.92% 6.59%
Fund at NAV 3.81% 12.94% 5.39% 9.58% 5.27% 7.06%
Russell 1000 TR USD 6.03% 17.43% 9.99% 13.26% 7.58% 8.30%

Calendar Year Return

Class A 13.18 29.61 9.84 -2.06 6.95
Russell 1000 TR USD 16.42 33.11 13.24 0.92 12.05

Morningstar Ratings as of 3/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Large Blend
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 1248
3 Year out of 1248
5 Year out of 1113
10 Year out of 822

Lipper Ranking through 3/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Equity Income Funds
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 62/73 84
3 Year 57/63 90
5 Year 55/60 91
10 Year 36/46 77

Expense Ratios as of 4/30/2016

Net 1.00%
Gross 1.00%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 3/31/2017

Russell 1000 TR USD 10.29

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 3/31/2017

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -4.13
Beta 0.99
R-Squared 94.25
Sharpe Ratio 0.49
Capture Ratio Upside: 89.78%
Downside: 125.08%


Historical Prices Inception 11/20/2003

4/3/2017 $8.05 NO NO
4/4/2017 $8.07 NO NO
4/5/2017 $8.03 NO NO
4/6/2017 $8.07 NO NO
4/7/2017 $8.07 NO NO
4/10/2017 $8.07 NO NO
4/11/2017 $8.06 NO NO
4/12/2017 $8.02 NO NO
4/13/2017 $7.95 NO NO
4/17/2017 $8.02 NO NO
4/18/2017 $8.01 NO NO
4/19/2017 $7.98 NO NO
4/20/2017 $8.04 NO NO
4/21/2017 $8.03 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 11/20/2003

5/18/2016 $0.0974 Long: $0.437 Short: $0.000 $7.26 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0.1144 Long: $0.856 Short: $0.124 $8.19 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0.1074 Long: $0.657 Short: $0.064 $8.44 5/21/2014
5/22/2013 $0.1304 Long: $0.177 Short: $0.000 $8.04 5/22/2013
5/16/2012 $0.0759 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.67 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.


Top 10 Equity Holdings as a % of net assets 3/31/2017

Microsoft Corp. Microsoft Corporation is a multinational computer technology corporation that develops, manufactures, licenses and supports a wide range of software products for computing devices. 4.88%
Pfizer, Inc. Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) is a research-based, global biopharmaceutical company. The Company manages its operations through five segments: Primary Care; Specialty Care and Oncology; Established Products and Emerging Markets; Animal Health and Consumer Healthcare, and Nutrition. 4.74%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase) is a financial holding company. 4.26%
Wells Fargo & Co. Wells Fargo & Company is a diversified financial services company providing banking, insurance, investments, mortgage and consumer finance across North America and internationally. 4.19%
Chevron Corp. Chevron Corp., through its subsidiaries, engages in integrated energy, chemicals, and petroleum operations worldwide. 3.98%
Philip Morris International, Inc. Philip Morris International Inc manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States of America. The company's portfolio comprises international and local brands. 3.66%
Lockheed Martin Corp. Lockheed Martin Corporation, a security and aerospace company, engages in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of technology systems, products, and services. 3.56%
Exelon Corp. Exelon Corp. is one of the largest competitive U.S. power generators. Exelon's companies participate in every stage of the energy business, including generation, sales, transmission and delivery. 3.41%
MetLife, Inc. MetLife, Inc. (MetLife), is a provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers in over 50 countries. 3.21%
Analog Devices, Inc. Analog Devices, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets a portfolio of solutions that leverage analog, mixed-signal, and digital signal processing technology, including integrated circuits (ICs), algorithms, software, and subsystems. 2.99%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 3/31/2017

Large 94.2%
Medium 5.8%
Small 0.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 3/31/2017) $34.1 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 3/31/2017

Integrated Oil & Gas 7.0%
Systems Software 5.1%
Specialized REITs 5.0%
Pharmaceuticals 5.0%
Semiconductors 4.9%
Communications Equipment 4.8%
Aerospace & Defense 4.8%
Other Diversified Financial Services 4.4%
Diversified Banks 4.4%
Oil & Gas Storage & Transportation 4.1%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 3/31/2017

Information Technology 16.45%
Financials 15.69%
Industrials 15.38%
Energy 11.08%
Consumer Discretionary 10.64%
Consumer Staples 7.57%
Real Estate 6.87%
Health Care 6.39%
Materials 6.37%
Utilities 3.56%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 3/31/2017

Domestic Common Stock 85.54%
Foreign Common Stock 10.20%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 4.26%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 3/31/2017

United States 89.4%
Canada 2.8%
United Kingdom 2.6%
Finland 2.4%
Ireland 1.4%
Belgium 1.4%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Risk factors: The value of the portfolio 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. The portfolio's emphasis on dividend-paying stocks involves the risk that such stocks may fall out of favor with investors and underperform non-dividend paying stocks and the market as a whole over any period of time. In addition, there is no guarantee that the companies in which the portfolio invests will declare dividends in the future or that dividends, if declared, will remain at current levels or increase over time. The amount of any dividend the company may pay may fluctuate significantly. In addition, the value of dividend-paying common stocks can decline when interest rates rise as fixed-income investments become more attractive to investors. This risk may be greater due to the current period of historically low interest rates. The portfolio typically holds a limited number of stocks (generally 40 to 60). As a result, the appreciation or depreciation of any one security held by the portfolio will have a greater impact on the portfolio's net asset value than it would if the portfolio invested in a large number of securities. These and other risks are more fully described in the portfolio's prospectus. Not all funds or fund classes 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 Equity Style Box reveals a fund's investment strategy by displaying the fund's investment style and the market capitalization of the stocks owned.

Index Description: Russell 1000 is an unmanaged index comprised of securities that represent the stock market. 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.

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.

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