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Waddell & Reed Advisors Government Securities Fund

  • $5.43 NAV as of 7/25/2017
  • ($-0.02) / -0.37% Daily NAV Change
  • 0.91% YTD (NAV)

Summary

Overview

The Fund invests in a diversified portfolio of U.S. government securities, including securities issued by the Treasury and government agencies and mortgage-backed securities also issued by government agencies. Because the Fund owns different types of government fixed-income instruments, a variety of factors can affect its investment performance, such as an increase in interest rates, adverse bond and stock market conditions, and prepayment of higher-yielding bonds and mortgage-backed securities.

Morningstar Style Box

MOD
High
Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Rick Perry, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 1 Year with Fund
  • 24 Years in Industry
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Rick Perry is portfolio manager of Ivy VIP Bond, Waddell & Reed Advisors Bond Fund and Waddell & Reed Advisors Government Securities Fund. He was named portfolio manager of the funds in 2015. He is portfolio manager of Ivy Crossover Credit Fund since its inception in 2017. Mr. Perry joined Waddell & Reed in 2015 as senior vice president and portfolio manager. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Mr. Perry was a portfolio manager with Aegon USA Investment Management, where he was head of investment grade credit since 2006. He joined Aegon in 2001 as a high-yield portfolio manager and added the title of director of credit research in 2002. Prior to joining Aegon, Mr. Perry was a high-yield portfolio manager with ING Investment Management and an associate portfolio manager with Equitable Investment Services. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant with McGladrey & Pullen CPA's. Mr. Perry graduated magna cum laude in 1989 with a BA in Accounting and Business Management from Central College in Pella, Iowa. He earned an MBA with a concentration in Investments, graduating magna cum laude from the University of Iowa in 1992. He earned the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation in 1998; and the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation in 1991. Mr. Perry is a CFA charterholder. He is a member of the CFA Institute.

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) $5.43
Daily NAV Change ($) ($-0.02) -0.37%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $-0.02 -0.37%
Public Offering Price (POP) $5.43

Fund Facts

Ticker Symbol WGVBX
CUSIP 930055207
Fund Code 153
Fund Type Fixed Income Funds
Fund Inception 4/10/1984
Class Inception 10/4/1999
Fiscal Year End September
Dividends Paid Daily, Paid Monthly
Fund Assets (as of 6/30/2017) $250.8 mil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 6/30/2017) 6
Total Holdings (as of 6/30/2017) 67
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 3/31/2017) 23%
Lipper Category General U.S. Government Fds
Morningstar Category Intermediate Government
Benchmark Bloomberg Barclays US Govt/Mortgage 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. Class B shares, including sales charge, reflects the applicable contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), which declines from 5% at the time of purchase to zero at the beginning of the seventh year.

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 with maximum 5.00% CDSC -3.93% -7.02% -1.20% -1.17% 1.87% 3.26%
Fund at NAV 1.07% -3.16% -0.20% -0.97% 1.87% 3.26%
Bloomberg Barclays US Govt/Mortgage TR USD 1.64% -1.30% 2.06% 1.59% 4.10% 4.83%
Lipper General U.S. Government Fds 1.75% -2.07% 1.47% 0.94% 3.48% 4.25%

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 with maximum 5.00% CDSC -3.93% -7.02% -1.20% -1.17% 1.87% 3.26%
Fund at NAV 1.07% -3.16% -0.20% -0.97% 1.87% 3.26%
Bloomberg Barclays US Govt/Mortgage TR USD 1.64% -1.30% 2.06% 1.59% 4.10% 4.83%
Lipper General U.S. Government Fds 1.75% -2.07% 1.47% 0.94% 3.48% 4.25%

Calendar Year Return

  2012
Class B 0.52 -5.59 1.96 -1.18 -0.73
Bloomberg Barclays US Govt/Mortgage TR USD 2.27 -2.10 5.41 1.13 1.31

Morningstar Ratings as of 6/30/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Intermediate Government
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 244
3 Year out of 244
5 Year out of 232
10 Year out of 173

Lipper Ranking through 6/30/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: General U.S. Government Fds
 
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 88/99 88
3 Year 91/95 95
5 Year 90/90 99
10 Year 77/77 99

Expense Ratios as of 1/31/2017

Net 2.13%
Gross 2.21%

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

Bloomberg Barclays US Govt/Mortgage TR USD 2.56

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

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -2.65
Beta 1.07
R-Squared 91.96
Sharpe Ratio -0.39
Capture Ratio Upside: 70.39%
Downside: 153.15%

Distributions

Historical Prices Inception 10/4/1999

7/3/2017 $5.42 NO NO
7/5/2017 $5.43 NO NO
7/6/2017 $5.42 NO NO
7/7/2017 $5.41 NO NO
7/10/2017 $5.42 NO NO
7/11/2017 $5.42 NO NO
7/12/2017 $5.43 NO NO
7/13/2017 $5.43 NO NO
7/14/2017 $5.43 NO NO
7/17/2017 $5.44 NO NO
7/18/2017 $5.45 NO NO
7/19/2017 $5.44 NO NO
7/20/2017 $5.45 NO NO
7/21/2017 $5.45 NO NO
7/24/2017 $5.45 NO NO
7/25/2017 $5.43 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 10/4/1999

