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MetLife, Inc. - Analyst/Investor Day

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Also as you probably know, there are a number of high-growth markets throughout Southeast Asia. Steve indicated to you at the Investor Day that we are looking to enter some of those markets where appropriate, either organically or inorganically, but this just to make sure we manage your expectation, we're not going to talk about those in our prepared remarks but we'll obviously respond to any questions you have in the Q&A session later on.

So let me just try to, first, to pull this together for you in terms of the key takeaways, it's what really we want you to know for our business in Asia. First and foremost, Asia is the key market for the MetLife, representing roughly, 20% of the company's earnings in 2011 and clearly, it intended to be a very strong contributor for each of the 2016 goals and aspirations that have been outlined to you.

As you see, we have a growing market share in the mature markets of Japan and Korea, but more importantly, we're doing this very much through a disciplined approach, focused on the bottom line and achieving the appropriate risk adjusted reward. So you always see us create volume for value. Finally, we will continue to pursue organic and inorganic opportunities in the emerging markets. So with that as an intro, let me introduce Bill Hogan, who will talk you through the Japan story. Bill?

William Hogan

Thank you, Chris. The opportunity here in Japan for meaningful future growth under the combined strength of Alico in Japan and MetLife, we are uniquely positioned in the industry, with a broad product line up and a long history of working with our 4 major distribution channels. Developing 4 distribution channels of the size and scale that we have, has not been easy and it requires significant investment, lots of patience, and managing channel conflict. Many of our competitors are just working through these issues today. While a multidistribution platform allows us access to a broad customer base, our broad product portfolio allows us to best serve the total customer needs. And also, to not be tied or compelled to grow product that have become less profitable or more risky. We can effectively be selective in what products we choose to sell over the longer-term.

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