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Ivy VIP Science and Technology

  • $26.10 NAV as of 7/25/2017
  • ($-0.17) / -0.66% Daily NAV Change
  • 23.16% YTD (NAV)

Summary

Focused on growth. Rooted in innovation

Excellent track record
Strong historical results, managed by Zachary Shafran, with more than 20 years of experience.
Multiple, non-correlated sources of growth
Seeks opportunities within technology, health care, and applied science and technology.
Proven investment process
Built on a six-decade firm legacy of technology investing expertise

Morningstar Style Box

Growth
Medium
Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Zachary H. Shafran

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 16 Years with Fund
  • 29 Years in Industry
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Zack Shafran is co-portfolio manager of Ivy, Ivy VIP and Waddell & Reed Advisors Science and Technology Funds. He assumed co-portfolio manager responsibilities for the funds in 2016. He has been portfolio manager of the Science and Technology Funds since 2001. Mr. Shafran joined Waddell & Reed in 1990 as an equity investment analyst. He was appointed assistant vice president in 1993 and vice president in 1996. He was appointed senior vice president in 2000. He was portfolio manager of Ivy VIP Small Cap Growth from 1996 to 1999. He had been portfolio manager of Waddell & Reed Advisors New Concepts Fund from 1999 to 2001, and of Ivy Mid Cap Growth Fund from 2000 to 2001. He served as Global Director of Equity and Fixed Income Research from 2010 to 2016. Mr. Shafran graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) in 1988 with a Bachelors in Business Administration. He earned an MBA from UMKC in 1992. He was previously affiliated with Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood as an investment executive from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Shafran is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Kansas City.

Brad Warden

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • <1 Year with Fund
  • 20 Years in Industry
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Brad Warden is co-portfolio manager of Ivy, Ivy VIP and Waddell & Reed Advisors Science and Technology Funds. He was named co-portfolio manager of the funds in 2016. He had been assistant portfolio manager of the Science and Technology Funds since 2014. Mr. Warden joined Waddell & Reed in 2003 as an equity investment analyst. He was appointed assistant vice president in 2010 and vice president in 2015. During his tenure as an analyst at Waddell & Reed, he covered health care services, software, hardware, IT services, semiconductor, and semiconductor capital equipment industries. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Mr. Warden was an equity analyst intern for AIM Management Group, Inc. during summer 2002. From 1997 through 2001 he held defined benefit plan consulting roles, including project manager and unit manager, at AON Hewitt (formerly Hewitt Associates LLC). Mr. Warden graduated from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas in 1997 with a BS in Business Administration. He earned an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business in 2003. During his time at the University of Texas, he was a portfolio manager for the MBA Investment Fund. Mr. Warden 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 6/30/2017

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.

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Quarterly Fund Commentary

Daily Prices as of 7/25/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $26.10
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.17) -0.66%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.44 1.70%
Public Offering Price (POP) $26.10

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H794
Fund Code 851
Fund Type Specialty Funds
Fund Inception 4/4/1997
Class Inception 4/4/1997
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 6/30/2017) $579.7 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 6/30/2017) 47
Total Holdings (as of 6/30/2017) 57
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 12/31/2016) 16%
Lipper Category Science & Technology Funds
Morningstar Category Technology
Benchmark S&P North American Technology TR

Performance

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 6/30/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
 
Fund at NAV 16.10% 29.68% 3.88% 14.95% 10.09% 13.92%
Lipper Science & Technology Funds 17.02% 29.84% 12.84% 16.23% 8.82% 13.35%
S&P North American Technology TR 17.50% 33.11% 16.47% 18.72% 11.11% 9.29%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 6/30/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
 
Fund at NAV 16.10% 29.68% 3.88% 14.95% 10.09% 13.92%
Lipper Science & Technology Funds 17.02% 29.84% 12.84% 16.23% 8.82% 13.35%
S&P North American Technology TR 17.50% 33.11% 16.47% 18.72% 11.11% 9.29%

Calendar Year Return

  2012
S&P North American Technology TR 15.23 34.57 15.28 9.91 13.56
Class II 27.83 56.38 2.91 -2.88 1.54

Morningstar Ratings as of 6/30/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Technology
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 188
3 Year out of 188
5 Year out of 179
10 Year out of 146

Lipper Ranking through 6/30/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Science & Technology Funds
 
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 29/38 75
3 Year 36/38 93
5 Year 26/37 69
10 Year 16/37 43

Expense Ratios as of 4/28/2017

Net 1.17%
Gross 1.17%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 6/30/2017

S&P North American Technology TR 12.48

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 6/30/2017

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -9.75
Beta 0.90
R-Squared 72.40
Sharpe Ratio 0.25
Capture Ratio Upside: 72.79%
Downside: 131.28%

