Ivy Funds Announces Portfolio Manager Changes

Ivy Funds announced today that, as a result of the planned retirement of Frederick Sturm as portfolio manager of the subadvised Ivy Global Natural Resources Fund, it will internalize the management of that fund and make the following portfolio manager changes, effective immediately:
  • Ivy Global Natural Resources Fund will be managed by David Ginther, who also manages the Ivy Energy Fund and Waddell & Reed Advisors Energy Fund. Ginther has 18 years of investment industry experience and has been with the Waddell & Reed/Ivy Funds organization since 1995.
  • Ivy Dividend Opportunities Fund and Waddell & Reed Advisors Dividend Opportunities Fund, previously managed by Ginther, will be managed by Cynthia Prince-Fox, a 30-year industry veteran who also manages Ivy Balanced Fund and Waddell & Reed Advisors Continental Income Fund.

Sturm, 53, who had been portfolio manager of Ivy Global Natural Resources Fund since its inception in 1997, is also chief global investment strategist at Mackenzie Investments, subadvisor to the fund. With 32 years of experience, Sturm was a driving force behind the growth of Ivy Global Natural Resources over its history. The Fund had approximately $2.4 billion in total assets at March 31, 2013.

Ivy Funds executives noted that the firm retains a strong and important relationship with Mackenzie Investments overall, as Mackenzie continues to subadvise Ivy Cundill Global Value Fund, and Ivy Investment Management Company is a subadvisor for Mackenzie across five different asset categories.

“Fred has been a tremendous steward of the Global Natural Resources Fund for many years, a great partner to the Ivy Funds, and we have benefitted from his commitment and insight. We wish him the very best in his retirement,” said Henry Herrmann, CEO of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. “We will put the expertise we have internally, through David Ginther, to work on the Global Natural Resources Fund, while expanding Cynthia Prince-Fox’s role with the Dividend Opportunities Funds.”

Herrmann noted that Ginther is particularly well-suited to assume the reigns of Ivy Global Natural Resources Fund, having started his career as an energy analyst and having spent the last seven years as manager of the Ivy and Waddell & Reed Advisors Energy Funds. Prince-Fox’s three decades of experience, with a focus on large domestic high-quality companies that typically pay dividends, provides strong background for work with the Ivy and Waddell & Reed Advisors Dividend Opportunities Funds, he said.

“Fred has been a great friend and advocate of the Ivy Funds since our early days together. He has left a strong legacy here as we maintain our key partnership with Mackenzie,” said Thomas W. Butch, president and CEO of Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc. “Today’s portfolio management changes keep our investors in very good hands and align well with our ongoing product initiatives.”

The above management changes also carry over to the related Global Natural Resources and Dividend Opportunities portfolios within the Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios family. The Ivy Funds offer a broad fund lineup covering all major asset categories, including international and domestic equity funds, asset allocation funds, sector funds, fixed-income funds and a money market fund.

Both Ivy Funds Distributor, Inc. and Waddell & Reed, Inc. are affiliates of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE:WDR). 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 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 $104 billion in total assets under management at March 31, 2013. Waddell & Reed Investment Management Company serves as investment advisor to the Waddell & Reed Advisors Group of Mutual Funds, Ivy Funds Variable Insurance Portfolios and InvestEd Portfolios, while Ivy Investment Management Company serves as investment advisor to the Ivy Funds. Waddell & Reed, Inc. serves as principal underwriter and distributor to the Waddell & Reed Advisors Group of Mutual 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 carefully before investing. For a prospectus, or if available, a summary prospectus, containing this and other information for any of the funds mentioned, call your financial advisor or visit www.ivyfunds.com . Please read the prospectus or summary prospectus carefully before investing.

Investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and it is possible to lose money by investing. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.

Ivy Global Natural Resources Fund: Investing in companies involved in one specified sector may be more risky and volatile than an investment with greater diversification. International investing involves additional risks, including currency fluctuations, political or economic conditions affecting the foreign country, and differences in accounting standards and foreign regulations. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. Investing in natural resources can be riskier than other types of investment activities because of a range of factors, including price fluctuation caused by real and perceived inflationary trends and political developments; and the cost assumed by natural resource companies in complying with environmental and safety regulations. Investing in physical commodities, such as gold, exposes the fund to other risk considerations such as potentially severe price fluctuations over short periods of time.

Ivy Dividend Opportunities Fund: 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. Dividend-paying investments may not experience the same price appreciation as non-dividend paying instruments.

These and other risks are more fully described in the Funds’ prospectuses. Not all funds or fund classes may be offered at all broker/dealers.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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