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Ivy VIP Advantus Real Estate Securities

  • $8.49 NAV as of 4/27/2017
  • ($-0.02) / -0.18% Daily NAV Change
  • 1.15% YTD (NAV)


Building a foundation for financial goals

Wide exposure
Seeks to provide total return through capital appreciation and current income via publicly traded real estate securities in North America; does not directly invest in real estate.
Investment focus
Investments are diversified by region, property sector and security with a focus on what portfolio managers consider high-quality, well-managed companies.
Disciplined process
A disciplined, bottom-up, fundamental process covers the spectrum of commercial real estate with a focus on risk management using proprietary systems and research.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Lowell R. Bolken, CFA

  • Advantus Capital Management (Sub-adviser)
  • 11 Years with Fund
  • 26 Years in Industry
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Lowell R. Bolken has held his Portfolio responsibilities since April 2006. He has been an associate portfolio manager with Advantus Capital since September 2005. From April 2001 to September 2005, he was managing director and manager, corporate bond research, RBC Dain Rauscher, Inc.

Matthew K. Richmond

  • Advantus Capital Management (Sub-adviser)
  • 3 Years with Fund
  • 22 Years in Industry
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Matthew K. Richmond is vice president and portfolio manager of Advantus Capital Management, Inc. Mr. Richmond received a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Iowa. He is a member of NAREIT and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Wisconsin's Applied Real Estate Securities Program. Mr. Richmond has been with Advantus Capital Management since 2013 and a portfolio manager on the Ivy Advantus Real Estate Securities Fund since January 2014.

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 4/27/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $8.49
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.02) -0.18%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $-0.17 -1.92%
Public Offering Price (POP) $8.49

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H810
Fund Code 866
Fund Type Specialty Funds
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 3/31/2017) $46.6 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 50
Total Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 51
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 12/31/2016) 79%
Lipper Category Real Estate Funds
Morningstar Category Real Estate
Benchmark Wilshire US Real Estate Securities Index


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.

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 0.18% 0.21% 9.25% 8.88% 4.01% 8.66%
Wilshire US Real Estate Securities Index 0.51% 2.75% 10.67% 10.05% 4.47% 9.66%
Lipper Real Estate Funds 0.76% 1.90% 8.95% 8.77% 4.18% 8.66%

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 0.18% 0.21% 9.25% 8.88% 4.01% 8.66%
Wilshire US Real Estate Securities Index 0.51% 2.75% 10.67% 10.05% 4.47% 9.66%
Lipper Real Estate Funds 0.76% 1.90% 8.95% 8.77% 4.18% 8.66%

Calendar Year Return

Class II 17.72 1.13 30.17 4.78 4.26
Wilshire US Real Estate Securities Index 2.14 31.53 4.81

Morningstar Ratings as of 3/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Real Estate
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 234
3 Year out of 234
5 Year out of 205
10 Year out of 137

Lipper Ranking through 3/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Real Estate Funds
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 36/45 79
3 Year 22/43 50
5 Year 23/42 54
10 Year 26/37 69

Expense Ratios as of 4/28/2017


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

Wilshire US Real Estate Securities Index 14.05

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

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -1.43
Beta 1.02
R-Squared 99.34
Sharpe Ratio 0.59
Capture Ratio Upside: 99.80%
Downside: 107.55%


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*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

Simon Property Group, Inc. Simon Property Group, Inc. (Simon) is a United States real estate company. 8.43%
Equinix, Inc. Equinix, Inc. is an American public corporation that provides carrier-neutral data centers and internet exchanges to enable interconnection. 5.32%
ProLogis, Inc. Prologis, Inc., is a real estate investment trust (REIT) company. The company is engaged in logistics real estate business. The company's segments include Real Estate Operations and Strategic Capital with a focus on markets across the United States, the Americas, Europe and Asia. 5.00%
Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. Mid-America Apartment Communities, Inc. is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust which owns, develops, acquires, and operates multi family apartment communities in the southeast and midwest United States and Texas. 3.23%
Public Storage, Inc. Public Storage (the Trust) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The TrustÆs principal business activities include the acquisition, development, ownership and operation of self-storage facilities. 3.15%
Equity Residential Equity Residential (EQR) is a real estate investment trust (REIT). The Company is focused on the acquisition, development and management of apartment properties in United States markets. 3.06%
Boston Properties, Inc. Boston Properties, Inc. is an integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust. The Company owns and develops office properties in the United States. 2.98%
Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. Alexandria is the largest and leading office REIT uniquely focused on collaborative science and technology campuses in urban innovation clusters. 2.89%
AvalonBay Communities, Inc. AvalonBay Communities, Inc. engages in the development, redevelopment, acquisition, ownership, and operation of multifamily communities in the United States. 2.86%
Regency Centers Corp. Regency Centers Corporation is a self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that owns and operates grocery anchored neighborhood retail centers. The Company currently owns and operates properties in various states located throughout the United States. 2.82%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

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

Large 59.3%
Medium 39.7%
Small 1.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 3/31/2017) $8.2 bil

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

Residential REITs 21.9%
Specialized REITs 18.3%
Retail REITs 18.1%
Office REITs 17.4%
Health Care REITs 10.1%
Industrial REITs 7.9%
Hotel & Resort REITs 4.4%
Diversified REITs 1.9%
Hotels, Resorts & Cruise Lines 0.2%

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

Real Estate 99.81%
Consumer Discretionary 0.19%

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

Domestic Common Stock 97.70%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 2.30%

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

United States 100.0%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.


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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. Investment risks associated with investing in real estate securities, in addition to other risks, include rental income fluctuation, depreciation, property tax value change and differences in real estate market values. Because the Portfolio invests more than 25% of its total assets in the real estate industry, the Portfolio may be more susceptible to a single economic, regulatory, or technical occurrence than a Portfolio that does not concentrate its investments in this industry. 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.

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.

Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement: Through April 30, 2018, Ivy Investment Management Company (IICO), the Fund's investment manager, has contractually agreed to reduce the management fee paid by the Fund by an annual rate of 0.09% of average daily net assets. Prior to that date, the reduction may not be terminated by IICO or the Board of Trustees.

Ivy VIP Real Estate Securities was renamed Ivy VIP Advantus Real Estate Securities on April 28, 2017.

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

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.

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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.

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.

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