Hong Kong— Manulife International Limited (MIL) is named “Hong Kong’s Best Company For Financial Planning Excellence” for insurance sector by the Institute of Financial Planners Hong Kong (IFPHK) in the IFPHK Financial Planner Awards 2007, sweeping the category with two-thirds of final awardees in a stringent selection process.
Commented a delighted Michael Chan, Vice President of Distribution Hong Kong, MIL: “This is a resounding confirmation of our leading edge in the financial-planning field. The IFPHK, which issues both the Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisors’ International Qualification designations, is the top body of its kind in Hong Kong.
“Our financial advisors have won various individual awards in financial planning. But this company award from IFPHK endorses Manulife’s across-the-board strength-in-depth financial planning capacity and the high level of professional expertise of the whole Manulife financial advisors team. This is a major milestone as we strive for becoming the most professional insurance company in Hong Kong.”
The award is open to financial planners from the banking, insurance and independent financial advisory sectors and has attracted a large entry in 2007, including contestants from all the leading local insurance companies. Through the first round of financial plan submission and the second round of oral presentation, an esteemed panel of judges picked 18 awardees — and a dozen Manulife experts came up trumps.
Mr. Chan revealed that the key to a successful financial plan was “passion”. “You must win the trust of the client by manifesting your integrity and enthusiasm,” he said. “This will encourage the client to be open with you, enabling a realistic plan to be produced. At Manulife, we hold frequent seminars for our sales agents to share with colleagues their experience of building trust in specific cases.”
The IFPHK Financial Planner Awards, co-organised bySouth China Morning Post,recognises financial planners who excel in their professional knowledge and demonstrate shrewd acumen in personal financial planning. Since its launch in 2005, it has quickly established itself as a highly regarded recognition of excellence for financial planners across three sectors in the industry: insurance, banking and independent financial advisory.
About Manulife (International) Limited
Manulife (International) Limited is a member of the Manulife Financial group of companies. Manulife Financial is a leading Canadian-based financial services group serving millions of customers in 19 countries and territories worldwide. Operating as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia, and primarily through 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 Cdn$410 billion (approximately HK$3,016.4 billion) as at June 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.
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