Pioneer Fund today marked its 95th anniversary. On this occasion we want to highlight recent developments in the Fund and the firm’s historical emphasis on sustainability. Pioneer Fund seeks capital growth and reasonable income by investing in a broad group of carefully selected equity securities that the Fund's portfolio managers believe are reasonably priced, rather than in securities whose prices reflect a premium resulting from their market popularity.
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Boston, February 13, 2023 – Pioneer Fund today marked its 95th anniversary. On this occasion we want to highlight recent developments in the Fund and the firm’s historical emphasis on sustainability. Pioneer Fund seeks capital growth and reasonable income by investing in a broad group of carefully selected equity securities that the Fund's portfolio managers believe are reasonably priced, rather than in securities whose prices reflect a premium resulting from their market popularity.
Lisa Jones, Head of the Americas, President and CEO at Amundi US, said: “Today we celebrate and recognize the legacy of Pioneer Fund, its history of long-term equity investing, and the confidence entrusted in us on behalf of our clients. The Fund has served, and we believe, can continue to serve our clients well. After nearly a century, Pioneer Fund is a testament to the value of active management over multiple economic and market cycles.”
Jeff Kripke, Lead Portfolio Manager of Pioneer Fund, said, “The approach we take in Pioneer Fund is to focus on investments in companies that we believe are strong from a competitive, financial and ESG perspective, but also offer the potential to withstand difficult economic and market environments. I believe the consistency of this approach is what has allowed Pioneer Fund to stand the test of time.”
- Pioneer Fund is America’s second-oldest mutual fund. Since its inception on February 13, 1928, the Fund has served as the flagship offering for Amundi US. Amundi US is the US business of Amundi, one of the world’s ten largest asset managers by assets under management.
- Pioneer Fund (Y shares) had a five star Overall rating from Morningstar (out of 1223 funds in Morningstar’s Large Blend category), based on risk-adjusted performance through December 31, 2022. Please see below for additional Morningstar RatingTM information. Pioneer Fund had $6.5 billion in AUM as of Dec. 31, 2022. The Fund’s large cap core investment approach is deployed in a range of similar products distributed to retail and institutional investors worldwide, totaling $12.5 billion in AUM as of December 31, 2022.
- Pioneer Fund was one of the first mutual funds to focus on responsible investing. As part of the Fund’s investment approach, the Fund’s portfolio managers incorporate ESG factors in evaluating potential investments. Pioneer Fund had an “AA” ESG rating from MSCI based on holdings as of October 31, 2022, MSCI’s second-highest rating. Please see below for additional MSCI ESG Ratings information.
- The Fund has maintained a consistent investment philosophy under the leadership of only five lead portfolio managers over its history. The Fund’s investment philosophy was developed by Pioneer Fund founder Philip Carret, who was one of the first value investors. One of Carret’s long-standing investment tenets was to avoid alcohol, tobacco and gaming stocks -- an approach derived from what Carret called his “basic value” approach to investing, which emphasized, among other things, businesses providing what he believed were truly useful goods and services. This original tenet has been maintained throughout the Fund’s history. Consistent with Carret’s investment philosophy, Pioneer Fund focuses on investing in what the managers believe are high-quality companies with sustainable business models and attractive long-term growth and income potential across the spectrum of large cap growth and value companies. The current portfolio management team is led by Jeff Kripke, who has been in that role since 2015.
Amundi US will celebrate the 95th anniversary of Pioneer Fund throughout the year with special recognition on our web site and additional communications acknowledging the Fund’s long-term record.
For more information on Pioneer Fund, including its long-term performance and holdings, please visit us.amundi.com/usinvestors.
 Source: IPE “Top 500 Asset Managers” published in June 2022, based on assets under management as of 12/31/2021
 UBS Sustainable Investing. ”Adding Value(s) to Investing.” March 2015
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1Source: IPE “Top 500 Asset Managers” published in June 2022, based on assets under management as of 12/31/2021
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