Overview

Attractive risk-adjusted returns since manager inception (as measured by Sharpe ratio).1

On 7/1/2009 a new team with years of prior experience was put in place to manage the Fund with a focus on investing in asset classes believed to offer attractive risk-adjusted returns.

Average Annual Returns (%)as of Jun 30, 2015

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
07/31/2015
Fund at NAV 0.38 -0.32 1.52 1.38 0.76 1.39 3.08
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.38 -5.11 -3.30 -3.49 -0.85 0.42 2.58
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.01 0.06 0.08 1.39
06/30/2015
Fund at NAV -0.66 -0.69 1.13 1.06 0.74 1.51 3.10
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -5.34 -5.45 -3.66 -3.79 -0.88 0.53 2.61
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.06 0.08 1.41
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance is for the stated time period only; due to market volatility, the Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than quoted. Returns are historical and are calculated by determining the percentage change in net asset value (NAV) with all distributions reinvested. Returns for other classes of shares offered by the Fund are different. Performance less than one year is cumulative. Prior to 7/1/09, the Fund had a predetermined fixed allocation approach investing equally among portfolios investing in mortgage-backed securities, senior floating-rate loans and high-yield bonds. The Fund has changed its objectives and investment strategies to permit investment in multiple Eaton Vance Portfolios and Funds. Max Sales Charge: 4.75%.

Fund Factsas of Jun 30, 2015

Class A Inception 12/07/2004
Investment Objective Total return
Total Net Assets $166.0M
Minimum Investment $1000
Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.29%
Expense Ratio (Net)3 1.26%
CUSIP 277923504


Portfolio Management

Dan R. Strelow, CFA Managed Fund since 2009
Justin H. Bourgette, CFA Managed Fund since 2011
Thomas A. Shively Managed Fund since 2011

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

About Risk 

The Fund employs an "absolute return" investment approach, benchmarking itself to an index of cash instruments and seeking to achieve returns that are largely independent of broad movements in stocks and bonds. While the Fund has a targeted annual performance volatility range, its actual, or realized, volatility for longer or shorter periods may be materially higher or lower than the target range depending on market conditions. An imbalance in supply and demand in the income market may result in valuation uncertainties and greater volatility, less liquidity, widening credit spreads and a lack of price transparency in the market. Investments in foreign instruments or currencies can involve greater risk and volatility than U.S. investments because of adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical or other conditions. Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. Derivative instruments can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in economic leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. If a counterparty is unable to honor its commitments, the value of Fund shares may decline and/or the Fund could experience delays in the return of collateral or other assets held by the counterparty. The effectiveness of the Fund's option strategy is dependent upon a general imbalance of natural buyers over natural sellers of index options. This imbalance could decrease or be eliminated, which could have an adverse effect on the Fund. There can be no assurance that the liquidation of collateral securing an investment will satisfy the issuer's obligation in the event of nonpayment or that collateral can be readily liquidated. The ability to realize the benefits of any collateral may be delayed or limited. Purchases and sales of bank loans in the secondary market generally are subject to contractual restrictions and may be subject to extended settlement periods. Investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) exposes the Fund to all of the risks of that ETF and, in general, subjects the Fund to a pro rata portion of the Fund's fees and expenses. Investing in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) exposes the Fund to the performance of the issuer. The Fund's investments may lose their entire value if the issuer fails. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of nonpayment of principal and interest. The value of income securities also may decline because of real or perceived concerns about the issuer's ability to make principal and interest payments. Investments rated below investment grade (typically referred to as "junk") are generally subject to greater price volatility and illiquidity than higher-rated investments. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. A portfolio with negative duration generally incurs a loss when interest rates and yields fall. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. The Fund will incur a loss as a result of a short sale if the price of the security sold short increases in value between the date of the short sale and the date on which the Fund purchases the security to replace the borrowed security. No Fund is a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in a Fund. The Fund may engage in other investment practices that may involve additional risks and you should review the Fund prospectus for a complete description.


