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Effective October 1, 2018, Amundi Pioneer has reduced fees and expenses on this and certain other Pioneer mutual funds.

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.

About Morningstar Ratings:
The Overall Morningstar Rating™ is based on a weighted average of the star ratings assigned to a fund's three, five, and ten year (as applicable) time periods. The ratings and rankings are for Class A and Y shares only. 
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Morningstar Ratings and Rankings for all Periods Among 246 Tactical Allocation Funds as of 9/30/18

  Class A Class Y
  Rating Ranking Rating Ranking
3-year 21% (35/246) 18% (29/246)
5-year 27% (35/185) 26% (32/185)


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Ratings and rankings are based on past performance, which is no guarantee of future results. Star ratings do not reflect the effect of any applicable sales load. The Morningstar RatingTM for funds, or "star rating", is calculated for managed products (including mutual funds, variable annuity and variable life subaccounts, exchange-traded funds, closed-end funds, and separate accounts) with at least a three-year history. Exchange-traded funds and open-ended mutual funds are considered a single population for comparative purposes. It is calculated based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a managed product's monthly excess performance, placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. The top 10% of products in each product category receive 5 stars, the next 22.5% receive 4 stars, the next 35% receive 3 stars, the next 22.5% receive 2 stars, and the bottom 10% receive 1 star. The Overall Morningstar Rating for a managed product is derived from a weighted average of the performance figures associated with its three-, five-, and 10-year (if applicable) Morningstar Rating metrics. The weights are: 100% three-year rating for 36-59 months of total returns, 60% five-year rating/40% three-year rating for 60-119 months of total returns, and 50% 10-year rating/30% five-year rating/20% three-year rating for 120 or more months of total returns. While the 10-year overall star rating formula seems to give the most weight to the 10-year period, the most recent three-year period actually has the greatest impact because it is included in all three rating periods. Rankings are based on average annual total returns for listed periods and do not reflect any applicable sales load.

The following copyright pertains only to Morningstar information. The Morningstar information contained herein 1) is proprietary to Morningstar; 2) may not be copied; and 3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. ©2018 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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. 

This material is not intended to replace the advice of a qualified attorney, tax advisor, investment professional or insurance agent. Before making any financial commitment regarding the issues discussed here, consult with the appropriate professional advisor. Mutual fund investing carries risks. Investment return and principal values fluctuate, and shares, when redeemed, may be worth more or less than their original cost.


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Morningstar Rankings

Overall A Share
Morningstar Rating™
Overall Y Share
Morningstar Rating™

(Out of 246 funds in the Tactical Allocation Category)

Morningstar proprietary ratings reflect risk-adjusted performance as of 9/30/18


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



Barclays TIPS 1 - 10 Year index



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


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