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Waddell & Reed Advisors Science and Technology Fund

  • $16.25 NAV as of 6/23/2017
  • ($0.12) / 0.74% Daily NAV Change
  • 19.14% YTD (NAV)


Focused on growth. Rooted in innovation

Excellent track record
Strong historical results, managed by Zachary Shafran, with more than 20 years of experience.
Multiple, non-correlated sources of growth
Seeks opportunities within technology, health care, and applied science and technology.
Proven investment process
Built on a six-decade firm legacy of technology investing expertise

Morningstar Style Box

Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Zachary H. Shafran

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 16 Years with Fund
  • 29 Years in Industry
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Zachary H. Shafran is a senior vice president of Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company. Mr. Shafran graduated from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1988 with a BSBA degree in Business Administration. He earned an MBA with an emphasis in Finance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City in 1992. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Mr. Shafran was affiliated with Piper, Jaffray & Hopwood as an investment executive from 1988 through 1990. Mr. Shafran joined Waddell & Reed in June 1990 as an investment analyst. He was promoted to assistant vice president in 1993, vice president in 1996. He was named portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Advisors Science and Technology Fund in February 2001. Mr. Shafran is a member of the Kansas City Society of Financial Analysts.

Brad Warden

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • <1 Year with Fund
  • 19 Years in Industry
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Mr. Warden graduated from Trinity University, San Antonio, Texas in May 1997 with a BS in business administration. He earned an MBA with an emphasis in finance from the University of Texas at Austin, McCombs School of Business in May 2003. From 1997 through 2001 he held defined benefit plan consulting roles, including project manager and unit manager, at AON Hewitt (formerly Hewitt Associates LLC). Mr. Warden joined the organization in June 2003 as an investment analyst. During his tenure at Waddell & Reed, he has covered health care services, software, hardware, IT services, semiconductor, and semiconductor capital equipment industries. Mr. Warden was named assistant portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Advisors, Ivy, Ivy Global Investors and Ivy Funds VIP Science and Technology Funds in 2014 and portfolio manager in October 2016.

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.



Quarterly Fund Commentary

Daily Prices as of 6/23/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $16.25
Daily NAV Change ($) ($0.12) 0.74%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.50 3.17%
Public Offering Price (POP) $17.24

Fund Facts

Ticker Symbol UNSCX
CUSIP 930057500
Fund Code 622
Fund Type Specialty Funds
Fund Inception 5/16/1950
Class Inception 5/16/1950
Fiscal Year End June
Dividends Paid June, December
Fund Assets (as of 5/31/2017) $3.5 bil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 5/31/2017) 47
Total Holdings (as of 5/31/2017) 68
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 12/31/2016) 11%
Lipper Category Science & Technology Funds
Morningstar Category Technology
Benchmark S&P North American Technology TR


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 A shares, including sales charges, reflects the maximum applicable front-end sales load.

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 5.75% sales charge 9.33% 18.24% 3.47% 14.36% 9.34% 11.53%
Fund at NAV 15.98% 25.46% 5.53% 15.72% 9.99% 11.64%
S&P North American Technology TR 20.24% 33.15% 18.49% 20.02% 11.45%
Lipper Science & Technology Funds 20.39% 32.47% 15.35% 17.79% 9.51%

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 5.75% sales charge 3.94% 14.20% 1.36% 11.78% 9.57% 11.48%
Fund at NAV 10.26% 21.19% 3.38% 13.11% 10.22% 11.58%
S&P North American Technology TR 12.12% 26.73% 16.54% 15.91% 11.69%
Lipper Science & Technology Funds 12.12% 27.09% 12.66% 13.31% 9.57%

Calendar Year Return

S&P North American Technology TR 15.23 34.57 15.28 9.91 13.56
Class A 27.68 57.00 2.52 -2.69 0.81

Morningstar Ratings as of 5/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Technology
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 191
3 Year out of 191
5 Year out of 182
10 Year out of 148

Lipper Ranking through 5/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Science & Technology Funds
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 143/166 86
3 Year 143/148 96
5 Year 103/140 74
10 Year 63/124 51

Expense Ratios as of 10/31/2016

Net 1.28%
Gross 1.28%

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

S&P North American Technology TR 12.39

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

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -2.89
Beta 0.97
R-Squared 69.69
Sharpe Ratio 1.08
Capture Ratio Upside: 97.80%
Downside: 130.41%