Performance

Average Annual Returns (%)as of Jun 30, 2015

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Fund at NAV -0.66 -0.69 1.13 1.06 0.74 1.51 3.10
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -5.34 -5.45 -3.66 -3.79 -0.88 0.53 2.61
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.06 0.08 1.41
Morningstar™ Nontraditional Bond Category4 -0.60 -0.07 0.85 -0.34 2.46 3.02 3.79
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance is for the stated time period only; due to market volatility, the Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than quoted. Returns are historical and are calculated by determining the percentage change in net asset value (NAV) with all distributions reinvested. Returns for other classes of shares offered by the Fund are different. Performance less than one year is cumulative. Prior to 7/1/09, the Fund had a predetermined fixed allocation approach investing equally among portfolios investing in mortgage-backed securities, senior floating-rate loans and high-yield bonds. The Fund has changed its objectives and investment strategies to permit investment in multiple Eaton Vance Portfolios and Funds. Max Sales Charge: 4.75%.

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
Fund at NAV 3.78 7.05 3.80 -19.40 33.14 7.25 0.67 2.33 -1.21 1.23
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 3.07 4.85 5.00 2.06 0.21 0.13 0.10 0.11 0.07 0.03

Fund Facts

Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.29%
Expense Ratio (Net)3 1.26%
Class A Inception 12/07/2004
Distribution Frequency Monthly


Morningstar™ Ratingsas of Jun 30, 2015

Time Period Rating Rating (Load Waived) Funds in
Nontraditional Bond
Category
Overall * ** 232
3 Years * ** 232
5 Years * ** 132
Based on Risk-Adjusted Returns.

The Overall Morningstar Rating for a fund is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its 3-, 5- and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics.

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NAV History

Date NAV NAV Change
Jul 31, 2015 $8.66 $0.00
Jul 30, 2015 $8.66 $-0.01
Jul 29, 2015 $8.67 $0.00
Jul 28, 2015 $8.67 $0.00
Jul 27, 2015 $8.67 $0.00
Jul 24, 2015 $8.67 $0.00
Jul 23, 2015 $8.67 $0.00
Jul 22, 2015 $8.67 $0.00
Jul 21, 2015 $8.67 $0.00
Jul 20, 2015 $8.67 $0.00

Distribution History5

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest NAV
Jul 30, 2015 $0.01290 $8.66
Jun 29, 2015 $0.01220 $8.65
May 28, 2015 $0.01660 $8.71
Apr 29, 2015 $0.01080 $8.73
Mar 30, 2015 $0.01370 $8.73
Feb 26, 2015 $0.01230 $8.72
Jan 29, 2015 $0.03240 $8.73
Dec 30, 2014 $0.02520 $8.63
Nov 26, 2014 $0.01190 $8.69
Oct 30, 2014 $0.01240 $8.69
View All
No records in this table indicates that there has not been a distribution greater than .0001 within the past 3 years.
Fund prospectus

Capital Gain History5

Ex-Date Short-Term Long-Term Reinvest NAV
No records in this table indicates that there has not been a capital gain greater than .0001 within the past 3 years.
Fund prospectus

Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance is as of month-end for the stated time period only; due to market volatility, the Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than quoted. For the Eaton Vance Fund's performance as of the most recent month-end, please refer to eatonvance.com. Returns are historical and are calculated by determining the percentage change in net asset value (NAV) with all distributions reinvested. Returns shown at NAV unless noted otherwise. Returns for other classes of shares offered by the Fund are different. It is not possible to invest in an index.

