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MetLife third-quarter profit more than halves on lower investment returns By Reuters

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Signage is seen on the MetLife Inc building in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 7, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly
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(Reuters) – MetLife Inc (NYSE:) on Wednesday reported a 53% drop in third-quarter profit as economic pressures and a global market rout led to weaker returns from the U.S. insurer’s investments.

The company’s U.S. unit saw a 17% decline in adjusted profit, while the Asia segment recorded a 65% slump.

Fewer claims tied to COVID-19 as the cases ease around the world helped the insurer ride out disappointing investment returns in the quarter.

Adjusted premiums, fees and other revenue grew 71% to $19.53 billion in the quarter. However, that was not enough to offset the hit to net investment income, which fell 36% to $3.59 billion.

The company posted adjusted profit of $966 million, or $1.21 per share, compared to $2.06 billion, or $2.39 per share, a year earlier.

Story Credit: investing.com

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