MFC Global Investment Management Launches Canadian Website For Sub-advised Separately Managed Accounts -- Portfolio Updates, Economic And Investment Research, Market Views Featured at www.mfcglobalsma.com

TORONTO, Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MFC Global Investment Management ('MFC GIM'), the institutional asset management arm of Manulife Financial Corporation, today announced the launch of a new Canadian Separately Managed Account ('SMA') website to better serve its sub-advisory client relationships. The new SMA website is accessible at www.mfcglobalsma.com.

MFC GIM provides sub-advisory investment management services with many of the leading SMA providers in Canada. With an SMA, financial advisors create an individual portfolio for clients, investing in stocks, bonds and other vehicles that takes into consideration individual risks and objectives.

"Reflecting our commitment to being a premier global provider of institutional investment solutions, we are very proud to launch our new website as a means of providing Canadian advisors with key information on the sub-advisory mandates we manage for them. We want to make doing business with MFC GIM as efficient and effective as possible so that financial advisors can best serve their clients' needs," said Frank Saeli, MFC GIM's Head of Sales and Relationship Management. "The new website is an exciting new part of our infrastructure, showcasing the breadth and depth of our global investment management capabilities."

Earlier this year, MFC GIM revamped its global site, www.mfcglobal.com, as part of its ongoing institutional sales and marketing effort. MFC GIM's web site provides in-depth economic and investment research and market views and insights from its experts around the globe. It also includes information about the firm, its investment strategies, leadership team and regional contact information.

About MFC Global Investment Management®

MFC Global Investment Management® is the asset management division of Manulife Financial. MFC Global Investment Management's diversified group of companies provides comprehensive asset management solutions for institutional investors, investment funds and individuals in key markets around the world. This investment expertise extends across a full range of asset classes including equity, fixed income and alternative investments such as oil and gas, real estate, timber, farmland, as well as asset allocation strategies.

MFC Global Investment Management has investment offices in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Japan, Hong Kong, and throughout Asia. As at October 31, 2009, assets under management for institutional clients were approximately Cdn$108 billion.

MFC Global Investment Management®, Manulife and the block design are trademarks of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company and are used by it and its affiliates including Manulife Financial Corporation.

About Manulife Financial

Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through 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 Cdn$436.5 billion (US$407.1 billion) as at September 30, 2009.

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 www.manulife.com.

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SOURCE MFC Global Investment Management



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