VY BlackRock Inflation Protected Bond Portfolio - Class I

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VY BlackRock Inflation Protected Bond Portfolio

The Portfolio seeks to maximize real return, consistent with preservation of real capital and prudent investment management.

Daily Prices

as of March 16, 2018

Net Asset Value (NAV)$9.48
% Change-0.11
$ Change-0.01
YTD Return-1.40%

Fund Facts

Ticker SymbolIBRIX
Inception DateApril 30, 2007
Dividends PaidMonthly

Investment Objective

The Portfolio seeks to maximize real return, consistent with preservation of real capital and prudent investment management.

Management Team

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Portfolio Management Team

Directed Services LLC

Investment Adviser

Directed Services LLC, Asset Management Arm is a privately owned investment manager. The firm primarily provides its services to investment companies.

BlackRock Financial Management Inc.

Investment Sub-Adviser

BlackRock Financial Management Inc. (“BlackRock Financial Management” or “Sub-Adviser”), a Delaware Corporation, is an indirect, wholly-owned subsidiary of BlackRock, Inc. The principal address of BlackRock Financial Management is 55 East 52nd Street, New York, New York 10055. As of December 31, 2011, BlackRock Financial Management and its affiliates had approximately $3.513 trillion in investment company and other portfolio assets under management.

Brian Weinstein

Portfolio Manager

Managed Portfolio since 2007

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A Managing Director of BlackRock Financial Management since 2008 and a member of the investment strategy group since 2002. Mr. Weinstein co-heads BlackRock’s global inflation business and plays a senior role in the management of total return products.

Martin Hegarty

Portfolio Manager

Managed Portfolio since 2010

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Managing Director of BlackRock Financial Management since 2010. Prior to joining BlackRock in 2010, Mr. Hegarty was a director at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, acting as a market maker and primary risk taker in treasury inflation protected securities within their global rates and currencies group. Prior to joining Bank of America Merill Lynch in 2003, he was an associate at Merrill Lynch in global rates and currencies unit in London, acting as a market maker in European, Scandanavian, and U.K. inflation linked bonds.

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Average Annual Total Returns %

As of February 28, 2018

As of December 31, 2017

Most Recent Month EndMost Recent Quarter EndMost Recent Month EndMost Recent Quarter End
Most Recent Month EndYTD1 YR3 YR5 YR10 YRExpense Ratios
Net Asset Value-1.61-0.17+0.21-0.59+2.410.56%0.52%
Net Asset Value+2.72+2.72+1.39-0.37+3.030.56%0.52%
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. TIPS Index-1.82-0.18+0.79-0.11+2.81
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. TIPS Index+3.01+3.01+2.05+0.13+3.53

Inception Date - Class I:April 30, 2007

The performance quoted represents past performance and does not guarantee future results. Current performance may be lower or higher than the performance information shown. The investment return and principal value of an investment in the Portfolio will fluctuate, so that your shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. See above "Average Annual Total Returns %" for performance information current to the most recent month-end.


As of February 28, 2018

SEC 30-Day Yield (Unsubsidized)
SEC 30-Day Yield (Unsubsidized):

A standardized yield calculation created by the SEC, it reflects the income earned during a 30-day period, after the deduction of the fund's gross expenses. Negative 30-Day SEC Yield results when accrued expenses of the past 30 days exceed the income collected during the past 30 days.

SEC 30-Day Yield (Subsidized)
SEC 30-Day Yield (Subsidized):

A standardized yield calculation created by the SEC, it reflects the income earned during a 30-day period, after the deduction of the fund's net expenses (net of any expense waivers or reimbursements).

Distribution Yield @ NAV
Distribution Yield @ NAV:

Current annualized distribution rate based upon NAV is the latest dividend shown as an annualized percentage of net asset value.

Distribution Yield @ MOP
Distribution Yield @ MOP:

Current annualized distribution rate, based upon maximum offering price which is adjusted for sales changes (MOP), where applicable, is the latest dividend shown as an annualized percentage of maximum offering price.


Returns Based Statistics

As of February 28, 2018

3 Year5 Year10 Year
Standard Deviation
Standard Deviation:

A measure of the degree to which an individual probability value varies from the distribution mean. The higher the number, the greater the risk.


The sensitivity of a portfolio's returns to changes in the return of the market as measured by the index or benchmark that represents the market. A portfolio with a beta of 1.0 behaves exactly like the index. A beta less than 1.0 suggests lower risk than the index, while a beta greater than 1.0 indicates a risk level higher than the index.


The proportion of the variation in a portfolio's returns that can be explained by the variability of the returns of an index. High R-squared (close to 1.0) is usually consistent with broad diversification.


A measure of risk-adjusted performance; alpha reflects the difference between a portfolio's actual return and the return that could be expected give its risk as measured by beta.

