Investor Account Access
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These Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQs") regarding escheatment are being provided as a service to our shareholders and prospective shareholders. The FAQs are designed only to give general information on the issues covered. It is not intended to be a comprehensive summary of recent developments in the law governing escheatment, to exhaustively address the complex subject, provide legal advice, or render a legal opinion.
Each state has laws that require financial institutions to turn over abandoned property to the state. The process of turning over abandoned property to the states is called escheatment.
Depending upon the state in which your account is registered, abandoned property may be defined as one or more of the following categories:
The state in which your account is registered is usually the state of the owner’s last known address. This is also, generally, the state of residence listed on your Amundi US account(s).
State inactivity laws have been in place for many years. However, some states are becoming more aggressive by enforcing their inactivity provisions or reducing dormancy periods, requiring financial institutions to turn over shareowner’s assets sooner. These regulations require account owners, including mutual fund shareholders, to make contact with their fund companies on a regular basis. What constitutes contact and how frequently the contact must occur varies depending on the state in which the account is registered and the type of assets or type of account. Generally, property is considered abandoned after a period of 3 - 5 years of inactivity or "no contact."
Generally, property is considered abandoned after a period of 3 – 5 years of inactivity or “no contact”. However, unclaimed property laws and regulations are dynamic and often change with short notice. Please see your State Treasurer’s website for more information regarding state abandoned or unclaimed property laws.
Abandoned property accounts with foreign registrations are required to be turned over to the state where the mutual fund is incorporated. The various Pioneer Funds are incorporated in Delaware. If you have a foreign registration on your account and you received an escheatment notice from one of the Pioneer Funds, it will be subject to escheatment under the requirements of the state of Delaware, U.S.A.
Although each state may have different laws and regulations for considering when an account is deemed active, we accept the following actions to maintain an active status:
If you only want to make contact for your account, you can simply write a short note requesting that Amundi US make a note on your account that contact has been made. Of course, any transactions you effect within any one of your accounts will generate an activity record on your account. This record will apply to all accounts across your multiple Pioneer Fund investments that share an identical registration. If you share familial accounts or accounts of various types and registrations (i.e. IRAs, UGMAs), you should initiate contact for each type and registration.
We suggest that you contact us at least annually; however, the applicable state law for your state will dictate the frequency.
Unfortunately, state regulations do not consider automatic investment or redemption plans to count as contact on your account. If this is your only investment activity, you will need to establish contact by one of the methods listed above.
Various states disallow the reinvestment of dividends and capital gains as evidencing “activity” on a mutual fund account. This is due to the routine, automatic nature of these transactions that can occur with or without the owner’s knowledge.
If you do not contact us within the time period specified in the state in which your account is registered, we will make attempts to contact you by mail, through your registered representative, or attempting to contact you by phone. However, if these efforts are unsuccessful, we may be required to escheat your account(s) to the applicable state of your registration.
The easiest way to maintain contact with us is to access your account(s) online by logging into your account(s) through our website at least annually or by speaking to one of our Client Service Representatives. If you are calling before or after business hours, you can access your account using our automated voice response system.
For Non-Foreign accounts, if your account is escheated, your full account balance will be turned over to the state of your last known address. The assets will be frozen as of the date of escheatment. You will then need to contact the state to which your account is escheated to establish your ownership of the funds and request that the funds be returned to you. If your account is escheated, please see your State Treasurer’s website for information on recovering escheated financial assets or unclaimed property. For Foreign accounts, it will be the state in which the fund they invested in is incorporated, which is Delaware. Please note: it is likely that there may be a fee accessed by the state in order to claim the assets.
Please see your State Treasurer’s website for more information regarding state abandoned, or unclaimed, property laws.
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