Investment Feature


You have the flexibility to start, change or stop your investment contributions; change your fund allocations; or make a lump-sum contribution at any time during the year. Any gains on your GVUL investment contributions grow tax-deferred,which means the value of your investment has the potential to grow more over time.

The power of tax deferral2


This example assumes an investment of $300 per month ($3,600 per year), a 3% yearly return over a 25-year period, and no withdrawals from cash value.

The bottom green line shows money invested over time. The light blue line in the middle shows potential growth if the investment was taxed each year at a 24% federal tax rate. The top dark blue line shows the growth of the investment, if tax-deferred.

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Purchasing life insurance while investing separately.

All potential gains from the money invested are subject to tax. The life insurance premium is an expense only.


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Earnings within your GVUL coverage grow income tax-free while the policy stays in force. Money allocated to the variable investment portfolios is subject to market risk, and when redeemed may be worth more or less than your original investment. Please consider your investment time horizon, tax rates, and the effect of fees and expenses, including any premium expense charge, when evaluating the benefit of GVUL tax deferral. See your Prospectus and Certificate for complete information.

The illustration is used only for the purpose of demonstrating how tax-deferred gains can grow faster than taxable gains. It is not intended to, nor does it represent, any growth that may occur in the GVUL investment portfolios. Insurance company asset charges, administrative fees and premium expense charges have not been deducted. The cost of insurance charges, which vary with each individual certificate, has not been deducted. Deduction of these charges would result in lower returns. The tax rate used in this chart is a hypothetical tax rate. Actual rates will vary. This illustration assumes that the Taxable Investment is subject to ordinary income rates and not the favorable rates that currently apply to long-term capital gains and dividends. Comparative performance would be reduced for the Tax-Deferred Investment where the Taxable Investment is subject to more favorable capital gains/dividend rates.Please consult your tax advisor for more complete information. Amounts received as death benefit proceeds under life insurance contracts are generally income tax-free. It is advised that participants check with their tax advisor for specific details related to their situation. Other considerations include participants’ investment horizon and income tax bracket — both current and anticipated — when comparing the investments shown.

3 In general, participants may withdraw cash value equal to premiums paid without tax consequences. However, if the funding of the certificate exceeds certain limits, it will become a “modified endowment contract” (MEC) and become subject to “earnings first” taxation on withdrawals and loans. An additional 10% penalty for withdrawals and loans taken before age 59½ will also generally apply to MECs. We will notify you if a contribution would cause your certificate to become a MEC. Withdrawals and loans will reduce the death benefit and cash value and thereby diminish the ability of the cash value to serve as a source offunding for cost of insurance charges, which increase as you age. Withdrawals are subject to an administrative fee of 2% of the amount withdrawn, not to exceed $25. Outstanding loan amounts do not participate in the interest credited to the interest-bearing account and can have a permanent effect on certificate values and benefits. Upon surrender, lapse, or case termination, including those circumstances where termination of the group contract results intermination of individual certificates/policies, loans become withdrawals and may become taxable to the certificate owner.

Any discussion of taxes is for general informational purposes only and does not purport to be complete or cover every situation. MetLife, its agents and representatives may not give legal, tax or accounting advice and this document should not be construed as such. Please confer with their qualified legal, taxand accounting advisors as appropriate.

Prospectuses for Group Variable Universal Life insurance and its underlying portfolios can be obtained by calling (800) 756-0124. You should carefully read and consider the information in the prospectuses regarding the contract’s features, risks, charges and expenses, as well as the investment objectives, risks, policies and other information regarding the underlying portfolios prior to making any purchase or investment decisions. Product availability and features may vary by state. All product guarantees are subject to the financial strength and claims-paying ability of Metropolitan Life Insurance Company.

Group Variable Universal Life insurance has limitations. There is no guarantee that any of the variable options in this product will meet its stated goals or objectives. Cash value allocated to the variable investment options is subject to market fluctuations so that, when withdrawn or surrendered, it may be worth more or less than the amount of premiums paid.

Nothing in these materials is intended to be advice for a particular situation or individual. Please consult with your own advisors for such advice. Like most insurance policies, MetLife GVUL contains exclusions, limitations and terms for keeping it in force. MetLife can provide you with costs and complete details.