Global Focus

The strategy seeks long-term capital appreciation and capital preservation by investing in wide-moat franchise businesses that can compound in value across economic cycles.


The team believes companies delivering positive compounding cash flow growth should outperform over time. The team models attractive businesses across multiple fundamental scenarios 5 to 15 years into the future, a level of analysis they believe offers an investment horizon advantage. The focused portfolio is constructed to preserve capital at all stages of the investment cycle and to generate long-term value creation.

Managed by

Jonathan T. White, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, U.S. Core Value Equity

Jonathan T. White, CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, U.S. Core Value Equity

Jonathan is a managing director and senior portfolio manager for Manulife Investment Management, as well as a co-portfolio manager of the U.S. large-cap core and all-cap core strategies, and is the lead manager of the global focus strategy. He’s also a member of the core value equity team, which manages large-cap value, large-cap core, and all-cap core strategies. Jonathan is focused on the consumer discretionary and consumer staples sectors. Previously, he was a senior analyst with the Berkeley Street equity team at Wells Capital Management and, prior to that, Jonathan was a senior analyst with Evergreen Investments and an assistant vice president for Standish, Ayer & Wood. Earlier in his career, he held positions with Morgan Stanley and Smith Barney. Jonathan holds the Certified Financial Analyst designation.

  • Education: B.A. in Economics, Bates College; M.B.A., Dartmouth College, Tuck School of Business
  • Joined the company: 2011
  • Began career: 1997


Jonathan T. White, CFA

Emory W. (Sandy) Sanders, Jr., CFA

Senior Portfolio Manager, U.S. Core Value Equity

Sandy is a senior managing director and senior portfolio manager for Manulife Investment Management, leading the U.S. core value equity team, which manages large-cap value, large-cap core, and all-cap core strategies. He was most recently a director, portfolio manager, and senior equity analyst with the large-cap equity research team at Wells Capital Management; he began his career with Evergreen Investments. Sandy hold the Chartered Financial Analyst designation, and is a member of the CFA Society Boston.

  • Education: B.S., University of Vermont
  • Joined the company: 2010
  • Began career: 1997
Emory W. (Sandy) Sanders, Jr., CFA


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