Manila -- Manulife Investment Management and Trust Corporation (Manulife IM [Philippines]) has recently launched the Manulife Global Thematic Opportunities Equity Feeder Fund, an equity feeder unit investment trust fund (UITF) that aims to achieve capital growth by investing in a collective investment scheme (the “Target Fund”). The Target Fund invests mainly in equities and equity-related securities of companies throughout the world. The Target Fund applies a sustainable strategy that aims to achieve a positive environmental and social impact by investing mainly in companies that benefit from global long-term themes resulting from secular changes in economic, social, and environmental factors such as demographics, lifestyle, or regulations.
The Target Fund uses a rigorous approach to identify and prioritize 13 investable themes that occupy intersections of multiple megatrends, namely: biotech, clean energy, digital, environment, health, living more fulfilling lives, nutrition, premium brands, robotics, security, smart city, timber, and water.
"Thematic investing is different from traditional investment styles because it harnesses the power of global megatrends set to structurally change the way we live, how society operates, and how business gets done,” said Aira Gaspar, President and Chief Executive Officer, Manulife IM Philippines.
“Through its investment in the Target Fund, the Manulife Global Thematic Opportunities Equity Feeder Fund provides investors access to companies that have a true competitive advantage within their segment of the market, which is benefiting from multiple megatrend-based tailwinds,” Gaspar added.
The Manulife Global Thematic Opportunities Feeder Fund offers investors broad diversification benefits given the Target Fund’s unconstrained and focused approach across a diverse range of sectors, companies and geographies, creating an investment universe which has a low overlap with global equity indices. Alongside this, the Target Fund employs a sustainable approach integrating environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors and activities that drive a positive impact in the investment process.
Investors may avail of the Fund for as low as PHP5,000 or USD100.
To know more, interested clients may contact a Manulife Wealth Specialist or visit www.manulifeim.com.ph. The Fund is also available on iFunds, Manulife IM Philippines’ digital investment platform.
About Manulife Investment Management and Trust Corporation
Manulife Investment Management and Trust Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Phils.) Inc. (Manulife Philippines). It acquired its trust and other fiduciary business license from the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas in 2017 and started operations in September 2017. It operates under the brand name of Manulife Investment Management, the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. For additional information, please visit www.manulifeim.com.ph.
About Manulife Philippines
The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company opened its doors for business in the Philippines in 1907. Since then, Manulife’s Philippine Branch and later The Manufacturers Life Insurance Co. (Phils.), Inc. (Manulife Philippines) has grown to become one of the country’s leading life insurance companies. Manulife Philippines is a wholly-owned domestic subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation, among the world’s largest life insurance companies by market capitalization. Learn more about Manulife Philippines by visiting their website www.manulife.com.ph and following them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/ManulifePH), Twitter (@ManulifePH), and Instagram (@manulifeph).
About Manulife Investment Management
Manulife Investment Management is the global brand for the global wealth and asset management segment of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than a century of financial stewardship and the full resources of our parent company to serve individuals, institutions, and retirement plan members worldwide. Headquartered in Toronto, our leading capabilities in public and private markets are strengthened by an investment footprint that spans 18 geographies. We complement these capabilities by providing access to a network of unaffiliated asset managers from around the world. We’re committed to investing responsibly across our businesses. We develop innovative global frameworks for sustainable investing, collaboratively engage with companies in our securities portfolios, and maintain a high standard of stewardship where we own and operate assets, and we believe in supporting financial well-being through our workplace retirement plans. Today, plan sponsors around the world rely on our retirement plan administration and investment expertise to help their employees plan for, save for, and live a better retirement. Not all offerings are available in all jurisdictions.
For additional information, please visit manulifeim.com.
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