Intermediate Bond Quarterly Update | Voya Investment Management

Intermediate Bond Quarterly Update


Explanatory Notes

The information contained in this document has been prepared solely for informational purposes and is not an offer or invitation to buy or sell any security or to participate in any trading activity. This document is intended only for professional investors and describes a strategy only. Some material shown is compiled from third party sources thought to be reliable, but accuracy and completeness cannot be guaranteed. Any opinions expressed herein reflect our judgment at this date and are subject to change without notice. Neither Voya Investment Management nor any other company or unit belonging to Voya Financial, nor any of its officers, directors, or employees accept any liability or responsibility in respect to the information or any recommendations expressed herein. No liability is accepted for any losses sustained by readers as a result of using this publication or basing decisions on it. The value of your investments may rise or fall. Past performance is not indicative of future results. Investments involve risk. The primary risks of investing in market based securities include, but are not limited to, credit risk (the risk that a borrower may default in the payment of interest and/or principal on its loans), interest rate risk (the risk that the yield on an investment will rise and fall in response to changes in market rates of interest), and market risk (the risk that the value of an investment will rise or fall in response to general economic conditions and events).

The account information presented in this report is based on the records and information provided by Voya Investment Management.  The results may be preliminary and unreconciled and are subject to change.  Voya Investment Management does not guarantee the accuracy of the information contained in this portfolio accounting report.  The report is for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon or construed to be final.  Clients are advised to refer to their custodial statements and confirmations for trade and holdings information.


Portfolio Characteristics

The portfolio specific characteristics (such as Average Duration, Average Yield, etc.) are based on the total portfolio market value including cash and derivatives, as provided by our valuation provider (BNY Mellon) and security characteristics provided by BlackRock Solutions which utilizes a different pricing hierarchy (Barclays).  BNY Mellon prices combined with Barclays analytics will result in different portfolio averages than are reported.  Portfolio and Benchmark averages (Duration, Yield to Maturity, Convexity and Average Life) are reported directly from BlackRock Solutions using Blackrock models and assumptions.  As such, the Benchmark Analytics provided above may be different from Barclays. Top ten credit exposures include cash.


The portfolio’s average quality rating is calculated as a market value-weighted average of the rating assigned to all positions, including derivative securities, but excluding non-rated securities held within the portfolio measured and reported as of the date of this report. The "Effective Rating" is determined as follows:  Voya IM seeks individual security ratings from three credit rating agencies that are registered with the SEC as nationally recognized statistical rating organizations -- typically Moody's, S&P and Fitch.  If ratings are available from all three agencies, the security will be assigned the median rating.  If ratings are available from only two of the agencies, the lower of the ratings will be used.  If a rating is available from only one agency, then that rating will be used.  If ratings are not available from any of the three agencies, then we may either assign the security an internal rating or mark it as "N/R" (not rated).  AAA is the highest (best) Effective Rating, and D is the lowest (worst) Effective Rating.  When an Effective Rating is reported for a group of securities (such as for an asset class or the overall portfolio), it is calculated as a market value-weighted average of the Effective Rating assigned to each component security (excluding securities without an Effective Rating).  Please note that Voya does not endorse or affirm the Effective Ratings or any agency ratings. 

Furthermore, credit rating agencies disclaim all warranties and liability for their ratings, which (a) should be viewed as their opinions and not as statements of fact or recommendations as to suitability or to purchase, hold, or sell a security and (b) are not guaranteed as being accurate, timely or available. For derivative securities, swap contracts are rated on the basis of the underlying security, however, futures contracts are treated as a combination of Treasury securities and cash positions, they have no net impact to the average quality rating in the portfolio. Measures pertaining to average credit quality may change over time and illustrations presented in the client report are for informational purposes only.  Individual client investment guidelines may have different rules and the foregoing presentation is not meant to represent a compliance certification of the portfolio’s overall credit quality.

This report may contain information obtained from third parties, including ratings from credit ratings agencies.  Reproduction and distribution of third party content in any form is prohibited except with the prior written permission of the related third party.  Third party content providers do not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or availability of any information, including ratings, and are not responsible for any errors or omissions (negligent or otherwise), regardless of the cause, or for the result obtained from the use of such content.  THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS GIVE NO EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE OR USE. THIRD PARTY CONTENT PROVIDERS SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, EXEMPLARY, COMPENSATORY, PUNITIVE, SPECIAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, COSTS, EXPENSES, LEGAL FREES, OR LOSSES (INCLUDING LOST INCOME OR PROFITS AND OPPORTUNITY COSTS OR LOSSES CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE) IN CONNECTION WITH ANY USE OF THEIR CONTENT, INCLUDING RATINGS.  Credit agency ratings are statement of opinions and are not statements of fact or recommendations to purchase, hold or sell securities.  They do not address the suitability of securities or the suitability of securities for investment purposes, and should not be relied on as investment advice.

