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BOSTON, Jan. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- John Hancock Funds recently added several new enhancements to its web site,, in the second phase of the site's relaunch, the company announced today. The John Hancock Funds web site was redesigned over the past year and relaunched to the public in June. Since then, the site has won numerous awards for its innovation, content excellence, and ease of use from organizations including the Web Marketing Association and the Mutual Funds Education Alliance. "We are pleased to offer a new set of improvements to our award-winning web site," said Carey Foran Hoch, senior vice president and head of retail marketing for John Hancock Funds. "Since our relaunch this past June, more than 7,000 advisers have become registered users of the site, where they continue to find useful business-building tools and resources."... (more)

Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Diversified Equity Income Fund November 2012 Distribution

BOSTON, Nov. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Eaton Vance Tax-Managed Diversified Equity Income Fund (NYSE: ETY) today announced important information concerning its distribution declared in November 2012.  This press release is issued as required by the Fund's managed distribution plan (Plan) and an exemptive order received from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The Board of Trustees has approved the implementation of the Plan to make quarterly cash distributions to common shareholders, stated in terms of a fixed amount per common share. This information is sent to you for informational purposes only and is an estimate of the sources of the November distribution.  It is not determinative of the tax character of the Fund's distributions for the 2012 calendar year. Shareholders should note that the Fund's total regular distribution amount is subject to change as ... (more)

Sapphire Energy Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

SAN DIEGO, Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sapphire Energy, Inc., one of the world leaders in algae-based green crude oil production, today announced Thomas 'Tom' Willardson has joined the company as Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Willardson brings more than 30 years of experience in leading financial initiatives for public and privately held companies, including serving as CFO for Aurora Algae, Inc.; Energy Recovery, Inc.; and Cost Plus, Inc.; among others. At Sapphire Energy, he'll oversee financial planning, accounting, insurance, legal, and investor relations.  (Logo: "Sapphire Energy is continuously looking to grow its team of highly regarded experts, and we're very pleased to welcome Tom on-board," said Cynthia 'CJ' Warner, CEO and chairman of Sapphire Energy. "His vast experience in successfully def... (more)

BMO Asset Management Announces Proposed Changes to Certain BMO ETFs

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 01/29/13 -- BMO Asset Management Inc. (BMO Asset Management) today announced that a special meeting of unitholders (Special Meeting) has been called to consider and approve changes to the investment objectives of certain BMO Exchange Traded Funds (BMO ETFs) such that they will seek to replicate the performance of new indices as follows: ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- BMO ETF Ticker Proposed New Index ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- BMO International Equity MSCI EAFE 100% Hedged to CAD Hedged to CAD Index ETF ZDM Dollars Index ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- BMO Emerging Markets Equity Index ETF ZEM MSCI Emerging Markets Index -----------------------------------------------------------------------... (more)

BMO Economics Predicts North American Auto Industry to Finish Strong by End of 2013

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/11/13 -- The Canadian and U.S. auto industries are poised for solid growth this year - finishing strong with a predicted increase of 7 per cent to 17.5 million units sold - according to a new report by BMO Economics. With a notable pick-up in consumer spending, manufacturing sales are expected to accelerate. The industry is coming off some momentum that was building last year. Canadian auto sales saw an increase of 5.5 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011. November sales were up 6.5 per cent in dollar terms over 2011, at a total of C$98.6 billion compared to C$92.6 billion the year prior. In the U.S., auto sales experienced an increase of 15 per cent from 2011. Year-end sales at U.S. dealerships and auto part stores reached US$891 billion in 2012 - an increase of 7.7 per cent. "The solid domestic market positions North America as a... (more)

BMO Private Bank April Financial Market Outlook: Early Economic Indicators Position 2013 as Year of Rebuilding

CHICAGO, IL -- (Marketwire) -- 03/18/13 -- U.S. household purchases grow despite falling incomes Euro's decline is being felt globally U.S. equities fairly priced, stocks favored over bonds Financial markets around the world may have their work cut out for them in 2013, yet it is already clear that this year will be one of rebuilding and refocusing, BMO Private Bank's April 2013 Outlook for Financial Markets report reveals. Highlights from the report include: U.S. Addresses Sequestration With Fiscal Cliff talks off the table for the moment, the United States is in rebuilding mode thanks to spending cuts and tax increases geared at balancing the budget. Among the country's challenges and opportunities going forward: The government has invoked sequestration, a series of government spending cuts aimed to shave the federal budget by $85 million this year. Lighter paychecks... (more)

