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Eaton Vance Management is a large financial advisory firm that has its main offices in Boston. The firm's advisors principally work with individual clients, though the firm has a number of institutional and advisory clients as well. Eaton Vance provides investment management services, but financial planning is not among its offerings.

Eaton Vance Management Background

The first mutual fund that would eventually grow to become Eaton Vance Management was created in 1924. However, the firm didn't reach its current form until 1979 when Eaton & Howard and Vance, Sanders & Company officially merged. Thomas Faust Jr. currently serves as the chairman, president and CEO of the firm. Eaton Vance is a wholly owned subsidiary of Eaton Vance Corp.

Eaton Vance Management Client Types and Minimum Account Sizes

Eaton Vance Management manages assets for non-high-net-worth and high-net-worth individuals, as well as investment companies, pooled investment vehicles, pension and profit-sharing plans, charitable organizations, government entities, insurance companies, corporations and trusts.

To become a client of Eaton Vance, you'll need to meet their minimum account sizes, of which there are many. The amounts can range from $100,000 to $200 million, though many of the services require $25 - $50 million to open. As you can see, all account minimums vary depending on the type of investment strategy your portfolio utilizes.

  • Corporate Ladders: $100,000
  • Tax-Advantaged Bond Strategies: $10 million
  • Eaton Vance Real Estate Investment Strategy: $10 million
  • Emerging Markets Debt Opportunities: $200 million
  • Floating Rate Bank Loan: $150 million

Services Offered by Eaton Vance Management

Eaton Vance offers a wide range of portfolio management services through a series of separately managed accounts (SMAs) that primarily consist of equity, fixed-income, mixed-asset and alternative strategies. Each strategy is unique, involving different securities and risk levels. Eaton Vance also participates in a wrap fee program, which allows trading and transactional costs to be included in a single price for its investment management service.

Eaton Vance Management Investment Philosophy

Eaton Vance employs a range of strategies, tailoring its investment approach to the individual needs of clients. Advisors take into account such factors as liquidity needs, time horizon and risk tolerance before investing your money. Depending on these factors, advisors will recommend an appropriate strategy or mix or securities.

When it comes to analyzing investments, Eaton Vance places a specific emphasis on fundamental analysis. It also looks to thoroughly vet all companies, funds and other investments that advisors are considering for client portfolios. Advisors also typically pursue long-term gains and stability, with an eye toward minimizing tax liability.

Fees Under Eaton Vance Management

The fee schedule for the various portfolio management services at Eaton Vance varies significantly by strategy and the amount of money you choose to invest. Fees can also differ depending on the types of investments you choose, and they may be based on net or gross assets.

Eaton Vance's management fees range from 0.10% to 0.90% of a client's assets annually, depending on the service being offered. Fees may be negotiated between the client and the firm, and they typically start out high and decrease as your assets under management do too. All charges are calculated and paid on either a monthly or quarterly basis.

What to Watch Out For

Eaton Vance Management has several disclosures listed on its Form ADV. All of these disclosures reference accusations for affiliated firms or parties and not for Eaton Vance Management itself. 

Eaton Vance Management may charge performance-based fees to certain client accounts. This creates a potential conflict of interest, as advisors may have an incentive to make riskier or more speculative investments. However, the firm is still a fiduciary, legally binding it to act in your best interest no matter what.

Opening an Account With Eaton Vance Management

For those looking to open an account with Eaton Vance, you'll need to call the firm at either (800) 225-6265 or (617) 482-8260, and speak to a representative.

All information was accurate as of the writing of this article.

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How Long $1mm Lasts in Retirement

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Methodology We analyzed data on average expenditures for seniors, cost of living and investment returns to determine how many years of retirement a $1 million nest egg would cover in cities across America.

First, we looked at data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) on the average annual expenditures of seniors. We then applied cost of living data from the Council for Community and Economic Research to adjust those national average spending levels based on the costs of each expense category (housing, food, healthcare, utilities, transportation and other) in each city. Using this data, SmartAsset calculated the average cost of living for retirees in the largest U.S. cities.

We assumed the $1 million would grow at a real return (interest minus inflation) of 2%. Then, we divided $1 million by the sum of each of those annual numbers to determine how long $1 million would cover retirement expenses in each of the cities in our study. Cities where $1 million lasted the longest ranked the highest in the study.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Council for Community and Economic Research