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Press release from CNW Group

Manulife Strategic Income Opportunities Fund Announces Monthly Distribution

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Manulife Strategic Income Opportunities Fund Announces Monthly Distribution11:41 EDT Tuesday, August 21, 2012TSX/NYSE/PSE: MFC SEHK:945TORONTO, Aug. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - Manulife Strategic Income Opportunities Fund (TSX: MSO.UN) (the "Fund") announced today that a monthly cash distribution in the amount of $0.05417 per unit of the Fund will be paid on September 14, 2012 to unitholders of record as of August 31, 2012.A unitholder who has continually held units since inception will have received a total of $0.75838 per unit as of the payment date.About Manulife InvestmentsManulife Investments is the brand name describing certain Canadian subsidiaries and operating divisions of Manulife Financial Corporation that offer personal wealth management products and services in Canada. As one of Canada's leading integrated financial services providers, Manulife Investments offers a variety of products and services including segregated fund contracts, mutual funds, annuities, guaranteed interest contracts and structured products. Manulife Structured Products are managed by Manulife Asset Management Limited.About Manulife FinancialManulife Financial is a leading Canada-based financial services group with principal operations in Asia, Canada and the United States. In 2012, we celebrate 125 years of providing clients strong, reliable, trustworthy and forward-thinking solutions for their most significant financial decisions. Our international network of employees, agents and distribution partners offers financial protection and wealth management products and services to millions of clients. We also provide asset management services to institutional customers. Funds under management by Manulife Financial and its subsidiaries were C$514 billion (US$504 billion) as at June 30, 2012. The Company operates as Manulife Financial in Canada and Asia and primarily as John Hancock in the United States.Manulife Financial Corporation trades as 'MFC' on the TSX, NYSE and PSE, and under '945' on the SEHK. Manulife Financial can be found on the Internet at more information, please contact Manulife Customer Service at 1-888-333-3240.SOURCE: Manulife Financial CorporationFor further information: Media contact:  Tracy Van Kalsbeek Public Relations Consultant Manulife Financial Canadian Division 519-594-4697