Overview

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

As of 06/30/2016

  • Class A at NAV
  • Benchmark

Historical Returns (%)as of Jun 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
08/31/2016
Fund at NAV 0.95 4.00 5.26 8.38 6.75 9.36 7.84
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.82 -1.99 -0.80 2.15 4.66 8.07 6.76
MSCI All Country World Index4 0.34 4.03 5.95 7.24 6.73 8.31 7.26
06/30/2016
Fund at NAV -1.19 1.88 0.00 -2.09 5.45 6.17 7.12
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -6.88 -3.96 -5.76 -7.69 3.39 4.93 6.02
MSCI All Country World Index4 -0.61 0.99 1.23 -3.73 6.03 5.37 6.63
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 Aug 31, 2016

Class A Inception 10/12/2010
Investment Objective Total return
Total Net Assets $848.6M
Minimum Investment $1000
Expense Ratio5 1.25%
CUSIP 277902599

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

VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF
Apple Inc.
S&P 500 Mini - ES - SEP 2016
Exxon Mobil Corp.
Microsoft Corp.
General Electric Co.
Amazon.com Inc.
Johnson & Johnson
Oracle Corp.
Facebook Inc.
Total 12.07

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 Jun 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
08/31/2016
Fund at NAV 0.95 4.00 5.26 8.38 6.75 9.36 7.84
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -4.82 -1.99 -0.80 2.15 4.66 8.07 6.76
MSCI All Country World Index4 0.34 4.03 5.95 7.24 6.73 8.31 7.26
Morningstar™ World Stock Category7 0.33 3.35 4.91 5.89 6.26 8.33
06/30/2016
Fund at NAV -1.19 1.88 0.00 -2.09 5.45 6.17 7.12
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -6.88 -3.96 -5.76 -7.69 3.39 4.93 6.02
MSCI All Country World Index4 -0.61 0.99 1.23 -3.73 6.03 5.37 6.63
Morningstar™ World Stock Category7 -1.08 0.78 0.40 -4.17 5.63 5.33
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 Aug 31, 2016

Alpha (%) 1.01
Beta 0.84
R-Squared (%) 88.93
Standard Deviation (%) 10.45
Sharpe Ratio 0.64

Morningstar™ Ratingsas of Aug 31, 2016

Time Period Rating Rating (Load Waived) Funds in
World Stock
Category
Overall *** **** 942
3 Years ** *** 942
5 Years *** **** 735
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
Sep 30, 2016 $14.90 $0.12
Sep 29, 2016 $14.78 -$0.14
Sep 28, 2016 $14.92 $0.13
Sep 27, 2016 $14.79 $0.09
Sep 26, 2016 $14.70 -$0.15
Sep 23, 2016 $14.85 -$0.13
Sep 22, 2016 $14.98 $0.10
Sep 21, 2016 $14.88 $0.23
Sep 20, 2016 $14.65 $0.01
Sep 19, 2016 $14.64 $0.06
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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 Jun 30, 2016

U.S. Common Stocks 67.79
Foreign Common Stocks 31.88
Cash & Equivalents 0.34
Total 100.00

Portfolio Statisticsas of Jun 30, 2016

Median Market Cap $21.7B
Price/Earnings Ratio 20.33
Price/Book Ratio 2.07
Number of Holdings 354

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

Sector Fund MSCI All Country World Index4
Consumer Discretionary 11.34 12.28
Consumer Staples 3.02 11.00
Energy 9.89 6.99
Financials 29.65 19.70
Health Care 3.22 12.21
Industrials 8.29 10.39
Information Technology 21.89 14.87
Materials 9.84 4.92
Telecom Services 1.30 4.03
Utilities 1.22 3.61
Cash 0.34 0.00

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

Fund (%) MSCI All Country
World Index (%)
Regions
US. 68 53
Developed 32 36
Emerging 0 11
Style
Growth 48 51
Value 52 49
Size
Large Cap 72 85
Midcap 19 15
Small Cap 9 0

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

United States 67.79
United Kingdom 4.99
France 4.94
Switzerland 4.55
Germany 4.41
Netherlands 2.41
Canada 1.59
Spain 1.58
Sweden 1.53
Norway 1.07
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Geographic Mix (%)6,10,11,12as of Jun 30, 2016

United States 67.79
Europe except U.K. 24.94
United Kingdom 4.99
Northern America except U.S. 1.59
Asia/Pacific 0.27
Africa 0.06
Latin America 0.02
Eastern Europe 0.01
Cash & Other Assets 0.34

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

Holding % of Net Assets
Sell USD Buy EUR160801 FWD-20160801-.909174 15.67%
EV Cash Reserves Fund 10.48%
mini MSCI Emg Mkt Sep16 10.30%
VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF 2.68%
Apple Inc 1.73%
Microsoft Corp 1.30%
Exxon Mobil Corp 1.16%
General Electric Co 0.96%
Amazon.com Inc 0.93%
Johnson & Johnson 0.87%
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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 Jun 30, 2016

Turmoil following Britain's vote to exit the European Union left major global equity markets with mixed results for the second quarter of 2016.