Matrix and Marquest Business Combination Expected to Close in April

TORONTO, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 03/26/13 -- Matrix Asset Management Inc. ("Matrix") (TSX:MTA) and Marquest Asset Management Inc. ("Marquest") announced on February 13, 2013 that they were pursuing a business combination (the "Transaction") which was scheduled to close March 22, 2013. The details of the proposed Transaction are set out in that announcement. Both Matrix and Marquest are working co-operatively and expect the Transaction to close shortly after obtaining all necessary shareholder, stock exchange and regulatory approvals, which is expected to occur by mid April, 2013. While the parties are unaware of any reason the needed approvals will not be granted, the Transaction remains subject to those conditions being satisfied. About Matrix Matrix Asset Management Inc. (TSX:MTA) is a diversified asset and wealth management company, with approximately $1.1 bi... (more)

Tomorrow is National Employee Benefits Day

DES MOINES, Iowa, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're a full-time employee, your benefits likely contribute an additional one-third to your total compensation, according to research from the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics.1 While many of us think benefits are "out of sight, out of mind," ARAG®, a global provider of legal solutions, encourages us to honor National Benefits Day on April 2 by taking time to evaluate all the extras our employers offer. (Logo: "If you're not aware of everything your company offers, including voluntary benefits and discounts, you may be leaving money on the table," says ARAG Chief Human Resources Officer Erin Barfels. "When you make informed benefits decisions, you strengthen your financial safety net, provide much needed, cost effective products for your family and save m... (more)

Eaton Vance Senior Income Trust Declares Monthly Distribution

BOSTON, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Eaton Vance Senior Income Trust (NYSE: EVF), a closed-end management investment company, today declared a monthly distribution of $0.036 per common share. As portfolio and market conditions change, the rate of future distributions may change. The distribution is expected to be paid on April 18, 2013, to shareholders of record on April 11, 2013.  The ex-dividend date is April 9, 2013. A Fund's distribution rate may be affected by numerous factors, including changes in realized and projected market returns, Fund performance and other factors. There can be no assurance that an unanticipated change in market conditions or other unforeseen factors will not result in a change in a Fund's distribution rate at a future time. At this time the Fund believes that a portion of the April distribution may be comprised of amounts from sources ... (more)

SciClone Reports 2012 Financial Results and 2013 Outlook

FOSTER CITY, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 04/01/13 -- SciClone Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCLN) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and for the year ended December 31, 2012. Overall revenues increased $23.7 million or 18% for the full year 2012 to $156.3 million, compared to $132.6 million for the prior year, including a $7.3 million or 7% increase in sales of ZADAXIN®. In the fourth quarter of 2012, ZADAXIN sales decreased $8.9 million, or 30% for the quarter, and overall sales decreased $6.5 million or 16% for the quarter, compared to the same period of the prior year. As discussed previously, during the third quarter and particularly in September 2012, the Company estimates there was an increase in ZADAXIN channel inventory levels, and believes that sales to its customers (including importers and distributors) exceeded the pace at which those cu... (more)

Roger W Harrington Forms New Wealth Management Company, Harrington Capital Management, LLC, based in Dallas, Texas.

DALLAS, April 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Roger W Harrington establishes Harrington Capital Management, LLC, a wealth management company based in Dallas, Texas. Roger is the President of Harrington Capital, where he will be managing over $60 million in client assets, with Investment Advisory Services offered through WFG Advisors, LP, a SEC Registered Investment Advisor. "After 25 plus years spent managing financial assets, I am excited to be founding my own company and will continue to provide the personalized service that my clients expect from me. I am also very confident in my affiliation with Williams Financial Group (WFG) and their relationship with National Financial Services [clearing firm and subsidiary of Fidelity], to provide a comprehensive regulatory platform and quality support for me and my clients," said Roger W Harrington. Harrington Capital Management i... (more)