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Waddell & Reed Advisors Asset Strategy Fund

  • $7.91 NAV as of 2/24/2017
  • ($-0.01) / -0.13% Daily NAV Change
  • 4.63% YTD (NAV)

Summary

Providing flexibility and discipline in changing markets

Global
Portfolio management team seeks investment opportunities worldwide. Themes currently include consumer-led growth in the U.S. economy, innovations in technology and expansion of the middle class in emerging markets.
Flexible
Unlike some traditional balanced or asset allocation strategies, the Fund is not restricted to predefined percentages in any major asset class. That flexibility also helps it manage today’s increasing market volatility.
Pioneer
The Fund is an innovator in flexible global asset allocation and is managed by an experienced team with a long-term focus.

Morningstar Style Box

Growth
Large
LTD
Low
Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Cynthia P. Prince-Fox

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 2 Years with Fund
  • 34 Years in Industry
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Cynthia P. Prince-Fox is a senior vice president of Ivy Investment Management Company and Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. Ms. Prince-Fox joined the firm in 1983 as an equity investment analyst. In 1991, she assumed the role of assistant portfolio manager. In 1993, she was appointed portfolio manager of Waddell & Reed Advisors Continental Income Fund. In July 2013, Ms. Prince-Fox was named portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Advisors Dividend Opportunities Fund. In August 2014, she was appointed portfolio manager of the Ivy Asset Strategy Fund, Ivy VIP Asset Strategy and Waddell & Reed Advisors Asset Strategy Fund. She graduated in 1982 from St. Mary's University at San Antonio, Texas with a BBA degree in finance. She earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance from Rockhurst College in 1989.

Chace Brundige, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 2 Years with Fund
  • 23 Years in Industry
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Chace Brundige, CFA is a senior vice president of Ivy Investment Management Company and Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. Mr. Brundige began his investment career at UMB Financial Corp. in 1991. In 1996, he joined our firm as an equity investment analyst but left in 1999 to join TCW/WestBridge Ventures LLC in San Francisco as a vice president and limited partner. Mr. Brundige rejoined our firm 2003 as an assistant portfolio manager to the large-cap growth team. He managed the Waddell & Reed Advisors Tax-Managed Equity Fund from February 2006 through December 2008. Mr. Brundige assumed portfolio manager responsibility for the Waddell & Reed Advisors International Growth Fund, Ivy Funds VIP International Growth (formerly W&R Target Funds International Growth Portfolio), and the Ivy International Growth Fund in January 2009. In August 2014, Mr. Brundige was appointed portfolio manager of the Ivy Asset Strategy Fund, Ivy VIP Asset Strategy and Waddell & Reed Advisors Asset Strategy Fund. Mr. Brundige graduated from Kansas State University in 1991 with a BS in finance. He earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance and accounting from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 1996.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 1/31/2017

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.

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Perspectives

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  • Waddell & Reed Advisors Asset Strategy Fund

1Q 2017 Outlook: Positioning for a rapidly changing world

A changing outlook for global economic growth after the U.S. elections is a key factor in how the Fund is positioned early in 2017.

Quarterly Fund Commentary

Daily Prices as of 2/24/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $7.91
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.01) -0.13%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.06 0.76%
Public Offering Price (POP) $7.91

Fund Facts

Ticker Symbol WCASX
CUSIP 930057211
Fund Code 384
Fund Type Specialty Funds
Fund Inception 3/9/1995
Class Inception 10/5/1999
Fiscal Year End June
Dividends Paid March, June, September, December
Fund Assets (as of 1/31/2017) $1.8 bil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 1/31/2017) 64
Total Holdings (as of 1/31/2017) 113
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 6/30/2016) 64%
Lipper Category Alternative Global Macro Funds
Morningstar Category World Allocation
Benchmark S&P 500 TR USD
Benchmark Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Bill 1-3 Mon TR USD
Benchmark Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD

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 at NAV does not include the effect of sales charges. For Class C shares, a 1% CDSC applies to the lesser of amount invested or redemption value of shares redeemed within twelve months after the purchase date.

Monthly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 1/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
 
Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Bill 1-3 Mon TR USD 0.04% 0.30% 0.12% 0.10% 0.69% 1.74%
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 0.20% 1.45% 2.59% 2.09% 4.37% 5.12%
Fund with maximum 1.00% CDSC 0.72% 1.72% -4.92% 2.54% 4.45% 7.54%
Lipper Alternative Global Macro Funds 1.15% 7.72% 0.88% 2.36% 3.09%
Fund at NAV 1.72% 1.72% -4.92% 2.54% 4.45% 7.54%
S&P 500 TR USD 1.90% 20.04% 10.85% 14.09% 6.99% 5.27%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 12/31/2016
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
 
