Overview

Historical Returns (%)as of Sep 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
11/30/2016
Fund at NAV -3.44 -5.04 0.08 1.16 6.94 6.53 7.46
Market Price -2.51 -7.42 2.20 2.25 10.23 6.03 6.91
09/30/2016
Fund at NAV -0.66 -0.35 4.69 7.20 8.82 7.34 8.30
Market Price 1.99 2.35 12.58 17.93 12.91 8.68 8.50
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when sold, 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. The Fund's performance at market price will differ from its results at NAV. Returns are historical and are calculated by determining the percentage change in net asset value or market price (as applicable) with all distributions reinvested and includes management fees and other expenses. Until the reinvestment of Fund distributions is completed, returns are calculated using the lower of the net asset value or market price of the shares on the distribution ex date. Once the reinvestment is complete, returns are calculated using the average reinvestment price. Performance less than or equal to one year is cumulative.

Distribution Rates1

as of Dec 02, 2016
Distribution Rate at NAV 4.74%
Taxable-Equivalent Distribution Rate at NAV 8.37%
Distribution Rate at Market Price 4.89%
Taxable-Equivalent Distribution Rate at Market Price 8.64%

Fund Factsas of Oct 31, 2016

Performance Inception 05/29/2009
Investment Objective Current income
CUSIP 27829L105

Portfolio Management

Cynthia J. Clemson Managed Fund since inception

The information included herein does not reflect securities deemed to be held by the Fund pursuant to financial accounting standard 140 (FAS 140).

The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell Fund shares. Common shares of the Fund are only available for purchase and sale at current market price on a stock exchange. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. The Fund is subject to numerous risks, including investment risks. Shares of closed-end funds often trade at a discount from their net asset value. The Fund is not a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund may not be appropriate for all investors. Investors should review and consider carefully the Fund’s investment objective, risks, charges and expenses.

The premium/discount is calculated as [(market price/NAV)-1].

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Performance

Historical Returns (%)as of Sep 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
10/31/2016
Fund at NAV -1.00 -1.38 3.64 5.60 8.17 7.26 8.05
Market Price -6.88 -4.76 4.83 6.65 10.11 7.18 7.36
09/30/2016
Fund at NAV -0.66 -0.35 4.69 7.20 8.82 7.34 8.30
Market Price 1.99 2.35 12.58 17.93 12.91 8.68 8.50
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when sold, 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. The Fund's performance at market price will differ from its results at NAV. Returns are historical and are calculated by determining the percentage change in net asset value or market price (as applicable) with all distributions reinvested and includes management fees and other expenses. Until the reinvestment of Fund distributions is completed, returns are calculated using the lower of the net asset value or market price of the shares on the distribution ex date. Once the reinvestment is complete, returns are calculated using the average reinvestment price. Performance less than or equal to one year is cumulative.

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Fund at NAV 1.40 11.49 14.47 -4.83 17.44 4.35
Market Price 6.41 16.44 11.22 -12.15 19.77 7.19

Fund Facts

Performance Inception 05/29/2009

Distribution Rates1

as of Dec 02, 2016
Distribution Rate at NAV 4.74%
Taxable-Equivalent Distribution Rate at NAV 8.37%
Distribution Rate at Market Price 4.89%
Taxable-Equivalent Distribution Rate at Market Price 8.64%

Distribution History2

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest Price
Nov 21, 2016 $0.08583 $20.90
Oct 20, 2016 $0.08583 $21.84
Sep 21, 2016 $0.08583 $23.01
Aug 22, 2016 $0.08583 $23.05
Jul 20, 2016 $0.08583 $23.02
Jun 21, 2016 $0.08583 $23.21
May 20, 2016 $0.08583 $22.90
Apr 20, 2016 $0.08583 $22.46
Mar 22, 2016 $0.08583 $22.54
Feb 18, 2016 $0.08583 $22.03
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No records in this table indicates that there has not been a distribution greater than .0001 within the past 3 years.

