Manulife Asset Management Launches UCITS Fund Range in Italy

Press Release | February 28, 2017
  • Product range includes absolute return, equity and bond funds
  • Launch forms part of European expansion strategy for international group with €325bn in assets under management*

LONDON — Manulife Asset Management, the investment management arm of Manulife Financial Corporation (TSX, NYSE: MFC) with €325 billion of client assets*, has launched a range of six actively-managed UCITS funds in Italy.

The funds aim to offer Italian discretionary fund buyers, family offices, pension funds and insurance companies, exposure to global, Asian and emerging markets opportunities. The newly offered funds are designed to generate diversified, risk-adjusted returns that may address the challenges of low yields, low growth and correlations between asset classes.

Manulife Asset Management’s fund range has been specifically selected from among the company’s most successful strategies, such as Strategic Fixed Income, derived from a global total return strategy launched in 1986 that now has €32.2 billion in assets**, and Global Equity, whose underlying strategy has outperformed the MSCI World Index by an annualised 3.42 percent since launch in January 2010***.

Marco Zanuso, Head of Distribution, EMEA ex UK, at Manulife Asset Management, says, “We hope to offer professional fund selectors more choice for the alpha generating parts of their portfolio. The funds aim to address the problems posed by low interest rates, low growth and correlated asset classes. Most of our products are derived from existing, successful strategies that have been battle tested in challenging markets.

“Italian fund buyers have long had a keen eye for new opportunities, and early feedback from some of the leading players has certainly been positive. Now that we are able to market our funds in Italy, we look forward to more detailed conversations about the outcomes professional fund selectors want and how we can help achieve them though a long term partnership.”

Manulife Asset Management first announced its European expansion in 2016, creating a European headquarters in London and hiring distribution and investment professionals. Its move into Italy is one element of a strategic plan to create and distribute products that meet the needs of institutional and wholesale investors across EMEA.

The range of Manulife Asset Management’s Dublin registered products includes:

  • Strategic Fixed Income Fund
  • Global Equity Fund
  • Asian Bond Absolute Return Fund
  • Emerging Markets Debt Fund
  • Global Emerging Markets Equity Fund
  • US Large Cap Core Equity Fund

For more details about Manulife AM in Italy visit http://www.manulifeam.com/it.

* Source: Manulife Asset Management, as at 31 December 2016
** Source: Manulife Asset Management, as at 31 December 2016
*** Global Equity composite returned annualised 11.61% (gross) versus MSCI World (net) index annualised 8.19%, both USD, since January 2010. Source: Manulife Asset Management, as at 30 December
About Manulife Asset Management
Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife, providing comprehensive asset management solutions for investors. This investment expertise extends across a broad range of public and private asset classes, as well as asset allocation solutions. As at December 31, 2016, assets under management for Manulife Asset Management were approximately C$461 billion (US$343 billion, GBP£278 billion, EUR€325 billion).
Manulife Asset Management’s public markets units have investment expertise across a broad range of asset classes including public equity and fixed income, and asset allocation strategies. Offices with full investment capabilities are located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. In addition, Manulife Asset Management has a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife TEDA. The public markets units of Manulife Asset Management also provide investment management services to affiliates' retail clients through product offerings of Manulife and John Hancock. John Hancock Asset Management is a division of Manulife Asset Management.
Additional information about Manulife Asset Management may be found at ManulifeAM.com.
About Manulife
Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers' needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. We operate as John Hancock in the United States and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance, as well as wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. At the end of 2016, we had approximately 35,000 employees, 70,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving more than 22 million customers. At the end of 2016, we had $977 billion (US$728 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made almost $26 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations are in Asia, Canada and the United States where we have served customers for more than 100 years. With our global headquarters in Toronto, Canada, we trade as 'MFC' on the Toronto, New York, and the Philippine stock exchanges and under '945' in Hong Kong.
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