Fund at NAV -3.45% -3.45% -6.20% 3.88% 4.43% 7.47%
Fund with maximum 1.00% CDSC -3.45% -3.45% -6.20% 3.88% 4.43% 7.47%
Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Bill 1-3 Mon TR USD 0.26% 0.26% 0.10% 0.09% 0.72% 1.75%
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 2.65% 2.65% 3.03% 2.23% 4.34% 5.13%
Lipper Alternative Global Macro Funds 4.47% 4.47% 0.15% 2.97% 3.04%
S&P 500 TR USD 11.96% 11.96% 8.87% 14.66% 6.95% 5.19%

Calendar Year Return

  2012
Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Bill 1-3 Mon TR USD 0.08 0.05 0.02 0.03 0.26
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 4.21 -2.02 5.97 0.55 2.65
S&P 500 TR USD 16.00 32.39 13.69 1.38 11.96
Class C 17.98 24.25 -6.01 -9.06 -3.45

Morningstar Ratings as of 1/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: World Allocation
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 396
3 Year out of 396
5 Year out of 323
10 Year out of 152

Lipper Ranking through 1/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Alternative Global Macro Funds
 
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 254/308 83
3 Year 245/267 92
5 Year 98/189 52
10 Year 13/55 24

Expense Ratios as of 10/31/2016

Net 2.01%
Gross 2.01%

5-Year Standard Deviation as of 1/31/2017

S&P 500 TR USD 10.26
Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury Bill 1-3 Mon TR USD N/A
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 2.89

5-Year MPT* Statistics as of 1/31/2017

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -8.41
Beta 0.83
R-Squared 68.88
Sharpe Ratio 0.24
Capture Ratio Upside: 56.81%
Downside: 114.60%

Distributions

Historical Prices Inception 10/5/1999

2/1/2017 $7.70 NO NO
2/2/2017 $7.70 NO NO
2/3/2017 $7.75 NO NO
2/6/2017 $7.73 NO NO
2/7/2017 $7.72 NO NO
2/8/2017 $7.73 NO NO
2/9/2017 $7.77 NO NO
2/10/2017 $7.80 NO NO
2/13/2017 $7.83 NO NO
2/14/2017 $7.85 NO NO
2/15/2017 $7.87 NO NO
2/16/2017 $7.85 NO NO
2/17/2017 $7.86 NO NO
2/21/2017 $7.91 NO NO
2/22/2017 $7.91 NO NO
2/23/2017 $7.92 NO NO
2/24/2017 $7.91 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 10/5/1999

12/11/2014 $0.0188 Long: $2.201 Short: $0.000 $8.69 12/11/2014
12/12/2013 $0 Long: $0.497 Short: $0.000 $11.1 12/12/2013
12/13/2012 $0.109 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $9.52 12/13/2012
12/8/2011 $0.0289 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $8.48 12/8/2011
12/9/2010 $0.024 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $9.08 12/9/2010

*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 1/31/2017

NAV 0.00%
With Sales Charge 0.00%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield as of 1/31/2017

Subsidized - NAV -0.26%
Unsubsidized - NAV -0.29%

Portfolio

Top 10 Equity Holdings as a % of net assets 1/31/2017

Kraft Foods Group, Inc. The Kraft Heinz Company is the third-largest food and beverage company in North America and the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world, with eight $1 billion+ brands. 2.43%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase) is a financial holding company. 2.42%
Halliburton Co. Halliburton Company provides various products and services to the energy industry for the exploration, development, and production of oil and gas properties worldwide. 2.16%
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. 2.08%
Citigroup, Inc. Citigroup Inc. (Citigroup) is a global diversified financial services holding company. Citigroup businesses provide consumers, corporations, governments and institutions with a range of financial products and services. 1.95%
EOG Resources, Inc. EOG Resources, Inc., explores, develops, produces and markets natural gas and crude oil primarily in producing basins in the United States, Canada, The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, the United Kingdom, and The People's Republic of China. 1.71%
AIA Group Ltd. AIA Group Limited is an investment holding company. The Company and its subsidiaries are engaged in provision of products and services to individuals and businesses for their insurance, protection, savings, investment and retirement needs. 1.64%
Pfizer, Inc. Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) is a research-based, global biopharmaceutical company. The Company manages its operations through five segments: Primary Care; Specialty Care and Oncology; Established Products and Emerging Markets; Animal Health and Consumer Healthcare, and Nutrition. 1.61%
Coca-Cola Co. (The) The Coca-Cola Company manufactures, distributes, and markets nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and syrups worldwide. 1.60%
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. 1.58%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2017

Large 96.8%
Medium 2.7%
Small 0.5%
Median Market Cap (as of 1/31/2017) $59.5 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 1/31/2017

Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 7.2%
Other Diversified Financial Services 6.5%
Internet Software & Services 5.8%
Oil & Gas Equipment & Services 5.4%
Packaged Foods & Meats 5.4%
Application Software 4.0%
Life & Health Insurance 4.0%
Biotechnology 3.6%
Pharmaceuticals 3.5%
Systems Software 3.1%

Maturity
as a % of fixed income assets as of 1/31/2017

<1 Year 40.9%
1-5 Years 17.2%
5-10 Years 14.2%
10-20 Years 0.0%
>20 Years 27.7%
Average Maturity 13.25 years
Effective Duration 4.23 years

