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S&P lowers ratings on Waddell & Reed Financial

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services on April 26 loweredits long-term issuer credit rating on Waddell & Reed Financial Inc. to BBB from BBB+ andaffirmed the A-2 short-term issuer credit rating.

The outlook is negative.

S&P said the downgrade reflects continued net outflows,causing assets under management to decline to $95.2 billion as of March 31,from $104.4 billion as of Dec. 31, 2015. While the company's investmentperformance has been adequate over the longer term, its short-term performancehas suffered, the rating agency said.

The negative outlook reflects the rating agency'sexpectation that outflows may continue in the next 18 to 24 months.

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