Overview

Growth of $10,000

10-year period ended 09/30/2016

  • Class A at NAV

Historical Returns (%)as of Sep 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. 10 Yrs.
11/30/2016
Fund at NAV -0.37 -0.46 0.21 0.18 0.98 0.83 3.07
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -5.09 -5.15 -4.58 -4.60 -0.66 -0.15 2.57
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index1 -1.68 -1.98 1.08 0.89 1.34 1.15 3.38
09/30/2016
Fund at NAV 0.11 0.18 0.79 0.25 1.35 0.93 3.24
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.61 -4.52 -4.03 -4.48 -0.29 -0.04 2.74
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index1 0.17 -0.24 3.30 2.44 2.19 1.62 3.74
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 or equal to one year is cumulative. Max Sales Charge: 4.75%.

Fund Factsas of Oct 31, 2016

Class A Inception 08/24/1984
Investment Objective High current return
Total Net Assets $526.3M
Minimum Investment $1000
Expense Ratio2 1.18%
CUSIP 277911103

Portfolio Management

Andrew Szczurowski, CFA Managed Fund since 2014

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios). Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Portfolios.

About Risk 

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 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. While certain U.S. government-sponsored agencies may be chartered or sponsored by acts of Congress, their securities are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. 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 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

Historical Returns (%)as of Sep 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. 10 Yrs.
10/31/2016
Fund at NAV -0.20 -0.29 0.58 0.21 1.21 0.88 3.19
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.91 -4.97 -4.23 -4.54 -0.42 -0.09 2.68
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index1 -0.48 -0.76 2.81 2.28 1.90 1.56 3.64
Morningstar™ Short Government Category3 -0.13 -0.17 1.22 0.81 0.78 0.61 2.31
09/30/2016
Fund at NAV 0.11 0.18 0.79 0.25 1.35 0.93 3.24
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.61 -4.52 -4.03 -4.48 -0.29 -0.04 2.74
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index1 0.17 -0.24 3.30 2.44 2.19 1.62 3.74
Morningstar™ Short Government Category3 0.14 -0.06 1.36 0.76 0.88 0.65 2.37
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 or equal to one year is cumulative. Max Sales Charge: 4.75%.

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Fund at NAV 4.06 7.24 7.37 5.32 4.35 3.64 1.83 -1.53 2.67 0.28
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index1 3.84 8.47 10.43 -0.32 4.98 6.08 1.73 -1.25 2.52 1.18

Fund Facts

Expense Ratio2 1.18%
Class A Inception 08/24/1984
Distribution Frequency Monthly

Yield Information4as of Oct 31, 2016

Distribution Rate at NAV 3.10%
SEC 30-day Yield 1.40%

Morningstar™ Ratingsas of Oct 31, 2016

Time Period Rating Rating (Load Waived) Funds in
Short Government
Category
Overall ** ***** 105
3 Years * **** 105
5 Years ** **** 99
10 Years *** ***** 83
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
Dec 02, 2016 $6.39 $0.00
Dec 01, 2016 $6.39 $0.00
Nov 30, 2016 $6.39 $0.00
Nov 29, 2016 $6.39 $0.00
Nov 28, 2016 $6.39 $0.01
Nov 25, 2016 $6.38 $0.00
Nov 23, 2016 $6.38 -$0.01
Nov 22, 2016 $6.39 $0.00
Nov 21, 2016 $6.39 -$0.01
Nov 18, 2016 $6.40 $0.00

Distribution History5

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest NAV
Nov 30, 2016 $0.01653 $6.39
Oct 31, 2016 $0.01686 $6.43
Sep 30, 2016 $0.01689 $6.46
Aug 31, 2016 $0.01730 $6.47
Jul 29, 2016 $0.01779 $6.50
Jun 30, 2016 $0.01786 $6.50
May 31, 2016 $0.01831 $6.52
Apr 29, 2016 $0.01816 $6.54
Mar 31, 2016 $0.01924 $6.55
Feb 29, 2016 $0.01793 $6.56
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

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios). Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Portfolios.

About Risk 

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 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. While certain U.S. government-sponsored agencies may be chartered or sponsored by acts of Congress, their securities are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. 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 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

Asset Mix (%)6as of Sep 30, 2016

Fixed Rate 30yr MBS coupon <8% 49.90
Fixed Rate CMOs 13.46
Adjustable Rate MBS 12.81
Short Term Investments 7.10
Fixed Rate 30yr MBS coupon >8% 6.37
U.S. Government Agency Obligations 5.04
Collateralized Mortgage Obligations 2.04
U.S. Government Agency Bonds 1.49
Floating Rate CMOs 0.93
Mortgage Backed Securities 0.50
Fixed Rate 15 & 20yr MBS 0.35
Total 100.00

Portfolio Statisticsas of Sep 30, 2016

Number of Holdings 319
Average Coupon 5.53%
Average Duration 2.01 yrs.

