Prospectus
John Hancock
Fundamental Global Franchise Fund
International equity
January 1, 2024
A
I
R6
JFGAX
JFGIX
JFGFX
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Table of contents
Fund summary
The summary section is a concise look at the investment objective, fees and expenses, principal investment strategies, principal risks, past performance, and investment management.
Fund details
More about topics covered in the summary section, including descriptions of the investment strategies and various risk factors that investors should understand before investing.
Your account
How to place an order to buy, sell, or exchange shares, as well as information about the business policies and any distributions that may be paid.
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Fund summary
John Hancock Fundamental Global Franchise Fund
Investment objective
The fund seeks to provide capital appreciation.
Fees and expenses
This table describes the fees and expenses you may pay if you buy, hold, and sell shares of the fund. You may pay other fees, such as brokerage commissions and other fees to financial intermediaries, which are not reflected in the tables and examples below. You may qualify for sales charge discounts on Class A shares if you and your family invest, or agree to invest in the future, at least $50,000 in the John Hancock family of funds. Intermediaries may have different policies and procedures regarding the availability of front-end sales charge waivers or contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) waivers (See Appendix 1 - Intermediary sales charge waivers, which includes information about specific sales charge waivers applicable to the intermediaries identified therein). More information about these and other discounts is available from your financial professional and beginning on page 18 of the prospectus under “Sales charge reductions and waivers” or page 146 of the fund’s Statement of Additional Information under “Sales Charges on Class A and Class C Shares.”
Shareholder fees (%) (fees paid directly from your investment)
A
I
R6
Maximum front-end sales charge (load) on purchases, as a % of purchase price
5.00
None
None
Maximum deferred sales charge (load) as a % of purchase or sale price, whichever is less
1.00
None
None
(on certain
purchases,
including those of
$1 million or more)
Small account fee (for fund account balances under $1,000) ($)
20
None
None
Annual fund operating expenses (%) (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)
A
I
R6
Management fee
0.80
0.80
0.80
Distribution and service (Rule 12b-1) fees
0.30
0.00
0.00
Other expenses
0.23
0.23
1
0.12
Acquired fund fees and expenses
0.01
2
0.01
2
0.01
2
Total annual fund operating expenses
1.34
3
1.04
3
0.93
3
Contractual expense reimbursement
-0.01
4
-0.01
4
-0.01
4
Total annual fund operating expenses after expense reimbursements
1.33
1.03
0.92
1
“Other expenses” have been restated from fiscal year amounts to reflect current fees and expenses.
2
“Acquired fund fees and expenses” are based on indirect net expenses associated with the fund's investments in underlying investment companies.
3
The “Total annual fund operating expenses” shown may not correlate to the fund’s ratios of expenses to average daily net assets shown in the “Financial highlights” section of the fund’s prospectus, which does not include “Acquired fund fees and expenses.“
4
The advisor contractually agrees to waive a portion of its management fee and/or reimburse expenses for the fund and certain other John Hancock funds according to an asset level breakpoint schedule that is based on the aggregate net assets of all the funds participating in the waiver or reimbursement, including the fund (the participating portfolios). This waiver equals, on an annualized basis, 0.0100% of that portion of the aggregate net assets of all the participating portfolios that exceeds $75 billion but is less than or equal to $125 billion; 0.0125% of that portion of the aggregate net assets of all the participating portfolios that exceeds $125 billion but is less than or equal to $150 billion; 0.0150% of that portion of the aggregate net assets of all the participating portfolios that exceeds $150 billion but is less than or equal to $175 billion; 0.0175% of that portion of the aggregate net assets of all the participating portfolios that exceeds $175 billion but is less than or equal to $200 billion; 0.0200% of that portion of the aggregate net assets of all the participating portfolios that exceeds $200 billion but is less than or equal to $225 billion; and 0.0225% of that portion of the aggregate net assets of all the participating portfolios that exceeds $225 billion. The amount of the reimbursement is calculated daily and allocated among all the participating portfolios in proportion to the daily net assets of each participating portfolio. During its most recent fiscal year, the fund’s reimbursement amounted to 0.01% of the fund’s average daily net assets. This agreement expires on July 31, 2025, unless renewed by mutual agreement of the fund and the advisor based upon a determination that this is appropriate under the circumstances at that time.
Expense example
This example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the fund with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. Please see below a hypothetical example showing the expenses of a $10,000 investment for the time periods indicated and then assuming you sell all of your shares at the end of those periods. The example assumes a 5% average annual return and that fund expenses will not change over the periods. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:
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Expenses ($)
A
I
R6
1 year
629
105
94
3 years
902
330
295
5 years
1,196
573
514
10 years
2,031
1,270
1,142
Portfolio turnover
The fund pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs and may result in higher taxes when fund shares are held in a taxable account. These costs, which are not reflected in annual fund operating expenses or in the example, affect the fund’s performance. During its most recent fiscal year, the fund’s portfolio turnover rate was 31% of the average value of its portfolio.
Principal investment strategies
Under normal market conditions, the fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in securities of franchise companies. A franchise company is one whose return on invested capital over a three-year period is above its cost of capital. Return on invested capital quantifies how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business, while its cost of capital refers to the cost of raising money to fund its business. These companies typically will have a leading share of industry sales, the ability to generate consistent sales growth over time as their products and services attract a larger customer base, and a strong record of return on capital invested in the company with a sustainable competitive advantage, meaning bargaining power with buyers and/or sellers and a unique product or process that is difficult to replicate or substitute and hard for others to compete with.
Under normal market conditions, at least 40% of the value of the fund’s net assets will be invested in issuers domiciled outside of the United States (“Foreign Companies”), unless the manager deems market conditions and/or company valuations to be less favorable to Foreign Companies, in which case, the fund will invest at least 30% of the value of its net assets in Foreign Companies. Foreign Companies include securities for which the relevant reference entity is domiciled outside the United States, such as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) that trade on U.S. exchanges.
The manager’s primary method of analysis is fundamental analysis, which is the ability to assess the health of a company, its competitive positioning, its strength of management, and its competitive advantages. Investment decisions are a function of finding stocks that possess the qualitative factors as outlined above and the manager believes are trading at a significant discount to the manager’s estimation of value.
The fund is a non-diversified fund, which means that it may invest in a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund and may invest more of its assets in the securities of a single issuer.
The fund may invest significantly in securities of companies in certain sectors, such as the consumer staples and consumer discretionary sectors (as defined by the Global Industry Classification Standards (GICS)), and may therefore experience greater volatility than funds investing in a broader range of sectors and may be more susceptible to the impact of market, economic, regulatory, and other factors affecting that sector.
The manager focuses on the equity securities of small-, mid-, and large-capitalization companies in both developed and emerging countries. The manager primarily invests in common stocks of developed and emerging companies, as well as ADRs, which trade on U.S. exchanges.
The manager considers environmental, social, and/or governance (ESG) factors, alongside other relevant factors, as part of its investment process. ESG factors may include, but are not limited to, matters regarding board diversity, climate change policies, and supply chain and human rights policies. The ESG characteristics utilized in the fund’s investment process may change over time and one or more characteristics may not be relevant with respect to all issuers that are eligible fund investments.
Principal risks
An investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. Many factors affect performance, and fund shares will fluctuate in price, meaning you could lose money. The fund’s investment strategy may not produce the intended results.
The fund’s main risks are listed below in alphabetical order, not in order of importance. Before investing, be sure to read the additional descriptions of these risks beginning on page 6 of the prospectus.
Consumer discretionary sector risk. The consumer discretionary sector may be affected by fluctuations in supply and demand, and may also be adversely affected by changes in consumer spending as a result of world events, political and economic conditions, commodity price volatility, changes in exchange rates, imposition of import controls, increased competition, depletion of resources, and labor relations.
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Consumer staples sector risk. Companies in the consumer staples sector may be affected by general economic conditions, commodity production and pricing, consumer confidence and spending, consumer preferences, interest rates, product cycles, marketing, competition, and government regulations.
Economic and market events risk. Events in the U.S. and global financial markets, including actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve or foreign central banks to stimulate or stabilize economic growth, may at times result in unusually high market volatility, which could negatively impact performance. Reduced liquidity in credit and fixed-income markets could adversely affect issuers worldwide. Banks and financial services companies could suffer losses if interest rates rise or economic conditions deteriorate.
Equity securities risk. The price of equity securities may decline due to changes in a company’s financial condition or overall market conditions.
ESG integration risk. The manager considers ESG factors that it deems relevant or additive, along with other material factors and analysis, when managing the fund. ESG factors may include, but are not limited to, matters regarding board diversity, climate change policies, and supply chain and human rights policies. The manager may consider these ESG factors on all or a meaningful portion of the fund’s investments. Incorporating ESG criteria and making investment decisions based on certain ESG characteristics, as determined by the manager, carries the risk that the fund may perform differently, including underperforming, funds that do not utilize ESG criteria, or funds that utilize different ESG criteria.
Foreign securities risk. Less information may be publicly available regarding foreign issuers, including foreign government issuers. Foreign securities may be subject to foreign taxes and may be more volatile than U.S. securities. Currency fluctuations and political and economic developments may adversely impact the value of foreign securities. The risks of investing in foreign securities are magnified in emerging markets. If applicable, depositary receipts are subject to most of the risks associated with investing in foreign securities directly because the value of a depositary receipt is dependent upon the market price of the underlying foreign equity security. Depositary receipts are also subject to liquidity risk.
Large company risk. Larger companies may grow more slowly than smaller companies or be slower to respond to business developments. Large-capitalization securities may underperform the market as a whole.
Non-diversified risk. Adverse events affecting a particular issuer or group of issuers may magnify losses for non-diversified funds, which may invest a large portion of assets in any one issuer or a small number of issuers.
Operational and cybersecurity risk. Cybersecurity breaches may allow an unauthorized party to gain access to fund assets, customer data, or proprietary information, or cause a fund or its service providers to suffer data corruption or lose operational functionality. Similar incidents affecting issuers of a fund’s securities may negatively impact performance. Operational risk may arise from human error, error by third parties, communication errors, or technology failures, among other causes.
Sector risk. When a fund focuses its investments in certain sectors of the economy, its performance may be driven largely by sector performance and could fluctuate more widely than if the fund were invested more evenly across sectors. The consumer staples sector may be affected by general economic conditions, commodity production and pricing, consumer confidence and spending, interest rates, and government regulation, among other factors.
Small and mid-sized company risk. Small and mid-sized companies are generally less established and may be more volatile than larger companies. Small and/or mid-capitalization securities may underperform the market as a whole.
Past performance
The following information illustrates the variability of the fund’s returns and provides some indication of the risks of investing in the fund by showing changes in the fund’s performance from year to year and by showing how the fund’s average annual returns compared with a broad-based market index.Past performance (before and after taxes) does not indicate future results. All figures assume dividend reinvestment. Performance information is updated daily, monthly, and quarterly and may be obtained at our website, jhinvestments.com, or by calling 800-225-5291 (Class A), Monday to Thursday, 8:00a.m.—7:00p.m., and Friday, 8:00a.m.—6:00p.m., Eastern time, or 888-972-8696 (Class I and Class R6) between 8:30a.m. and 5:00p.m., Eastern time, on most business days.
A note on performance
Class A and Class R6 shares commenced operations on June 29, 2012 and February 13, 2017, respectively. Returns shown prior to Class R6 shares’ commencement date are those of Class A shares, except that they do not include Class A sales charges and would be lower if they did. Returns for Class R6 shares would have been substantially similar to returns of Class A shares because each share class is invested in the same portfolio of securities and returns would differ only to the extent that expenses of the classes are different. To the extent expenses of a class would have been higher than expenses of Class A shares for the periods shown, performance would have been lower.
Please note that after-tax returns (shown for Class A shares only) reflect the highest individual federal marginal income-tax rate in effect as of the date provided and do not reflect any state or local taxes.Your actual after-tax returns may be different. After-tax returns are not relevant to shares held in an IRA, 401(k), or other tax-advantaged investment plan. After-tax returns for other share classes would vary.
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Calendar year total returns (%)—Class A (sales charges are not reflected in the bar chart and returns would have been lower if they were)
Year-to-date total return through:
Q3 2023
12.37%
Best quarter:
Q2 2020
18.65%
Worst quarter:
Q1 2020
-20.32%
Average annual total returns (%)—as of 12/31/2022
1 year
5 year
10 year
Class A (before tax)
-27.32
2.13
7.32
after tax on distributions
-28.68
-0.04
4.95
after tax on distributions, with sale
-15.20
1.53
5.52
Class I
-23.28
3.48
8.22
Class R6
-23.21
3.58
8.12
MSCI World Index (reflects no deduction for fees, expenses, or taxes, except foreign withholding taxes on dividends)
-18.14
6.14
8.85
Investment management
Investment advisor John Hancock Investment Management LLC
Subadvisor Manulife Investment Management (US) LLC
Portfolio management
The following individuals are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the fund’s portfolio.
Emory W. (Sandy) Sanders, Jr., CFA
Jonathan T. White, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
Managed the fund since 2012
Senior Portfolio Manager
Managed the fund since 2013
Purchase and sale of fund shares
The minimum initial investment requirement for Class A shares is $1,000 ($250 for group investments), except that there is no minimum for certain group retirement plans, certain fee-based or wrap accounts, or certain other eligible investment product platforms. The minimum initial investment requirement for Class I shares is $250,000, except that the fund may waive the minimum for any category of investors at the fund’s sole discretion. The minimum initial investment requirement for Class R6 shares is $1 million, except that there is no minimum for: qualified and nonqualified plan investors; certain eligible qualifying investment product platforms; Trustees, employees of the advisor or its affiliates, employees of the subadvisor, members of the fund’s portfolio management team and the spouses and children (under age 21) of the aforementioned. There are no subsequent minimum investment requirements.
Class A, Class I, and Class R6 shares may be redeemed on any business day by mail: John Hancock Signature Services, Inc., P.O. Box 219909, Kansas City, MO 64121-9909; or for most account types through our website: jhinvestments.com; or by telephone: 800-225-5291 (Class A); 888-972-8696 (Class I and Class R6).
Taxes
The fund’s distributions are taxable, and will be taxed as ordinary income and/or capital gains, unless you are investing through a tax-deferred arrangement, such as a 401(k) plan or individual retirement account. Withdrawals from such tax-deferred arrangements may be subject to tax at a later date.
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Payments to broker-dealers and other financial intermediaries
If you purchase the fund through a broker-dealer or other financial intermediary (such as a bank, registered investment advisor, financial planner, or retirement plan administrator), the fund and its related companies may pay the broker-dealer or other intermediary for the sale of fund shares and related services. These payments may create a conflict of interest by influencing the broker-dealer or other intermediary and your salesperson to recommend the fund over another investment. These payments are not applicable to Class R6 shares. Ask your salesperson or visit your financial intermediary’s website for more information.
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Principal investment strategies
Investment objective: The fund seeks to provide capital appreciation.
The Board of Trustees can change the fund’s investment objective and strategies without shareholder approval. The fund will provide written notice to shareholders at least 60 days prior to a change in its 80% investment policy.
Under normal market conditions, the fund will invest at least 80% of its net assets (plus any borrowings for investment purposes) in securities of franchise companies. A franchise company is one whose return on invested capital over a three-year period is above its cost of capital. Return on invested capital quantifies how well a company generates cash flow relative to the capital it has invested in its business, while its cost of capital refers to the cost of raising money to fund its business. These companies typically will have a leading share of industry sales, the ability to generate consistent sales growth over time as their products and services attract a larger customer base, and a strong record of return on capital invested in the company with a sustainable competitive advantage, meaning bargaining power with buyers and/or sellers, and a unique product or process that is difficult to replicate or substitute and hard for others to compete with.
Under normal market conditions, at least 40% of the value of the fund’s net assets will be invested in issuers domiciled outside of the United States (“Foreign Companies”), unless the manager deems market conditions and/or company valuations to be less favorable to Foreign Companies, in which case, the fund will invest at least 30% of the value of its net assets in Foreign Companies. Foreign Companies include securities for which the relevant reference entity is domiciled outside the United States, such as American Depositary Receipts (ADRs) that trade on U.S. exchanges. The manager seeks to validate a company’s competitive advantage through an in-depth fundamental research process that focuses on key growth drivers and qualitative factors such as competitive positioning, financial strength, and evidence of management’s ability to create shareholder value. The fund seeks to add value primarily through stock selection.
The manager conducts securities analysis using a variety of sources, including third-party research and public sources such as company filings. The manager’s primary method of analysis is fundamental analysis, which is the ability to assess the health of a company, its competitive positioning, strength of management, and its competitive advantages. The manager’s research includes detailed fundamental company models using key assumptions that drive sales, margins, and capital deployment.
Investment decisions are a function of finding stocks that possess the qualitative factors as outlined above and that the manager believes are trading at a significant discount to the manager’s estimation of value.
The fund is non-diversified, which means that it may invest in a smaller number of issuers than a diversified fund and may invest more of its assets in the securities of a single issuer.
The fund may invest significantly in securities of companies in certain sectors, such as the consumer staples and consumer discretionary sectors (as defined by the Global Industry Classification Standards (GICS)), and may therefore experience greater volatility than funds
investing in a broader range of sectors and may be more susceptible to the impact of market, economic, regulatory, and other factors affecting that sector.
The manager focuses on the equity securities of small-, mid-, and large-capitalization companies in both developed and emerging countries. The manager primarily invests in common stocks of developed and emerging companies, as well as ADRs, which trade on U.S. exchanges.
The manager considers environmental, social, and/or governance (ESG) factors, alongside other relevant factors, as part of its investment process. ESG factors may include, but are not limited to, matters regarding board diversity, climate change policies, and supply chain and human rights policies. The ESG characteristics utilized in the fund’s investment process may change over time and one or more characteristics may not be relevant with respect to all issuers that are eligible fund investments.
