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Waddell & Reed Advisors Vanguard Fund

  • $7.71 NAV as of 9/22/2017
  • ($0.02) / 0.26% Daily NAV Change
  • 20.09% YTD (NAV)

Summary

Seeking quality growth companies with competitive advantages

Strategic process
Primarily uses a bottom-up strategy focusing on companies believed to have dominant market positions and established competitive advantages.
Management discipline
Places strict adherence to large-company growth style investing. Management team has managed large-cap growth strategies for more than a decade and has 25+ years of professional investment experience.
Potential benefits
Employs a consistent effort to provide the highest level of risk-adjusted results within multiple market environments.

Morningstar Style Box

Growth
Large
Source: Morningstar

Portfolio Management

Daniel P. Becker, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 20 Years with Fund
  • 28 Years in Industry
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Dan Becker is co-portfolio manager of the large cap growth product suite of mutual funds and institutional accounts. He assumed co-portfolio manager responsibilities for the product suite in 2006. He has been portfolio manager of Ivy VIP Growth and Waddell & Reed Advisors Vanguard Fund since 1997 (managing the VIP portfolio 1997 to 1998, 2006 to current). He has been portfolio manager of Ivy Large Cap Growth Fund since 2000. He is a portfolio manager of Ivy Focused Growth NextShares, an exchange-traded managed fund, since the fund's inception in 2016. Mr. Becker joined Waddell & Reed in 1989 as an equity investment analyst. He was appointed assistant vice president and named assistant portfolio manager in 1993. He assumed responsibility for equity institutional accounts in 1994. He was appointed vice president in 1996 and senior vice president in 2000. Mr. Becker graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1987 with a BS in Mathematical Economics. He earned a Masters of Science with an emphasis in Finance, Investments, and Banking from the University of Wisconsin Graduate School of Business in 1989. Mr. Becker was previously affiliated with the State of Wisconsin Investment Board as a research technician from June 1988 through February 1989 and as an investment analyst beginning in February 1989. Mr. Becker is a CFA charterholder. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Kansas City.

Bradley M. Klapmeyer, CFA

  • Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company
  • 2 Years with Fund
  • 17 Years in Industry
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Brad Klapmeyer is co-portfolio manager of the large cap growth product suite of mutual funds and institutional accounts. He was named co-portfolio manager of the product suite in 2016. He has been portfolio manager of Ivy and Waddell & Reed Advisors Tax- Managed Equity Funds since 2014. He is a portfolio manager of Ivy Focused Growth NextShares, an exchange-traded managed fund, since the fund's inception in 2016. Mr. Klapmeyer joined Waddell & Reed in 2007 as an equity investment analyst. He was appointed assistant vice president in 2010. He was assistant portfolio manager on the Large Cap Growth team from 2011 to 2016. He was appointed vice president in 2014. Prior to joining Waddell & Reed, Mr. Klapmeyer was an associate analyst covering airlines for Prudential Equity Group, LLC from 2006 through 2007. He was an equity analyst for Commerce Bank from 2000 to 2006, where his research responsibilities were focused on electronic and health technologies. Mr. Klapmeyer graduated from Truman State University in 1999 with a BS in Finance and a minor in Economics. Mr. Klapmeyer is a CFA charterholder. He is a member of the CFA Institute and the CFA Society of Kansas City.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment
through 8/31/2017

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 9/22/2017

Net Asset Value (NAV) $7.71
Daily NAV Change ($) ($0.02) 0.26%
Weekly NAV Change ($) $0.01 0.13%
Public Offering Price (POP) $7.71

Fund Facts

Ticker Symbol WRVBX
CUSIP 930057658
Fund Code 129
Fund Type Domestic Equity
Fund Inception 10/20/1969
Class Inception 10/4/1999
Fiscal Year End June
Dividends Paid June, December
Fund Assets (as of 8/31/2017) $1.7 bil
Total Equity Holdings (as of 8/31/2017) 42
Total Holdings (as of 8/31/2017) 48
Portfolio Turnover Rate (as of 6/30/2017) 47%
Lipper Category Large-Cap Growth Funds
Morningstar Category Large Growth
Benchmark Russell 1000 Growth 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 8/31/2017
(Returns for periods of less than 1-yr are not annualized)
 
Fund with maximum 5.00% CDSC 14.00% 14.41% 8.00% 13.00% 6.92% 5.73%
Fund at NAV 19.00% 18.41% 8.77% 13.12% 6.92% 5.73%
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 19.17% 20.81% 11.67% 15.41% 9.39% 4.84%
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds 20.68% 19.99% 10.08% 14.28% 8.31% 5.09%

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 7.46% 14.09% 7.22% 12.33% 6.77% 5.43%
Fund at NAV 12.46% 18.09% 7.99% 12.45% 6.77% 5.43%
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 14.00% 20.42% 11.11% 15.30% 8.91% 4.63%
Lipper Large-Cap Growth Funds 15.36% 20.39% 9.62% 14.14% 7.87% 4.88%

