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John Hancock Income Securities Trust And John Hancock Investors Trust Announce Investment Policy Changes

Stocks in this article: JHI JHS MFC

BOSTON, March 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The John Hancock Income Securities Trust (NYSE: JHS) and John Hancock Investors Trust (NYSE: JHI) (each the "Fund" and collectively, the "Funds") announced today that the Board of Trustees of each Fund has approved revisions to the Funds' investment policies.  The revised investment policies provide that each Fund's investments in investment grade and below investment grade securities will be measured based on the Fund's "net assets plus borrowings for investment purposes" rather than its "total assets."  These investment policy changes do not impact the Funds' investment process and are not expected to materially change how the Funds are currently managed.

John Hancock Income Securities Trust Under the prior investment policy, the Fund was required to invest at least 75% of its total assets in debt securities which are rated, at the time of acquisition, investment grade or in unrated securities determined to be of comparable credit quality.  The Fund was authorized to invest up to 25% of its total assets in debt securities rated below investment grade at the time of acquisition.

Effective today, the new investment policy provides that the Fund will invest at least 75% of its net assets (plus borrowings for investment purposes) in debt securities that are rated, at the time of acquisition, investment grade (i.e., at least "Baa" by Moody's Investors Service, Inc. ("Moody's") or "BBB" by Standard & Poor's Ratings Services ("S&P")), or in unrated securities determined by the Fund's investment adviser or subadviser to be of comparable credit quality.  In addition, the Fund may invest up to 25% of its net assets (plus borrowings for investment purposes) in debt securities that are rated, at the time of acquisition, below investment grade ("junk bonds") (i.e., rated "Ba" or lower by Moody's or "BB" or lower by S&P), or in unrated securities determined by the Fund's investment adviser or subadviser to be of comparable credit quality.

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