The fund may invest in cash or money market instruments for the purpose of meeting redemption requests or making other anticipated cash payments.
The fund may deviate from its principal investment strategies during transition periods, which may include the reassignment of portfolio management, a change in investment objective or strategy, a reorganization or liquidation, or the occurrence of large inflows or outflows.
Temporary defensive investing
The fund may invest up to 100% of its assets in cash, money market instruments, or other investment-grade short-term securities for the purpose of protecting the fund in the event the manager determines that market, economic, political, or other conditions warrant a defensive posture.
To the extent that the fund is in a defensive position, its ability to achieve its investment objective will be limited.
Principal risks of investing
An investment in the fund is not a bank deposit and is not insured or guaranteed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation or any other government agency. The fund’s shares will go up and down in price, meaning that you could lose money by investing in the fund. Many factors influence a fund’s performance. The fund's investment strategy may not produce the intended results.
Instability in the financial markets has led many governments, including the U.S. government, to take a number of unprecedented actions designed to support certain financial institutions and segments of the financial markets that have experienced extreme volatility and, in some cases, a lack of liquidity. Federal, state, and other governments, and their regulatory agencies or self-regulatory organizations, may take actions that affect the regulation of the instruments in which the fund invests, or the issuers of such instruments, in ways that are unforeseeable. Legislation or regulation may also change the way in which the fund itself is regulated. Such legislation or regulation could limit or preclude the fund’s ability to achieve its investment objective. In addition, political
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events within the United States and abroad could negatively impact financial markets and the fund’s performance.
Governments or their agencies may also acquire distressed assets from financial institutions and acquire ownership interests in those institutions. The implications of government ownership and disposition of these assets are unclear, and such a program may have positive or negative effects on the liquidity, valuation, and performance of the fund’s portfolio holdings. Furthermore, volatile financial markets can expose the fund to greater market and liquidity risk, increased transaction costs, and potential difficulty in valuing portfolio instruments held by the fund.
The principal risks of investing in the fund are summarized in its fund summary above. Below are descriptions of the main factors that may play a role in shaping the fund’s overall risk profile. The descriptions appear in alphabetical order, not in order of importance. For further details about fund risks, including additional risk factors that are not discussed in this prospectus because they are not considered primary factors, see the fund’s Statement of Additional Information (SAI).
Consumer discretionary sector risk
The consumer discretionary sector may be affected by fluctuations in supply and demand, and may also be adversely affected by changes in consumer spending as a result of world events, political and economic conditions, commodity price volatility, changes in exchange rates, imposition of import controls, increased competition, depletion of resources, and labor relations.
Consumer staples sector risk
Companies in the consumer staples sector may be affected by general economic conditions, commodity production and pricing, consumer confidence and spending, consumer preferences, interest rates, product cycles, marketing, competition, and government regulation. Other risks include changes in global economic, environmental and political events, and the depletion of resources. Companies in the consumer staples sector may also be negatively impacted by government regulations affecting their products. For example, government regulations may affect the permissibility of using various food additives and production methods of companies that make food products, which could affect company profitability. Tobacco companies, in particular, may be adversely affected by new laws, regulations and litigation. Companies in the consumer staples sector may also be subject to risks relating to the supply of, demand for, and prices of raw materials.
Economic and market events risk
Events in certain sectors historically have resulted, and may in the future result, in an unusually high degree of volatility in the financial markets, both domestic and foreign. These events have included, but are not limited to: bankruptcies, corporate restructurings, and other similar events; governmental efforts to limit short selling and high frequency trading; measures to address U.S. federal and state budget deficits; social, political, and economic instability in Europe; economic stimulus by the Japanese central bank; dramatic changes in energy prices and currency exchange rates; and China’s economic slowdown. Interconnected global economies and financial markets increase the possibility that conditions in one country or region might adversely impact issuers in a different country or region. Both domestic and foreign
equity markets have experienced increased volatility and turmoil, with issuers that have exposure to the real estate, mortgage, and credit markets particularly affected. Financial institutions could suffer losses as interest rates rise or economic conditions deteriorate.
In addition, relatively high market volatility and reduced liquidity in credit and fixed-income markets may adversely affect many issuers worldwide. Actions taken by the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) or foreign central banks to stimulate or stabilize economic growth, such as interventions in currency markets, could cause high volatility in the equity and fixed-income markets. Reduced liquidity may result in less money being available to purchase raw materials, goods, and services from emerging markets, which may, in turn, bring down the prices of these economic staples. It may also result in emerging-market issuers having more difficulty obtaining financing, which may, in turn, cause a decline in their securities prices.
Beginning in March 2022, the Fed began increasing interest rates and has signaled the potential for further increases. As a result, risks associated with rising interest rates are currently heightened. It is difficult to accurately predict the pace at which the Fed will increase interest rates any further, or the timing, frequency or magnitude of any such increases, and the evaluation of macro-economic and other conditions could cause a change in approach in the future. Any such increases generally will cause market interest rates to rise and could cause the value of a fund’s investments, and the fund’s net asset value (NAV), to decline, potentially suddenly and significantly. As a result, the fund may experience high redemptions and, as a result, increased portfolio turnover, which could increase the costs that the fund incurs and may negatively impact the fund’s performance.
In addition, as the Fed increases the target Fed funds rate, any such rate increases, among other factors, could cause markets to experience continuing high volatility. A significant increase in interest rates may cause a decline in the market for equity securities. These events and the possible resulting market volatility may have an adverse effect on the fund.
Political turmoil within the United States and abroad may also impact the fund. Although the U.S. government has honored its credit obligations, it remains possible that the United States could default on its obligations. While it is impossible to predict the consequences of such an unprecedented event, it is likely that a default by the United States would be highly disruptive to the U.S. and global securities markets and could significantly impair the value of the fund’s investments. Similarly, political events within the United States at times have resulted, and may in the future result, in a shutdown of government services, which could negatively affect the U.S. economy, decrease the value of many fund investments, and increase uncertainty in or impair the operation of the U.S. or other securities markets. In recent years, the U.S. renegotiated many of its global trade relationships and imposed or threatened to impose significant import tariffs. These actions could lead to price volatility and overall declines in U.S. and global investment markets.
Uncertainties surrounding the sovereign debt of a number of European Union (EU) countries and the viability of the EU have disrupted and may in the future disrupt markets in the United States and around the world. If one or more countries leave the EU or the EU dissolves, the global
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securities markets likely will be significantly disrupted. On January 31, 2020, the United Kingdom (UK) left the EU, commonly referred to as “Brexit,” the UK ceased to be a member of the EU, and the UK and EU entered into a Trade and Cooperation Agreement. While the full impact of Brexit is unknown, Brexit has already resulted in volatility in European and global markets. There remains significant market uncertainty regarding Brexit’s ramifications, and the range and potential implications of possible political, regulatory, economic, and market outcomes are difficult to predict.
A widespread health crisis such as a global pandemic could cause substantial market volatility, exchange trading suspensions and closures, which may lead to less liquidity in certain instruments, industries, sectors or the markets generally, and may ultimately affect fund performance. For example, the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted and may continue to result in significant disruptions to global business activity and market volatility due to disruptions in market access, resource availability, facilities operations, imposition of tariffs, export controls and supply chain disruption, among others. While many countries have lifted some or all restrictions related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the United States ended the public health emergency and national emergency declarations relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on May 11, 2023, the continued impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) and related variants is uncertain. The impact of a health crisis and other epidemics and pandemics that may arise in the future, could affect the global economy in ways that cannot necessarily be foreseen at the present time. A health crisis may exacerbate other pre-existing political, social and economic risks. Any such impact could adversely affect the fund’s performance, resulting in losses to your investment.
Political and military events, including in Ukraine, North Korea, Russia, Venezuela, Iran, Syria, and other areas of the Middle East, and nationalist unrest in Europe and South America, also may cause market disruptions.
As a result of continued political tensions and armed conflicts, including the Russian invasion of Ukraine commencing in February of 2022, the extent and ultimate result of which are unknown at this time, the United States and the EU, along with the regulatory bodies of a number of countries, have imposed economic sanctions on certain Russian corporate entities and individuals, and certain sectors of Russia’s economy, which may result in, among other things, the continued devaluation of Russian currency, a downgrade in the country’s credit rating, and/or a decline in the value and liquidity of Russian securities, property or interests. These sanctions could also result in the immediate freeze of Russian securities and/or funds invested in prohibited assets, impairing the ability of a fund to buy, sell, receive or deliver those securities and/or assets. These sanctions or the threat of additional sanctions could also result in Russia taking counter measures or retaliatory actions, which may further impair the value and liquidity of Russian securities. The United States and other nations or international organizations may also impose additional economic sanctions or take other actions that may adversely affect Russia-exposed issuers and companies in various sectors of the Russian economy. Any or all of these potential results could lead Russia’s economy into a recession. Economic sanctions and other actions against Russian institutions, companies, and individuals resulting from the ongoing conflict may also have a
substantial negative impact on other economies and securities markets both regionally and globally, as well as on companies with operations in the conflict region, the extent to which is unknown at this time. The United States and the EU have also imposed similar sanctions on Belarus for its support of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Additional sanctions may be imposed on Belarus and other countries that support Russia. Any such sanctions could present substantially similar risks as those resulting from the sanctions imposed on Russia, including substantial negative impacts on the regional and global economies and securities markets.
In addition, there is a risk that the prices of goods and services in the United States and many foreign economies may decline over time, known as deflation. Deflation may have an adverse effect on stock prices and creditworthiness and may make defaults on debt more likely. If a country’s economy slips into a deflationary pattern, it could last for a prolonged period and may be difficult to reverse. Further, there is a risk that the present value of assets or income from investments will be less in the future, known as inflation. Inflation rates may change frequently and drastically as a result of various factors, including unexpected shifts in the domestic or global economy, and a fund’s investments may be affected, which may reduce a fund’s performance. Further, inflation may lead to the rise in interest rates, which may negatively affect the value of debt instruments held by the fund, resulting in a negative impact on a fund’s performance. Generally, securities issued in emerging markets are subject to a greater risk of inflationary or deflationary forces, and more developed markets are better able to use monetary policy to normalize markets.
Equity securities risk
Common and preferred stocks represent equity ownership in a company. Stock markets are volatile. The price of equity securities will fluctuate, and can decline and reduce the value of a fund investing in equities. The price of equity securities fluctuates based on changes in a company’s financial condition and overall market and economic conditions. The value of equity securities purchased by a fund could decline if the financial condition of the companies in which the fund is invested declines, or if overall market and economic conditions deteriorate. An issuer’s financial condition could decline as a result of poor management decisions, competitive pressures, technological obsolescence, undue reliance on suppliers, labor issues, shortages, corporate restructurings, fraudulent disclosures, irregular and/or unexpected trading activity among retail investors, or other factors. Changes in the financial condition of a single issuer can impact the market as a whole.
Even a fund that invests in high-quality, or blue chip, equity securities, or securities of established companies with large market capitalizations (which generally have strong financial characteristics), can be negatively impacted by poor overall market and economic conditions. Companies with large market capitalizations may also have less growth potential than smaller companies and may be less able to react quickly to changes in the marketplace.
The fund generally does not attempt to time the market. Because of its exposure to equities, the possibility that stock market prices in general will decline over short or extended periods subjects the fund to unpredictable declines in the value of its investments, as well as periods of poor performance.
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ESG integration risk
The manager considers ESG factors that it deems relevant or additive, along with other material factors and analysis, when managing the fund. The manager may consider these ESG factors on all or a meaningful portion of the fund’s investments. In certain situations, the extent to which these ESG factors may be applied according to the manager’s integrated investment process may not include U.S. Treasuries, government securities, or other asset classes. ESG factors may include, but are not limited to, matters regarding board diversity, climate change policies, and supply chain and human rights policies. Incorporating ESG criteria and making investment decisions based on certain ESG characteristics, as determined by the manager, carries the risk that the fund may perform differently, including underperforming, funds that do not utilize ESG criteria, or funds that utilize different ESG criteria. Integration of ESG factors into the fund’s investment process may result in a manager making different investments for the fund than for a fund with a similar investment universe and/or investment style that does not incorporate such considerations in its investment strategy or processes, and the fund’s investment performance may be affected. Because ESG factors are one of many considerations for the fund, the manager may nonetheless include companies with low ESG characteristics or exclude companies with high ESG characteristics in the fund’s investments.
The ESG characteristics utilized in the fund’s investment process may change over time, and different ESG characteristics may be relevant to different investments. Although the manager has established its own structure to oversee ESG integration in accordance with the fund’s investment objective and strategies, successful integration of ESG factors will depend on the manager’s skill in researching, identifying, and applying these factors, as well as on the availability of relevant data. The method of evaluating ESG factors and subsequent impact on portfolio composition, performance, proxy voting decisions and other factors, is subject to the interpretation of the manager in accordance with the fund’s investment objective and strategies. ESG factors may be evaluated differently by different managers, and may not carry the same meaning to all investors and managers. The manager may employ active shareowner engagement to raise ESG issues with the management of select portfolio companies. The regulatory landscape with respect to ESG investing in the United States is evolving and any future rules or regulations may require the fund to change its investment process with respect to ESG integration.
Foreign securities risk
Funds that invest in securities traded principally in securities markets outside the United States are subject to additional and more varied risks, as the value of foreign securities may change more rapidly and extremely than the value of U.S. securities. Less information may be publicly available regarding foreign issuers, including foreign government issuers. Foreign securities may be subject to foreign taxes and may be more volatile than U.S. securities. Currency fluctuations and political and economic developments may adversely impact the value of foreign securities. The securities markets of many foreign countries are relatively small, with a limited number of companies representing a small number of industries. Additionally, issuers of foreign securities may not be subject to the same degree of regulation as U.S. issuers. Reporting, accounting, and auditing standards of foreign countries differ, in some
cases significantly, from U.S. standards. There are generally higher commission rates on foreign portfolio transactions, transfer taxes, higher custodial costs, and the possibility that foreign taxes will be charged on dividends and interest payable on foreign securities, some or all of which may not be reclaimable. Also, adverse changes in investment or exchange control regulations (which may include suspension of the ability to transfer currency or assets from a country); political changes; or diplomatic developments could adversely affect a fund’s investments. In the event of nationalization, expropriation, confiscatory taxation, or other confiscation, the fund could lose a substantial portion of, or its entire investment in, a foreign security. Some of the foreign securities risks are also applicable to funds that invest a material portion of their assets in securities of foreign issuers traded in the United States.
If applicable, depositary receipts are subject to most of the risks associated with investing in foreign securities directly because the value of a depositary receipt is dependent upon the market price of the underlying foreign equity security. Depositary receipts are also subject to liquidity risk. Additionally, the Holding Foreign Companies Accountable Act (HFCAA) could cause securities of foreign companies, including American depositary receipts, to be delisted from U.S. stock exchanges if the companies do not allow the U.S. government to oversee the auditing of their financial information. Although the requirements of the HFCAA apply to securities of all foreign issuers, the SEC has thus far limited its enforcement efforts to securities of Chinese companies. If securities are delisted, a fund’s ability to transact in such securities will be impaired, and the liquidity and market price of the securities may decline. The fund may also need to seek other markets in which to transact in such securities, which could increase the fund’s costs.
Emerging-market risk. Investments in the securities of issuers based in countries with emerging-market economies are subject to greater levels of risk and uncertainty than investments in more-developed foreign markets, since emerging-market securities may present market, credit, currency, liquidity, legal, political, and other risks greater than, or in addition to, the risks of investing in developed foreign countries. These risks include high currency exchange-rate fluctuations; increased risk of default (including both government and private issuers); greater social, economic, and political uncertainty and instability (including the risk of war); more substantial governmental involvement in the economy; less governmental supervision and regulation of the securities markets and participants in those markets; controls on foreign investment and limitations on repatriation of invested capital and on a fund’s ability to exchange local currencies for U.S. dollars; unavailability of currency hedging techniques in certain emerging-market countries; the fact that companies in emerging-market countries may be newly organized, smaller, and less seasoned; the difference in, or lack of, auditing and financial reporting requirements or standards, which may result in the unavailability of material information about issuers; different clearance and settlement procedures, which may be unable to keep pace with the volume of securities transactions or otherwise make it difficult to engage in such transactions; difficulties in obtaining and/or enforcing legal judgments against non-U.S. companies and non-U.S. persons, including company directors and officers, in foreign jurisdictions; and significantly smaller market capitalizations of emerging-market issuers. In
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addition, shareholders of emerging market issuers, such as the fund, often have limited rights and few practical remedies in emerging markets. Finally, the risks associated with investments in emerging markets often are significant, and vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction and company to company.
Currency risk. Currency risk is the risk that fluctuations in exchange rates may adversely affect the U.S. dollar value of a fund’s investments. Currency risk includes both the risk that currencies in which a fund’s investments are traded, or currencies in which a fund has taken an active investment position, will decline in value relative to the U.S. dollar and, in the case of hedging positions, that the U.S. dollar will decline in value relative to the currency being hedged. Currency rates in foreign countries may fluctuate significantly for a number of reasons, including the forces of supply and demand in the foreign exchange markets, actual or perceived changes in interest rates, intervention (or the failure to intervene) by U.S. or foreign governments or central banks, or currency controls or political developments in the United States or abroad. Certain funds may also take active currency positions and may cross-hedge currency exposure represented by their securities into another foreign currency. This may result in a fund’s currency exposure being substantially different than that suggested by its securities investments. All funds with foreign currency holdings and/or that invest or trade in securities denominated in foreign currencies or related derivative instruments may be adversely affected by changes in foreign currency exchange rates. Derivative foreign currency transactions (such as futures, forwards, and swaps) may also involve leveraging risk, in addition to currency risk. Leverage may disproportionately increase a fund’s portfolio losses and reduce opportunities for gain when interest rates, stock prices, or currency rates are changing.
