Overview

 

An arbitrage opportunity.1

Historically, the implied volatility of equity-index options has generally exceeded realized volatility. Because equity-index options are priced based on implied volatility, we believe systematically selling these options in a risk-managed manner may offer the potential for excess returns.

Average Annual Returns (%) as of Mar 31, 2014

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Life of Fund
Fund at NAV 0.95 1.37 1.37 -2.85 1.49 1.90
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.07 0.08 0.12 0.10
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.

Fund Facts as of Mar 31, 2014

Investor Class Inception 09/30/2010
Investment Objective Total return
Total Net Assets $53.2M
Minimum Investment $1000
Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.82%
Expense Ratio (Net)3,4 1.45%
CUSIP 277905295


Portfolio Management

Thomas H. Luster, CFA Managed Fund since inception
Maria Cappellano Managed Fund since inception
Ken Everding, Ph.D Managed Fund since inception
Jonathan Orseck Managed Fund since inception

 

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

About Risk 

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. Derivatives 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. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of non–payment 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. 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 Mar 31, 2014

1 Month 3 Months YTD 1 Year 3 Years 5 Years Life of Fund
Fund at NAV 0.95 1.37 1.37 -2.85 1.49 1.90
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 0.00 0.01 0.01 0.07 0.08 0.12 0.10
Morningstar™ Nontraditional Bond Category5 0.36 1.10 1.10 0.34 2.45 6.85
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.

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Fund at NAV 3.87 7.56 -6.23
BofA Merrill Lynch 3-Month U.S. Treasury Bill Index2 1.33 3.06 4.83 5.03 2.06 0.21 0.13 0.10 0.11 0.07

Fund Facts

Expense Ratio (Gross)3 1.82%
Expense Ratio (Net)3,4 1.45%
Investor Class Inception 09/30/2010


Morningstar™ Ratings as of Mar 31, 2014

Time Period Rating Rating (Load Waived) Funds in
Nontraditional Bond
Category
Overall ** 150
3 Years ** 150
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.

© 2013 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved. The information contained herein: (1) is proprietary to Morningstar and/or its content providers; (2) may not be copied or distributed; and (3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers is responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating™ based on how a fund ranks on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure against other funds in the same category. This measure takes into account variations in a fund's monthly performance after adjusting for sales loads (except for load-waived A shares) redemption fees, and the risk-free rate, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of funds in each category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. Load-waived A share star ratings do not include any front-end sales load and are intended for those investors who have access to such purchase terms (e.g., plan participants of a defined contribution plan). Not all A share mutual funds for which Morningstar calculates a load-waived A share star rating may actually waive their front-end sales load. Therefore, Morningstar strongly encourages investors to contact their investment professional to determine whether they are eligible to purchase the A share without paying the front load. The Morningstar Rating may differ among share classes of a mutual fund as a result of different sales loads and/or expense structure.

NAV History

Date NAV NAV Change
Apr 21, 2014 $9.69 $0.01
Apr 17, 2014 $9.68 $0.01
Apr 16, 2014 $9.67 $0.00
Apr 15, 2014 $9.67 $0.02
Apr 14, 2014 $9.65 $0.02
Apr 11, 2014 $9.63 $-0.02
Apr 10, 2014 $9.65 $0.00
Apr 09, 2014 $9.65 $0.00
Apr 08, 2014 $9.65 $0.01

Distribution History6

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest NAV
Dec 20, 2012 $0.00950 $10.08
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
Dec 17, 2013 $0.03370 $0.05190 $9.56
Dec 20, 2012 $0.33670 $0.63890 $10.08
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.

About Risk 

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. Derivatives 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. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of non–payment 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. 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

Underlying Fixed Income Portfolio (%)7 as of Mar 31, 2014

Corporate 55.4
ABS 31.7
Agencies 4.7
MBS 3.9
CMBS 3.8

Credit Quality (%)8 as of Mar 31, 2014

AAA 44.17
AA 18.56
A 36.32
BBB 0.95
BB 0.00
B 0.00
CCC or Lower 0.00
Ratings are based on Moody's, S&P or Fitch, as applicable. If securities are rated differently by the rating 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's or Fitch (Baa or higher by Moody's) are considered to be investment grade quality. Credit ratings are based largely on the rating 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 rating agencies stated above.


Fixed Income Characteristics (%) as of Mar 31, 2014

Average Effective Maturity 0.65 yrs.
Average Effective Duration 0.65 yrs.


Fund Holdings7,9 as of Feb 28, 2014

Holding Coupon Rate Maturity Date % of Net Assets
Federal National Mortgage Association 0.34% 01/27/2015 7.71%
Federal Farm Credit Banks 0.21% 03/26/2014 1.92%
Barclays Bank PLC 5.20% 07/10/2014 1.39%
American Honda Finance Corp 0.74% 10/07/2016 1.36%
Rio Tinto Finance USA PLC 0.79% 06/19/2015 1.33%
BHP Billiton Finance USA Ltd 0.50% 09/30/2016 1.31%
Bank of Montreal 0.50% 09/24/2015 1.31%
Procter & Gamble Co/The 0.75% 11/04/2016 1.31%
Bank of America NA 1.13% 11/14/2016 1.31%
Volkswagen International Finance NV 0.68% 11/18/2016 1.31%
View All

 

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

About Risk 

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. Derivatives 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. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of non–payment 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. 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

 

No commentary information is available.

