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   SUMMARY PROSPECTUS    April 30, 2012


BlackRock Global Tactical Strategies Portfolio

Class B Shares


Before you invest, you may want to review the Portfolio’s Prospectus, which contains more information about the Portfolio and its risks. You can find the Portfolio’s Prospectus and other information about the Portfolio (including the documents listed below) online at www.metlife.com/variablefunds. You can also get this information at no cost by calling 1-800-638-7732 or by sending an e-mail request to RCG@metlife.com. The Portfolio’s Prospectus and Statement of Additional Information, both dated April 30, 2012, and the Portfolio’s financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2011, including the notes to the financial statements, the financial highlights and the report of the Portfolio’s independent registered public accounting firm, all of which are included in the Annual Report of the Portfolio, dated December 31, 2011, are all incorporated by reference into this Summary Prospectus. This Summary Prospectus is intended for individuals who have purchased certain variable life insurance policies and variable annuity contracts (collectively, “Contracts”) from Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and its affiliates and is not intended for use by other investors.



Investment Objectives


Seeks capital appreciation and current income.


Fees and Expenses of the Portfolio


The following table describes the fees and expenses that you may pay if you buy and hold shares of the Portfolio. These fees and expenses are for the period ended December 31, 2011, and are expressed as a percentage of the Portfolio’s average daily net assets over that period. The table and the Example below do not reflect the fees, expenses or withdrawal charges imposed by the Contracts but do reflect the estimated fees and expenses of the investment companies known as exchange-traded funds in which the Portfolio invests (the “Underlying ETFs”). If Contract expenses were reflected, the fees and expenses in the table and Example would be higher. See the Contract prospectus for a description of those fees, expenses and charges.


Shareholder Fees (fees paid directly from your investment)—None


Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses (expenses that you pay each year as a percentage of the value of your investment)


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Management Fee


Distribution and/or Service (12b-1) Fees


Other Expenses


Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses (Expenses of Underlying
ETFs and Other Investment Companies)



Total Annual Portfolio Operating Expenses and Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses



As an investor in an Underlying ETF, the Portfolio bears its pro-rata portion of the operating expenses of that Underlying ETF, including such Underlying ETF’s management fee. The percentage shown for Acquired Fund Fees and Expenses (Expenses of Underlying ETFs and Other Investment Companies) shows the fees and expenses that the Portfolio expects to incur indirectly as a result of its investments in shares of the relevant Underlying ETFs during the upcoming fiscal year.




The following Example is intended to help you compare the cost of investing in the Portfolio, including the cost of investing in the Underlying ETFs and other investment companies, with the cost of investing in other mutual funds. The Example assumes that you invest $10,000 in the Portfolio for the time periods indicated and then redeem all of your shares at the end of those periods. The Example also assumes that your investment has a 5% return each year, that you reinvest all of your dividends and that the Portfolio’s operating expenses remain the same. Although your actual costs may be higher or lower, based on these assumptions, your costs would be:


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1 Year


3 Years


5 Years


10 Years



Portfolio Turnover


The Portfolio pays transaction costs, such as commissions, when it buys and sells securities (or “turns over” its portfolio). A higher portfolio turnover rate may indicate higher transaction costs. These costs, which are not reflected in annual portfolio operating expenses or in the Example, affect the Portfolio’s performance. During the most recent fiscal period from inception on May 2, 2011 to December 31, 2011, the Portfolio’s portfolio turnover rate was 74.7% of the average value of its portfolio.


Principal Investment Strategies


The Portfolio’s subadviser, BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. (“BlackRock”), will allocate the Portfolio’s assets in a broad range of asset classes, primarily through Underlying ETFs. The Portfolio can also invest in index derivative instruments. Under normal conditions, the Portfolio will fully invest its assets according to BlackRock’s tactical allocation, while maintaining a small amount of cash for the purpose of serving as collateral for the derivative investments. The tactical portion seeks to position