Fixed Income Country Allocation
as a % of bond holdings as of 1/31/2017

United Kingdom 39.9%
Mexico 29.5%
United States 22.6%
Brazil 8.0%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2017

Information Technology 17.78%
Financials 17.54%
Consumer Discretionary 14.32%
Energy 14.18%
Consumer Staples 11.93%
Health Care 9.93%
Industrials 9.77%
Materials 3.18%
Telecommunication Services 1.37%

Quality
as a % of fixed income assets as of 1/31/2017

Quality: Ratings obtained from Standard & Poor's. For securities not rated by Standard & Poor's, ratings are obtained from Moody's. We do not evaluate these ratings, but simply assign them to the appropriate credit quality category as determined by the rating agency.
Government Bonds 21.70%
NonRated 0.90%
A 29.50%
BB 8.00%
B 39.90%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 1/31/2017

Domestic Common Stock 50.25%
Foreign Common Stock 17.09%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 10.93%
Precious Metals 6.52%
Corporate Bonds 6.21%
Other Government Securities 5.70%
Government Bonds 3.30%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 1/31/2017

United States 74.6%
United Kingdom 4.2%
Japan 4.1%
Ireland 3.6%
India 2.7%
Hong Kong 2.4%
China 1.7%
Belgium 1.7%
Brazil 1.6%
France 1.5%
Germany 1.4%
Netherlands 0.5%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

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Risk factors. The value of the Fund’s shares will change, and you could lose money on your investment. The Fund may allocate from 0 to 100% of its assets between stocks, bonds and short-term instruments of issuers around the globe, as well as investments in precious metals and investments with exposure to various foreign securities. International investing involves additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political or economic conditions affecting the foreign country, and differences in accounting standards and foreign regulations. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. Fixed-income securities are subject to interest-rate risk and, as such, the net asset value of the Fund may fall as interest rates rise. Investing in high-income securities may carry a greater risk of nonpayment of interest or principal than higher-rated bonds. The Fund may focus its investments in certain regions or industries, thereby increasing its potential vulnerability to market volatility. The Fund may seek to hedge market risk on various securities, increase exposure to various markets, manage exposure to various foreign currencies, precious metals and various markets, and seek to hedge certain event risks on positions held by the Fund via the use of derivative instruments. Such investments involve additional risks, as the fluctuations in the values of the derivatives may not correlate perfectly with the overall securities markets or with the underlying asset from which the derivative’s value is derived. Investing in commodities is generally considered speculative because of the significant potential for investment loss due to cyclical economic conditions, sudden political events, and adverse international monetary policies. Markets for commodities are likely to be volatile and the Fund may pay more to store and accurately value its commodity holdings than it does with the Fund’s other holdings. These and other risks are more fully described in the Fund’s prospectus. Not all funds or fund classes may be offered at all broker/dealers.

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: S&P 500 - An unmanaged index of common stocks. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Index Description: The Barclays U.S. Treasury Bills: 1-3 Month Index - Includes all publicly issued zero-coupon U.S. Treasury Bills that have a remaining maturity of less than 3 months and more than 1 month, are rated investment grade, and have $250 million or more of outstanding face value. In addition, the securities are denominated in U.S. dollars and are fixed rate and non-convertible. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Index Description: The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond TR USD Index - A market capitalization-weighted index, representing most U.S. traded investment grade bonds. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.

Performance results for some funds may include the effect of expense reduction arrangements. If those arrangements had not been in place, the performance results would have been lower.

Fee Waiver and/or Expense Reimbursement: Through October 31, 2017, Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company (WRIMCO), the Fund’s investment manager, Waddell & Reed, Inc. (Waddell & Reed), the Fund’s distributor, and / or Waddell & Reed Services Company, doing business as WI Services Company (WISC), the Fund’s transfer agent, have contractually agreed to reimburse sufficient management fees, 12b-1 fees and / or shareholder servicing fees to cap the total annual ordinary fund operating expenses as follows: Class B shares at 2.31% and Class C shares at 2.06%. Prior to that date, the expense limitation may not be terminated by WRIMCO, Waddell & Reed, WISC or the Board of Trustees.

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.

30-Day SEC Yield: is calculated based on a formula mandated by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that calculates a fund's hypothetical annualized income, as a percentage of its assets. A security's income, for the purposes of this calculation, is based on the current market yield to maturity (in the case of bonds) or projected dividend yield (for stocks) of the fund's holdings over a trailing 30 day period. This hypothetical income will differ (at times, significantly) from the fund's actual experience; as a result, income distributions from the fund may be higher or lower than implied by the SEC yield.

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 RatingTM 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. 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.

Quality: Ratings obtained from Standard & Poor's. For securities not rated by Standard & Poor's, ratings are obtained from Moody's. We do not evaluate these ratings, but simply assign them to the appropriate credit quality category as determined by the rating agency.

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

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