Emerging markets: A re-emerging opportunity
Many investors have been reluctant to invest in emerging market equities because of concerns about volatility. We believe the fundamentals argue in favor of a strategic allocation.
The opinions expressed are those of the Fund’s manager and are not meant as investment advice or to predict or project the future performance of any investment product. The opinions are current through December 31, 2017, are subject to change at any time based on market and other current conditions, and no forecasts can be guaranteed. This commentary is being provided as a general source of information and is not intended as a recommendation to purchase, sell, or hold any specific security or to engage in any investment strategy. Investment decisions should always be made based on an investor’s specific objectives, financial needs, risk tolerance and time horizon. Past performance is not a guarantee of future results.
Top 10 holdings (%) as of 12/31/2017: Wells Fargo Company, 5.3, Pfizer, Inc. 4.9, Chevron Corp. 4.3, Microsoft 4.1, JPMorgan Chase & Co. 4.0, Exelon Corp. 3.8, Suncor Energy Inc. 3.8, United Technologies Corp. 3.7, Home Depot, Inc. 3.7, DowDuPont Inc. 3.6.
Class R6 shares were renamed Class N on March 3, 2017.
The Russell 1000 Value Index is an unmanaged index comprised of securities that represent the large cap sector of the stock market. It is not possible to invest directly in an index.
The Waddell & Reed Advisors Dividend Opportunities Fund merged into the Ivy Dividend Opportunities Fund on Oct. 16, 2017.
Risk factors: The value of the Fund 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. The Fund’s emphasis on dividend-paying stocks involves the risk that such stocks may fall out of favor with investors and underperform non-dividend paying stocks and the market as a whole over any period of time. In addition, there is no guarantee that the companies in which the Fund invests will declare dividends in the future or that dividends, if declared, will remain at current levels or increase over time. The amount of any dividend the company may pay may fluctuate significantly. In addition, the value of dividend-paying common stocks can decline when interest rates rise as fixed-income investments become more attractive to investors. This risk may be greater due to the current period of historically low interest rates. The Fund typically holds a limited number of stocks (generally 40 to 60). As a result, the appreciation or depreciation of any one security held by the Fund will have a greater impact on the Fund’s net asset value than it would if the Fund invested in a large number of securities. 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.