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Monday, November 25, 2013

Ivy Weathers a High Income Switcheroo

Reported by Tommy Fernandez

Look upon it as an investing cross pollination.

Bryan Krug, formerly PM of the High Income Fund offered by Waddell & Reed's Ivy Funds has left to join Artisan Partners, where he will reportedly lead a credit opportunities strategy Artisan plans to launch next year.

Krug, who helmed the Ivy High Income Fund since 2006, was promptly replaced by William Nelson as PM. Nelson is also PM of the Ivy Funds VIP High Income and Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income Fund.

Here are the press releases:
Company Press Release

Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. Announces Bryan C. Krug will Join The Firm and Start a Sixth Autonomous Investment Team

MILWAUKEE--Artisan Partners Asset Management Inc. (NYSE: APAM) today announced that fixed income portfolio manager Bryan C. Krug will join the firm likely by the end of 2013.

Mr. Krug has 14 years of industry experience and 7 years of portfolio management experience leading a high-yield investment strategy. Mr. Krug holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Miami University, Richard T. Farmer School of Business, and is a CFA charterholder.

At Artisan Partners Mr. Krug will lead a credit opportunities strategy that the firm expects to launch in 2014. Upon joining Artisan Partners Mr. Krug will have the flexibility to develop a team in a way that fits his own unique investment beliefs and process.

Eric Colson, President and CEO, commented, “Our process for evaluating new investment talent is very thorough and we are extremely patient. As a high value-added investment manager we want individuals who fit within our business model, with deeply passionate beliefs about their investment philosophy, and who possess investment perspectives that differ from consensus. Non-consensus thinking is the key to value-added decision making. Bryan is a great fit for our organization on all accounts. We are very excited to begin working with him to build our sixth autonomous investment team.”

About Artisan Partners

Artisan Partners is a global investment management firm that provides a broad range of high value-added investment strategies in growing asset classes to sophisticated clients around the world. Since 1994, the firm has been committed to attracting experienced, disciplined investment professionals to manage client assets. Artisan Partners currently has five autonomous investment teams that oversee thirteen distinct U.S., non-U.S. and global investment strategies. Each strategy is offered through multiple investment vehicles to accommodate a broad range of client mandates. The firm’s principal offices are located in Milwaukee, San Francisco, Atlanta, New York and London.

Company Press Release

Ivy Funds Names Nelson Manager of High Income Funds

25-year veteran has managed high-yield portfolios for 15 years; takes over for Krug

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--Ivy Funds today announced that veteran high-yield portfolio manager William M. Nelson has assumed management of Ivy High Income Fund, effective immediately. Nelson adds management responsibility for Ivy High Income Fund to his existing responsibilities as portfolio manager of Ivy Funds VIP High Income and Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income Fund. He takes over Ivy High Income Fund from Bryan C. Krug, who had managed the fund since 2006 and recently accepted a position with another firm. The high income research team, which had supported both Nelson and Krug, remains intact.

“Bill Nelson has a very strong track record as a portfolio manager in the high-yield space and we’re fortunate to have a manager with his skills to take the helm of Ivy High Income Fund,” said Henry J. Herrmann, CEO of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (WDR), parent firm to Ivy Investment Management Company, the investment advisor to Ivy Funds. “The transition is already underway and we expect it to be smooth.”

Nelson joined the firm in 1995 as a fixed income investment analyst specializing in high-yield securities. He was appointed vice president and portfolio manager of Ivy Funds VIP High Income ($644 million in assets) in 1999 and portfolio manager of the Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income Fund ($2 billion in assets) in 2008. He has 25 years of industry experience. During Nelson’s tenure both funds have demonstrated strong performance. As of September 30, 2013, like the Ivy High Income Fund, Ivy Funds VIP High Income and Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income Fund have enjoyed top quintile performance across all standard time periods in their respective Lipper peer groups.*

Average annual total returns at NAV as of September 30, 2013

Fund     YTD     1 yr     3 yr     5 yr     10 yr     Life Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income – Class A shares     7.04%     11.01%     11.73 %     12.64%     8.25%     8.58% Ivy Funds VIP     6.77%     10.64%     11.62%     13.36%     9.04%     8.05% Ivy High Income – Class A shares     6.69%     10.40%     11.39%     13.62%     8.96%     8.45%

Nelson now manages the entire suite of high-yield investment products at the firm, as he also takes over management of Ivy High Income Opportunities Fund (IVH), a closed-end fund launched in May of this year.

“We believe that advisors and their clients are in very good hands with Bill, as his performance over time has illustrated,” said Thomas W. Butch, president and CEO of Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc. “We are pleased to have a proven manager of Bill’s caliber already in place to take the reins of the Ivy High Income Fund and to provide continuity for its shareholders.”

Both Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc. and Waddell & Reed, Inc. are affiliates of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. Ivy Funds are offered through the company’s wholesale channel, which includes national and regional broker/dealers, registered investment advisors and retirement platforms. The Waddell & Reed Advisors Funds are offered through Waddell & Reed financial advisors, the company’s network of personal financial planners with offices around the country.

Ivy Funds VIP (Variable Insurance Portfolios) are only available as investment options in variable life insurance policies and variable annuity contracts issued by participating insurance companies. They are not offered or made available directly to the general public.

Through its subsidiaries, Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. provides investment management and financial planning services to clients throughout the U.S. The firm had approximately $114 billion in total assets under management at Sept. 30, 2013. Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company serves as investment advisor to the Waddell & Reed Advisors Funds, Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios and InvestEd Portfolios, while Ivy Investment Management Company serves as investment advisor to the Ivy Funds and Ivy High Income Opportunities Fund. Waddell & Reed, Inc. serves as principal underwriter and distributor to the Waddell & Reed Advisors Funds, Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios, and InvestEd Portfolios, while Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc. serves as principal underwriter and distributor to the Ivy Funds.

Investors should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of a fund, a portfolio and the variable insurance product carefully before investing. For a prospectus, or if available, a summary prospectus, containing this and other information for any of the funds or portfolios mentioned, call your financial advisor or visit www.ivyfunds.com. Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Data quoted is past performance and current performance may be lower or higher. 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.

* Lipper Rankings are based on total returns and past performance is not a guarantee of future results. For the 1-. 5-, and 10-yr periods ending 9/30/2013, respectively, Ivy High Income Fund’s percentile rank was 6 out of 540 funds, 4 out of 392, and 7 out of 263. Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income Fund was 4/540, 13/392, and 19/263. Ivy Funds VIP High Income was 5/109, 7/90, and 4/62. All funds are in the Lipper High Yield Funds category.

Risk Factors: As with any mutual fund, 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. Loans (including loan assignments, loan participations and other loan instruments) carry other risks, including the risk of insolvency of the lending bank or other intermediary. Loans may be unsecured or not fully collateralized may be subject to restrictions on resale and sometimes trade infrequently on the secondary market.

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