Calvert Equity Portfolio Posts Strong Performance, Beating Its Benchmark for the Three, Five and 10-Year Time Periods
Morningstar Rated the Fund Four Stars Overall And For The Three, Five and 10-Year Time Periods
Bethesda, MD — The Calvert Equity Portfolio (CSIEX), Class A Shares (load-waived) provided sound performance, outperforming its benchmark, the S&P 500 Index, for the three, five and 10-year time periods ended 3/31/12. Morningstar rated the Fund’s A Shares (load waived) four stars overall, and for the three, five and 10-year time periods in the U.S. Open-End Large Growth category out of 1609, 1459, 1266, and 816 Funds, respectively, as of 3/31/2012.
Calvert Equity Portfolio lead manager, Richard England, has more than 20 years of fund management and equity analysis experience. The Fund seeks growth of capital through investment in stocks of issuers in industries believed to offer opportunities for potential capital appreciation and which meet the Fund's investment criteria, including financial, sustainability and social responsibility factors. Learn more about the Calvert Equity Portfolio investment process here. See the most recent Portfolio Commentary on the Fund.
“We focus on finding high-quality stocks for the Portfolio, with high quality generally defined as greater relative consistency of growth in earnings,” said Richard England. “In general, we’re looking for stocks where our fundamental view is positively differentiated from the consensus.”
Read an excerpt from a recent webinar featuring Mr. England, Stocks Poised to Benefit from Strong Corporate Earnings.
“We believe that the U.S. economic recovery is gaining momentum and that U.S. stocks offer some compelling buying opportunities,” said Natalie Trunow, Chief Investment Officer of Equities at Calvert Investment Management, Inc. “We anticipate that earnings for U.S. companies will continue to be generally strong, with many of these stocks trading at attractive valuation multiples.”
Average Annual Total Return For Period Ended 3/31/2012
|Calvert Equity Portfolio||1YR||3YR||5YR||10YR||Since Inception|
|A Shares with (4.75% Sales Charge)||0.62%||21.64%||3.72%||4.08%||7.38%|
|A Shares at Net Asset Value (NAV)||5.64%||23.63%||4.74%||4.59%||7.60%|
|S&P 500 Index||8.54%||23.42%||2.01%||4.12%||n/a|
Expense Ratio: 1.22%. Performance data quoted already reflects deduction of fund operating expenses.
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Morningstar Ratings as of 3/31/12
|Calvert Equity Portfolio A Shares (NAV)|| Four Stars|
(out of 1,459 Funds)
(out of 1,266 Funds)
(out of 816 Funds)
(out of 1,609 Funds
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