Launch of Eaton Vance Richard Bernstein All Asset Strategy Fund

Oct 03, 2011, 10:58 ET from Eaton Vance Management

BOSTON, Oct. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Eaton Vance Management, a subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp. (NYSE: EV), today announced the launch of Eaton Vance Richard Bernstein All Asset Strategy Fund (Class A: EARAX, Class C: EARCX, Class I: EARIX), a new mutual fund that employs a macro-driven approach to investing in global markets. The portfolio manager is Richard Bernstein, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of the Fund's sub-adviser, Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC (RBA).

Mr. Bernstein is also portfolio manager of Eaton Vance Richard Bernstein Equity Strategy Fund, formerly known as Eaton Vance Richard Bernstein Multi-Market Equity Strategy Fund (Class A: ERBAX, Class C: ERBCX, Class I: ERBIX). The new Fund follows a top-down style similar to the Eaton Vance Richard Bernstein Equity Strategy Fund, but has the flexibility to invest across equities, fixed income, commodities, currencies and cash. Under normal market conditions, the Fund currently expects to invest up to 75% of its net assets in equity securities, 25-90% in fixed-income securities, up to 25% in commodities, commodities-related investments and/or currencies, and up to 25% in cash and cash equivalents. The Fund will be rebalanced as necessary to reflect desired market exposures and risk parameters.  The Fund expects to gain exposure to certain types of investments primarily through holdings of exchange-traded funds.

"Investors today are looking for ways to maximize returns while managing risk," said Mr. Bernstein. "We see the historical occurrence of a loss from a particular asset class as an important concept in the development of our asset allocation and risk management strategy. By following a flexible, go-anywhere strategy, the Fund will seek to capitalize on global and domestic opportunities in multiple asset classes. We expect macro-economic indicators to evolve over time, and the Fund's nimble investment strategy will allow for strategic asset allocations in both bull and bear markets."

Prior to founding RBA, Mr. Bernstein spent more than 20 years at Merrill Lynch & Co where he was one of the most respected market strategists on Wall Street. He was voted to Institutional Investor's All-America Research Team 18 times, including ten first-team selections.

"We value RBA's strategy expertise and are pleased to expand our sub-advisory relationship with them to offer a flexible fund that can respond to shifting global trends by moving across market segments and asset classes," said Duncan W. Richardson, Chief Equity Investment Officer at Eaton Vance.

Eaton Vance Corp. is one of the oldest investment management firms in the United States, with a history dating to 1924. Eaton Vance and its affiliates managed $199.0 billion in assets as of July 31, 2011, offering individuals and institutions a broad array of investment strategies and wealth management solutions. The Company's long record of providing exemplary service 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

Richard Bernstein Advisors LLC is an independent investment management firm based in New York City. For more information, visit

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