Bloomberg Anywhere Remote Login Bloomberg Terminal Demo Request


Connecting decision makers to a dynamic network of information, people and ideas, Bloomberg quickly and accurately delivers business and financial information, news and insight around the world.


Financial Products

Enterprise Products


Customer Support

  • Americas

    +1 212 318 2000

  • Europe, Middle East, & Africa

    +44 20 7330 7500

  • Asia Pacific

    +65 6212 1000


Industry Products

Media Services

Follow Us

MetLife Plans to Start Buybacks Once After Fed Oversight

MetLife Advances as JPMorgan Wins Fed Blessing
The MetLife Inc. headquarters building stands in New York. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg

MetLife Inc., the insurer selling banking assets to reduce U.S. regulation, plans to start share buybacks and raise the dividend after the Federal Reserve releases the company from its oversight.

MetLife, whose plan to repurchase $2 billion of shares and increase its dividend 49 percent was rejected by the Fed, is “committed to returning capital to shareholders,” interim Chief Financial Officer Eric Steigerwalt said today at an investor conference hosted by UBS AG. “When we are no longer a bank holding company, our intention would be to carry out our capital plan that we submitted to the Fed.”

MetLife is one of four companies to fail the Fed’s Comprehensive Capital Analysis and Review, which was applied to 19 of the largest U.S. financial firms. New York-based MetLife, which is overseen by the Fed because of its banking operations, has said the test wasn’t tailored for insurance companies. The insurer will cease being a bank holding company by the end of the second quarter, MetLife has said.

“We are not a bank,” Steigerwalt said. “We have a small little bank. We’re getting out of that bank, and we should be measured along with all of our other peers.”

Please upgrade your Browser

Your browser is out-of-date. Please download one of these excellent browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Opera or Internet Explorer.