John Hancock

John Hancock merged with the Manulife Financial Corporation in 2004. John Hancock is a large and diversified financial service company offering products in the areas of annuities, life insurance, college savings, mutual funds, 401k, fixed income products and long-term care.

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Product Review of John Hancock Inflation Guard
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Product Review of John Hancock Inflation Guard
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Product Review of John Hancock Inflation Guard
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John Hancock Annuities announced the release of a new fixed annuity product that provides owners with inflation protection. 

The “Inflation Guard” product offers principal protection through a fixed interest rate that is guaranteed through the first year of the contract. 

After the first year, the interest rate is floating.  This floating rate is based on a rate of inflation that is derived from the year-over-year change in the Consumer Price Index-Urban or “CPI-U.”  

A guaranteed margin is added to this inflation-based rate.  The margin is determined when the contract starts.  

The interest rate has a floor or minimum as well as a cap or maximum.  The floor is never less than zero.  Interest rates are determined on a weekly basis by John Hancock.

Source: Market Watch

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Some of the world's largest asset managers are working on development of fund offerings that include features such as income guarantees or principal protection.

In contrast to standalone living benefits, the new products would actually be embedded into a mutual fund offering.

Firms such as Pimco, Russell Investments and John Hancock have expressed strong interest in and are actively developing such offerings.

The availability of lower cost insurance features and regulatory complexities are major obstacles at the moment.  Counterparty or credit risk is also a concern among advisors who would distribute the products.

Source: Investment News

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Variable annuity sales in the United States continue to decline in the wake of the financial crisis and capital market turmoil.

First quarter sales of variable annuities totaled $30.4 billion.  This represents a 26% decrease from the same period a year ago.

Total variable annuity sales for 2008 totaled $154.8 billion, a drop of 15.1% from 2007.

The top 5 variable annuity companies in terms of revenue were lead by MetLife:

By individual companies, MetLife re-captured the No. 1 spot, with $3.7 billion in sales for the first quarter, according to Morningstar. In second place was TIAA-CREF, with sales of $3.5 billion; Axa/MONY ranked third with nearly $2.9 billion in sales, while Prudential Financial/American Skandia/Allstate took fourth place, with sales of $2.1 billion. Rounding out the top five was John Hancock Life Insurance Co., with $2 billion in first-quarter sales, according to Morningstar.

Source: Trading Markets

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