The retail banking activity that will stem from MetLife Inc.’s purchase of a small New Jersey bank include pitching banking products by Internet to employees of MetLife’s 70,000 corporate clients, an executive with the company said.

Stewart G. Nagler, vice chairman and chief financial officer of MetLife, said the company wants to leverage the 33 million employees available to it as a benefits provider to 70,000 companies. Owning a bank “is a great opportunity to provide banking products in the workplace,” he said last week at a conference sponsored by Putnam Lovell Securities Inc.

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