Historical Prices Inception 5/16/1950

6/1/2017 $16.00 NO NO
6/2/2017 $16.11 NO NO
6/5/2017 $16.10 NO NO
6/6/2017 $16.09 NO NO
6/7/2017 $16.10 NO NO
6/8/2017 $16.29 NO NO
6/9/2017 $15.92 NO NO
6/12/2017 $15.84 NO NO
6/13/2017 $15.97 NO NO
6/14/2017 $15.88 NO NO
6/15/2017 $15.80 NO NO
6/16/2017 $15.75 NO NO
6/19/2017 $15.99 NO NO
6/20/2017 $15.90 NO NO
6/21/2017 $16.10 NO NO
6/22/2017 $16.13 NO NO
6/23/2017 $16.25 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 5/16/1950

12/10/2015 $0 Long: $1.067 Short: $0.000 $13.66 12/10/2015
12/11/2014 $0 Long: $1.456 Short: $0.000 $14.9 12/11/2014
12/12/2013 $0 Long: $1.363 Short: $0.000 $15.2 12/12/2013
12/13/2012 $0 Long: $0.233 Short: $0.000 $10.97 12/13/2012
12/8/2011 $0 Long: $0.680 Short: $0.153 $8.83 12/8/2011

*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.


Top 10 Equity Holdings as a % of net assets 5/31/2017

Micron Technology, Inc. Micron Technology, Inc., engages in the manufacture and marketing of semiconductor devices worldwide. 6.84%
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. 5.15%
Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated engages in the discovery, development, and commercialization of small molecule drugs for the treatment of serious diseases worldwide. 4.70%
Microsemi Corp. Manufacturer of power-related applications including circuits and microchips for defense, aerospace, security and medical industries 4.47%
Alliance Data Systems Corp. Alliance Data Systems Corporation,provides data-driven and transaction-based marketing and customer loyalty solutions primarily in the United States and Canada. 4.45%
Euronet Worldwide, Inc. Euronet Worldwide, Inc. is an electronic payments provider of payment and transaction processing and distribution solutions to financial institutions, retailers, service providers, individual consumers. 4.11%
Facebook, Inc., Class A Facebook, Inc. operates as a social networking company worldwide. It builds various tools that enable users to connect, share, discover, and communicate with each other on mobile devices and computers. 4.08%
Aspen Technology, Inc. Aspen Technology, Inc., together with its subsidiaries, develops and supplies integrated software and services that enable the process industries to design, operate, manage, and optimize their business processes. 3.72%
WNS (Holdings) Ltd. ADR WNS (Holdings) Limited provides business process management services comprising data, voice, analytical, and business transformation services worldwide 3.70%
ACI Worldwide, Inc. ACI Worldwide, Inc. engages in the development, marketing, installation, and support of software products and services to facilitate electronic payments worldwide. 3.51%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

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

Large 49.4%
Medium 41.8%
Small 8.8%
Median Market Cap (as of 5/31/2017) $5.3 bil

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

Semiconductors 23.0%
Data Processing & Outsourced Services 13.8%
Internet Software & Services 13.7%
Application Software 10.0%
Biotechnology 9.0%
Systems Software 5.3%
Health Care Technology 3.6%
Electronic Components 3.6%
IT Consulting & Other Services 3.0%
Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 2.2%

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

Information Technology 76.24%
Health Care 14.89%
Consumer Discretionary 4.06%
Telecommunication Services 1.93%
Real Estate 1.60%
Utilities 0.99%
Materials 0.25%
Consumer Staples 0.04%

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

Domestic Common Stock 85.51%
Foreign Common Stock 10.79%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 3.29%
Corporate Bonds 0.39%
Other Financial Instruments 0.02%

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

United States 87.8%
India 3.8%
China 3.2%
Bermuda 1.7%
Netherlands 1.3%
Germany 1.1%
Spain 1.0%
Israel 0.2%

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. Because the Fund invests more than 25% of its total assets in the science and technology industry, the Fund’s performance may be more susceptible to a single economic, regulatory or technological occurrence than a fund that does not concentrate its investments in this industry. Securities of companies within specific industries or sectors of the economy may periodically perform differently than the overall market. In addition, the Fund’s performance may be more volatile than an investment in a portfolio of broad market securities and may underperform the market as a whole, due to the relatively limited number of issuers of science and technology related securities. Investment risks associated with investing in science and technology securities, in addition to other risks, include: operating in rapidly changing fields, abrupt or erratic market movements, limited product lines, markets or financial resources, management that is dependent on a limited number of people, short product cycles, aggressive pricing of products and services, new market entrants and obsolescence of existing technology. These and other risks are more fully described in the Fund’s prospectus.

The S&P North American Technology Sector Index is an unmanaged index comprised of U.S. securities classified under the GICS® technology sector and internet retail sub-industry. 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.

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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).

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