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

About Risk 

The Fund employs an "absolute return" investment approach, benchmarking itself to an index of cash instruments and seeking to achieve returns that are largely independent of broad movements in stocks and bonds. While the Fund has a targeted annual performance volatility range, its actual, or realized, volatility for longer or shorter periods may be materially higher or lower than the target range depending on market conditions. An imbalance in supply and demand in the income market may result in valuation uncertainties and greater volatility, less liquidity, widening credit spreads and a lack of price transparency in the market. Investments in foreign instruments or currencies can involve greater risk and volatility than U.S. investments because of adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical or other conditions. Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. Derivative instruments can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in economic leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. If a counterparty is unable to honor its commitments, the value of Fund shares may decline and/or the Fund could experience delays in the return of collateral or other assets held by the counterparty. The effectiveness of the Fund's option strategy is dependent upon a general imbalance of natural buyers over natural sellers of index options. This imbalance could decrease or be eliminated, which could have an adverse effect on the Fund. There can be no assurance that the liquidation of collateral securing an investment will satisfy the issuer's obligation in the event of nonpayment or that collateral can be readily liquidated. The ability to realize the benefits of any collateral may be delayed or limited. Purchases and sales of bank loans in the secondary market generally are subject to contractual restrictions and may be subject to extended settlement periods. Investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) exposes the Fund to all of the risks of that ETF and, in general, subjects the Fund to a pro rata portion of the Fund's fees and expenses. Investing in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) exposes the Fund to the performance of the issuer. The Fund's investments may lose their entire value if the issuer fails. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of nonpayment of principal and interest. The value of income securities also may decline because of real or perceived concerns about the issuer's ability to make principal and interest payments. Investments rated below investment grade (typically referred to as "junk") are generally subject to greater price volatility and illiquidity than higher-rated investments. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. A portfolio with negative duration generally incurs a loss when interest rates and yields fall. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. The Fund will incur a loss as a result of a short sale if the price of the security sold short increases in value between the date of the short sale and the date on which the Fund purchases the security to replace the borrowed security. No Fund is a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in a Fund. The Fund may engage in other investment practices that may involve additional risks and you should review the Fund prospectus for a complete description.


Portfolio

Fund Weightings (%)6as of Jun 30, 2015

Absolute Return Strategies 39.39
Risk Premia Strategies 16.55
Global Macro Absolute Return Advantage Portfolio 11.05
Equity Market Neutral Strategies 8.38
Parametric Absolute Return Strategy7 3.40
Income Strategies 49.43
CMBS 24.69
Floating Rate Portfolio 19.73
Short-Term U.S. Government Portfolio 5.01
Other 12.64
U.S. Treasury Futures7 11.22
VIX Hedging Strategies 1.42
Cash & Equivalents 31.43

Portfolio Statisticsas of Jun 30, 2015

Average Weighted Duration 1.96 yrs.


Credit Quality (%)8as of Jun 30, 2015

AAA 50.53
AA 1.52
A 3.42
BBB 7.25
BB 14.41
B 19.53
CCC or Lower 1.81
Not Rated 1.52
Ratings are based on Moody's, S&P or Fitch, as applicable. If securities are rated differently by the ratings agencies, the higher rating is applied. Ratings, which are subject to change, apply to the creditworthiness of the issuers of the underlying securities and not to the Fund or its shares. Credit ratings measure the quality of a bond based on the issuer's creditworthiness, with ratings ranging from AAA, being the highest, to D, being the lowest based on S&P's measures. Ratings of BBB or higher by S&P or Fitch (Baa or higher by Moody's) are considered to be investment-grade quality. Credit ratings are based largely on the ratings agency's analysis at the time of rating. The rating assigned to any particular security is not necessarily a reflection of the issuer's current financial condition and does not necessarily reflect its assessment of the volatility of a security's market value or of the liquidity of an investment in the security. Holdings designated as "Not Rated" are not rated by the national ratings agencies stated above.

Portfolio Allocations (%)9,10as of Jun 30, 2015

MSAR Completion Portfolio 43.72
Floating Rate Portfolio 19.73
CMBS Portfolio 12.10
Global Macro Absolute Return Advantage Portfolio 11.05
Short-Term U.S. Government Portfolio 5.01
Parametric International Equity Fund - Class I 4.45
Parametric Emerging Markets Fund - Class I 3.94


Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

About Risk 

The Fund employs an "absolute return" investment approach, benchmarking itself to an index of cash instruments and seeking to achieve returns that are largely independent of broad movements in stocks and bonds. While the Fund has a targeted annual performance volatility range, its actual, or realized, volatility for longer or shorter periods may be materially higher or lower than the target range depending on market conditions. An imbalance in supply and demand in the income market may result in valuation uncertainties and greater volatility, less liquidity, widening credit spreads and a lack of price transparency in the market. Investments in foreign instruments or currencies can involve greater risk and volatility than U.S. investments because of adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical or other conditions. Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. Derivative instruments can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in economic leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. If a counterparty is unable to honor its commitments, the value of Fund shares may decline and/or the Fund could experience delays in the return of collateral or other assets held by the counterparty. The effectiveness of the Fund's option strategy is dependent upon a general imbalance of natural buyers over natural sellers of index options. This imbalance could decrease or be eliminated, which could have an adverse effect on the Fund. There can be no assurance that the liquidation of collateral securing an investment will satisfy the issuer's obligation in the event of nonpayment or that collateral can be readily liquidated. The ability to realize the benefits of any collateral may be delayed or limited. Purchases and sales of bank loans in the secondary market generally are subject to contractual restrictions and may be subject to extended settlement periods. Investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) exposes the Fund to all of the risks of that ETF and, in general, subjects the Fund to a pro rata portion of the Fund's fees and expenses. Investing in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) exposes the Fund to the performance of the issuer. The Fund's investments may lose their entire value if the issuer fails. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of nonpayment of principal and interest. The value of income securities also may decline because of real or perceived concerns about the issuer's ability to make principal and interest payments. Investments rated below investment grade (typically referred to as "junk") are generally subject to greater price volatility and illiquidity than higher-rated investments. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. A portfolio with negative duration generally incurs a loss when interest rates and yields fall. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. The Fund will incur a loss as a result of a short sale if the price of the security sold short increases in value between the date of the short sale and the date on which the Fund purchases the security to replace the borrowed security. No Fund is a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in a Fund. The Fund may engage in other investment practices that may involve additional risks and you should review the Fund prospectus for a complete description.


Insights & analysis

Quarterly Commentary

A Word On The Markets  as of Jun 30, 2015

Major developed and emerging stock market indices registered slightly positive returns in the second quarter. In contrast, the global fixed-income market weakened, led by a selloff in eurozone bonds. Eurozone yields rose from what we considered to be unsustainably low levels that were touched in the first quarter. In addition, the Greek debt crisis created upward pressure on yields in other heavily indebted eurozone countries, such as Spain and Italy.

The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Index returned –1.68% – its worst quarterly performance in two years. Short-term rates were essentially unchanged, but longer rates rose and the yield curve steepened. The jump in eurozone bond yields helped push longer rates higher, as it made U.S. yields look relatively less attractive. In addition, a rebound in oil prices caused inflation expectations to pick up, and data suggested that the U.S. economy had regained its footing after a weak first quarter. Credit spreads widened modestly in both the investment-grade and high-yield sectors of the bond market; however, investment-grade issues lagged due to their greater sensitivity to interest rates.

Following a dramatic strengthening from mid-2014 through March of this year, the U.S. dollar weakened against most developed-market currencies and was mixed against emerging-market currencies. The pause in the dollar's ascent, combined with modest improvement in the U.S. economy, raised the probability that the Federal Reserve would start increasing short-term interest rates in the second half of 2015. The central bank signaled as much at its June policy meeting but assured investors that the pace of future rate hikes would be gradual.

Performance Summary 

Eaton Vance Multi Strategy Absolute Return Fund (the Fund) underperformed its benchmark, the BofA Merrill Lynch 3 Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index (the Index),11 at net asset value for the quarter.

  • The absolute return strategies delivered mixed performance, although their results were slightly negative in aggregate. In contrast, select allocations within more traditional areas of the fixed-income market were beneficial.
  • The Fund's duration, and management's decision to modestly increase duration, hurt returns given the rise in longer-term interest rates. Average portfolio duration was 1.72 years on June 30.
  • Management continued to target the Fund’s volatility to be near the low end of its 2% to 6.5% range throughout the quarter.

