Eaton Vance Corp was formed on April 30, 1979. Its business is managing investment funds and providing investment management and advisory services to high-net-worth individuals and institutions. Through its subsidiaries, the Company manages active equity, income and alternative strategies across the investment styles and asset classes, including U.S. and global equities, floating-rate bank loans, municipal bonds, global income, high-yield and investment grade bonds. Its investment capabilities supports products and services offered to fund shareholders, retail managed account investors, institutional investors and high-net-worth clients. The Company markets and distributes shares of Eaton Vance funds domestically through EVD. EVD sells fund shares through a network of financial intermediaries, including national and regional broker/dealers, banks, registered investment advisors, insurance companies and financial planning firms. In the retail fund channel, it competes with other mutual fund management, distribution and service companies that distribute investment products through affiliated and unaffiliated sales forces, broker/dealers and direct sales to the public. It also offers a range of alternative investment strategies, including currency and commodity-based investments and a spectrum of absolute return strategies. The Company is subject to federal securities laws, state laws regarding securities fraud, other federal and state laws and rules, and regulations of certain regulatory, self-regulatory and other organizations, including, among others, the SEC, FINRA, the FSA and the New York Stock Exchange.