In any investment environment, identifying trends, actively managing portfolios and continually managing risk is crucial.
It's especially important when purchasing assets in global financial markets to match product liabilities that can extend 30 years or more in the future. For MetLife's Investments Department, understanding and actively managing a diversified portfolio to back liabilities is what enables MetLife to deliver on promises made to millions of customers around the world.
MetLife is one of the largest institutional investors in the world, with nearly $450 billion in managed assets that we have managed for strong returns for both policyholders and shareholders for more than 100 years.
With more than 750 investment professionals located around the globe, MetLife Investments has the depth and breadth across many asset classes and markets. Our full-time credit analysts and sector specialists conduct first-hand, fundamental analysis and closely track developed and emerging markets. We are always looking ahead and positioning MetLife's proprietary portfolios for the future while striving to take advantage of today's opportunities.
MetLife's investment portfolio includes public securities and privately originated assets. Asset allocations reflect our mix of liabilities in MetLife's global businesses, and shift over time based on relative value and our view of the economy and financial markets. We maintain our focus on appropriate levels of diversification and asset quality.
We consider asset-liability management to be a core competency and carefully match assets to liabilities across our global business.
We focus on the value of each asset and on the relative value of asset classes, determining which ones are offering the most attractive return within given risk constraints.
We see risk management as part of our culture: it is everybody's responsibility and woven throughout our investment process with dedicated systems, procedures, processes and models.
MetLife has a strong balance sheet, a strong capital position and is well positioned to fulfill its obligations.
MetLife benefits from its strong franchise, business diversification and sound financial fundamentals, particularly when managing through challenging markets.
MetLife's sizable investment portfolio and operations gives us breadth and depth across asset sectors and markets. We emphasize first-hand, fundamental analysis by full-time analysts and sector specialists.
MetLife is a significant originator of private assets, including commercial and agricultural mortgages and private placements, which provides us with a competitive advantage in these markets.