Average Annual Returns (%)as of Jun 30, 2015

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years 10 Years
Fund at NAV -0.66 -0.69 1.13 1.06 0.74 1.51 3.10
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -5.34 -5.45 -3.66 -3.79 -0.88 0.53 2.61
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.06 0.08 1.41
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost. Performance is for the stated time period only; due to market volatility, the Fund's current performance may be lower or higher than quoted. Returns are historical and are calculated by determining the percentage change in net asset value (NAV) with all distributions reinvested. Returns for other classes of shares offered by the Fund are different. Performance less than one year is cumulative. Prior to 7/1/09, the Fund had a predetermined fixed allocation approach investing equally among portfolios investing in mortgage-backed securities, senior floating-rate loans and high-yield bonds. The Fund has changed its objectives and investment strategies to permit investment in multiple Eaton Vance Portfolios and Funds. Max Sales Charge: 4.75%.

Fund Factsas of Jun 30, 2015

Class A Inception 12/07/2004
Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.29%
Expense Ratio (Net)3 1.26%


Contributors 

Factors contributing to the Fund’s performance during the quarter:

  • The option absolute return strategy employed within MSAR Completion Portfolio benefited results. This strategy generally adds value when the S&P 500 Index trades in a relatively narrow range, which it did throughout much of the period.
  • An investment in Floating-Rate Portfolio helped Fund performance. Rising interest rates and improving U.S. economic data heightened the appeal of floating-rate loans.
  • An allocation to Short Government Portfolio boosted returns, helped by exposure to adjustable-rate issues and certain types of mortgage-backed securities that typically do well when rates are rising.

Detractors 

Factors detracting from the Fund’s performance during the quarter:

  • The Fund's duration, and the management of duration, was the main drag on Fund performance given the rise in longer-term bond yields.
  • Absolute return strategies that focus on commodity risk premia were adversely affected by the quick reversal in oil prices. During the second quarter, Brent and West Texas Intermediate crude oil gained approximately 11% and 18%, respectively, after having plummeted from mid-2014 through early this year.

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

The U.S. expansion remains sluggish, Chinese growth continues to slow, and the European Central Bank recently acknowledged that the region's nascent recovery appears to be losing steam. In addition, Greece's fiscal problems remind us that the world remains awash in debt – debt that saps economic growth and stresses the financial system. Meanwhile, unprecedented easing from major central banks has intentionally inflated asset prices.

We believe the Fund is appropriately positioned for this environment – an environment characterized by high valuations on risky assets and a global economy laboring under too much debt. Furthermore, we believe volatility could pick up in the months ahead as investors focus on when, and by how much, the Fed will raise rates, as well as ongoing policy risk in Europe and China.

Credit Quality (%)8as of Jun 30, 2015

AAA 50.53
AA 1.52
A 3.42
BBB 7.25
BB 14.41
B 19.53
CCC or Lower 1.81
Not Rated 1.52
Ratings are based on Moody's, S&P or Fitch, as applicable. If securities are rated differently by the ratings agencies, the higher rating is applied. Ratings, which are subject to change, apply to the creditworthiness of the issuers of the underlying securities and not to the Fund or its shares. Credit ratings measure the quality of a bond based on the issuer's creditworthiness, with ratings ranging from AAA, being the highest, to D, being the lowest based on S&P's measures. Ratings of BBB or higher by S&P or Fitch (Baa or higher by Moody's) are considered to be investment-grade quality. Credit ratings are based largely on the ratings agency's analysis at the time of rating. The rating assigned to any particular security is not necessarily a reflection of the issuer's current financial condition and does not necessarily reflect its assessment of the volatility of a security's market value or of the liquidity of an investment in the security. Holdings designated as "Not Rated" are not rated by the national ratings agencies stated above.