Calendar Year Return

  2012
Class B 8.96 33.46 10.12 5.81 -0.22
Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 15.26 33.48 13.05 5.67 7.08

Morningstar Ratings as of 8/31/2017 Morningstar Logo

Category: Large Growth
Ratings are based on risk-adjusted returns
Overall out of 1258
3 Year out of 1258
5 Year out of 1124
10 Year out of 790

Lipper Ranking through 8/31/2017 Lipper Logo

Category: Large-Cap Growth Funds
 
Rankings are based on average annual total returns, but do not consider sales charges.
1 Year 428/654 66
3 Year 445/591 76
5 Year 389/531 74
10 Year 342/383 90

Expense Ratios as of 10/31/2016

Net 2.31%
Gross 2.34%

5-Year Standard Deviation as of 8/31/2017

Russell 1000 Growth TR USD 10.08

5-Year MPT* Statistics as of 8/31/2017

*Modern Portfolio Theory
Alpha -2.94
Beta 1.07
R-Squared 89.98
Sharpe Ratio 1.14
Capture Ratio Upside: 99.48%
Downside: 123.59%

Distributions

Historical Prices Inception 10/4/1999

9/1/2017 $7.65 NO NO
9/5/2017 $7.60 NO NO
9/6/2017 $7.61 NO NO
9/7/2017 $7.65 NO NO
9/8/2017 $7.63 NO NO
9/11/2017 $7.72 NO NO
9/12/2017 $7.72 NO NO
9/13/2017 $7.71 NO NO
9/14/2017 $7.70 NO NO
9/15/2017 $7.70 NO NO
9/18/2017 $7.72 NO NO
9/19/2017 $7.74 NO NO
9/20/2017 $7.72 NO NO
9/21/2017 $7.69 NO NO
9/22/2017 $7.71 NO NO

Historical Distributions Inception 10/4/1999

12/8/2016 $0 Long: $0.602 Short: $0.000 $6.5 12/8/2016
12/10/2015 $0 Long: $0.952 Short: $0.000 $7.06 12/10/2015
12/11/2014 $0 Long: $1.067 Short: $0.030 $7.49 12/11/2014
12/12/2013 $0 Long: $1.585 Short: $0.100 $7.52 12/12/2013
12/13/2012 $0 Long: $0.392 Short: $0.000 $7.15 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 8/31/2017

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. 4.86%
MasterCard, Inc., Class A MasterCard Incorporated (MasterCard) is a global payments company that provides a economic link among financial institutions, businesses, merchants, cardholders and governments worldwide, enabling them to use electronic forms of payment instead of cash and checks. 4.57%
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. 4.55%
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. 4.18%
Visa, Inc., Class A Visa Inc. operates retail electronic payments network worldwide. It facilitates commerce through the transfer of value and information among financial institutions, merchants, consumers, businesses, and government entities. 4.02%
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. 3.90%
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. 3.87%
Celgene Corp. Celgene Corporation, a biopharmaceutical company, discovers, develops, and commercializes therapies to treat cancer and immune-inflammatory related diseases in the United States and internationally. 3.83%
Amazon.com, Inc. Amazon.com, Inc. operates as an online retailer in North America and internationally. 3.79%
Lam Research Corp. Lam Research Corporation (Lam Research) is a supplier of wafer fabrication equipment and services to the worldwide semiconductor industry. The Company designs, manufactures, markets, and services semiconductor processing equipment used in the fabrication of integrated circuits. 3.77%

Total Portfolio Holdings

Updated quarterly, upon availability.

Market Capitalization
as a % of equity assets as of 8/31/2017

Large 99.4%
Medium 0.7%
Small 0.0%
Median Market Cap (as of 8/31/2017) $66.1 bil

Top 10 Industry Allocation
as a % of Equity Holdings as of 8/31/2017

Data Processing & Outsourced Services 12.7%
Internet Software & Services 9.6%
Application Software 6.8%
Biotechnology 6.6%
Internet & Direct Marketing Retail 5.9%
Health Care Equipment 5.1%
Technology Hardware, Storage & Peripherals 5.0%
Semiconductor Equipment 5.0%
Financial Exchanges & Data 4.8%
Systems Software 4.7%

Sector Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 8/31/2017

Information Technology 49.51%
Consumer Discretionary 14.20%
Health Care 13.78%
Industrials 9.94%
Financials 7.02%
Consumer Staples 3.98%
Energy 1.21%
Real Estate 0.36%

Portfolio Composition
as a % of net assets as of 8/31/2017

Domestic Common Stock 98.00%
Cash and Cash Equivalents 2.00%

Equity Country Allocation
as a % of equity assets as of 8/31/2017

United States 97.8%
Italy 2.2%

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. Investing in companies involved primarily in a single asset class (large cap) may be more risky and volatile than an investment with greater diversification. 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: The Russell 1000 Growth Index measures the performance of the large-cap growth segment of the U.S. equity universe. 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 A shares at 2.31%, Class B shares at 2.12%, Class C shares at 0.87%. 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.

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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