Overview

The Fund has outperformed its benchmark with less volatility since inception.3

As of 09/30/2016

  • Class A at NAV
  • Benchmark

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 3.07 2.09 7.46 5.65 3.79 9.94 7.87
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -2.83 -3.76 1.27 -0.42 1.77 8.66 6.84
MSCI All Country World Index4 0.76 -0.34 5.58 3.68 2.98 8.84 6.90
09/30/2016
Fund at NAV 0.61 5.90 5.90 11.44 5.30 10.88 7.84
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -5.16 -0.20 -0.20 5.05 3.23 9.58 6.77
MSCI All Country World Index4 0.61 5.30 6.60 11.96 5.17 10.62 7.27
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: 5.75%.

Fund Factsas of Oct 31, 2016

Class A Inception 10/12/2010
Investment Objective Total return
Total Net Assets $811.7M
Minimum Investment $1000
Expense Ratio5 1.25%
CUSIP 277902599

Top 10 Holdings (%)6as of Sep 30, 2016

MSCI Emerging Markets Mini - MME - DEC 2016
Market Vectors ETF TR JR Gold
Apple Inc.
Microsoft Corp.
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Amazon.com Inc.
General Electric Co.
Facebook Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Alphabet Inc.
Total 22.94

Portfolio Management

Richard Bernstein Managed Fund since inception

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

About Risk 

Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. 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. In emerging countries, these risks may be more significant. Smaller companies are generally subject to greater price fluctuations, limited liquidity, higher transaction costs and higher investment risk than larger, established companies. 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. 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. Life of Fund
10/31/2016
Fund at NAV -1.54 0.00 4.26 2.65 3.59 9.28 7.45
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -7.21 -5.72 -1.74 -3.26 1.58 8.00 6.40
MSCI All Country World Index4 -1.70 -0.76 4.79 2.05 3.21 8.02 6.86
Morningstar™ World Stock Category7 -2.38 -1.19 3.29 1.00 2.68 8.14
09/30/2016
Fund at NAV 0.61 5.90 5.90 11.44 5.30 10.88 7.84
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -5.16 -0.20 -0.20 5.05 3.23 9.58 6.77
MSCI All Country World Index4 0.61 5.30 6.60 11.96 5.17 10.62 7.27
Morningstar™ World Stock Category7 0.87 5.42 5.78 10.57 4.66 10.83
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: 5.75%.

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Fund at NAV -6.40 12.69 29.48 2.65 -0.74
MSCI All Country World Index4 20.95 11.66 -42.19 34.63 12.67 -7.35 16.13 22.80 4.16 -2.36

Fund Facts

Expense Ratio5 1.25%
Class A Inception 10/12/2010
Distribution Frequency Annually

Risk Measures (3 Year)8as of Nov 30, 2016

Alpha (%) 1.24
Beta 0.84
R-Squared (%) 86.84
Standard Deviation (%) 10.10
Sharpe Ratio 0.36

Morningstar™ Ratingsas of Oct 31, 2016

Time Period Rating Rating (Load Waived) Funds in
World Stock
Category
Overall *** **** 960
3 Years *** **** 960
5 Years *** **** 737
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 $15.05 -$0.01
Dec 01, 2016 $15.06 -$0.06
Nov 30, 2016 $15.12 $0.01
Nov 29, 2016 $15.11 $0.00
Nov 28, 2016 $15.11 -$0.07
Nov 25, 2016 $15.18 $0.05
Nov 23, 2016 $15.13 -$0.02
Nov 22, 2016 $15.15 $0.09
Nov 21, 2016 $15.06 $0.11
Nov 18, 2016 $14.95 -$0.01

Distribution History9

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest NAV
Dec 23, 2015 $0.28570 $14.17
Dec 23, 2014 $0.08400 $14.63
Dec 23, 2013 $0.06380 $14.04
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 History9

Ex-Date Short-Term Long-Term Reinvest NAV
Dec 23, 2014 $0.06460 $14.63
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.

About Risk 

Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. 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. In emerging countries, these risks may be more significant. Smaller companies are generally subject to greater price fluctuations, limited liquidity, higher transaction costs and higher investment risk than larger, established companies. 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. 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 (%)6,10,11,12as of Sep 30, 2016

U.S. Common Stocks 65.98
Foreign Common Stocks 31.70
Cash & Equivalents 2.32
Total 100.00

Portfolio Statisticsas of Sep 30, 2016

Median Market Cap $26.4B
Price/Earnings Ratio 21.39
Price/Book Ratio 2.32
Number of Holdings 287

