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Market Intelligence | The latest thinking from our asset management network

January 2017 | PDF

As a manager of managers, John Hancock Investments is uniquely positioned to harness the outlook from our vast network of asset managers and investment partners. Our dedicated in-house investment research team collects, sorts, and evaluates those views and presents them on a quarterly basis in the form of timely investment ideas you can share with your clients.

Advisor Insight: Fiduciary prudence in rising interest rates

January 2017 | PDF

Retirement plan sponsors face a unique challenge as interest rates continue to rise. In this commentary, C. Frederick Reish, Esq., of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, discusses the fiduciary implications of switching to bond portfolios that may be less susceptible to losses due to rising rates.

Finding the best income opportunities in a challenging market

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: There are ample opportunities for active bond managers despite the challenges of today’s interest rate environment, says Daniel S. Janis III, senior portfolio manager at John Hancock Asset Management. See which segments hold the most promise.

Opportunities in high yield and emerging markets require a selective approach

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: High yield and emerging markets have posted solid gains in 2016. Daniel S. Janis III, senior portfolio manager at John Hancock Asset Management, examines what’s needed to sustain those rallies.

The Fed is still on track for a December rate hike

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: The U.S. Federal Reserve has been pushing for a December rate hike for several months. Daniel S. Janis III, senior portfolio manager at John Hancock Asset Management, weighs the likelihood of a policy move.

U.S. dollar likely to strengthen in 2017

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: The U.S. dollar should record continued gains in 2017, says Daniel S. Janis III, senior portfolio manager at John Hancock Asset Management. See what the implications are for bond investors.

A time-tested process built on security-level research

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: Many bond funds’ performance is too closely tied to macroeconomic factors, says John Hancock Asset Management’s Howard C. Greene, CFA, senior portfolio manager of John Hancock Bond Fund. See why sector and security selection, along with managing maturity structure, can lead to more consistent outcomes.

Navigating the new normal: fixed-income investing in a world of mounting risks

November 2016 | PDF

With anemic yields the norm, fixed-income investors everywhere are facing similar challenges. A global multi-sector approach can help, but only if actively managed currency exposures are part of the mix, says Daniel S. Janis III and the team at John Hancock Asset Management.

Don’t count on higher rates until consumer confidence returns

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: John Hancock Asset Management’s Howard C. Greene, CFA, unpacks the paradox of thrift at work in today’s market and how an economy stuck in second gear is keeping a ceiling on interest rates.

Global Market Outlook

October 2016 | PDF

John Hancock Asset Management's Chief Economist Megan E. Greene and Co-Head of Global Asset Allocation Robert M. Boyda share their views on the global economy and the opportunities ahead.

Why investor confidence in central banks is waning

October 2016 | Video

VIDEO: John Hancock Asset Management’s Howard C. Greene, CFA, discusses why the Fed is likely to keep rates lower for longer, and how the global experiment with negative rates may end up marking the end of an era.

Securitized debt: a lifeline for investors drowning in negative rates

September 2016 | PDF

For investors drowning in a sea of negative rates, the securitized debt market offers a lifeline: limited credit risk, low interest-rate sensitivity, and attractive income potential. Stone Harbor Investment Partners’ Roger M. Lavan, CFA, takes a closer look at the benefits.

Emphasizing credit in an economic recovery that’s doing okay

May 2016 | Video

VIDEO: Corporate credit markets can offer investors exposure to areas of the economy that are holding up quite well. John Hancock Asset Management’s Howard C. Greene, CFA, senior portfolio manager of John Hancock Bond Fund, identifies the sectors where he sees value.

Three things the Fed must focus on right now

May 2016 | Video

VIDEO: The U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) has to focus on jobs data, international events, and U.S. dollar exchange rates as it debates its next move. John Hancock Asset Management’s Daniel S. Janis III, senior portfolio manager of John Hancock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund, explains how this confluence of factors is creating opportunities.

Investing for retirement in an era of low yields

May 2016 | Video

VIDEO: Investing for retirement presents special challenges when many assets yield next to nothing. Nathan W. Thooft, CFA, co-head of global asset allocation at John Hancock Asset Management, discusses his approach to managing a dynamic target-date suite—John Hancock Retirement Living Portfolios—designed to maximize preretirement wealth accumulation while minimizing postretirement longevity risk.

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