Tax Character of Distributions

Exempt-Interest Dividends    
Non-AMT AMT Total Non-Qualified Ordinary Dividends Capital Gain Distributions Nondividend Distributions Total Distributions
Distributions ($)
2015 $0.86 $0.14 $1.00 $0.03 $0.00 $0.00 $1.03
2014 $0.85 $0.15 $1.00 $0.03 $0.00 $0.00 $1.03
2013 $0.86 $0.17 $1.03 $0.01 $0.00 $0.00 $1.04
2012 $0.90 $0.18 $1.08 $0.01 $0.00 $0.00 $1.09
2011 $0.97 $0.21 $1.18 $0.01 $0.00 $0.00 $1.19
2010 $1.24 $0.00 $1.24 $0.11 $0.02 $0.00 $1.37
2009 $0.70 $0.00 $0.70 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.70
Distributions (%)
2015 83.40% 13.27% 96.67% 3.33% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
2014 82.34% 15.14% 97.48% 2.52% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
2013 82.74% 16.44% 99.18% 0.82% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
2012 82.80% 16.57% 99.37% 0.63% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
2011 81.31% 18.15% 99.46% 0.54% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
2010 90.65% 0.00% 90.65% 8.26% 1.09% 0.00% 100.00%
2009 99.96% 0.00% 99.96% 0.04% 0.00% 0.00% 100.00%
This data reflects distributions paid on Fund shares held for the full calendar year and is not predictive of the tax character of current or future distributions. Fund shareholders should refer to the individual IRS Form 1099-DIVs provided to them shortly after each year-end to determine the appropriate federal income tax treatment of the distributions they receive. Eaton Vance is not responsible for any errors in tax reporting that may result from using the above data. Exempt-interest dividends are not subject to regular federal income tax. Exempt-interest dividends derived from specified private activity bonds are subject to the alternative minimum tax (AMT). Non-qualified ordinary dividends are subject to federal income tax at ordinary rates. Capital gains distributions are taxable at long-term capital gain rates. Nondividend distributions, also known as return of capital distributions, are not subject to current federal income tax. Instead, the tax cost basis of each shareholder receiving a return of capital distribution is reduced by the amount of the distribution.

The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell Fund shares. Common shares of the Fund are only available for purchase and sale at current market price on a stock exchange. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. The Fund is subject to numerous risks, including investment risks. Shares of closed-end funds often trade at a discount from their net asset value. The Fund is not a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund may not be appropriate for all investors. Investors should review and consider carefully the Fund’s investment objective, risks, charges and expenses.

The premium/discount is calculated as [(market price/NAV)-1].

Links to Morningstar Fact Sheet and CEF Connect: By clicking on the link from this page to the Morningstar fact sheet or CEF Connect, you will leave the Eaton Vance website. Eaton Vance is not responsible for the content of any such third-party website. See “Terms and Conditions” below.


Portfolio

Fund Holdings3,4as of Oct 31, 2016

Holding Coupon Rate Maturity Date % of Net Assets
Duke Energy Indiana LLC 6.00% 08/01/2039 2.49%
City of San Jose CA Airport Revenue 6.00% 03/01/2047 2.33%
San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency 5.00% 01/15/2050 2.13%
New Jersey Transportation Trust Fund Authority 0.00% 12/15/2038 2.09%
County of Miami-Dade FL 0.00% 10/01/2039 2.07%
AEP Texas Central Co 6.30% 11/01/2029 2.00%
Adventist Health System/Sunbelt Obligated Group 5.75% 11/15/2038 1.98%
North Carolina Turnpike Authority 0.00% 01/01/2036 1.91%
State of California 6.00% 04/01/2038 1.87%
Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport 5.00% 11/01/2038 1.70%
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The information included herein does not reflect securities deemed to be held by the Fund pursuant to financial accounting standard 140 (FAS 140).

The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell Fund shares. Common shares of the Fund are only available for purchase and sale at current market price on a stock exchange. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. The Fund is subject to numerous risks, including investment risks. Shares of closed-end funds often trade at a discount from their net asset value. The Fund is not a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund may not be appropriate for all investors. Investors should review and consider carefully the Fund’s investment objective, risks, charges and expenses.

The premium/discount is calculated as [(market price/NAV)-1].

Links to Morningstar Fact Sheet and CEF Connect: By clicking on the link from this page to the Morningstar fact sheet or CEF Connect, you will leave the Eaton Vance website. Eaton Vance is not responsible for the content of any such third-party website. See “Terms and Conditions” below.


Insights & Analysis

Commentary

A Word On The Markets as of Sep 30, 2016

The U.S. municipal bond market posted modestly negative returns for the third quarter of 2016, with the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Bond Index (the Index)5 returning -0.30% for the three-month period. Following 14 consecutive months of positive performance, the Index returned -0.50% in September.

Despite the negative total return, municipal mutual fund flows were consistently positive throughout the quarter, as investors sought the tax-free income, less risk and diversification benefits of the municipal asset class. In August and September, this strong demand was met with elevated supply, resulting in a somewhat weaker technical environment at quarter-end. As of the end of the quarter, year-to-date muni bond issuance hit approximately $335 billion, up 4% compared to the same period last year, according to Thomson Reuters. The year-to-date increase in supply was due to a 15% increase in new money deals compared to the same period in 2015, an indication of renewed willingness for issuers to take on new debt to fund infrastructure and other projects.

Due to the unexpected "leave" result of the U.K. Brexit referendum in late June, U.S. Treasury yields began the third quarter near record lows. As the quarter progressed and economic data improved, Treasury market volatility increased amid fresh uncertainty surrounding central bank policies. Short-term Treasury yields rose significantly, while the 30-year yield remained flat. Short- and intermediate-term municipal yields rose in line with Treasurys. However, the 30-year AAA municipal yield rose 29 basis points (bps), significantly underperforming its Treasury counterpart. At quarter-end, the 10-year muni/Treasury ratio stood at 94%, compared to 91% at the beginning of the quarter. Meanwhile, the 30-year ratio ended at 99%, compared to 87% on June 30.

