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Section 1: 3 (PRIMARY DOCUMENT)

Ownership Submission
FORM 3
UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

INITIAL STATEMENT OF BENEFICIAL OWNERSHIP OF SECURITIES

Filed pursuant to Section 16(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Section 17(a) of the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935 or Section 30(h) of the Investment Company Act of 1940
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(Print or Type Responses)
1. Name and Address of Reporting Person *
  Buyle Mark P.
2. Date of Event Requiring Statement (Month/Day/Year)
08/16/2018
3. Issuer Name and Ticker or Trading Symbol
WADDELL & REED FINANCIAL INC [WDR]
(Last)
(First)
(Middle)
6300 LAMAR AVENUE
4. Relationship of Reporting Person(s) to Issuer
(Check all applicable)
_____ Director _____ 10% Owner
__X__ Officer (give title below) _____ Other (specify below)
SVP, GC, CLO and Secretary
5. If Amendment, Date Original Filed (Month/Day/Year)
(Street)

OVERLAND PARK, KS 66202
6. Individual or Joint/Group Filing (Check Applicable Line)
_X_ Form filed by One Reporting Person
___ Form filed by More than One Reporting Person
(City)
(State)
(Zip)
Table I - Non-Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned
1.Title of Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Amount of Securities Beneficially Owned
(Instr. 4)
3. Ownership Form: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
4. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Class A Common 45,321
D
 

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Table II - Derivative Securities Beneficially Owned (e.g., puts, calls, warrants, options, convertible securities)
1. Title of Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
2. Date Exercisable and Expiration Date
(Month/Day/Year)
3. Title and Amount of Securities Underlying Derivative Security
(Instr. 4)
4. Conversion or Exercise Price of Derivative Security 5. Ownership Form of Derivative Security: Direct (D) or Indirect (I)
(Instr. 5)
6. Nature of Indirect Beneficial Ownership
(Instr. 5)
Date Exercisable Expiration Date Title Amount or Number of Shares
Restricted Stock Units   (2)   (2) Class A Common 4,868 (1) D  
Restricted Stock Units   (3)   (3) Class A Common 5,639 (1) D  

Reporting Owners

Reporting Owner Name / Address Relationships
Director 10% Owner Officer Other
Buyle Mark P.
6300 LAMAR AVENUE
OVERLAND PARK, KS 66202
      SVP, GC, CLO and Secretary  

Signatures

Mark P. Buyle 08/23/2018
**Signature of Reporting Person Date

Explanation of Responses:

* If the form is filed by more than one reporting person, see Instruction 5(b)(v).
** Intentional misstatements or omissions of facts constitute Federal Criminal Violations. See 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 15 U.S.C. 78ff(a).
(1) Each restricted stock unit represents a contingent right to a cash payment equal to the fair market value on the vesting date of one share of Issuer's Class A Common Stock.
(2) The restricted stock units vest in three equal installments beginning January 10, 2018.
(3) The restricted stock units vest in four equal installments beginning January 10, 2019.

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