Large company risk
Larger, more established companies may be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges such as changes in technology and consumer tastes. Many larger companies also may not be able to attain the high growth rate of successful smaller companies, especially during extended periods of economic expansion. For purposes of the fund’s investment policies, the market capitalization of a company is based on its capitalization at the time the fund purchases the company’s securities. Market capitalizations of companies change over time. The fund is not obligated to sell a company’s security simply because, subsequent to its purchase, the company’s market capitalization has changed to be outside the capitalization range, if any, in effect for the fund.
Non-diversified risk
Overall risk can be reduced by investing in securities from a diversified pool of issuers, while overall risk is increased by investing in securities of a small number of issuers. If a fund is not diversified within the meaning of the Investment Company Act of 1940, as amended, that means it is allowed to invest a large portion of assets in any one issuer or a small number of issuers, which may result in greater susceptibility to associated risks. As a result, credit, market, and other risks associated with a non-diversified fund’s investment strategies or techniques may be more pronounced than for funds that are diversified.
Operational and cybersecurity risk
With the increased use of technologies, such as mobile devices and “cloud”-based service offerings and the dependence on the internet and computer systems to perform necessary business functions, the fund’s service providers are susceptible to operational and information or cybersecurity risks that could result in losses to the fund and its shareholders. Intentional cybersecurity breaches include unauthorized access to systems, networks, or devices (such as through “hacking” activity or “phishing”); infection from computer viruses or other malicious software code; and attacks that shut down, disable, slow, or otherwise disrupt operations, business processes, or website access or functionality. Cyber-attacks can also be carried out in a manner that does not require gaining unauthorized access, such as causing denial-of-service attacks on the service providers’ systems or websites rendering them unavailable to intended users or via “ransomware” that renders the systems inoperable until appropriate actions are taken. In addition, unintentional incidents can occur, such as the inadvertent release of confidential information (possibly resulting in the violation of applicable privacy laws).
A cybersecurity breach could result in the loss or theft of customer data or funds, loss or theft of proprietary information or corporate data, physical damage to a computer or network system, or costs associated with system repairs. Such incidents could cause a fund, the advisor, a manager, or other service providers to incur regulatory penalties, reputational damage, additional compliance costs, litigation costs or financial loss. In addition, such incidents could affect issuers in which a fund invests, and thereby cause the fund’s investments to lose value.
Cyber-events have the potential to materially affect the fund and the advisor’s relationships with accounts, shareholders, clients, customers, employees, products, and service providers. The fund has established risk management systems reasonably designed to seek to reduce the risks associated with cyber-events. There is no guarantee that the fund will be able to prevent or mitigate the impact of any or all cyber-events.
The fund is exposed to operational risk arising from a number of factors, including, but not limited to, human error, processing and communication errors, errors of the fund’s service providers, counterparties, or other third parties, failed or inadequate processes and technology or system failures.
In addition, other disruptive events, including (but not limited to) natural disasters and public health crises may adversely affect the fund’s ability to conduct business, in particular if the fund’s employees or the employees of its service providers are unable or unwilling to perform their responsibilities as a result of any such event. Even if the fund’s employees and the employees of its service providers are able to work remotely, those remote work arrangements could result in the fund’s business operations being less efficient than under normal circumstances, could lead to delays in its processing of transactions, and could increase the risk of cyber-events.
Sector risk
When a fund’s investments are focused in one or more sectors of the economy, they are less broadly invested across industries or sectors than other funds. This means that focused funds tend to be more volatile than other funds, and the values of their investments tend to go up and down
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more rapidly. In addition, a fund that invests in particular sectors is particularly susceptible to the impact of market, economic, political, regulatory, and other conditions and risks affecting those sectors. From time to time, a small number of companies may represent a large portion of a single sector or a group of related sectors as a whole.
Small and mid-sized company risk
Market risk and liquidity risk may be pronounced for securities of companies with medium-sized market capitalizations and are particularly pronounced for securities of companies with smaller market capitalizations. These companies may have limited product lines, markets, or financial resources, or they may depend on a few key employees. The securities of companies with medium and smaller market capitalizations may trade less frequently and in lesser volume than more widely held securities, and their value may fluctuate more sharply than those securities. They may also trade in the OTC market or on a regional exchange, or may otherwise have limited liquidity. Investments in less-seasoned companies with medium and smaller market capitalizations may present greater opportunities for growth and capital appreciation, but also involve greater risks than are customarily associated with more established companies with larger market capitalizations. These risks apply to all funds that invest in the securities of companies with smaller- or medium-sized market capitalizations. For purposes of the fund’s investment policies, the market capitalization of a company is based on its capitalization at the time the fund purchases the company’s securities. Market capitalizations of companies change over time. The fund is not obligated to sell a company’s security simply because, subsequent to its purchase, the company’s market capitalization has changed to be outside the capitalization range, if any, in effect for the fund.
Who’s who
The following are the names of the various entities involved with the fund’s investment and business operations, along with brief descriptions of the role each entity performs.
Board of Trustees
The Trustees oversee the fund’s business activities and retain the services of the various firms that carry out the fund’s operations.
Investment advisor
The investment advisor manages the fund’s business and investment activities.
John Hancock Investment Management LLC
200 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Founded in 1968, the advisor is an indirect principally owned subsidiary of John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.), which in turn is a subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation.
The advisor’s parent company has been helping individuals and institutions work toward their financial goals since 1862. The advisor offers investment solutions managed by leading institutional money managers, taking a disciplined team approach to portfolio management and research, leveraging the expertise of seasoned investment
professionals. As of September 30, 2023 the advisor had total assets under management of approximately $142.6 billion.
Subject to general oversight by the Board of Trustees, the advisor manages and supervises the investment operations and business affairs of the fund. The advisor selects, contracts with and compensates one or more subadvisors to manage all or a portion of the fund’s portfolio assets, subject to oversight by the advisor. In this role, the advisor has supervisory responsibility for managing the investment and reinvestment of the fund’s portfolio assets through proactive oversight and monitoring of the subadvisor and the fund, as described in further detail below. The advisor is responsible for developing overall investment strategies for the fund and overseeing and implementing the fund’s continuous investment programs and provides a variety of advisory oversight and investment research services. The advisor also provides management and transition services associated with certain fund events (e.g., strategy, portfolio manager, or subadvisor changes) and coordinates and oversees services provided under other agreements.
The advisor has ultimate responsibility to oversee a subadvisor and recommend to the Board of Trustees its hiring, termination, and replacement. In this capacity, the advisor, among other things: (i) monitors on a daily basis the compliance of the subadvisor with the investment objectives and related policies of the fund; (ii) monitors significant changes that may impact the subadvisor's overall business and regularly performs due diligence reviews of the subadvisor; (iii) reviews the performance of the subadvisor; and (iv) reports periodically on such performance to the Board of Trustees. The advisor employs a team of investment professionals who provide these ongoing research and monitoring services.
The fund relies on an order from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) permitting the advisor, subject to approval by the Board of Trustees, to appoint a subadvisor or change the terms of a subadvisory agreement without obtaining shareholder approval. The fund, therefore, is able to change subadvisors or the fees paid to a subadvisor, from time to time, without the expense and delays associated with obtaining shareholder approval of the change. This order does not, however, permit the advisor to appoint a subadvisor that is an affiliate of the advisor or the fund (other than by reason of serving as a subadvisor to the fund), or to increase the subadvisory fee of an affiliated subadvisor, without the approval of the shareholders.
Management fee
The fund pays the advisor a management fee for its services to the fund. The advisor in turn pays the fees of the subadvisor. The management fee is stated as an annual percentage of the aggregate net assets of the fund (together with the assets of any other applicable fund identified in the advisory agreement) determined in accordance with the following schedule, and that rate is applied to the average daily net assets of the fund.
Average daily net assets ($)
Annual rate (%)
First 1 billion
0.800
Excess over 1 billion
0.780
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During its most recent fiscal period, the fund paid the advisor a management fee equal to 0.79% of average daily net assets (including any waivers and/or reimbursements).
The basis for the Board of Trustees’ approval of the advisory fees, and of the investment advisory agreement overall, including the subadvisory agreement, is discussed in the fund’s most recent annual shareholder report for the period ended August 31.
Additional information about fund expenses
The fund’s annual operating expenses will likely vary throughout the period and from year to year. The fund’s expenses for the current fiscal year may be higher than the expenses listed in the fund’s “Annual fund operating expenses” table, for some of the following reasons: (i) a significant decrease in average net assets may result in a higher advisory fee rate if any advisory fee breakpoints are not achieved; (ii) a significant decrease in average net assets may result in an increase in the expense ratio because certain fund expenses do not decrease as asset levels decrease; or (iii) fees may be incurred for extraordinary events such as fund tax expenses.
The advisor voluntarily agrees to reduce its management fee for the fund, or if necessary make payment to the fund, in an amount equal to the amount by which the expenses of the fund exceed 0.25% of the average daily net assets of the fund. For purposes of this agreement, “expenses of the fund” means all the expenses of the fund, excluding (a) taxes, (b) brokerage commissions, (c) interest expense, (d) litigation and indemnification expenses and other extraordinary expenses not incurred in the ordinary course of the fund’s business, (e) advisory fees, (f) class-specific expenses, (g) underlying fund expenses (acquired fund fees), and (h) short dividend expense. The advisor may terminate this voluntary waiver at any time upon notice to the fund.
Subadvisor
The subadvisor handles the fund’s portfolio management activities, subject to oversight by the advisor.
Manulife Investment Management (US) LLC
197 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116
Manulife Investment Management (US) LLC (Manulife IM (US)) provides investment advisory services to individual and institutional investors. Manulife IM (US) is a wholly owned subsidiary of John Hancock Life Insurance Company (U.S.A.) (a subsidiary of Manulife Financial Corporation) and, as of September 30, 2023, had total assets under management of approximately $182.5 billion.
The following are brief biographical profiles of the leaders of the fund’s investment management team, in alphabetical order. These managers are jointly and primarily responsible for the day-to-day management of the fund’s portfolio. These managers are employed by Manulife IM (US). For more details about these individuals, including information about their compensation, other accounts they manage, and any investments they may have in the fund, see the SAI.
Emory W. (Sandy) Sanders, Jr., CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
Managed the fund since 2012
Joined Manulife IM (US) in 2010
Began business career in 1997
Jonathan T. White, CFA
Senior Portfolio Manager
Managed the fund since 2013
Joined Manulife IM (US) in 2011
Custodian
The custodian holds the fund’s assets, settles all portfolio trades, and collects most of the valuation data required for calculating the fund’s net asset value.
Citibank, N.A.
388 Greenwich Street
New York, NY 10013
Principal distributor
The principal distributor markets the fund and distributes shares through selling brokers, financial planners, and other financial professionals.
John Hancock Investment Management Distributors LLC
200 Berkeley Street
Boston, MA 02116
Transfer agent
The transfer agent handles shareholder services, including recordkeeping and statements, distribution of dividends, and processing of buy-and-sell requests.
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
Additional information
The fund has entered into contractual arrangements with various parties that provide services to the fund, which may include, among others, the advisor, subadvisor, custodian, principal distributor, and transfer agent, as described above and in the SAI. Fund shareholders are not parties to, or intended or “third-party” beneficiaries of, any of these contractual arrangements. These contractual arrangements are not intended to, nor do they, create in any individual shareholder or group of shareholders any right, either directly or on behalf of the fund, to either: (a) enforce such contracts against the service providers; or (b) seek any remedy under such contracts against the service providers.
The advisor internally credits a portion of its profits to an affiliated business, John Hancock Retirement (JHR), which is the record keeper for certain 401(k) plans that invest in Class R6 shares. JHR may reduce the record keeping fees paid to it by such 401(k) plans by a commensurate amount. JHR may discontinue this practice with adequate notice to plan sponsors.
This prospectus provides information concerning the fund that you should consider in determining whether to purchase shares of the fund. Each of this prospectus, the SAI, or any contract that is an exhibit to the fund’s registration statement, is not intended to, nor does it, give rise to
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an agreement or contract between the fund and any investor. Each such document also does not give rise to any contract or create rights in any individual shareholder, group of shareholders, or other person. The foregoing disclosure should not be read to suggest any waiver of any rights conferred by federal or state securities laws.
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Financial highlights
These tables detail the financial performance of each share class described in this prospectus, including total return information showing how much an investment in the fund has increased or decreased for the periods shown below (assuming reinvestment of all dividends and distributions). Certain information reflects financial results for a single fund share.
The financial statements of the fund as of August 31, 2023, have been audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), the fund’s independent registered public accounting firm. The report of PwC, along with the fund’s financial statements in the fund’s annual report for the fiscal period ended August 31, 2023, has been incorporated by reference into the SAI. Copies of the fund’s most recent annual report are available upon request.
Fundamental Global Franchise Fund Class A Shares
Per share operating performance Period ended
8-31-23
8-31-22
8-31-21
8-31-20
8-31-19
Net asset value, beginning of period
$10.22
$14.34
$12.02
$11.91
$13.03
Net investment income (loss)1
0.02
(0.02
)
(0.05
)
(0.01
)
0.02
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments
1.69
(2.86
)
3.37
0.86
0.26
Total from investment operations
1.71
(2.88
)
3.32
0.85
0.28
Less distributions
From net investment income
(0.05
)
(0.02
)
From net realized gain
(0.80
)
(1.24
)
(1.00
)
(0.69
)
(1.38
)
Total distributions
(0.80
)
(1.24
)
(1.00
)
(0.74
)
(1.40
)
Net asset value, end of period
$11.13
$10.22
$14.34
$12.02
$11.91
Total return (%)2,3
18.23
(21.96
)
28.93
7.34
4.61
Ratios and supplemental data
Net assets, end of period (in millions)
$6
$5
$7
$5
$5
Ratios (as a percentage of average net assets):
Expenses before reductions
1.33
1.30
1.30
1.32
1.31
Expenses including reductions
1.32
1.29
1.29
1.31
1.30
Net investment income (loss)
0.15
(0.18
)
(0.38
)
(0.09
)
0.20
Portfolio turnover (%)
31
30
34
49
26
1
Based on average daily shares outstanding.
2
Total returns would have been lower had certain expenses not been reduced during the applicable periods.
3
Does not reflect the effect of sales charges, if any.
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Fundamental Global Franchise Fund Class I Shares
Per share operating performance Period ended
8-31-23
8-31-22
8-31-21
8-31-20
8-31-19
Net asset value, beginning of period
$10.35
$14.47
$12.08
$11.97
$13.10
Net investment income (loss)1
0.05
0.01
(0.01
)
0.03
0.09
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments
1.72
(2.89
)
3.40
0.86
0.22
Total from investment operations
1.77
(2.88
)
3.39
0.89
0.31
Less distributions
From net investment income
(0.03
)
(0.09
)
(0.06
)
From net realized gain
(0.80
)
(1.24
)
(1.00
)
(0.69
)
(1.38
)
Total distributions
(0.83
)
(1.24
)
(1.00
)
(0.78
)
(1.44
)
Net asset value, end of period
$11.29
$10.35
$14.47
$12.08
$11.97
Total return (%)2
18.61
(21.75
)
29.39
7.60
4.90
Ratios and supplemental data
Net assets, end of period (in millions)
$10
$8
$94
$75
$31
Ratios (as a percentage of average net assets):
Expenses before reductions
1.02
1.00
1.00
1.02
1.01
Expenses including reductions
1.02
0.99
0.99
1.01
1.01
Net investment income (loss)
0.46
0.09
(0.08
)
0.27
0.77
Portfolio turnover (%)
31
30
34
49
26
1
Based on average daily shares outstanding.
2
Total returns would have been lower had certain expenses not been reduced during the applicable periods.
Fundamental Global Franchise Fund Class R6 Shares
Per share operating performance Period ended
8-31-23
8-31-22
8-31-21
8-31-20
8-31-19
Net asset value, beginning of period
$10.38
$14.50
$12.10
$11.98
$13.11
Net investment income1
0.05
0.03
2
0.04
0.08
Net realized and unrealized gain (loss) on investments
1.73
(2.91
)
3.41
0.87
0.24
Total from investment operations
1.78
(2.88
)
3.41
0.91
0.32
Less distributions
From net investment income
(0.04
)
2
(0.01
)
(0.10
)
(0.07
)
From net realized gain
(0.80
)
(1.24
)
(1.00
)
(0.69
)
(1.38
)
Total distributions
(0.84
)
(1.24
)
(1.01
)
(0.79
)
(1.45
)
Net asset value, end of period
$11.32
$10.38
$14.50
$12.10
$11.98
Total return (%)3
18.70
(21.68
)
29.48
7.80
5.02
Ratios and supplemental data
Net assets, end of period (in millions)
$11
$11
$13
$11
$7
Ratios (as a percentage of average net assets):
Expenses before reductions
0.92
0.89
0.89
0.90
0.90
Expenses including reductions
0.91
0.88
0.89
0.90
0.90
Net investment income
0.52
0.27
0.03
0.35
0.71
Portfolio turnover (%)
31
30
34
49
26
1
Based on average daily shares outstanding.
2
Less than $0.005 per share.
3
Total returns would have been lower had certain expenses not been reduced during the applicable periods.
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Choosing an eligible share class
Class A shares have a Rule 12b-1 plan that allows the class to pay fees for the sale, distribution, and service of its shares. Class I and Class R6 shares do not have a Rule 12b-1 plan. Your financial professional can help you decide which share class you are eligible to buy and is best for you. Each class’s eligibility guidelines are described below.
