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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Eaton Vance Homes in on Foreign Lands with New Fund

Reported by Nicole Spector

Eaton Vance Management [profile] is building its sponsored currency income line-up. The Boston firm is launching Eaton Vance Currency Income Advantage Fund (ECIAX). The new product is the second foreign currency-focused offering from Eaton Vance, which debuted the Eaton Vance Diversified Currency Income Fund (EAIIX) in 2007. EAIIX saw net assets in the ballpark of $800 million as of July 31.

ECIAX will invest a minimum of 80 percent of its net assets into foreign domain including income instruments denominated in foreign currencies and/or issued by foreign entities or sovereign nations;) derivative instruments relating to foreign entities or sovereign nations, and precious metals and commodities-related instruments.

The fund's PMs are Eric Stein, the vice president and co-director of Eaton Vance's Global Income Group; Michael Cirami the vice president and co-director of Eaton Vance's Global Income Group, and John Baur, the vice president of Eaton Vance and Director of Global Portfolio Analysis.

The countries Eaton Vance is eyeing for its latest offering will be ones that have a "policy mic and economic environment supportive of long-term growth," Mirami says, adding: "These are the places we believe will attract capital investment and, thus, experience currency strength." See the press release below.


Company Press Release

Launch of Eaton Vance Currency Income Advantage Fund



BOSTON, Aug.29, 2013:Eaton Vance Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. (EV), today announced the launch of Eaton Vance Currency Income Advantage Fund (Class A: ECIAX, Class I: ECIIX), a new mutual fund seeking total return by investing at least 80% of net assets in (i) income instruments denominated in foreign currencies and/or issued by foreign entities or sovereign nations, (ii) derivative instruments relating to foreign entities or sovereign nations and (iii) precious metals and commodities-related instruments. The Fund expects to normally maintain foreign currency exposures across developed, emerging and frontier markets.

The Fund is the second Eaton Vance-sponsored currency income fund, joining Eaton Vance Diversified Currency Income Fund (Diversified Currency Fund) (Class A: EAIIX, Class C: ECIMX; Class I: EIIMX), which was launched in 2007 and had net assets of approximately $800 million as of July 31, 2013. Compared to Diversified Currency Fund, the Fund seeks to earn higher income and total returns, with commensurately higher risk. "We believe investments in foreign currencies can provide investors with an attractive income stream and potentially reduce portfolio volatility and hedge against potential U.S. price inflation," said Payson F. Swaffield, CFA, chief income investment officer for Eaton Vance. The Fund is managed by a team led by Eric Stein, CFA, Vice President and Co-Director of Eaton Vance's Global Income Group, Michael Cirami, CFA, Vice President and Co-Director of Eaton Vance's Global Income Group and John Baur, Vice President of Eaton Vance and Director of Global Portfolio Analysis.

"We employ a macroeconomic and political research process to evaluate the relative attractiveness of countries and currencies," said Mr. Cirami. "We typically invest in countries where we deem the policy mix and economic environment as being supportive of long-term growth these are the places we believe will attract capital investment and, thus, experience currency strength." In allocating the Fund's assets, the portfolio management team utilizes its time-tested investment process, combining macroeconomic and political analysis of countries to gain exposures to currencies that it believes have the potential to appreciate.

"We believe many investors in the U.S. have little to no active foreign currency exposure within their portfolios, resulting in a nearly 100% allocation to U.S. dollar-denominated assets," said Mr. Stein. "Based on their historically low correlation to traditional stock and bond investments, allocating assets to foreign currency instruments can provide meaningful portfolio diversification and potentially lower overall portfolio volatility."

The Fund is managed by Eaton Vance Management, a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. Eaton Vance is one of the oldest investment management firms in the United States, with a history dating back to 1924. Eaton Vance and its affiliates managed $268.8 billion in assets as of July 31, 2013, offering individuals and institutions a broad array of investment strategies and wealth management solutions. Eaton Vance's long record of providing exemplary service, timely innovation and attractive returns through a variety of market conditions has made Eaton Vance the investment manager of choice for many of today's most discerning investors. For more information about Eaton Vance, visit www.eatonvance.com.
 

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