Distributions

Historical Prices Inception 4/4/1997

7/3/2017 $24.42 NO NO
7/5/2017 $24.72 NO NO
7/6/2017 $24.41 NO NO
7/7/2017 $24.70 NO NO
7/10/2017 $24.72 NO NO
7/11/2017 $24.97 NO NO
7/12/2017 $25.28 NO NO
7/13/2017 $25.29 NO NO
7/14/2017 $25.49 NO NO
7/17/2017 $25.47 NO NO
7/18/2017 $25.66 NO NO
7/19/2017 $26.13 NO NO
7/20/2017 $26.12 NO NO
7/21/2017 $26.14 NO NO
7/24/2017 $26.27 NO NO
7/25/2017 $26.10 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 4/4/1997

5/17/2017 $0 Long: $1.275 Short: $0.000 $23.58 5/17/2017
5/18/2016 $0 Long: $0.853 Short: $0.000 $19.64 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0 Long: $1.504 Short: $0.000 $25.63 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0 Long: $2.170 Short: $0.000 $23.26 5/21/2014
5/22/2013 $0 Long: $1.304 Short: $0.000 $20.07 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.

Portfolio

Top 10 Equity Holdings as a % of net assets 6/30/2017

Micron Technology, Inc. Micron Technology, Inc., engages in the manufacture and marketing of semiconductor devices worldwide. 6.56%
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. 5.12%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases worldwide. 4.98%
Alliance Data Systems Corp. Alliance Data Systems Corporation,provides data-driven and transaction-based marketing and customer loyalty solutions primarily in the United States and Canada. 4.68%
Microsemi Corp. Manufacturer of power-related applications including circuits and microchips for defense, aerospace, security and medical industries 4.35%
Euronet Worldwide, Inc. Euronet Worldwide, Inc. is an electronic payments provider of payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers, individual consumers. 4.04%
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. 4.00%
WNS (Holdings) Ltd. ADR WNS (Holdings) Limited provides business process management services comprising data, voice, analytical, and business transformation services worldwide 3.84%
Cerner Corp. Cerner Corporation (Cerner) is a supplier of healthcare information technology (HIT) solutions, healthcare devices and related services. Cerner solutions optimize processes for healthcare organizations. 3.59%
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. 3.56%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 6/30/2017

Large 49.3%
Medium 41.4%
Small 9.3%
Median Market Cap (as of 6/30/2017) $5.4 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 6/30/2017

Semiconductors 20.7%
Data Processing & Outsourced Services 14.4%
Internet Software & Services 14.2%
Biotechnology 10.1%
Application Software 9.6%
Systems Software 5.4%
Health Care Technology 3.8%
Electronic Components 3.5%
IT Consulting & Other Services 2.6%
Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 2.4%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 6/30/2017

Information Technology 74.53%
Health Care 16.49%
Consumer Discretionary 4.07%
Telecommunication Services 1.83%
Real Estate 1.67%
Utilities 1.10%
Materials 0.29%
Consumer Staples 0.02%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 6/30/2017

Domestic Common Stock 83.40%
Foreign Common Stock 11.00%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 5.20%
Corporate Bonds 0.40%
Other Financial Instruments 0.00%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 6/30/2017

United States 87.2%
India 4.1%
China 3.8%
Bermuda 1.6%
Netherlands 1.3%
Spain 1.1%
Germany 0.7%
Israel 0.2%

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. Because the Portfolio invests more than 25% of its total assets in the science and technology industry, the Portfolio’s performance may be more susceptible to a single economic, regulatory or technological occurrence than a portfolio that does not concentrate its investments in this industry. Securities of companies within specific industries or sectors of the economy may periodically perform differently than the overall market. In addition, the Porfolio’s performance may be more volatile than an investment in a portfolio of broad market securities and may underperform the market as a whole, due to the relatively limited number of issuers of science and technology related securities. Investment risks associated with investing in science and technology securities, in addition to other risks, include: operating in rapidly changing fields, abrupt or erratic market movements, limited product lines, markets or financial resources, management that is dependent on a limited number of people, short product cycles, aggressive pricing of products and services, new market entrants and obsolescence of existing technology. These and other risks are more fully described in the Portfolio’s prospectus. 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.

The S&P North American Technology Sector Index is an unmanaged index comprised of U.S. securities classified under the GICS® technology sector and internet retail sub-industry. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.”

Consider All 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 insured or guaranteed by the FDIC or any other government agency. Investing in companies involved in one specified sector may be more risky and volatile than an investment with greater diversification. These and other risks are more fully described in the portfolios's prospectus.

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.

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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