About Manulife Asset Management

Manulife Asset Management is the global asset management arm of Manulife. We provide comprehensive asset management solutions for pension plans, foundations, endowments, financial institutions and other institutional investors worldwide, as well as for Manulife and John Hancock’s wealth management and retirement products. 

We have operations in 16 countries and territories, including more than 4751 investment professionals across the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and the Philippines. In addition, we have a joint venture asset management business in China, Manulife TEDA, and operations in Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.

Our investment expertise extends across a broad range of asset classes including equity, fixed income and private investments, as well as asset allocation strategies. Assets under management are approximately US$393 billion2.

Manulife Asset Management & Separately Managed Accounts ('SMA')

A Three Way Partnership

Manulife Asset Management™ has demonstrated expertise in sub-advising SMA portfolios for our financial partners and their clients since 2001. We believe that a three way partnership between investment manager, financial advisor and the investor, creates a solution that allows financial advisors to build portfolios that can be tailored to unique individual needs. SMA investors benefit from specialized investment teams and an institutional approach to investment management that utilizes disciplined and well defined investment strategies. Backed by a global financial services leader, Manulife Financial - clients are provided with stability, a robust risk management framework and an international network of resources.

At a Glance: Separately Managed Accounts

Separately Managed Accounts (SMA) provide advisors with a customized and sophisticated approach to investing that is ideally suited to the high-net-worth market.


  • Direct ownership of individual securities
  • Typical minimum: $100,000
  • Flexibility to transfer in/out individual securities
  • Institutional-quality investment management
  • Portfolio customization
  • Unique tax planning advantages


Benefits of Separately Managed Accounts

For the Investor


Dedicated Expertise  

  • Brings same best-in-class money management enjoyed by institutional investors to the individual high-net-worth investor
  • Each account directly managed by a dedicated investment team


  • Portfolios can be customized according to client investment objectives

Unique tax planning advantages   

  • Can request portfolio manager to take loss/gain
  • Securities can be transferred into SMA account
  • Tax-deductible fee on non-registered accounts

For the Advisor


Enhanced Service Model    

  • Puts day-to-day management of client's equity or fixed income portfolio in hands of a dedicated portfolio manager
  • Advisor has more time to devote to enhancing client relationships

Steadier Income   

  • Fees typically calculated as a percentage of assets under management 
  • Advisor income rises in line with the growth of the book of SMA business

Business Growth   

  • Strong demand from a growing demographic  

Value Proposition

Our culture and why we’re different

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Global Capabilities

Detailed breakdown of our vast global reach

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A timeline of our history

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Leadership Team

Senior executive biographies

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Asset Breakdown

Detailed breakdown of our AUM

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Responsible Investment

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Community Involvement

The role we play in strengthening our communities

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Private Markets

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Manulife Asset Management data as of September 30, 2018.
1 Includes Public Markets investment professionals (IP) and Private Markets investment professionals from Hancock Natural Resource Group (HNRG) and Real Estate. Does not include IPs from Renewable Energy, Oil & Gas, Private Equity & Mezzanine, Commercial Mortgage Loans and Private Placement Debt.
2 Information shown represents advised and sub-advised, public and private assets as of September 30, 2018 managed by Manulife Asset Management (Manulife AM) and certain of its affiliates on behalf of Manulife AM, its clients, and the general accounts of the insurance company affiliates of Manulife AM. Manulife AM assets under management include assets of Manulife TEDA Fund Management Company Ltd.'s 49% joint venture ownership structure. The methodologies used to compile the total assets under management are subject to change.