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Manulife Investment Management’s Global Intelligence report assesses risks and opportunities in a time of global change and historic headwinds


Examines growing existential risks for investment considerations

BOSTON and TORONTO, October 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Manulife Investment Management today released its latest Global Intelligence report, highlighting new research from the firm’s investment teams across public and private asset classes. Titled “Historic Headwinds”, the report explores topics related to some of the biggest challenges of 2022, from Russia invasion of Ukraine and soaring inflation in rural banking deserts and pandemic-related structural changes. Key themes include global food security, political instability, carbon offsets, climate solutions to the global energy crisis and the broader impact on sovereign bond markets, as well as the role that governments and asset managers assets can play to help fill from Asia to widen the pension income gap between the sexes.

“Capital markets are facing a confluence of headwinds this year like they’ve never been seen in a generation,” said Paul Lorentz, CEO, Manulife Investment Management.While we will continue to seek opportunities to build resilient portfolios for our clients, we are pleased to also share our investment research, which seeks to explore the potential longer-term impacts of today’s events.”

Global Intelligence topics include:

  • Food shortage, energy insecurity: assessing the sovereign ESG risks of the RussiaUkraine conflictThis article examines sovereign ESG risks, including second-order economic and socio-political upheavals in Europe, triggered by Russia invasion of Ukraine.
  • Carbon the use of credit is reshaping forest investmentsGlobal forestland experts explain how the accelerating evolution of carbon markets and the subsequent need to incorporate carbon values ​​are changing the traditional reckoning of forestland owners.
  • Food price inflation: 10 implications—We examine the impact of food price inflation on economies around the world. The article explains why food security must be recognized as a major investment risk with far-reaching economic, social and geopolitical implications. For example, these effects include growing wealth inequality and heightened geopolitical tensions between developed and emerging countries.
  • Building Community: A New Look at the Role of U.S. Regional Banks—We assess the gap between the reputation of U.S. regional banks and the needs they serve and detail how the services these institutions provide improve conditions for consumers and society by facilitating small business financing, serving as an oasis in the banking deserts of predominantly rural areas and filling a critical need in traditionally underserved banking sectors.
  • Observe from Asia gender disparities in retirement—This article explores the gender-related challenges and opportunities found in hong kong, Taiwan, Indonesiaand Malaysia that drive gender inequality in retirement, concluding that structural imbalances at every stage of women’s lives are responsible for financial challenges later in life.

More information and the full report are available here.

About Manulife Investment Management

Manulife Investment Management is the global brand for the global wealth and asset management business of Manulife Financial Corporation. We draw on more than a century of financial stewardship and all the resources of our parent company to serve individuals, institutions and pension plan members around the world. Based at Toronto, our industry-leading capabilities in public and private markets are bolstered by an investment footprint that spans 19 geographies. We complement these capabilities by providing access to a network of unaffiliated asset managers around the world. We are committed to investing responsibly in our business. We develop innovative global frameworks for sustainable investing, collaborate 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 pension plans. Today, plan sponsors around the world rely on our expertise in pension plan administration and investment to help their employees plan, save and live a better retirement. Not all offers are available in all jurisdictions. For more information, please visit manuvieim.com.

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