Pioneer Investments: Pioneer Additional Information Regarding Reduced Sales Charges and Breakpoints


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Pioneer Additional Information Regarding Reduced Sales Charges and Breakpoints

The schedule of sales charges is applicable to purchases of Class A shares of a fund by (i) an individual, (ii) an individual and his or her spouse and children under the age of 21 and (iii) a trustee or other fiduciary of a trust estate or fiduciary account or related trusts or accounts including pension, profit-sharing and other employee benefit trusts qualified under Sections 401 or 408 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the "Code") although more than one beneficiary is involved; however, pension, profit-sharing and other employee benefit trusts qualified under Sections 401 or 408 of the Code which are eligible to purchase Class R shares may aggregate purchases by beneficiaries of such plans only if the pension, profit-sharing or other employee benefit trust has determined that it does not require the services provided under the Class R Service Plan. The sales charges applicable to a current purchase of Class A shares of a fund by a person listed above is determined by adding the value of shares to be purchased to the aggregate value (at the then current offering price) of shares of any of the other Pioneer mutual funds previously purchased and then owned, provided Pioneer Funds Distributor, Inc. ("PFD") is notified by such person or his or her broker-dealer each time a purchase is made which would qualify. Pioneer mutual funds include all mutual funds for which PFD serves as principal underwriter. At the sole discretion of PFD, holdings of funds domiciled outside the U.S., but which are managed by affiliates of Pioneer, may be included for this purpose.

No sales charge is payable at the time of purchase on investments of $500,000 or more, or for purchases by participants in employer-sponsored retirement plans described below subject to a contingent deferred sales charge ("CDSC") of 1% which may be imposed in the event of a redemption of Class A shares within 12 months of purchase. PFD may, in its discretion, pay a commission to broker-dealers who initiate and are responsible for such purchases as follows:

Accounts Other than Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans
1.00% Up to $4 million
0.50% Next $46 million
0.25% Over $50 million
Employer-Sponsored Retirement Plans
0.50% Up to $50 million
0.25% Over $50 million

These commissions shall not be payable if the purchaser is affiliated with the broker-dealer or if the purchase represents the reinvestment of a redemption made during the previous 12 calendar months. Broker-dealers who receive a commission in connection with Class A share purchases at net asset value by employer-sponsored retirement plans with at least $10 million in total plan assets (or that has 1,000 or more eligible participants for employer-sponsored retirement plans with accounts established with Pioneer on or before March 31, 2004) will be required to return any commissions paid or a pro rata portion thereof if the retirement plan redeems its shares within 18 months of purchase.

Letter of Intent ("LOI"). Reduced sales charges are available for purchases of $50,000 or more in the Class A shares of any of the equity funds or the Balanced Fund ($100,000 in the case of the fixed income funds) (excluding any reinvestments of dividends and capital gain distributions) made within a 13-month period pursuant to an LOI which may be established by completing the Letter of Intent section of the Account Application. The reduced sales charge will be the charge that would be applicable to the purchase of the specified amount of Class A shares as if the shares had all been purchased at the same time. A purchase not made pursuant to an LOI may be included if the LOI is submitted to Pioneer Investment Management Shareholder Services, Inc. ("PIMSS") within 90 days of such purchase. You may also obtain the reduced sales charge by including the value (at current offering price) of all your Class A shares in the fund and all other Pioneer mutual funds held of record as of the date of your LOI in the amount used to determine the applicable sales charge for the Class A shares to be purchased under the LOI. Five percent of your total intended purchase amount will be held in escrow by PIMSS, registered in your name, until the terms of the LOI are fulfilled. When you sign the Account Application, you agree to irrevocably appoint PIMSS your attorney-in-fact to surrender for redemption any or all shares held in escrow with full power of substitution. An LOI is not a binding obligation upon the investor to purchase, or the fund to sell, the amount specified in the LOI.

If the total purchases, less redemptions, exceed the amount specified under the LOI and are in an amount which would qualify for a further quantity discount, all transactions will be recomputed on the expiration date of the LOI to effect the lower sales charge. Any difference in the sales charge resulting from such recomputation will be either delivered to you in cash or invested in additional shares at the lower sales charge. The dealer, by signing the Account Application, agrees to return to PFD, as part of such retroactive adjustment, the excess of the commission previously reallowed or paid to the dealer over that which is applicable to the actual amount of the total purchases under the LOI.

