Overview

Relative to other short government funds, over the past 10 years this fund has had: Higher return, Higher risk-adjusted return, and Lower volatility.1

As of 06/30/2016

  • Class A at NAV
  • Morningstar Short Government Category

Historical Returns (%)as of Jun 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. 10 Yrs.
08/31/2016
Fund at NAV 0.17 0.05 0.23 0.14 1.56 1.42 2.72
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -2.08 -2.19 -1.99 -2.06 0.79 0.95 2.49
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index2 -0.17 0.37 1.21 1.07 0.88 0.64 2.29
06/30/2016
Fund at NAV -0.41 0.23 -0.23 -0.26 1.27 1.28 2.79
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -2.64 -2.02 -2.45 -2.56 0.51 0.81 2.56
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index2 0.60 0.53 1.43 1.31 0.98 0.81 2.46
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: 2.25%.

Fund Factsas of Aug 31, 2016

Class A Inception 09/30/2002
Investment Objective Total return
Total Net Assets $421.2M
Minimum Investment $1000
Expense Ratio3 0.99%
CUSIP 277911160

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 primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

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. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities are subject to credit, interest rate, prepayment and extension risks. 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. 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. 10 Yrs.
08/31/2016
Fund at NAV 0.17 0.05 0.23 0.14 1.56 1.42 2.72
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -2.08 -2.19 -1.99 -2.06 0.79 0.95 2.49
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index2 -0.17 0.37 1.21 1.07 0.88 0.64 2.29
Morningstar™ Short Government Category4 -0.17 0.37 1.22 0.88 0.97 0.61 2.41
06/30/2016
Fund at NAV -0.41 0.23 -0.23 -0.26 1.27 1.28 2.79
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -2.64 -2.02 -2.45 -2.56 0.51 0.81 2.56
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index2 0.60 0.53 1.43 1.31 0.98 0.81 2.46
Morningstar™ Short Government Category4 0.52 0.47 1.41 1.11 0.94 0.81 2.58
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: 2.25%.

Calendar Year Returns (%)

2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Fund at NAV 3.86 5.99 1.38 8.35 3.19 1.21 3.48 -1.15 2.47 1.15
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index2 3.96 7.32 6.61 0.78 2.35 1.55 0.43 0.36 0.62 0.54

Fund Facts

Expense Ratio3 0.99%
Class A Inception 09/30/2002
Distribution Frequency Monthly

Yield Information5as of Aug 31, 2016

Distribution Rate at NAV 2.05%
SEC 30-day Yield 1.94%

Morningstar™ Ratingsas of Aug 31, 2016

Time Period Rating Rating (Load Waived) Funds in
Short Government
Category
Overall *** **** 104
3 Years *** **** 104
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
Sep 27, 2016 $8.24 $0.00
Sep 26, 2016 $8.24 $0.00
Sep 23, 2016 $8.24 -$0.01
Sep 22, 2016 $8.25 $0.00
Sep 21, 2016 $8.25 $0.00
Sep 20, 2016 $8.25 $0.00
Sep 19, 2016 $8.25 -$0.01
Sep 16, 2016 $8.26 $0.01
Sep 15, 2016 $8.25 -$0.01
Sep 14, 2016 $8.26 $0.00
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Distribution History6

Ex-Date Distribution Reinvest NAV
Aug 31, 2016 $0.01434 $8.26
Jul 29, 2016 $0.01405 $8.26
Jun 30, 2016 $0.01585 $8.25
May 31, 2016 $0.01642 $8.30
Apr 29, 2016 $0.01671 $8.29
Mar 31, 2016 $0.01716 $8.28
Feb 29, 2016 $0.01752 $8.27
Jan 29, 2016 $0.01681 $8.31
Dec 31, 2015 $0.01713 $8.37
Nov 30, 2015 $0.01705 $8.39
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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.
Fund prospectus

Capital Gain History6

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 primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

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. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities are subject to credit, interest rate, prepayment and extension risks. 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. 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 (%)7as of Jun 30, 2016

Fixed Rate CMOs 46.37
Adjustable Rate MBS 20.90
Floating Rate CMOs 15.70
Short Term Investments 9.58
Fixed Rate MBS 5.42
Other 2.04
Total 100.00

Portfolio Statisticsas of Jun 30, 2016

Number of Holdings 816
Average Coupon 3.41%
Average Duration 0.05 yrs.

