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Pioneer Equity Income Fund


  • Patient, disciplined approach pursues strong long term returns and above-average yield

  • Dividend focus has kept volatility low and dividend yield high.

  • Socially responsible tradition of trying to avoid the stocks of companies whose primary business is alcohol or tobacco

  • Portfolio Manager John Carey, an industry veteran for over 30 years has managed the fund since its inception in 1990.

  • *The performance data quoted represents past performance. Keep in mind that dividends are not guaranteed.

Pioneer Equity Income Fund manager's commentary



The Fund seeks current income and long-term capital growth primarily through income-producing equity securities of U.S. companies. It invests primarily in stocks of companies that have a strong history of paying dividends, and uses fundamental research to identify those that are undervalued but possess solid assets, market leadership and management ownership.


"We are long-term investors in dividend-paying stocks. We look for well-established companies with exemplary dividend growth over the past three, five, and ten years and managements committed to continuing dividend payments, selecting securities currently selling at significant discounts to their intrinsic value and holding these issues until their value is fully reflected in the marketplace."


Investing in foreign and/or emerging market securities involves risks relating to interest rates, currency exchange rates, economic, and political conditions. The portfolio invests in REIT securities, the value of which can fall for a variety of reasons, such as declines in rental income, fluctuating interest rates, poor property management, environmental liabilities, uninsured damage, increased competition, or changes in real estate tax laws. At times, the Fund's investments may represent industries or industry sectors that are interrelated or have common risks, making it more susceptible to any economic, political, or regulatory developments or other risks affecting those industries and sectors. These risks may increase share price volatility.

Fund Facts

As of May 31, 2016

(load waived) (load adjusted)
Overall Morningstar RatingTM
(out of 1174 funds in the Large Value Category)

Morningstar proprietary ratings reflect risk-adjusted performance as of 5/31/16

The Overall Morningstar RatingTM is based on a weighted average of the star ratings assigned to a fund's three, five, and ten year (as applicable) time periods. The Morningstar Category identifies funds based on their underlying portfolio holdings. Classifications are based on portfolio statistics and compositions over the past three years. For funds less than three years old, category classifications are based on life of the fund. Pioneer Equity Income Fund was rated exclusively against U.S.-domiciled large value funds as follows: 5, 4 and 4 stars (load waived) and 4, 3 and 4 stars (load adjusted) among 1174, 1030 and 753 funds for the three-, five-, and 10-year periods ended 5/31/16, respectively. The Morningstar Rating is for Class A Shares only. Morningstar Load Waived ratings do not take into account Class A sales charges. Ratings may vary among share classes and are based on past performance, which is no guarantee of future results.

Please see a prospectus for complete information pertaining to load waived eligibility (such as large purchases or certain types of group plan participants). For each fund with at least a three-year history, Morningstar calculates a Morningstar Rating based on a Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return measure that accounts for variation in a fund's monthly performance (including the effects of sales charges, loads and redemption fees), placing more emphasis on downward variations and rewarding consistent performance. Within each asset class, the top 10%, the next 22.5%, 35%, 22.5%, and the bottom 10% receive 5, 4, 3, 2, or 1 star, respectively. (Each share class is counted as a fraction of one fund within this scale and rated separately, which may cause slight variations in the distribution percentages.) Each fund is rated exclusively against U.S. domiciled funds. The following copyright pertains only to Morningstar information. The Morningstar information contained herein 1) is proprietary to Morningstar; 2) may not be copied; and 3) is not warranted to be accurate, complete or timely. Neither Morningstar nor its content providers are responsible for any damages or losses arising from any use of this information. 2016 Morningstar, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

ClassA SharesC SharesK SharesR SharesY Shares*
Inception Date/
Performance Inception Date
Total Net Assets (millions)$763.4$128.2$27.8$83.4$640.9
Initial Minimum Invest.$1,000$1,000$5,000,000$0$5,000,000
Management Fee0.60%0.60%0.60%0.60%0.60%
Gross Expense Ratio1.06%1.80%0.67%1.41%0.78%

Initial minimum investment amounts for retirement plans are lower.
*Class Y shares are not subject to sales charges and are available for limited groups of investors, including institutional investors.

Portfolio Characteristics

As of May 31, 2016

30-day SEC Yield
Class A
Class C
Class K
Class R
Class Y

Average P/E (Trailing)26.9
Weighted Avg. Mkt. Capitalization (millions)$45,423
Median Market Capitalization (millions)$17,737
Total Holdings101

P/E refers to the price of a stock divided by its earnings per share. Reflects weighted average of trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratios of portfolio holdings. Average P/E ratio (Forecast) is the current price of a stock divided by the estimated one year projection of its earnings per share.
Market Capitalization reflects the total U.S.-denominated portion of the portfolio.
Turnover Ratio is the percentage of a fund's assets that have changed over a given period, usually a year. Mutual funds with higher turnover ratios tend to have higher expenses.
The 30-day SEC yield is based on the hypothetical annualized earning power (investment income only) of the Fund's portfolio securities during the period indicated.

Portfolio Management

John A. Carey, Portfolio Manager
Mr. Carey, an executive vice president, joined Pioneer in 1979 and has been an investment professional since that time.
Walter Hunnewell, Jr., Portfolio Manager
Mr. Hunnewell, a vice president, joined Pioneer in 2001 and has been an investment professional since 1985.

Not FDIC insured May lose value No bank guarantee

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Neither Pioneer, nor its representatives, are legal or tax advisors. In addition, Pioneer does not provide advice or recommendations. The investments you choose should correspond to your needs, goals, and risk tolerance. For assistance in determining your financial situation, please consult an investment professional.


Before investing, consider the product's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. Contact your advisor or Pioneer Investments for a prospectus or summary prospectus containing this information. Read it carefully. To obtain a free prospectus or summary prospectus and for information on any Pioneer fund, please download it here.

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