John Hancock to Acquire Independent Broker-Dealer from Symetra Financial Corporation

John Hancock to Acquire Independent Broker-Dealer from Symetra Financial 
Symetra Investment Services to Become Affiliated with John Hancock Financial 
Network as a Sister Broker-Dealer to Signator Investors, Inc. 
BOSTON, June 11, 2013 /CNW/ - John Hancock, a unit of Manulife Financial 
Corporation (MFC), today announced it has agreed to acquire Bellevue, 
Wash.-based Symetra Investment Services (SIS) from Symetra Financial 
Corporation (SYA). It is anticipated that the transaction will close in three 
to six months, subject to regulatory approvals. Terms were not disclosed. 
Symetra Investment Services, Inc., a dual registered broker-dealer/investment 
advisor firm with approximately 280 registered representatives, would become 
affiliated with John Hancock Financial Network (JHFN). JHFN currently has 
1,600 registered representatives through its current dual registered 
broker-dealer/investment advisor, Signator Investors, Inc. 
"Powerful distribution has long been a competitive differentiator for John 
Hancock," said Craig Bromley, president of John Hancock. "JHFN is an important 
part of that equation, and I am confident that this acquisition will help 
drive continued success." 
"Given Symetra's current product lineup, SIS is no longer a good strategic fit 
for us as a distribution channel," said Tom Marra, president and CEO of 
Symetra Financial Corporation. "John Hancock Financial Network will offer many 
advantages to SIS advisors, allowing them to thrive with greater scale and 
resources for clients as well as business development support." 
Brian Heapps, president of JHFN, said, "We couldn't be more pleased to welcome 
the advisors from Symetra Investment Services into our independent network of 
firms. Strategically, they offer us a breadth of wealth experience and a 
geographic presence that complements our existing footprint as we continue to 
JHFN offers financial professionals a wealth of resources and support for 
business and professional development. To help advisors best meet their 
clients' needs, JHFN provides an open product platform including a 
comprehensive range of top-quality investment advisory and protection products 
from leading carriers. 
Advisors affiliated with JHFN have access to support for financial planning; 
an integrated technology platform; defined contribution resources; a dedicated 
practice management team; a marketing portal providing turn-key programs with 
compliance-ready, customizable templates; an annual practice advancement 
conference; a top producer program and an industry-leading equity and 
succession program. JHFN advisors are able to brand with a unique name or as a 
member of John Hancock Financial Network but remain backed by the financial 
strength and stability of John Hancock, a highly rated financial services 
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$555 billion 
(US$547 billion) as at March 31, 2013. 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, including life insurance, 
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 
About John Hancock Financial Network and Signator Investors, Inc. John Hancock 
Financial Network is a national network of independent firms with 
approximately 1,600 financial professionals across the U.S, working through 
its dual registered broker dealer/investment advisor, Signator Investors, Inc. 
A leader in the financial services industry having the stability and scale to 
offer an innovative business model, John Hancock Financial Network gives 
entrepreneurial financial professionals the power to effectively build unique 
businesses, based on their own vision and market opportunity. For more 
information on John Hancock Financial Network and its national network of 
independent firms, visit 
About Symetra Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE: SYA) is a diversified 
financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, 
Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a 
national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and 
independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit 
Securities and investment advisory services offered through Signator 
Investors, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC, a registered investment advisor. 197 
Clarendon St., Boston, MA 02116.   5145-20130226-134194 
Melissa Berczuk, Phone: (617) 663-4750, E-mail: 
SOURCE: John Hancock Financial 
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