Buoyed by its pending acquisition by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co., Security First Group, a third-party marketer and supplier of annuities to banks, is bumping up its sales plan by 60% for 1998.

With Met Life's support, Security First, a Los Angeles-based firm that works with 86 banks, accelerated its plan for sales production of variable annuities and other products. Next year it plans to produce $800 million of assets, up from $500 million, a senior executive said this week.

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