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* Hammered by declining equity markets, Pioneer Investment Management USA announced last week that it will slash its workforce by 8%. The layoffs, which are the first in the company's 73-year history, will result in the loss of 63 positions in three offices throughout the northeast and Midwest. Daniel T. Geraci, the firm's CEO, said the cuts were necessary because of the "depressed level of the equity markets."

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