GICS Sector Breakdown (%)6,10,11,12as of Sep 30, 2016

Sector Fund MSCI All Country World Index4
Consumer Discretionary 11.73 12.29
Consumer Staples 3.61 10.42
Energy 9.21 6.86
Financials 23.20 16.88
Health Care 2.39 11.72
Industrials 8.65 10.42
Information Technology 24.68 15.87
Materials 9.88 5.14
Real Estate 1.55 3.34
Telecom Services 1.63 3.75
Utilities 1.15 3.31
Cash 2.32 0.00

Portfolio Characteristics (%)12,13as of Sep 30, 2016

Fund (%) MSCI All Country
World Index (%)
Regions
US. 67 53
Developed 21 36
Emerging 12 11
Style
Growth 55 54
Value 45 46
Size
Large Cap 77 86
Midcap 17 14
Small Cap 6 0

Assets by Country (%)6,10,11,12as of Sep 30, 2016

United States 65.98
United Kingdom 5.93
China 3.03
France 2.72
Switzerland 2.24
Germany 1.97
Korea, Republic of 1.66
Canada 1.83
Taiwan 1.36
Cash & Other Assets 2.32
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Geographic Mix (%)6,10,11,12as of Sep 30, 2016

United States 65.98
Europe 12.26
Asia/Pacific 8.38
United Kingdom 5.93
Northern America except US 1.83
Latin America 1.49
Africa 0.87
Eastern Europe 0.72
Middle East 0.21
Cash & Other Assets 2.32

Fund Holdings (%)6,14as of Oct 31, 2016

Holding % of Net Assets
EV Cash Reserves Fund LLC 12.78%
mini MSCI Emg Mkt Dec16 11.41%
VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF 2.36%
Apple Inc 2.04%
Microsoft Corp 1.49%
Exxon Mobil Corp 1.18%
Amazon.com Inc 1.04%
General Electric Co 0.97%
Facebook Inc 0.92%
Johnson & Johnson 0.88%
View All

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

About Risk 

Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. 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. In emerging countries, these risks may be more significant. Smaller companies are generally subject to greater price fluctuations, limited liquidity, higher transaction costs and higher investment risk than larger, established companies. 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. 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

Global stock markets moved higher in the third quarter of 2016 amid continued low interest rates and diminishing concern about Britain's vote to leave the European Union.

Recovering from their sharp pullback following Britain's "Brexit" vote in late June 2016, stocks advanced for much of the summer. Major U.S. stock indexes reached multiple record highs during August 2016, as an upturn in oil prices also boosted stocks.

In the final month of the period, U.S. equity markets turned choppy, as investors worried about the likelihood of an interest-rate hike by the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed). Declining corporate profits and overall U.S. economic health also weighed on markets. Retail sales dipped in August after a slight gain in July. Home sales also fell in August, while durable goods orders were flat.
The Fed's decision at its September meeting to leave rates unchanged sent stocks higher. U.S stocks also got a brief boost late in the period after OPEC nations reached an initial agreement to cut oil production. Stocks along with oil prices reacted with solid gains.

Globally, low interest rates helped drive most stock markets higher during the three-month period. Signs of strength in China's beleaguered economy, including improved business and consumer confidence, also cheered investors.

The prospect of continued low interest rates helped global equity markets deliver solid gains for the three-month period. The Dow Jones Industrial Average15 recorded a 2.78% gain, while the broader S&P 500 Index16 rose 3.85%. The technology-laden NASDAQ Composite Index17 added 9.69%. Globally, the MSCI EAFE Index18 gained 6.43% in the quarter. Small-cap stocks outperformed their large-cap counterparts during the quarter. In terms of investing style, growth stocks topped value stocks in both the large-cap and small-cap categories.

Performance Summary 

In the quarter that ended September 30, 2016, the Eaton Vance Richard Bernstein Equity Strategy Fund ("The Fund") outperformed the MSCI All Country World Index ("The Index")4. The Fund's performance was up 5.90% while the Index's performance was up 5.30%.

  • We believe the Fed may be more cautious when raising rates than investors have been expecting. Earlier in the year, the Fund was repositioned to accentuate cyclical sectors, as a result of our belief that profits cycles seem to have formed a trough in certain regions of the world. This targeted allocation to global equities continued to help the Fund outperform the Index.
  • In September, we published an Insight piece titled: "New normal": Not new. Just normal. Contrary to popular opinion, this cycle's returns have actually been quite normal.
  • Performance was helped by market segment allocation within the United States.
  • Avoiding defensive sectors was beneficial to the Fund over the period.

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 0.61 5.90 5.90 11.44 5.30 10.88 7.84
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -5.16 -0.20 -0.20 5.05 3.23 9.58 6.77
MSCI All Country World Index4 0.61 5.30 6.60 11.96 5.17 10.62 7.27
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: 5.75%.

