Pioneer Investments of Boston is carving out a deeper and broader niche for itself within the micro-plan retirement market, which includes sole proprietors, consultants, very small businesses and professional practices that employ up to five employees.

Last month, Pioneer debuted the Uni-DB Plan, a defined benefit pension plan for micro-businesses and professional practices such as doctors, lawyers, accountants and others. Pioneer charges $1,500 per year for the plan, plus $100 per plan participant. Metavante Corp., a financial services technology firm in Milwaukee, is handling third-party administration.

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