John Hancock Funds Honored at 2013 Lipper Fund Awards

            John Hancock Funds Honored at 2013 Lipper Fund Awards

- Six John Hancock Funds win in variety of categories over three-, five- and
10-year periods

- Awards showcase the diversity and strength of John Hancock Funds' product
line and success of its 'manager of managers' model

PR Newswire

BOSTON, March 15, 2013

BOSTON, March 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Six John Hancock Funds were honored at
the 2013 Lipper Fund Awards event last night in New York City. The awards
encompassed a mix of equity and fixed income funds over a range of time
periods, and included portfolio managers from John Hancock's affiliated asset
managers John Hancock Asset Management and Manulife Asset Management, as well
as independent investment managers. 

"We are honored to receive this important recognition from Lipper," said
Andrew Arnott, President & CEO, John Hancock Funds. "It speaks to the success
of our best of breed, manager of managers business model, whereby we partner
with both affiliated and un-affiliated investment managers from around the
world, through objective manager selection and diligent oversight.
Ultimately, the goal of every member of our investment team is to provide
asset management solutions that deliver real investment value for our

The following John Hancock Funds won 2013 Lipper Fund Awards:

  oThe John Hancock Core High Yield Fund (Class I: JYIAX) received a trophy
    for three-year performance, compared with 436 funds in the Lipper High
    Yield fund category. The fund is managed by Terry Carr, CFA, Konstantin
    Kizunov, CFA, and Richard Cos. 
  oThe John Hancock Disciplined Value Mid Cap Fund (Class I: JVMIX) was
    recognized for its ten-year track record out of 330 funds in Lipper's
    Multi-Cap Core fund category. The fund is managed by Steven L. Pollack,
    CFA, and Joseph F. Feeney, Jr., CFA. 
  oThe John Hancock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund, NAV, won a five-year
    award out of 106 funds in Lipper's Global Income fund category. The fund
    is managed by Daniel S. Janis III, John F. Iles, and Thomas Goggins. 
  oThe John Hancock Active Bond Fund, NAV, also won a five-year award out of
    24 funds in Lipper's General Bond fund category. The fund is managed by
    Barry Evans, CFA, Howard Greene, CFA, and Jeffrey Given, CFA. 
  oThe John Hancock Global Shareholder Yield Fund, NAV, was recognized over
    the three-year period out of 74 funds in Lipper's Global Multi-Cap Value
    fund category. The fund is managed by William W. Priest, CFA, CPA, Eric
    Sappenfield, and Michael A. Welhoelter, CFA. 
  oThe John Hancock International Small Cap Fund, NAV, won an award for its
    five-year record out of 32 funds in Lipper's International Small/Mid-Cap
    Core fund category. The Fund is managed by Franklin Templeton.

About John Hancock Funds
The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial, John
Hancock Funds, manages more than $79.8 billion in open-end funds, closed-end
funds, college savings assets, retirement plans and related party assets for
individual and institutional investors at December 31, 2012.

About John Hancock Asset Management and 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. As at December 31, 2012, assets under management were C$237.6
billion. Additional information about Manulife Asset Management can be found

John Hancock Asset Management, Hancock Natural Resource Group and Declaration
Management and Research are units of Manulife Asset Management.

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$532 billion (US$535 billion) as at December 31, 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

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the
largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and
administers  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

The John Hancock Core High Yield Fund I (JYIAX) Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13
in the High Yield category:
1 Year 21% (111/528)
3 Years 1% (2/437)
5 Years NA
10 Years NA

The John Hancock Disciplined Value Mid Cap Fund I (JVMIX) Lipper Rankings as
of 2/28/13 in the Multi-Cap Core category:
1 Year 8% (62/776)
3 Years 4% (21/659)
5 Years 2% (6/580)
10 Years 3% (7/344)

The John Hancock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of
2/28/13 in the Global Income category:
1 Year 6% (11/202)
3 Years 7% (10/142)
5 Years 1% (1/110)
10 Years NA

The John Hancock Active Bond Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13 in the
General Bond category:
1 Year 36% (25/70)
3 Years 32% (16/50)
5 Years 31% (8/25)
10 Years NA

The John Hancock Global Shareholder Yield Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of
2/28/13 in the Global Multi-Cap Value category:
1 Year 39% (32/82)
3 Years 3% (2/68)
5 Years NA
10 Years NA

The John Hancock International Small Cap Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of
2/28/13 in the International Small/Mid Cap Core category:
1 Year 28% (14/50)
3 Years 22% (9/40)
5 Years 15% (5/33)
10 Years NA

Lipper Awards are granted annually to the funds in each Lipper classification
that achieve the highest score for Consistent Return, a measure of funds'
historical risk-adjusted returns, measured in local currency, relative to
peers. Winners are selected using the Lipper Leader rating for Consistent
Return for funds with at least 36 months of performance history as of
11/30/12. Awards are presented for the highest Lipper Leader for Consistent
Return within each eligible classification over 3, 5 or 10 years. Other share
classes may have different performance and expense characteristics. Class I
and Class NAV shares are not available for purchase by all investors. Lipper
Analytical Services, Inc. is an independent mutual fund research and rating
service. Although Lipper makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and
reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by
Lipper. Lipper awards are not intended to predict future results. Past
performance does not guarantee future results.

Fixed-income investments are subject to interest rate and credit risk; their
value will normally decline as interest rates rise or if the creditor is
unable or unwilling to make principal or interest payments. Investments in
higher-yielding, lower-rated securities involve additional risks as these
securities include a higher risk of default and loss of principal. The issuer
or grantor of a security, or counterparty to a transaction, may be unable or
unwilling to make principal, interest or settlement payments. Frequently
trading securities may increase transaction costs (thus lowering performance)
and taxable distributions. The use of hedging and derivatives transactions
could produce disproportionate gains or losses and may increase volatility and
costs. Foreign investing, especially in emerging markets, has additional risks
such as currency and market volatility and political and social instability.
Distribution rate and income amounts reflect past amounts distributed and may
not be indicative of future rates or income amounts. The distribution amounts
paid by a Fund generally depend on the amount of income and/or dividends
received by the Fund's investments. The Fund may not be able to pay
distributions or may have to reduce its distribution level if the amount of
such income and/or dividends received from its investment decline. Therefore,
distribution rates and income amounts can change at any time. The prices of
medium and small company stocks can change more frequently and dramatically
than those of large company stocks.

A fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses should be
considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other
important information about the Fund. To obtain a prospectus, contact your
financial professional, call John Hancock Funds at 1-800-225-5291 or visit our
Web site at Please read the prospectus carefully before
investing or sending money.

SOURCE John Hancock Funds

Contact: Beth McGoldrick, +1-617-663-4751,
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