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For Immediate Release

January 29, 2007

John Hancock Funds Adds New Tools for Advisers to Award–Winning Web Site

kasina names www.jhfunds.com a top ten site for financial intermediaries

Boston – John Hancock Funds recently added several new enhancements to its web site, www.jhfunds.com, in the second phase of the site’s relaunch, the company announced today. The John Hancock Funds web site was redesigned over the past year and relaunched to the public in June. Since then, the site has won numerous awards for its innovation, content excellence, and ease of use from organizations including the Web Marketing Association and the Mutual Funds Education Alliance.

“We are pleased to offer a new set of improvements to our award-winning web site,” said Carey Foran Hoch, senior vice president and head of retail marketing for John Hancock Funds. “Since our relaunch this past June, more than 7,000 advisers have become registered users of the site, where they continue to find useful business-building tools and resources.”

A leading industry consultant, kasina, recently named www.jhfunds.com to its list of the top ten web sites for financial intermediaries for 2006. The John Hancock site ranked fifth. “Without question, pricing and performance data are among the most critical information an adviser needs, and John Hancock demonstrates that comprehensive fund lists and large amounts of data may be displayed cleanly and clearly,” said Lee Kowarski, Principal with kasina. “Taking this a step further, John Hancock empowers advisers to create ‘personal’ data views by providing an abundance of sorting options. When navigating the John Hancock web site, an adviser can be extremely productive in a very short period of time.”

The latest enhancements to www.jhfunds.com include a number of new tools for both financial advisers and individual investors:

New Search Functionality
The site’s new search functionality is a ‘smart’ search that not only pulls up a requested topic but also lists other, related sales ideas and areas that may be of interest to the adviser. Because of the sheer amount of content on the site, the new search functionality makes it easier to find information, in order to help advisers get more work done, more quickly.

529 Section Added
Advisers will now find a robust product and marketing session dedicated to John Hancock’s 529 plan. This includes complete product information along with popular tools and calculators, to help provide estimates of overall college and family costs, customized tuition bills, state tax benefits and estate tax advantages. There is also a section that helps advisers compare 529 plans with alternative means of saving for college. Advisers using this section also will find new ways to use 529 as a prospecting tool.

Customized contacts
The customized contacts function personalizes the experience of an adviser visiting the site, and facilitates access to internal John Hancock personnel and resources. By selecting the “My Contacts” link, financial advisers will see their individual John Hancock Funds’ contacts as well as the maps for all sales/wholesaling territories and internal and 529 contacts.

About John Hancock Funds
The Boston-based mutual fund business unit of John Hancock Financial Services, John Hancock Funds manages more than $50.8 billion in open-end funds, closed-end funds, private accounts, retirement plans and related party assets for individual and institutional investors at September 30, 2006.

John Hancock Financial Services is a unit of Manulife Financial Corporation, 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$381 billion (US$341 billion) at September 30, 2006. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as ‘MFC’ on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under ‘0945’ on the SEHK. Manulife Financial may be found on the Internet at www.manulife.com.

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If your state or your designated Beneficiary's state offers a 529 plan you may want to consider what, if any, potential state income tax or other benefits it offers, before investing. State tax or other benefits should be one of many factors to be considered prior to making an investment decision. Please consult with your financial, tax or other advisor about how these state benefits, if any, may apply to your specific circumstances. You may also contact your state 529 plan or any other 529 college savings plan to learn more about their features.

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. Please read the prospectus carefully before investing or sending money.

For a prospectus, call your financial professional, call John Hancock Funds at 1-800-225-5291 or visit our Web site at www.jhfunds.com.

Beth McGoldrick