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Manulife fixed income teams awarded new assets

Manulife Asset Management has been awarded a new fixed income mandate from a US public fund and has also given additional funding from an existing US public pension fund client.  

The North Dakota State Investment Board, headquartered in Bismarck, approved a strategic allocation from its Permanent Fund, to be funded over time and managed by Manulife Asset Management's securitised assets team in its Total Return Bond Strategy.
The Springfield-based Teachers' Retirement System of the State of Illinois significantly increased its allocation to the firm's Strategic Fixed Income Strategy, with an additional award of more than USD200m, which is managed by the firm's global multi-sector team.
"We are honoured to be selected by the North Dakota State Investment Board and to have received additional funding from Illinois Teachers. We are committed to providing superior investment management and client service to these important accounts," says Christopher Conkey, global chief investment officer. "Recently we have gained a good deal of momentum with our Strategic Fixed Income and Securitized Assets Strategies, as clients have increasingly sought creative investment solutions within the fixed income space."  
Portfolio managers Bond Griffin, Peter Farley and Jeff Given of Manulife Asset Management's securitised assets team are managing the North Dakota assignment.  The investment strategy for the Permanent Fund consists primarily of senior securitized assets of moderate duration across the residential and commercial mortgage areas. Over the past five years, the securitised assets team has managed four other strategies for North Dakota's Pension Fund ranging from distressed mortgages to high quality CMBS. The North Dakota Permanent Fund was created in 2010 to hold and invest tax revenue from oil and gas production in the state.
The additional funding from Illinois Teachers' represents a follow-on investment into their Strategic Fixed Income portfolio which is managed by Daniel S. Janis III, Thomas Goggins and Kisoo Park of Manulife Asset Management's global multi-sector team. The Strategic Fixed Income Strategy's investment team believes that by expanding the investment universe to include multiple sectors and currencies, it can increase the potential to add value through income generation and capital appreciation while at the same time, seeking to reduce volatility-related risk.  

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