Active ETFs for active markets

Solutions across assets classes and geographies designed to help investors achieve their goals.

Delivering dividends, not just the index.

By embracing historically consistent and growing dividend-payers, our actively managed ETFs aim to provide high and consistent income and capital appreciation in solutions that don’t look like the index. That’s smart.

Featured funds

  • U.S. equity

    Ticker: UDIV
    Manulife Smart U.S. Dividend ETF 

    Seeks to generate income and total return as inflation sets in. Actively managed fund that invests in U.S. companies that pay a stable and growing dividend. Also available in a hedged and a USD unit version.

    Fund profile Portfolio management
  • Canadian equity

    Ticker: CDIV
    Manulife Smart Dividend ETF

    Seeks to generate income and total return as inflation sets in

    Actively managed fund invests in Canadian companies that pay a stable and growing dividend. 

    Fund profile Portfolio management
  • Global equity one-ticket solution

    Ticker: GDIV
    Manulife Smart Global Dividend ETF Portfolilo

    GDIV invests primarily in underlying exchange traded funds managed by Manulife Investment Management that invest in U.S., international and Canadian dividend-paying securities which are an important contributor to total returns and a way to generate income. 

    Fund profile Portfolio management

In today’s environment, investor portfolios need to provide more than just efficient sector or asset class exposure. Each strategy and holding should serve a purpose and add value for investors as they strive to achieve their goals. Manulife ETFs are ready to help in that pursuit. The teams managing our ETFs were selected for their expertise in each asset class, their rigorous and efficient investment processes, and the commitment to add value over time.


Dull, boring, repetitive … the investment case for high-quality dividend growers

High-quality dividend growers are important allocations for risk-adjusted returns. And high-quality dividend payers and growers perform well prior to, during, and after recessions, such as the 1990–91,, and Global Financial Crisis recessions.
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Fighting inflation with equity duration: three fundamentals to look for

Each month, we get more news about how rising prices are eating into our wallets, whether it’s June’s 8.1% inflation rate in Canada or the 9.1% rate in the U.S. But inflation is also detrimental to investors, their portfolios, and their plans for retirement. So, what can they do to combat it?
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Strategy overviews

Manulife Smart Defensive Equity ETFs to invest through uncertainty

Investors feel losses as 2x more painful than equivalent gains.* Investors – in order to avoid a loss in uncertain markets – may be tempted to try and time the market. Since 1980 the S&P 500 Index has fallen an average of 14% in any given calendar year but is positive 78% of the time.**  Is there a solution that may help investors stay invested and progressing towards their goals?

The new Manulife Smart Defensive Equity ETFs are designed to be less sensitive to movements in the market allowing investors to maintain equity exposure through the ups and downs of the equity markets each year.

The actively managed ETFs invest in high quality securities that have a lower beta than the broad market. At the core of the investment strategy is a screen for stocks that have three important features: low beta, stable earnings, and low stock price volatility. 

This combination may provide better investor experiences in volatile markets and can help keep clients invested over the long term. 

Important disclosure

*Sources: BEWorks, March 2020.

** Bloomberg,  Manulife Investment Management, October 2021.

Manulife Smart Dividend ETFs for income

Historically, nearly half of the stock markets total return is made up of dividend returns¹. A steady stream of dividend income becomes more important when market returns are volatile or when expectations for broad market returns are in the single digits.

Investing in dividend paying stocks in a systematic manner can help investors capture that income in an efficient way. That’s where active investment management, research and client-centric mentality can provide value. They bring expertise from running a highly disciplined and controlled investment process and apply it to an active quantitative strategy. Their strategy screens for growing and stable dividend payers, and applies a set of factors to produce the portfolio.

The result is an efficient solution that provides a diversified mix of high and sustainable dividend payers.

Manulife Smart Bond ETFs for capital preservation

In the Canadian investment grade bond market, Systematic Fixed Income Beta (part of the Multi-Asset Solutions Team) is confronting that challenge directly. Using an active systematic approach that combines quantitative models and active credit research, their strategies aim to deliver a better yield experience than broad bond markets while also preserving capital.

Manulife Multifactor ETFs for total return

Based on decades of academic research, Dimensional Fund Advisors² build portfolios that are based on three drivers of equity performance. 

The three drivers, which they refer to as dimensions, are company size, relative price3 and profitability4. Simply put, the research indicates that, over time, smaller stocks tend to outperform larger stocks, value stocks tend to outperform growth stocks and stocks that are more profitable tend to outperform less profitable stocks.

What does this add up to? For investors focused on long-term total returns, it adds up to a portfolio that captures the potential premium from each factor.

