Manulife Strengthens Partnership with Aviva

Manulife's customers can now manage their portfolios more efficiently with Navigator's investment platform

22 September 2009, Singapore – Manulife and Aviva, two leading providers of protection, savings, health and investment products, today expanded their partnership by customising Navigator's investment platform and providing full administration support to Manulife's unit trust business. Manulife customers can now manage their unit trust investment portfolios more efficiently and at a lower cost.

"Navigator provides online investment tracking and consolidated reporting, this means our customers can manage their portfolios with their Manulife financial planner more efficiently. Navigator also provides savings on CPF agent bank charges. By lowering the cost of investing and making it hassle free, this can help our customers further in achieving their investment objectives," said Mr. Darren Thomson, President & CEO of Manulife (Singapore) Pte Ltd. "Navigator administration service is important in our unit trust platform that helps us in providing a one-stop financial solution to address our customers' needs," Darren continued.

"Aviva's enhanced partnership with Manulife is a huge endorsement of our offerings by an industry peer. This collaboration increases Navigator's market share in the non-bank unit trust space, and expands our distribution reach, as Aviva continues to strengthen our multi-channel distribution network to provide consumers the freedom to purchase our products from a diverse range of channels," said Mr. Simon Newman, managing director for Aviva Singapore.

Among the fastest growing investment platform in the market today, offering a range of more than 400 unit trust funds in Singapore, Navigator is Aviva's portfolio administration service, which brings together products and tools for customers to manage their diverse portfolio through a single access point. The investment platform's comprehensive service and support include consolidated statements, online transactions, and dedicated back-end support such as access to technical and market updates, tailored assistance, and call centre support.

Aviva's partnership with Manulife began in August 2007, when Manulife started offering its customers a selection of Aviva's group and medical insurance plans. The deepened partnership between the two insurers signals further confidence in the market recovery.

About Aviva
Aviva is the world's fifth largest* insurance group, serving 50 million customers across Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

Aviva's main business activities are long-term savings, fund management and general insurance, with worldwide total sales of S$133.64 billion and funds under management of S$789.20 billion as at 31 December 2008.

*based on gross worldwide premiums as at 31 December 2008

About Manulife Financial
Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 22 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were Cdn$421 billion (US$362 billion) as at June 30, 2009.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at

For more information, please contact:

Tan Kok Kuan
Edelman Public Relations
Tel:  6347 2323

Manulife (Singapore) Pte Ltd
Cindy Cheng
Assistant Vice President, Marketing
DID:  6833 8162