Portfolio Information (%)as of Jun 30, 2016

Portfolio Allocations Average Duration
Short-Term U.S. Government Portfolio 98.0 0.05
Senior Debt Portfolio 2.0 0.32 yrs.

Credit Quality (%)8as of Jun 30, 2016

AAA 97.99
A 0.00
BBB 0.16
BB 0.81
B 0.77
CCC or Lower 0.06
Not Rated 0.21
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 primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

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. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities are subject to credit, interest rate, prepayment and extension risks. 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. 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

The rally in risk assets that began in mid-February continued throughout much of the second quarter. Then on June 23, the U.K. voted to leave the European Union (EU), a move that stunned the markets since late-breaking polls had pointed to a "remain" result. In the two days after the decision, equity prices plunged, credit spreads widened and emerging market currencies weakened. However, fears that "Brexit" would severely disrupt the global economy quickly subsided, and risk markets surged in the last three days of the quarter.

Oil topped $50 a barrel due to several supply shocks. These included militant attacks on Nigerian pipelines and wildfires that curbed production in Canada. Rising prices of oil and other raw materials contributed to a double-digit gain in the broad commodity market. The U.S. dollar strengthened versus the euro and British pound, weakened versus the Japanese yen and was mixed against emerging market currencies. Overall, local currency and U.S. dollar-denominated emerging market sovereign debt posted healthy gains. The global equity market rose modestly, and the U.S. Treasury yield curve flattened.

In the United Sates, improving U.S. economic data and hawkish comments from the Federal Reserve fueled expectations that the central bank might raise short-term interest rates in June after holding them steady at its last three meetings. But after a disappointing May jobs report, and with a potential Brexit looming, the Fed left rates unchanged. As the results from the U.K. referendum came in showing a "leave" result, investors sought safe havens and there was a mass global flocking to long end U.S. Treasuries. As the quarter came to a close, long end U.S. Treasury yields fell to historic lows, as a thirst for yield outstripped any concern investors had over interest rate risk.

Performance Summary 

Eaton Vance Short Duration Government Income Fund (the Fund) underperformed its benchmark, the BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index (the Index)2, at net asset value for the quarter.

  • As the curve flattened and long end Treasury yields fell, Agency MBS spreads widened relative to Treasuries due to fears of a pickup in prepayment rates over the coming months.
  • The Fund continued to maintain a shorter duration9 than the index, which was the leading cause of underperformance in the second quarter.

Historical Returns (%)as of Jun 30, 2016

Annualized
1 Mo. 3 Mos. YTD 1 Yr. 3 Yrs. 5 Yrs. 10 Yrs.
Fund at NAV -0.41 0.23 -0.23 -0.26 1.27 1.28 2.79
Fund w/Max Sales Charge -2.64 -2.02 -2.45 -2.56 0.51 0.81 2.56
BofA Merrill Lynch 1-3 Year U.S. Treasury Index2 0.60 0.53 1.43 1.31 0.98 0.81 2.46
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: 2.25%.

Fund Factsas of Jun 30, 2016

Class A Inception 09/30/2002
Expense Ratio3 0.99%

Contributors 

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

  • The Fund's investment in longer duration government Agency CMOs outperformed for the quarter, as the yield curve10 flattened.

Detractors 

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

  • Agency MBS spreads widened during the quarter, leading to underperformance relative to Treasurys.
  • The Fund continued to maintain a shorter duration than the index, which was the leading cause of underperformance in the second quarter.
  • The Fund's investment in interest-only agency MBS detracted from performance relative to the Index. As Treasury yields fell across the curve, mortgage rates also declined. Interest-only agency MBS spreads widened due to fears prepayments would increase over the coming months.

Investment Outlook And Fund Positioning 

Looking ahead, management expects the Fed to continue to reinvest their 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 we are currently in, 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 (%)8as of Jun 30, 2016

AAA 97.99
A 0.00
BBB 0.16
BB 0.81
B 0.77
CCC or Lower 0.06
Not Rated 0.21
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 primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

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. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities are subject to credit, interest rate, prepayment and extension risks. 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. 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 primarily invests in one or more affiliated investment companies (Portfolios) and may also invest directly. Unless otherwise noted, references to investments are to the aggregate holdings of the Fund, including its pro rata share of each Portfolio or Fund in which it invests.

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. Securities with longer durations tend to be more sensitive to interest rate changes than securities with shorter durations. As interest rates rise, the value of certain income investments is likely to decline. Mortgage- and asset-backed securities are subject to credit, interest rate, prepayment and extension risks. 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. 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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Short Duration Government Income 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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