The views expressed in this report are those of portfolio manager(s) and are current only through the date stated at the top of this page. These views are subject to change at any time based upon market or other conditions, and Eaton Vance disclaims any responsibility to update such views. These views may not be relied upon as investment advice and, because investment decisions are based on many factors, may not be relied upon as an indication of trading intent on behalf of any Eaton Vance fund. This commentary may contain statements that are not historical facts, referred to as "forward looking statements". The Fund's actual future results may differ significantly from those stated in any forward-looking statement, depending on factors such as changes in securities or financial markets or general economic conditions, the volume of sales and purchases of Fund shares, the continuation of investment advisory, administrative and service contracts, and other risks discussed from time to time in the Fund's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

About Risk 

The Fund employs an "absolute return" investment approach, benchmarking itself to an index of cash instruments and seeking to achieve returns that are largely independent of broad movements in stocks and bonds. While the Fund has a targeted annual performance volatility range, its actual, or realized, volatility for longer or shorter periods may be materially higher or lower than the target range depending on market conditions. An imbalance in supply and demand in the income market may result in valuation uncertainties and greater volatility, less liquidity, widening credit spreads and a lack of price transparency in the market. Investments in foreign instruments or currencies can involve greater risk and volatility than U.S. investments because of adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical or other conditions. Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. Derivative instruments can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in economic leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. If a counterparty is unable to honor its commitments, the value of Fund shares may decline and/or the Fund could experience delays in the return of collateral or other assets held by the counterparty. The effectiveness of the Fund's option strategy is dependent upon a general imbalance of natural buyers over natural sellers of index options. This imbalance could decrease or be eliminated, which could have an adverse effect on the Fund. There can be no assurance that the liquidation of collateral securing an investment will satisfy the issuer's obligation in the event of nonpayment or that collateral can be readily liquidated. The ability to realize the benefits of any collateral may be delayed or limited. Purchases and sales of bank loans in the secondary market generally are subject to contractual restrictions and may be subject to extended settlement periods. Investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) exposes the Fund to all of the risks of that ETF and, in general, subjects the Fund to a pro rata portion of the Fund's fees and expenses. Investing in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) exposes the Fund to the performance of the issuer. The Fund's investments may lose their entire value if the issuer fails. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of nonpayment of principal and interest. The value of income securities also may decline because of real or perceived concerns about the issuer's ability to make principal and interest payments. Investments rated below investment grade (typically referred to as "junk") are generally subject to greater price volatility and illiquidity than higher-rated investments. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. A portfolio with negative duration generally incurs a loss when interest rates and yields fall. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. The Fund will incur a loss as a result of a short sale if the price of the security sold short increases in value between the date of the short sale and the date on which the Fund purchases the security to replace the borrowed security. No Fund is a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in a Fund. The Fund may engage in other investment practices that may involve additional risks and you should review the Fund prospectus for a complete description.


Attribution

Attribution available in Fund Literature tab.

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

About Risk 

The Fund employs an "absolute return" investment approach, benchmarking itself to an index of cash instruments and seeking to achieve returns that are largely independent of broad movements in stocks and bonds. While the Fund has a targeted annual performance volatility range, its actual, or realized, volatility for longer or shorter periods may be materially higher or lower than the target range depending on market conditions. An imbalance in supply and demand in the income market may result in valuation uncertainties and greater volatility, less liquidity, widening credit spreads and a lack of price transparency in the market. Investments in foreign instruments or currencies can involve greater risk and volatility than U.S. investments because of adverse market, economic, political, regulatory, geopolitical or other conditions. Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. Derivative instruments can be used to take both long and short positions, be highly volatile, result in economic leverage (which can magnify losses), and involve risks in addition to the risks of the underlying instrument on which the derivative is based, such as counterparty, correlation and liquidity risk. If a counterparty is unable to honor its commitments, the value of Fund shares may decline and/or the Fund could experience delays in the return of collateral or other assets held by the counterparty. The effectiveness of the Fund's option strategy is dependent upon a general imbalance of natural buyers over natural sellers of index options. This imbalance could decrease or be eliminated, which could have an adverse effect on the Fund. There can be no assurance that the liquidation of collateral securing an investment will satisfy the issuer's obligation in the event of nonpayment or that collateral can be readily liquidated. The ability to realize the benefits of any collateral may be delayed or limited. Purchases and sales of bank loans in the secondary market generally are subject to contractual restrictions and may be subject to extended settlement periods. Investing in an exchange-traded fund (ETF) exposes the Fund to all of the risks of that ETF and, in general, subjects the Fund to a pro rata portion of the Fund's fees and expenses. Investing in exchange-traded notes (ETNs) exposes the Fund to the performance of the issuer. The Fund's investments may lose their entire value if the issuer fails. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of nonpayment of principal and interest. The value of income securities also may decline because of real or perceived concerns about the issuer's ability to make principal and interest payments. Investments rated below investment grade (typically referred to as "junk") are generally subject to greater price volatility and illiquidity than higher-rated investments. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. A portfolio with negative duration generally incurs a loss when interest rates and yields fall. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. The Fund will incur a loss as a result of a short sale if the price of the security sold short increases in value between the date of the short sale and the date on which the Fund purchases the security to replace the borrowed security. No Fund is a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in a Fund. The Fund may engage in other investment practices that may involve additional risks and you should review the Fund prospectus for a complete description.


