John Hancock Investment Management launches Multifactor Small Cap ETF

Index designed by Dimensional Fund Advisors

BOSTON, November 13, 2017—John Hancock Investment Management has expanded its exchange-traded fund (ETF) product lineup today with the launch of John Hancock Multifactor Small Cap ETF. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP (“Dimensional”), which is regarded as one of the pioneers in strategic beta investing, was selected to design the underlying equity index for the new small-cap ETF based on Dimensional’s time-tested factor-based approach. The ETF (ticker JHSC) trades on the NYSE Arca.

“We’re once again pleased to team up with Dimensional to bring their proven multifactor approach to investors seeking exposure to small-cap equity markets,” said Andrew G. Arnott, president and CEO of John Hancock Investment Management. “Our firm’s momentum in the ETF space has been strong, and we now have $1 billion in ETF assets under management.”

Dimensional began applying the concept of factor investing more than 30 years ago. Today, 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 offers a compelling track record of delivering results to investors.

John Hancock Multifactor Small Cap ETF seeks to track and fully replicate a custom small-cap index designed by Dimensional. The new ETF may hold securities in the U.S. universe issued by companies whose market capitalizations are smaller than the 750th largest U.S. company but larger than the smallest 4% of U.S. companies.

“A focus on small caps is a logical extension of our product line, and complementary to our 12 previously launched multifactor ETFs,” said Steve L. Deroian, head of ETF strategy at John Hancock Investment Management.

John Hancock Investment Management has had a relationship with Dimensional and its portfolio management teams since 2006, with strategies offered as both individual John Hancock mutual funds and through John Hancock asset allocation portfolios. Previous ETF launches have included U.S. large- and mid-cap portfolios, a developed market international portfolio, 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 achieve their dreams and aspirations by putting customers’ needs first and providing the right advice and solutions. 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 over $1 trillion (US$806 billion) as of September 30, 2017. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as MFC on the TSX, NYSE, and PSE, and under 945 on the SEHK. Manulife can be found at manulife.com.

One of the largest life insurers in the United States, John Hancock supports approximately 10 million Americans with a broad range of financial products, including life insuranceannuitiesinvestments401(k) plans, and college savings plans. We also offer advice through Signator, a network of independent financial advisors. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.