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Custom Target-Date Solution


To address unique plan-specific characteristics and requirements, the Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions team offers custom target date solutions that are tailored to meet a client’s specific needs, preferences and employee demographics. Based on participant and plan sponsor data, the team works through a multi-step, iterative process to design a target date program that complements each client's total retirement benefits package. Customized features can include glide path design, asset allocation, underlying asset classes and fund options, implementation and participant communications. The team draws on extensive expertise with target date strategies and customized asset allocation solutions to offer a genuine partnership in all aspects of custom target date design.
Voya’s Custom Target Date Solutions may allow plan sponsors to:

  • Tailor a glide path that is better aligned with an organization’s investment objectives and participant demographics
  • Assume more control over asset classes, underlying managers and use of active and/or passive investments
  • Reduce overall plan expenses and leverage economies of scale from existing investment management relationships within existing benefit plans

Key Benefits

  • Deep and Experienced Team. The Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions team has been managing target date assets since 2005 and custom target date solutions since 2008.
  • Sophisticated Glide Path Approach. The team utilizes an iterative glide path design process that has the ability to model varying plan design features and participant characteristics and evaluate the impact of design decisions on participant outcomes.
  • Robust Asset Allocation. The asset allocation process invests in a broad range of traditional and non-traditional asset classes to help manage risks through all phases of the market cycle.
  • Manager Research and Selection Capabilities. The team has over 10 years of experience in manager due diligence to effectively support an open architecture framework.
  • Portfolio Implementation Efficiency. The experienced implementation team has a dedicated proprietary portfolio management system to efficiently manage investment exposure and operational risk.
  • Customized Employee Communications and Education. An award-winning communications team provides customized materials to increase participant engagement in an effort to enhance participant outcomes.



Performance data for this strategy is not available at this time.


Investment Team

Barbara Reinhard

Barbara Reinhard, CFA

Senior Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions

Years of Experience: 31

Years with Voya: 8

Barbara Reinhard is the chief investment officer, multi-asset strategies and solutions at Voya Investment Management. She is responsible for the strategic direction and overall day-to-day portfolio management and human capital management of Voya’s multi-asset business. Prior to joining Voya, Barbara was the chief investment officer for Credit Suisse Private Bank in the Americas where she managed discretionary multi-asset portfolios and was a member of the global asset allocation and the employee pension investment committees. Prior to that, she worked at Morgan Stanley as the deputy chief investment strategist for the global wealth management division. Barbara earned a BA in economics from Trinity College and is a CFA® Charterholder.
Lanyon Blair

Lanyon Blair, CFA, CAIA

Senior Vice President, Head of Manager Research and Selection

Years of Experience: 16

Years with Voya: 9

Lanyon Blair is a Head of Manager Research and Selection for Multi-Asset Strategies and Solutions (MASS) at Voya Investment Management. He is responsible for manager research and selection activities across equity, fixed income, real estate and commodities asset classes for all of the MASS group’s multi-manager products, including risk-based, target date, portable alpha and other asset class fund of funds solutions. Prior to joining Voya, he was an investment analyst at Wells Fargo, focusing on research and due diligence of equity, real estate and multi-asset managers. Prior to that, he was a research analyst with Fidelity Investments covering equity and real estate managers for Fidelity’s retirement platform. Lanyon began his career as a consultant with FactSet Research Systems, where he worked closely with equity, fixed income and real estate research teams. Lanyon earned an MA in economics from American University and BA degrees in economics and criminal justice from Indiana University. He is a CFA® Charterholder and a Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst®.


Principal Risk

The strategy employs a quantitative model to execute the strategy. 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 in managing the strategy will perform as anticipated or enable the strategy to achieve its objective.

All investing involves risks of fluctuating prices and the uncertainties of rates of return and yield inherent in investing. Price volatility, liquidity and other risks accompany an investment in equity securities of foreign, smaller capitalized companies. International investing does pose special risks including currency fluctuation, economic and political risks not found in investments that are solely domestic. Risks of foreign investing are generally intensified for investments in emerging markets.

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 the target date is reached, the investor 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.