 

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

About Risk 

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. Derivatives 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. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of non–payment 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. 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

 

No attribution information is available.

 

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.

About Risk 

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. Derivatives 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. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Investments in income securities may be affected by changes in the creditworthiness of the issuer and are subject to the risk of non–payment 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. 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
Thomas H. Luster, CFA

Thomas H. Luster, CFA

Vice President, Eaton Vance Management
Joined Eaton Vance 1995

Tom Luster is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management, director of Investment-Grade Fixed Income and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance's investment-grade fixed-income team.

Tom joined Eaton Vance in 1995. Prior to joining Eaton Vance, Tom was associated with Deloitte & Touche Consulting and the Naval Center for Space Technology.

Tom earned a B.S. in mechanical engineering from George Washington University and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of Chicago. He is a CFA charterholder. Tom is also a member of the Fixed Income Management Society of Boston and the Boston Security Analysts Society, and was formerly chairman and a Governor's appointee to the Board of Trustees of Health Care Security, which oversees the investment of Tobacco Litigation Settlement funds for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Tom's commentary has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Reuters, Investor's Business Daily and American Banker, and he has been featured on New England Cable News and Bloomberg Radio.

Education
  • B.S. George Washington University
  • M.B.A. Booth School of Business, University of Chicago
Experience
  • Managed Fund since inception
 
Biography
Maria Cappellano

Maria Cappellano

Vice President, Eaton Vance Management
Joined Eaton Vance in 1998

Maria Cappellano is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management, and a fixed-income trader and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance's investment grade fixed-income team.

Maria joined Eaton Vance in 1998. She is the primary trader for money market funds and short duration portfolios and is involved in the planning and implementation of investment strategy for short duration and money market portfolios.

Maria earned a B.S. in business administration with a concentration in finance, summa cum laude, from Northeastern University.

Education
  • B.S. Northeastern University
Experience
  • Managed Fund since inception
 
Biography
Ken Everding, Ph.D

Ken Everding, Ph.D

Managing Director, Parametric Risk Advisors, LLC
Joined Parametric Risk Advisors 2005

Ken Everding is managing director of Parametric Risk Advisors, an investment adviser and subsidiary of Parametric Portfolio Associates, LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp.

Prior to joining Parametric in 2005, Ken was a managing director at Zurich Capital Markets and BNP Paribas, following Zurich's acquisition. At Zurich, Ken's team was the pioneer in creating structured hedge fund products. Before Zurich, Ken was a founding member of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette's credit derivative group and subsequently moved to London to form and run DLJ's European credit derivatives business. There, he was responsible for its trading, structuring and marketing efforts.

Ken earned a B.S. with honors in physics from Iowa State University and holds a doctorate in theoretical particle physics from Yale University. The title of his Ph.D. thesis is "Aspects of Non-Perturbative Quantum Electrodynamics," excerpts of which have been published in leading academic journals.

Education
  • B.S. Iowa State University
  • Ph.D. Yale University
Experience
  • Managed Fund since inception
 
Biography
Jonathan Orseck

Jonathan Orseck

Managing Director, Parametric Risk Advisors, LLC
Joined Parametric Risk Advisors 2006

Jon Orseck is managing director of Parametric Risk Advisors, an investment adviser and subsidiary of Parametric Portfolio Associates, LLC, a majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp.

Prior to joining Parametric in 2006, Jon was a managing director at Banc of America Securities, where he founded and managed the Equity Linked Solutions Group. He was responsible for the development, structuring, marketing and sales of equity and commodity index-linked structured investments. Before Bank of America, Jon was an executive director at Morgan Stanley responsible for structuring and marketing structured notes to institutional clients. He also managed their high- net-worth, over-the-counter equity derivative business for hedging and investment purposes for the eastern half of North America. From 1993-1996, Jon held similar roles at Kidder, Peabody and Royal Bank of Canada.

Jon earned a B.S. in computer science from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.B.A. from New York University Stern School of Business.

Education
  • B.S. University of Pennsylvania
  • M.B.A. Stern School of Business, New York University
Experience
  • Managed Fund since inception
 

Fund Literature

Fund Literature

Annual Report

Discover Opportunities in the Income Markets with Eaton Vance

Income Markets Review

Income Markets Snapshot

Fact Sheet

Full Prospectus

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

Timothy Atwill on Systematic Alpha Investing

SAI

Think Performance Think Eaton Vance

Semi-Annual Report

Summary Prospectus

XBRL


 

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