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[May 16, 2018]

MetLife Launches PlanSmart® Financial Wellness

MetLife (NYSE:MET) announced today the availability of PlanSmart® Financial Wellness, its new financial wellness solution. This launch follows MetLife's announcement in March 2018 that it had formed a strategic alliance with Ernst & Young LLP (EY). The offering features a multi-channel experience that focuses on behavioral change, with tools and guidance that empower employees to build financial literacy, confidence and wellbeing.

"Employees are struggling when it comes to their finances-MetLife's 16th Annual U.S. Employee Benefit Trends Study (EBTS), released last month, found about half of employees, 46%, feel overwhelmed by financial decisions," says Meredith Ryan-Reid, senior vice president, Group Benefits, MetLife. "These concerns can impact other areas of employees' lives, including their productivity at work. By investing in financial wellness, employers can help their workforce become more engaged and productive."

Building on MetLife's PlanSmart workplace financial education program, which has offered workshops and one-on-one consultations for more than 20 years, PlanSmart Financial Wellness offers employees an integrated, multi-channel experience, giving them the opportunity to engage in the way that makes most sense to them, including:

  • Intuitive digital experience: Powered by EY technology, the PlanSmart Financial Wellness website helps employees create a financial wellness plan, based on their financial needs and goals. Employees can select the goal they want to achieve-paying down dbt, planning for retirement-and are provided a personalized plan broken down into bite-sized activities and unlimited access to online resources and tools.
  • Phone (News - Alert) support: Extensively trained and experienced EY financial planners offer phone-based financial planning. All guidance is confidential and objective.
  • In-person guidance: Employees can take advantage of workplace seminars and one-on-one consultations with local MassMutual financial advisors.

The solution's "smart" platform saves the employee's activity so they can pick up where they left off the next time they login. Employees are also encouraged to remain engaged and take action through proactive features, such as checkups and reminders. These action steps evolve as the employee's life and work change, providing a personalized path to financial wellness. And, the experience is connected across channels-action steps started in one channel can be completed in another.

"We believe employee benefits are the foundation for a successful financial future. By integrating the employers' benefit options at the center of PlanSmart Financial Wellness, this solution connects guidance back to resources available at the employees' workplace," notes Ryan-Reid. "MetLife has been in the business of improving employees' financial health for over 100 years, and our expertise in understanding employee needs uniquely positions us to guide employers and employees as they begin to focus on to financial wellness."

More information about PlanSmart Financial Wellness is available at www.metlife.com/PlanSmartFW.

About MetLife

MetLife, Inc. (NYSE: MET), through its subsidiaries and affiliates ("MetLife"), is one of the world's leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.


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