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Ivy VIP Mid Cap Growth

  • $9.55 NAV as of 12/6/2016
  • ($0.04) / 0.42% Daily NAV Change
  • 7.41% YTD (NAV)


Finding opportunity in the middle

Strategic process
Buys mid-cap companies with large-cap potential that demonstrate profitability, balance-sheet strength and sustainable earnings growth. It strives for consistency in an inconsistent market environment.
Experienced management
Managed by an investment professional with 25+ years of experience who uses bottom-up stock selection and fundamental valuation with top-down macroeconomic analysis to find growth at a reasonable price.
The difference
Seeks companies that emphasize profitability, durable financials and effective management teams that are visionary, honest and shareholder driven.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Kimberly A. Scott, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 11 Years with Fund
  • 29 Years in Industry
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Kimberly A. Scott is a senior vice president of Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. Ms. Scott graduated from the University of Kansas in 1982 with a BS in microbiology. She earned an MBA from the University of Cincinnati in 1987. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, she was an equity analyst for Bartlett & Company in Cincinnati, Ohio. Ms. Scott joined Waddell & Reed in April 1999 as an investment analyst. She was appointed assistant vice president in July 2000. Ms. Scott was named vice president and portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Advisors New Concepts Fund in February 2001. Ms. Scott is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Nathan A. Brown, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 1 Year with Fund
  • 17 Years in Industry
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Nathan A. Brown is a vice president of Ivy Investment Management Company. Mr. Brown graduated with honors from the University of Iowa, Henry B. Tippie School of Business in 1999 with a BBA in finance. He earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance and accounting from Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management in 2003. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, he interned with Morgan Keegan. From 1999-2001 he completed General Electric-Aircraft Engine's financial management program. In 1999 he was a securities analyst for Krause Fund. Mr. Brown joined Waddell & Reed in June 2003 as an investment analyst. He was named assistant portfolio manager of the Ivy Mid Cap Growth Fund in February 2011. He became co-portfolio manager of the Ivy Mid Cap Income Opportunities Fund at inception on October 1, 2014. On October 1, 2016, Mr. Brown was named co-portfolio manager of the firm's mid-cap growth strategies. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 11/30/2016

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 12/6/2016

Net Asset Value (NAV) $9.55
Daily NAV Change ($) ($0.04) 0.42%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.09 0.97%
Public Offering Price (POP) $9.55

Fund Facts

Ticker Symbol
CUSIP 46600H851
Fund Code 869
Fund Type Domestic Equity
Fund Inception 4/28/2005
Class Inception 4/28/2005
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 11/30/2016) $617.1 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 11/30/2016) 64
Total Holdings (as of 11/30/2016) 69
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 6/30/2016) 17%
Lipper Category Mid-Cap Growth Funds
Morningstar Category Mid-Cap Growth
Benchmark Russell Mid Cap 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 at NAV does not include the effect of sales charges. Class A shares, including sales charges, reflects the maximum applicable front-end sales load.

Monthly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 11/30/2016
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Fund at NAV 6.31% 3.67% 3.22% 9.67% 8.14% 9.60%
Russell Mid Cap Growth TR USD 6.96% 4.54% 7.22% 13.09% 7.70% 9.15%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 9/30/2016
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Lipper Mid-Cap Growth Funds 4.46% 7.87% 6.68% 13.97% 7.74% 9.75%
Fund at NAV 6.34% 9.54% 4.97% 12.53% 8.67% 9.75%
Russell Mid Cap Growth TR USD 6.84% 11.24% 8.90% 15.85% 8.51% 9.28%

Calendar Year Return

  2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Russell Mid Cap Growth TR USD -1.65 15.81 35.74 11.90 -0.20
Class A -0.56 13.56 29.94 7.87 -5.78

Morningstar Ratings as of 11/30/2016 Morningstar Logo

Category: Mid-Cap Growth
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 584
3 Year out of 584
5 Year out of 504
10 Year out of 366

Lipper Ranking through 11/30/2016 Lipper Logo

Category: Mid-Cap Growth Funds
  Rank Percentile
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 32/77 42
3 Year 64/76 84
5 Year 72/76 94
10 Year 15/58 26

Expense Ratios as of 4/30/2016

Net 1.15%
Gross 1.15%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 9/30/2016