If the total purchases, less redemptions, are less than the amount specified under the LOI, you must remit to PFD any difference between the sales charge on the amount actually purchased and the amount originally specified in the LOI. When the difference is paid, the shares held in escrow will be deposited to your account. If you do not pay the difference in sales charge within 20 days after written request from PFD or your dealer, PIMSS, after receiving instructions from PFD, will redeem the appropriate number of shares held in escrow to realize the difference and release any excess.

Class B Shares

You may buy Class B shares at the net asset value per share next computed after receipt of a purchase order without the imposition of an initial sales charge; however, Class B shares redeemed within six years of purchase will be subject to a CDSC at the rates shown in the table below. The charge will be assessed on the amount equal to the lesser of the current market value or the original purchase cost of the shares being redeemed. No CDSC will be imposed on increases in account value above the initial purchase price, including shares derived from the reinvestment of dividends or capital gain distributions.

The amount of the CDSC, if any, will vary depending on the number of years from the time of purchase until the time of redemption of Class B shares. In processing redemptions of Class B shares, the fund will first redeem shares not subject to any CDSC and then shares held longest during the six-year period. As a result, you will pay the lowest possible CDSC.

The CDSC for Class B shares subject to a CDSC upon redemption will be determined as follows:

Year Since Purchase CDSC as a % of Dollar
Amount Subject to CDSC
First 4.0
Second 4.0
Third 3.0
Fourth 3.0
Fifth 2.0
Sixth 1.0
Seventh and thereafter 0.0

Proceeds from the CDSC are paid to PFD and are used in whole or in part to defray PFD's expenses related to providing distribution-related services to the fund in connection with the sale of Class B shares, including the payment of compensation to broker-dealers.

Class B shares will automatically convert into Class A shares eight years after the purchase date, except as noted below. Class B shares acquired by exchange from Class B shares of another Pioneer mutual fund will convert into Class A shares based on the date of the initial purchase and the applicable CDSC. Class B shares acquired through reinvestment of distributions will convert into Class A shares over time in the same proportion as other shares held in the account. For this purpose, Class B shares acquired through reinvestment of distributions will be attributed to particular purchases of Class B shares in accordance with such procedures as the Trustees may determine from time to time. The conversion of Class B shares to Class A shares is subject to the continuing availability of a ruling from the Internal Revenue Service or an opinion of counsel that such conversions will not constitute taxable events for U.S. federal income tax purposes. The conversion of Class B shares to Class A shares will not occur if such ruling or opinion is not available and, therefore, Class B shares would continue to be subject to higher expenses than Class A shares for an indeterminate period.

Class C Shares

You may buy Class C shares at net asset value per share next computed after receipt of a purchase order without the imposition of an initial sales charge; however, Class C shares redeemed within one year of purchase will be subject to a CDSC of 1%. The charge will be assessed on the amount equal to the lesser of the current market value or the original purchase cost of the shares being redeemed. No CDSC will be imposed on increases in account value above the initial purchase price, including shares derived from the reinvestment of dividends or capital gain distributions. Class C shares do not convert to any other class of fund shares.

In processing redemptions of Class C shares, the fund will first redeem shares not subject to any CDSC and then shares held for the longest period of time during the one-year period. As a result, you will pay the lowest possible CDSC.

Proceeds from the CDSC are paid to PFD and are used in whole or in part to defray PFD's expenses related to providing distribution-related services to the fund in connection with the sale of Class C shares, including the payment of compensation to broker-dealers.

Class R Shares

You may buy Class R shares at the net asset value per share next computed after receipt of a purchase order without the imposition of an initial sales charge.

Class R shares are available to certain tax-deferred retirement plans (including 401(k) plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, 457 plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans, defined benefit plans and non-qualified deferred compensation plans) held in plan level or omnibus accounts. Class R shares also are available to individual retirement account rollovers from eligible retirement plans that offered one or more Pioneer funds as investment options. Class R shares generally are not available to non-retirement accounts, traditional and Roth IRA's, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, SEP's, SAR-SEP's, Simple IRA's, individual 403(b)'s or retirement plans that are not subject to the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974.

Investors that are eligible to purchase Class R shares may also be eligible to purchase other share classes. Your investment professional can help you determine which class is appropriate. You should ask your investment professional if you qualify for a waiver of sales charges on another class and take that into consideration when selecting a class of shares. Your investment firm may receive different compensation depending upon which class is chosen.

Class Y Shares

No front-end, deferred or asset based sales charges are applicable to Class Y shares.

 
 

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