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Ivy VIP Small Cap Core

  • $14.68 NAV as of 11/20/2018
  • ($-0.28) / -1.90% Daily NAV Change
  • -2.69% YTD (NAV)


Seeking small companies with the potential for big opportunities

Portfolio holds a limited number of stocks, allowing portfolio manager to interact with company management and for the best ideas to drive performance.
Focus on performance catalysts
Manager focuses on identifying inflection points in company fundamentals. He believes that with inexpensive stocks it is important to wait and see if a company's fundamentals stabilize/inflect before fully entering a position.
Diversification & balance
Portfolio strives to participate in up markets while attempting to keep downdraft effects to a minimum. With a concentrated portfolio, this can be accomplished by focusing on diversification and making sure there is a balance between stable value names and higher risk/reward names. Diversification does not ensure a profit or protect against loss in a declining market.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Kenneth G. Gau

  • Ivy Investment Management Company
  • 4 Years with Fund
  • 25 Years in Industry
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Ken Gau is portfolio manager of Ivy Small Cap Core Fund and Ivy VIP Small Cap Core. He was named portfolio manager of the funds in 2014. Mr. Gau joined the organization in 2000 as an equity investment analyst. He was appointed assistant vice president and joined the Small Cap Growth team as assistant portfolio manager in 2006. He was named assistant portfolio manager of small cap growth institutional accounts in 2011. He was appointed vice president in 2009 and senior vice president in 2017. While in business school, Mr. Gau participated in Chase Manhattan Bank’s summer associate program. Prior to returning for a graduate degree, he was an assistant treasurer at Bankers Trust Company. Mr. Gau graduated from The Pennsylvania State University Smeal College of Business Administration in 1994 with a BS in Finance. He earned an MBA from Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management in 2000.

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

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 11/20/2018

Net Asset Value (NAV) $14.68
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.28) -1.90%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $-0.55 -3.58%
Public Offering Price (POP) $14.68

Fund Facts

CUSIP 46600H778
Fund Code 864
Fund Type Domestic Equity
Fund Inception 10/1/1997
Class Inception 10/1/1997
Fiscal Year End December
Dividends Paid May
Fund Assets (as of 10/31/2018) $197.6 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 10/31/2018) 51
Total Holdings (as of 10/31/2018) 53
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 6/30/2018) 56%
Morningstar Category Small Blend
Lipper Category VA Small-Cap Core Funds
Benchmark Russell 2000 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 10/31/2018
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Morningstar Small Blend -2.44% -0.07% 8.86% 6.75% 12.10%
Russell 2000 TR USD -0.60% 1.85% 10.68% 8.01% 12.44%
Fund at NAV 1.17% 2.26% 12.75% 9.75% 12.43% 8.41%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 9/30/2018
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Morningstar Small Blend 8.24% 12.14% 14.73% 9.71% 10.67%
Russell 2000 TR USD 11.51% 15.24% 17.12% 11.07% 11.11%
Fund at NAV 12.40% 16.94% 19.10% 12.52% 11.88% 8.99%

Calendar Year Return

Indexes 2013
Russell 2000 TR USD 14.65 21.31
Class II 13.73 28.88 -5.58 7.05 33.53

Morningstar Ratings as of 10/31/2018 Morningstar Logo

Category: Small Blend
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 653
3 Year out of 653
5 Year out of 542
10 Year out of 395

Morningstar Ranking as of 10/31/2018 Morningstar Logo

Category: Small Blend
Morningstar Ranking / # of Funds in Category displays the fund's actual rank within its Morningstar Category based on average annual total return and number of Funds in that Category. The Morningstar Percentile Ranking compares a Fund's Morningstar risk and return scores with all the Funds in the same Category, where 1% = Best and 100% = Worst.
1 Year 12/87 28
3 Year 5/82 6
5 Year 7/80 5
10 Year 23/70 41

Expense Ratios as of 4/30/2018

Net 1.15%
Gross 1.15%

3-Year Standard Deviation as of 10/31/2018

Russell 2000 TR USD 14.45

3-Year MPT* Statistics as of 10/31/2018

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha 3.11
Beta 0.87
R-Squared 88.49
Sharpe Ratio 0.88
Capture Ratio Upside: 98.43%
Downside: 83.93%


Historical Prices Inception 10/1/1997

11/1/2018 $15.51 NO NO
11/2/2018 $15.51 NO NO
11/5/2018 $15.41 NO NO
11/6/2018 $15.42 NO NO
11/7/2018 $15.82 NO NO
11/8/2018 $15.90 NO NO
11/9/2018 $15.62 NO NO
11/12/2018 $15.29 NO NO
11/13/2018 $15.23 NO NO
11/14/2018 $15.07 NO NO
11/15/2018 $15.32 NO NO
11/16/2018 $15.40 NO NO
11/19/2018 $14.97 NO NO
11/20/2018 $14.68 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 10/1/1997

5/16/2018 $0.0212 Long: $1.715 Short: $1.644 $15.79 5/16/2018
5/17/2017 $0 Long: $0.272 Short: $1.961 $16.07 5/17/2017
5/18/2016 $0.0672 Long: $1.432 Short: $0.000 $15.01 5/18/2016
5/20/2015 $0.0153 Long: $1.266 Short: $0.132 $16.76 5/20/2015
5/21/2014 $0.0179 Long: $2.050 Short: $1.026 $16.74 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 10/31/2018