Class A shares
Class A shares are not available to group retirement plans that do not currently hold Class A shares of the fund and that are eligible to invest in Class I shares or any of the R share classes, except as provided below. Such group retirement plans include defined benefit plans, 401(k) plans, 457 plans, 403(b)(7) plans, pension and profit-sharing plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation plans. Individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Roth IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, individual (“solo” or “single”) 401(k) plans, individual profit sharing plans, individual 403(b) plans, individual defined benefit plans, simplified employee pensions (SEPs), SAR-SEPs, 529 tuition programs and Coverdell Educational Savings Accounts are not considered group retirement plans and are not subject to this restriction on the purchase of Class A shares.
Investment in Class A shares by such group retirement plans will be permitted in the following circumstances:
The plan currently holds assets in Class A shares of the fund or any John Hancock fund;
Class A shares of the fund or any other John Hancock fund were established as an investment option under the plan prior to January 1, 2013, and the fund’s representatives have agreed that the plan may invest in Class A shares after that date;
Class A shares of the fund or any other John Hancock fund were established as a part of an investment model prior to January 1, 2013, and the fund’s representatives have agreed that plans utilizing such model may invest in Class A shares after that date; and
Such group retirement plans offered through an intermediary brokerage platform that does not require payments relating to the provisions of services to the fund, such as providing omnibus account services, transaction-processing services, or effecting portfolio transactions for the fund, that are specific to assets held in such group retirement plans and vary from such payments otherwise made for such services with respect to assets held in non-group retirement plan accounts.
Class I shares
Class I shares are offered without any sales charge to the following types of investors if they also meet the minimum initial investment requirement for purchases of Class I shares (see “Opening an account”):
Clients of financial intermediaries who: (i) charge such clients a fee for advisory, investment, consulting, or similar services; (ii) have entered into an agreement with the distributor to offer Class I shares through a no-load program or investment platform; or (iii) have entered into an agreement with the distributor to offer Class I shares to clients on certain brokerage platforms where the intermediary is acting solely as an agent for the investor who may be required to pay a commission and/or other forms of compensation to the intermediary. Other share classes of the fund have different fees and expenses.
Retirement and other benefit plans
Endowment funds, foundations, donor advised funds, and other charitable entities
Any state, county, or city, or its instrumentality, department, authority, or agency
Accounts registered to insurance companies, trust companies, and bank trust departments
Any entity that is considered a corporation for tax purposes
Investment companies, both affiliated and not affiliated with the advisor
Trustees, employees of the advisor or its affiliates, employees of the subadvisor, members of the fund’s portfolio management team and the spouses and children (under age 21) of the aforementioned
Class R6 shares
Class R6 shares are offered without any sales charge and are generally made available to the following types of investors if they also meet the minimum initial investment requirement for purchases of Class R6 shares. (See “Opening an account.”)
Qualified 401(a) plans (including 401(k) plans, Keogh plans, profit-sharing pension plans, money purchase pension plans, target benefit plans, defined benefit pension plans, and Taft-Hartley multi-employer pension plans) (collectively, qualified plans)
Endowment funds and foundations
Any state, county, or city, or its instrumentality, department, authority, or agency
403(b) plans and 457 plans, including 457(a) governmental entity plans and tax-exempt plans
Accounts registered to insurance companies, trust companies, and bank trust departments
Investment companies, both affiliated and not affiliated with the advisor
Any entity that is considered a corporation for tax purposes, including corporate nonqualified deferred compensation plans of such corporations
Trustees, employees of the advisor or its affiliates, employees of the subadvisor, members of the fund’s portfolio management team and the spouses and children (under age 21) of the aforementioned
Financial intermediaries utilizing fund shares in certain eligible qualifying investment product platforms under a signed agreement with the distributor
Class R6 shares may not be available through certain investment dealers.
The availability of Class R6 shares for qualified plan investors will depend upon the policies of your financial intermediary and/or the recordkeeper for your qualified plan.
Class R6 shares also are generally available only to qualified plan investors where plan level or omnibus accounts are held on the books of the fund.
Class R6 shares are not available to retail non-retirement accounts, Traditional and Roth individual retirement accounts (IRAs), Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, SEPs, SARSEPs, SIMPLE IRAs, and 529 college savings plans.
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Class cost structure
Class A shares
A front-end sales charge, as described in the section “How sales charges for Class A shares are calculated”
Distribution and service (Rule 12b-1) fees of 0.30%
A 1.00% CDSC on certain shares sold within one year of purchase
Class I shares
No front-end or deferred sales charges; however, if you purchase Class I shares through a broker acting solely as an agent on behalf of its customers, you may be required to pay a commission to the broker
No Rule 12b-1 fees
Class R6 shares
No front-end or deferred sales charges; all your money goes to work for you right away
No Rule 12b-1 fees
Rule 12b-1 fees
Rule 12b-1 fees will be paid to the fund’s distributor, John Hancock Investment Management Distributors LLC, and may be used by the distributor for expenses relating to the sale, distribution of, and shareholder or administrative services for holders of the shares of the class, and for the payment of service fees that come within Rule 2341 of the Conduct Rules of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).
Because Rule 12b-1 fees are paid out of the fund’s assets on an ongoing basis, over time they will increase the cost of your investment and may cost shareholders more than other types of sales charges.
Your broker-dealer or agent may charge you a fee to effect transactions in fund shares. Other share classes of the fund, which have their own expense structure, may be offered in separate prospectuses.
Additional payments to financial intermediaries
Class A shares of the fund are primarily sold through financial intermediaries, such as brokers, banks, registered investment advisors, financial planners, and retirement plan administrators. These firms may be compensated for selling shares of the fund in two principal ways:
directly, by the payment of sales commissions, if any; and
indirectly, as a result of the fund paying Rule 12b-1 fees.
Class I shares do not carry sales commissions or pay Rule 12b-1 fees. However, if you purchase Class I shares through a broker acting solely as an agent on behalf of its customers, you may be required to pay a commission to the broker.
No dealer compensation is paid from fund assets on sales of Class R6 shares. Class R6 shares do not carry sales commissions, pay Rule 12b-1 fees, or make payments to financial intermediaries to assist in the distributor’s efforts to promote the sale of the fund’s shares. Neither the fund nor its affiliates make any type of administrative or service payments in connection with investments in Class R6 shares.
Except with respect to Class R6 shares, certain firms may request, and the distributor may agree to make, payments in addition to sales
commissions and Rule 12b-1 fees, if applicable, out of the distributor’s own resources.
These additional payments are sometimes referred to as revenue sharing. These payments assist in the distributor’s efforts to promote the sale of the fund’s shares. The distributor agrees with the firm on the methods for calculating any additional compensation, which may include the level of sales or assets attributable to the firm. Not all firms receive additional compensation, and the amount of compensation varies. These payments could be significant to a firm. The distributor determines which firms to support and the extent of the payments it is willing to make. The distributor generally chooses to compensate firms that have a strong capability to distribute shares of the fund and that are willing to cooperate with the distributor’s promotional efforts.
The distributor hopes to benefit from revenue sharing by increasing the fund’s net assets, which, as well as benefiting the fund, would result in additional management and other fees for the advisor and its affiliates. In consideration for revenue sharing, a firm may feature the fund in its sales system or give preferential access to members of its sales force or management. In addition, the firm may agree to participate in the distributor’s marketing efforts by allowing the distributor or its affiliates to participate in conferences, seminars, or other programs attended by the intermediary’s sales force. Although an intermediary may seek revenue-sharing payments to offset costs incurred by the firm in servicing its clients who have invested in the fund, the intermediary may earn a profit on these payments. Revenue-sharing payments may provide your firm with an incentive to favor the fund.
The SAI discusses the distributor’s revenue-sharing arrangements in more detail. Your intermediary may charge you additional fees other than those disclosed in this prospectus. You can ask your firm about any payments it receives from the distributor or the fund, as well as about fees and/or commissions it charges.
The distributor, advisor, and their affiliates may have other relationships with your firm relating to the provisions of services to the fund, such as providing omnibus account services, transaction-processing services, or effecting portfolio transactions for the fund. If your intermediary provides these services, the advisor or the fund may compensate the intermediary for these services. In addition, your intermediary may have other compensated relationships with the advisor or its affiliates that are not related to the fund.
How sales charges for Class A shares are calculated
Class A sales charges are as follows:
Your investment ($)
As a % of
offering price*
As a % of
your investment
Up to 49,999
5.00
5.26
50,000–99,999
4.50
4.71
100,000–249,999
3.50
3.63
250,000–499,999
2.50
2.56
500,000–999,999
2.00
2.04
1,000,000 and over
See below
 
*
Offering price is the net asset value per share plus any initial sales charge.
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You may qualify for a reduced Class A sales charge if you own or are purchasing Class A, Class C, Class I, Class R2, Class R4, Class R5, or Class R6 shares of a John Hancock open-end mutual fund. To receive the reduced sales charge, you must tell your broker or financial professional at the time you purchase the fund’s Class A shares about any other John Hancock mutual funds held by you, your spouse, or your children under the age of 21. This includes investments held in an individual retirement account, in an employee benefit plan, or with a broker or financial professional other than the one handling your current purchase. John Hancock will credit the combined value, at the current offering price, of all eligible accounts to determine whether you qualify for a reduced sales charge on your current purchase. You may need to provide documentation for these accounts, such as an account statement. For more information about sales charges, reductions, and waivers, you may visit the fund’s website at jhinvestments.com, which includes hyperlinks to facilitate access to this information. You may also consult your broker or financial professional, or refer to the section entitled “Sales Charges on Class A and Class C Shares” in the fund’s SAI. You may request an SAI from your broker or financial professional by accessing the fund’s website at jhinvestments.com or by calling Signature Services at 800-225-5291.
Investments of $1 million or more
Class A shares are available with no front-end sales charge on investments of $1 million or more. There is a CDSC on any Class A shares upon which a commission or finder’s fee was paid that are sold within one year of purchase, as follows:
Class A deferred charges on investments of $1 million or more
Years after purchase
CDSC (%)
1st year
1.00
After 1st year
None
For purposes of this CDSC, all purchases made during a calendar month are counted as having been made on the first day of that month.
The CDSC is based on the lesser of the original purchase cost or the current market value of the shares being sold, and is not charged on shares you acquired by reinvesting your dividends. To keep your CDSC as low as possible, each time you place a request to sell shares, we will first sell any shares in your account that are not subject to a CDSC.
Sales charge reductions and waivers
The availability of certain sales charge waivers and discounts will depend on whether you purchase your shares directly from the fund or through a financial intermediary. Intermediaries may have different policies and procedures regarding the availability of front-end sales charge waivers or CDSC waivers (See Appendix 1 - Intermediary sales charge waivers, which includes information about specific sales charge waivers applicable to the intermediaries identified therein).
Reducing your Class A sales charges
There are several ways you can combine multiple purchases of shares of John Hancock funds to take advantage of the breakpoints in the sales charge schedule. The first three ways can be combined in any manner.
Accumulation privilege—lets you add the value of any class of shares
of any John Hancock open-end fund you already own to the amount of your next Class A investment for purposes of calculating the sales charge. However, Class A shares of money market funds will not qualify unless you have already paid a sales charge on those shares.
Letter of intention—lets you purchase Class A shares of a fund over a 13-month period and receive the same sales charge as if all shares had been purchased at once. You can use a letter of intention to qualify for reduced sales charges if you plan to invest at least to the first breakpoint level (generally $50,000 or $100,000 depending on the specific fund) in a John Hancock fund’s Class A shares during the next 13 months. Completing a letter of intention does not obligate you to purchase additional shares. However, if you do not buy enough shares to qualify for the lower sales charges by the earlier of the end of the 13-month period or when you sell your shares, your sales charges will be recalculated to reflect your actual amount purchased. It is your responsibility to tell John Hancock Signature Services Inc. or your financial professional when you believe you have purchased shares totaling an amount eligible for reduced sales charges, as stated in your letter of intention. Further information is provided in the SAI.
Combination privilege—lets you combine shares of all funds for purposes of calculating the Class A sales charge.
To utilize any reduction, you must complete the appropriate section of your application, or contact your financial professional or Signature Services. Consult the SAI for additional details (see the back cover of this prospectus).
Group investment program
A group may be treated as a single purchaser under the accumulation and combination privileges. Each investor has an individual account, but the group’s investments are lumped together for sales charge purposes, making the investors potentially eligible for reduced sales charges. There is no charge or obligation to invest (although initial investments per account opened must satisfy minimum initial investment requirements specified in the section entitled “Opening an account”), and individual investors may close their accounts at any time.
To utilize this program, you must contact your financial professional or Signature Services to find out how to qualify. Consult the SAI for additional details (see the back cover of this prospectus).
CDSC waivers
As long as Signature Services is notified at the time you sell, any CDSC for Class A shares will be waived in the following cases, as applicable:
to make payments through certain systematic withdrawal plans
redemptions pursuant to the fund’s right to liquidate an account that is below the minimum account value stated below in “Dividends and account policies,” under the subsection “Small accounts”
redemptions of Class A shares by a group retirement plan that continues to offer the same or another John Hancock mutual fund as an investment to its participants
redemptions made under certain liquidation, merger or acquisition transactions involving other investment companies or personal holding companies
to make certain distributions from a retirement plan
because of shareholder death or disability
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rollovers, contract exchanges, or transfers of John Hancock custodial 403(b)(7) account assets required by John Hancock as a result of its decision to discontinue maintaining and administering 403(b)(7) accounts
To utilize a waiver, you must contact your financial professional or Signature Services. Consult the SAI for additional details (see the back cover of this prospectus). Please note, these waivers are distinct from those described in Appendix 1, “Intermediary sales charge waivers.”
Reinstatement privilege
If you sell shares of a John Hancock fund, you may reinvest some or all of the proceeds back into the same share class of the same fund and account from which it was removed, within 120 days without a sales charge, subject to fund minimums, as long as Signature Services or your financial professional is notified before you reinvest. If you paid a CDSC when you sold your shares, you will be credited with the amount of the CDSC. Consult the SAI for additional details.
To utilize this privilege, you must contact your financial professional or Signature Services. Consult the SAI for additional details (see the back cover of this prospectus).
Waivers for certain investors
Class A shares may be offered without front-end sales charges or CDSCs to the following individuals and institutions:
Selling brokers and their employees and sales representatives (and their Immediate Family, as defined in the SAI)
Financial intermediaries utilizing fund shares in eligible retirement platforms, fee-based, or wrap investment products
Financial intermediaries who offer shares to self-directed investment brokerage accounts that may or may not charge a transaction fee to their customers
Fund Trustees and other individuals who are affiliated with these or other John Hancock funds, including employees of John Hancock companies or Manulife Financial Corporation (and their Immediate Family, as defined in the SAI)
Individuals exchanging shares held in an eligible fee-based program for Class A shares, provided however, subsequent purchases in Class A shares will be subject to applicable sales charges
Individuals transferring assets held in a SIMPLE IRA, SEP, or SARSEP invested in John Hancock funds directly to an IRA
Individuals converting assets held in an IRA, SIMPLE IRA, SEP, or SARSEP invested in John Hancock funds directly to a Roth IRA
Individuals recharacterizing assets from an IRA, Roth IRA, SEP, SARSEP, or SIMPLE IRA invested in John Hancock funds back to the original account type from which they were converted
Participants in group retirement plans that are eligible and permitted to purchase Class A shares as described in the “Choosing an eligible share class” section above. This waiver is contingent upon the group retirement plan being in a recordkeeping arrangement and does not apply to group retirement plans transacting business with the fund through a brokerage relationship in which sales charges are customarily imposed, unless such brokerage relationship qualifies for a sales charge waiver as described. In addition, this waiver does not apply to a group retirement plan that leaves its current recordkeeping
arrangement and subsequently transacts business with the fund through a brokerage relationship in which sales charges are customarily imposed. Whether a sales charge waiver is available to your group retirement plan through its record keeper depends upon the policies and procedures of your intermediary. Please consult your financial professional for further information
Terminating participants in a pension, profit-sharing, or other plan qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code, or described in Section 457(b) of the Code, (i) that is funded by certain John Hancock group annuity contracts, (ii) for which John Hancock Trust Company serves as trustee or custodian, or (iii) the trustee or custodian of which has retained John Hancock Retirement Plan Services (“RPS”) as a service provider, rolling over assets (directly or within 60 days after distribution) from such a plan (or from a John Hancock Managed IRA or John Hancock Annuities IRA into which such assets have already been rolled over) to a John Hancock custodial IRA or John Hancock custodial Roth IRA or other John Hancock branded IRA offered through Manulife | John Hancock Brokerage Services LLC that invests in John Hancock funds, or the subsequent establishment of or any rollover into a new John Hancock fund account by such terminating participants and/or their Immediate Family (as defined in the SAI), including subsequent investments into such accounts, and that are held directly at John Hancock funds or at the John Hancock Personal Financial Services (“PFS”) Financial Center
Participants in a terminating pension, profit-sharing, or other plan qualified under Section 401(a) of the Code, or described in Section 457(b) of the Code (the assets of which, immediately prior to such plan's termination, were (a) held in certain John Hancock group annuity contracts, (b) in trust or custody by John Hancock Trust Company, or (c) by a trustee or custodian which has retained John Hancock RPS as a service provider, but have been transferred from such contracts or trust funds and are held either: (i) in trust by a distribution processing organization; or (ii) in a custodial IRA or custodial Roth IRA sponsored by an authorized third-party trust company and made available through John Hancock), rolling over assets (directly or within 60 days after distribution) from such a plan to a John Hancock custodial IRA or John Hancock custodial Roth IRA or other John Hancock branded IRA offered through Manulife | John Hancock Brokerage Services LLC that invests in John Hancock funds, or the subsequent establishment of or any rollover into a new John Hancock fund account by such participants and/or their Immediate Family (as defined in the SAI), including subsequent investments into such accounts, and that are held directly at John Hancock funds or at the PFS Financial Center
Participants actively enrolled in a John Hancock RPS plan account (or an account the trustee of which has retained John Hancock RPS as a service provider) rolling over or transferring assets into a new John Hancock custodial IRA or John Hancock custodial Roth IRA or other John Hancock branded IRA offered through Manulife | John Hancock Brokerage Services LLC that invests in John Hancock funds through John Hancock PFS (to the extent such assets are otherwise prohibited from rolling over or transferring into such participant's John Hancock RPS plan account), including subsequent investments into such accounts, and that are held directly at John Hancock funds or at the John Hancock PFS Financial Center
Individuals rolling over assets held in a John Hancock custodial 403(b)(7) account into a John Hancock custodial IRA account
Former employees/associates of John Hancock, its affiliates, or agencies rolling over (directly or indirectly within 60 days after
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distribution) to a new John Hancock custodial IRA or John Hancock custodial Roth IRA from the John Hancock Employee Investment-Incentive Plan (TIP), John Hancock Savings Investment Plan (SIP), or the John Hancock Pension Plan, and such participants and their Immediate Family (as defined in the SAI) subsequently establishing or rolling over assets into a new John Hancock account through the John Hancock PFS Group, including subsequent investments into such accounts, and that are held directly at John Hancock funds or at the John Hancock PFS Financial Center
A member of a class action lawsuit against insurance companies who is investing settlement proceeds
To utilize a waiver, you must contact your financial professional or Signature Services. Consult the SAI for additional details (see the back cover of this prospectus). Please note, these waivers are distinct from those described in Appendix 1, “Intermediary sales charge waivers.”
