The pension reform bill signed into law earlier this year will open up a new customer base for retirement plans: companies with no employees.

That’s a market estimated at 15.4 million people, including one-man-band business owners and contingent workers. Among the providers taking note is Boston-based Pioneer Investments, which plans to delve into the owner-only market in January with its new Uni-K product. Marcy L. Supovitz, the firm's senior managing director of retirement plans, says Uni-K will be more affordable and grant more flexibility than simple IRAs or money purchase plans.

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