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Ivy VIP Growth

  • $11.23 NAV as of 4/21/2017
  • ($-0.01) / -0.13% Daily NAV Change
  • 9.01% YTD (NAV)


Seeking quality growth companies with competitive advantages

Strategic process
Primarily uses a bottom-up strategy focusing on companies believed to have dominant market positions and established competitive advantages.
Management discipline
Places strict adherence to large-company growth style investing. Management team has managed large-cap growth strategies for more than a decade and has 25+ years of professional investment experience.
Potential benefits
Employs a consistent effort to provide the highest level of risk-adjusted results within multiple market environments.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Daniel P. Becker, CFA

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 10 Years with Fund
  • 28 Years in Industry
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Daniel P. Becker is a senior vice president of Ivy Investment Management Company. Mr. Becker graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987 with a BS in mathematical economics. He earned an MS with an emphasis in finance, investments, and banking from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business in 1989. He joined Waddell & Reed in October 1989 as an investment analyst. He was named portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Advisors Vanguard Fund in July 1997. Mr. Becker is a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research.

Bradley M. Klapmeyer, CFA

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 1 Year with Fund
  • 17 Years in Industry
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Bradley M. Klapmeyer is a vice president of Ivy Investment Management Company and Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. He joined the firm in June 2007 as an investment analyst and was appointed assistant vice president in January 2010. He became an assistant portfolio manager on the large-cap growth team in September 2011. In August 2014, Mr. Klapmeyer was appointed portfolio manager of the Ivy Tax-Managed Equity Fund and Waddell & Reed Advisors Tax-Managed Equity Fund. In August 2016, he was appointed co-portfolio manager of the Ivy Large Growth Fund, Waddell & Reed Advisors Vanguard Fund, Ivy Funds VIP Growth and large-cap growth equity institutional accounts. He was previously affiliated with Prudential Equity Group, LLC where he helped cover the airline sector from 2006 to 2007. From 2000 to 2006, he was an equity analyst for Commerce Bank where his research responsibilities focused on electronic and health technologies. He graduated from Truman State University in 1999 with a BS in finance and a minor in economics. Mr. Klapmeyer 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) $11.23
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.01) -0.13%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.19 1.76%
Public Offering Price (POP) $11.23

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H802
Fund Code 856
Fund Type Domestic Equity
Fund Inception 7/13/1987
Class Inception 7/13/1987
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 3/31/2017) $872.5 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 49
Total Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 50
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 12/31/2016) 53%
Lipper Category Large-Cap Growth Funds
Morningstar Category Large Growth
Benchmark Russell 1000 Growth 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)
Fund at NAV 8.87% 14.18% 9.67% 12.21% 8.89% 10.59%
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 8.91% 15.76% 11.27% 13.32% 9.13%
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds 9.67% 15.84% 9.57% 11.97% 8.10% 10.59%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 3/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Fund at NAV 8.87% 14.18% 9.67% 12.21% 8.89% 10.59%
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 8.91% 15.76% 11.27% 13.32% 9.13%
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds 9.67% 15.84% 9.57% 11.97% 8.10% 10.59%

Calendar Year Return

Class A 12.74 36.46 11.81 7.17 1.22
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 15.26 33.48 13.05 5.67 7.08

Morningstar Ratings as of 3/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Large Growth
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 1306
3 Year out of 1306
5 Year out of 1154
10 Year out of 800

Lipper Ranking through 3/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Large-Cap Growth Funds
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 146/205 71
3 Year 117/199 59
5 Year 111/195 57
10 Year 41/153 27

Expense Ratios as of 4/30/2016

Net 0.99%
Gross 0.99%

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

Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 10.63

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

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -1.49
Beta 1.01
R-Squared 92.02
Sharpe Ratio 0.82
Capture Ratio Upside: 94.76%
Downside: 104.11%


Historical Prices Inception 7/13/1987

4/3/2017 $11.19 NO NO
4/4/2017 $11.20 NO NO
4/5/2017 $11.17 NO NO
4/6/2017 $11.20 NO NO
4/7/2017 $11.19 NO NO
4/10/2017 $11.20 NO NO
4/11/2017 $11.16 NO NO
4/12/2017 $11.10 NO NO
4/13/2017 $11.04 NO NO
4/17/2017 $11.15 NO NO
4/18/2017 $11.13 NO NO
4/19/2017 $11.15 NO NO
4/20/2017 $11.25 NO NO
4/21/2017 $11.23 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 7/13/1987

5/18/2016 $0.0027 Long: $1.115 Short: $0.065 $9.72 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0.0136 Long: $1.426 Short: $0.077 $11.31 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0.0558 Long: $2.271 Short: $0.209 $10.85 5/21/2014
5/22/2013 $0.0517 Long: $0.924 Short: $0.000 $11.14 5/22/2013
5/16/2012 $0.0068 Long: $0.657 Short: $0.149 $10 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

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. 4.42%
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. 4.38%
Lam Research Corp. Lam Research Corporation (Lam Research) is a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry. The Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. 4.26%
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. 4.05%
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. 3.92%
Celgene Corp. Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes therapies to treat cancer and immune-inflammatory related diseases in the United States and internationally. 3.91%
Apple, Inc. Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices, and portable digital music and video players, as well as sells various related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions worldwide. 3.73%
Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (The) The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (Goldman Sachs) is a bank holding and a global investment banking, securities and investment management company. The Company provides a range of financial services to customers, including corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. 3.69%
Microchip Technology, Inc. Microchip Technology Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, develops and manufactures semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. 3.50%, Inc., Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. 3.37%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

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

Large 97.5%
Medium 2.6%
Small 0.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 3/31/2017) $56.3 bil

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

Internet Software & Services 9.5%
Data Processing & Outsourced Services 9.1%
Biotechnology 7.1%
Investment Banking & Brokerage 6.1%
Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 5.6%
Semiconductor Equipment 5.5%
Systems Software 4.4%
Application Software 4.4%
Health Care Equipment 4.3%
Home Improvement Retail 4.1%

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

Information Technology 42.07%
Consumer Discretionary 16.58%
Health Care 13.58%
Financials 10.00%
Industrials 8.97%
Energy 5.65%
Consumer Staples 3.15%

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

Domestic Common Stock 96.60%
Foreign Common Stock 2.81%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 0.59%

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

United States 97.2%
Ireland 1.4%
Canada 1.4%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

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Index Description: The Russell 1000 Growth Index measures the performance of the large-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

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