Overall, the municipal yield curve steepened slightly during the quarter, with the two-year AAA muni yield increasing 24bps and the 30-year AAA yield increasing 29bps. Longer-duration muni bonds generally underperformed shorter-duration municipals. In terms of credit quality, below-investment-grade bonds continued to outperform higher-quality, primarily due to strength in Puerto Rico bonds. Surprisingly, Puerto Rico bonds were among the best-performing areas of the muni market despite the default on just over $1.0 billion in debt service on July 1.

Performance Summary 

Eaton Vance National Municipal Opportunities Trust (the Trust) (EOT) outperformed the Bloomberg Barclays Capital Long (22+) Municipal Bond Index (the Index)6 at net asset value for the quarter. Contributing to performance was the Fund's overweight to pre-refunded and escrowed bonds, as these bonds outperformed the broader Index. Security selection among hospital bonds and bonds rated BBB also aided performance for the quarter. The Fund's overweight exposure to zero coupon bonds hurt performance relative to the index for the quarter. Zeros, which typically have more interest rate sensitivity than coupon bearing bonds, underperformed the Index as long-term interest rates rose. The Fund's use of leverage employed through TOBs also detracted from performance. These securities act as a financing mechanism allowing investors to borrow at short-term rates and invest in higher-yielding bonds.

Historical Returns (%)as of Sep 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
Fund at NAV -0.66 -0.35 4.69 7.20 8.82 7.34 8.30
Market Price 1.99 2.35 12.58 17.93 12.91 8.68 8.50
Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Investment return and principal value will fluctuate so that shares, when sold, 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. The Fund's performance at market price will differ from its results at NAV. Returns are historical and are calculated by determining the percentage change in net asset value or market price (as applicable) with all distributions reinvested and includes management fees and other expenses. Until the reinvestment of Fund distributions is completed, returns are calculated using the lower of the net asset value or market price of the shares on the distribution ex date. Once the reinvestment is complete, returns are calculated using the average reinvestment price. Performance less than or equal to one year is cumulative.

Fund Factsas of Sep 30, 2016

Performance Inception 05/29/2009

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

Despite the recent volatility in Treasurys, the municipal market is likely to remain well-supported in the near term, as the intermediate and long end of the curve will likely remain anchored by slow growth, contained inflation and the expectation for low rates worldwide.

Given this outlook, we believe tax-sensitive investors will continue to seek munis as a source of yield and portfolio diversification. Attractive valuations may be another lure, as municipals ended the period cheap relative to Treasurys.

Over the next several months, we will remain highly focused on money market reform, the presidential election and Puerto Rico. Money market reform, which goes into effect in October, has driven short rates higher and we will continue to watch this development for its potential impact on longer-maturity bonds.

In addition, we will monitor the presidential election and the potential for tax reform. And finally, we will closely monitor events in Puerto Rico. With the PROMESA bill signed and the federal oversight board in place, a clearer path toward bankruptcy now exists. However, cash reserves remain very tight and additional defaults in the Commonwealth may be inevitable. If future defaults in Puerto Rico disrupt the broader market, we may consider any price volatility a buying opportunity.7

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.

The information included herein does not reflect securities deemed to be held by the Fund pursuant to financial accounting standard 140 (FAS 140).

The information contained herein is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute a solicitation of an offer to buy or sell Fund shares. Common shares of the Fund are only available for purchase and sale at current market price on a stock exchange. There is no assurance that the Fund will achieve its investment objective. The Fund is subject to numerous risks, including investment risks. Shares of closed-end funds often trade at a discount from their net asset value. The Fund is not a complete investment program and you may lose money investing in the Fund. An investment in the Fund may not be appropriate for all investors. Investors should review and consider carefully the Fund’s investment objective, risks, charges and expenses.

The premium/discount is calculated as [(market price/NAV)-1].

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Attribution

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Management

Biography
Cynthia J. Clemson

Cynthia J. Clemson

Vice President, Co-Director of Municipal Investments, Eaton Vance Management
Joined Eaton Vance 1985

Cynthia Clemson is a vice president of Eaton Vance Management, co-director of municipal investments and portfolio manager on Eaton Vance’s municipal bond team. She is responsible for buy and sell decisions, portfolio construction and risk management for the firm’s municipal bond strategies. Cindy began her career in the investment management industry with Eaton Vance in 1985.

Cindy earned a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Boston University. She is a member of the Boston Municipal Analysts Forum, the Boston Security Analysts Society, the Municipal Bond Buyer Conference and the National Federation of Municipal Analysts.

Education
  • B.A. Mount Holyoke College
  • M.B.A. Graduate School of Management, Boston University

Experience
  • Managed Fund since inception


Literature

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Eaton Vance Closed-End Funds Adopt Share Repurchase Programs

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Eaton Vance National Municipal Opportunities Trust Declares Capital Gain Distribution

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