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Waddell & Reed Advisors Bond Fund

  • $6.22 NAV as of 4/28/2017
  • ($0.00) / 0.00% Daily NAV Change
  • 1.86% YTD (NAV)



The Fund utilizes a top-down viewpoint at the outset. We look at broad economic and financial trends in an effort to anticipate their impact on the bond market and then consider yield and relative safety of a security. Other factors considered include the issuer's financial strength, cash flow, management, borrowing requirements, and responsiveness to changes in interest rates and business conditions.

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Rick Perry, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 1 Year with Fund
  • 24 Years in Industry
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Mr. Perry graduated in 1989 with a BA in accounting and business management from Central College. In 1992, he earned an MBA with a concentration in investments from the University of Iowa. Prior to joining the firm, he was a portfolio manager with Aegon USA Investment Management, where he served as the head of investment grade credit since 2006. He joined Aegon in 2001 and was named director of credit research in 2002. Prior to that, he was high-yield portfolio manager with ING Investment Management. He started his investment management career at Equitable Investment Services in 1993, where he held various positions including high-yield portfolio manager. Mr. Perry also has a CPA designation and worked for two years at McGladrey & Pullen CPA's after receiving his master's degree.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 4/30/2017

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.



Quarterly Fund Commentary

Daily Prices as of 4/28/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $6.22
Daily NAV Change ($) ($0.00) 0.00%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $-0.01 -0.16%
Public Offering Price (POP) $6.22

Fund Facts

Ticker Symbol WYABX
CUSIP 930057815
Fund Code 738
Fund Type Fixed Income Funds
Fund Inception 3/30/1964
Class Inception 6/19/1995
Fiscal Year End September
Dividends Paid Monthly
Fund Assets (as of 3/31/2017) $1.2 bil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 7
Total Holdings (as of 3/31/2017) 305
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 9/30/2016) 88%
Lipper Category Corporate Debt Funds A Rated
Morningstar Category Corporate Bond
Benchmark Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond 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.

Class Y shares are not subject to sales charges.

Monthly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 4/30/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Fund at NAV 1.86% 1.87% 2.72% 2.32% 3.89% 5.05%

Quarterly Rates of Return

Average Annual Total Returns as of 3/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 0.82% 0.44% 2.68% 2.34% 4.27% 5.36%
Fund at NAV 0.99% 1.83% 2.68% 2.42% 3.84% 5.02%
Lipper Corporate Debt Funds A Rated 1.24% 2.34% 3.09% 3.25% 4.53% 4.88%

Calendar Year Return

Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 4.21 -2.02 5.97 0.55 2.65
Class Y 5.66 -2.04 3.83 0.39 4.27

Morningstar Ratings as of 3/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Corporate Bond
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 175
3 Year out of 175
5 Year out of 142
10 Year out of 80

Lipper Ranking through 3/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Corporate Debt Funds A Rated
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 32/46 69
3 Year 29/44 65
5 Year 30/39 75
10 Year 20/30 65

Expense Ratios as of 1/31/2017

Net 0.67%
Gross 0.67%

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

Bloomberg Barclays US Agg Bond TR USD 2.88

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

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -0.03
Beta 1.05
R-Squared 90.96
Sharpe Ratio 0.72
Capture Ratio Upside: 109.41%
Downside: 114.28%


Historical Prices Inception 6/19/1995

4/3/2017 $6.20 NO NO
4/4/2017 $6.20 NO NO
4/5/2017 $6.21 NO NO
4/6/2017 $6.20 NO NO
4/7/2017 $6.19 NO NO
4/10/2017 $6.20 NO NO
4/11/2017 $6.22 NO NO
4/12/2017 $6.23 NO NO
4/13/2017 $6.22 YES YES
4/17/2017 $6.22 NO NO
4/18/2017 $6.25 NO NO
4/19/2017 $6.23 NO NO
4/20/2017 $6.23 NO NO
4/21/2017 $6.23 NO NO
4/24/2017 $6.22 NO NO
4/25/2017 $6.21 NO NO
4/26/2017 $6.22 NO NO
4/27/2017 $6.22 NO NO
4/28/2017 $6.22 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 6/19/1995

