Investment Overview

This strategy provides "intelligent exposure" to the floating-rate loan market, thoughtfully diversifying while assuming a higher-quality bias that seeks lower volatility and better risk-adjusted performance over time.
We aim to maximize risk-adjusted performance through fundamental credit research and risk-weighted portfolio optimization.
Loans are analyzed through Eaton Vance's proprietary credit research process, and position sizes are guided by credit analyst risk rankings.
We take less input risk by skewing weightings away from higher credit risk issuers.
We have experienced less output risk, resulting in lower absolute and relative volatility.
Modest and prudent use of leverage allows for attractive yield enhancement potential over the long term.
Eaton Vance is a leader in floating-rate loans, with one of the longest track records and longest-tenured teams, and largest AUM.*

*eVestment Alliance/Morningstar, 12/31/2021 Based on combined eVestment Alliance Floating-Rate Bank Loan Fixed Income universe and Morningstar Bank Loan category using AUM and oldest investment offering for each firm.

Portfolio Construction

Analysts assign relative risk rankings to each loan
Number of loans approximately equal weighted by risk quintile
Market value incrementally skewed toward lower risk
Initial position size ranges from 0.1% to 1.5% as determined by risk rank
Portfolio is perpetually optimized for risk and return

Investment Team

Andrew Sveen, CFA

Managing Director, Head of Floating-Rate Loans

Joined investment management industry in 1995

Joined Eaton Vance in 1999

BA, Dartmouth College, MBA, University of Rochester

Ralph Hinckley, CFA

Managing Director, Portfolio Manager

Joined investment management industry in 1997

Joined Eaton Vance in 2003

BA, Bates College, MBA, Boston University Graduate School of Management

Heath Christensen, CFA

Executive Director, Portfolio Manager

Joined investment management industry in 1999

Joined Eaton Vance in 2003

BS., The Pennsylvania State University



Benchmark: Morningstar LSTA US Leveraged Loan TR USD Index