Manulife Investments launches new Private Investment Pool and two mutual funds

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TORONTO, March 18, 2015 /CNW/ - Manulife Investments, a division of Manulife Asset Management Limited, today announced the launch of a new Manulife Private Investment Pool (MPIP), Manulife U.S. Balanced Value Private Trust, and two new mutual funds, Manulife Strategic Investment Grade Global Bond Fund and Manulife U.S. Dollar Strategic Income Fund.

"These new funds broaden our platform of investment options for advisors and their clients," said Derek Saliba, Assistant Vice President of Manulife Investments. "These three new mandates provide advisors and investors extensions of the existing Monthly High Income and Strategic Income strategies which have served investors well for many years."

The Manulife U.S. Balanced Value Private Trust will join the Manulife Private Investment Pools platform geared towards affluent investors and will primarily invest in U.S. dividend paying equity and fixed income securities. Inspired by Manulife U.S. Monthly High Income Fund, the Pool applies the same investment objective, process and strategy but within the MPIP program which includes competitive fees, and the ability to allow households to group accounts to potentially receive greater management fee reductions. The equity component will be managed by Alan Wicks, Jonathan Popper and Conrad Dabiet and fixed income will be managed by Howard Greene, Jeffrey Given and Konstantin Kizunov. The new Pool brings the total number of pools with MPIP to 15.

First launched in December 2012, Manulife Private Investment Pools offers a comprehensive suite of investment pools spanning a range of asset classes, and portfolio management by high conviction asset managers from Manulife Asset Management and Mawer Investment Management Ltd.

Additional information can be found at manulifeprivateinvestmentpools.ca

Manulife Investments also launched two fixed income funds: Manulife U.S. Dollar Strategic Income Fund and Manulife Strategic Investment Grade Global Bond Fund. Led by Dan Janis and the global fixed income team, Manulife U.S. Dollar Strategic Income Fund follows the same successful investing mandate as our existing Manulife Strategic Income Fund but is geared towards those looking to invest U.S. dollars. Investors can invest in a fund with its Net Asset Value (NAV), income and year-end distributions (if any) in U.S. dollars with no currency calculations.

Due to the new offerings of the Manulife U.S. Dollar Strategic Income Fund, Manulife Investments will close the U.S. dollar purchase option to new deposits for Manulife Strategic Income Fund at 4:00 p.m. EST on March 24, 2015.

Manulife Strategic Investment Grade Global Bond Fund will leverage the same successful team and strategy of Manulife Strategic Income Fund, but focusing on investment grade securities. The Fund will invest primarily in investment grade, global government and corporate bonds offering investors a global aggregate bond investment strategy. Like Manulife Strategic Income Fund, the portfolio management team seeks to add value primarily through country and sector allocation, security selection and opportunistic currency investments.

For more information, please visit manulifemutualfunds.ca or contact Manulife Investments at the following telephone numbers:

English: 1-888-588-7999
French: 1-877-426-9991

About Manulife Investments
Manulife Investments, a division of Manulife Asset Management Limited, builds on 125 years of Manulife's wealth and investment management expertise in managing assets for Canadian investors. As one of Canada's leading integrated financial services providers, Manulife Investments offers a variety of products and services including segregated fund contracts, mutual funds, annuities and guaranteed interest contracts.

About Manulife Asset Management
Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and investment funds in key markets around the world. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at December 31, 2014, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were approximately C$321 billion (US$277 billion).

Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at ManulifeAM.com.

About Manulife
Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. We operate as John Hancock in the U.S. and as Manulife in other parts of the world. We provide strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for our customers' significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Assets under management by Manulife and its subsidiaries were approximately C$691 billion (US$596 billion) as at December 31, 2014.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at manulife.com 

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation

For further information:

Media contact:
Bev MacLean
Manulife
416-852-8501
Beverley_Maclean@manulife.com
@ManulifeNews


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