John Hancock Teams Up with David Ortiz to Hit a Home Run in Retirement

Former Red Sox slugger and retirement rookie asks fans, what should he do next?

BOSTON, March 31, 2017 – Surfing the California waves, synchronized swimming routines, and learning to speak Japanese – these activities aren't exactly what former Red Sox slugger David Ortiz is known for. But now that he's retired from a 20-year baseball career, he's back to being a rookie – that is, a retirement rookie. This spring, instead of prepping for Opening Day, Ortiz is teaming up with John Hancock to navigate one of life's biggest questions: what should I do now that I'm retired? Because if you plan right for your retirement, you can do whatever you want.

"Now that I'm retired I've got some more time on my hands, and my friends at John Hancock are helping me figure out my plan for the future," said Ortiz. "You don't need to be a famous baseball player to have the kind of retirement you want. If you plan right, you can do anything."

In the Retirement Rookie campaign, launching today, John Hancock and David Ortiz are calling on fans to help Ortiz figure out what's next now that he's in retirement. Should he learn to play the guitar? Sell sausages at Fenway Park? Or maybe travel the world? Fans and the John Hancock community are invited to share ideas for what David should do in retirement by posting on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter using #RetirementRookie. Then should keep an eye out for which ideas Ortiz decides to take to bat.

With the right plan, you can do anything in retirement
John Hancock recognizes that retirement looks a little bit different for each individual. But no matter what your goals may be, a comfortable retirement requires smart planning. The good news is that retirement planning doesn't have to be complicated, and with a little prep work and the help of John Hancock, retirement savers can ensure they are financially healthy and prepared for retirement.

"At John Hancock, we're committed to helping our clients plan for the road ahead," said Barbara Goose, Chief Marketing Officer at John Hancock. "Whether you're a three-time world champion or in spring training, we can help you hit a home run when it comes to your retirement goals."

Retirement security is about more than accumulating wealth, it's about achieving the right outcomes. John Hancock understands that no two retirement journeys are exactly alike. So whether it's your first time up at bat or you're rounding the bases toward home, it's never too early or too late to get started. Take control of your future today and talk to your financial advisor, or learn more about saving for retirement and other financial priorities at JohnHancock.com/DifferentWorld.

Hill Holliday is the creative agency for the Retirement Rookie campaign.

About John Hancock Financial and Manulife
John Hancock Financial is a division of Manulife, a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. Operating as Manulife in Canada and Asia, and primarily as John Hancock in the United States, our group of companies offers clients a diverse range of financial protection products and wealth management services through its extensive network of employees, agents and distribution partners. Assets under management and administration by Manulife and its subsidiaries were $977 billion (US $728 billion) as at December 31, 2016. Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife can be found on the Internet at manulife.com.

The John Hancock unit, through its insurance companies, comprises one of the largest life insurers in the United States. John Hancock offers and administers a broad range of financial products, including life insurance, annuities, investments, 401(k) plans, long-term care insurance, college savings, and other forms of business insurance. Additional information about John Hancock may be found at johnhancock.com.

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