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Market Intelligence | The latest thinking from our asset management network

October 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.

A new Fed chair? Weighing the options for a change in leadership

September 2017 | Video

VIDEO: Senior Portfolio Manager Howard C. Greene, CFA, takes a closer look at what a possible Janet Yellen retirement could mean for the bond markets.

A nimble approach to today’s bond markets

September 2017 | Video

VIDEO: Senior Portfolio Manager Howard C. Greene, CFA, discusses the philosophy and process behind John Hancock Bond Fund.

Debt or equity? In emerging economies, it’s been a tale of two markets

September 2017 | PDF

When it comes to emerging markets, many investors think of the space as a high-risk, high-return asset class. But there are important differences between debt and equities, and the former need not be reserved for the adventurous of heart. Stone Harbor Investment Partners' James E. Craige, CFA, takes a closer look.

Flexible is the new core: fixed-income investing for the next 30 years

September 2017 | PDF

After an epic bull market for core bonds, investors have been rethinking their fixed-income allocations going forward—and for good reason. This paper explores how more flexible mandates can harness those drivers of bond performance that aren’t dependent on changes in interest rates to generate returns.

Four reasons to consider small- and mid-cap international stocks for active allocations

August 2017 | PDF

The small- and mid-cap segments of today’s international equity markets offer strong potential for superior risk-adjusted returns as well as enhanced portfolio diversification, according to Boston Partners’ Christopher K. Hart, CFA, and Joshua M. Jones, CFA, portfolio managers of John Hancock Disciplined Value International Fund.

Global Market Outlook

July 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.

Why risk management grows more crucial as investors retire

June 2017 | PDF

As a portfolio transitions from the accumulation phase to the distribution phase, the magnitude and timing of market volatility matter much more. Keith H. Van Etten of Van Etten Consulting explains why risk management becomes indispensable as retirement approaches.

Avoiding another taper tantrum: why a cautious stance on agency MBS may be warranted

June 2017 | PDF

The U.S. Federal Reserve is the single largest buyer of agency mortgage-backed securities in the market today. We take a closer look at what could happen when that trend changes course.

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 | PDF

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.

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.

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