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"After the heightened volatility of the past few years, plan sponsors and record-keepers are starting to embrace investments and strategies that are less correlated with traditional stock and bond markets," said
Respondents in a January Ignites reader poll seemed to agree, predicting that liquid alternatives would be the top asset-gathering category in 2014, due both to their potential to generate returns and to the lukewarm outlook for traditional equity and fixed-income products.
"John Hancock Investments has provided access to alternative investments through our unique manager-of-managers approach for nearly two decades," said
Among the firm's successful strategies in DC plans is the
Another fund that has been finding an audience in retirement plans is the
"Retirement plan sponsors and participants are finding multiple benefits in this all-in-one approach," said Cassler. "Because the assets are professionally allocated among multiple alternative strategies and managers, participants don't need to worry about being conversant with all the details of all the strategies. At the same time, plan sponsors are able to add this varied alternative asset category in a single, diversified option."
John Hancock Investments' commitment to alternative investments continues to grow. Recently, the firm announced the launch of two new alternative funds managed by Wellington Management.
About John Hancock Investments
John Hancock Investments provides asset management services to individuals and institutions through a unique manager-of-managers approach. We combine unbiased asset management with vigorous investment oversight to offer investors a deeper level of diversification and proven results across asset classes. A wealth management business of John Hancock Financial, we managed more than
About John Hancock Financial and
John Hancock Financial is a division of
The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, is one of the largest life insurers in
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