Investing in alternatives
Accessing alternative strategies and private markets is a key part of building a diversified portfolio. Alternative investing spans a broad set of asset classes, styles, and trading strategies. Therefore, choosing an experienced manager can be critical to success.
Access comprehensive alternative investing capabilities
To help investors successfully navigate market challenges, we offer access to a range of alternative investment capabilities that can meet varied and evolving needs. Our capabilities are backed by the expertise that we draw on from across the Manulife group, including decades of experience earned as a direct investor and owner of assets in private markets, as well as through our ability to partner with some of the world’s leading investment managers.¹
25+ years of experience
AUM: $3.4 billion
Diversified range of alternative hedging strategies
- Managed futures
- Multi-asset absolute return
- Long/short equity
15+ years of experience
AUM: $18.3 billion
Direct, primary, and secondary middle market investment opportunities
- Private co-investing
- Secondary placements
25+ years of experience
AUM: $7.8 billion
Alternative yield source, potential for differentiated returns, and through-cycle investing
- Asset-based lending
- Senior loans
- Mezzanine debt strategies
95+ years of experience
AUM: $20 billion
Quality, location-driven office, industrial, multifamily, and retail assets
40+ years of experience
AUM: $13.1 billion
Potential for long-term, predictable cash flows and downside protection
- Midstream energy
Agriculture and timberland
30+ years of experience
AUM: $14.8 billion
Exposure to sustainable and diversified timber and agriculture assets
- Mature permanent crops
- Developmental permanent crops
- Integrated/processing operations
What sets us apart
For more than a century, Manulife has been helping investors protect and preserve their assets. This unwavering commitment to managing risk on behalf of investors, coupled with a long history of investing in private markets and our ability to leverage a global footprint, rich tradition of financial stewardship, and a proven track record as a multimanager, is what sets us apart.²
Investor in liquid alternatives since 1997
We've invested in liquid alternatives since 1997, giving us nearly three decades of liquid alternatives investment experience.
Investor in private assets since 1925
Our affiliated asset manager, Manulife Investment Management, is a pioneer in private market investments with expertise in both real assets, and private equity and credit, as well as a foundation of long-standing relationships with more than 200 general partners.
Insurance heritage and financial stewardship
Our parent company, Manulife, has a strong insurance heritage and aligned interest with investors through substantial general account investments and solid risk management, having navigated numerous market crises since 1887.
Multimanager investment approach since 1988
As a group, we’ve integrated a multimanager approach for over 35 years. Today, we leverage that multimanager expertise to identify and select leading managers as part of our network.
World's largest natural capital manager
Our parent company, Manulife, is the world’s largest manager of forestry/timberland and agriculture/farmland.
Our global group footprint spans North America, Asia, and Europe, and gives us the ability to source and attract leading alternative investment managers who bring unique insight and expertise to our alternative solutions.
Our multimanager approach
Our proven track record as a multimanager is built on more than 35 years of experience from our dedicated global manager research team that identifies investment managers worldwide to complement our in-house capabilities. We're able to offer compelling alternative solutions to investors by bringing together expert knowledge and unique insight from across the alternative landscape.
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Manulife Investment Management
Established asset manager with global resources and expertise extending across equity, fixed-income, and alternative investments as well as asset allocation strategies
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Graham Capital Management
Alternative investment manager emphasizing directional trading strategies with a variety of return and volatility objectives across liquid global markets
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Long-established global asset manager investing across the equity, fixed-income, currency, and commodity markets, including multistrategy, specialty, and alternative investment approaches
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Marathon Asset Management
Established global credit manager that invests across private and public credit markets through multiple credit cycles
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Nordea Asset Management
Active asset manager pursuing alpha for clients through a multi-boutique approach, combining internal strengths with exclusive external competencies
Explore a diverse range of alternative solutions
Our diverse range of alternative strategies and capabilities offer differentiated risk and return profiles, providing potential downside protection, enhanced upside potential, and portfolio diversification. Our solutions encompass unique alternative investment opportunities that aren't widely available.
|Fund||Morningstar category||Use for|
|Morningstar category Multistrategy||Use for One-stop alternative allocation solution|
|Morningstar category Alternative Credit||Use for All-weather strategy|
|Morningstar category Macro Trading||Use for Core alternative holding|
|Morningstar category Infrastructure||Use for Managing downside risk and a potential inflation hedge|
|Morningstar category Tactical Allocation||Use for Core alternative holding|
|Morningstar category Real Estate||Use for Core alternative holding|
|Morningstar category Long-Short Equity||Use for Alternative equity holding|
Gain access to a diverse range of private equity and credit investments, and capitalize on the benefits of long-term, nonpublicly traded assets, which are available for qualified purchasers.
Contact us to learn more about our private market strategies.