Other waivers
Front-end sales charges and CDSCs are not imposed in connection with the following transactions:
Exchanges from one John Hancock fund to the same class of any other John Hancock fund (see “Transaction policies” in this prospectus for additional details)
Dividend reinvestments (see “Dividends and account policies” in this prospectus for additional details)
In addition, the availability of certain sales charge waivers and discounts will depend on whether you purchase your shares directly from the fund or through a financial intermediary. Intermediaries may have different policies and procedures regarding the availability of front-end sales charge waivers or CDSC waivers (See Appendix 1 - Intermediary sales charge waivers, which includes information about specific sales charge waivers applicable to the intermediaries identified therein). In all instances, it is the purchaser’s responsibility to notify the fund or the purchaser’s financial intermediary at the time of purchase of any relationship or other facts qualifying the purchaser for sales charge waivers or discounts. For waivers and discounts not available through a particular intermediary, shareholders will have to purchase fund shares directly from the fund or through another intermediary to receive these waivers or discounts.
Opening an account
1
Read this prospectus carefully.
2
Determine if you are eligible by referring to “Choosing an eligible share class.”
3
Determine how much you want to invest. The minimum initial investments for Class A, Class I, and Class R6 shares are described below. There are no subsequent minimum investment requirements for these share classes.
Share Class
Minimum initial investment
Class A
$1,000 ($250 for group investments). However, there is
no minimum initial investment for certain group
retirement plans using salary deduction or similar group
methods of payment, for fee-based or wrap accounts of
selling firms that have executed a fee-based or wrap
agreement with the distributor, or for certain other
eligible investment product platforms.
Class I
$250,000. However, the minimum initial investment
requirement may be waived, at the fund’s sole discretion,
for investors in certain fee-based, wrap, or other
investment platform programs, or in certain brokerage
platforms where the intermediary is acting solely as an
agent for the investor. The fund also may waive the
minimum initial investment for other categories of
investors at its discretion, including for Trustees,
employees of the advisor or its affiliates, employees of
the subadvisor, members of the fund’s portfolio
management team and the spouses and children (under
age 21) of the aforementioned.
Class R6
$1 million. However, there is no minimum initial
investment requirement for: (i) qualified and
nonqualified plan investors; (ii) certain eligible qualifying
investment product platforms; or (iii) Trustees,
employees of the advisor or its affiliates, employees of
the subadvisor, members of the fund’s portfolio
management team and the spouses and children (under
age 21) of the aforementioned.
4
All shareholders must complete the account application, carefully following the instructions. If you have any questions, please contact your financial professional or call Signature Services at 800-225-5291 for Class A shares or 888-972-8696 for Class I and Class R6 shares.
5
For Class A shares, complete the appropriate parts of the account privileges application. By applying for privileges now, you can avoid the delay and inconvenience of having to file an additional application if you want to add privileges later.
6
Make your initial investment using the instructions under “Buying shares.” You and your financial professional can initiate any purchase, exchange, or sale of shares.
Important information about opening a new account
To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 (USA PATRIOT Act) requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person or entity that opens an account.
For individual investors opening an account. When you open an account, you will be asked for your name, residential address, date of birth, and Social Security number.
For investors other than individuals. When you open an account, you will be asked for the name of the entity, its principal place of business, and taxpayer identification number (TIN), and you may be requested to provide information on persons with authority or control over the account, including, but not limited to, name, residential address, date of birth, and Social Security number. You may also be asked to provide documents, such as articles of incorporation, trust instruments, or
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partnership agreements, and other information that will help Signature Services identify the entity. Please see the mutual fund account application for more details.
Information for plan participants
Plan participants generally must contact their plan service provider to purchase, redeem, or exchange shares. The administrator of a retirement plan or employee benefits office can provide participants with detailed information on how to participate in the plan, elect a fund as an investment option, elect different investment options, alter the amounts contributed to the plan, or change allocations among investment options. For questions about participant accounts, participants should contact their employee benefits office, the plan administrator, or the organization that provides recordkeeping services for the plan.
Financial service firms may provide some of the shareholder servicing and account maintenance services required by retirement plan accounts and their plan participants, including transfers of registration, dividend payee changes, and generation of confirmation statements, and may arrange for plan administrators to provide other investment or administrative services. Financial service firms may charge retirement plans and plan participants transaction fees and/or other additional amounts for such services. Similarly, retirement plans may charge plan participants for certain expenses. These fees and additional amounts could reduce an investment return in the fund.
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Buying shares
Class A shares
Opening an account
Adding to an account
By check
Make out a check for the investment amount, payable to “John Hancock
Signature Services, Inc.”
Deliver the check and your completed application to your financial
professional or mail them to Signature Services (address below).
Make out a check for the investment amount, payable to “John Hancock
Signature Services, Inc.”
Include a note specifying the fund name, the share class, your account
number, and the name(s) in which the account is registered.
Deliver the check and your investment slip or note to your financial
professional, or mail them to Signature Services (address below).
By exchange
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
Log on to the website below to process exchanges between funds.
Call EASI-Line for automated service.
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
By wire
Deliver your completed application to your financial professional or
mail it to Signature Services.
Obtain your account number by calling your financial professional or
Signature Services.
Obtain wiring instructions by calling Signature Services.
Instruct your bank to wire the amount of your investment. Specify the
fund name, the share class, your account number, and the name(s) in
which the account is registered. Your bank may charge a fee to wire
funds.
Obtain wiring instructions by calling Signature Services.
Instruct your bank to wire the amount of your investment. Specify the
fund name, the share class, your account number, and the name(s) in
which the account is registered. Your bank may charge a fee to wire
funds.
By internet
See “By exchange” and “By wire.”
Verify that your bank or credit union is a member of the Automated
Clearing House (ACH) system.
Complete the “Bank information” section on your account application.
Log on to the website below to initiate purchases using your authorized
bank account.
By phone
See “By exchange” and “By wire.”
Verify that your bank or credit union is a member of the ACH system.
Complete the “To purchase, exchange, or redeem shares via telephone”
and “Bank information” sections on your account application.
Call EASI-Line for automated service.
Call your financial professional or call Signature Services between
8:00a.m. and 7:00p.m., Monday–Thursday, and on Friday, between
8:00a.m. and 6:00p.m., Eastern time.
To add to an account using the Monthly Automatic Accumulation Program,
see “Additional investor services.”
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
EASI-Line
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature
Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature
Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
(24/7 automated service)
800-338-8080
800-225-5291
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Buying shares
Class I shares
Opening an account
Adding to an account
By check
Make out a check for the investment amount, payable to “John Hancock
Signature Services, Inc.”
Deliver the check and your completed application to your financial
professional or mail them to Signature Services (address below).
Make out a check for the investment amount, payable to “John Hancock
Signature Services, Inc.”
Include a note specifying the fund name, the share class, your account
number, and the name(s) in which the account is registered.
Deliver the check and your investment slip or note to your financial
professional, or mail them to Signature Services (address below).
By exchange
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
Log on to the website below to process exchanges between funds.
You may exchange Class I shares for other Class I shares or John
Hancock Money Market Fund Class A shares.
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
By wire
Deliver your completed application to your financial professional or
mail it to Signature Services.
Obtain your account number by calling your financial professional or
Signature Services.
Obtain wiring instructions by calling Signature Services.
Instruct your bank to wire the amount of your investment. Specify the
fund name, the share class, your account number, and the name(s) in
which the account is registered. Your bank may charge a fee to wire
funds.
Obtain wiring instructions by calling Signature Services.
Instruct your bank to wire the amount of your investment. Specify the
fund name, the share class, your account number, and the name(s) in
which the account is registered. Your bank may charge a fee to wire
funds.
By internet
See “By exchange” and “By wire.”
Verify that your bank or credit union is a member of the Automated
Clearing House (ACH) system.
Complete the “Bank information” section on your account application.
Log on to the website below to initiate purchases using your authorized
bank account.
By phone
See “By exchange” and “By wire.”
Verify that your bank or credit union is a member of the ACH system.
Complete the “To purchase, exchange, or redeem shares via telephone”
and “Bank information” sections on your account application.
Call your financial professional or call Signature Services between
8:30a.m. and 5:00p.m., Eastern time, on most business days.
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
888-972-8696
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Buying shares
Class R6 shares
Opening an account
Adding to an account
By check
Make out a check for the investment amount, payable to “John Hancock
Signature Services, Inc.”
Deliver the check and your completed application to your financial
professional or mail them to Signature Services (address below).
Make out a check for the investment amount, payable to “John Hancock
Signature Services, Inc.”
Include a note specifying the fund name, the share class, your account
number, and the name(s) in which the account is registered.
Deliver the check and your investment slip or note to your financial
professional, or mail them to Signature Services (address below).
By exchange
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
Log on to the website below to process exchanges between funds.
You may exchange Class R6 shares for other Class R6 shares or John
Hancock Money Market Fund Class A shares.
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
By wire
Deliver your completed application to your financial professional or
mail it to Signature Services.
Obtain your account number by calling your financial professional or
Signature Services.
Obtain wiring instructions by calling Signature Services.
Instruct your bank to wire the amount of your investment. Specify the
fund name, the share class, your account number, and the name(s) in
which the account is registered. Your bank may charge a fee to wire
funds.
Obtain wiring instructions by calling Signature Services.
Instruct your bank to wire the amount of your investment. Specify the
fund name, the share class, your account number, and the name(s) in
which the account is registered. Your bank may charge a fee to wire
funds.
By internet
See “By exchange” and “By wire.”
Verify that your bank or credit union is a member of the Automated
Clearing House (ACH) system.
Complete the “Bank information” section on your account application.
Log on to the website below to initiate purchases using your authorized
bank account.
By phone
See “By exchange” and “By wire.”
Verify that your bank or credit union is a member of the ACH system.
Complete the “To purchase, exchange, or redeem shares via telephone”
and “Bank information” sections on your account application.
Call your financial professional or call Signature Services between
8:30a.m. and 5:00p.m., Eastern time, on most business days.
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
888-972-8696
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Selling shares
Class A shares
 
To sell some or all of your shares
By letter
Accounts of any type
Sales of any amount
Write a letter of instruction or complete a stock power indicating the
fund name, the share class, your account number, the name(s) in which
the account is registered, and the dollar value or number of shares you
wish to sell.
Include all signatures and any additional documents that may be
required (see the next page).
Mail the materials to Signature Services (address below).
A check will be mailed to the name(s) and address in which the account
is registered, or otherwise according to your letter of instruction.
By internet
Most accounts
Sales of up to $100,000
Log on to the website below to initiate redemptions from your fund.
By phone
Most accounts
Sales of up to $100,000
Call EASI-Line for automated service.
Call your financial professional or call Signature Services between
8:00a.m. and 7:00p.m., Monday–Thursday, and on Friday, between
8:00a.m. and 6:00p.m., Eastern time.
By wire or electronic funds transfer (EFT)
Requests by letter to sell any amount
Requests by internet or phone to sell up to $100,000
To verify that the internet or telephone redemption privilege is in place
on an account, or to request the form to add it to an existing account,
call Signature Services.
A $4 fee will be deducted from your account. Your bank may also
charge a fee for this service.
By exchange
Accounts of any type
Sales of any amount
Obtain a current prospectus for the fund into which you are exchanging
by accessing the fund’s website or by calling your financial professional
or Signature Services.
Log on to the website below to process exchanges between your funds.
Call EASI-Line for automated service.
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
To sell shares through a systematic withdrawal plan, see “Additional
investor services.”
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
EASI-Line
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature
Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature
Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
(24/7 automated service)
800-338-8080
800-225-5291
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Selling shares in writing
Class A shares
In certain circumstances, you will need to make your request to sell shares in writing. You may need to include additional items with your request, unless they were previously provided to Signature Services and are still accurate. These items are shown in the table below. You may also need to include a signature guarantee, which protects you against fraudulent orders. You will need a signature guarantee if:
your address has been changed within the past 30 days or bank of record has changed within the past 15 days, and you would like the payment to be sent to your new address or bank,
you are selling more than $100,000 worth of shares (this requirement is waived for certain entities operating under a signed fax trading agreement with John Hancock), or
you are requesting payment other than by a check mailed to the address/bank of record and payable to the registered owner(s).
You will need to obtain your signature guarantee from a member of the Medallion Signature Guarantee Program. Most broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, and securities exchanges are members of this program. A notary public CANNOT provide a signature guarantee. Signature Services may make exceptions to any of the signature guarantee requirements.
Seller
Requirements for written requests
Owners of individual, joint, or UGMA/UTMA accounts (custodial accounts
for minors)
Letter of instruction
On the letter, the signatures and titles of all persons authorized to sign
for the account, exactly as the account is registered
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Owners of corporate, sole proprietorship, general partner, or association
accounts
Letter of instruction
Corporate business/organization resolution, certified within the past
12 months, or a John Hancock business/organization certification
form
On the letter and the resolution, the signature of the person(s)
authorized to sign for the account
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Owners or trustees of trust accounts
Letter of instruction
On the letter, the signature(s) of the trustee(s)
Copy of the trust document, certified within the past 12 months, or a
John Hancock trust certification form
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Joint tenancy shareholders with rights of survivorship with deceased
co-tenant(s)
Letter of instruction signed by surviving tenant(s)
Copy of the death certificate
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Inheritance tax waiver, if applicable
Executors of shareholder estates
Letter of instruction signed by the executor
Copy of the order appointing executor, certified within the past
12 months
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Inheritance tax waiver, if applicable
Administrators, conservators, guardians, and other sellers, or account
types not listed above
Call Signature Services for instructions
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
EASI-Line
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature
Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature
Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
(24/7 automated service)
800-338-8080
800-225-5291
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Selling shares
Class I shares
 
To sell some or all of your shares
By letter
Sales of any amount
Write a letter of instruction or complete a stock power indicating the
fund name, the share class, your account number, the name(s) in which
the account is registered, and the dollar value or number of shares you
wish to sell.
Include all signatures and any additional documents that may be
required (see the next page).
Mail the materials to Signature Services (address below).
A check will be mailed to the name(s) and address in which the account
is registered, or otherwise according to your letter of instruction.
Certain requests will require a Medallion signature guarantee. Please
refer to “Selling shares in writing” on the next page.
By internet
Most accounts
Sales of up to $100,000
Log on to the website below to initiate redemptions from your fund.
By phone
Amounts up to $100,000:
Redemption proceeds of up to $100,000 may be sent by wire or by
check. A check will be mailed to the exact name(s) and address on the
account.
To place your request with a representative at John Hancock, call
Signature Services between 8:30a.m. and 5:00p.m., Eastern time, on
most business days, or contact your financial professional.
Redemption proceeds exceeding $100,000 will be wired to your
designated bank account, unless a Medallion signature guaranteed
letter is provided requesting payment by check. Please refer to “Selling
shares in writing.”
Most accounts
Amounts up to $5 million:
Available to the following types of accounts: custodial accounts held by
banks, trust companies, or broker-dealers; endowments and
foundations; corporate accounts; group retirement plans; and pension
accounts (excluding IRAs, 403(b) plans, and all John Hancock
custodial retirement accounts)
By wire or electronic funds transfer (EFT)
Requests by letter to sell any amount
Qualified requests by phone to sell to $5 million (accounts with
telephone redemption privileges)
To verify that the telephone redemption privilege is in place on an
account, or to request the form to add it to an existing account, call
Signature Services.
Amounts up to $100,000 may be sent by EFT or by check. Your bank
may charge a fee for this service.
Amounts of $5 million or more will be sent by wire.
By exchange
Sales of any amount
Obtain a current prospectus for the fund into which you are exchanging
by accessing the fund’s website, or by calling your financial
professional or Signature Services.
You may only exchange Class I shares for other Class I shares or John
Hancock Money Market Fund Class A shares.
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
888-972-8696
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Selling shares in writing
Class I shares
In certain circumstances, you will need to make your request to sell shares in writing. You may need to include additional items with your request, unless they were previously provided to Signature Services and are still accurate. These items are shown in the table below. You may also need to include a signature guarantee, which protects you against fraudulent orders. You will need a signature guarantee if:
your address has been changed within the past 30 days or bank of record has changed within the past 15 days, and you would like the payment to be sent to your new address or bank;
you are selling more than $100,000 worth of shares and are requesting payment by check (this requirement is waived for certain entities operating under a signed fax trading agreement with John Hancock);
you are selling more than $5 million worth of shares from the following types of accounts: custodial accounts held by banks, trust companies, or broker-dealers; endowments and foundations; corporate accounts; group retirement plans; and pension accounts (excluding IRAs, 403(b) plans, and all John Hancock custodial retirement accounts); or
you are requesting payment other than by a check mailed to the address/bank of record and payable to the registered owner(s).
