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Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS)

What is absolute return investing?

Most conventional investment funds only reward investors when markets go up. Absolute return funds seek to deliver positive absolute returns over the medium to long term whether markets are rising or falling. Most do this by applying a range of low correlation, diversified investment strategies that aim to generate positive returns whatever the market conditions. These strategies are devised so that if any individual strategy produces a negative return, positive returns from other strategies should be able to compensate.

What is GARS?

The Global Absolute Return Strategies (GARS) mandate aims to deliver positive absolute returns over the medium to long term in all market conditions. GARS is a global success story, accessible from Manulife as a segregated fund or private mutual fund*. Both invest in the underlying GARS strategies managed by Standard Life Investments Limited.


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*The segregated fund and private mutual fund each invests substantially all of its assets in Canadian dollar hedged Class Z shares of the Standard Life Investments Global SICAV Global Absolute Return Strategies Fund (the “underlying fund”). The GARS Fund refers to the underlying fund and “GARS’’ refers to the Global Absolute Return Strategy created in the UK in 2006. The assets of the GARS Fund are managed by Standard Life Investments Limited (UK).

**Managed by Manulife Investments, a division of Manulife Asset Management Limited. Available on a private placement basis to investors who meet certain eligibility requirements.  Please refer to the Confidential Offering Memorandum for details. 

***The Manufacturers Life Insurance Company is the issuer of Manulife segregated fund contracts and the guarantor of any guarantee provisions therein.

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