BOSTON, May 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- John Hancock Insurance today launched an enhanced variable universal life insurance product, Accumulation VUL, providing clients with a flexible solution to help them meet their protection and wealth planning goals. Accumulation VUL, designed with pre-retirees in mind, offers affordable death benefit protection plus the potential for cash value accumulation to help supplement retirement income, fund college or meet business planning needs. Clients can choose from a diversified range of underlying investment accounts that represent nearly every major asset class and investment style, or opt for the simplicity and automatic diversification offered by John Hancock's Lifestyle MVP Portfolios. "Through ongoing product innovation, John Hancock Insurance is committed to helping clients keep the promises they make to themselves and the people most important to them. The enhanced Accumulation VUL product is another example of our commitment," said Mike Doughty, president, John Hancock Insurance. "With its tax-deferred cash value accumulation and tax-favored treatment of policy withdrawals, Accumulation VUL can be an important part of a client's diversified financial strategy." Consumers also have the option of adding John Hancock's VUL TargetTrack, an allocation planning tool that allows clients to set an allocation schedule that will automatically change over time based on their unique policy needs and investment objectives. "John Hancock Insurance is always working to enhance its product portfolio to help clients secure their financial future," added Mr. Doughty. 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$635 billion ( US$574 billion) as at March 31, 2014. 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. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities,investments, 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.Please contact 1-800-827-4546 to obtain product and fund prospectuses (for New York, contact 1-877-391-3748, option 4). The prospectuses contain complete details on investment objectives, risks, fees, charges and expenses as well as other information about the investment company. Please read the prospectuses carefully containing this and other information on the product and the underlying portfolios and consider these factors carefully before investing. Product and product features may not be available in all states. Variable universal life insurance has annual fees and expenses associated with it in addition to life insurance related charges (which differ with the product chosen), including surrender charges and investment management fees. Variable universal life insurance products are long-term contracts and are sold by prospectus. They are subject to market risk due to the underlying sub-accounts, and are unsuitable as a short term savings vehicle. The primary purpose of variable universal life insurance is to provide lifetime protection against economic loss due to the death of the insured person. Cash values are not guaranteed if the client is invested in the investment accounts. There are risks associated with each investment option, and the policy may lose value.