John Hancock Hedged Equity & Income Fund (the Fund) is a diversified, closed-end management investment company. The Fund's investment objective is to provide total return with a focus on current income and gains, and also consisting of long-term capital appreciation. It will invest over 80% of its net assets in equity and equity-related securities, including common stock, preferred stock, depositary receipts (including American depositary receipts and global depositary receipts), index-related securities, options on equity securities and equity indexes, real estate investment structures, convertible securities, private placements, convertible preferred stock, rights, warrants, derivatives linked to equity securities or indexes and other equity equivalents. It may invest in listed and unlisted domestic and foreign equity and equity-related securities or instruments. John Hancock Advisers, LLC is the investment advisor and Wellington Management Company LLP is the sub advisor of the Fund.