You will need to obtain your signature guarantee from a member of the Medallion Signature Guarantee Program. Most broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, and securities exchanges are members of this program. A notary public CANNOT provide a signature guarantee. Signature Services may make exceptions to any of the signature guarantee requirements.
Seller
Requirements for written requests
Owners of individual, joint, or UGMA/UTMA accounts (custodial accounts
for minors)
Letter of instruction
On the letter, the signatures and titles of all persons authorized to sign
for the account, exactly as the account is registered
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Owners of corporate, sole proprietorship, general partner, or association
accounts
Letter of instruction
Corporate business/organization resolution, certified within the past
12 months, or a John Hancock business/organization certification
form
On the letter and the resolution, the signature of the person(s)
authorized to sign for the account
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Owners or trustees of trust accounts
Letter of instruction
On the letter, the signature(s) of the trustee(s)
Copy of the trust document, certified within the past 12 months, or a
John Hancock trust certification form
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Joint tenancy shareholders with rights of survivorship with deceased
co-tenant(s)
Letter of instruction signed by surviving tenant(s)
Copy of the death certificate
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Inheritance tax waiver, if applicable
Executors of shareholder estates
Letter of instruction signed by the executor
Copy of the order appointing executor, certified within the past
12 months
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Inheritance tax waiver, if applicable
Administrators, conservators, guardians, and other sellers, or account
types not listed above
Call Signature Services for instructions
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
888-972-8696
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Selling shares
Class R6 shares
 
To sell some or all of your shares
By letter
Sales of any amount
Write a letter of instruction or complete a stock power indicating the
fund name, the share class, your account number, the name(s) in which
the account is registered, and the dollar value or number of shares you
wish to sell.
Include all signatures and any additional documents that may be
required (see the next page).
Mail the materials to Signature Services (address below).
A check will be mailed to the name(s) and address in which the account
is registered, or otherwise according to your letter of instruction.
Certain requests will require a Medallion signature guarantee. Please
refer to “Selling shares in writing” on the next page.
By internet
Most accounts
Sales of up to $100,000
Log on to the website below to initiate redemptions from your fund.
By phone
Amounts up to $5 million:
Available to the following types of accounts: custodial accounts held by
banks, trust companies, or broker-dealers; endowments and
foundations; corporate accounts; and group retirement plans
Redemption proceeds of up to $100,000 may be sent by wire or by
check. A check will be mailed to the exact name(s) and address on the
account.
To place your request with a representative at John Hancock, call
Signature Services between 8:30a.m. and 5:00p.m., Eastern time, on
most business days, or your financial professional.
Redemption proceeds exceeding $100,000 will be wired to your
designated bank account, unless a Medallion signature guaranteed
letter is provided requesting payment by check. Please refer to “Selling
shares in writing.”
By wire or electronic funds transfer (EFT)
Requests by letter to sell any amount
Qualified requests by phone to sell to $5 million (accounts with
telephone redemption privileges)
To verify that the telephone redemption privilege is in place on an
account, or to request the form to add it to an existing account, call
Signature Services.
Amounts of $5 million or more will be sent by wire.
Amounts up to $100,000 may be sent by EFT or by check. Your bank
may charge a fee for this service.
By exchange
Sales of any amount
Obtain a current prospectus for the fund into which you are exchanging
by accessing the fund’s website, or by calling your financial
professional or Signature Services.
You may only exchange Class R6 shares for other Class R6 shares or
John Hancock Money Market Fund Class A shares.
Call your financial professional or Signature Services to request an
exchange.
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
888-972-8696
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Selling shares in writing
Class R6 shares
In certain circumstances, you will need to make your request to sell shares in writing. You may need to include additional items with your request, unless they were previously provided to Signature Services and are still accurate. These items are shown in the table below. You may also need to include a signature guarantee, which protects you against fraudulent orders. You will need a signature guarantee if:
your address has been changed within the past 30 days or bank of record has changed within the past 15 days, and you would like the payment to be sent to your new address or bank;
you are selling more than $100,000 worth of shares and are requesting payment by check (this requirement is waived for certain entities operating under a signed fax trading agreement with John Hancock);
you are selling more than $5 million worth of shares from the following types of accounts: custodial accounts held by banks, trust companies, or broker-dealers; endowments and foundations; corporate accounts; and group retirement plans; or
you are requesting payment other than by a check mailed to the address/bank of record and payable to the registered owner(s).
You will need to obtain your signature guarantee from a member of the Medallion Signature Guarantee Program. Most broker-dealers, banks, credit unions, and securities exchanges are members of this program. A notary public CANNOT provide a signature guarantee. Signature Services may make exceptions to any of the signature guarantee requirements.
Seller
Requirements for written requests
Owners of individual, joint, or UGMA/UTMA accounts (custodial accounts
for minors)
Letter of instruction
On the letter, the signatures and titles of all persons authorized to sign
for the account, exactly as the account is registered
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Owners of corporate, sole proprietorship, general partner, or association
accounts
Letter of instruction
Corporate business/organization resolution, certified within the past
12 months, or a John Hancock business/organization certification
form
On the letter and the resolution, the signature of the person(s)
authorized to sign for the account
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Owners or trustees of trust accounts
Letter of instruction
On the letter, the signature(s) of the trustee(s)
Copy of the trust document, certified within the past 12 months, or a
John Hancock trust certification form
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Joint tenancy shareholders with rights of survivorship with deceased
co-tenant(s)
Letter of instruction signed by surviving tenant(s)
Copy of the death certificate
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Inheritance tax waiver, if applicable
Executors of shareholder estates
Letter of instruction signed by the executor
Copy of the order appointing executor, certified within the past
12 months
Medallion signature guarantee, if applicable (see above)
Inheritance tax waiver, if applicable
Administrators, conservators, guardians, and other sellers, or account
types not listed above
Call Signature Services for instructions
Regular mail
Express delivery
Website
Signature Services, Inc.
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
430 W 7th Street
Suite 219909
Kansas City, MO 64105-1407
jhinvestments.com
888-972-8696
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Transaction policies
Valuation of shares
The net asset value (NAV) for each class of shares of the fund is normally determined once daily as of the close of regular trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) (typically 4:00p.m., Eastern time, on each business day that the NYSE is open). In case of emergency or other disruption resulting in the NYSE not opening for trading or the NYSE closing at a time other than the regularly scheduled close, the NAV may be determined as of the regularly scheduled close of the NYSE pursuant to the advisor’s Valuation Policies and Procedures. The time at which shares and transactions are priced and until which orders are accepted may vary to the extent permitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable regulations. On holidays or other days when the NYSE is closed, the NAV is not calculated and the fund does not transact purchase or redemption requests. Trading of securities that are primarily listed on foreign exchanges may take place on weekends and U.S. business holidays on which the fund’s NAV is not calculated. Consequently, the fund’s portfolio securities may trade and the NAV of the fund’s shares may be significantly affected on days when a shareholder will not be able to purchase or redeem shares of the fund.
Each class of shares of the fund has its own NAV, which is computed by dividing the total assets, minus liabilities, allocated to each share class by the number of fund shares outstanding for that class. The current NAV of the fund is available on our website at jhinvestments.com.
Valuation of securities
The Board has designated the fund’s advisor as the valuation designee to perform fair value functions for the fund in accordance with the advisor’s valuation policies and procedures. As valuation designee, the advisor will determine the fair value, in good faith, of securities and other assets held by the fund for which market quotations are not readily available and, among other things, will assess and manage material risks associated with fair value determinations, select, apply and test fair value methodologies, and oversee and evaluate pricing services and other valuation agents used in valuing the fund’s investments. The advisor is subject to Board oversight and reports to the Board information regarding the fair valuation process and related material matters. The advisor carries out its responsibilities as valuation designee through its Pricing Committee.
Portfolio securities are valued by various methods that are generally described below. Portfolio securities also may be fair valued by the advisor’s Pricing Committee in certain instances pursuant to procedures established by the advisor and adopted by the Board of Trustees. Equity securities are generally valued at the last sale price or, for certain markets, the official closing price as of the close of the relevant exchange. Securities not traded on a particular day are valued using last available bid prices. A security that is listed or traded on more than one exchange is typically valued at the price on the exchange where the security was acquired or most likely will be sold. In certain instances, the Pricing Committee may determine to value equity securities using prices obtained from another exchange or market if trading on the exchange or market on which prices are typically obtained did not open for trading as scheduled, or if trading closed earlier than scheduled, and trading
occurred as normal on another exchange or market. Equity securities traded principally in foreign markets are typically valued using the last sale price or official closing price in the relevant exchange or market, as adjusted by an independent pricing vendor to reflect fair value. On any day a foreign market is closed and the NYSE is open, any foreign securities will typically be valued using the last price or official closing price obtained from the relevant exchange on the prior business day adjusted based on information provided by an independent pricing vendor to reflect fair value. Debt obligations are typically valued based on evaluated prices provided by an independent pricing vendor. The value of securities denominated in foreign currencies is converted into U.S. dollars at the exchange rate supplied by an independent pricing vendor. Forward foreign currency contracts are valued at the prevailing forward rates which are based on foreign currency exchange spot rates and forward points supplied by an independent pricing vendor. Exchange-traded options are valued at the mid-price of the last quoted bid and ask prices. Futures contracts whose settlement prices are determined as of the close of the NYSE are typically valued based on the settlement price while other futures contracts are typically valued at the last traded price on the exchange on which they trade. Foreign equity index futures that trade in the electronic trading market subsequent to the close of regular trading may be valued at the last traded price in the electronic trading market as of the close of the NYSE, or may be fair valued based on fair value adjustment factors provided by an independent pricing vendor in order to adjust for events that may occur between the close of foreign exchanges or markets and the close of the NYSE. Swaps and unlisted options are generally valued using evaluated prices obtained from an independent pricing vendor. Shares of other open-end investment companies that are not exchange-traded funds (underlying funds) are valued based on the NAVs of such underlying funds.
Pricing vendors may use matrix pricing or valuation models that utilize certain inputs and assumptions to derive values, including transaction data, broker-dealer quotations, credit quality information, general market conditions, news, and other factors and assumptions. The fund may receive different prices when it sells odd-lot positions than it would receive for sales of institutional round lot positions. Pricing vendors generally value securities assuming orderly transactions of institutional round lot sizes, but a fund may hold or transact in such securities in smaller, odd lot sizes.
The Pricing Committee engages in oversight activities with respect to pricing vendors, which includes, among other things, monitoring significant or unusual price fluctuations above predetermined tolerance levels from the prior day, back-testing of pricing vendor prices against actual trades, conducting periodic due diligence meetings and reviews, and periodically reviewing the inputs, assumptions and methodologies used by these vendors. Nevertheless, market quotations, official closing prices, or information furnished by a pricing vendor could be inaccurate, which could lead to a security being valued incorrectly.
If market quotations, official closing prices, or information furnished by a pricing vendor are not readily available or are otherwise deemed unreliable or not representative of the fair value of such security because of market- or issuer-specific events, a security will be valued at its fair value as determined in good faith by the Board’s valuation designee, the
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advisor. In certain instances, therefore, the Pricing Committee may determine that a reported valuation does not reflect fair value, based on additional information available or other factors, and may accordingly determine in good faith the fair value of the assets, which may differ from the reported valuation.
Fair value pricing of securities is intended to help ensure that a fund’s NAV reflects the fair market value of the fund’s portfolio securities as of the close of regular trading on the NYSE (as opposed to a value that no longer reflects market value as of such close), thus limiting the opportunity for aggressive traders or market timers to purchase shares of the fund at deflated prices reflecting stale security valuations and promptly sell such shares at a gain, thereby diluting the interests of long-term shareholders. However, a security’s valuation may differ depending on the method used for determining value, and no assurance can be given that fair value pricing of securities will successfully eliminate all potential opportunities for such trading gains.
The use of fair value pricing has the effect of valuing a security based upon the price the fund might reasonably expect to receive if it sold that security in an orderly transaction between market participants, but does not guarantee that the security can be sold at the fair value price. Further, because of the inherent uncertainty and subjective nature of fair valuation, a fair valuation price may differ significantly from the value that would have been used had a readily available market price for the investment existed and these differences could be material.
Regarding the fund’s investment in an underlying fund that is not an ETF, which (as noted above) is valued at such underlying fund’s NAV, the prospectus for such underlying fund explains the circumstances and effects of fair value pricing for that underlying fund.
Buy and sell prices
When you buy shares, you pay the NAV, plus any applicable sales charges, as described earlier. When you sell shares, you receive the NAV, minus any applicable deferred sales charges.
Execution of requests
The fund is open for business when the NYSE is open, typically 9:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday. A purchase or redemption order received in good order by the fund prior to the close of regular trading on the NYSE, on a day the fund is open for business, will be effected at that day’s NAV. An order received in good order after the fund close will generally be effected at the NAV determined on the next business day. In case of emergency or other disruption resulting in the NYSE not opening for trading or the NYSE closing at a time other than the regularly scheduled close, the time until which orders are accepted may vary to the extent permitted by the Securities and Exchange Commission and applicable regulations. This may result in the fund closing for business prior to the time at which the fund’s NAV is determined. In this case, orders submitted after the fund closing may receive the NAV determined on the next business day.
At times of peak activity, it may be difficult to place requests by telephone, if available for your share class. During these times, consider using EASI-Line (if available for your share class), accessing jhinvestments.com, or sending your request in writing.
The fund typically expects to mail or wire redemption proceeds between 1 and 3 business days following the receipt of the shareholder’s redemption request. Processing time is not dependent on the chosen delivery method. In unusual circumstances, the fund may temporarily suspend the processing of sell requests or may postpone payment of proceeds for up to three business days or longer, as allowed by federal securities laws.
Under normal market conditions, the fund typically expects to meet redemption requests through holdings of cash or cash equivalents or through sales of portfolio securities, and may access other available liquidity facilities. In unusual or stressed market conditions, such as, for example, during a period of time in which a foreign securities exchange is closed, in addition to the methods used in normal market conditions, the fund may meet redemption requests through the use of its line of credit, interfund lending facility, redemptions in kind, or such other liquidity means or facilities as the fund may have in place from time to time.
Telephone transactions
For your protection, telephone requests may be recorded in order to verify their accuracy. Also for your protection, telephone redemption transactions are not permitted on accounts in which a name, mailing address, or recorded bank has changed within the past 30 days. Proceeds from telephone transactions can only be sent to the address or bank on record.
Exchanges and conversions
You may exchange Class A shares of one John Hancock fund for shares of the same class of any other John Hancock fund that is then offering that class, generally without paying any sales charges, if applicable.
You may exchange Class I or Class R6 shares of one John Hancock fund for shares of the same class of any other John Hancock fund or for John Hancock Money Market Fund Class A shares.
The registration for both accounts involved in an exchange must be identical.
Note: Once exchanged into John Hancock Money Market Fund Class A shares, shares may only be exchanged back into the original class from which the shares were exchanged.
As applicable, shares acquired in an exchange will be subject to the CDSC rate and holding schedule of the fund in which such shares were originally purchased if and when such shares are redeemed. For purposes of determining the holding period for calculating the CDSC, shares will continue to age from their original purchase date.
Provided the fund’s eligibility requirements are met, and to the extent the referenced share class is offered by the fund, an investor in the fund pursuant to a fee-based, wrap, or other investment platform program of certain firms, as determined by the fund, may be afforded an opportunity to make a conversion of (i) Class A shares and/or Class C shares (not subject to a CDSC) also owned by the investor in the same fund to Class I shares or Class R6 shares of that fund; or (ii) Class I shares also owned by the investor to Class R6 shares of the same fund. Investors that no longer participate in a fee-based, wrap, or other investment platform program of certain firms may be afforded an opportunity to make a conversion to Class A shares of the same fund. Class C shares may be converted to
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Class A at the request of the applicable financial intermediary after the expiration of the CDSC period, provided that the financial intermediary through which a shareholder purchased or holds Class C shares has records verifying that the Class C share CDSC period has expired and the position is held in an omnibus or dealer-controlled account. The fund may in its sole discretion permit a conversion of one share class to another share class of the same fund in certain circumstances other than those described above.
In addition, Trustees, employees of the advisor or its affiliates, employees of the subadvisor, members of the fund’s portfolio management team and the spouses and children (under age 21) of the aforementioned, may make a conversion of Class A or Class I shares also owned by the investor in the same fund to Class R6 shares. If Class R6 shares are unavailable, such investors may make a conversion of Class A shares in the same fund to Class I shares.
The conversion of one share class to another share class of the same fund in these particular circumstances should not cause the investor to realize taxable gain or loss. For further details, see “Additional information concerning taxes” in the SAI for information regarding taxation upon the redemption or exchange of shares of the fund (see the back cover of this prospectus).
The fund may change or cancel its exchange policies at any time, upon 60 days’ written notice to its shareholders. For further details, see “Additional services and programs” in the SAI (see the back cover of this prospectus).
Excessive trading
The fund is intended for long-term investment purposes only and does not knowingly accept shareholders who engage in market timing or other types of excessive short-term trading. Short-term trading into and out of the fund can disrupt portfolio investment strategies and may increase fund expenses for all shareholders, including long-term shareholders who do not generate these costs.
