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Ivy VIP Global Growth

  • $10.51 NAV as of 2/16/2018
  • ($-0.03) / -0.31% Daily NAV Change
  • 6.51% YTD (NAV)



We utilize a research-based investment process that blends bottom-up stock selection, with a top-down global economic analysis. We seek strong companies that possess a unique, sustainable competitive advantage that we believe will allow them to withstand competitive pressures and grow faster than the general economy. We look at a number of facts in selecting securities, including a company’s competitive position and its sustainability, a company’s growth and earning potential and valuation, a company’s financials, including cash flow and balance sheet, management of the company and strength of the industry, and applicable economic, market and political conditions of the country in which the company is located and/or in which it is doing business.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Sarah C. Ross, CFA

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 3 Years with Fund
  • 22 Years in Industry
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Sarah Ross is portfolio manager of Ivy, Ivy VIP and Waddell & Reed Advisors Global Growth Funds. She was named portfolio manager of the Global Growth Funds in 2014. Ms. Ross joined Waddell & Reed in 2003 as an equity investment analyst. She was appointed assistant vice president in 2006. She was assistant portfolio manager on the Large Cap Growth team from 2006 to 2014. She was portfolio manager of Ivy and Waddell & Reed Advisors Tax-Managed Equity Funds from 2009 to 2014. She was appointed vice president in 2009 and senior vice president in 2015. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Ms. Ross was a senior health care analyst and vice president for Banc of America Capital Management from 2001 to 2003. Her responsibilities included equity analysis of pharmaceutical, medical device and health care service companies. Ms. Ross earned both a BS in Business Administration and a BA in French in 1995 from John M. Olin School of Business, Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri. She also studied at Ecole Europeene Des Affaires A Paris, Paris, France. The French curriculum included global finance, French society, international marketing and corporate law. Ms. Ross is a CFA charterholder. She is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of St. Louis.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 1/31/2018

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 2/16/2018

Net Asset Value (NAV) $10.51
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.03) -0.31%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.53 5.28%
Public Offering Price (POP) $10.51

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H877
Fund Code 858
Fund Type Global/International
Fund Inception 5/3/1994
Class Inception 5/3/1994
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 1/31/2018) $459.8 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 1/31/2018) 49
Total Holdings (as of 1/31/2018) 51
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 6/30/2017) 26%
Lipper Category VA Global Large-Cap Growth
Morningstar Category World Large Stock
Benchmark MSCI World NR 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.

Monthly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 1/31/2018
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
MSCI World NR USD 5.28% 25.83% 11.83% 11.68% 6.42%
Lipper VA Global Large-Cap Growth 6.73% 35.48% 14.17% 12.58% 8.31% 7.10%
Fund at NAV 9.35% 30.79% 10.43% 9.67% 5.32% 7.63%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 12/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
MSCI World NR USD 22.40% 22.40% 9.26% 11.64% 5.03%
Fund at NAV 24.52% 24.52% 7.67% 8.48% 3.31% 7.26%
Lipper VA Global Large-Cap Growth 32.10% 32.10% 11.77% 12.36% 7.00% 6.73%

Calendar Year Return

Class II 19.23 0.96 3.39 -3.04 24.52
MSCI World NR USD 26.68 4.94 -0.87 7.51 22.40

Morningstar Ratings as of 1/31/2018 Morningstar Logo

Category: World Large Stock
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 709
3 Year out of 709
5 Year out of 583
10 Year out of 331

Lipper Ranking through 1/31/2018 Lipper Logo

Category: VA Global Large-Cap Growth
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 18/27 65
3 Year 24/25 93
5 Year 25/25 97
10 Year 23/23 96

Expense Ratios as of 4/28/2017

Net 1.13%
Gross 1.16%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 1/31/2018

MSCI World NR USD 9.87

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 1/31/2018

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -1.57
Beta 1.04
R-Squared 84.82
Sharpe Ratio 0.84
Capture Ratio Upside: 98.33%
Downside: 110.28%


Historical Prices Inception 5/3/1994

2/1/2018 $10.80 NO NO
2/2/2018 $10.55 NO NO
2/5/2018 $10.16 NO NO
2/6/2018 $10.37 NO NO
2/7/2018 $10.24 NO NO
2/8/2018 $9.89 NO NO
2/9/2018 $9.98 NO NO
2/12/2018 $10.12 NO NO
2/13/2018 $10.14 NO NO
2/14/2018 $10.38 NO NO
2/15/2018 $10.54 NO NO
2/16/2018 $10.51 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 5/3/1994

