Overview

A hedge against inflation, and diversification for a portfolio.2

Commodities have shown a high correlation to inflation, but negative correlation to stocks and bonds. (January 1973-December 2016)

  • Commodities
  • Stocks
  • Bonds

Not based on the return of any specific fund.

Historical Returns (%)as of Dec 31, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
02/28/2017
Fund at NAV 0.36 3.30 3.34 19.27 -9.40 -7.76 -7.99
Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return3 0.21 2.15 0.34 15.95 -13.00 -9.81 -10.15
12/31/2016
Fund at NAV -0.04 1.73 14.04 14.04 -8.84 -7.03 -8.74
Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return3 1.80 2.66 11.77 11.77 -11.25 -8.94 -10.48
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.

Fund Factsas of Feb 28, 2017

Institutional Class Inception 05/25/2011
Investment Objective Total return
Total Net Assets $174.5M
Minimum Investment $50000
Expense Ratio (Gross)4 0.94%
Expense Ratio (Net)4,5 0.65%
CUSIP 277923223

Portfolio Management

Thomas Seto Managed Fund since inception
Timothy W. Atwill, Ph.D., CFA Managed Fund since 2014

About Risk 

The value of commodities investments will generally be affected by overall market movements and factors specific to a particular industry or commodity, including weather, embargoes, tariffs, or health, political, international and regulatory developments. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Because the Fund may invest significantly in a particular sector, the Fund share value may fluctuate more than a fund with less exposure to such sector. 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 Dec 31, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
02/28/2017
Fund at NAV 0.36 3.30 3.34 19.27 -9.40 -7.76 -7.99
Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return3 0.21 2.15 0.34 15.95 -13.00 -9.81 -10.15
Morningstar™ Commodities Broad Basket Category6 0.16 2.51 0.97 17.05 -12.22 -9.89
12/31/2016
Fund at NAV -0.04 1.73 14.04 14.04 -8.84 -7.03 -8.74
Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return3 1.80 2.66 11.77 11.77 -11.25 -8.94 -10.48
Morningstar™ Commodities Broad Basket Category6 1.55 2.27 12.16 12.16 -11.23 -8.84
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.

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Fund at NAV 2.30 -10.39 -14.62 -22.22 14.04
Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return3 16.23 -35.65 18.91 16.83 -13.32 -1.06 -9.52 -17.01 -24.66 11.77

Fund Facts

Expense Ratio (Gross)4 0.94%
Expense Ratio (Net)4,5 0.65%
Institutional Class Inception 05/25/2011
Distribution Frequency Annually

Morningstar™ Ratingsas of Feb 28, 2017

Time Period Rating Funds in
Commodities Broad Basket
Category
Overall ***** 112
3 Years **** 112
5 Years ***** 74
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The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Star ratings do not reflect the effect of any applicable sales load.

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NAV History

Date NAV NAV Change
Mar 24, 2017 $5.41 -$0.01
Mar 23, 2017 $5.42 $0.00
Mar 22, 2017 $5.42 -$0.01
Mar 21, 2017 $5.43 $0.00
Mar 20, 2017 $5.43 $0.01
Mar 17, 2017 $5.42 $0.02
Mar 16, 2017 $5.40 $0.03
Mar 15, 2017 $5.37 $0.03
Mar 14, 2017 $5.34 -$0.02
Mar 13, 2017 $5.36 $0.01

Distribution History7

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest NAV
Dec 22, 2016 $0.35500 $5.35
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 History7

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

About Risk 

The value of commodities investments will generally be affected by overall market movements and factors specific to a particular industry or commodity, including weather, embargoes, tariffs, or health, political, international and regulatory developments. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Because the Fund may invest significantly in a particular sector, the Fund share value may fluctuate more than a fund with less exposure to such sector. 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

Portfolio Statisticsas of Dec 31, 2016

Average Duration 0.50 yrs.