4/13/2017 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.22 4/13/2017
3/16/2017 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.14 3/16/2017
2/9/2017 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.17 2/9/2017
1/12/2017 $0.006 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.18 1/12/2017
12/8/2016 $0.031 Long: $0.072 Short: $0.043 $6.14 12/8/2016
11/10/2016 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.35 11/10/2016
10/13/2016 $0.011 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.47 10/13/2016
9/15/2016 $0.014 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.47 9/15/2016
8/11/2016 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.51 8/11/2016
7/14/2016 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.51 7/14/2016
6/16/2016 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.43 6/16/2016
5/12/2016 $0.011 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.38 5/12/2016
4/14/2016 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.34 4/14/2016
3/10/2016 $0.011 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.23 3/10/2016
2/11/2016 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.24 2/11/2016
1/14/2016 $0.007 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.19 1/14/2016
12/10/2015 $0.0216 Long: $0.064 Short: $0.002 $6.18 12/10/2015
11/12/2015 $0.011 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.25 11/12/2015
10/15/2015 $0.01 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.32 10/15/2015
9/10/2015 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.27 9/10/2015
7/16/2015 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.28 7/16/2015
6/11/2015 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.28 6/11/2015
5/14/2015 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.34 5/14/2015
4/16/2015 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.45 4/16/2015
3/12/2015 $0.013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.38 3/12/2015
2/12/2015 $0.012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.4 2/12/2015
1/15/2015 $0.007 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.46 1/15/2015
12/11/2014 $0.0256 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.34 12/11/2014
11/13/2014 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.34 11/13/2014
10/16/2014 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.39 10/16/2014
9/11/2014 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.35 9/11/2014
8/14/2014 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.41 8/14/2014
7/10/2014 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.39 7/10/2014
6/12/2014 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.39 6/12/2014
5/15/2014 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.41 5/15/2014
4/10/2014 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.37 4/10/2014
3/13/2014 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.37 3/13/2014
2/13/2014 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.36 2/13/2014
1/16/2014 $0.008 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.34 1/16/2014
12/12/2013 $0.0349 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.31 12/12/2013
11/14/2013 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.36 11/14/2013
10/10/2013 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.31 10/10/2013
9/12/2013 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.25 9/12/2013
8/15/2013 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.3 8/15/2013
7/11/2013 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.34 7/11/2013
6/13/2013 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.48 6/13/2013
5/16/2013 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.62 5/16/2013
4/11/2013 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.63 4/11/2013
3/14/2013 $0.015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.57 3/14/2013
2/14/2013 $0.016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.58 2/14/2013
1/10/2013 $0.005 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $6.61 1/10/2013

*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.

12-Month Trailing Dist. Yield as of 3/31/2017

NAV 2.54%
With Sales Charge 2.54%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield as of 3/31/2017

Subsidized - NAV 2.53%
Unsubsidized - NAV 2.53%


Top 10 Holdings as a % of net assets 3/31/2017

Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Agency REMIC/CMO, 4.3%, 12/25/2044 1.63%
American Tower Corp., 3.1%, 1/15/2027 1.09%
Province de Quebec, 7.1%, 2/27/2026 1.04%
Fidelity National Financial, Inc., 6.6%, 5/15/2017 Fidelity National Financial, Inc., 6.60%, 5/15/2017 0.99%
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Agency REMIC/CMO, 4.9%, 7/25/2044 0.92%
USAA Capital Corp., 2.5%, 8/1/2020 0.87%
Verizon Communications, Inc., 2.6%, 8/15/2026 0.83%
EQT Corp., 8.1%, 6/1/2019 0.78%
Sprint Spectrum L.P., 3.4%, 9/20/2021 0.78%
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Agency REMIC/CMO, 4.6%, 11/25/2046 0.77%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

as a % of fixed income assets as of 3/31/2017

<1 Year 11.6%
1-5 Years 36.1%
5-10 Years 41.5%
10-20 Years 5.1%
>20 Years 5.7%
Average Maturity 7.00 years
Effective Duration 5.59 years

