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 Sep 30, 2014

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Life of Fund
Fund at NAV 0.17 0.05 1.35 1.73 0.94 2.57 3.31
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.55 -4.75 -3.51 -3.14 -0.67 1.58 2.80
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.03 0.05 0.07 0.10 1.59
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 Facts as of Sep 30, 2014

Class A Inception 12/07/2004
Investment Objective Total return
Total Net Assets $229.1M
Minimum Investment $1000
Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.33%
Expense Ratio (Net)4 1.25%
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 

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 share values are 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. 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 Sep 30, 2014

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Life of Fund
Fund at NAV 0.17 0.05 1.35 1.73 0.94 2.57 3.31
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.55 -4.75 -3.51 -3.14 -0.67 1.58 2.80
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.03 0.05 0.07 0.10 1.59
Morningstar™ Nontraditional Bond Category5 -0.28 -0.25 2.18 3.24 3.94 4.28
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 (%)

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Fund at NAV 3.78 7.05 3.80 -19.40 33.14 7.25 0.67 2.33 -1.21
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 1.33 3.07 4.85 5.00 2.06 0.21 0.13 0.10 0.11 0.07

Fund Facts

Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.33%
Expense Ratio (Net)4 1.25%
Class A Inception 12/07/2004
Distribution Frequency Monthly


Morningstar™ Ratings as of Sep 30, 2014

Time Period Rating Rating (Load Waived) Funds in
Nontraditional Bond
Category
Overall ** *** 196
3 Years * ** 196
5 Years ** *** 94
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
Oct 20, 2014 $8.71 $0.01
Oct 17, 2014 $8.70 $0.01
Oct 16, 2014 $8.69 $-0.02
Oct 15, 2014 $8.71 $-0.01
Oct 14, 2014 $8.72 $-0.02
Oct 13, 2014 $8.74 $0.02
Oct 10, 2014 $8.72 $0.01
Oct 09, 2014 $8.71 $0.00
Oct 08, 2014 $8.71 $0.00
Oct 07, 2014 $8.71 $0.00

Distribution History6

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest NAV
Sep 29, 2014 $0.01450 $8.70
Aug 28, 2014 $0.01410 $8.70
Jul 30, 2014 $0.01560 $8.74
Jun 27, 2014 $0.01770 $8.74
May 29, 2014 $0.02130 $8.76
Apr 29, 2014 $0.01730 $8.72
Mar 28, 2014 $0.02260 $8.72
Feb 27, 2014 $0.01780 $8.73
Jan 30, 2014 $0.01620 $8.73
Dec 30, 2013 $0.02110 $8.74
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 History6

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 

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 share values are 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. 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 (%)7 as of Sep 30, 2014

Absolute Return Strategies 39.22
Equity Market Neutral Strategies 6.23
Global Macro Absolute Return Advantage Portfolio 14.28
Parametric Absolute Return Strategy8 4.32
Risk Premia Strategies 14.39
Income Strategies 49.38
CMBS 16.51
Floating Rate Portfolio 23.13
Government Obligations Portfolio 4.75
Short-Term U.S. Government Portfolio 4.99
Other 13.87
Euro Futures -1.11
U.S. Treasury Futures8 10.40
VIX Hedging Strategies 4.58
Cash & Equivalents 28.67

Portfolio Statistics as of Sep 30, 2014

Average Weighted Duration 1.32 yrs.


Credit Quality (%)9 as of Sep 30, 2014

AAA 46.48
AA 0.73
A 3.50
BBB 4.77
BB 20.13
B 20.71
CCC or Lower 1.51
Not Rated 2.17
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 (%)10,11 as of Sep 30, 2014

MSAR Completion Portfolio 37.89
Floating Rate Portfolio 23.13
Global Macro Absolute Return Advantage Portfolio 14.28
CMBS Portfolio 8.73
Short-Term U.S. Government Portfolio 4.99
Government Obligations Portfolio 4.75
Parametric International Equity Fund - Class I 3.12
Parametric Emerging Markets Fund - Class I 3.10


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 

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 share values are 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. 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 Sep 30, 2014

Major stock market indices climbed slightly higher in the third quarter, including the S&P 500 Index,12 which rose 1.13%. The Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index13 returned 0.17%, with Treasury, agency and mortgage-backed securities rising modestly and investment-grade corporate bonds finishing the quarter a touch lower. The BofA Merrill Lynch U.S. High Yield Index also declined, returning -1.92% as geopolitical turmoil and the unwinding of Federal Reserve (Fed) stimulus amplified concerns about valuations and the rising percentage of issuers with less-restrictive covenants.