Commodity Exposure (%)8as of Dec 31, 2016

Agriculture 26.24
Cocoa 1.78
Coffee 3.61
Corn 3.64
Cotton 1.82
Kansas Wheat 0.92
Soybean Meal 1.82
Soybean Oil 3.58
Soybeans 3.59
Sugar 3.67
Wheat 1.81
Energy 25.19
Crude Oil-Brent 1.82
Crude Oil-WTI 1.80
Gas Oil 3.56
Heating Oil 3.62
Natural Gas 7.19
Unleaded Gas 7.21
Industrial Metals 24.21
Aluminum 7.17
Copper 3.57
Lead 1.78
New York Copper 3.63
Nickel 3.56
Tin 0.89
Zinc 3.61
Livestock 6.35
Feeder Cattle 0.89
Lean Hogs 1.86
Live Cattle 3.60
Precious Metals 17.92
Gold 7.14
Palladium 1.81
Platinum 1.81
Silver 7.16

About Risk 

The value of commodities investments will generally be affected by overall market movements and factors specific to a particular industry or commodity, including weather, embargoes, tariffs, or health, political, international and regulatory developments. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Because the Fund may invest significantly in a particular sector, the Fund share value may fluctuate more than a fund with less exposure to such sector. 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 Dec 31, 2016

The commodity markets, as measured by the Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return (the Index)3, were up 2.66% during the fourth quarter of 2016. This headline rise in commodity prices belies a relatively mixed picture beneath the surface as the precious metals and soft agriculture sectors strongly declined, while the energy and livestock sectors staged a strong rally.

Energy prices saw a sharp rally over the quarter, due to an agreement by OPEC to cut oil production. It was unclear if the agreement would result in any action until late November when details of a deal were announced, sending crude oil skyrocketing in the latter half of the quarter. To sweeten the pot, just days later it was announced that 11 non-OPEC producers would also be cutting production.

In contrast, precious metal prices struggled over the quarter, as the market came to grips with the looming interest-rate-hiking cycle of the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed). Both gold and silver were down double-digits as it became increasingly apparent that short-term interest rates would be rising, even before the Fed met in December and disseminated the official decree. Precious metals carry no income-generating ability, thus as market interest rates increase, the opportunity cost in owning them also increases.

Livestock and industrial metals broadly posted strong returns for the quarter, as fundamental drivers influenced prices. Lean hogs had a fantastic final month to close out the year, as lower slaughter weights and stronger export demand saw the commodity increase over 30% for the quarter. Copper also benefited from higher demand expectations with the election of Donald Trump, as the President-elect promised to increase U.S. infrastructure spending once in office.

Performance Summary 

The Parametric Commodity Strategy Fund (the Fund) underperformed the Index at net asset value during the quarter, returning 1.77% for the Investor Class shares.

  • The Fund primarily relies on three actions in pursuing its investment objectives: reweighting versus the Index, rebalancing and commodity curve positioning.9
  • The Fund's reweighting decision had a large negative impact on relative returns during the quarter. The Fund's overweight position in silver was a dominant detractor from performance, while underweights to natural gas and crude oil also harmed relative returns.
  • The Fund's emphasis on rebalancing back to target weights moderately contributed to performance, due to the presence of reversion among commodities in the Index. Reversion describes the situation where recent relative outperformers become relative underperformers and vice versa. Rebalancing requires one to a sell a portion of the outperforming assets, and is beneficial during times of reversion.
  • Curve positioning detracted slightly from Fund performance during the quarter, primarily due to positioning in natural gas and lean hogs.

Historical Returns (%)as of Dec 31, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
Fund at NAV -0.04 1.73 14.04 14.04 -8.84 -7.03 -8.74
Bloomberg Commodity Index Total Return3 1.80 2.66 11.77 11.77 -11.25 -8.94 -10.48
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.

Fund Factsas of Dec 31, 2016

Institutional Class Inception 05/25/2011
Expense Ratio (Gross)4 0.94%
Expense Ratio (Net)4,5 0.65%

Contributors 

Factors contributing to the Fund's relative performance compared to the Index during the quarter:

  • The Fund's underweight position in gold contributed to relative performance versus the Index. Gold, a non-interest bearing asset, saw its price fall substantially as expectations for the Fed to raise short-term interest rates were finally realized late in the quarter.
  • An overweight to gasoline benefited relative Fund performance for the quarter, as the commodity rallied strongly due to spirited export demand and a buoyed crude oil market.
  • The Fund's underweight to sugar added to performance versus the Index. Sugar prices fell dramatically as fears of a global supply shortfall proved unfounded.