Credit Quality (%)7as of Sep 30, 2016

AAA 100.00
Total 100.00
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 profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios). Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Portfolios.

About Risk 

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 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. While certain U.S. government-sponsored agencies may be chartered or sponsored by acts of Congress, their securities are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. 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 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

Commentary

A Word On The Markets as of Sep 30, 2016

The third quarter got off to a volatile start, as fallout from the late-June Brexit vote spilled over into early July. During the first several days of the period, the British pound hit lows unseen in more than three decades, German Bund yields fell to record lows and 10 year U.S. Treasury yields followed suit, falling to post financial crisis lows. However, risk markets quickly regained their footing, and major debt and equity indices went on to finish the quarter with strong gains, thanks in large part to central bank actions and a turnaround in oil after a 20% decline to start the quarter.

In efforts to jump-start their respective economies, several central banks cut interest rates, including the Bank of England, which also expanded its asset purchase program. The People's Bank of China guided the yuan to its lowest level versus the U.S. dollar in over a year, while the Bank of Japan pledged to overshoot its 2% inflation target and took steps to counter the negative effects of an excessively flat yield curve.

In the United States, the labor market posted its strongest quarter of the year, adding on average 230k job gains per month during the period, up from 118k per month the previous quarter. Despite a healthy labor market and signs that inflation is beginning to creep higher, the Federal Reserve decided to hold rates steady at each of its two policy meetings of the quarter. Although there was no rate hike, there is a growing chorus on the FOMC that is becoming more vocal about continuing monetary policy normalization through a second rate hike by year end. As the U.S. economic data improved and the market began pricing in a greater likelihood of a second rate hike, interest rates rose across the entire Treasury curve, producing negative returns for the first time this year.

Performance Summary 

Eaton Vance Government Obligations Fund (the Fund) outperformed its benchmark, the Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index (the Index)1, at net asset value for the quarter.

  • As Treasury yields rose across the curve, Agency MBS spreads tightened during the quarter as refinance fears subsided.
  • The Fund continued to maintain a shorter duration than the Index, which was the leading cause of outperformance in the quarter.

Historical Returns (%)as of Sep 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. 10 Yrs.
Fund at NAV 0.11 0.18 0.79 0.25 1.35 0.93 3.24
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.61 -4.52 -4.03 -4.48 -0.29 -0.04 2.74
Bloomberg Barclays U.S. Intermediate Government Bond Index1 0.17 -0.24 3.30 2.44 2.19 1.62 3.74
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 or equal to one year is cumulative. Max Sales Charge: 4.75%.

Fund Factsas of Sep 30, 2016

Class A Inception 08/24/1984
Expense Ratio2 1.18%

Contributors 

The Fund's investment in seasoned 30 year mortgage backed securities were a leading contributor to performance during the quarter, as the sector outperformed Treasurys as interest rates rose.

Detractors 

Prepayments rose slightly in the quarter as the post Brexit lows in Treasury yields early in the quarter funneled through to MBS refinancing.

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

Looking ahead, management expects the Fed to continue to reinvest its agency MBS prepayments for the foreseeable future. The continued Fed reinvestment is a positive for supply/demand technical, which bodes well for MBS spreads going forward.

Management believes that in this low yield environment, it is important not to reach for yield and be mindful of interest rate risk. As such, management believes Agency MBS with minimal extension risk and more stable prepayment profiles remain extremely attractive in the current rate environment.

Credit Quality (%)7as of Sep 30, 2016

AAA 100.00
Total 100.00
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 invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios). Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Portfolios.

About Risk 

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 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. While certain U.S. government-sponsored agencies may be chartered or sponsored by acts of Congress, their securities are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. 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 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

No attribution information is currently available.

Portfolio profile subject to change due to active management. Percentages may not total 100% due to rounding. Fund invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios). Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Portfolios.

About Risk 

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 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. While certain U.S. government-sponsored agencies may be chartered or sponsored by acts of Congress, their securities are neither issued nor guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury. 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 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
Andrew Szczurowski, CFA

Andrew Szczurowski, CFA

Vice President, Eaton Vance Management
Joined Eaton Vance 2007

Andrew Szczurowski is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance’s global income team. He is responsible for buy and sell decisions, portfolio construction and risk management for the firm’s mortgage-backed securities strategies. He joined Eaton Vance in 2007.

Andrew began his career in the investment management industry in 2005. Before joining Eaton Vance, he was affiliated with BNY Mellon.

Andrew earned a B.S., cum laude, from Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics at the University of New Hampshire. He is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and is a CFA charterholder.

Education
  • B.S. University of New Hampshire

Experience
  • Managed Fund since 2014


Literature

Literature

Fact Sheet

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Commentary

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Annual Report

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Full Prospectus

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Government Obligations Holdings

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

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SAI

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Think Performance Think Eaton Vance

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Semi-Annual Report

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Summary Prospectus

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XBRL

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