The euro and the yen tumbled versus the U.S. dollar, reflecting the relative weakness of the European and Japanese economies, as well as divergent monetary policies. Eurozone gross domestic product (GDP) growth slowed to an annual rate of just 0.2% in the second quarter, and inflation in the region fell to 0.4%. In response, the European Central Bank (ECB) reduced its main lending rate, cut a bank deposit rate further into negative territory and unveiled a program to buy asset-backed bonds. The Bank of Japan maintained its ultra-loose policies in efforts to revive its economy, which shrank at a 7.1% annual pace in the second quarter following a national sales tax increase.

Second-quarter U.S. GDP grew at an annualized rate of 4.6%, rebounding from a 2.1% contraction in the first three months of the year. The Fed continued tapering its bond purchases and appeared on track to end them entirely in October, and to start raising interest rates in early- to mid-2015. In anticipation of higher U.S. rates, the dollar also strengthened against most emerging-market currencies.

Performance Summary 

Eaton Vance Multi Strategy Absolute Return Fund (the Fund) outperformed its benchmark, the BofA Merrill Lynch 3 Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index (the Index),2 at net asset value for the quarter.

  • Allocations to absolute return strategies and high-quality fixed-income assets positively impacted returns. Exposure to non-investment-grade bonds detracted.
  • ong-term Treasury yields fell during the quarter. Consequently, the Fund's duration was helpful, as was management’s decision to increase duration during the period. Average portfolio duration was 1.30 years on September 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. This benefited results given the relatively weak performance of higher-yielding areas of the credit markets.

Average Annual Returns (%) as of Sep 30, 2014

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Life of Fund
Fund at NAV 0.17 0.05 1.35 1.73 0.94 2.57 3.31
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.55 -4.75 -3.51 -3.14 -0.67 1.58 2.80
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.03 0.05 0.07 0.10 1.59
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 Facts as of Sep 30, 2014

Class A Inception 12/07/2004
Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.33%
Expense Ratio (Net)4 1.25%


Contributors 

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

  • A position in Global Macro Absolute Return Advantage Portfolio added a significant amount to return. The Portfolio benefited from long exposure to the U.S. dollar relative to several other developed-market currencies, as well as select long and short credit and currency positions in emerging markets.
  • Investments in Government Obligations Portfolio and Short Government Portfolio registered gains, supported by falling long-term Treasury yields.
  • The option absolute return strategy employed within MSAR Completion Portfolio boosted results. Rising stock market volatility helped this strategy derive attractive levels of premium income.

Detractors 

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

  • Floating-Rate Portfolio was the largest detractor in the Fund. The floating-rate loan market was down slightly this period, despite the potential for increases in short-term rates seen on the horizon.
  • The Fund’s volatility hedge negatively impacted returns. While volatility picked up, there was not a significant pullback in the equity market.

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

U.S. economic growth continues to be limited by weak income gains and high levels of debt, and valuations have run up on the back of unprecedented monetary stimulus. Once the Fed starts raising short-term interest rates, we think valuations and fundamentals will begin to reunite and see greater potential for valuations to adjust rather than for growth to materially strengthen. Overseas, China has a long way to go in its efforts to reorient its economy toward consumer spending, Japan’s economy hasn’t bounced back from the sales tax increase, and eurozone growth appears to be deteriorating.

So the global economy continues to face major challenges, and the markets could be volatile as the Fed prepares to start raising rates. We believe the Fund’s conservative positioning is appropriate for this environment.

Credit Quality (%)9 as of Sep 30, 2014

AAA 46.48
AA 0.73
A 3.50
BBB 4.77
BB 20.13
B 20.71
CCC or Lower 1.51
Not Rated 2.17
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 

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 share values are 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. 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 

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 share values are 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. 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
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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
 

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