Thursday, November 6, 2008

Manulife launches latest investment product: "Income Minus"

Manulife profit halved to $510-million

Globe and Mail Update
November 6, 2008 at 9:13 AM EST

Manulife Financial Corp. said Thursday that it earned $510-million in the third-quarter, compared to $1.07-billion a year ago, and it has signed a credit agreement to help boost its capital levels.
The insurance giant has been struggling with exposure to volatile equity markets, and revealed last month that it expected profits to be hit by roughly $250-million in credit losses this quarter.
On Thursday it said it has signed an agreement with Canada's big six banks for a five-year term loan of $3-billion, which will be fully drawn down by Nov. 20 and will be deployed as necessary to provide additional regulatory capital to the insurer's operating subsidiaries.
Manulife and its rivals received some relief recently from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions, which regulates the country's banks and insurers. It fast-tracked new rules giving insurers more leeway in the amount of capital they must put aside for their segregated funds business. In a move that was seen to be most beneficial to Manulife, the regulator decided that insurers should not have to sock away as much money now for payments that they have promised customers many years down the road.
Manulife Financial

Manulife has been putting aside money to compensate for a potential future shortfall in the amount of money it owes its variable annuity and segregated funds clients. But most of the payments aren't due until between seven and 30 years from now, and the firm is hoping that rebounding stock markets will erase the shortfall long before then.The company had total invested assets of $165-billion as of the end of September.


Anonymous said...


No problemo, FlawHurty will shovel some slush fund (courtesy of us taxpayers) monies their way
and bail these (and other) fukkers out...


Dr Mike said...

Boooo hoooooooooo !!!!!!!!!!!!

I feel just awful.

Maybe they are a Ponzi scheme or something & deserve to have a brand new tax slapped on them because they are losers.

Say 31.5%.

Dr Mike Popovich.

Anonymous said...

One of the few comforts I have is watching the likes of Manulife suffering in this market as I have.


randy said...

I say let Manulife go broke. With their tax advantage they should be able to clobber ever other investment class out there. Income trusts are double taxed and Manulife pays close to no tax.

Way to go Jim. Send them more cash.