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Ivy VIP Growth

  • $12.88 NAV as of 9/25/2018
  • ($0.04) / 0.30% Daily NAV Change
  • 19.50% 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

Bradley M. Klapmeyer, CFA

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 3 Years with Fund
  • 18 Years in Industry
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Brad Klapmeyer is portfolio manager of the large cap growth product suite of mutual funds and institutional accounts, managing the product suite since 2016. He has been portfolio manager of Ivy Tax-Managed Equity Fund since 2014 and of Ivy Focused Growth NextShares, an exchange-traded managed fund, since 2016. Mr. Klapmeyer joined the organization in 2007 as an equity investment analyst. He was appointed assistant vice president in 2010. He was assistant portfolio manager to the Large Cap Growth team from 2011 to 2016. He was appointed vice president in 2014 and senior vice president in 2018. Mr. Klapmeyer had been an associate analyst covering airlines for Prudential Equity Group, LLC from 2006 through 2007. He was an equity analyst for Commerce Bank from 2000 to 2006, where his research responsibilities were focused on electronic and health technologies. Mr. Klapmeyer graduated from Truman State University in 1999 with a BS in Finance and a minor in Economics. Mr. Klapmeyer is a CFA charterholder. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Kansas City.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 7/31/2018

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 9/25/2018

Net Asset Value (NAV) $12.88
Daily NAV Change ($) ($0.04) 0.30%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.09 0.69%
Public Offering Price (POP) $12.88

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 8/31/2018) $806.2 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 8/31/2018) 42
Total Holdings (as of 8/31/2018) 43
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 6/30/2018) 17%
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.

Monthly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 8/31/2018
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds 16.41% 24.84% 17.76% 16.45% 11.76%
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 16.44% 27.23% 19.33% 17.47% 12.84%
Fund at NAV 18.35% 27.52% 17.62% 17.44% 11.40% 11.30%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 6/30/2018
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 7.25% 22.51% 14.98% 16.36% 11.83%
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds 8.97% 22.51% 14.05% 15.85% 10.81%
Fund at NAV 10.35% 26.23% 13.70% 16.58% 10.68% 11.11%

Calendar Year Return

Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 33.48 13.05 5.67 7.08 30.21
Class II 36.46 11.81 7.17 1.22 29.34

Morningstar Ratings as of 8/31/2018 Morningstar Logo

Category: Large Growth
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 1251
3 Year out of 1251
5 Year out of 1124
10 Year out of 812

Lipper Ranking through 8/31/2018 Lipper Logo

Category: Large-Cap Growth Funds
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 58/199 29
3 Year 122/192 64
5 Year 66/188 35
10 Year 87/162 54

Expense Ratios as of 4/30/2018

Net 0.99%
Gross 0.99%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 8/31/2018

Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 10.42

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 8/31/2018

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -2.36
Beta 1.06
R-Squared 93.30
Sharpe Ratio 1.48
Capture Ratio Upside: 100.60%
Downside: 123.95%


Historical Prices Inception 7/13/1987

9/4/2018 $12.77 NO NO
9/5/2018 $12.57 NO NO
9/6/2018 $12.58 NO NO
9/7/2018 $12.55 NO NO
9/10/2018 $12.59 NO NO
9/11/2018 $12.68 NO NO
9/12/2018 $12.70 NO NO
9/13/2018 $12.80 NO NO
9/14/2018 $12.81 NO NO
9/17/2018 $12.67 NO NO
9/18/2018 $12.79 NO NO
9/19/2018 $12.75 NO NO
9/20/2018 $12.85 NO NO
9/21/2018 $12.83 NO NO
9/24/2018 $12.84 NO NO
9/25/2018 $12.88 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 7/13/1987

5/16/2018 $0.0042 Long: $1.427 Short: $0.008 $11.78 5/16/2018
5/17/2017 $0.029 Long: $1.032 Short: $0.000 $10.4 5/17/2017
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

*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 8/31/2018

NAV 0.03%
With Sales Charge 0.03%


Top 10 Equity Holdings as a % of net assets 8/31/2018

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. 7.18%
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. 6.40%, Inc., Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. 6.14%
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. 4.67%
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. 4.47%, Inc. Global customer relationship management company focused on sales, marketing and analytics. 4.39%
CME Group, Inc. CME Group Inc., a U.S. company, is the world's leading and most diverse derivatives marketplace. It owns and operates large derivatives and futures exchanges in Chicago and New York, as well as online trading platforms.  4.04%
PayPal, Inc. PayPal Holdings, Inc. is a technology company that enables digital and mobile payments on behalf of consumers and merchants. It offers online payment solutions worldwide. 3.73%
V.F. Corp. VF Corporation is an international apparel company. The Company owns a broad portfolio of brands in the jeanswear, outerwear, packs, footwear, sportswear, and occupational apparel categories. VF products are marketed to consumers shopping in specialty stores, upscale, traditional department stores, national chains, and mass merchants. 3.13%
Adobe Systems, Inc. Adobe Systems Incorporated operates as a diversified software company worldwide. It operates in three segments: Digital Media, Digital Marketing, and Print and Publishing. 3.09%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 8/31/2018

Large ( > $10 bil) 100.0%
Medium ($2 - $10 bil) 0.0%
Small ( < $2 bil) 0.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 8/31/2018) $86.9 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 8/31/2018

Data Processing & Outsourced Services 13.8%
Application Software 8.4%
Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 7.5%
Systems Software 7.3%
Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 6.5%
Internet Software & Services 6.3%
Financial Exchanges & Data 5.4%
Health Care Equipment 5.0%
Pharmaceuticals 4.4%
Apparel, Accessories & Luxury Goods 3.2%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 8/31/2018

Information Technology 45.08%
Consumer Discretionary 18.65%
Health Care 12.23%
Industrials 11.39%
Financials 7.39%
Consumer Staples 2.67%
Energy 1.37%
Real Estate 1.22%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 8/31/2018

Domestic Common Stock 99.07%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 0.93%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 8/31/2018

United States 99.5%
Italy 0.5%

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. Investing in companies involved primarily in a single asset class (large cap) may be more risky and volatile than an investment with greater diversification. 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. Investing in companies involved primarily in a single asset class (large cap) may be more risky and volatile than an investment with greater diversification. These and other risks are more fully described in the Portfolio's prospectus. Not all Portfolios or Portfolio 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.

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.

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.

Co-portfolio Manager Daniel P. Becker, CFA, left the firm effective April 12, 2018

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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.

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