Detractors 

Factors detracting from the Fund's relative performance compared to the Index during the quarter:

  • The Fund's underweight positions in WTI and Brent crude oil detracted from relative performance. Oil prices rallied strongly over the quarter as more details emerged of the planned OPEC production cuts and news broke that 11 non-OPEC producers would be joining in.
  • The Fund's underweight to natural gas detracted from Fund returns versus the Index. Natural gas experienced a large increase over the quarter due to cold temperatures across much of the country.
  • The Fund's overweight to silver was a detractor from performance versus the Index, as expectations of higher U.S. interest rates caused a drop in all precious metals.

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

Commentators demonstrate a wide range of opinions regarding the commodity asset class. Regardless of the near-term forecast, the secular trend of increasing demand for raw materials from emerging economies is believed by many to be a permanent feature in the global economy. While commodities may continue to demonstrate remarkable volatility, they may do so against a background of increasing prices.

How does one invest in this space with so much short-term uncertainty? We seek to manage risk through broad diversification10, avoiding concentrations and by rebalancing all key factors to consider when making investment decisions. Parametric's commodity investment strategy relies on a rules-based approach and a rebalancing discipline to avoid concentrations while seeking total return.

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.

About Risk 

The value of commodities investments will generally be affected by overall market movements and factors specific to a particular industry or commodity, including weather, embargoes, tariffs, or health, political, international and regulatory developments. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Because the Fund may invest significantly in a particular sector, the Fund share value may fluctuate more than a fund with less exposure to such sector. 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.

About Risk 

The value of commodities investments will generally be affected by overall market movements and factors specific to a particular industry or commodity, including weather, embargoes, tariffs, or health, political, international and regulatory developments. 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. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Because the Fund may invest significantly in a particular sector, the Fund share value may fluctuate more than a fund with less exposure to such sector. 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 Seto

Thomas Seto

Head of Investment Management
Parametric Seattle Investment Center
Joined Parametric Portfolio Associates 1998

Thomas Seto is head of investment management with Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC, an investment adviser and majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. Tom is responsible for all portfolio management and trading at the Seattle Investment Center, and is a member of the executive committee. He joined Parametric in 1998.

Tom began his career in the investment management industry in 1991. Before joining Parametric, he served as the head of U.S. equity index investments at Barclays Global Investors.

Tom earned a B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Washington and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Education
  • B.S. University of Washington
  • M.B.A Booth School of Business, University of Chicago

Experience
  • Managed Fund since inception

Biography
Timothy W. Atwill, Ph.D., CFA

Timothy W. Atwill, Ph.D., CFA

Head of Investment Strategy
Parametric Seattle Investment Center
Joined Parametric Portfolio Associates 2010

Tim Atwill is head of investment strategy with Parametric Portfolio Associates LLC, an investment adviser and majority-owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. He leads Parametric's investment strategy team and is responsible for managing the continued evolution of Parametric's investment strategies and communicating these strategies to external audiences.

Before joining Parametric, Tim was affiliated with Russell Investments in its manager research unit, performing due diligence duties for the firm's consulting clients, and in its trading group, implementing derivative strategies for institutional clients. Previously, he was a non-life actuary and portfolio manager at Safeco Insurance Company.

Tim earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Reed College and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Dartmouth College. He holds the FCAS designation from the Casualty Actuarial Society and is a CFA charterholder.

Education
  • B.A. Reed College
  • Ph.D. Dartmouth College

Experience
  • Managed Fund since 2014


Literature

Literature

Fact Sheet

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Commentary

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Report of Organizational Actions Affecting Basis of Securities

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Annual Report

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Full Prospectus

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Parametric Commodity Strategy Holdings

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

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SAI

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Performance Always Matters

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Semi-Annual Report

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Summary Prospectus

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XBRL

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