Brighthouse Financial today launched the Shield Level 10 annuity, an index-linked, single-premium deferred annuity with no annual fees.
The product is part of the Shield Level Selector family of annuities. Brighthouse Financial inherited that family of annuities from MetLife, which is based in New York.
Brighthouse Financial now runs MetLife’s retail life and annuity operations.
MetLife has been making plans to spin Brighthouse Financial off as a separate company since July 2016, partly because of concerns about efforts by federal financial services regulators to designate it as a systemically important financial institution, and partly because of a belief that separation could give both companies more flexibility.
Brighthouse Financial has its own headquarters offices in Charlotte, North Carolina, and it has been running a major advertising campaign to introduce the public to its name and logo.