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MetLife adds Multi-Index Targeted Risk Portfolio to Protected Growth Strategies line-up


MetLife has added a new portfolio to the MetLife Protected Growth Strategies line-up available through its variable annuities with the GMIB Max and EDB Max optional benefit riders.

The Protected Growth Strategies seek to give consumers more consistent returns over time by responsively managing market risk and identifying opportunities for growth across global asset classes.

The MetLife Multi-Index Targeted Risk Portfolio combines a multi-index asset allocation approach with a risk management strategy. Specifically, the portfolio consists of a base portion investing in index portfolios coupled with a volatility overlay that uses an objective, rules-based approach to help manage the portfolio’s volatility.

MetLife Investment Management – a subsidiary of MetLife – is responsible for managing the volatility overlay.

In May 2011, MetLife was the first insurer to introduce investment options available with their optional benefit riders that expanded beyond traditional asset allocation to include more asset classes and a stronger focus on risk.

“We introduced the Protected Growth Strategy portfolios to offer consumers a better balance between growth potential and market protection, and, as a result, have received a very positive response from the marketplace,” says Elizabeth Forget, senior vice president, MetLife Retail Annuities. “Our customers have found that the Protected Growth Strategies have helped smooth out portfolio volatility while being invested in global markets. The introduction of the MetLife Multi-Index Targeted Risk Portfolio combines the ease of investing in index portfolios with the proven risk management skills of MetLife Investment Management.”

The MetLife Multi-Index Targeted Risk Portfolio is now available to new MetLife variable annuity contract holders who elect the MetLife Guaranteed Minimum Income Benefit Max (GMIB Max IV) or both the GMIB Max IV and the MetLife Enhanced Death Benefit Max  (EDB Max IV) optional riders, each for an additional charge.

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