(Bloomberg) -- MetLife Inc., the largest U.S. life insurer, said pending oversight from U.S. regulators poses the biggest challenge to meeting Chief Executive Officer Steve Kandarian’s 2016 return-on-equity goal.

“The operating ROE target assumes that regulatory capital rules appropriately reflect the life insurance business model, in that we have clarity on the rules in a reasonable time frame, allowing for meaningful share repurchases prior to 2016,” Kandarian said in a presentation today on the company’s outlook.

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