6/27/2017 $0.001 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.46 6/27/2017
5/26/2017 $0.0014 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.44 5/26/2017
4/27/2017 $0.0015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.42 4/27/2017
3/27/2017 $0.0013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.4 3/27/2017
2/27/2017 $0.0014 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.41 2/27/2017
1/27/2017 $0.001 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.39 1/27/2017
12/30/2016 $0.0012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.39 12/30/2016
11/25/2016 $0.0007 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.41 11/25/2016
10/27/2016 $0.0006 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.54 10/27/2016
9/27/2016 $0.0006 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.61 9/27/2016
8/26/2016 $0.0007 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.59 8/26/2016
7/27/2016 $0.0005 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.62 7/27/2016
6/27/2016 $0.0009 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.64 6/27/2016
5/27/2016 $0.001 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.53 5/27/2016
4/27/2016 $0.0011 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.53 4/27/2016
3/24/2016 $0.0009 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.52 3/24/2016
2/26/2016 $0.0013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.55 2/26/2016
1/27/2016 $0.0008 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.5 1/27/2016
12/31/2015 $0.0011 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.44 12/31/2015
11/27/2015 $0.0012 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.46 11/27/2015
10/27/2015 $0.0009 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.52 10/27/2015
9/25/2015 $0.0006 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.49 9/25/2015
8/27/2015 $0.0008 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.49 8/27/2015
7/27/2015 $0.0021 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.48 7/27/2015
6/26/2015 $0.0036 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.44 6/26/2015
5/27/2015 $0.0005 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.51 5/27/2015
4/27/2015 $0.0007 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.56 4/27/2015
3/27/2015 $0.0007 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.56 3/27/2015
2/27/2015 $0.0015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.54 2/27/2015
1/27/2015 $0.0013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.58 1/27/2015
12/31/2014 $0.0015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.52 12/31/2014
11/26/2014 $0.0016 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.54 11/26/2014
10/27/2014 $0.0027 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.54 10/27/2014
9/26/2014 $0.0033 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.49 9/26/2014
8/27/2014 $0.0024 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.52 8/27/2014
7/25/2014 $0.0022 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.52 7/25/2014
6/27/2014 $0.0028 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.52 6/27/2014
5/27/2014 $0.0024 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.53 5/27/2014
4/25/2014 $0.0026 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.49 4/25/2014
3/27/2014 $0.0013 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.47 3/27/2014
2/27/2014 $0.0021 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.51 2/27/2014
1/27/2014 $0.0015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.48 1/27/2014
12/31/2013 $0.0015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.44 12/31/2013
11/27/2013 $0.0023 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.5 11/27/2013
10/25/2013 $0.0021 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.53 10/25/2013
9/27/2013 $0.0028 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.51 9/27/2013
8/27/2013 $0.0028 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.48 8/27/2013
7/26/2013 $0.0027 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.53 7/26/2013
6/27/2013 $0.0031 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.54 6/27/2013
5/24/2013 $0.0021 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.72 5/24/2013
4/26/2013 $0.0022 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.8 4/26/2013
3/27/2013 $0.0015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.77 3/27/2013
2/27/2013 $0.0025 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.76 2/27/2013
1/25/2013 $0.0015 Long: $0.000 Short: $0.000 $5.75 1/25/2013

*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 6/30/2017

NAV 0.22%
With Sales Charge 0.22%

Annualized 30-Day SEC Yield as of 6/30/2017

Subsidized - NAV 0.12%
Unsubsidized - NAV -0.02%

Portfolio

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

U.S. Treasury Notes, 2.0%, 4/30/2024 6.13%
Government National Mortgage Association Agency REMIC/CMO, 2.0%, 3/16/2042 4.92%
U.S. Treasury Bonds, 9.0%, 11/15/2018 United States Treasury Bonds, 9.00%, 11/15/2018 3.52%
Federal National Mortgage Association Fixed Rate Pass-Through Certificates, 2.8%, 11/1/2018 3.13%
U.S. Treasury Notes, 2.3%, 2/15/2027 2.98%
Federal National Mortgage Association Fixed Rate Pass-Through Certificates, 4.4%, 6/1/2021 2.95%
Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. Agency REMIC/CMO, 2.8%, 6/25/2022 2.94%
U.S. Department of Transportation, 6.0%, 12/7/2021 2.79%
Federal National Mortgage Association Fixed Rate Pass-Through Certificates, 2.6%, 5/1/2019 2.63%
Federal National Mortgage Association, 1.0%, 7/3/2017 2.59%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Maturity
as a % of fixed income assets as of 6/30/2017

<1 Year 6.2%
1-5 Years 52.9%
5-10 Years 30.0%
10-20 Years 5.2%
>20 Years 5.8%
Average Maturity 6.26 years
Effective Duration 5.27 years

Fixed Income Country Allocation
as a % of bond holdings as of 6/30/2017

United States 100.0%

Quality
as a % of fixed income assets as of 6/30/2017

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 100.00%

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

Government Bonds 95.42%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 4.58%

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 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. 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 Bloomberg Barclays US Govt/Mortgage TR USD - The Barclays U.S. Government/Mortgage-Backed Securities Index measures the performance of U.S. government bonds and mortgage-related securities. 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 January 31, 2018, Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company (WRIMCO), the Fund’s investment manager, Waddell & Reed, Inc., 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 (which would exclude interest, taxes, brokerage commissions, acquired fund fees and expenses and extraordinary expenses, if any) as follows: Class A shares at 1.00%, Class B shares at 2.13%, Class C shares at 1.88% and Class Y shares at 0.72%. Prior to that date, the expense limitation may not be terminated without the consent of 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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