Manulife Launches New Investment Program for Affluent Investors

- Manulife Private Investment Pools offer financial advisors an attractive new 
way to serve the affluent market 
- Features include a comprehensive suite of investment options, tax 
efficiency, account householding and competitive fees 
- Portfolio management provided by Manulife Asset Management and Mawer 
Investment Management Ltd. 
TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2012 /CNW/ - Manulife Financial today announced the launch 
of Manulife Private Investment Pools, a new investment program offering 
affluent investors high-conviction asset management through a comprehensive 
suite of 15 investment pools spanning a range of asset classes. With portfolio 
management services provided by two award-winning asset managers – Manulife 
Asset Management and Mawer Investment Management Ltd. – the program offers 
tax efficiency primarily through a corporate class structure and a lower fee 
structure. Minimum investment is $150,000 per pool. 
"Manulife Private Investment Pools offer financial advisors an important new 
option in attracting and serving their affluent clients," said Paul Lorentz, 
Executive Vice President and General Manager, Insurance and Investment 
Solutions, Retail Markets. "This program enables advisors to develop a 
portfolio strategy that reflects the clients' goals for income, growth and 
capital protection, by investing in one or more of 15 investment pools. 
Investors in Manulife Private Investment Pools should be assured their trust 
is well-placed, backed by the strength of Manulife Financial, one of the 
world's largest global financial institutions, and managed with 
institutional-style discipline and expertise." 
Pools offered in corporate class include: 

    --  Manulife Equity Private Pools: Manulife Canadian Equity Private
        Pool, Manulife Dividend Income Private Pool, Manulife Global
        Equity Private Pool, and Manulife U.S. Equity Private Pool
    --  Manulife Balanced Private Pools: Manulife Balanced Income
        Private Pool, Manulife Canadian Balanced Private Pool, Manulife
        Balanced Private Pool, and Manulife Balanced Equity Private
    --  Manulife Fixed Income Private Pools: Manulife Canadian Fixed
        Income Private Pool, Manulife Corporate Fixed Income Private
        Pool, and Manulife Global Fixed Income Private Pool

Pools offered in trust include:
    --  Manulife Fixed Income Private Trusts: Manulife Canadian Fixed
        Income Private Trust, Manulife Corporate Fixed Income Private
        Trust, Manulife Global Fixed Income Private Trust, and Manulife
        Money Market Private Trust

"We are committed to helping advisors become the advisor of choice to their 
affluent clients, and we believe Manulife Private Investment Pools comprise a 
solution that advisors may provide with confidence," said Jeff Ray, Assistant 
Vice President, Manulife Mutual Funds & Structured Products.

Additional information may be found at

About Mawer Investment Management Ltd.  Mawer Investment Management Ltd. is 
one of Canada's most respected independently owned investment management 
firms. Founded in 1974, Mawer has built its reputation over the past 35+ years 
by employing a highly-disciplined, research-driven process that systematically 
creates broadly diversified portfolios of wealth-creating companies bought at 
a discount to their intrinsic value.

About Manulife Asset Management Manulife Asset Management is the global asset 
management arm of Manulife Financial. Manulife Asset Management provides 
comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors and 
investment funds in key markets around the world. Manulife Asset Management 
also provides investment management services to affiliates' retail clients 
through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. This investment 
expertise extends across a broad range of asset classes including equity, 
fixed income and alternative investments such as real estate, timber, 
farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies.

Manulife Asset Management has offices with full investment capabilities in the 
United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, 
Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In 
addition, it has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife 
TEDA. It also has operations in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Uruguay. 
John Hancock Asset Management, Hancock Natural Resource Group and Declaration 
Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management.

Manulife Asset Management was named Best Asian Bond House by Asia Asset 
Management in 2011.  As at September 30, 2012, assets under management were 
C$227.5 billion. Additional information about Manulife Asset Management can be 
found at

About Manulife Financial Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based 
financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the 
United States. In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, 
reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most 
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. Funds under management by 
Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$515 billion (US$523 billion) as 
at September 30, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada 
and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.

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

Beth McGoldrick, Manulife Investments, +1-617-663-4751,; or Brian Carmichael, Manulife Investments, 

SOURCE: Manulife Financial

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