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Waddell & Reed Advisors Core Investment Fund

  • $5.36 NAV as of 6/27/2017
  • ($-0.05) / -0.92% Daily NAV Change
  • 5.51% YTD (NAV)

Summary

Building a well-rounded portfolio

Strategy
Stock selection stems from uncovering multi-year earnings catalysts that appear underappreciated by the market in companies believed to have strong or strengthening competitive advantages.
Process
Concentrated portfolio of U.S. companies that generally invests across the valuation and large- to mid-cap spectrum opportunistically.
Experienced management
Each portfolio manager has more than 15 years of industry experience. Both managers began their careers as research analysts covering a wide range of industries.

Morningstar Style Box

Growth
Large
Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Erik R. Becker, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 10 Years with Fund
  • 19 Years in Industry
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Erik R. Becker is senior vice president of Ivy Investment Management Company. Mr. Becker earned a BBA in finance, investment, and banking in August 1997 and an MS in finance in May 1999 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Becker joined Waddell & Reed in June 1999 as an investment analyst. He assumed assistant portfolio manager responsibilities in August 2003 of the Ivy Core Equity Fund. He was named co-portfolio manager of the Ivy Core Equity Fund in February 2006.

Gus C. Zinn, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 10 Years with Fund
  • 19 Years in Industry
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Gus C. Zinn is a senior vice president of Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. Mr. Zinn graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BBA in May 1996 and a Masters of finance in May 1998. Mr. Zinn joined Waddell & Reed in June 1998 as an investment analyst. He assumed assistant portfolio manager responsibilities in July 2003 of the Ivy Science and Technology Fund. Mr. Zinn was named co-portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Advisors Core Investment Fund in July 2006.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 5/31/2017

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

Quarterly Fund Commentary

Daily Prices as of 6/27/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $5.36
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.05) -0.92%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $-0.04 -0.74%
Public Offering Price (POP) $5.36

Fund Facts

Ticker Symbol WCCIX
CUSIP 930057302
Fund Code 321
Fund Type Domestic Equity
Fund Inception 10/9/1940
Class Inception 10/4/1999
Fiscal Year End June
Dividends Paid March, June, September, December
Fund Assets (as of 5/31/2017) $3.9 bil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 5/31/2017) 52
Total Holdings (as of 5/31/2017) 59
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 12/31/2016) 52%
Lipper Category Large-Cap Core Funds
Morningstar Category Large Growth
Benchmark S&P 500 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, if it had, performance shown would be lower. 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 5/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
 
Fund with maximum 1.00% CDSC 5.50% 7.99% 4.22% 11.14% 5.85% 5.01%
Fund at NAV 6.50% 7.99% 4.22% 11.14% 5.85% 5.01%
Lipper Large-Cap Core Funds 7.97% 15.90% 8.24% 14.01% 6.11% 5.24%
S&P 500 TR USD 8.66% 17.47% 10.14% 15.42% 6.94% 5.66%

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 with maximum 1.00% CDSC 3.53% 9.51% 4.37% 9.19% 6.59% 4.95%
Fund at NAV 4.53% 9.51% 4.37% 9.19% 6.59% 4.95%
Lipper Large-Cap Core Funds 5.51% 15.89% 8.26% 11.77% 6.63% 5.18%
S&P 500 TR USD 6.07% 17.17% 10.37% 13.30% 7.51% 5.56%

Calendar Year Return

  2012
S&P 500 TR USD 16.00 32.39 13.69 1.38 11.96
Class C 17.20 31.78 8.64 -1.64 2.57

Morningstar Ratings as of 5/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Large Growth
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 1284
3 Year out of 1284
5 Year out of 1145
10 Year out of 805

Lipper Ranking through 5/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Large-Cap Core Funds
 
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 802/822 98
3 Year 702/733 96
5 Year 620/664 94
10 Year 297/517 58

Expense Ratios as of 10/31/2016

Net 2.01%
Gross 2.01%

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

S&P 500 TR USD 9.64

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

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -4.60
Beta 1.06
R-Squared 90.19
Sharpe Ratio 1.02
Capture Ratio Upside: 92.70%
Downside: 129.68%

