John Hancock has settled with the Securities and Exchange Commission on charges that it failed to disclose $14.8 million in revenue-sharing agreements with 55 brokerages between 2001 and 2004. In exchange for the payments, the brokerages promoted Hancock mutual funds and variable annuities and gave the investment management firm's marketing and sales staff access to their representatives at conferences and meetings.

Hancock, which neither admitted nor denied the allegations, is paying $21.3 million, $19.3 million of which is going back into the portfolios. Hancock is paying another $2 million in fines.

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