International investing at John Hancock Investment Management

Investing in international stocks can help you expand portfolio opportunities outside the United States while adding diversification potential. Trends now taking place in global markets make the case for international equities 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


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 nearly half of the global market

MSCI AC World Index, as of 12/31/19


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

Average international equity allocation for U.S. financial advisors' moderate risk portfolio models


In terms of growing wealth, the United States trails most other major countries

Average annual percentage growth of wealth per adult in local currencies, selected countries, 2000–2019

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Asia's share of the global middle class is growing fastest, while the shares of North America and Europe shrink

Percentage share of the global middle-class population by region, 2015, and forecasts for 2020, 2025, and 2030


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.


Valuations and dividend yields are more attractive in developed and emerging markets than in the United States

Forward price-to-earnings and price-to-book ratios and dividend yields of selected U.S. and international equity indexes, 12/31/19

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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.

Axiom Investors
Boston Common Asset Management
Boston Partners
Dimensional Fund Advisors
Epoch Investment Partners
Manulife Investment Management
Pictet Asset Management
Wellington Management

Explore our international equity funds

At John Hancock Investment Management, 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 more than $27 billion in international equities across a range of strategies, managed by some of the best specialized portfolio teams from around the world.

JDVIX Disciplined Value International Fund Boston Partners Foreign Large Value Core international holding
JTQIX ESG International Equity Fund Boston Common Asset Management Foreign Large Blend Opportunistic international holding
JEMMX Emerging Markets Equity Fund Manulife Investment Management Diversified Emerging Markets International diversification
JEVIX Emerging Markets Fund Dimensional Fund Advisors Diversified Emerging Markets International diversification
JFGIX Fundamental Global Franchise Fund Manulife Investment Management World Large Stock Blend Concentrated global holding
JABVX Global Environmental Opportunities Fund Pictet Asset Management World Large-Stock Growth Unconstrained global holding
JGEFX Global Equity Fund Manulife Investment Management World Large Stock Blend Concentrated global holding
JGYIX Global Shareholder Yield Fund Epoch Investment Partners World Large Stock Value Global dividend income
JTKIX Global Thematic Opportunities Fund Pictet Asset Management World Large Stock Blend Unconstrained global holding
HEQ Hedged Equity & Income Fund Wellington Management World Large Stock Value Diversifying sources of income
JIJIX International Dynamic Growth Fund Axiom Investors Foreign Large Growth International growth opportunities
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
JHMD Multifactor Developed International ETF Dimensional Fund Advisors Foreign Large Blend Core international holding
JHEM Multifactor Emerging Markets ETF Dimensional Fund Advisors Diversified Emerging Markets Core international holding
HTY Tax-Advantaged Global Shareholder Yield Fund Multiple managers World Large Stock Value Global tax-sensitive dividend income


As of 3/23/18, John Hancock International Growth Fund is closed to new investors.

Investing involves risks, including the potential loss of principal. These products carry many individual risks, including some that are unique to each fund. Please see each fund's prospectus to learn all of the risks associated with each investment. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of a loss.

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