the Portfolio for long-term capital appreciation by actively adjusting the asset allocation mix in response to prevailing market conditions. During periods of high volatility, BlackRock will transfer investments out of the tactical portion into cash. BlackRock will determine the allocation of the Portfolio’s assets invested in the tactical portion and cash and may adjust the balances, based on its expectation of volatility. Volatility is a statistical measurement of the magnitude of up and down fluctuations in the value of a financial instrument or index over time. Volatility may result from rapid and dramatic price swings. The Portfolio targets a total return volatility of 10% over a one-year period, but allows for volatility to drift between a lower (7%) and upper (13%) band (excluding any contribution to volatility from exposure to Interest Rate Derivatives, defined below) before any actions are taken to adjust the asset mix. While BlackRock attempts to manage the Portfolio’s volatility exposure to stabilize performance, there can be no guarantee that the Portfolio will reach the targeted volatility or remain within its target volatility range.


Through investment in the Underlying ETFs, the tactical portion of the Portfolio’s investment is expected to have a normal strategic portfolio allocation of 54% in equities, 40% in fixed income, and 6% in real assets, which is subject to tactical adjustments and expectations of volatility. BlackRock will rely on a blend of both fundamental research and quantitative insights to determine potential opportunities and tactical reallocations that tilt the Portfolio away from the normal strategic allocation. The exposure to equities within the tactical portion may range within 15% up or down from the long term strategic allocation in accordance with BlackRock’s investment views and expectations, subject to the volatility ranges. The Portfolio’s exposure to equities may include domestic equities and international equities, including up to 5% in emerging market equities. The exposure to fixed income within the tactical portion may also range within 15% up or down from the normal strategic allocation, subject to the volatility ranges. The Portfolio’s fixed income exposure will come primarily from the investment grade fixed income market, diversified across U.S. dollar denominated government, corporate, and mortgage-backed securities. In addition, the Portfolio may invest up to 5% of total assets in any combination of emerging market debt and high yield debt (commonly referred to as “junk bonds”). The real assets, which have a maximum combined allocation of 6%, are comprised of real estate investment trusts (“REITs”), commodities, and Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (“TIPS”), and will be invested according to BlackRock’s discretion in the manner deemed most appropriate. Under normal circumstances the combined investments in global equity securities, real assets (REITs, commodities and TIPS) and equity-sensitive securities (including emerging market debt and high yield debt) are limited to 80% of the Portfolio’s assets at market value at the time of investment.


The underlying market exposures will be managed primarily through Underlying ETFs; index derivative instruments may also be used (for example, futures and options on securities indices). For more information about these derivative instruments in which the Portfolio may invest, please see “Investment Strategies and Risks” in the Statement of Additional Information.


The Portfolio will apply a systematic framework that responds to periods of higher or lower expected volatility by rebalancing between the tactical and cash allocation, to attempt to reduce the likelihood of exceeding the upper or lower band of the target volatility range. During periods of increasing expected volatility, the Portfolio will seek to reduce its market exposure by selling assets from Underlying ETFs in its tactical portion and investing instead in cash. During periods of lower expected volatility, the Portfolio will reduce its cash and increase its tactical portion. While the Portfolio may invest substantially all of its assets in the tactical allocation portion, the Subadviser expects to always maintain at least a minimum investment in cash to serve as collateral for derivative investments.


The Portfolio will also use a combination of interest rate swaps, interest rate futures and total return swaps (“Interest Rate Derivatives”) with a nominal value (meaning the fixed face value, rather than the market value, of these instruments) equal to approximately 30% of the Portfolio’s net assets under normal market conditions. This percentage may change in different market environments, but is normally expected to stay within a range of 25% to 35% of net assets. The Adviser expects these instruments to provide additional diversification and balance the sources of risk in the Portfolio. The Adviser anticipates that under normal market conditions these interest rate sensitive instruments will have a maturity of approximately 10 years.


Primary Risks


As with all mutual funds, there is no guarantee that the Portfolio will achieve its investment objective. You could lose money by investing in the Portfolio. An investment in the Portfolio through a Contract is not a deposit or obligation of, or guaranteed by, any bank, and is not federally insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Federal Reserve Board, or any other agency of the U.S. Government.


