Waddell & Reed Names New Portfolio Manager for its High Income Funds
OVERLAND PARK, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. (NYSE: WDR) announced today that William Nelson, portfolio manager of its high income mutual funds — Ivy High Income Fund, Waddell & Reed Advisors High Income Fund, Ivy Variable Insurance Portfolio High Income, and the closed-end Ivy High Income Opportunities Fund (NYSE: IVH) — has been terminated for “cause” as set forth in his employment agreement. The Company indicated that Nelson’s termination was unrelated to his portfolio management responsibilities.
“This team is well-experienced, is steeped in a successful investment process, and looks forward to continuing and expanding its major role in the funds’ success.”
The Company named Chad Gunther, assistant portfolio manager on the high income funds and an 11-year Waddell & Reed veteran, to replace Nelson as portfolio manager on the high income portfolios. Gunther has been assistant portfolio manager on the high income funds since 2008, and heads a six-person team responsible for the funds.
“We are confident that Chad, and the high income team, will continue to successfully manage the investment process that has led to the funds’ competitive performance over time,” said Philip J. Sanders, chief investment officer of Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. “This team is well-experienced, is steeped in a successful investment process, and looks forward to continuing and expanding its major role in the funds’ success.”
Through its subsidiaries, Waddell & Reed Financial, Inc. provides investment management and financial planning services to clients throughout the U.S. The firm had approximately $131 billion in total assets under management at March 31, 2014. 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.
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- The loss of existing distribution channels or inability to access new distribution channels;
- A reduction in assets under our management on short notice, through increased redemptions in our distribution channels or our Funds, particularly those Funds with a high concentration of assets, or investors terminating their relationship with us or shifting their funds to other types of accounts with different rate structures;
- The adverse ruling or resolution of any litigation, regulatory investigations and proceedings, or securities arbitrations by a federal or state court or regulatory body;
- The introduction of legislative or regulatory proposals or judicial rulings that change the independent contractor classification of our financial advisors at the federal or state level for employment tax or other employee benefit purposes;
- Our inability to provide sufficient capital to support new investment products;
- The ability of mutual fund and other investors to redeem their investments without prior notice or on short notice;
- Our inability to implement new information technology and systems, or inability to complete such implementation in a timely or cost effective manner;
- Non-compliance with applicable laws or regulations and changes in current legal, regulatory, accounting, tax or compliance requirements or governmental policies;
- A decline in the securities markets or in the relative investment performance of our Funds and other investment portfolios and products as compared to competing funds; and
- Our inability to attract and retain senior executive management and other key personnel to conduct our broker/dealer, fund management and investment advisory business.
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