Right to reject or restrict purchase and exchange orders
Purchases and exchanges should be made primarily for investment purposes. The fund reserves the right to restrict, reject, or cancel (with respect to cancellations within one day of the order), for any reason and without any prior notice, any purchase or exchange order, including transactions representing excessive trading and transactions accepted by any shareholder’s financial intermediary. For example, the fund may, in its discretion, restrict, reject, or cancel a purchase or exchange order even if the transaction is not subject to a specific limitation on exchange activity, as described below, if the fund or its agent determines that accepting the order could interfere with the efficient management of the fund’s portfolio, or otherwise not be in the fund’s best interest in light of unusual trading activity related to your account. In the event that the fund rejects or cancels an exchange request, neither the redemption nor the purchase side of the exchange will be processed. If you would like the redemption request to be processed even if the purchase order is rejected, you should submit separate redemption and purchase orders rather than placing an exchange order. The fund reserves the right to delay for up to one business day, consistent with applicable law, the processing of exchange requests in the event that, in the fund’s
judgment, such delay would be in the fund’s best interest, in which case both the redemption and purchase side of the exchange will receive the fund’s NAV at the conclusion of the delay period. The fund, through its agents in their sole discretion, may impose these remedial actions at the account holder level or the underlying shareholder level.
Exchange limitation policies
The Board of Trustees has adopted the following policies and procedures by which the fund, subject to the limitations described below, takes steps reasonably designed to curtail excessive trading practices.
Limitation on exchange activity
The fund or its agent may reject or cancel a purchase order, suspend or terminate the exchange privilege, or terminate the ability of an investor to invest in John Hancock funds if the fund or its agent determines that a proposed transaction involves market timing or disruptive trading that it believes is likely to be detrimental to the fund. The fund or its agent cannot ensure that it will be able to identify all cases of market timing or disruptive trading, although it attempts to have adequate procedures in place to do so. The fund or its agent may also reject or cancel any purchase order (including an exchange) from an investor or group of investors for any other reason. Decisions to reject or cancel purchase orders (including exchanges) in the fund are inherently subjective and will be made in a manner believed to be in the best interest of the fund’s shareholders. The fund does not have any arrangement to permit market timing or disruptive trading.
Exchanges made on the same day in the same account are aggregated for purposes of counting the number and dollar amount of exchanges made by the account holder. The exchange limits referenced above will not be imposed or may be modified under certain circumstances. For example, these exchange limits may be modified for accounts held by certain retirement plans to conform to plan exchange limits, ERISA considerations, or U.S. Department of Labor regulations. Certain automated or preestablished exchange, asset allocation, and dollar-cost-averaging programs are not subject to these exchange limits. These programs are excluded from the exchange limitation since the fund believes that they are advantageous to shareholders and do not offer an effective means for market timing or excessive trading strategies. These investment tools involve regular and predetermined purchase or redemption requests made well in advance of any knowledge of events affecting the market on the date of the purchase or redemption.
These exchange limits are subject to the fund’s ability to monitor exchange activity, as discussed under “Limitation on the ability to detect and curtail excessive trading practices” below. Depending upon the composition of the fund’s shareholder accounts, and in light of the limitations on the ability of the fund to detect and curtail excessive trading practices, a significant percentage of the fund’s shareholders may not be subject to the exchange limitation policy described above. In applying the exchange limitation policy, the fund considers information available to it at the time and reserves the right to consider trading activity in a single account or multiple accounts under common ownership, control, or influence.
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Limitation on the ability to detect and curtail excessive trading practices
Shareholders seeking to engage in excessive trading practices sometimes deploy a variety of strategies to avoid detection and, despite the efforts of the fund to prevent excessive trading, there is no guarantee that the fund or its agent will be able to identify such shareholders or curtail their trading practices. The ability of the fund and its agent to detect and curtail excessive trading practices may also be limited by operational systems and technological limitations. Because the fund will not always be able to detect frequent trading activity, investors should not assume that the fund will be able to detect or prevent all frequent trading or other practices that disadvantage the fund. For example, the ability of the fund to monitor trades that are placed by omnibus or other nominee accounts is severely limited in those instances in which the financial intermediary, including a financial advisor, broker, retirement plan administrator, or fee-based program sponsor, maintains the records of the fund’s underlying beneficial owners. Omnibus or other nominee account arrangements are common forms of holding shares of the fund, particularly among certain financial intermediaries, such as financial advisors, brokers, retirement plan administrators, or fee-based program sponsors. These arrangements often permit the financial intermediary to aggregate its clients’ transactions and ownership positions and do not identify the particular underlying shareholder(s) to the fund. However, the fund will work with financial intermediaries as necessary to discourage shareholders from engaging in abusive trading practices and to impose restrictions on excessive trades. In this regard, the fund has entered into information-sharing agreements with financial intermediaries pursuant to which these intermediaries are required to provide to the fund, at the fund’s request, certain information relating to their customers investing in the fund through omnibus or other nominee accounts. The fund will use this information to attempt to identify excessive trading practices. Financial intermediaries are contractually required to follow any instructions from the fund to restrict or prohibit future purchases from shareholders that are found to have engaged in excessive trading in violation of the fund’s policies. The fund cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information provided to it from financial intermediaries and so cannot ensure that it will be able to detect abusive trading practices that occur through omnibus or other nominee accounts. As a consequence, the fund’s ability to monitor and discourage excessive trading practices in these types of accounts may be limited.
Excessive trading risk
To the extent that the fund or its agent is unable to curtail excessive trading practices in the fund, these practices may interfere with the efficient management of the fund’s portfolio and may result in the fund engaging in certain activities to a greater extent than it otherwise would, such as maintaining higher cash balances, using its line of credit, and engaging in increased portfolio transactions. Increased portfolio transactions and use of the line of credit would correspondingly increase the fund’s operating costs and decrease the fund’s investment performance. Maintenance of higher levels of cash balances would likewise result in lower fund investment performance during periods of rising markets.
While excessive trading can potentially occur in the fund, certain types of funds are more likely than others to be targets of excessive trading. For example:
A fund that invests a significant portion of its assets in small- or mid-capitalization stocks or securities in particular industries that may trade infrequently or are fair valued as discussed under “Valuation of securities” entails a greater risk of excessive trading, as investors may seek to trade fund shares in an effort to benefit from their understanding of the value of those types of securities (referred to as price arbitrage).
A fund that invests a material portion of its assets in securities of foreign issuers may be a potential target for excessive trading if investors seek to engage in price arbitrage based upon general trends in the securities markets that occur subsequent to the close of the primary market for such securities.
A fund that invests a significant portion of its assets in below-investment-grade (junk) bonds that may trade infrequently or are fair valued as discussed under “Valuation of securities” incurs a greater risk of excessive trading, as investors may seek to trade fund shares in an effort to benefit from their understanding of the value of those types of securities (referred to as price arbitrage).
Any frequent trading strategies may interfere with efficient management of a fund’s portfolio and raise costs. A fund that invests in the types of securities discussed above may be exposed to this risk to a greater degree than a fund that invests in highly liquid securities. These risks would be less significant, for example, in a fund that primarily invests in U.S. government securities, money market instruments, investment-grade corporate issuers, or large-capitalization U.S. equity securities. Any successful price arbitrage may cause dilution in the value of the fund shares held by other shareholders.
Account information
The fund is required by law to obtain information for verifying an account holder’s identity. For example, an individual will be required to supply his or her name, residential address, date of birth, and Social Security number. If you do not provide the required information, we may not be able to open your account. If verification is unsuccessful, the fund may close your account, redeem your shares at the next NAV, minus any applicable sales charges, and take any other steps that it deems reasonable.
Certificated shares
The fund does not issue share certificates. Shares are electronically recorded.
Sales in advance of purchase payments
When you place a request to sell shares for which the purchase money has not yet been collected, the request will be executed in a timely fashion, but the fund will not release the proceeds to you until your purchase payment clears. This may take up to 10 business days after the purchase.
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Dividends and account policies
Account statements
For Class A shares, in general, you will receive account statements as follows:
after every transaction (except a dividend reinvestment, automatic investment, or systematic withdrawal) that affects your account balance
after any changes of name or address of the registered owner(s)
in all other circumstances, every quarter
For Class I and Class R6 shares, in general, you will receive account statements as follows:
after every transaction (except a dividend reinvestment) that affects your account balance
after any changes of name or address of the registered owner(s)
in all other circumstances, every quarter
Every year you should also receive, if applicable, a Form 1099 tax information statement, mailed by February 15.
Dividends
The fund typically declares and pays income dividends at least annually. Capital gains, if any, are typically distributed at least annually, typically after the end of the fund’s fiscal year.
Dividend reinvestments
Most investors have their dividends reinvested in additional shares of the same class of the same fund. If you choose this option, or if you do not indicate any choice, your dividends will be reinvested. Alternatively, you may choose to have your dividends and capital gains sent directly to your bank account or a check may be mailed if your combined dividend and capital gains amount is $10 or more. However, if the check is not deliverable or the combined dividend and capital gains amount is less than $10, your proceeds will be reinvested. If five or more of your dividend or capital gains checks remain uncashed after 180 days, all subsequent dividends and capital gains will be reinvested. No front-end sales charge or CDSC will be imposed on shares derived from reinvestment of dividends or capital gains distributions.
Taxability of dividends
For investors who are not exempt from federal income taxes, dividends you receive from the fund, whether reinvested or taken as cash, are generally considered taxable. Dividends from the fund’s short-term capital gains are taxable as ordinary income. Dividends from the fund’s long-term capital gains are taxable at a lower rate. Whether gains are short-term or long-term depends on the fund’s holding period. Some dividends paid in January may be taxable as if they had been paid the previous December.
The Form 1099 that is mailed to you every February, if applicable, details your dividends and their federal tax category, although you should verify your tax liability with your tax professional.
Returns of capital
If the fund’s distributions exceed its taxable income and capital gains realized during a taxable year, all or a portion of the distributions made in
the same taxable year may be recharacterized as a return of capital to shareholders. A return of capital distribution will generally not be taxable, but will reduce each shareholder’s cost basis in the fund and result in a higher reported capital gain or lower reported capital loss when those shares on which the distribution was received are sold.
Taxability of transactions
Any time you sell or exchange shares, it is considered a taxable event for you if you are not exempt from federal income taxes. Depending on the purchase price and the sale price of the shares you sell or exchange, you may have a gain or a loss on the transaction. You are responsible for any tax liabilities generated by your transactions.
Small accounts
If the value of your account of Class A shares is less than $1,000, you may be asked to purchase more shares within 30 days. If you do not take action, the fund may close out your account and mail you the proceeds. Alternatively, the fund may charge you $20 a year to maintain your account. You will not be charged a CDSC if your account is closed for this reason.
Additional investor services
Monthly Automatic Accumulation Program (MAAP)
MAAP lets you set up regular investments from paychecks or bank accounts to the John Hancock fund(s) to purchase Class A shares. Investors determine the frequency and amount of investments ($25 minimum per month), and they can terminate the program at any time. To establish, you must satisfy the minimum initial investment requirements specified in the section “Opening an account” and complete the appropriate parts of the account application.
Systematic withdrawal plan
This plan may be used for routine bill payments or periodic withdrawals from your account of Class A shares. To establish:
Make sure you have at least $5,000 worth of shares in your account.
Make sure you are not planning to invest more money in this account (buying shares during a period when you are also selling shares of the same fund is not advantageous to you because of sales charges).
Specify the payee(s). The payee may be yourself or any other party, and there is no limit to the number of payees you may have, as long as they are all on the same payment schedule.
Determine the schedule: monthly, quarterly, semiannually, annually, or in certain selected months.
Fill out the relevant part of the account application. To add a systematic withdrawal plan to an existing account, contact your financial professional or Signature Services.
Retirement plans
John Hancock funds offer a range of retirement plans, including Traditional and Roth IRAs, Coverdell ESAs, SIMPLE plans, and SEPs. Using these plans, you can invest in any John Hancock fund. To find out more, call Signature Services at 800-225-5291.
John Hancock does not accept requests to establish new John Hancock custodial 403(b)(7) accounts, does not accept requests for exchanges or
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transfers into your existing John Hancock custodial 403(b)(7) accounts, and requires additional disclosure documentation if you direct John Hancock to exchange or transfer some or all of your John Hancock custodial 403(b)(7) account assets to another 403(b)(7) contract or account. In addition, the fund no longer accepts salary deferrals into 403(b)(7) accounts. Please refer to the SAI for more information regarding these restrictions.
Disclosure of fund holdings
The following information for the fund is posted on the website, jhinvestments.com, generally on the fifth business day after month end: top 10 holdings; top 10 sector analysis; total return/yield; top 10 countries; average quality/maturity; beta/alpha; and top 10 portfolio composition. All of the holdings of the fund will be posted to the website no earlier than 15 days after each calendar month end, and will remain posted on the website for six months. All of the fund’s holdings as of the end of the third month of every fiscal quarter will be disclosed on Form N-PORT within 60 days of the end of the fiscal quarter. All of the fund’s holdings as of the end of the second and fourth fiscal quarters will be disclosed on Form N-CSR within 70 days of the end of such fiscal quarters. A description of the fund’s policies and procedures with respect to the disclosure of its portfolio securities is available in the SAI.
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Appendix 1 - Intermediary sales charge waivers
Intermediary sales charge waivers
Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated (Merrill Lynch)
Effective June 30, 2020, shareholders purchasing fund shares through a Merrill Lynch platform or account are eligible only for the following load waivers (front-end sales charge waivers and contingent deferred, or back-end, sales charge waivers) and discounts, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in this fund’s prospectus or SAI:
Front-end Sales Load Waivers on Class A shares available at Merrill Lynch
Employer-sponsored retirement, deferred compensation and employee benefit plans (including health savings accounts) and trusts used to fund those plans, provided that the shares are not held in a commission-based brokerage account and shares are held for the benefit of the plan
Shares purchased by a 529 Plan (does not include 529 Plan units or 529-specific share classes or equivalents)
Shares purchased through a Merrill Lynch affiliated investment advisory program
Shares exchanged due to the holdings moving from a Merrill Lynch affiliated investment advisory program to a Merrill Lynch brokerage (non-advisory) account pursuant to Merrill Lynch’s policies relating to sales load discounts and waivers
Shares purchased by third party investment advisors on behalf of their advisory clients through Merrill Lynch’s platform
Shares of funds purchased through the Merrill Edge Self-Directed platform (if applicable)
Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same fund (but not any other fund within the fund family)
Shares exchanged from Class C (i.e. level-load) shares of the same fund pursuant to Merrill Lynch’s policies relating to sales load discounts and waivers
Employees and registered representatives of Merrill Lynch or its affiliates and their family members
Directors or Trustees of the fund, and employees of the fund’s investment adviser or any of its affiliates, as described in the prospectus
Eligible shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales load (known as Rights of Reinstatement). Automated transactions (i.e. systematic purchases and withdrawals) and purchases made after shares are automatically sold to pay Merrill Lynch’s account maintenance fees are not eligible for reinstatement
CDSC Waivers on Class A and Class C shares available at Merrill Lynch
Death or disability of the shareholder
Shares sold as part of a systematic withdrawal plan as described in the fund’s prospectus
Return of excess contributions from an IRA Account
Shares sold as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code
Shares sold to pay Merrill Lynch fees but only if the transaction is initiated by Merrill Lynch
Shares acquired through a Right of Reinstatement
Shares held in retirement brokerage accounts, that are exchanged for a lower cost share class due to transfer to certain fee based accounts or platforms (applicable to Class A and Class C shares only)
Shares received through an exchange due to the holdings moving from a Merrill Lynch affiliated investment advisory program to a Merrill Lynch brokerage (non-advisory) account pursuant to Merrill Lynch’s policies relating to sales load discounts and waivers
Front-end Load Discounts Available at Merrill Lynch; Breakpoints, Rights of Accumulation & Letters of Intent
Breakpoints as described in the fund’s prospectus
Rights of Accumulation (ROA) which entitle shareholders to breakpoint discounts as described in the fund’s prospectus will be automatically calculated based on the aggregated holding of fund family assets held by accounts (including 529 program holdings where applicable) within the purchaser’s household at Merrill Lynch. Eligible fund family assets not held at Merrill Lynch may be included in the ROA calculation only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial professional about such assets
Letters of Intent (LOI) which allow for breakpoint discounts based on anticipated purchases within a fund family, through Merrill Lynch, over a 13-month period of time (if applicable)
Ameriprise Financial Services, Inc. (Ameriprise Financial)
The following information applies to Class A shares purchases if you have an account with or otherwise purchase fund shares through Ameriprise Financial:
Effective January 15, 2021, shareholders purchasing fund shares through an Ameriprise Financial retail brokerage account are eligible for the following front-end sales charge waivers, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in this fund’s prospectus or SAI:
Class A Shares Front-End Sales Charge Waivers Available at Ameriprise Financial
Employer-sponsored retirement plans (e.g., 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans and defined benefit plans). For purposes of this provision, employer-sponsored retirement plans do not include SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs or SAR-SEPs
Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same fund (but not any other fund within the same fund family)
Shares exchanged from Class C shares of the same fund in the month of or following the 7-year anniversary of the purchase date. To the extent that this prospectus elsewhere provides for a waiver with respect to exchanges of Class C shares or conversion of Class C shares following a shorter holding period, that waiver will apply
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Employees and registered representatives of Ameriprise Financial or its affiliates and their immediate family members
Shares purchased by or through qualified accounts (including IRAs, Coverdell Education Savings Accounts, 401(k)s, 403(b) TSCAs subject to ERISA and defined benefit plans) that are held by a covered family member, defined as an Ameriprise financial advisor and/or the advisor’s spouse, advisor’s lineal ascendant (mother, father, grandmother, grandfather, great grandmother, great grandfather), advisor’s lineal descendant (son, step-son, daughter, step-daughter, grandson, granddaughter, great grandson, great granddaughter) or any spouse of a covered family member who is a lineal descendant
Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales load (i.e. Rights of Reinstatement)
In addition, shareholders purchasing fund shares that are available through an Ameriprise Financial Advisory account are eligible for front-end sales charge waivers, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in this fund’s prospectus or SAI.
