Pioneer Investments of Boston, a subsidiary of Italy's UniCredito Itliano S.p.A. since last November, is undertaking several new marketing initiatives this year.

First, the fund company has chosen to pay 100 percent of the sales charge to investors who purchase Class A shares of 28 of its mutual funds to the brokers or other financial intermediaries who sell these funds. Brokerage firms will also be compensated for sales of Class B and Class C shares, through the addition of sales charges. B and C shares usually do not carry up-front sales charges.

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