Fund Factsas of Sep 30, 2016

Class A Inception 10/12/2010
Expense Ratio5 1.25%

Contributors 

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

  • Our largest contributors resulted from selecting U.S. and European securities most likely to benefit from our view that certain profit cycles around the world troughed.
  • Our underweight in defensive sectors (consumer staples, healthcare, telecom and utilities) proved beneficial on a benchmark relative basis. Tilts within GICS sectors and market cap segments contributed to the Fund's outperformance.
  • Being overweight information technology positively contributed.
  • The Fund's overweight in small-cap securities was positive but more so due to stock selection.
  • Hedging the British pound positively contributed post-Brexit.

Detractors 

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

  • The strength of the Japanese yen deterred us from taking positions in Japanese equities. Unfortunately, this detracted from Fund performance during the quarter.
  • Though the Fund ended the quarter approximately neutral in terms of emerging markets exposure, the Fund had a significant underweight at the beginning. This detracted from performance during the period.
  • Avoiding certain regions and market segments hurt performance.

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

Now in the second longest bull market of the post-war period, investors (be they individuals, pensions, endowments, foundations, or hedge funds) remain too fearful to invest in equities. We are not seeing any of three major signs the probability of a bear market is increasing: central banks withdrawing liquidity, a profits recession, or overly bullish sentiment. This negative consensus suggests the current bull market could continue considerably longer than most anticipate.

Should we experience an earnings-driven market, maintaining our positioning in cyclical equities should continue benefiting the Fund. Our absence from Japanese equities exemplifies how our concerns over profits and monetary policy force us to look elsewhere.

We continue to follow our indicators. As they change, we update our views and position the Fund appropriately.

Top 10 Holdings (%)6as of Sep 30, 2016

MSCI Emerging Markets Mini - MME - DEC 2016 11.25
Market Vectors ETF TR JR Gold 2.50
Apple Inc. 1.98
Microsoft Corp. 1.40
Exxon Mobil Corp. 1.20
Amazon.com Inc. 1.08
General Electric Co. 0.97
Facebook Inc. 0.88
Johnson & Johnson 0.87
Alphabet Inc. 0.80
Total 22.94

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.

About Risk 

Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. 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. In emerging countries, these risks may be more significant. Smaller companies are generally subject to greater price fluctuations, limited liquidity, higher transaction costs and higher investment risk than larger, established companies. 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. 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.

About Risk 

Fund performance is sensitive to stock market volatility. 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. In emerging countries, these risks may be more significant. Smaller companies are generally subject to greater price fluctuations, limited liquidity, higher transaction costs and higher investment risk than larger, established companies. 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. 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
Richard Bernstein

Richard Bernstein

Founder, CEO and Chief Investment Officer
Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC

Richard Bernstein is the chief executive officer/chief investment officer of Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC (RBA), a registered independent investment adviser.

Mr. Bernstein founded Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC (RBA) in 2009. The firm utilizes a unique top-down approach to investing, focusing on macro trends rather than individual stock selection. RBA manages several accounts in partnership with several leading financial institutions. Mr. Bernstein has over 30 years’ experience on Wall Street, most recently as the chief investment strategist at Merrill Lynch & Co. Prior to joining Merrill Lynch in 1988, he held positions at E.F. Hutton and Chase Econometrics/IDC.

A much-noted expert on equity, style and asset allocation, Mr. Bernstein was voted to Institutional Investor magazine’s annual “All-America Research Team” 18 times, and is one of only 49 analysts inducted into the Institutional Investor “Hall of Fame.” He was also twice named to both Fortune magazine’s “All-Star Analysts” and to Smart Money magazine’s “Power 30”, and was a member of Registered Rep’s “Ten to watch” for 2012. His book “Style Investing: Unique Insight into Equity Management” is widely viewed as the seminal book on style-oriented investment strategies. He donates the profits from that and his other book, “Navigate the Noise: Investing in the New Age of Media and Hype,” to charity.

Mr. Bernstein is co-chair of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation endowment’s Investment Committee (~$1.8 billion) and sits on the Hamilton College endowment’s Investment Committee (~$700 million); he is a trustee of both institutions. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Finance at the NYU/Stern Graduate School of business, and is a member of the Journal of Portfolio Management’s Advisory Committee. Rich holds an MBA in finance, with Beta Gamma Sigma distinction, from New York University, and a BA in economics from Hamilton College. He has lectured on finance and economics at numerous colleges, universities and professional forums.

Education
  • B.A. Hamilton College
  • M.B.A. Stern School of Business, New York University

Experience
  • Managed Fund since inception


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Black Widow Returns- Bernstein insight

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Global Investing is Changing

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