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Monday, April 27, 2009

Hancock Moves its Retail Funds to a Single Custodian and Accountant

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John Hancock last year tapped State Street to provide custody and fund accounting services for 38 retail funds, and on Monday morning, State Street executives said they're done with the conversion. The funds have a total of $15 billion in AUM.

Ties between Hancock and State Street stretch as far back as the '60s. Since 1968, State Street has performed custody and accounting work for a range of Hancock's products. With the conversion of the retail funds, State Street now services more than 220 portfolios and approximately $95 billion of assets for Hancock.

Charles Rizzo, chief financial officer of John Hancock Funds, said the firm looked at factors such as automation and technology solutions, size and scale of the business, service quality and overall resources before deciding to go with State Street.

"State Street had already proven its ability to handle our more complex products and support our fund events and product implementation efforts, so the decision to transition additional assets was that much easier to make,” Rizzo said in a news release issued Monday morning. "For us, State Street was the best choice to consolidate our custody and accounting services."
Company Press Release

BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT - News), the world's leading provider of financial services to institutional investors, announced today that it has successfully converted 38 John Hancock retail funds worth approximately $15 billion in assets. State Street was appointed by John Hancock last year to provide custody and fund accounting services for these retail US mutual funds.

State Street has provided John Hancock with custody and accounting services for a range of their fund products since 1968. With the conversion of the retail funds, State Street now services more than 220 portfolios and approximately $95 billion of assets for John Hancock.

“In selecting State Street to provide accounting and custodial services for our John Hancock retail funds, we looked at a number of factors including automation and technology solutions, size and scale of the business, service quality and overall resources. State Street had already proven its ability to handle our more complex products and support our fund events and product implementation efforts, so the decision to transition additional assets was that much easier to make,” said Charles Rizzo, chief financial officer of the John Hancock funds. “In addition, the State Street team takes an active effort in understanding our business needs and helping us with solutions. For us, State Street was the best choice to consolidate our custody and accounting services."

“We are pleased that our customers consistently rely on State Street as they consolidate providers and look to gain efficiencies in their operations,” said Alan Greene, executive vice president of State Street’s US investor services business. “Throughout our more than 40- year relationship with John Hancock, we have worked together to support their new product and fund launches and look forward to continuing with this strong partnership as their sole investment servicing provider."

State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT - News) is the world's leading provider of financial services to institutional investors including investment servicing, investment management and investment research and trading. With $11.3 trillion in assets under custody and $1.4 trillion in assets under management at March 31, 2009, State Street operates in 27 countries and more than 100 geographic markets worldwide. For more information, visit State Street’s web site at www.statestreet.com.
 

Edited by: Armie Margaret Lee


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