MSIM Adds to ETF Platform with Conversion of Short Duration Income Mutual Fund to ETF

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Morgan Stanley Investment Management (“MSIM”) today announced it has completed the conversion of a fixed income mutual fund to an exchange-traded fund (“ETF”). The latest addition to the ETF platform follows the conversion of two fixed income mutual funds to ETFs in March 2024 and expands MSIM’s offering to eight active fixed income ETFs.

The below strategy is available as an ETF as of today:

Mutual FundETFETF Ticker
MSIFT Short Duration Income PortfolioEaton Vance Short Duration Income ETFEVSD (NASDAQ)

EVSD seeks to primarily invest in a diversified portfolio of fixed income securities, including U.S. government securities, corporate bonds, and mortgage- and asset-backed securities and seeks to maintain an average duration of approximately three years or less.

With this conversion, the MSIM active fixed income ETF offering now includes:

  • Calvert Ultra-Short Investment Grade ETF (NYSE Arca: CVSB)
  • Eaton Vance Ultra-Short Income ETF (NYSE Arca: EVSB)
  • Eaton Vance High Yield ETF (NYSE Arca: EVHY)
  • Eaton Vance Intermediate Municipal Income (NYSE Arca: EVIM)
  • Eaton Vance Floating-Rate ETF (NYSE Arca: EVLN)
  • Eaton Vance Total Return Bond ETF (NYSE: EVTR)
  • Eaton Vance Short Duration Municipal Income ETF (NYSE Arca: EVSM)
  • Eaton Vance Short Duration Income ETF (NASDAQ: EVSD)

MSIM’s ETF platform is comprised of 15 total products including six Calvert-branded ETFs, one Parametric-branded alternative income strategy, one Parametric-branded hedged equity strategy, and the seven Eaton Vance-branded fixed income strategies. Launched in early 2023, the platform has grown to over $2 billion in assets.

About Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Morgan Stanley Investment Management, together with its investment advisory affiliates, has more than 1,400 investment professionals around the world and $1.5 trillion in assets under management or supervision as of March 31, 2024. Morgan Stanley Investment Management strives to provide outstanding long-term investment performance, service, and a comprehensive suite of investment management solutions to a diverse client base, which includes governments, institutions, corporations and individuals worldwide. For further information about Morgan Stanley Investment Management, please visit www.morganstanley.com/im.

About Morgan Stanley

Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is a leading global financial services firm providing a wide range of investment banking, securities, wealth management and investment management services. With offices in 42 countries, the Firm’s employees serve clients worldwide including corporations, governments, institutions and individuals. For more information about Morgan Stanley, please visit www.morganstanley.com.

Before investing carefully consider the Fund’s objective, risks, charges, and expenses available in the prospectus, please download one at https://www.eatonvance.com. Read carefully before investing.

Risk Considerations: There is no assurance that a portfolio will achieve its investment objective. Portfolios are subject to market risk, which is the possibility that the market values of securities owned by the portfolio will decline. Market values can change daily due to economic and other events (e.g. natural disasters, health crises, terrorism, conflicts and social unrest) that affect markets, countries, companies or governments. It is difficult to predict the timing, duration, and potential adverse effects (e.g. portfolio liquidity) of events. Accordingly, you can lose money investing in this portfolio. Please be aware that this portfolio may be subject to certain additional risks. Fixed-income securities are subject to the ability of an issuer to make timely principal and interest payments (credit risk), changes in interest rates (interest-rate risk), the creditworthiness of the issuer and general market liquidity (market risk). In a rising interest-rate environment, bond prices may fall and may result in periods of volatility and increased portfolio redemptions. In a declining interest-rate environment, the portfolio may generate less income. Longer-term securities may be more sensitive to interest rate changes. Mortgage and asset-backed securities are sensitive to early prepayment risk and a higher risk of default and may be hard to value and difficult to sell (liquidity risk). They are also subject to credit, market and interest rate risks. Collateralized loan obligations carry additional risks such as the Fund may invest in CLOs that are subordinate to other classes and the complex structure may not be fully understood at the time of investment and may produce disputes with the issuer or unexpected investment results. When-Issued Securities, Delayed Delivery Securities, TBAs and Forward Commitments. These investments may result in a form of leverage and may increase volatility in the Fund’s share price. They are subject to risks such as failure of the counterparty to perform its obligation to deliver the security, the characteristics of a security delivered to the Fund may be less favorable than expected and the security the Fund buys will lose value prior to its delivery. Derivative instruments may disproportionately increase losses and have a significant impact on performance. They also may be subject to counterparty, liquidity, valuation, correlation and market risks. Due to the possibility that prepayments will alter the cash flows on Collateralized mortgage obligations (CMOs), it is not possible to determine in advance their final maturity date or average life. In addition, if the collateral securing the CMOs or any third party guarantees are insufficient to make payments, the strategy could sustain a loss. Certain U.S. government securities purchased by the portfolio, such as those issued by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, are not backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. It is possible that these issuers will not have the funds to meet their payment obligations in the future. Illiquid securities may be more difficult to sell and value than publicly traded securities (liquidity risk). High yield securities (“junk bonds”) are lower rated securities that may have a higher degree of credit and liquidity risk. Foreign securities are subject to currency, political, economic and market risks. Investments in foreign markets entail special risks such as currency, political, economic, market and liquidity risks. In emerging countries, these risks may be more significant. The portfolio may engage in active and frequent trading of its portfolio securities. A high portfolio turnover rate could result in high brokerage costs and an increase in taxable capital gains distributions. Preferred securities are subject to interest rate risk and generally decreases in value if interest rates rise and increase in value if interest rates fall. Active Management Risk. In pursuing the Fund’s investment objective, the Adviser has considerable leeway in deciding which investments to buy, hold or sell on a day-to-day basis, and which trading strategies to use. For example, the Adviser, in its discretion, may determine to use some permitted trading strategies while not using others. The success or failure of such decisions will affect the Fund’s performance. Participant Concentration Risk. The Portfolio has a limited number of intermediaries that act as authorized participants and none of these authorized participants is or will be obligated to engage in creation or redemption transactions. As a result, shares may trade at a discount to net asset value (“NAV”) and possibly face trading halts and/or delisting. Trading Risk. The market prices of Shares are expected to fluctuate, in some cases materially, in response to changes in the Portfolio’s NAV, the intra-day value of holdings, and supply and demand for Shares. The Adviser cannot predict whether Shares will trade above, below or at their NAV. Buying or selling Shares in the secondary market may require paying brokerage commissions or other charges imposed by brokers. Diversification does not eliminate the risk of loss.

Eaton Vance, Parametric and Calvert are part of Morgan Stanley Investment Management, the asset management division of Morgan Stanley. Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. is the adviser to the ETFs.

ETFs are distributed by Foreside Fund Services LLC.

Contacts

Media Relations Contact: Lauren Bellmare
Lauren.Bellmare@MorganStanley.com

Published on June 17, 2024

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