Ivy Lasalle Global Real Estate Fund

Ivy LaSalle Global Real Estate Fund
06.30.17

Market Sector Update

  • Global property stocks have had a strong first half of 2017 as real estate securities increased across most regions. However, overall they trailed the broader equity market during the quarter.
  • Economic indicators remained positive during the quarter and supported a firmer global economic outlook, despite continued political uncertainty in several regions.
  • Real estate operating fundamentals remained broadly healthy across much of the globe. Indicators included positive earnings and operating results in the quarter’s reporting cycle.

Portfolio Strategy

  • The Fund had a positive return for the quarter (before the effect of sales charges) that trailed the positive return of its benchmark index. The Fund's underperformance relative to the benchmark index was driven mainly by negative stock selection, based on underperformance in the U.S., Hong Kong and the U.K.
  • In the U.S., an underweight position to the industrial sector and a tilt toward the New York City office market weighed on quarterly results. Underperformance in the U.K. can be attributed to an overweight to the London office market, which has been impacted by pending Brexit uncertainty. Slightly offsetting these negative results was strong performance in Japan, driven by an overweight positoin to Japaense real estate operating companies.
  • We adjusted the Fund’s regional allocations during the quarter. We increased an overweight position to the U.K., and transitioned a market weight position in the U.S. to an overweight. This increase was funded by transitions from market weight positions to Continental Europe and Hong Kong to underweight, as well as increasing our underweight position to Canada. We maintained an overweight position to Japan and underweight positions to Singapore and Australia.
  • The Fund’s investments remained tilted toward companies with what we believe are better quality assets, management teams capable of adding shareholder value and somewhat less leverage.

Outlook

  • Leading economic indicators came off their highs during second quarter, but remain positive across most of the globe.
  • As global growth expectations have firmed and economic indicators continue to improve, we believe central banks could tighten monetary policy. Investors will weigh the impact of this policy shift on what are currently very supportive financial conditions.
  • We think real estate fundamentals remain generally positive across much of the globe. We believe those fundamentals should support earnings growth in real estate investment trusts in the current economic and capital market backdrop.
  • Property stocks overall are trading at a modest discount to their net asset values on average, below where they have historically traded.

The opinions expressed are those of the Fund’s managers and are not meant as investment advice or to predict or project the future performance of any investment product. The opinions are current through June 30, 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.

Risk factors: The value of the Fund's shares will change and you could lose money on your investment. Investment risks associated with investing in real estate securities, in addition to other risks, include rental income fluctuation, depreciation, property tax value changes and differences in real estate market values. Because the Fund invests more than 25% of its total assets in the real estate industry, it may be more susceptible to a single economic, regulatory, or technical occurrence than a fund that does not concentrate its investments in this industry. 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. The Fund is non-diversified, meaning that it may invest a significant portion of its total assets in a limited number of issuers, and a decline in value of those investments would cause the Fund's overall value to decline greater than that of a more diversified portfolio. 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.

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