Manulife launches new campaign for investors in Malaysia

Jason Chong, Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad.

Manulife Investment Management  (M) Berhad (‘Manulife’) has launched the ‘What’s Your Number’ campaign that encourages investors in Malaysia to better understand their financial needs and take advantage of the newly available financial planning tools to help them achieve their short- and long-term income goals.

Hosted on the dedicated Manulife Income Solutions website, the Investment Goal Calculator and the Monthly Income Explorer allow users to know what their expected monthly investment income could be based on their investment goal (e.g. retirement, child’s education, or personal needs), expected initial investment capital and monthly contributions, time horizon, and the anticipated rate of investment return and inflation.

“We will remain in a low interest rate environment for longer, as evident by the US Federal Reserves’ latest announcement on keeping interest rate low until at least 2022. Similarly, in Malaysia, the 12-month fixed deposit rate as published by Maybank have declined from 3.1% per annum (p.a.) at the beginning of this year to 2.1% p.a. currently – the lowest since 1998, according to Bloomberg. With current fixed deposit rates lower than long-term average inflation rate (Consumer Price Index) of about 3% p.a., keeping your savings in fixed deposit would result in a decline in real returns. Investors need to carefully plan their investments to create sustainable income streams that should at least be higher than inflation,” said Jason Chong, Chief Executive Officer, Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad.

“Selecting an investment because someone else has chosen it might not necessarily mean it is also suitable for you. The most important thing to think about is what you really want to achieve, and realistically assess how you can get there with the resources you currently have. Understanding that would allow you to know what additional income you need and identify the income-focused investment solutions that best suit your profile. Hence, we have launched the Manulife Income Solutions website as an information center that can help Malaysian investors better plan their financial futures,” said Ng Chze How, Head of Retail Wealth Distribution, Manulife Investment Management (M) Berhad.

The Manulife Income Solutions website offers information on how users should frame their thinking when planning to invest for their children’s education and retirement, as well as overviews of the range of Manulife income solutions that could help them achieve their goals.

“Our range of income solutions – some of which were just introduced to Malaysia recently – was carefully curated to suit the various investor profiles. These solutions include multi-asset, fixed income, and REITs, all of which are yield-generating assets that are expected to provide a regular source of income to investors,” Chze How added.

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