Morgan Stanley Smith Barney (Morgan Stanley)
Effective July 1, 2018, shareholders purchasing fund shares through a Morgan Stanley Wealth Management transactional brokerage account which is not held directly at the fund are eligible only for the following front-end sales charge waivers with respect to Class A shares, which may differ from and may be more limited than those disclosed elsewhere in this fund’s Prospectus or SAI:
Front-end Sales Charge Waivers on Class A Shares available at Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
Employer-sponsored retirement plans (e.g., 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans and defined benefit plans). For purposes of this provision, employer-sponsored retirement plans do not include SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs, SAR-SEPs or Keogh plans
Morgan Stanley employee and employee-related accounts according to Morgan Stanley’s account linking rules
Shares purchased through reinvestment of dividends and capital gains distributions when purchasing shares of the same fund
Shares purchased through a Morgan Stanley self-directed brokerage account
Class C (i.e., level-load) shares that are no longer subject to a contingent deferred sales charge and are converted to Class A shares of the same fund by Morgan Stanley Wealth Management pursuant to its share class conversion program
Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (i) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (ii) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (iii) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales charge
Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. and each entity’s affiliates (Raymond James)
Effective March 1, 2019, shareholders purchasing fund shares through a Raymond James platform or account, or through an introducing broker-dealer or independent registered investment adviser for which Raymond James provides trade execution, clearance, and/or custody services, are eligible only for the following load waivers (front-end sales charge waivers and contingent deferred, or back-end, sales charge waivers) and discounts, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in this fund’s prospectus or SAI.
Front-end sales load waivers on Class A shares available at Raymond James
Shares purchased in an investment advisory program
Shares purchased within the same fund family through a systematic reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same fund
Employees and registered representatives of Raymond James or its affiliates and their family members as designated by Raymond James
Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales load (known as Rights of Reinstatement)
A shareholder in the fund’s Class C shares will have their shares converted at net asset value to Class A shares (or the appropriate share class) of the fund if the shares are no longer subject to a CDSC and the conversion is in line with the policies and procedures of Raymond James
CDSC Waivers on Class A and Class C shares available at Raymond James
Death or disability of the shareholder
Shares sold as part of a systematic withdrawal plan as described in the fund’s prospectus
Return of excess contributions from an IRA Account
Shares sold as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts due to the shareholder reaching the qualified age based on applicable IRS regulations as described in the fund’s prospectus
Shares sold to pay Raymond James fees but only if the transaction is initiated by Raymond James
Shares acquired through a right of reinstatement
Front-end load discounts available at Raymond James: breakpoints, and/or rights of accumulation, and/or letters of intent
Breakpoints as described in the fund’s prospectus
Rights of accumulation which entitle shareholders to breakpoint discounts will be automatically calculated based on the aggregated holding of fund family assets held by accounts within the purchaser’s household at Raymond James. Eligible fund family assets not held at Raymond James may be included in the calculation of rights of accumulation only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial professional about such assets
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Letters of intent which allow for breakpoint discounts based on anticipated purchases within a fund family, over a 13-month time period. Eligible fund family assets not held at Raymond James may be included in the calculation of letters of intent only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial professional about such assets
Edward D. Jones & Co., L.P. (Edward Jones)
Effective on or after January 1, 2024, the following information supersedes prior information with respect to transactions and positions held in fund shares through an Edward Jones system. Clients of Edward Jones (also referred to as “shareholders”) purchasing fund shares on the Edward Jones commission and fee-based platforms are eligible only for the following sales charge discounts (also referred to as “breakpoints”) and waivers, which can differ from discounts and waivers described elsewhere in the mutual fund prospectus or statement of additional information (SAI) or through another broker-dealer. In all instances, it is the shareholder's responsibility to inform Edward Jones at the time of purchase of any relationship, holdings of John Hancock Investment Management, or other facts qualifying the purchaser for discounts or waivers. Edward Jones can ask for documentation of such circumstance. Shareholders should contact Edward Jones if they have questions regarding their eligibility for these discounts and waivers.
Front-end Sales Charge Waivers on Class A shares available at Edward Jones
Sales charges are waived for the following shareholders and in the following situations:
Associates of Edward Jones and its affiliates and their family members who are in the same pricing group (as determined by Edward Jones under its policies and procedures) as the associate. This waiver will continue for the remainder of the associate’s life if the associate retires from Edward Jones in good-standing and remains in good standing pursuant to Edward Jones’ policies and procedures
Shares purchased in an Edward Jones fee-based program
Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment
Shares purchased from the proceeds of redeemed shares of the same fund family so long as the following conditions are met: 1) the proceeds are from the sale of shares within 60 days of the purchase, and 2) the sale and purchase are made from a share class that charges a front load and one of the following:
The redemption and repurchase occur in the same account
The redemption proceeds are used to process an: IRA contribution, excess contributions, conversion, recharacterizing of contributions, or distribution, and the repurchase is done in an account within the same Edward Jones grouping for Rights of Accumulation (ROA)
Shares exchanged into Class A shares from another share class so long as the exchange is into the same fund and was initiated at the discretion of Edward Jones. Edward Jones is responsible for any remaining CDSC due to the fund company, if applicable. Any future purchases are subject to the applicable sales charge as disclosed in the prospectus
Exchanges from Class C shares to Class A shares of the same fund, generally, in the 84th month following the anniversary of the purchase date or earlier at the discretion of Edward Jones
CDSC Waivers on Class A and Class C shares available at Edward Jones
If the shareholder purchases shares that are subject to a CDSC and those shares are redeemed before the CDSC is expired, the shareholder is responsible to pay the CDSC except in the following conditions:
The death or disability of the shareholder
Systematic withdrawals with up to 10% per year of the account value
Return of excess contributions from an Individual Retirement Account (IRA)
Shares redeemed as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts if the redemption is taken in or after the year the shareholder reaches qualified age based on applicable IRS regulations
Shares redeemed to pay Edward Jones fees or costs in such cases where the transaction is initiated by Edward Jones
Shares exchanged in an Edward Jones fee-based program
Shares acquired through NAV reinstatement
Shares redeemed at the discretion of Edward Jones for Minimum Balances, as described below
Front-end Load Discounts Available at Edward Jones; Breakpoints, Rights of Accumulation & Letter of Intent
Breakpoint pricing, otherwise known as volume pricing, at dollar thresholds, as described in this prospectus
Rights of Accumulation (ROA). The applicable sales charge on a purchase of Class A shares is determined by taking into account all share classes (except certain money market funds and any assets held in group retirement plans) of John Hancock Investment Management held by the shareholder or in an account grouped by Edward Jones with other accounts for the purpose of providing certain pricing considerations (pricing groups). If grouping assets as a shareholder, this includes all share classes held on the Edward Jones platform and/or held on another platform. The inclusion of eligible fund family assets in the ROA calculation is dependent on the shareholder notifying Edward Jones of such assets at the time of calculation. Money market funds are included only if such shares were sold with a sales charge at the time of purchase or acquired in exchange for shares purchased with a sales charge.
The employer maintaining a SEP IRA plan and/or SIMPLE IRA plan may elect to establish or change ROA for the IRA accounts associated with the plan to a plan-level grouping as opposed to including all share classes at a shareholder or pricing group level.
ROA is determined by calculating the higher of cost minus redemptions or market value (current shares x NAV)
Letter of Intent (LOI). Through a LOI, shareholders can receive the sales charge and breakpoint discounts for purchases shareholders intend to make over a 13-month period from the date Edward Jones receives the LOI. The LOI is determined by calculating the higher of cost or market value of qualifying holdings at LOI initiation in combination with the value that the shareholder intends to buy over a 13-month period to calculate the front-end sales charge and any breakpoint discounts. Each purchase the shareholder makes during that 13-month period will receive the sales charge and breakpoint discount that applies to the total amount. The inclusion of eligible fund family assets in the LOI calculation is dependent on the shareholder notifying Edward Jones of such assets at the time of calculation.
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Purchases made before the LOI is received by Edward Jones are not adjusted under the LOI and will not reduce the sales charge previously paid. Sales charges will be adjusted if LOI is not met.
If the employer maintaining a SEP IRA plan and/or SIMPLE IRA plan has elected to establish or change ROA for the IRA accounts associated with the plan to a plan-level grouping, LOIs will also be at the plan-level and may only be established by the employer
Other Important Information Regarding Transactions Through Edward Jones
Minimum Purchase Amounts
Initial purchase minimum: $250
Subsequent purchase minimum: none
Minimum Balances
Edward Jones has the right to redeem at its discretion fund holdings with a balance of $250 or less. The following are examples of accounts that are not included in this policy:
A fee-based account held on an Edward Jones platform
A 529 account held on an Edward Jones platform
An account with an active systematic investment plan or LOI
Exchanging Share Classes
At any time it deems necessary, Edward Jones has the authority to exchange at NAV a shareholder’s holdings in a fund to Class A shares of the same fund
Janney Montgomery Scott LLC (Janney)
Effective May 1, 2020, if you purchase fund shares through a Janney brokerage account, you will be eligible for the following load waivers (front-end sales charge waivers and contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), or back-end sales charge, waivers) and discounts, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in this fund’s prospectus or SAI.
Front-end sales charge* waivers on Class A shares available at Janney
Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same fund (but not any other fund within the fund family)
Shares purchased by employees and registered representatives of Janney or its affiliates and their family members as designated by Janney
Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within ninety (90) days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales load (i.e., right of reinstatement)
Employer-sponsored retirement plans (e.g., 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans and defined benefit plans). For purposes of this provision, employer-sponsored retirement plans do not include SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs, SAR-SEPs or Keogh plans
Shares acquired through a right of reinstatement
Class C shares that are no longer subject to a contingent deferred
sales charge and are converted to Class A shares of the same fund pursuant to Janney’s policies and procedures
CDSC waivers on Class A and Class C shares available at Janney
Shares sold upon the death or disability of the shareholder
Shares sold as part of a systematic withdrawal plan as described in the fund’s prospectus
Shares purchased in connection with a return of excess contributions from an IRA account
Shares sold as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts if the redemption is taken in or after the year the shareholder reaches qualified age based on applicable IRS regulations
Shares sold to pay Janney fees but only if the transaction is initiated by Janney
Shares acquired through a right of reinstatement
Shares exchanged into the same share class of a different fund
Front-end sales charge* discounts available at Janney: breakpoints, rights of accumulation, and/or letters of intent
Breakpoints as described in the fund’s prospectus
Rights of accumulation (ROA), which entitle shareholders to breakpoint discounts, will be automatically calculated based on the aggregated holding of fund family assets held by accounts within the purchaser’s household at Janney. Eligible fund family assets not held at Janney may be included in the ROA calculation only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial professional about such assets
Letters of intent which allow for breakpoint discounts based on anticipated purchases within a fund family, over a 13-month time period. Eligible fund family assets not held at Janney may be included in the calculation of letters of intent only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial professional about such assets
*Also referred to as an “initial sales charge.”
Robert W. Baird & Co. (Baird)
Effective June 15, 2020, shareholders purchasing fund shares through a Baird platform or account will only be eligible for the following sales charge waivers (front-end sales charge waivers and contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC) waivers) and discounts, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in this prospectus or the SAI.
Front-End Sales Charge Waivers on Class A shares Available at Baird
Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same fund
Shares purchased by employees and registered representatives of Baird or its affiliates and their family members as designated by Baird
Shares purchased from the proceeds of redemptions within the same fund family, provided (1) the repurchase occurs within 90 days following the redemption, (2) the redemption and purchase occur in the same account, and (3) redeemed shares were subject to a front-end or deferred sales charge (known as rights of reinstatement)
Class C shares will be converted at net asset value to Class A shares of the same fund if the shares are no longer subject to CDSC and the conversion is in line with the policies and procedures of Baird
Employer-sponsored retirement plans or charitable accounts in a
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transactional brokerage account at Baird, including 401(k) plans, 457 plans, employer-sponsored 403(b) plans, profit sharing and money purchase pension plans and defined benefit plans. For purposes of this provision, employer-sponsored retirement plans do not include SEP IRAs, Simple IRAs or SAR-SEPs
CDSC Waivers on Class A and Class C shares Available at Baird
Shares sold due to death or disability of the shareholder
Shares sold as part of a systematic withdrawal plan as described in the fund’s prospectus
Shares bought due to returns of excess contributions from an IRA Account
Shares sold as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts due to the shareholder reaching the qualified age based on applicable IRS regulations as described in the fund’s prospectus
Shares sold to pay Baird fees but only if the transaction is initiated by Baird
Shares acquired through a right of reinstatement
Front-End Sales Charge Discounts Available at Baird: Breakpoints and/or Rights of Accumulations
Breakpoints as described in this prospectus
Rights of accumulations which entitle shareholders to breakpoint discounts will be automatically calculated based on the aggregated holdings of fund family assets held by accounts within the purchaser’s household at Baird. Eligible fund family assets not held at Baird may be included in the rights of accumulations calculation only if the shareholder notifies his or her financial advisor about such assets
Letters of Intent (LOI) allow for breakpoint discounts based on anticipated purchases within the fund family through Baird, over a 13-month period of time
Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated (Stifel)
Effective July 1, 2020, shareholders purchasing fund shares through a Stifel platform or account or who own shares for which Stifel or an affiliate is the broker-dealer of record are eligible for the following additional sales charge waiver.
Front-end Sales Load Waiver on Class A Shares
Class C shares that have been held for more than seven (7) years converted to Class A shares of the same fund pursuant to Stifel’s policies and procedures.
All other sales charge waivers and reductions described elsewhere in the fund’s prospectus or SAI still apply.
J.P. MORGAN SECURITIES LLC
Effective October 1, 2023, if you purchase or hold fund shares through an applicable J.P. Morgan Securities LLC brokerage account, you will be eligible for the following sales charge waivers (front-end sales charge waivers and contingent deferred sales charge (CDSC), or back-end sales charge, waivers), share class conversion policy and discounts, which may differ from those disclosed elsewhere in this fund’s prospectus or Statement of Additional Information (SAI).
Front-end sales charge waivers on Class A shares available at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Shares exchanged from Class C (i.e., level-load) shares that are no longer subject to a CDSC and are exchanged into Class A shares of the same fund pursuant to J.P. Morgan Securities LLC’s share class exchange policy.
Qualified employer-sponsored defined contribution and defined benefit retirement plans, nonqualified deferred compensation plans, other employee benefit plans and trusts used to fund those plans. For purposes of this provision, such plans do not include SEP IRAs, SIMPLE IRAs, SAR-SEPs or 501(c)(3) accounts.
Shares of funds purchased through J.P. Morgan Securities LLC Self-Directed Investing accounts.
Shares purchased through rights of reinstatement.
Shares purchased through reinvestment of capital gains distributions and dividend reinvestment when purchasing shares of the same fund (but not any other fund within the fund family).
Shares purchased by employees and registered representatives of J.P. Morgan Securities LLC or its affiliates and their spouse or financial dependent as defined by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC.
Class C to Class A share conversion
A shareholder in the fund’s Class C shares will have their shares converted by J.P. Morgan Securities LLC to Class A shares (or the appropriate share class) of the same fund if the shares are no longer subject to a CDSC and the conversion is consistent with J.P. Morgan Securities LLC’s policies and procedures.
CDSC waivers on Class A and C shares available at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC
Shares sold upon the death or disability of the shareholder.
Shares sold as part of a systematic withdrawal plan as described in the fund’s prospectus.
Shares purchased in connection with a return of excess contributions from an IRA account.
Shares sold as part of a required minimum distribution for IRA and retirement accounts pursuant to the Internal Revenue Code.
Shares acquired through a right of reinstatement.
Front-end load discounts available at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC: breakpoints, rights of accumulation & letters of intent
Breakpoints as described in the prospectus.
Rights of Accumulation (ROA) which entitle shareholders to breakpoint discounts as described in the fund’s prospectus will be automatically calculated based on the aggregated holding of fund family assets held by accounts within the purchaser’s household at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC. Eligible fund family assets not held at J.P. Morgan Securities LLC may be included in the ROA calculation only if the shareholder notifies their financial advisor about such assets.
Letters of Intent (LOI) which allow for breakpoint discounts based on anticipated purchases within a fund family, through J.P. Morgan Securities LLC, over a 13-month period of time (if applicable).
All other sales charge waivers and reductions described elsewhere in each fund’s prospectus or SAI still apply.
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For more information
The following documents are available that offer further information on the fund:
Annual/semiannual reports to shareholders
Additional information about the fund’s investments is available in the fund’s annual and semiannual reports to shareholders. In the fund’s annual report, you will find a discussion of the market conditions and investment strategies that significantly affected the fund’s performance during its last fiscal year.
As of January 1, 2021, paper copies of the fund’s shareholder reports are no longer sent by mail. Instead, the reports are made available on jhinvestments.com, and you will be notified and provided with a link each time a report is posted to the website. You may request to receive paper reports from the fund or from your financial intermediary, free of charge, at any time. You may also request to receive documents through eDelivery.
Statement of Additional Information (SAI)
The SAI contains more detailed information on all aspects of the fund and includes a summary of the fund’s policy regarding disclosure of its portfolio holdings, as well as legal and regulatory matters. A current SAI has been filed with the SEC and is incorporated by reference into (and is legally a part of) this prospectus.
To obtain a free copy of these documents or request other information
There are several ways you can get a current annual/semiannual report, prospectus, or SAI from John Hancock, request other information, or make inquiries:
Online: jhinvestments.com
By mail:
John Hancock Signature Services, Inc.
P.O. Box 219909
Kansas City, MO 64121-9909
By EASI-Line: 800-338-8080 for Class A shares
By phone: 800-225-5291 for Class A shares; 888-972-8696 for Class I and Class R6 shares
By TTY: 888-999-4721 for Class A, Class I, and Class R6 shares
You can also view or obtain copies of these documents through the SEC:
Online: sec.gov
By email (duplicating fee required): [email protected]