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Voya High Yield SMA


The Voya High Yield strategy seeks to maximize total return over a full market cycle via a broadly diversified and well-balanced approach to discovering risk-adjusted opportunities throughout the below investment grade corporate bond sector.

Investment Process

The Voya High Yield investment process begins with fundamental bottom-up credit research driven by analyst expertise at both the issuer and industry-sector level, while leveraging the input from the broader Voya Fixed Income platform. This helps identify opportunities and avoid potential pitfalls, resulting in issuer and sector views. Combining these views with market trading levels defines our desired positioning via issuer and sector over- and underweights. Portfolios are then designed to strike a prudent balance of risk and return by balancing the three primary drivers of performance - issuer selection, industry selection, and market risk - while stressing downside protection via a rigorous sell discipline. Constant portfolio monitoring by both our high yield portfolio managers and analysts, as well as our independent risk team, ensures that we maintain a prudent balance of risk and return.

Investment Philosophy

We believe that selecting securities based on rigorous credit research and a keen awareness of credit and economic cycles is critical for identifying investment opportunities and managing risk.

The following key beliefs underpin our investment philosophy:

  • Compensation for risk varies across time
  • Security selection is the primary driver of risks and returns
  • Biggest alpha opportunity is to avoid the worst return outcomes
  • Balance of risk and return allows for consistency of outperformance



As of 6/30/241 Month3 MonthYTD1yr3yr5yr10yrSince Inception (7/01/03)
Composite Gross1.071.121.618.521.513.513.835.30
Composite Net0.950.750.866.920.011.781.953.46


Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Periods greater than one year are annualized. Performance data is considered final unless indicated as preliminary. Monthly performance is based on full GIPS Composite returns. Access the GIPS page for full composite details.

"Gross Returns" are presented before the deduction of transaction costs and should be used as Supplemental Information only. "Net Returns" are calculated by subtracting a hypothetical maximum total wrap fee (estimated at 1.50% per annum) from the monthly "pure" gross-of-fee returns. For periods from January 2007 to June 2021 the hypothetical maximum fee was 2.00% per annum. The total wrap fee includes transaction costs, portfolio management, investment advisory, custodial and other administrative costs. Wrap fees vary amongst brokerage firms and may be negotiated based on account size and other factors. The hypothetical maximum total wrap fee used is deemed to be the maximum fee charged to any composite account but we cannot guarantee accuracy. More information about fees can be found in the Form ADV Part II of Voya Investment Management Co.


Investment Team

Randy Parrish

Randy Parrish, CFA

Head of Public Credit

Years of Experience: 34

Years with Voya: 23

Randy Parrish is a managing director and head of public credit at Voya Investment Management, overseeing the investment grade, emerging market and leveraged credit teams. Previously at Voya, Randy was head of high yield and served as a portfolio manager and analyst on the high yield team. Prior to joining Voya, he was a corporate banker in leveraged finance with SunTrust Bank and predecessors to Bank of America. Randy earned a BBA in business administration from the University of Georgia and is a CFA® Charterholder.
Mohamed Basma

Mohamed N Basma, CFA

Managing Director, Head of Leveraged Credit

Years of Experience: 27

Years with Voya: 24

Mohamed Basma is a managing director, head of leveraged credit at Voya Investment Management. Mohamed also chairs the leveraged credit investment committee. Mohamed is currently a member of the board of directors of the Loan Syndications and Trading Association. Prior at Voya, he was managing director, head of senior loans and global CLOs for leveraged credit, responsible for all aspects of the team’s senior loan and global CLO business and the team’s CLO investing strategies. Prior to joining Voya, Mohamed was a senior auditor and consultant in the audit and business advisory group with Arthur Andersen, LLP, responsible for executing corporate audits and financial consulting engagements. Mohamed earned a BBA from American University of Beirut, Lebanon and an MBA from Arizona State University. He is a CFA® Charterholder.


Principal Risk

All investing involves risks of fluctuating prices and the uncertainties of rates of return and yield inherent in investing. High-Yield Securities, or "junk bonds", are rated lower than investment-grade bonds because there is a greater possibility that the issuer may be unable to make interest and principal payments on those securities. The strategy may use Derivatives, such as options and futures, which can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and have a potentially large impact on performance. Foreign Investing does pose special risks including currency fluctuation, economic and political risks not found in investments that are solely domestic. Risks of foreign investing are generally intensified in Emerging Markets. As Interest Rates rise, bond prices may fall, reducing the value of the share price. Debt Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes. Other risks include but are not limited to: Credit Risks; Other Investment Companies' Risks; Price Volatility Risks; Inability to Sell Securities Risks; and Securities Lending Risks.