5/17/2017 $0.0045 Long: $0.240 Short: $0.000 $8.77 5/17/2017
5/18/2016 $0.018 Long: $0.236 Short: $0.011 $7.99 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0.0388 Long: $0.450 Short: $0.000 $9.07 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0.2107 Long: $0.859 Short: $0.000 $8.9 5/21/2014
5/22/2013 $0.0809 Long: $0.173 Short: $0.000 $9.03 5/22/2013

*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 1/31/2018

MasterCard, Inc., Class A MasterCard Incorporated (MasterCard) is a global payments company that provides a economic link among financial institutions, businesses, merchants, cardholders and governments worldwide, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks. 4.89%
Airbus SE Airbus SE manufactures airplanes and military equipment. The Company produces military fighter aircraft, military and commercial helicopters, missiles, satellites, and telecommunications and defense systems, as well as offers military and commercial aircraft conversion and maintenance services. 4.53%
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. 4.14%, Inc., Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. 4.07%
Visa, Inc., Class A Visa Inc. operates retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. 3.50%
Ping An Insurance (Group) Co. of China Ltd., H Shares Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China Limited provides property, casualty and life insurance products to customers in Hong Kong. 3.45%
Home Depot, Inc. (The) The Home Depot, Inc. (The Home Depot) is a home improvement retailer. The Home Depot stores sell an assortment of building materials, home improvement and lawn and garden products and provide a number of services. 3.28%
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. ADR Alibaba Group Holding Limited, through its subsidiaries, operates as an online and mobile commerce company in the People's Republic of China and internationally. 3.28%
Facebook, Inc., Class A Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. It builds various tools that enable users to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and computers. 3.05%
Prudential plc Prudential plc (Prudential) is United Kingdom-based international financial services company with its principal operations in the United Kingdom, the United States and Asia. 2.71%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2018

Large 97.8%
Medium 2.2%
Small 0.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 1/31/2018) $81.7 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 1/31/2018

Data Processing & Outsourced Services 10.8%
Internet Software & Services 10.4%
Life & Health Insurance 7.3%
Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 6.4%
Automobile Manufacturers 5.3%
Diversified Banks 4.8%
Home Improvement Retail 4.7%
Aerospace & Defense 4.7%
Systems Software 4.3%
Human Resource & Employment Services 4.3%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2018

Information Technology 31.13%
Consumer Discretionary 21.03%
Financials 18.68%
Industrials 11.80%
Health Care 10.26%
Energy 4.11%
Consumer Staples 2.99%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 1/31/2018

Domestic Common Stock 50.94%
Foreign Common Stock 46.48%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 2.58%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2018

United States 52.3%
China 12.5%
Japan 8.8%
France 8.2%
United Kingdom 4.0%
India 3.5%
Switzerland 2.6%
Italy 1.8%
Netherlands 1.8%
Germany 1.7%
Macau 1.5%
Sweden 1.3%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

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.

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. International investing involves additional risks including currency fluctuations, political or economic conditions affecting the foreign country, and differences in accounting standards and foreign regulations. 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.

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In November of 2014, Ivy VIP International Growth expanded its investment strategy to include stocks of U.S. companies. Effective January 1, 2015, the Portfolio changed its name to Ivy VIP Global Growth to reflect its global focus. Performance prior to November 2014 reflects the Portfolio’s former international strategy and may have differed if the Portfolio’s current strategy that includes investing globally had been in place.

Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement: Through April 30, 2018, Ivy Investment Management Company (IICO), the Portfolio's investment manager, Ivy Distributors, Inc. (IDI), the Portfolio's distributor, and/or Waddell & Reed Services Company, doing business as WI Services Company (WISC), the Portfolio's transfer agent, have contractually agreed to reimburse sufficient management fees, 12b-1 fees and/or shareholder servicing fees to cap the total annual ordinary portfolio operating expenses (which would exclude interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses and extraordinary expenses, if any) for Class II shares at 1.13%. Prior to that date, the expense limitation may not be terminated without the consent of the Board of Trustees.

Original shares of the Portfolio were renamed Class II shares on April 28, 2017.

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