ETF list

Tickers marked with * indicate the unhedged version of the ETF. Tickers marked with ** indicate a management fee, not MER. 

Active dividend ETFs


Fund name





Manulife Smart Dividend ETF 0.28% Canadian Dividend and Income Equity Quarterly


Manulife Smart U.S. Dividend ETF 0.37%/0.31% US Equity Quarterly


Manulife Smart U.S. Dividend ETF (USD units) 0.28%** US Equity Quarterly


Manulife Smart International Dividend ETF 0.35%** International Equity Quarterly


Manulife Smart Global Dividend ETF Portfolio


Global Equity


Active fixed income ETFs


Fund Name





Manulife Smart Short-Term Bond ETF 0.23% Canadian Short Term Fixed Income Monthly

Manulife Smart Core Bond ETF


Canadian Fixed Income



Manulife Smart Corporate Bond ETF 0.27% Canadian Corporate Fixed Income Monthly


Manulife Smart Global Bond ETF 


Global Fixed Income 


Active defensive equity ETFs


Fund name





Manulife Smart Defensive Equity ETF 0.25%** Canadian Equity Semi-annual


Manulife Smart U.S. Defensive Equity ETF 0.33%**/0.28%** US Equity Semi-annual


Manulife Smart U.S. Defensive Equity ETF (USD units) 0.28%** US Equity Semi-annual


Manulife Smart International Defensive Equity ETF 0.35%** International Equity Semi-annual

Multifactor index equity ETFs 


Fund name


Category Distribution


Manulife Multifactor Canadian Large Cap Index ETF 0.40% Canadian large cap equity Semi-annual
MCSM Manulife Multifactor Canadian SMID Cap Index ETF 0.56% Canadian small/mid cap equity Semi-annual
MINT / MINT.B* Manulife Multifactor Developed International Index ETF 0.50% / 0.45% International equity Semi-annual
MEME.B* Manulife Multifactor Emerging Markets Index ETF 0.74% Emerging markets equity Semi-annual
MULC / MULC.B* Manulife Multifactor U.S. Large Cap Index ETF 0.42% / 0.36% U.S. large cap equity Semi-annual
MUMC / MUMC.B* Manulife Multifactor U.S. Mid Cap Index ETF 0.56% / 0.50% U.S. mid cap equity Semi-annual
MUSC / MUSC.B* Manulife Multifactor U.S. Small Cap Index ETF 0.55% / 0.51% U.S. small cap equity Semi-annual

1 Source: Manulife Investment Management, Manulife Systematic Equity Beta, December 31, 2019. Calculations were made using Robert Schiller Data Library from 1909 to 1989 and Bloomberg from 1990 to 2019. 

2 Dimensional Fund Advisors and Dimensional refer to the Dimensional separate but affiliated entities generally, rather than to one particular entity. Dimensional Fund Advisors Canada ULC is the subadvisor to the Manulife Investment Management ETFs. Neither Dimensional Fund Advisors Canada ULC nor its affiliates are affiliated with Manulife Investment Management or any of its affiliated entities. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP   receives compensation from Manulife Investment Management in connection with licensing rights to the indexes. Dimensional Fund Advisors LP does not sponsor, endorse, or sell, and makes no representation as to the advisability of investing in, the Manulife ETFs. Dimensional refers to the Dimensional separate but affiliated entities generally, rather than to one particular entity. These entities are Dimensional Fund Advisors LP, Dimensional Fund Advisors Ltd., DFA Australia Limited, Dimensional Fund Advisors Canada ULC, Dimensional Fund Advisors Pte. Ltd., Dimensional Japan Ltd., and Dimensional Hong Kong Limited. Dimensional Hong Kong Limited is licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission to conduct Type 1 (dealing in securities) regulated activities only and does not provide asset management services. Commissions, management fees, and expenses all may be associated with exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses, and other important information are contained in the prospectus. Please read the prospectus before investing. ETFs are not guaranteed, as their values change frequently. Past performance does not guarantee future results. 

3 Relative price, as measured by the price-to-book ratio; value stocks are those with lower price-to-book ratios. 

4 Profitability is a measure of current profitability, based on the information from individuals companies’ income statements. Diversification does not guarantee a profit or eliminate the risk of loss.

Commissions, management fees, and expenses may all be associated with exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Investment objectives, risks, fees, expenses, and other important information are in the ETF facts as well as the prospectus, please read the prospectus before investing.

Manulife ETFs are managed by Manulife Investment Management (formerly named Manulife Asset Management Limited).  Manulife Investment Management is a trade name of Manulife Investment Management Limited.

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