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Voya MidCap Opportunities I NMCIX

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Voya MidCap Opportunities Adds a Comanager; Ratings Unchanged

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The addition of a new comanager to Voya MidCap Opportunities does not affect the strategy’s Morningstar Analyst Rating of Neutral. Leigh Todd, who joined Voya in December 2021, was named comanager alongside the current team of Jeff Bianchi, Kristy Finnegan, and Michael Pytosh. Todd brings plenty of experience to the table; she worked for more than two decades at BNY Mellon, where she managed a number of separate accounts. Results there were solid, though not spectacular. She managed a large-cap growth strategy from April 2013 through October 2021 that returned 18.2% annualized, which was nudged out by the Russell 1000 Growth Index’s 18.8% gain. A large-blend strategy that she managed from July 2003 through October 2021 returned 10.7% annualized, though it too was edged out by the Russell 1000 Index, which advanced 10.9% annualized. Todd also managed an all-cap strategy, so she has experience managing funds across the market-cap spectrum, and the transition to a mid-cap-focused strategy should not be a big leap. All told, Todd’s hiring adds a solid resource to the team, but it does not merit any pillar rating changes.

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