Sharpe Ratio
Sharpe Ratio:

A risk-adjusted measure calculated using standard deviation and excess return to determine reward per unit of risk. The higher the Sharpe ratio, the better the portfolio's historical risk-adjusted performance.

Tracking Error
Tracking Error:

A measure of how closely the returns of a portfolio tend to follow the returns of the index to which it is benchmarked; specifically, the variability of excess returns around the average.

Information Ratio
Information Ratio:

The ratio of portfolio returns in excess of a market index to the variability of those excess returns; in effect, information ratio describes the value added by active management in relation to the risk taken to achieve those returns.


Calendar Year Returns %

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Returns are shown in %. These figures are for the year ended December 31 of each year. They do not reflect sales charges and would be lower if they did. The bar chart above shows the Fund's annual returns and long-term performance, and illustrates the variability of the Fund’s returns.

Growth of a $10,000 Investment

For the period 03/31/2008 through 02/28/2018

Ending Value: $12,694.00

The performance quoted in the "Growth of a $10,000 Investment" chart represents past performance. Performance shown is without sales charges; had sales charges been deducted, performance would have been less. Ending value includes reinvestment of distributions.


Portfolio Statistics

As of February 28, 2018

Net Assets millions
Net Assets:

The per-share dollar amount of the fund, calculated by dividing the total value of all the securities in its portfolio, less any liabilities, by the number of fund shares outstanding.

Number of Holdings
Number of Holdings:

Number of Holdings in the investment.


Portfolio Composition

as of February 28, 2018

Government Security55.82
Foreign Bond15.29
Corporate Bond14.80
Agency Bond13.90
Cash Equivalent0.21

Top Country Weightings

% of Total Investments as of February 28, 2018

United States85.09
New Zealand1.68
United Kingdom1.36

Information provided is not a recommendation to buy or sell any security. Portfolio data is subject to daily change.


Distributions: Last 12 Months

Payment Frequency: Monthly


Date on which a stock begins trading without the benefit of the dividend. Typically, a stock’s price moves up by the dollar amount of the dividend as the ex-dividend date approaches, then falls by the amount of the dividend after that date.

Payable Date
Payable Date:

Date on which a declared stock dividend or a bond interest payment is scheduled to be paid.

Record Date
Record Date:

Date on which a shareholder must officially own shares in order to be entitled to a dividend. After the date of record, the stock is said to be ex-dividend.

Income Dividend02/28/201803/01/201802/27/2018$0.044700
Income Dividend06/01/201706/02/201705/31/2017$0.022400
Income Dividend05/01/201705/02/201704/28/2017$0.057000
Totals: $0.124100


Morningstar™ Ratings

As of February 28, 2018

Overall3 Year5 Year10 Year
209 Funds209 Funds175 Funds112 Funds

Category: Fund Inflation-Protected Bond


Principal Risks

You could lose money on an investment in the Portfolio. Any of the following risks, among others, could affect Portfolio performance or cause the Portfolio to lose money or to underperform market averages of other funds.

Call During periods of falling interest rates, a bond issuer may “call” or repay its high-yielding bond before the bond’s maturity date. If forced to invest the unanticipated proceeds at lower interest rates, the Portfolio would experience a decline in income.

Credit Prices of bonds and other debt securities can fall if the issuer’s actual or perceived financial health deteriorates, whether because of broad economic or issuer-specific reasons. In certain cases, the issuer could be late in paying interest or principal, or could fail to pay altogether. Lower quality securities (including securities that have fallen below investment-grade and are classified as “junk bonds”) have greater credit risk and liquidity risk than higher quality (investment-grade) securities, and their issuers’ long-term ability to make payments is considered speculative. Prices of lower quality bonds or other debt securities are also more volatile, are more sensitive to negative news about the economy or the issuer, and have greater liquidity and price volatility risk.

Credit Default SwapsThe Portfolio may enter into credit default swaps, either as a buyer or a seller of the swap. As a buyer of the swap, the Portfolio pays a fee to protect against the risk that a security held by the Portfolio will default. As a seller of the swap, the Portfolio receives payment(s) in return for its obligation to pay the counterparty an agreed upon value of a security in the event of a default of the security issuer. Credit default swaps are largely unregulated and susceptible to liquidity, credit, and counterparty risks.

CurrencyTo the extent that the Portfolio invests directly in foreign currencies or in securities denominated in, or that trade in, foreign (non-U.S.) currencies, it is subject to the risk that those currencies will decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar or, in the case of hedging positions, that the U.S. dollar will decline in value relative to the currency being hedged.

Deflation Deflation risk is the possibility that prices throughout the economy decline over time - the opposite of inflation. If inflation is negative, the principal and income of an inflation-protected bond will decline and could result in the losses for the Portfolio.