Management

Biography
Dan R. Strelow, CFA

Dan R. Strelow, CFA

Vice President, Eaton Vance Management
Joined Eaton Vance 2005

Dan Strelow is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management, co-director of Customized Solutions and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance's customized solutions team.

Dan joined Eaton Vance in June 2005. Previously, beginning in 1988, he was affiliated with State Street Research and Management as managing director, CIO fixed income and fixed income portfolio manager. From 1981-1988, Dan was affiliated with First Chicago Investment Advisors in various capacities, including analyst, portfolio manager and vice president.

Dan earned a B.A. in economics from Pacific Lutheran University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago. He is a CFA charterholder and has published various white papers including "Pension Management In A World of Balance" (October 2005), "Solving the Pension Management Riddle" (December 2006), "The Slow March to LDI" (July 2007) and "LDI: More Than Duration-Matching" (Institutional Investor Magazine 2008).

Education
  • B.A. Pacific Lutheran University
  • M.B.A Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Experience
  • Managed Fund since 2009
Other funds managed
 
Biography
Justin H. Bourgette, CFA

Justin H. Bourgette, CFA

Vice President, Eaton Vance Management
Joined Eaton Vance 2006

Justin Bourgette is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance's customized solutions team.

Justin joined Eaton Vance in 2006. Previously, he was affiliated with Investors Financial Services as an analyst in corporate finance and with National Grid, where he worked in business planning and engineering.

Justin earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and an M.S. in investment management, with High Honors, from Boston University. He is a CFA charterholder and a member of Eaton Vance's Asset Allocation Committee.

Education
  • B.S. Worcester Polytechnic Institute
  • M.S. Investment Management, Boston University
Experience
  • Managed Fund since 2011
Other funds managed
 
Biography
Thomas A. Shively

Thomas A. Shively

Vice President, Eaton Vance Management
Joined Eaton Vance 2011

Thomas Shively is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance's customized solutions team.

Tom joined Eaton Vance in 2011 and had previously been affiliated with the Customized Solutions Group from 2005-2007 as a part-time consultant. Prior experience includes positions with Brandeis University as an adjunct professor of finance, fixed-income portfolio manager and fixed-income chief investment officer with State Street Research and Management, and affiliations with Paine Webber Jackson Curtis and First Chicago Investment Advisors.

Tom earned an A.B. in economics, cum laude, from Kenyon College and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.

Education
  • A.B. Kenyon College
  • M.B.A. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Experience
  • Managed Fund since 2011
Other funds managed
 

Fund Literature

Fund Literature

Report of Organizational Actions Affecting Basis of Securities

Annual Report

Attribution

Commentary

Fact Sheet

Full Prospectus

MSAR Completion Portfolio Holdings

Short Term US Gov't Portfolio Holdings

CMBS Portfolio Holdings

Holdings-1st or 3rd fiscal quarters-www.sec.gov

SAI

Semi-Annual Report

Summary Prospectus

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