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As New Year Opens, Investors Say They're on Track with Financial Goals

    As New Year Opens, Investors Say They're on Track with Financial Goals

Half Use Financial Advisor

PR Newswire

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2013

BOSTON, Jan. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --As they look forward to a new year, 70
percent of investors feel they are on track with their financial goals, with
ten percent reporting they are actually ahead of schedule, according to a
recent survey by John Hancock. About thirty percent admit they are behind
schedule, but only seven percent say they are so far behind they are unlikely
to catch up.

Asked what steps they have taken to help achieve their financial goals, most
investors say they save a certain amount on a regular basis (59 percent).
Nearly half reduced their spending as a way to succeed (45 percent). Four in
ten calculated how much they would need to reach their goals (41 percent), and
40 percent consulted a financial professional for specific advice about their
goals.

The findings are derived from the Q4 2012 John Hancock Investor Sentiment
Survey, a quarterly poll of investors. The survey measures investors' feelings
about the current economic climate and their evaluations of what represents a
good or bad investment given the current environment. The poll also asks
investors about their confidence in reaching key financial goals and
likelihood of purchasing financial products and services.

More than half (52 percent) of respondents say they have a financial advisor.
Of that group, 56 percent say the main reason why they choose to work with a
professional financial advisor is that they believe the advisor can help them
attain better investment returns. Others cite as their main reason wanting a
more comprehensive financial plan or wanting to confirm that their financial
decisions are on track (47 percent each). Thirty-seven percent of this group
says they don't feel knowledgeable enough to manage their own investments. A
quarter of investors say they work with an advisor because they lack the time
to manage their investments (24 percent).

About 43 percent of those who do not work with an advisor say they choose not
to work with one because they feel knowledgeable enough to manage their own
investments. About forty percent enjoy managing their own investments, while
36 percent say they don't think advisors provide good value for the money.

About the John Hancock Investor Sentiment Survey
This online survey was conducted by independent research firm Mathew Greenwald
& Associates. A total of 1,127 investors were surveyed November 26^th to
December 7^th, 2012. Respondents were selected from among members of Research
Now's online research panel. To qualify, respondents were required to
participate at least to some extent in their household's financial
decision-making process, have a household income of at least $75,000, and
assets of $100,000. The data were weighted by age and education to reflect
the population of Americans matching the survey's qualification requirements.
In a similarly-sized random sample survey, the margin of error would be plus
or minus 2.98 percentage points at the 95 percent confidence level. Due to
rounding and missing categories, numbers presented may not always total to 100
percent.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading
Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia,
Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and
Asia, and primarily as 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 C$515 billion (US$523 billion) as at September 30, 2012. 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
manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers a broad range
of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed
products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college
savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about
John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

SOURCE John Hancock Financial

Website: http://www.jhancock.com
Contact: Beth McGoldrick, +1-617-663-4751, bmcgoldrick@jhancock.com
 
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