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For Immediate Release

November 12, 2007

John Hancock Adds Two New American Funds Options to Variable Annuity Investment Platform

Boston– John Hancock Annuities today announced the addition of two new fund-of-funds options to its Venture Variable Annuities investment platform: American Fundamental Holdings and American Global Diversification. Both funds are part of the John Hancock Trust and primarily invest in underlying American Funds portfolios.

“We are pleased to add these American Funds options to our Venture variable annuity products,” said Marc Costantini, President, John Hancock Annuities. “American Funds is one of the most well-known and widely respected names in the investment business.”

“We have long been proponents of investment managers who have disciplined investment strategies and proven track records. These new funds will give our advisor partners and their clients more investment choices as well as the flexibility to mix and match these strategies among our other fund options. ” Mr. Costantini added.

American Fundamental Holdings provides broad exposure to US equity and fixed income markets, as well as some exposure to international equities. This balanced fund is offered through a fund-of-funds structure of underlying American Funds portfolios in the American Funds Insurance Series. American Fundamental Holdings currently invests in the following American Funds portfolios: American Growth-Income, American International, American Bond, and American Growth.

American Global Diversification provides broad exposure to the global markets, including small caps and emerging markets equities, taking advantage of varying investment styles, market segments, and geographic regions. The fund provides investors with a balanced asset allocation and a strategic weighting toward international investments through a fund of funds structure of five underlying American Funds portfolios in the American Funds Insurance Series. American Global Diversification currently invests in the following American Funds portfolios: American Global Growth, American Global Small Cap, American New World, American Bond, and American High-Income Bond.

The American Funds Insurance Series is managed by Capital Research and Management Company, investment adviser to the 30 American Funds. American Funds is one of the nation’s oldest mutual fund families, serving investors since 1931. With its long-term, value-oriented investment approach, American Funds ranks among the three largest mutual fund families in the US, with more than $900 billion in investments.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife Financial
John Hancock Financial is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation (the Company), a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and in most of Asia, and primarily as John Hancock Financial 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 Cdn$399 billion (US$398 billion) as at September 30, 2007.

Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

The John Hancock Financial unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock Financial offers a broad range of financial products and services, including life insurance, fixed and variable annuities, mutual funds, 401(k) plans, long term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance.

John Hancock Financial’s primary insurance subsidiaries carry the highest—“AAA”—financial strength rating from Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services.

Contact your financial advisor or visit www.jhannuities.com for more information, including product and fund prospectuses that contain complete details on investment objectives, risks, fees, charges, and expenses as well as other information about the investment company, which should be carefully considered. Please read the prospectuses carefully prior to investing. The prospectuses contain this and other information on the product and the underlying portfolios.

The portfolios in John Hancock Trust described above are not retail mutual funds and are only available under variable annuity contracts, variable life policies or through participation in tax qualified retirement plans. Although the portfolios’ asset manager or subadvisers may manage retail mutual funds with similar names and investment objectives, no representation is made, and no assurance is given, that any portfolio's investment results will be comparable to the investment results of any other fund, including other funds with the same asset manager or subadviser. Past performance is no guarantee of future results.

This information was prepared to support the promotion and marketing of Venture Annuities. Neither John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), John Hancock Life Insurance Company of New York, John Hancock Distributors LLC, nor any of their representatives provide tax, accounting, or legal advice. Any tax statements contained herein were not intended or written to be used, and cannot be used, for the purpose of avoiding U.S. federal, state, or local tax penalties. Please consult your own independent advisor as to any tax, accounting, or legal statements made herein.

Venture Annuities and the optional riders are not available in all states; product features may vary, subject to state regulation. Variable annuities are not FDIC insured, are long-term contracts designed for retirement purposes, and are subject to investment risk, including the possible loss of principal.

Venture Annuities are issued and administered by John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), a Bloomfield Hills, MI, company with its annuity service office in Boston, MA. Venture Combination Fixed and Variable Annuities are distributed by John Hancock Distributors LLC, member FINRA.

  • Not FDIC Insured
  • Not Bank Guaranteed
  • May Lose Value
  • Not a Deposit
  • Not Insured by Any Government Agency

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Beth McGoldrick