There are direct and indirect risks of investing in the Portfolio. The value of your investment in the Portfolio may be affected by one or more of the following risks, which are described in more detail in “Primary Risks of Investing in the Portfolio” in the Prospectus, any of which could cause the Portfolio’s return, the price of the Portfolio’s shares or the Portfolio’s yield to fluctuate. Please note that there are many other circumstances that could adversely affect your investment and prevent the Portfolio from reaching its objective, which are not described here.


Performance Risk.    Performance Risk is a direct risk of investing in the Portfolio. The investment performance of a Portfolio that invests all or substantially all of its assets in Underlying ETFs may be adversely affected if the Underlying ETFs are unable to meet their investment objectives or the Portfolio allocates a significant portion of its assets to an Underlying ETF that performs poorly, including relative to other Underlying ETFs.


Asset Allocation Risk.    The Portfolio’s ability to achieve its investment objective depends upon BlackRock’s analysis of various factors and BlackRock’s ability to select the appropriate mix of


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asset classes based on its analysis of such factors, which may prove incorrect. The Portfolio may experience losses or poor relative performance if BlackRock allocates a significant portion of the Portfolio’s assets to an asset class that does not perform as BlackRock anticipated, including relative to other asset classes. The Portfolio may underperform funds that allocate their assets differently than the Portfolio.


Interest Rate Risk.    Interest rate risk is both a direct and indirect risk of investing in the Portfolio. The value of the Portfolio’s or an Underlying ETF’s investments in fixed income securities may decline when prevailing interest rates rise or increase when interest rates go down. The longer a security’s maturity or duration, the greater its value will change in response to changes in interest rates. The Portfolio’s fixed-income portion will normally have a greater maturity or duration than will its benchmark. The interest earned on the Portfolio’s or an Underlying ETF’s investments in fixed income securities may decline when prevailing interest rates decline.


Credit and Counterparty Risk.    Credit and counterparty risk is both a direct and indirect risk of investing in the Portfolio. The value of the Portfolio’s or an Underlying ETF’s investments may be adversely affected if a security’s credit rating is downgraded; an issuer of an investment held by the Portfolio or an Underlying ETF fails to pay an obligation on a timely basis, otherwise defaults or is perceived by other investors to be less creditworthy; or a counterparty to a derivatives or other transaction with the Portfolio or an Underlying ETF files for bankruptcy, becomes insolvent, or otherwise becomes unable or unwilling to honor its obligation to the Portfolio or an Underlying ETF.


Interest Rate Swap Risk.    The risk of interest rate swaps includes changes in market conditions that may affect the value of the contract or the cash flows, and the possible inability of the counterparty to fulfill its obligations under the agreement. Certain interest rate swap arrangements also may involve the risk that they do not fully offset adverse changes in interest rates. Interest rate swaps may in some cases be illiquid and may be difficult to trade or value, especially in the event of market disruptions. Under certain market conditions, the investment performance of the Portfolio may be less favorable than it would have been if the Portfolio had not used the swap agreement.


Forward and Futures Contract Risk.    The successful use of forward and futures contracts will depend upon the Subadviser’s skill and experience with respect to such instruments and are subject to special risk considerations. The primary risks associated with the use of forward and futures contracts are (i) the imperfect correlation between the change in market value of the instruments held by the Portfolio and the price of the forward or futures contract; (ii) possible lack of a liquid secondary market for a forward or futures contract and the resulting inability to close a forward or futures contract when desired; (iii) losses caused by unanticipated market movements, which are potentially unlimited; (iv) the Subadviser’s inability to predict correctly the direction of securities prices, interest rates, currency exchange rates and other economic factors; (v) the possibility that the counterparty will default in the performance of its obligations; and (vi) if the Portfolio has insufficient cash, it may have to sell securities to meet daily variation margin requirements, and the Portfolio may have to sell securities at a time when it may be disadvantageous to do so.


Portfolio Turnover Risk.    The investment techniques and strategies utilized by the Portfolio might result in a high degree of portfolio turnover. High portfolio turnover rates will increase the Portfolio’s transaction costs, which can adversely affect the Portfolio’s performance.


