Manulife Financial

    Manulife Financial Corp. history, profile and corporate video

     Manulife Financial Corp. provides financial protection and wealth management products and services. Its products and services include individual life insurance, group life and health insurance, long-term care insurance, pension products, annuities and mutual funds. The company also provides investment management services with respect to the company’s general fund assets, segregated fund assets, mutual funds, and to the institutional customers. It also offers specialized property and aviation catastrophe risk reinsurance products. The company operates business through three divisions: Asia, Canada and the U.S. It also offers asset management services through its Investment division, operating as Manulife Asset Management. The Asia division offers a diverse portfolio of protection, savings and wealth management products and services to meet the needs of individuals and corporate customers. The Canadian division is one of financial services organizations in Canada. Its portfolio includes protection and savings products and services available through a diversified distribution base, to meet the needs of a broad marketplace. The company’s individual life and living benefits insurance products are aimed at middle and upper-income individuals and business owners. Its Affinity markets business offers life, health and specialty products, such as travel insurance, through alternative distribution channels, as well as direct to customer marketing. The group life, health, disability and retirement products and services are marketed to Canadian employers. Its individual wealth management products include mutual funds, fixed and variable annuities, GICs and high interest savings accounts. In addition, through Manulife Bank of Canada and Manulife Trust Co. offers a variety of lending and deposit products including fixed and variable rate mortgages, Manulife One product, as well as investment loans, GICs and investment savings accounts. The Canadian division operates through three businesses segments: Individual Insurance, Individual Wealth Management and Group Businesses. The Individual Insurance segment offers a range of insurance solutions including universal life, term life, whole life and living benefits products. This segment focuses on a combination of competitive products, professional advice and quality customer service to increase market share in the middle- and upper-income individual, family and business markets. The Individual Insurance operates through two business segments: Individual Insurance Centre and Affinity Markets. The Individual Insurance Centre segment markets a portfolio of living benefits products. These products include critical illness, disability coverage and long-term care, providing a suite of living benefit options for a growing market. The Affinity Markets segment provides life, living benefits, health and travel insurance to affinity organizations in Canada. These products are marketed to members of professional, alumni and retiree associations, financial and retail institutions, and direct to customers. The Individual Wealth Management segment offers savings and retirement products and services include annuities, guaranteed investment accounts, mutual funds and structured products, as well as deposit and lending solutions through Manulife Bank and Manulife Trust. The group business operates through two business segments: Group Benefits and Group Retirement Solutions. The Group Benefits segment offers a range of group life and health insurance products and services. The Group Retirement segment offers a broad variety of flexible retirement savings products for Canadian employers and organizations, including defined contribution pension plans, deferred profit sharing plans, non-registered savings plans, employee share ownership plans, group annuities, and investment-only services for defined benefit plans. The U.S. Division operates through two reporting segments: U.S. Insurance and U.S. Wealth Management. The U.S. Insurance segment consists of JH life and JH long term care businesses, offers life, wealth accumulation and long-term care insurance solutions to select markets. The International Group segment also offers international employee benefits management to multinational corporations. The U.S. Wealth Management segment consists of JH Wealth Asset Management and JH annuities businesses, provides clients with wealth management solutions for personal, family and business needs. It offers services to individual and group customers in Asia, Canada and the U.S. The company was founded on April 6, 1999 and is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

    “Manulife Financial: Historic Milestones

    Since welcoming its first customers more than 125 years ago, Manulife Financial has grown into a leading global financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. 

    The company’s deep history began in 1887 under Sir John A. Macdonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister who was also Manulife’s first president.

    Manulife began expanding internationally in 1893 with operations in the Caribbean, quickly followed by entry to Asia in 1897 and the United States in 1903. 

    In the 1980s and 1990s Manulife grew through mergers and acquisitions, leading to its largest acquisition to date, the 2004 integration of U.S. based John Hancock Financial Services. That made Manulife at the time the largest life insurer in Canada, second largest in North America, and fifth largest in the world.

    In 2008 Gail Cook-Bennett became the first female Chair of the Board and in 2009, Donald Guloien became our 13th president. You’ll find more details on these and other milestones below.

    Explore our history section to learn about how we became the first Canadian life insurance company to open a bank. 

    As Manulife has grown, our brand has evolved. Follow the changes in our logo and brand identity over the past 150 years.

    Did you know that George Gooderham and his sons were presidents of Manufacturers Life for a combined total of 47 years?  Explore how each of our company presidents has navigated Manulife towards today’s global reach across Canada, the U.S. and Asia. “

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