Founded in 1863, Metropolitan Life Insurance Company is one of the leading firms that provides a range of insurance and financial services throughout the United States. It offers financial, educational and estate planning services. The company also provides life, disability income, dental and long-term care insurance services. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company offers income annuities, individual retirement accounts, mutual funds and certificates of deposit, as well as retail banking and brokerage services. In addition, it is affiliated with various companies that include General American, MetLife Investors, MetLife Insurance Company of Connecticut and MetLife Resources. Metropolitan Life Insurance Company has more than 50 million customers and over 45,000 employees.