Manulife Financial Adds INVESCO Funds to Products

Apr 27, 2001, 01:00 ET from INVESCO Funds Group

    DENVER, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- INVESCO won two distribution mandates
 from Manulife for their variable annuity and retirement distribution channels.
 INVESCO will sub-advise two new portfolios of The Manufacturers Investment
 Trust, the underlying investment vehicle for all Manulife Financial products.
 These two new portfolios are the Mid Cap Growth Trust, managed in a style
 similar to the INVESCO Dynamics Fund, and the Telecommunications Trust,
 managed in a style similar to the INVESCO Telecommunications Fund.*  In
 addition, the INVESCO Dynamics Fund and INVESCO Telecommunications Fund will
 be added to Manulife Financial's retail platform, Manulife Series, of their
 401(k) product.
     "INVESCO's expertise in telecommunications and mid-cap growth and its
 ability to consistently outperform its peer groups, reaffirms Manulife
 Financial's commitment to providing "best in class" investment managers," said
 James D. Gallagher, President of the Manufacturers Investment Trust.
 
     Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services company
 operating in 15 countries and territories worldwide.  Through its extensive
 network of employees, agents and distribution partners, Manulife Financial
 offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth
 management services.  Funds under management by Manulife Financial (Manulife
 Financial Corporation and its affiliated companies) were US $82.3 billion
 (Cdn$123.5 billion) as of December 31, 2000.
 
     Denver-based INVESCO Funds Group, with over $37 billion in assets under
 management (as of 3/31/01), is one of the premier mutual fund management
 companies in the United States, providing a wide and innovative range of
 investment products and services to individuals and institutions.
 Atlanta-based INVESCO Retirement, Inc., with more than $23.6 billion in assets
 under administration (as of 3/31/01) is one of the largest and most respected
 providers of the defined contribution products and services in the nation.
 Both are subsidiaries of AMVESCAP PLC, a worldwide investment management
 company with over $370 billion in assets under management (as of 3/31/01).
 AMVESCAP is one of the world's largest individual investment managers,
 operating under the AIM and INVESCO brand names.  AMVESCAP is a holding
 company offering a broad array of investment products and services to
 institutions and individuals across all distribution channels.  The Company is
 listed on the London, New York, Paris, Toronto and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges
 with the symbol "AVZ."
 
     Editors Note: INVESCO is required to include the following information
 with their news release.  For more information on the INVESCO Funds, please
 call 1-800-255-6927 for a prospectus containing more complete information
 including management fees, general and fund specific investment risks, and
 expenses.  Please read it carefully before you invest or send money.  INVESCO
 Distributors Inc., Distributor.
     Sector Funds may be more volatile than diversified equity funds and are
 most suitable for the aggressive portion of your portfolio.
     Foreign investments entail special risks, including currency exchange rate
 fluctuations, as well as differences in securities regulation and accounting
 practices.
 
     *  The investment performance of the sub-advised portfolios will not be
 the same as that of the INVESCO Dynamics and Telecommunications Funds due to
 differences in:  (a) portfolio inception dates, (b) size of the portfolios,
 (c) portfolio holdings and (d) portfolio expenses.
 
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    DENVER, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- INVESCO won two distribution mandates
 from Manulife for their variable annuity and retirement distribution channels.
 INVESCO will sub-advise two new portfolios of The Manufacturers Investment
 Trust, the underlying investment vehicle for all Manulife Financial products.
 These two new portfolios are the Mid Cap Growth Trust, managed in a style
 similar to the INVESCO Dynamics Fund, and the Telecommunications Trust,
 managed in a style similar to the INVESCO Telecommunications Fund.*  In
 addition, the INVESCO Dynamics Fund and INVESCO Telecommunications Fund will
 be added to Manulife Financial's retail platform, Manulife Series, of their
 401(k) product.
     "INVESCO's expertise in telecommunications and mid-cap growth and its
 ability to consistently outperform its peer groups, reaffirms Manulife
 Financial's commitment to providing "best in class" investment managers," said
 James D. Gallagher, President of the Manufacturers Investment Trust.
 
     Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services company
 operating in 15 countries and territories worldwide.  Through its extensive
 network of employees, agents and distribution partners, Manulife Financial
 offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth
 management services.  Funds under management by Manulife Financial (Manulife
 Financial Corporation and its affiliated companies) were US $82.3 billion
 (Cdn$123.5 billion) as of December 31, 2000.
 
     Denver-based INVESCO Funds Group, with over $37 billion in assets under
 management (as of 3/31/01), is one of the premier mutual fund management
 companies in the United States, providing a wide and innovative range of
 investment products and services to individuals and institutions.
 Atlanta-based INVESCO Retirement, Inc., with more than $23.6 billion in assets
 under administration (as of 3/31/01) is one of the largest and most respected
 providers of the defined contribution products and services in the nation.
 Both are subsidiaries of AMVESCAP PLC, a worldwide investment management
 company with over $370 billion in assets under management (as of 3/31/01).
 AMVESCAP is one of the world's largest individual investment managers,
 operating under the AIM and INVESCO brand names.  AMVESCAP is a holding
 company offering a broad array of investment products and services to
 institutions and individuals across all distribution channels.  The Company is
 listed on the London, New York, Paris, Toronto and Frankfurt Stock Exchanges
 with the symbol "AVZ."
 
     Editors Note: INVESCO is required to include the following information
 with their news release.  For more information on the INVESCO Funds, please
 call 1-800-255-6927 for a prospectus containing more complete information
 including management fees, general and fund specific investment risks, and
 expenses.  Please read it carefully before you invest or send money.  INVESCO
 Distributors Inc., Distributor.
     Sector Funds may be more volatile than diversified equity funds and are
 most suitable for the aggressive portion of your portfolio.
     Foreign investments entail special risks, including currency exchange rate
 fluctuations, as well as differences in securities regulation and accounting
 practices.
 
     *  The investment performance of the sub-advised portfolios will not be
 the same as that of the INVESCO Dynamics and Telecommunications Funds due to
 differences in:  (a) portfolio inception dates, (b) size of the portfolios,
 (c) portfolio holdings and (d) portfolio expenses.
 
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