Small Cap Core | Voya Investment Management

Small Cap Core


This strategy is an actively managed small cap core strategy driven by bottom-up fundamental research seeking high-quality companies with strong balance sheets and cash flow characteristics that are beneficiaries of sustainable growth trends. We believe bottom-up stock selection is the key driver of alpha, sector and industry experience and specialization are the keys to value-added fundamental research and positive cash flow generation and deployment drive earnings per share, and ultimately stock prices.

Key Benefits

  • Consistent philosophy and process across various market cycles
  • Disciplined, repeatable process driven by fundamental research
  • Stable, experienced investment team dedicated to small-cap equity
  • High quality holdings in terms of earnings, cash flows and balance sheet strength



As of 4/30/221 Month3 MonthYTD1yr3yr5yr10yrSince Inception (8/01/05)
Composite Gross-8.10-6.52-12.56-12.076.635.7710.278.98
Composite Net-8.17-6.72-12.81-12.825.734.889.358.07
Gross Excess Return1.811.294.134.80-0.10-1.470.211.35

* Russell 2000 Index

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.

The Composite performance information represents the investment results of a group of fully discretionary accounts managed with the investment objective of outperforming the benchmark. Information is subject to change at any time. Gross returns are presented after all transaction costs, but before management fees. Returns include the reinvestment of income. Net performance is shown after the deduction of a model management fee equal to the highest fee charged.


Investment Team

James Hasso

James Hasso

Head of Small Cap and Portfolio Manager

Years of Experience: 27

Years with Voya: 16

James Hasso is head of the small cap team and a portfolio manager for the small cap core strategy at Voya Investment Management. Previously at Voya, Jim was an analyst covering the financial-related sectors. Prior to joining Voya, he held research analyst/associate portfolio manager roles at First Investors Corporation, Valenzuela Capital Partners, Mitchell Hutchins Asset Management, and Spears, Benzak, Salomon & Farrell. James serves on the Board of Trustees of the New York Foundling, holds a seat on the Leadership Council of Americares, and is an active member of the Centennial Society of the Economic Club of New York. Jim earned an MBA in finance from Fordham University and a BA in economics from Lehman College.
Joseph Basset

Joseph Basset, CFA

Equity Analyst and Portfolio Manager

Years of Experience: 25

Years with Voya: 17

Joseph Basset is a portfolio manager and analyst on the small cap team at Voya Investment Manager covering the industrials, energy, materials, and utilities sectors. Prior to joining Voya, Joe taught economics and finance at the university level for eight years. Previously, he held quantitative and fundamental research roles at Banc One covering the utilities and semiconductors sectors. Joe earned an MBA and ABD in finance from the University of Texas, a BA in economics from Tulane University, and is a CFA® Charterholder.


Principal Risk

The principal risks are generally those attributable to stock investing. Holdings are subject to market, issuer, and other risks, and their values may fluctuate. Market risk is the risk that securities may decline in value due to factors affecting the securities markets or particular industries. Issuer risk is the risk that the value of a security may decline for reasons specific to the issuer, such as changes in its financial condition. More particularly, the strategy invests in smaller companies, which may be more susceptible to price swings than larger companies because they have fewer resources and more limited products, and many are dependent on a few key managers.