Derivative Instruments Derivative instruments are subject to a number of risks, including the risk of changes in the market price of the underlying securities, credit risk with respect to the counterparty, risk of loss due to changes in interest rates and liquidity risk. The use of certain derivatives may also have a leveraging effect which may increase the volatility of the Portfolio and reduce its returns.

Foreign Investments/Developing and Emerging Markets Investing in foreign (non-U.S.) securities may result in the Portfolio experiencing more rapid and extreme changes in value than a fund that invests exclusively in securities of U.S. companies, due to smaller markets, differing reporting, accounting and auditing standards, and nationalization, expropriation or confiscatory taxation, foreign currency fluctuations, currency blockage, or replacement, potential for default on sovereign debt, or political changes or diplomatic developments. Foreign investment risks may be greater in developing and emerging markets than in developed markets.

High-Yield Securities Investments rated below investment-grade (or of similar quality if unrated) are known as “high-yield securities” or “junk bonds.” High-yield securities are subject to greater levels of credit and liquidity risks. High-yield securities are considered primarily speculative with respect to the issuer’s continuing ability to make principal and interest payments.

Inflation-Indexed Bonds If the index measuring inflation falls, the principal value of inflation-indexed bonds will be adjusted downward, and consequently the interest payable on these securities (calculated with respect to a smaller principal amount) will be reduced. Repayment of the original bond principal upon maturity (as adjusted for inflation) is guaranteed in the case of U.S. Treasury inflation-indexed bonds. For bonds that do not provide a similar guarantee, the adjusted principal value of the bond repaid at maturity may be less than the original principal.

Interest Rate With bonds and other fixed rate debt securities, a rise in interest rates generally causes values to fall; conversely, values generally rise as interest rates fall. The higher the credit quality of the security, and the longer its maturity or duration, the more sensitive it is likely to be to interest rate risk.

Issuer Non-Diversification The Portfolio is classified as a “non-diversified” investment company and, therefore, is subject to the risks of focusing investments in a small number of issuers, industries or foreign currencies, including being more susceptible to risks associated with a single economic, political or regulatory occurrence than a more diversified portfolio might be.

Leverage Certain transactions and investment strategies may give rise to leverage. Such transactions and investment strategies, include, but are not limited to: borrowing, dollar rolls, reverse repurchase agreements, loans of portfolio securities and the use of when-issued, delayed-delivery or forward-commitment transactions. The use of certain derivatives may also increase leveraging risk. The use of leverage may increase the Portfolio’s expenses and increase the impact of the Portfolio’s other risks.

Liquidity If a security is illiquid, the Portfolio might be unable to sell the security at a time when the Portfolio’s manager might wish to sell, and the security could have the effect of decreasing the overall level of the Portfolio’s liquidity. Further, the lack of an established secondary market may make it more difficult to value illiquid securities, which could vary from the amount the Portfolio could realize upon disposition. The Portfolio may make investments that become less liquid in response to market developments or adverse investor perception. The Portfolio could lose money if it cannot sell a security at the time and price that would be most beneficial to the Portfolio.

Mortgage- and/or Asset-Backed Securities Defaults on or the low credit quality or liquidity of the underlying assets of the asset-backed (including mortgage-backed) securities held by the Portfolio may impair the value of the securities. There may be limitations on the enforceability of any security interest granted with respect to those underlying assets. These securities also present a higher degree of prepayment and extension risk and interest rate risk than do other types of fixed-income securities

Other Investment Companies The main risk of investing in other investment companies, including exchange-traded funds, is the risk that the value of the securities underlying an investment company might decrease. Because the Portfolio may invest in other investment companies, you will pay a proportionate share of the expenses of that other investment company (including management fees, administration fees, and custodial fees) in addition to the expenses of the Portfolio.

Prepayment and Extension Extension Prepayment risk is the risk that principal on mortgages or other loan obligations underlying a security may be repaid prior to the stated maturity date, which may reduce the market value of the security and the anticipated yield-to-maturity. Extension risk is the risk that an issuer will exercise its right to repay principal on an obligation held by the Portfolio later than expected, which may decrease the value of the obligation and prevent the Portfolio from investing expected repayment proceeds in securities paying yields higher than the yields paid by the securities that were expected to be repaid.

Securities Lending Securities lending involves two primary risks: “investment risk” and “borrower default risk.” Investment risk is the risk that the Portfolio will lose money from the investment of the cash collateral received from the borrower. Borrower default risk is the risk that the Portfolio will lose money due to the failure of a borrower to return a borrowed security in a timely manner.

U.S. Government Securities and Obligations U.S. government securities are obligations of, or guaranteed by, the U.S. government, its agencies or government-sponsored enterprises. U.S. government securities are subject to market and interest rate risk, and may be subject to varying degrees of credit risk.

An investment in the Portfolio is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board or any other government agency.