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Manulife Investments and Dimensional Fund Advisors to launch multifactor ETFs


Manulife Investments is to launch a series of multifactor exchange traded funds (ETFs) in partnership with Dimensional Fund Advisors Canada ULC (DFAC) as sub-adviser.

Founded in 1981, Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, DFAC's parent company, is a global investment manager with USD460 billion in AUM (as at 31 December 2016) and a long record of applying insights from academic research into a systematic investment process across asset classes.
The firm focuses on the factors that have been shown to have the potential for higher expected returns, which is based in part on the research of Nobel Laureate Eugene Fama and renowned researcher Kenneth French, both of whom serve on Dimensional's board of directors. The ETFs will seek to track indexes designed by Dimensional which leverage their time-tested, factor-based approach.
Manulife Investments will launch four multifactor equity ETF strategies spanning multiple geographies (Canadian large cap, developed international, US large cap and US mid cap).
"A key component of our strategy is to employ only the highest quality managers for our investment platform, and that's precisely what we have gained with our Dimensional partnership," says Bernard Letendre, president, Manulife Investments. "ETFs have become an essential component of investors' portfolios, now we can offer Canadians a best-in-class product managed by the bench strength of Dimensional."
"Dimensional has applied advanced financial science to investment solutions for more than 35 years and our approach is rooted in decades of research into the factors that drive higher expected returns," says Eduardo Repetto, co-CEO and co-CIO of Dimensional. "We are excited to work with Manulife to bring our investment approach to the Canadian ETF market." 
Manulife Investments' ETFs are scheduled to launch in April 2017.

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