Derivatives Risk.    The Portfolio may invest in derivatives to obtain investment exposure, enhance return or “hedge” or protect its assets from an unfavorable shift in the value or rate of a reference instrument. Derivatives can significantly increase the Portfolio’s exposure to market risk, credit and counterparty risk and other risks. Derivatives may be illiquid and difficult to value. Because of their complex nature, some derivatives may not perform as intended. As a result, the Portfolio may not realize the anticipated benefits from a derivative it holds or it may realize losses. Derivative transactions may create investment leverage, which may increase the Portfolio’s volatility and may require the Portfolio to liquidate portfolio securities when it may not be advantageous to do so.


Indirect risks of investing in the Portfolio (direct risks of investing in the Underlying ETFs) include:


Market Risk.    An Underlying ETF’s share price can fall because of, among other things, a decline in the market as a whole, deterioration in the prospects for a particular industry or company, or changes in general economic conditions, such as prevailing interest rates and investor sentiment. Significant disruptions to the financial markets could adversely affect the liquidity and volatility of securities held by an Underlying ETF.


Market Capitalization Risk.    Investing primarily in issuers in one market capitalization category (large, medium, or small) carries the risk that due to current market conditions that category may be out of favor with investors. Larger, more established companies may be unable to respond quickly to new competitive challenges or attain the high growth rate of successful smaller companies. Stocks of smaller companies may be more volatile than those of larger companies due to, among other things, narrower product lines, more limited financial resources, and fewer experienced managers. In addition, there is typically less publicly available information about small capitalization companies, and their stocks may have a more limited trading market than stocks of larger companies.


Investment Style Risk.    Different investment styles such as growth or value tend to shift in and out of favor, depending on market and economic conditions as well as investor sentiment. An Underlying ETF may outperform or underperform other funds that employ a different investment style.


Mortgage-backed and Asset-backed Securities Risk.    The value of investments in mortgage-backed and asset-backed


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securities is subject to interest rate risk and credit risk. These securities are also subject to the risk that issuers will prepay the principal more quickly or more slowly than expected, which could cause an Underlying ETF to invest the proceeds in less attractive investments or increase the volatility of their prices. To the extent mortgage-backed and asset-backed securities held by an Underlying ETF are backed by lower rated securities, such as sub-prime obligations, or are subordinated to other interests in the same mortgage or asset pool, the likelihood of an Underlying ETF receiving payments of principal or interest may be substantially limited.


Foreign Investment Risk.    Investments in foreign securities tend to be more volatile and less liquid than investments in U.S. securities because, among other things, they involve risks relating to political, social and economic developments abroad, as well as risks resulting from differences between the regulations and reporting standards and practices to which U.S. and foreign issuers are subject. To the extent foreign securities are denominated in foreign currencies, their values may be adversely affected by changes in currency exchange rates. All of the risks of investing in foreign securities are typically increased by investing in emerging market countries.


Past Performance


The Portfolio commenced operations on May 2, 2011. As a result, it does not have a significant operating history.




Adviser.    MetLife Advisers, LLC (“MetLife Advisers”) is the Portfolio’s investment adviser.


Subadviser.    BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. (the “Subadviser”) is the subadviser to the Portfolio.


Portfolio Manager.    Philip J. Green, Managing Director of BlackRock, has managed the Portfolio since its inception.


Tax Information


For information regarding the tax consequences of Contract ownership, please see the prospectus for the relevant Contract.


Payments to Insurance Companies and Their Affiliates


The Portfolio is not sold directly to the general public but instead is offered as an underlying investment option for Contracts issued by insurance companies that are affiliated with the Portfolio and MetLife Advisers. As a result of these affiliations, the insurance companies may benefit more from offering the Portfolio as an investment option in the Contracts than offering other unaffiliated portfolios. The Portfolio and its related companies may also make payments to the sponsoring insurance companies (or their affiliates) for distribution and/or other services. The benefits to the insurance companies of offering the Portfolio over unaffiliated portfolios and these payments may be factors that the insurance companies consider in including the Portfolio as an underlying investment option in the Contracts and may create a conflict of interest. The prospectus for your Contract contains additional information about these payments.


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