The outcome of the June 23 "Brexit" vote sent stocks into a two-day tailspin. However, the market's subsequent rebound regained much of the lost ground, leaving some indexes in the black for the three-month period. The British referendum capped a quarter marked by rising stock market volatility, as a range of economic and geopolitical factors had investors on edge. By quarter-end, the yield on the 10-year U.S. Treasury had fallen below 1.5% amid many investors' flight to quality assets.

U.S. stocks advanced early in the period on positive economic news, including strong retail sales, job market gains and higher energy prices. The continued slow-but-steady economic growth led to expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) would likely raise interest rates at its June meeting. But, after a disappointing May jobs report, the Fed left rates unchanged amid new doubts about the health of the economy. U.S. stocks mounted a brief recovery in the days following the Fed announcement, only to fall sharply in the wake of the Brexit vote.

For the full three-month period, the Dow Jones Industrial Average15 recorded a 2.07% gain, while the broader S&P 500 Index16 advanced 2.46%. The technology-laden NASDAQ Composite Index17 fell 0.56%. In general, small-cap U.S. stocks outperformed their large-cap counterparts during the quarter.

Globally, Brexit loomed over equity markets in the months leading up to the June 23 vote and continued to dominate investor concerns in the aftermath of the referendum. European stocks, which rose early in the period, suffered heavier post-Brexit losses than U.S. shares, fueling a 1.46% decline in the MSCI EAFE Index18 of developed-market international equities. By contrast, China's post-Brexit stock market losses were relatively moderate.

Performance Summary 

In the quarter that ended June 30, 2016, Eaton Vance Richard Bernstein Equity Strategy Fund (the Fund) outperformed its benchmark, the MSCI All Country World Index4 (the Index), at NAV. The Fund's A share performance was up 1.88%, while the Index's performance was up 0.99%.

  • Our indicators suggest that profits cycles seem to be forming a trough. We also believe the Fed may be more cautious about raising rates than investors have been expecting. Holdings data suggest other portfolio managers have been increasing their defensive positioning. We have been doing the exact opposite. To navigate this changing environment, the Fund was repositioned to accentuate cyclical sectors.
  • The biggest headline of the quarter was likely Brexit. After a surprising result, markets were in free fall, investors were panicked and prognosticators were forecasting the end of the bull market, the end of Europe's economy, the end of globalization or worse. Rather than reacting to this event, we preferred to remain dispassionate, rigorous and out-of-consensus. That approach has, so far, helped the Fund navigate the Brexit noise.
  • The decision to add commodity exposure benefited the Fund.

Historical Returns (%)as of Jun 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. Life of Fund
Fund at NAV -1.19 1.88 0.00 -2.09 5.45 6.17 7.12
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -6.88 -3.96 -5.76 -7.69 3.39 4.93 6.02
MSCI All Country World Index4 -0.61 0.99 1.23 -3.73 6.03 5.37 6.63
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 Jun 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:

  • We are not "gold bugs" but have added gold exposure to ballast equity market volatility, as gold recently became negatively correlated to the equity market. This exposure was the largest contributor during the quarter.
  • As previously mentioned, the Fund tilted toward cyclical names during the period. The U.S. cyclical tilt was a large contributor to the Fund's success over the period.
  • The Fund's exposure to the euro was fully hedged, helping performance as the U.S. dollar strengthened and the euro weakened.

Detractors 

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

  • As previously mentioned, the Fund tilted more toward cyclical names during the period. The Fund was also overweight European equities. This European cyclical tilt was the largest detractor from performance over the period.
  • As the Fund became more cyclical, it was underweight the health care and consumer staples sectors. The Fund had less exposure to both of these sectors, and performance suffered during the quarter.
  • The Fund's cash position was a small detractor from the Fund's overall performance for the quarter.

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

So far, this bull market is the second-longest of the post-war period, and we still believe it will ultimately be one for the record books. Our valuation, sentiment, liquidity and profits research is certainly not as bullish as it was seven years ago, but is supportive of our current positioning.

Should the next leg be an earnings-driven market, we believe our recent repositioning into cyclical equities should continue to benefit the Fund. Our lack of exposure to Japanese equities is an example of where our concern over corporate profits and being mystified by monetary policy forces us to look for opportunities elsewhere.

Rather than react emotionally to events such as Brexit, we follow our indicators. As they change, we update our views and position the Fund appropriately.

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

VanEck Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF 2.32
Apple Inc. 1.62
S&P 500 Mini - ES - SEP 2016 1.39
Exxon Mobil Corp. 1.25
Microsoft Corp. 1.20
General Electric Co. 0.99
Amazon.com Inc. 0.89
Johnson & Johnson 0.86
Oracle Corp. 0.77
Facebook Inc. 0.76
Total 12.07

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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