International investing at John Hancock Investments

Investing outside the United States can help you expand portfolio opportunities while adding diversification potential. Trends now taking place in non-U.S. markets make the case for international investing even stronger.


International equity funds are designed to help:

  • Pursue capital appreciation 
  • Expand portfolio opportunities beyond the United States 
  • Provide diversification from U.S. equities

EXPLORE OUR FUNDS

International equity funds are designed to help:

  • Pursue capital appreciation 
  • Expand portfolio opportunities beyond the United States 
  • Provide diversification from U.S. equities

EXPLORE OUR FUNDS

The share of the global stock market represented by non-U.S. companies is large and growing. Yet many U.S. investors haven’t kept pace, resulting in portfolios that have a home country bias and leave nearly half the world’s equity opportunities on the table.

International equities are half of the 
global market 

MSCI AC World Index, as of 12/31/17

Yet most individual investors allocate only a 
small percentage to international stocks

Average international equity allocation

pie chart

16%

Individual investors 
portfolio

20%

Endowment funds portfolio

International markets have periods of outperformance

Historically, non-U.S. stocks and U.S. stocks have alternated in cycles of performance, with one leading the other for an extended period of time before reversing.

The case for international investing has never been stronger

Growth and earnings are turning up

  •  Six of the largest non-U.S. developed economies are showing expansionary Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) readings, led by Germany. 
  • We’ve also seen a sharp improvement in earnings expectations from non-U.S. companies, albeit off low levels.
Top 5 countries in the MSCI EAFE Index by market capitalization vs. the U.S.

Valuations and dividend yields are more attractive overseas

After lagging U.S. markets as a whole since the financial crisis of 2008–2009, the valuations of many international stocks, measured by forward P/E ratios, are lower than their counterparts in the United States, while their dividend yields are higher.

Key foreign currencies have strengthened versus the dollar

  • Currency markets reflected the shift in economic momentum entering 2017, and the euro and other currencies rallied relative to the U.S. dollar.
  • This reversal turned what had been a negative for dollar-denominated investment returns into a positive, as strength in foreign currencies is favorable for U.S. investors’ international equity returns after local currencies are translated into dollars.

Finding the best specialized manager for every fund we offer

Our multimanager approach puts us in a unique position to evaluate the skill sets, track records, and experience of today's portfolio managers, and our international lineup features a range of portfolios managed by some of the industry's best teams.

Boston Partners
Dimensional Fund Advisors
John Hancock Asset Management
Wellington Management
Epoch Investment Partners
Boston Common Asset Management

Explore our international equity funds

At John Hancock Investments, our international equity funds are designed to address a range of investor needs. We’ve offered international equity strategies to individual and institutional investors for more than 30 years, and today we oversee over $13 billion in international equities across a range of strategies, managed by some of the best specialized portfolio teams from around the world.

TICKER FUND NAME MANAGED BY MORNINGSTAR CATEGORY USE FOR
JDVIX Disciplined Value International Fund Boston Partners Foreign Large Blend Core international holding
JTQIX ESG International Equity Fund Boston Common Asset Management Foreign Large Growth Opportunistic international holding
JEMMX Emerging Markets Equity Fund John Hancock Asset Management Diversified Emerging Markets International diversification
JEVIX Emerging Markets Fund Dimensional Fund Advisors Diversified Emerging Markets International diversification
JFGIX Fundamental Global Franchise Fund John Hancock Asset Management World Large Stock Concentrated global holding
JGEFX Global Equity Fund John Hancock Asset Management World Large Stock Concentrated global holding
JGYIX Global Shareholder Yield Fund Epoch Investment Partners World Large Stock Global dividend income
JCOIX Greater China Opportunities Fund John Hancock Asset Management China Region Focused emerging-market equity holding
HEQ Hedged Equity & Income Fund Wellington Management Closed-End World Large Stock Diversifying sources of income
GOGIX International Growth Fund Wellington Management Foreign Large Growth Core international holding
JSCIX International Small Company Fund Dimensional Fund Advisors Foreign Small/Mid Blend Growth opportunities and portfolio diversification
JIEEX International Value Equity Fund John Hancock Asset Management Foreign Large Value Core international holding
JHMD Multifactor Developed International ETF Dimensional Fund Advisors Foreign Large Blend Core international holding
HTY Tax-Advantaged Global Shareholder Yield Fund Multiple managers Closed-End World Large Stock Global tax-sensitive dividend income

 

Investing involves risks, including the potential loss of principal. These products carry many individual risks, including some that are unique to each fund.

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


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