Asset allocation at John Hancock Investment Management

Asset allocation portfolios are a great way to get diversified exposure to financial markets in a single step. Our multimanager asset allocation portfolios bring together some of the best specialized investment teams from around the world.

Asset allocation funds are designed to help:

  • Provide broad exposure to financial markets
  • Provide diversification potential through a mix of asset classes, investment styles, and asset managers


Why diversify? Because markets are unpredictable

Different types of investments react differently to market forces. As a result, today's asset class leader may be tomorrow's laggard. A diversified investment approach that includes a range of asset classes can help you pursue your long-term financial goals while managing the risks along the way.

There's no telling which asset class will be the best performing from year to year

Annual returns of asset class categories


A deeper level of diversification from a leader in multi-asset investing

  • We believe diversification should extend beyond asset classes to include multiple investment styles and multiple managers.
  • Our expertise in multi-asset investing dates back to 1995, with our first suite of portfolios employing multiple asset managers.
  • Since then, we've been at the forefront of portfolio design, introducing a wide array of new and alternative strategies into our asset allocation portfolios to strengthen their diversification benefits for individual and institutional investors.

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of a loss.


At John Hancock Investment Management, our history of asset allocation leadership and innovation spans over two decades


Our asset allocation franchise represents more than a third of the $125 billion in client assets under management.

Asset allocation
U.S. equity
Fixed income
International equity

Open architecture

The industry-leading asset allocation team we’ve hired at Manulife Investment Management implements a rigorous, multimanager portfolio construction process to harness expert ideas from some of the best specialized investment firms from around the world.

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Monitoring each portfolio team for the repeatability of its investment process and management of risk

Multiple asset classes

Both within and beyond traditional equity and fixed income

Multiple styles

Continual exposure to a variety of strategies, as different characteristics go in and out of favor

Multiple managers

A diversity of approaches from some of the world’s best managers

Representative example for illustrative purposes only.

Finding the best specialized manager for every underlying allocation

John Hancock asset allocation portfolios—including our target-risk and target-date funds—harness the expertise of some of the best investment managers in the business, each with a distinct philosophy and approach.

Axiom Investors
Bain Capital Credit
Boston Partners
Deutesche Asset and Wealth Management
Dimensional Fund Advisors
Epoch Investment Partners
First Quadrant
Franklin Templeton
Graham Capital Management
GW&K Investment Management
Manulife Investment Management
Nordea Asset Management
Pictet Asset Management
Stone Harbor Investment Partners
T. Rowe Price
Wellington Management
Wells Capital Management

Explore our asset allocation funds

At John Hancock Investment Management, our asset allocation funds are designed to pursue a range of investor goals. We’ve offered asset allocation strategies to individual and institutional investors for more than 20 years, and today we oversee $141 billion in asset allocation assets across a range of strategies, managed by some of the best specialized portfolio teams from around the world.

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The portfolio’s performance depends on the advisor’s skill in determining asset class allocations, the mix of underlying funds, and the performance of those underlying funds. The portfolio is subject to the same risks as the underlying funds and exchange-traded funds in which it invests: 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. Please see the portfolios’ prospectuses for additional risks. This material is not intended to be, nor shall it be interpreted or construed as, a recommendation or providing advice, impartial or otherwise. John Hancock Investment Management and its representatives and affiliates may receive compensation derived from the sale of and/or from any investment made in its products and services. 


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