Russell Mid Cap Growth TR USD 12.93

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 9/30/2016

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -3.53
Beta 0.99
R-Squared 92.49
Sharpe Ratio 0.40
Capture Ratio Upside: 86.44%
Downside: 107.44%


Historical Prices Inception 4/28/2005

Date Price Dividend Reinvest Date Capital Gain Reinvest Date
12/1/2016 $9.36 NO NO
12/2/2016 $9.39 NO NO
12/5/2016 $9.51 NO NO
12/6/2016 $9.55 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 4/28/2005

Ex-date Income Capital Gains Reinvest Gains Payment Date
5/18/2016 $0 Long: $0.450 Short: $0.074 $8.82 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0 Long: $0.797 Short: $0.090 $10.5 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0 Long: $0.448 Short: $0.216 $9.96 5/21/2014
12/17/2013 $0 Long: $0.001 Short: $0.000 $10.37 12/17/2013
5/22/2013 $0 Long: $0.319 Short: $0.000 $9.27 5/22/2013
5/16/2012 $0 Long: $0.844 Short: $0.041 $7.83 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 11/30/2016

Fastenal Co. Fastenal Company operates as a wholesaler and retailer of industrial and construction supplies. 3.38%
Zoetis, Inc. Zoetis Inc. engages in the discovery, development, manufacture, and commercialization of animal health medicines and vaccines for livestock and companion animals worldwide 3.03%
Microchip Technology, Inc. Microchip Technology Incorporated, together with its subsidiaries, develops and manufactures semiconductor products for various embedded control applications. 2.87%
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. designs, manufactures, and markets da Vinci surgical systems, and related instruments and accessories. 2.72%
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.  2.68%
Electronic Arts, Inc. Electronic Arts Inc. develops, markets, publishes, and distributes game software content and services for video game consoles, personal computers, mobile phones, and tablets. 2.51%
CoStar Group, Inc. CoStar Group, Inc. provides information, analytics, and online marketplaces services to the commercial real estate industry in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and France.  2.34%
Northern Trust Corp. Northern Trust Corporation (Northern Trust) is a financial holding company that is a provider of asset servicing, fund administration, asset management, fiduciary and banking solutions for corporations, institutions, families and individuals worldwide. 2.28%
Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. Dunkin' Brands Group Inc. franchises quick service restaurants ("QSRs") serving hot and cold coffee and baked goods, as well as ice cream. 2.27%
Tiffany & Co. 2.22%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 11/30/2016

Large 44.8%
Medium 52.1%
Small 3.1%
Median Market Cap (as of 11/30/2016) $8.0 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 11/30/2016

Internet Software & Services 5.1%
Packaged Foods & Meats 4.8%
Biotechnology 4.7%
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 4.7%
Application Software 4.6%
Health Care Equipment 4.6%
Specialty Stores 4.4%
Semiconductors 4.2%
Research & Consulting Services 4.0%
Systems Software 4.0%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 11/30/2016

Information Technology 24.04%
Consumer Discretionary 20.36%
Health Care 16.44%
Industrials 16.26%
Financials 10.02%
Consumer Staples 6.86%
Energy 4.70%
Materials 1.32%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 11/30/2016

Domestic Common Stock 93.81%
Foreign Common Stock 3.80%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 2.39%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 11/30/2016

United States 96.1%
Brazil 1.5%
Israel 1.2%
United Kingdom 1.2%

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. Investing in mid-cap companies may carry more risk than investing in stocks of larger more well-established companies. Investing in mid-cap companies may carry more risk than investing in larger, more established companies. 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 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 Midcap Growth is an unmanaged index comprised of securities that represent the mid-cap sector of the stock market. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Effective Oct. 1, 2016 Nathan Brown was named a co-portfolio manager for the Ivy VIP Mid Cap Growth.

Ivy VIP Mid Cap Growth formerly known as W&R Target Mid Cap Growth Portfolio.

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.

Morningstar Ratings: For each fund with at least a 3-year history, Morningstar calculates a risk-adjusted return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of all sales charges), placing emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each 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. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund and rated separately.) A fund's overall rating is derived from a weighted average of the 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) rating metrics. Morningstar Rating is for the share classes specified; other classes may have different performance characteristics.

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

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YTD Prices can be updated 3 to 4 hours after the Daily Pricing information which can result in mismatching data.

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