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John Hancock Funds Honored At 2013 Lipper Fund Awards

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife Financial, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, the Company offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$532 billion ( US$535 billion) as at December 31, 2012. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, annuities, fixed products, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

The John Hancock Core High Yield Fund I (JYIAX) Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13 in the High Yield category:1 Year 21% (111/528)3 Years 1% (2/437)5 Years NA10 Years NA

The John Hancock Disciplined Value Mid Cap Fund I (JVMIX) Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13 in the Multi-Cap Core category:1 Year 8% (62/776)3 Years 4% (21/659)5 Years 2% (6/580)10 Years 3% (7/344)

The John Hancock Strategic Income Opportunities Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13 in the Global Income category:1 Year 6% (11/202)3 Years 7% (10/142)5 Years 1% (1/110)10 Years NA

The John Hancock Active Bond Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13 in the General Bond category:1 Year 36% (25/70)3 Years 32% (16/50)5 Years 31% (8/25)10 Years NA

The John Hancock Global Shareholder Yield Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13 in the Global Multi-Cap Value category:1 Year 39% (32/82)3 Years 3% (2/68)5 Years NA10 Years NA

The John Hancock International Small Cap Fund NAV Lipper Rankings as of 2/28/13 in the International Small/Mid Cap Core category:1 Year 28% (14/50)3 Years 22% (9/40)5 Years 15% (5/33)10 Years NA

Lipper Awards are granted annually to the funds in each Lipper classification that achieve the highest score for Consistent Return, a measure of funds' historical risk-adjusted returns, measured in local currency, relative to peers.  Winners are selected using the Lipper Leader rating for Consistent Return for funds with at least 36 months of performance history as of 11/30/12.  Awards are presented for the highest Lipper Leader for Consistent Return within each eligible classification over 3, 5 or 10 years. Other share classes may have different performance and expense characteristics. Class I and Class NAV shares are not available for purchase by all investors. Lipper Analytical Services, Inc. is an independent mutual fund research and rating service. Although Lipper makes reasonable efforts to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the data contained herein, the accuracy is not guaranteed by Lipper. Lipper awards are not intended to predict future results. Past performance does not guarantee future results.

Fixed-income investments are subject to interest rate and credit risk; their value will normally decline as interest rates rise or if the creditor is unable or unwilling to make principal or interest payments. Investments in higher-yielding, lower-rated securities involve additional risks as these securities include a higher risk of default and loss of principal. The issuer or grantor of a security, or counterparty to a transaction, may be unable or unwilling to make principal, interest or settlement payments. Frequently trading securities may increase transaction costs (thus lowering performance) and taxable distributions. The use of hedging and derivatives transactions could produce disproportionate gains or losses and may increase volatility and costs. Foreign investing, especially in emerging markets, has additional risks such as currency and market volatility and political and social instability. Distribution rate and income amounts reflect past amounts distributed and may not be indicative of future rates or income amounts. The distribution amounts paid by a Fund generally depend on the amount of income and/or dividends received by the Fund's investments. The Fund may not be able to pay distributions or may have to reduce its distribution level if the amount of such income and/or dividends received from its investment decline. Therefore, distribution rates and income amounts can change at any time. The prices of medium and small company stocks can change more frequently and dramatically than those of large company stocks.

A fund's investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses should be considered carefully before investing. The prospectus contains this and other important information about the Fund. To obtain a prospectus, contact your financial professional, call John Hancock Funds at 1-800-225-5291 or visit our Web site at www.jhfunds.com. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.

SOURCE John Hancock Funds

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