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Manulife Investment Management announces changes to risk ratings on select exchange-traded funds

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TORONTO, Aug. 20, 2019 /CNW/ - Manulife Investment Management today announced that the risk ratings of certain of its exchanged-traded funds ("Manulife ETFs") have changed as described below. The changes will be reflected in the funds' prospectus and ETF Facts, which are expected to be filed on or about August 20, 2019. The risk rating changes are based on an annual review following the methodology mandated by the Canadian Securities Administrators and are not the result of any changes to the investment objectives, strategies or management of these Manulife ETFs.

The risk ratings for the Manulife ETFs listed below have changed as follows:

Risk rating increase:

ETF Name

Ticker

Current Rating

New Rating

Manulife Multifactor Canadian SMID Cap Index ETF

MCSM

Medium

Medium to High

Risk rating decrease:

ETF Name

Ticker

Current Rating

New Rating

Manulife Multifactor U.S. Small Cap Index ETF -

 Hedged Units

MUSC

High

Medium to High

Manulife Multifactor U.S. Small Cap Index ETF -

Unhedged Units

MUSC.B

High

Medium to High

 

About Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than 150 years of financial stewardship to partner with clients across our institutional, retail, and retirement businesses globally. Our specialist approach to money management includes the highly differentiated strategies of our fixed-income, specialized equity, multi-asset solutions, and private markets teams—along with access to specialized, unaffiliated asset managers from around the world through our multimanager model. Our personalized, data-driven approach to retirement is focused on delivering financial wellness in retirement plans of all sizes to help plan participants and members retire with dignity.

Headquartered in Toronto, we operate as Manulife Investment Management throughout the world, with the exception of the United States, where the retail and retirement businesses operate as John Hancock Investment Management and John Hancock, respectively; and in Asia and Canada, where the retirement business operates as Manulife. Manulife Investment Management had C$844 billion (USD $645 billion) in assets under management and administration as of June 30, 20191. Not all offerings available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit our website at manulifeinvestmentmgt.com.

1. Source: MFC financials. Global Wealth and Asset Management AUMA at June 30, 2019 was C$844 billion and includes C$191 billion of assets managed on behalf of other segments and C$136 billion of assets under administration.

About Manulife

Manulife Financial Corporation is a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily 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 2018, we had more than 34,000 employees, over 82,000 agents, and thousands of distribution partners, serving almost 28 million customers. As of June 30, 2019, we had over $1.1 trillion (US$877 billion) in assets under management and administration, and in the previous 12 months we made $29.4 billion in payments to our customers. Our principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States are 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.

SOURCE Manulife Financial Corporation


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