Manulife Mutual Funds Surpasses Record $20 Billion in Assets Under Management

Manulife Mutual Funds Surpasses Record $20 Billion in Assets Under Management 
- Firm now ranks 7th in total mutual fund net assets, according to IFIC 
- Momentum continues as assets grow 18 percent year over year 
TORONTO, Feb. 8, 2013 /CNW/ - Manulife Mutual Funds' net assets under 
management reached a record $20.7 billion at the close of 2012, representing 
an 18 percent increase from year-end 2011 to year-end 2012.  The firm now 
places seventh in rankings released by the Investment Funds Institute of 
Canada (IFIC), having moved up three spots during 2012. 
"Surpassing the $20 billion mark reflects our increased breadth of 
high-quality investment funds, our expanded distribution capabilities and our 
effective branding of Manulife Mutual Funds as a top tier firm in the 
industry," said Paul Lorentz, Executive Vice President, Investment and 
Insurance Solutions. "It was only relatively recently, in March of 2010, that 
we surpassed $15 billion in assets under management. Now, aided by 
record-breaking sales in years 2011 and 2012, we have arrived at a new 
A major increase in business with full-service brokers at major bank-owned 
brokerage firms was a significant factor in asset growth in 2012 for Manulife 
Mutual Funds, with 43 percent of sales through the fourth quarter of 2012 
generated through the bank channel. Also, the firm has increased its presence 
on major-dealer recommended lists, up to 31 at the end of the fourth quarter 
of 2012 from seven in 2009. And during the year Manulife Mutual Funds 
celebrated the persistence of its top performers, such as the Manulife Monthly 
High Income Fund, which marked its 15(th) year of consistent, strong 
investment performance under portfolio manager Alan Wicks. 
New growth opportunities are in the works for 2013. A series of new funds 
focused on Asia and launched in 2011 – Manulife Asia Total Return Bond Fund, 
Manulife Asia Equity Class, and Manulife Emerging Markets Debt Fund – remain 
a priority, as do U.S.-focused funds such as the recently launched Manulife 
Strategic Balanced Yield Fund, Manulife U.S. All Cap Equity Fund and Manulife 
U.S. Large Cap Equity Fund. Manulife Mutual Funds will continue to emphasize 
its strength in fixed income with funds such as Manulife Floating Rate Income 
Fund. And the firm also will continue to build on the launch in December of 
2012 of Manulife Private Investment Pools, a new product designed for affluent 
investors that offers 15 different investment pools and utilizes a 
tax-efficient structure, along with other advantages. 
"We are enthusiastic about the future of our investment business as we have a 
great deal of room to significantly enhance our market share," said Mr. 
Lorentz. "This $20 billion milestone will not be our last, and I am looking 
forward to continuing to work with our various teams, along with our advisors, 
to build on this tremendous success." 
About Manulife Mutual Funds 
Manulife Mutual Funds, a division of Manulife Asset Management Limited, builds 
on 125 years of Manulife Financial's wealth and investment management 
expertise in managing assets for Canadian investors, through a diverse 
portfolio of forward-thinking mutual fund products.  Our experienced Portfolio 
Managers offer access to markets in Canada, the United States and around the 
world, in a range of investment styles to help meet individual needs.  
Manulife Mutual Funds is part of Manulife Investments, which offers personal 
wealth management products and services, such as mutual funds, segregated fund 
contracts, annuities and guaranteed interest contracts.  For more information, 
please visit 
About Manulife Financial 
Manulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with 
principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Clients look to 
Manulife for 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$532 billion 
(US$535 billion) as at December 31, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife 
Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United 
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, +1-617-663-4751,, or Brian 
Carmichael, +1-617-663-4748,, both of Manulife 
Mutual Funds 
SOURCE: Manulife Mutual Funds 
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