Manulife Investments hits $1 billion in sales for Canada's first Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit product

    IncomePlus shatters sales targets as boomers respond to new retirement


    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - Manulife Investments has broken through the one
billion dollar sales milestone just 19 weeks after introducing Canada's first
Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB) product.
    IncomePlus, launched in Canada, October 23, 2006 by Manulife Investments
as a new retirement solution, provides guaranteed monthly payments independent
of when an investor retires in the market cycle, as well as growth potential,
flexibility and control.
    "Our research told us that a Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit would
fill a need among pre-retirement or retired investors, especially after we
observed the success of this category in the U.S," said J. Roy Firth,
Executive Vice President, Manulife Financial. "But frankly, the results have
far exceeded even our most optimistic expectations. We're thrilled that
Canadian investors and advisors see this as a useful tool and innovative
solution to help them plan for retirement."
    The product is designed to help investors navigate the Retirement Risk
Zone - the five to ten year period before and after retirement income begins
and when a portfolio is most vulnerable to market downturns.
    Manulife's IncomePlus - currently the only product of its type available
in Canada - provides downside protection; upside potential that can be locked
in to extend the guaranteed payment period and potentially increase the
payments; flexibility and control over investments and access to funds; and
security from creditors, probate process and fees.
    In addition to resets, investors can lock in an income bonus of up to
50 per cent by purchasing the product up to 10 years before they begin
withdrawals, regardless of how the market performs.
    IncomePlus includes a wide range of funds managed by some of the top fund
managers in Canada including: AIM Trimark Investments, CI Investments,
Fidelity Investments, MFC Global Investment Management, and Mackenzie

    About Manulife Investments
    Manulife Investments is the brand name describing certain Canadian
subsidiaries and operating divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation that
offer personal wealth management products and services in Canada. As one of
Canada's leading integrated financial services providers, Manulife Investments
offers a variety of products and services including segregated funds, mutual
funds, annuities and guaranteed investment contracts.

    About Manulife Financial
    Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group
serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide.
Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John
Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of
financial protection products and wealth management services through its
extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under
management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$414 billion
(US$355 billion) as at December 31, 2006.

    Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE,
and under '0945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet

For further information:

For further information: Tom Nunn, Manulife Financial, (519) 594-8578,; Lindsay Williams, Maureen Juniper, PraxisPR, (905)

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