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Voya’s Holistic Approach to Target Date Design

It is critical for plan fiduciaries to understand the differences in target date design in order to select the fund that best matches the needs and charac

June 1, 2023

Principal Risks

There is no guarantee that any investment option will achieve its stated objective. Principal value fluctuates and there is no guarantee of value at any time, including the target date.

The “target date” is the approximate date when an investor plans to start withdrawing their money. When their target date is reached, they may have more or less than the original amount invested. For each target-date portfolio, until the day prior to its target date, the portfolio will seek to provide total returns consistent with an asset allocation targeted for an investor who is retiring in approximately each portfolio’s designated target year. On the target date, the portfolio will seek to provide a combination of total return and stability of principal.

Stocks are more volatile than bonds, and portfolios with a higher concentration of stocks are more likely to experience greater fluctuations in value than portfolios with a higher concentration in bonds. Foreign stocks and small- and mid-cap stocks may be more volatile than large-cap stocks. Investing in bonds also, entails credit risk and interest rate risk. Generally investors with longer timeframes can consider assuming more risk in their investment portfolio.

As with any portfolio, you could lose money on your investment in a Voya Target Date Blend Series. Although asset allocation seeks to optimize returns given various levels of risk tolerance, you still may lose money and experience volatility. Market and asset class performance and the assumptions used form the asset allocations for the Voya Target Date Blend Series. There is risk that you could achieve better returns in an underlying portfolio or other portfolios representing a single asset class than in the Voya Target Date Blend Series. Important factors to consider when planning for retirement include your expected expenses, sources of income, and available assets.

Participation in a Collective Trust Fund is limited to eligible trusts that are accepted by the Trustee as Participating Trusts. Eligible trusts generally include (i) certain employee benefit trusts exempt from federal income taxation under Code Section 501(a); (ii) certain governmental plans or units described in Code Section 414(d), Code Section 457(b), and Code Section 818 (a) (6); (iii) certain commingled trust funds exempt from federal income taxation under Code Section 501(a); and (iv) certain insurance company separate accounts as defined in the Investment Company Act section 2(a) (17). Neither the fund nor units of beneficial interest in the fund are registered under the Investment Company Act of 1940 or the Securities Act of 1933 in reliance on an exemption, under these acts applicable to collective trust funds maintained by a bank for certain types of employee benefit trusts. A collective fund is not a mutual fund; the collective investment trust fund is managed by Voya Investment Trust Co. There is no guarantee the fund will achieve its objective.

The strategies in this document utilize quantitative modeling in addition to other analysis to support investment decisions. Data imprecision, software or other technology malfunctions, programming inaccuracies and similar circumstances may impair the performance of these systems, which may negatively affect performance. Furthermore, there can be no assurance that the quantitative models used to support investment decisions in the strategy will perform as anticipated or enable the strategy to achieve its objective.

An investor should consider the investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses of the Fund(s) carefully before investing. For a free copy of the Fund’s prospectus, or summary prospectus, which contains this and other information, visit us at or call (800) 992-0180. Please read all materials carefully before investing.