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Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 30, 2020

In our view, variable managed-volatility portfolios performed relatively well in 2019, benefiting from the momentum in the equity markets that prevailed through most of the year. This brief report will conclude our coverage of such portfolios for that year...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 25, 2020

Recently U.K.-based Prudential plc disclosed plans to spin off its Jackson National unit, a move we think will have many ramifications for the U.S. annuity industry. In this report we’ll attempt to put this matter into perspective with events of the past few years...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 16, 2020

February is usually when many new variable portfolios are registered in preparation for the May prospectus update season and such was again the case this year. During the month we also noticed quite a few interesting changes being made to investment platforms...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 10, 2020

In this report we’ll provide thoughts on a new variable annuity guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit (GLWB) scheduled to launch during the May prospectus update season, and notable changes to existing riders we discovered in benefit rate sheets...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 05, 2020

Variable annuity sales for most of the stock-traded insurers we track regularly improved in the fourth quarter of last year, in line with how the industry as a whole performed...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 27, 2020

In January multiple new variable insurance funds were filed with the SEC – including an ESG offering – while the most noteworthy changes to existing funds, in our view, involved sub-advisory replacements and proposed liquidations...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 20, 2020

This report contains our closing thoughts on variable annuity product filings from 2019, a period that, in our view, was lively in terms of competition among insurers, who engaged in further innovation among emerging product types...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 06, 2020

This will be a brief report covering new variable annuities registered with the SEC lately – which we think provide an early indication as to what kind of products will be popular in 2020...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 28, 2020

This report is our last installment of our monthly coverage of notable variable insurance fund filings from 2019. In December we didn’t see many new fund registrations, but there was no shortage of changes and adjustments to investment platforms...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 23, 2020

In this report we’ll get caught up with noteworthy variable annuity product developments from late last year and discuss a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit (GLWB) filed not long ago...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 04, 2020

Since we started publishing The Soleares Report, at the end of each year have provided a review – like this one – of how the variable annuity industry fared based on currently-available data, which is intended to help our readers reflect on the recent past and prepare for internal planning meetings...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Dec 19, 2019

This report contains our customary coverage of notable variable insurance fund filings from the prior month. During November we saw one new registration, while the most common changes were sub-advisory replacements, mergers and liquidations, as well as adjustments to fund fees...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Dec 14, 2019

In this report we’ll get up to date on variable and structured annuity benefits whose elements are set periodically by rate sheet – a risk mitigation approach that has gotten increased usage in recent years...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Dec 05, 2019

Throughout this year we have covered filings related to structured annuities – a product type that has gotten much sales traction of late – and lately we began to feel that a more substantial update was in order, thus we are providing one in this report...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Nov 26, 2019

To follow up on our last report, while the variable annuity business performed well in the third quarter, the same can’t be said for the total U.S. individual annuity market, which, according to LIMRA, saw deposits dip to their lowest quarterly level since the year-earlier period...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Nov 22, 2019

As per usual, we reviewed third quarter variable annuity results for a few selected stock-traded insurers and found that most had pretty strong performance, especially on a sequential basis – reflecting how industry sales were their highest in years, according to LIMRA...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Nov 16, 2019

In this report we’ll get caught up with some variable annuity product filings submitted to the SEC from October through the middle of this month. It was an interesting mix, including new contracts and riders as well as interesting changes and adjustments...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Nov 08, 2019

In this commentary we’ll get caught up with two months’ worth of noteworthy variable insurance fund filing activity. During that time there were quite a few interesting developments, and new registrations...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Oct 30, 2019

In this report we’ll provide an update on new variable annuity guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) filed with the SEC this year, as we’ve seen a few come through recently – some on new contracts we covered in our last commentary...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Oct 09, 2019

Last month we saw a “bumper crop” of new registrations submitted to the SEC, a group that included multiple variable annuities and a new structured product. We’ll discuss them in this commentary...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Sep 26, 2019

In this report we’ll get caught up with our coverage of variable insurance managed-volatility portfolios, as we have just finished compiling data through the first half of this year...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Sep 18, 2019

During the month of August, we didn’t see a great deal of variable fund filing activity. One new registration came through, but the most prevalent occurrences were changes to sub-advisors, portfolio fees and expenses...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Sep 11, 2019

Since interest rates have been dropping of late, variable annuity carriers have started adjusting their guaranteed living benefit (GLB) rider elements via rate sheet, and in this report, we’ll cover some of those moves and other product developments...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Aug 29, 2019

Not long ago we saw a variable annuity filed by Protective Life which contained a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit (GLWB) whose elements will be subject to change via rate sheet – a first for the company. In this commentary we’ll discuss this development...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Aug 23, 2019

In this commentary we’ll get caught up with recent developments in structured annuities – there was a new registration and the launch of one that had been in the pipeline – and we’ll also cover some variable annuity filings...


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