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With over a century of investment experience in Asia, the firm's Asia ex-Japan and emerging markets assets total more than $90 billion

BOSTON, Sept. 17, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Manulife Investment Management, the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation, has announced the availability of two new Asia-focused funds in Europe: Manulife Global Fund Asian Small Cap Equity Fund and Manulife Global Fund China Total Return Bond Fund. The announcement reflects an increased demand from investors for Asia – Pacific investment strategies and Manulife Investment Management's goal to expand into the European market through its Manulife Global Fund offering.

With over a century of on-the-ground investment experience, teams in 10 developed and emerging Asian markets, and more than 160 Asia-based investment professionals, Manulife Investment Management has extensive investment capabilities in Asia. As of 30 June 2021, its Asia ex-Japan and Emerging Markets fixed income and equities assets totaled more than US$90 billion.

Endre Pedersen, chief investment officer, global emerging market fixed income, Manulife Investment Management said, "As a leading provider of Asian fixed-income strategies we recognise the ongoing structural, policy and demographic changes evident in the region and are well positioned to take full advantage, delivering results to our clients across the globe and now in Europe."

In addition, the firm has also made Manulife Global Fund Preferred Securities Income Fund available to European investors. The availability of these funds follows the offering of Manulife Sustainable Asia Bond, Manulife Dragon Growth and Manulife Asia Total Return Bond Funds to European investors earlier this year.

Andrew G. Arnott, head of wealth and asset management, Manulife Investment Management, United States and Europe said, "It's an interesting time for investors to look at Asia, and China, in particular. China bonds deliver attractive nominal and real yields in a low yielding world and investors may benefit from both lower volatility and diversification attributes. We are excited to bring these opportunities to clients who have an interest in the region as we work to increase the availability of our offering in Europe." 

"Asia is increasingly important to investors and stakeholders looking to access high growth opportunities," added Todd Cassler, head of institutional distribution, United States and Europe, Manulife Investment Management. "The investment teams take an active approach and are able to tap into the extensive knowledge of the on-the-ground Asia research team. We are pleased to have a strong product range of Manulife Global Funds for European investors."

Manulife Asian Small Cap Equity Fund aims to provide long-term capital growth, with at least 70% of its net assets invested in equity or Small Cap companies in the Asia-Pacific region. Manulife China Total Return Bond Fund seeks to provide investors with broad exposure to China fixed income by investing in a combination of China offshore bonds (including USD-denominated bonds) and China onshore bonds to maximise returns. Manulife Preferred Securities Income Fund aims to provide income and potential capital appreciation by investing in one collective investment scheme with investment focused on global preferred securities.

The three funds are now available to professional investors across the UK, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark, and Finland, supporting Manulife Investment Management's priority to deliver its broad range of specialized investment solutions to clients in Europe. Additionally, following the offering of Manulife Sustainable Asia Bond, Dragon Growth Fund and Asia Total Return Bond Funds in UK, Germany, Switzerland, and Italy, earlier this year, Manulife Investment Management has now extended the availability of the funds to include Denmark and Finland. The funds are available in local currency share classes including GBP, EUR, and Swiss Franc.

For more information on Manulife Investment Management please visit manulifeim.com/institutional.

About Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than a century of financial stewardship and the full resources of our parent company to serve individuals, institutions, and retirement plan members worldwide. Headquartered in Toronto, our leading capabilities in public and private markets are strengthened by an investment footprint that spans 18 geographies. We complement these capabilities by providing access to a network of unaffiliated asset managers from around the world. We're committed to investing responsibly across our businesses. We develop innovative global frameworks for sustainable investing, collaboratively engage with companies in our securities portfolios, and maintain a high standard of stewardship where we own and operate assets, and we believe in supporting financial well-being through our workplace retirement plans. Today, plan sponsors around the world rely on our retirement plan administration and investment expertise to help their employees plan for, save for, and live a better retirement. 

As of June 30, 2021, Manulife Investment Management's assets under management and administration, including assets managed for Manulife's other segments, totaled CAD $1.0 trillion (US $834 billion). Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit manulifeim.com.

Media contact: Elizabeth Bartlett, Manulife Investment Management, Elizabeth_Bartlett@Manulife.com

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