NAV 0.11%
With Sales Charge 0.11%


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

Webster Financial Corp. Webster Financial Corp. operates as the bank and financial holding company for Webster Bank, National Association that provides financial services to individuals, families, and businesses in the U.S. 4.85%
Vonage Holdings Corp. Vonage Holdings Corp. provides communication services through cloud-connected devices for both business and consumer clients. The company was founded in 2000 and is headquartered in Holmdel, NJ. 4.49%
Post Holdings, Inc. Post Holdings is a consumer packaged goods holding company headquartered in the suburban St. Louis community of Brentwood, Missouri. It operates in the center-of-the-store, foodservice, food ingredient, refrigerated, active nutrition and private label categories. 4.20%
Grand Canyon Education, Inc. Grand Canyon Education, Inc. provides online postsecondary education services in the United States. It focuses on offering graduate and undergraduate degree programs in education, business, and healthcare disciplines. 4.13%
Green Dot Corp., Class A The Green Dot Corporation is an American financial technology and bank holding company headquartered in Pasadena, CA. It is the world's largest prepaid debit card company by market capitalization. Green Dot is also a payments platform company and is the technology platform used by Apple Pay Cash, Uber, and Intuit. 3.74%
Cabot Corp. Cabot Corporation has businesses in chemicals, performance materials, and specialty fluids. The Company manufactures and sells carbon black, fumed silica, plastics, ink jet colorants, tantalum, niobium, and germanium. Cabot's specialty fluids business produces and markets cesium formate as a drilling and completion fluid for use in oil and gas well operations. 3.07%
Red Rock Resorts, Inc., Class A Red Rock Resorts, Inc. operates as a gaming, development, and management company. The Company owns and manages casino and entertainment properties. Red Rock Resorts offers restaurants, entertainment venues, movie theaters, bowling, and banquet space, as well as casino gaming such as video poker, slot machines, table games, bingo, and race and sports wagering. 2.99%
Nomad Foods Ltd. 2.79%
Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corp. 2.76%
Insulet Corp. Insulet is a medical device company based in Billerica, MA. It was founded in 2000 and seeks to expand the use of insulin pump therapy via its Omnipod Insulin Management System. 2.62%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 10/31/2018

Large ( > $10 bil) 0.0%
Medium ($2 - $10 bil) 74.2%
Small ( < $2 bil) 25.8%
Median Market Cap (as of 10/31/2018) $3.6 bil

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

Packaged Foods & Meats 7.3%
Regional Banks 7.2%
Industrial Machinery 6.4%
Application Software 5.7%
IT Consulting & Other Services 5.2%
Alternative Carriers 4.7%
Health Care Equipment 4.6%
Education Services 4.3%
Consumer Finance 3.9%
Commodity Chemicals 3.9%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 10/31/2018

Information Technology 18.72%
Industrials 15.75%
Financials 15.63%
Health Care 11.94%
Consumer Discretionary 10.09%
Consumer Staples 7.33%
Utilities 5.62%
Communication Services 4.71%
Real Estate 4.65%
Materials 3.91%
Energy 1.65%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 10/31/2018

Domestic Common Stock 95.36%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 4.64%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 10/31/2018

United States 95.4%
United Kingdom 3.9%
Luxembourg 0.7%

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. An investment in the Portfolio is not insured or guaranteed by the FDIC or any other government agency. Investing in small-cap growth and value stocks may carry more risk than investing in stocks of larger, more well-established companies. Growth stocks may be more volatile or not perform as well as value stocks or the stock market in general. Value stocks are stocks of companies that may have experienced adverse developments or may be subject to special risks that have caused the stocks to be out of favor and, in the opinion of the Portfolio's manager, undervalued. Such security may never reach what the manager believes to be its full value, or such security's value may decrease. The Portfolio typically holds a limited number of stocks (generally 40 to 60). As a result, the appreciation or depreciation of any one security held by the Portfolio may have a greater impact on the Portfolio's net asset value than it would if the Portfolio invested in a larger number of securities. These and other risks are more fully described in the Portfolio's prospectus. Not all funds or fund classes may be offered at all broker/dealers.

Index Description: The Russell 2000 Index is an index measuring the performance approximately 2,000 small-cap companies in the Russell 3000 Index, which is made up of 3,000 of the biggest U.S. stocks. 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.

Prior to April 28, 2017, Ivy VIP Small Cap Core was known as Ivy VIP Small Cap Value and its benchmark was the Russell 2000 Value Index. The Portfolio's benchmark is now the Russell 2000 Index. These changes were made to more closely align with the Portfolio's investment objectives. Portfolio performance after April 28, 2017, may significantly differ from prior performance due to changes made to the Portfolio's investment strategies.

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.

Alpha, Beta, R-Squared, Standard Deviation, Sharpe Ratio and Capture Ratio are 5 year statistics. Alpha is a measure of a fund's actual returns and expected performance, given its level of risk (as measured by beta). Beta reflects the sensitivity of the fund's return to fluctuations in the market index. R-squared indicates how much of a fund's fluctuations were attributable to movements in the fund's benchmark. Standard deviation is a measure of how volatile a fund's returns are. Sharpe ratio is a measure of a fund's risk-adjusted performance. Capture ratio reflects the annualized product of fund vs. index returns for all months in which the index had a positive return (upside capture) or negative return (downside capture).

The Morningstar Rating™ for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance, and does not include the effects of sales charges. The top 10% of products in each product 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. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods.

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