Manulife Investments hits $2 billion in sales for Canada's first guaranteed minimum withdrawal benefit product

    Boomers drawn to protection and potential market growth

    TORONTO, Aug. 23 /CNW/ - In just under 10 months, sales have surpassed
the $2 billion milestone for GIF Select, featuring IncomePlus, Canada's first
Guaranteed Minimum Withdrawal Benefit (GMWB) product designed to help
Canadians save, protect and grow their retirement savings.
    Launched in October 2006 by Manulife Investments, IncomePlus appeals to
Canadian boomers entering the "Retirement Risk Zone" -- the five-to-ten years
before they retire and after they reach retirement -- when their portfolios
are most vulnerable to market downturns and volatility, as witnessed in recent
weeks. IncomePlus provides guaranteed monthly payments independent of when an
investor retires in the market cycle, as well as growth potential, flexibility
and control.
    "Success of these products in the U.S. in the last five years signaled
the potential for a strong and swift uptake in Canada," said J. Roy Firth,
Executive Vice President, Manulife Financial. "Still, we couldn't have
predicted this much early success. The popularity of these products with
Canadians speaks to the current mindset of today's boomer - they want
protection when markets are volatile and growth when markets are good. This
product gives them that, and more."
    IncomePlus provides investors with guaranteed monthly income with
downside protection; upside potential that can increase the payments;
flexibility and control over investments with complete access to the market
value of their funds at anytime if needed.
    In addition, investors can lock in an income bonus of up to 50 per cent
of their deposits 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
    For more details, please visit Manulife Investments' website at:

    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$410 billion
(US $386 billion) as at June 30, 2007.

    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

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For further information: Media contacts: Tom Nunn, Manulife Financial,
(519) 594-8578,; Lindsay Williams, Maureen Juniper,
PraxisPR, (905) 949-8255,,

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