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With that, I’d like to turn the call over to Donald Guloien, our President and Chief Executive Officer. Donald?Donald GuloienThank you, Anthony. Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us today. We’re joined on the call by our CFO, Steve Roder, as well as several members of our senior management team, including our U.S. General Manager, Jim Boyle; our Canadian General Manager, Paul Rooney; our Asia General Manager, Bob Cook; Warren Thomson, our Chief Investment Officer; Scott Hartz, our Executive Vice President, General Account Investments; Cindy Forbes, our Chief Actuary; and Rahim Hirji, our Chief Risk Officer.This morning we announced our second quarter 2012 financial results. While the volatility of equity markets and lower interest rates took their toll, I’m pleased that we made substantive progress against our strategic priorities. We delivered excellent operating results and prudently managed our capital and financial position.I would like to start off with a few comments on our substantial progress with our strategic priorities. We delivered record insurance sales in Asia with many highlights, two of which are our entry into Cambodia and build out our distribution network with Bank Danamon in Indonesia. We achieved record funds under management, all-time records under, funds under management despite the turbulence in markets. Solid growth by the Manulife Bank and our group pension businesses in North America. Our balanced Canadian franchise continued its steady advance with strong sales across multiple lines with desirable margins and risk profiles and cross-selling between the segments. We further improved our business mix in the United States and generated positive net flows in mutual funds and 401(k) despite the challenging markets.
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