Fixed Income Country Allocation
as a % of bond holdings as of 3/31/2017

United States 87.0%
Canada 4.2%
Australia 1.7%
Japan 1.7%
United Kingdom 1.4%
Ireland 0.9%
Netherlands 0.9%
Sweden 0.6%
Denmark 0.5%
Norway 0.4%
Luxembourg 0.3%
Guernsey 0.2%
Spain 0.2%
Cayman Islands 0.1%

as a % of fixed income assets as of 3/31/2017

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 11.00%
NonRated 1.00%
AAA 1.50%
AA 12.10%
A 27.00%
BBB 44.90%
BB 2.50%

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

Corporate Bonds 79.12%
Government Bonds 10.40%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 5.53%
Asset-Backed Securities 1.79%
Revenue Bonds 1.29%
Other Government Securities 1.21%
General Obligation Bonds 0.53%
Mortgage-Backed Securities 0.08%
Preferred Stock 0.05%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Risk Factors: The value of the Fund's shares will change, and you could lose money on your investment. An investment in the Fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. 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 below investment grade securities may carry a greater risk of nonpayment of interest or principal than higher-rated bonds. 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.

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.

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.

Style Analysis: The Morningstar Style Box reveals a fund's investment style. For equity funds the vertical axis shows the market capitalization of the stocks owned and the horizontal axis shows investment style (value, blend, or growth). For fixed-income funds, the vertical axis shows the credit quality of the bonds owned and the horizontal axis shows interest rate sensitivity as measured by a bond's effective duration. Morningstar seeks credit rating information from fund companies on a periodic basis (e.g., quarterly). In compiling credit rating information, Morningstar instructs fund companies to only use ratings that have been assigned by the following Nationally Recognized Statistical Rating Organizations (NRSROs): Moody's, Standard & Poor's, Fitch, and Egan-Jones. If two NRSROs have rated a security, fund companies are to report the lowest rating; if three or more NRSROs have rated the same security differently, fund companies are to report the rating that is in the middle. For example, if NRSRO X rates a security AA-, NRSRO Y rates the same security an A and NRSRO Z rates it a BBB+, the fund company should use the credit rating of 'A' in its reporting to Morningstar. PLEASE NOTE: Morningstar, Inc. is not itself an NRSRO nor does it issue a credit rating on the fund. An NRSRO rating on a fixed-income security can change from time-to-time. For credit quality, Morningstar combines the credit rating information provided by the fund companies with an average default rate calculation to come up with a weighted-average credit quality. The weighted-average credit quality is currently a letter that roughly corresponds to the scale used by a leading NRSRO. Bond funds are assigned a style box placement of "low", "medium", or "high" based on their average credit quality. Funds with a low credit quality are those whose weighted-average credit quality is determined to be less than "BBB-"; medium are those less than "AA-", but greater or equal to "BBB-"; and high are those with a weighted-average credit quality of "AA-" or higher. When classifying a bond portfolio, Morningstar first maps the NRSRO credit ratings of the underlying holdings to their respective default rates (as determined by Morningstar's analysis of actual historical default rates). Morningstar then averages these default rates to determine the average default rate for the entire bond fund. Finally, Morningstar maps this average default rate to its corresponding credit rating along a convex curve. For interest-rate sensitivity, Morningstar obtains from fund companies the average effective duration. Generally, Morningstar classifies a fixed-income fund's interest-rate sensitivity based on the effective duration of the Morningstar Core Bond Index (MCBI), which is currently three years. The classification of Limited will be assigned to those funds whose average effective duration is between 25% to 75% of MCBI's average effective duration; funds whose average effective duration is between 75% to 125% of the MCBI will be classified as Moderate; and those that are at 125% or greater of the average effective duration of the MCBI will be classified as Extensive. For municipal bond funds, Morningstar also obtains from fund companies the average effective duration. In these cases static breakpoints are utilized. These breakpoints are as follows: (i) Limited: 4.5 years or less; (ii) Moderate: more than 4.5 years but less than 7 years; and (iii) Extensive: more than 7 years. In addition, for non-US taxable and non-US domiciled fixed income funds static duration breakpoints are used: (i) Limited: less than or equal to 3.5 years; (ii) Moderate: greater than 3.5 and less than equal to 6 years; (iii) Extensive: greater than 6 years.

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, and includes the effects of sales charges, loads, and redemption fees, as applicable. 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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