Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services company with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Since welcoming its first customers in 1887, Manulife has built a significant global presence by providing customers with strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of more than 84,000 employees and agents offers our clients a broad range of financial protection and wealth management products and services. We offer personal, commercial, corporate and investment banking products to millions of customers across our three operating divisions: Asia, Canada and the United States, each of which represents about one third of our overall business.
Manulife has a demonstrated business expertise in Asia dating back more than 100 years. Since issuing our first Asian policy in Shanghai in 1897, we have pursued strong, sustained growth and remained a leading provider of financial protection and wealth management products in Asia. We are relentlessly focused on helping Asian customers prepare for their future, and that focus drives our growth strategy and underpins our commitment to the region. Now diversified across Asia, including some of the world’s largest and fastest-growing economies, we have deep roots and an expanded operational footprint across all of this important region. We have more than 50,000 contracted agents selling our products and have expanded our distribution capabilities to include more than 100 bank partnerships and more than 500 dealers, independent agents and brokers. Learn more about our operations in Asia.
For more than 125 years, Canadians have turned to Manulife for the big financial decisions in their lives. The company’s first president was also Canada’s first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. Today, we have grown into a team of more than 8,600 employees, serving one in every five Canadians. Our portfolio includes a full range of protection and savings products and services available through a diversified distribution base, meeting the needs of a broad marketplace. Manulife Investments offers an extensive range of products and services, while Manulife Bank became Canada's first insurance-company owned bank in 1993. More than 16,000 Canadian businesses entrust their employee benefit programs to Manulife’s Group Benefits, while Manulife Private Wealth offers a unique, seamless and integrated approach to wealth management for affluent clients. Manulife was recently named one of Interbrand’s Top 25 Best Canadian Brands. Learn more about our operations in Canada.
In the United States, Manulife operates as John Hancock, which celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2012. With more than 6,300 employees, John Hancock’s core retail products in the U.S. focus on providing financial solutions at every stage of the lives of our customers. We distribute our products primarily through licensed financial advisors and through John Hancock Financial Network, a national network of independent firms. John Hancock is the number one provider of target Lifestyle Portfolios in the United States based on assets invested in Annuities, Retirement Plan Services, Variable Life Insurance and Mutual Funds. Since 2008, our Variable Universal Life products have been the number one choice for meeting the estate, business and retirement planning needs of America’s most discriminating consumers. John Hancock has become a household name in the U.S. with 94 per cent overall brand recognition according to a Chadwick Martin Bailey study. Learn more about our operations in the United States – less