John Hancock Funds of Boston will change the names of eight of its funds over the next few months to more clearly reflect their investment strategies.

The John Hancock Intermediate Maturity Government Fund on April 1 became the John Hancock Intermediate Government Fund. On May 1, the John Hancock Independence Equity Fund will become John Hancock Core Equity Fund, and the John Hancock Sovereign Balanced Fund will be known as the John Hancock Balanced Fund.

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