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Building better portfolios with alternative investments
Financial professionals: We are here to help you navigate the alternative investing landscape by assessing how to incorporate alternative strategies into your clients' portfolios. Request a complimentary consultation on portfolio construction with alternative strategies, during which we will cover the following areas:
- How to categorize alternative strategies
- The performance blueprint of alternatives
- Effective ways to incorporate alternatives within a portfolio
- Funding strategies for alternatives based on portfolio objectives
Together, we will ensure that your clients' portfolios are well-positioned to achieve their investment goals.
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1 AUM is reported in U.S. dollars as of 12/31/22, unless state otherwise. 25+ years of experience in liquid alternatives refers to John Hancock Investment Management launching its first liquid alternative product, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), in 1997, AUM as of 3/31/23. 15+ years of experience in private equity refers to Manulife’s commitment to private equity funds since 2005, AUM refers to $14.7 billion committed in private equity funds since 2005, which represents private equity fund investments made by the Global PE&C team on behalf of the Manulife investors and managed third-party accounts since inception of the primary funds strategy in 2005; $3.1 billion invested in equity co-investments since 2006, which represents equity co-investments made by the Global PE&C team on behalf of the Manulife investors and managed third-party accounts since inception of the equity co-investment strategy in 2006; $490 million committed in secondaries since 2019, which represents investments made by the secondaries team on behalf of the Manulife investors since inception of the secondaries program in October 2019. 25+ years of experience in private credit refers to Manulife’s investments in junior credit since 1998, AUM refers to $3.3 billion invested since 1998 in junior credit, which represents junior credit investments made by the U.S.-based PE&C team on behalf of the Manulife investors and third parties since inception of the private credit program in 1998; $4.4 billion invested since 2017 in senior credit. John Hancock Asset-Based Lending Fund AUM $101.74 million as of 4/5/23. 95+ years of experience in real estate refers to experience investing on behalf of the Manulife general account, AUM refers to Manulife Investment Management Private Markets (U.S.) managing $0.9 billion of real estate equity strategies on a discretionary basis and $1.1 billion on a nondiscretionary basis, AUM is reported on a fair value basis, the methodologies used to compile the total AUM are subject to change and may not reflect regulatory AUM as reported on certain affiliates' Form ADV. 40+ years of experience in infrastructure refers to the experience of North American corporate finance. 30+ years of experience in agriculture and timberland refers to the launch of the agricultural business in 1990 for clients under Hancock Natural Resource Group, AUM refers to $10.6 billion in assets of Manulife Investment Management’s timberland group managed on a discretionary and nondiscretionary basis for the general account, its affiliates, and third-party clients; $4.2 billion in assets of Manulife Investment Management’s agriculture group managed on a discretionary and nondiscretionary basis for the general account, its affiliates, and third-party clients. 2 Investor in liquid alternatives since 1997 refers to John Hancock Investment Management launching its first liquid alternative product, a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), in 1997. Investor in private assets since 1925 refers to Manulife Investment Management investing in real estate since 1925; a long-standing foundation of industry relationships with more than 200 general partners refers to since inception of the primary funds investment strategy in August 2005 through 3/31/22, data includes both client and general account activity, the general account is not currently an advisory client as at 3/31/22. Insurance heritage since 1887 refers to Manulife founded in 1887. Multimanager investment approach since 1988 refers to employing a unique manager-of-managers approach for 35+ years since 1988. World’s largest natural capital manager refers to rankings reported by IPE research as of 2/5/23, ranking is based on total natural capital assets AUM, which includes forestry/timberland and agriculture/farmland.
Portfolios that have a greater percentage of alternatives may have greater risks. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of a loss. Alternative investments by their nature involve a substantial degree of risk, including the risk of total loss of an investor's capital. Further, alternative investments are subject to less regulation than other types of pooled investment vehicles, may be illiquid, and cannot assume that investments in the asset classes identified will be profitable or that decisions we make in the future will be profitable. Alternative investments may also involve significant use of leverage, making them substantially riskier than other investments. Stocks and bonds can decline due to adverse issuer, market, regulatory, or economic developments; foreign investing, especially in emerging markets, has additional risks, such as currency and market volatility and political and social instability; the securities of small companies are subject to higher volatility than those of larger, more established companies; and high-yield bonds are subject to additional risks, such as increased risk of default. Liquidity—the extent to which a security may be sold or a derivative position closed without negatively affecting its market value, if at all—may be impaired by reduced trading volume, heightened volatility, rising interest rates, and other market conditions. Currency transactions are affected by fluctuations in exchange rates. The fund's losses could exceed the amount invested in its currency instruments. Please see the funds' prospectuses for additional risks. Volatility measures performance fluctuation, may not be indicative of future risk, and is not a predictor of returns. Past performance does not guarantee future results.