John Hancock Investment Management launches Multifactor Emerging Markets ETF

Index designed by Dimensional Fund Advisors
Dimensional now provides indexes for 14 John Hancock Investment Management ETFs

BOSTON, October 1, 2018—John Hancock Investment Management expanded its exchange-traded fund (ETF) product lineup today with the launch of John Hancock Multifactor Emerging Markets ETF (ticker JHEM).

Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, a company regarded as a pioneer and industry leader in strategic beta investing and subadvisor to 13 existing John Hancock Investment Management ETFs, was selected to design the underlying emerging-market equity index for the new ETF. The ETF trades on the NYSE Arca.

“With the addition of this ETF focused on emerging-market equities, we round out our suite of core equity ETF offerings that clients can use to build a global equity allocation,” said Andrew G. Arnott, president and CEO of John Hancock Investment Management and head of Wealth and Asset Management, United States and Europe. “We’re pleased to bring Dimensional’s time-tested multifactor approach to our investors once again with this ETF.”

Dimensional began applying the concept of multifactor investing more than 35 years ago, and the firm is a respected manager in the industry. Dimensional’s approach is rooted in decades of academic research into the factors that drive expected returns and it offers a compelling track record of delivering results to investors.

“As we hit the three-year anniversary of the launch of our first ETFs with Dimensional, we’re excited to add an emerging-market ETF as an offering for our clients,” said Steve Deroian, U.S. head of ETF product at John Hancock Investment Management. “The team at Dimensional has continually demonstrated their intellectual rigor, strict attention to detail, and strength of implementation; it’s been an exceptional firm to partner with as we seek to deliver strong long-term solutions for our clients.”

John Hancock Investment Management has had a relationship with Dimensional and its portfolio management teams for more than a decade, with strategies offered as stand-alone mutual funds and as portions of the John Hancock asset allocation portfolios. In late 2015, John Hancock Investment Management began launching ETFs built around Dimensional strategies. Today, the firm’s ETF offerings include U.S. large-, small-, and mid-cap portfolios, international portfolios and a range of sector-specific offerings. 

About John Hancock Investment Management

John Hancock has helped individuals and institutions build and protect wealth since 1862. Today, we are one of the strongest and most-recognized financial brands. We serve investors globally through a unique multimanager approach: We search the world to find proven portfolio teams with specialized expertise for every strategy we offer, then we apply robust investment oversight to ensure they continue to meet our uncompromising standards and serve the best interests of our shareholders. Our approach to asset management has led to a diverse set of investments deeply rooted in investor needs, along with strong risk-adjusted returns across asset classes. 

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife

John Hancock is a division of Manulife Financial Corporation, a leading international financial services group that helps people make their decisions easier and lives better. We operate primarily as John Hancock in the United States, and Manulife elsewhere. We provide financial advice, insurance and wealth and asset management solutions for individuals, groups and institutions. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were more than $1.1 trillion (US$849 billion) as of June 30, 2018. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at

One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports approximately 10.7 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, and college saving plans.

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