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Weekly Market Recap

May 2017 |

A summary of key market data and headlines and a look ahead into next week.

Where strategic beta and active management can add the most value

May 2017 |

New research identifies the equity categories where outperformance among top actively managed and strategic beta approaches has been the most substantial. Head of Investments Leo M. Zerilli, CIMA, explores the implications for the active versus passive debate and the growing use of strategic beta.

Why alternative investments may matter more than ever before

May 2017 | PDF

If the essence of investing resides in risk management, then maintaining a meaningful allocation to alternatives makes sense—especially now. Head of Investments Leo M. Zerilli, CIMA, explains why.

Global Market Outlook

April 2017 | 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. Bob and his asset allocation colleagues manage our three suites of target-date funds for retirement investors.

Market Intelligence | The latest thinking from our asset management network

April 2017 | PDF

Our multimanager approach to investing provides us with a unique advantage: the ability to leverage the very best market insight from our diverse asset management network. Our dedicated in-house research team analyzes and evaluates those views to develop our outlook for a range of asset classes. The result is Market Intelligence, an award-winning review of the investment landscape—and now an interactive app for your iPad.

The credit cycle still has room to run

March 2017 | PDF

There’s no denying that the current credit cycle has outlasted the duration of a typical bull market. However, credit cycles don’t simply die of old age, argues Michael C. Buchanan, CFA, portfolio manager and head of credit at Western Asset Management Company.

Four reasons we remain bullish on regional banks

February 2017 | PDF

After enduring a challenging path since the financial crisis, U.S. banks appear primed to outperform following an extended period of low interest rates. In the attached Viewpoints commentary, John Hancock Asset Management's, Lisa A. Welch details why the confluence of a rising interest-rate environment, attractive fundamentals, and continued industry consolidation makes U.S. bank stocks a very attractive investment opportunity in 2017.

Target-date funds: Different goals require different glide paths

February 2017 | Video

VIDEO: When it comes to target-date fund glide paths, one shape does not fit all. The industry-leading asset allocation team behind John Hancock Multimanager Lifetime Portfolios and John Hancock Multi-Index Preservation Portfolios examines the merits multiple options.

Target-date funds: Seeking value in unloved assets abroad

February 2017 | Video

VIDEO: Robert M. Boyda, co-head of global asset allocation at John Hancock Asset Management, shows how hunting for beaten-down assets—such as those outside the United States—benefits target-date fund investors. Bob and his team manage multiple suites of retirement funds, including John Hancock Multimanager Lifetime Portfolios.

Target-date funds: Why open architecture matters

February 2017 | Video

VIDEO: If open architecture is important in retirement plans, then target-date funds should be open. The industry-leading asset allocation team behind John Hancock Multimanager Lifetime Portfolios shows why.

A better way to invest: manager selection and oversight at John Hancock Investments

February 2017 | PDF

Financial advisors and consultants face an investment management landscape increasingly split between industry giants and specialized boutiques. John Hancock Investments’ Leo M. Zerilli, CIMA, explains how the firm’s unique approach blends the innovation and agility of today’s boutique asset managers with strong risk controls and oversight.

Attracting clients through ESG and sustainable investing

February 2017 | PDF

The rapid growth of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing reflects rising demand from investors for values-based approaches and poses challenges for advisors wishing to attract and retain these clients. Todd J. Cassler, President of Institutional Distribution, outlines simple steps that advisors can take to speak intelligently about ESG, provide credible ESG investment alternatives, and position their practices to better address growing client demand for ESG investing.

Target-date funds: embracing open architecture

February 2017 | PDF

Defined contribution plan-level best practices call for an open-architecture, or multimanager, lineup of investment offerings, but that line of thinking rarely extends to target-date portfolio construction. If open architecture is important, explains John Hancock Investments’ CEO Andrew G. Arnott, then more target-date funds should be open.

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.

ESG investing: a better way to know your borrowers

December 2016 | PDF

The remarkable growth of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing in recent years has been driven in no small part by investors’ desire to better align their portfolios with their personal values. But ESG investing is far more than a values-oriented investment style. Jeffrey Glenn, CFA, co-head of portfolio management at Breckinridge Capital Advisors, shows how ESG investing actually represents a more holistic approach to traditional credit analysis.

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