Bond Sector Comparisons

Sector weights are based on total portfolio market value, which includes security market values (including accrued income), plus cash, cash equivalents and derivatives (variation margin for Futures, and Market Value of Swaps).

With the exception of the Treasury, ABS, and CMBS Sectors, the following sector groupings apply:

  • Treasury and Cash includes Cash/Cash equivalents which includes trade receivables/payables (which may be net positive or negative), TBA liabilities, accrued income on securities that have been sold pending settlement (accrued income is otherwise reflected in the other sectors), and in Sector Weights, also includes variation margin for futures (which may be positive or negative).
  • Government Related sector is comprised of Agency, Local Government, Sovereign and Supranational securities.
  • Corporate sector is comprised of Financial Institutions, Industrial and Utility securities.
  • Agency Mortgages sector contains Fannie Mae (FNMA), Freddie Mac (FHLMC), and Government National Mortgage Association (GNMA). 
  • Securitized sector is comprised of ABS, CMBS, and Agency and Non-Agency Mortgage Backed Securities.
  • Other sector is comprised of  Convertibles, Common and Preferred Stocks and Municipal Bonds.
  • "Derivatives“ (if applicable) includes forwards, options and swaps (see Appendix – Portfolio Holdings Derivatives for details) and futures.


Morningstar ® is commonly used for calculating an investment’s total return percentile rank against others in its Morningstar Category.  With this method, percentile ranks always range from 1 (best) to 100 (worst) with all intermediate values spread evenly over that range.

The RPAG ScorecardSM System methodology incorporates both quantitative and qualitative factors in evaluating fund managers and their investment strategies.  The ScorecardSM System is built around pass/fail criteria, on a scale of 0 to 10 (with 10 being the best) and has the ability to measure Active, Passive and Asset Allocation investing strategies.  Active and Asset Allocation strategies are evaluated over a five-year time period, and Passive strategies are evaluated over a three-year time period.

The fi360 Fiduciary Score ® is a peer percentile ranking of an investment against a set of quantitative due diligence criteria indicative of prudent fiduciary management.  Each investment is evaluated against nine individual factors and thresholds, with point allotted if it fails a particular criterion.  Investments with 0 points are automatically given an fi360 Fiduciary Score® of 0.  Every other investment is given a Score of 1-100 representing their percentile ranking.  The lower the Score, the better.

The Morningstar Analyst Rating is not a credit or risk rating, but a subjective evaluation performed by the analysts of Morningstar, Inc. Morningstar evaluates funds based on five key pillars (process, performance, people, parent and price). Morningstar’s analysts use this evaluation to identify funds they believe are more likely to outperform over the long term on a risk adjusted basis. Analysts consider quantitative and qualitative factors and the weighting of each pillar may vary. The Analyst Rating reflects an overall assessment and is overseen by Morningstar’s Analyst Rating Committee. The analyst rating scale is five-tiered, with three positive ratings (Gold, Silver, Bronze), a Neutral Rating and a Negative Rating, with Gold being the highest rating and Negative being the lowest rating. Analyst ratings are reevaluated at least every 14 months. For more detailed information about Morningstar’s Analyst Rating, including its methodology, please go to The Morningstar Analyst Ratings should not be used as the sole basis in evaluating a mutual fund and are based on Morningstar’s current expectations about future events. Morningstar does not represent ratings as a guarantee. Analyst Ratings involve unknown risks and uncertainties which may cause Morningstar’s expectations not to occur or to differ significantly.

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. To the extent that the Fund invests in Mortgage-Related Securities, its exposure to prepayment and extension risks may be greater than investments in other fixed-income securities. The Fund may use Derivatives, such as options and futures, which can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses and have a potentially large impact on Fund performance. Foreign Investing does pose special risks including currency fluctuation, economic and political risks not found in investments that are solely domestic. As Interest Rates rise, bond prices fall, reducing the value of the Fund's share price. Other risks of the Fund include but are not limited to: Bank Instruments; Company; Credit; Credit Default Swaps; Currency; Floating Rate Loans; Interest in Loans; Interest Rate; Investment Models; Liquidity; Market; Market Capitalization; Municipal Securities; Other Investment Companies; Prepayment and Extension; Price Volatility; U.S. Government Securities and Obligations; Portfolio Turnover; and Securities Lending Risks. Investors should consult the Fund's Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information for a more detailed discussion of the Fund's risks.

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