Celebrating five years of investment excellence

Thanks to tremendous investor support and top honours from Morningstar, we’re celebrating five successful years with the Manulife Dividend Income Fund and Manulife Strategic Balanced Yield Fund.

Five years, 5-stars

The funds reached their five-year anniversary on March 22, 2017, and have grown to a combined $4.3 billion in assets under management (AUM)1 while attaining overall 5-star ratings from Morningstar. An overall 5-star rating places them within the top 10 per cent of funds in their respective categories for risk-adjusted performance.

The popularity of these funds in a competitive market is a testament to the skills of our management teams. The combination of discipline, teamwork, and proven approaches to security selection have produced excellent results for many investors, and that’s an achievement worth celebrating.

Manulife Dividend Income Fund

  • Invests primarily in attractively priced Canadian dividend-paying equities with added diversification through exposure to large multinational U.S. firms
  • Attractive option for investors seeking monthly distributions2, potential tax efficiency, and long-term growth potential.

Value Equity Team

  • Value Equity team led by Alan Wicks, Conrad Dabiet, Jonathan Popper and Duncan Anderson; more than 80 years of combined investing experience.
  • Proven value-based process that focuses on portfolios with high active share and delivering strong risk-adjusted returns
  • The team manages other popular strategies like the Manulife Monthly High Income Fund3, Manulife U.S. Monthly High Income Fund and Manulife Canadian Focused Fund

Manulife Strategic Balanced Yield Fund

  • Diversified portfolio of primarily U.S. equities and global multi-sector bonds
  • Attractive option for investors seeking a monthly distribution2 with two income sources - dividend-paying equities and corporate and government bonds from developed and emerging markets
  • Unique asset mix helps enhance upside potential and manage downside risk

A blend of two teams:

U.S. Core Value Equity Team

  • U.S. Core Value Equity Team led by Sandy Sanders, Jonathan White and Michael Mattioli; more than 49 years of combined investing experience
  • Proven seven-step fundamental research process for finding companies with a sustainable advantage

Fixed Income Team

  • Fixed income investments team led by Dan Janis, Tom Goggins and Dennis McCafferty; more than 75 years of combined investing experience.
  • The team strategically and tactically hedge foreign currencies to mitigate risk.

1 As at April 30, 2017.

2 The payment of distributions is not guaranteed and may fluctuate. If distributions paid by the fund are greater than the performance of the fund, then your original investment will shrink. Distributions should not be confused with a fund’s performance, rate of return, or yield. You may also receive return of capital distributions from a fund. Please consult with your tax advisor regarding the tax implications of receiving distributions. See the fund facts as well as the prospectus for more information on a fund’s distributions policy. Mutual funds are not guaranteed, their values change frequently and past performance may not be repeated. Applies to Manulife Dividend Income Fund and Manulife Strategic Balanced Yield Fund.

3 This fund has been capped to all new purchases as of August 28, 2015.

Source: Morningstar Direct. Rate of return as of April 30, 2017 are as follows: Manulife Dividend Income Fund (Series F): 1 year return: 16.43%, 3 year return: 12.37%, 5 year return: 15.28% and 14.89% since inception March 22, 2012 and Manulife Strategic Balanced Yield Fund (Series F): 1 year return: 14.79%, 3 year return: 10.62%, 5 year return: 12.93% and 12.52% since inception March 22, 2012. Series F performance is net of fees and expenses. Series A is also available and includes a 1.00% trailing commission.

Overall 5-star Morningstar Rating. The Star Ratings as of April 30, 2017 for Series F for the Funds shown, and the number of funds within their categories for each period are as follows: Manulife Dividend Income Fund within the Canadian Dividend and Income Equity category: 1-year period, 539 funds, 3 stars, 3-year period, 422 funds, 5 stars and 5-year period, 305 funds, 5 stars.  Manulife Strategic Balanced Yield Fund within the Global Neutral Balanced category: 1-year period, 1259 funds, 5 stars, 3-year period, 891 funds, 5 stars and 5-year period, 597 funds, 5 stars. The Morningstar Rating, commonly referred to as the Star Rating, relates how a fund has performed on a risk-adjusted basis against its Morningstar category peers and is subject to change every month. Funds are ranked by their Morningstar Risk-Adjusted Return scores with the top 10% of funds in a category receiving 5 stars, the top 22.5% receiving 4 stars. A fund in the middle 35% receiving 3 stars, a fund in the next 22.5% receiving 2 stars and a fund in the bottom 10% receiving 1 star. The overall Star Rating for a fund is a weighted combination of its 3, 5 and 10 year ratings. Overall ratings are adjusted where a fund has less than 5 or 10 years of history. Please refer to www.morningstar.ca for greater detail on the calculation of the Star Ratings.

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