Distributions

Historical Prices Inception 10/4/1999

6/1/2017 $5.44 NO NO
6/2/2017 $5.47 NO NO
6/5/2017 $5.46 NO NO
6/6/2017 $5.45 NO NO
6/7/2017 $5.46 NO NO
6/8/2017 $5.47 NO NO
6/9/2017 $5.42 NO NO
6/12/2017 $5.40 NO NO
6/13/2017 $5.44 NO NO
6/14/2017 $5.42 NO NO
6/15/2017 $5.40 NO NO
6/16/2017 $5.38 NO NO
6/19/2017 $5.45 NO NO
6/20/2017 $5.40 NO NO
6/21/2017 $5.41 NO NO
6/22/2017 $5.41 NO NO
6/23/2017 $5.42 NO NO
6/26/2017 $5.41 NO NO
6/27/2017 $5.36 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 10/4/1999

12/8/2016 $0 Long: $0.300 Short: $0.000 $5.17 12/8/2016
12/10/2015 $0 Long: $0.789 Short: $0.055 $5.27 12/10/2015
12/11/2014 $0 Long: $0.753 Short: $0.052 $6.09 12/11/2014
12/12/2013 $0 Long: $0.865 Short: $0.172 $6.15 12/12/2013
12/13/2012 $0 Long: $0.376 Short: $0.027 $5.64 12/13/2012

*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 5/31/2017

Apple, Inc. Apple Inc., together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices, and portable digital music and video players, as well as sells various related software, services, peripherals, and networking solutions worldwide. 4.10%
Alphabet, Inc., Class A Alphabet Inc through its subsidiary Google Inc is engaged in improving the ways people connect with information & products including Search, Android, YouTube, Apps, Maps & Ads. It also produces internet-connected home devices & provides internet services. 3.87%
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. 3.46%
Morgan Stanley Morgan Stanley, a bank holding company, provides diversified financial services worldwide. The company operates a global securities business which serves individual and institutional investors and investment banking clients. Morgan Stanley also operates a global asset management business. 2.97%
Philip Morris International, Inc. Philip Morris International Inc manufactures and sells cigarettes and other tobacco products in markets outside of the United States of America. The company's portfolio comprises international and local brands. 2.93%
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. 2.90%
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. 2.71%
JPMorgan Chase & Co. JPMorgan Chase & Co. (JPMorgan Chase) is a financial holding company. 2.69%
Home Depot, Inc. (The) The Home Depot, Inc. (The Home Depot) is a home improvement retailer. The Home Depot stores sell an assortment of building materials, home improvement and lawn and garden products and provide a number of services. 2.64%
Union Pacific Corp. Union Pacific Corporation owns the largest railroad in the U.S. It's diversified business mix includes agricultural products, automotive, chemicals, energy, industrial products and intermodal. 2.55%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 5/31/2017

Large 98.2%
Medium 1.8%
Small 0.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 5/31/2017) $52.2 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 5/31/2017

Internet Software & Services 8.1%
Semiconductors 5.4%
Oil & Gas Exploration & Production 4.6%
Data Processing & Outsourced Services 4.6%
Diversified Banks 4.4%
Railroads 4.3%
Investment Banking & Brokerage 4.3%
Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 4.2%
Semiconductor Equipment 4.2%
Managed Health Care 3.9%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 5/31/2017

Information Technology 34.17%
Financials 15.14%
Health Care 11.28%
Consumer Discretionary 10.86%
Consumer Staples 10.60%
Industrials 10.20%
Energy 6.86%
Materials 0.89%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 5/31/2017

Domestic Common Stock 92.25%
Foreign Common Stock 5.36%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 2.39%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 5/31/2017

United States 94.5%
China 1.9%
Ireland 1.9%
Netherlands 1.6%

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.

The value of the Portfolio's shares will change, and you could lose money on your investment. Because the Fund is generally invested in a small number of stocks, the performance of any one security held by the Fund will have a greater impact than if the Fund were invested in a larger number of securities. Although larger companies tend to be less volatile than companies with smaller market capitalizations, returns on investments in securities of large capitalization companies could trail the returns on investments in securities of smaller companies. 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. These and other risks are more fully described in the Portfolio's prospectus. Not all portfolios may be offered at all broker/dealers.

Risk Factors: The value of the Fund’s shares will change, and you could lose money on your investment. Because the Fund is generally invested in a small number of stocks, the performance of any one security held by the Fund will have a greater impact than if the Fund were invested in a larger number of securities. Although larger companies tend to be less volatile than companies with smaller market capitalizations, returns on investments in securities of large capitalization companies could trail the returns on investments in securities of smaller companies. 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. 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: S&P 500 - An unmanaged index of common stocks. 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 2.23% and Class C shares at 2.02%. 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.

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 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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