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Investing for Real Return

We believe real return investments to be a critical part of an appropriate investor's total asset allocation.

  • Real return refers to return in excess of inflation (e.g., the Consumer Price Index or CPI)
  • Fund's goal: to protect investor purchasing power by investing in a variety of global asset classes and sectors including Treasury Inflation Protected Securities (TIPS), floating rate bonds, select commodities, income generating real estate, equities, corporate bonds and various real assets deemed of value in the context of the macroeconomic environment.
  • We believe real assets, which may include oil, gold, commodities and real estate, among other types of securities, can play an important role in hedging against inflation, enhancing potential returns and reducing volatility.

A Dynamic Approach to Allocation

Pursue real return opportunistically through a flexible, active approach that allows us to choose what we believe are the most appropriate investment vehicles or real assets based on the current environment.

  • The Fund applies dynamic allocation to a mix of financial securities and real assets, seeking to outpace the rate of inflation over the course of different market environments. There can be no assurance that the Fund will meet this target over the long term.
  • Our views of inflation levels and GDP growth drive our asset allocation decisions.
  • Volatility and correlation modeling applied to the Fund's asset mix are essential elements of our Portfolio construction, as we attempt to uncover alpha1 and reduce volatility relative to the CPI.

The Amundi Pioneer Difference

Seeking to address multiple investor challenges - protection of purchasing power, accessing investments with lower correlations to traditional asset classes and reducing portfolio volatility - with the additional benefit of professional management and rebalancing.

  • We believe that our flexible, active allocation approach offers an advantage over more limited inflation hedging strategies focused largely on TIPS.
  • Our ability to invest across a range of asset classes allows us to invest in securities that we believe can generate return - even through periods of low inflation - unlike more limited strategies that may not have the flexibility to invest in such a broad range of securities.
  • Portfolio management is backed by the extensive expertise of Amundi Pioneer's global research organization, which includes teams of analysts specializing in U.S. and international fixed income, emerging market debt, global equities and commodities.



1Alpha measures risk-adjusted performance, representing excess return relative to the return of the benchmark. A positive alpha suggests risk-adjusted value added by the manager versus the index.

A Word About Risk
All investments are subject to risk, including the possible loss of principal. Pioneer Flexible Opportunities Fund has the ability to invest in a wide variety of securities and asset classes. The Fund may invest in underlying funds (ETFs and unit investment trusts). In addition to the Fund's operating expenses, you will indirectly bear the operating expenses of investments in any underlying funds.The Fund and some of the underlying funds employ leverage, which increases the volatility of investment returns and subjects the Fund to magnified losses if an underlying fund's investments decline in value. The Fund and some of the underlying funds may use derivatives, such as options and futures, which can be illiquid, may disproportionately increase losses, and have a potentially large impact on Fund performance. The Fund and some of the underlying funds may employ short selling, a speculative strategy. Unlike the possible loss on a security that is purchased, there is no limit on the amount of loss on an appreciating security that is sold short. The Fund may invest in inflation-linked securities. As inflationary expectations increase, inflation-linked securities may become more attractive, because they protect future interest payments against inflation. Conversely, as inflationary concerns decrease, inflation-linked securities will become less attractive and less valuable. The Fund may invest in credit default swaps, which may in some cases be illiquid, and they increase credit risk since the fund has exposure to both the issuer of the referenced obligation and the counterparty to the credit default swap. The Fund may invest in subordinated securities, which may be disproportionately adversely affected by a default or even a perceived decline in creditworthiness of the issuer. The Fund may invest in floating rate loans. The value of collateral, if any, securing a floating rate loan can decline or may be insufficient to meet the issuer's obligations or may be difficult to liquidate. The Fund may invest in event-linked bonds. The return of principal and the payment of interest on event-linked bonds are contingent on the nonoccurrence of a predefined "trigger" event, such as a hurricane or an earthquake of a specific magnitude. The Fund may invest in securities that provide exposure to commodities. The value of commodity-linked derivatives may be affected by changes in overall market movements, commodity index volatility, changes in interest rates, factors affecting a particular industry or commodity, international economic, political and regulatory developments, supply and demand, and governmental regulatory policies. Investments in equity securities are subject to price fluctuation. Small- and mid-cap stocks involve greater risks and volatility than large-cap stocks. International investments are subject to special risks including currency fluctuations, social, economic and political uncertainties, which could increase volatility. These risks are magnified in emerging markets. Investments in fixed income securities involve interest rate, credit, inflation, and reinvestment risks. As interest rates rise, the value of fixed income securities falls. The Fund may invest in mortgage-backed securities, which during times of fluctuating interest rates may increase or decrease more than other fixed-income securities. Mortgage-backed securities are also subject to pre-payments. Prepayment risk is the chance that mortgage-backed bonds will be paid off early if falling interest rates prompt homeowners to refinance their mortgages. High yield bonds possess greater price volatility, illiquidity and possibility of default. These risks may increase share price volatility. There is no assurance that these and other strategies used by the Fund or underlying funds will be successful. Please see the prospectus for a more complete discussion of the Fund's risks. 
Individuals are encouraged to seek advice from their financial, legal, tax and other appropriate advisers before making any investment or financial decisions or purchasing any financial, securities or investment-related product or service, including any product or service described in these materials. Amundi Pioneer does not provide investment advice or investment recommendations.

Fund Facts


The Fund's investment objective is total return.



To protect investor purchasing power by providing real return in excess of CPI over the course of different market environments



Dynamic allocation to a diversified set of asset classes in order to outperform CPI in different growth environments



Bloomberg Barclays US Treasury TIPS
1 - 10 Year Index



Class A: PMARX
Class C: PRRCX
Class K: FLEKX
Class Y: PMYRX


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Portfolio Management

Michele Garau
Senior Vice President
Portfolio Manager

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Howard Weiss
Vice President
Portfolio Manager

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Kenneth Taubes
Executive Vice President
Chief Investment Officer, U.S.

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