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Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jul 24, 2017

Just when we thought product development pipeline activity had gotten as slow as it could possibly get, we noticed interesting filings last week of new variable and structured annuities, which should launch sometime this year...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jul 17, 2017

This will be a longer-than-usual fund report because during June we saw a surge in filing activity, including quite a few new portfolio registrations. There was also no shortage of changes of various types...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jul 10, 2017

The focus of this report will be on variable annuity guaranteed benefit buyouts from Voya Financial and Zurich American Life that have either already launched or will be coming out soon – and both resemble similar programs the insurers extended to clients earlier...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jun 29, 2017

As we opined in our last commentary, activity along the variable annuity product pipeline continues to be rather slow, thus we don’t have a great deal of new developments to cover. Our intention with this report is to get caught up with competitive conditions, from a product perspective, as they stand currently...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jun 20, 2017

Activity has been a bit slow along the variable annuity product pipeline of late – which is typical of this time of year – however we do have a few notable filings to report on, and will also offer up some thoughts on related industry themes...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jun 14, 2017

This report will cover two subjects: our customary review of noteworthy variable fund filings from last month, and trends in variable insurance managed-volatility portfolios, drawing on first-quarter data we compiled from SEC filings...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jun 05, 2017

Every so often we like to study variable annuity guaranteed living benefit (GLB) account value and risk levels around the industry, as they can impact the health of insurers. This report will be an update to one we published last November, relying on first-quarter data we compiled from company financial reports...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: May 23, 2017

It’s about time we checked in on the variable annuity product pipeline because we noticed a good mix of interesting filings come through over the past few months, most of them debuting during the May prospectus update season...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: May 17, 2017

In first quarter earnings calls of stock-traded insurers we watch regularly, a common theme was discussed on pretty much all of them: issues in dealing with the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule which put a damper on annuity sales...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: May 12, 2017

This report contains our regular coverage of noteworthy variable fund filings from the prior month. We saw no new fund registrations come through in April, as was the case in March – and we attribute that to the generally slower conditions along the product pipeline, and that insurers probably already had their investment platform plans completed..


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: May 03, 2017

Last week we attended the annual LIMRA/LOMA/SOA Retirement Industry Conference, held in Orlando, Florida, and in this report we’ll share some thoughts on a topic that was much discussed throughout the event – the Department of Labor’s fiduciary standard...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Apr 25, 2017

In this report we’ll get caught up with new variable annuity contracts and guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) filed with the SEC so far this year. In our view, industry filing activity in 2017 has been rather slow compared to years past, although this is not surprising to us given the secular de-risking period we are in...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Apr 18, 2017

This report covers notable variable fund developments from the last month, a time in which we saw no new registrations, but a good amount of filings that made changes to investment platforms...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Apr 11, 2017

Not long ago industry research firms released full-year 2016 variable annuity sales data, thus in this report we’ll give our thoughts on what the numbers revealed, and discuss some themes from last year might remain relevant moving forward...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Apr 03, 2017

In this report we’ll conclude our coverage of variable managed-volatility portfolios in 2016, citing data compiled from trust annual reports filed with the SEC...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 24, 2017

This report contains our customary coverage of noteworthy variable fund filings from the prior month. During February we noticed a number of new registrations, including some that will pursue alternative investment and managed-volatility strategies, which have been used with increasing frequency in the industry of late...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 17, 2017

Due to this being a somewhat slow period in the variable annuity product pipeline, in this report we’ll delve a little further into a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit from Lincoln National scheduled to launch in May. We already mentioned it in these pages, but a recent filing added new details...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 09, 2017

In this report we’ll get caught up with notable annuity product filings filed with the SEC from February and early March, including new contracts and benefits as well as modifications to existing ones...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 27, 2017

After reviewing the results of selected publicly-traded insurers from their fourth quarter earnings calls and financial statements, we expect that the variable annuity industry as a whole reflected the experience of these companies, namely lower sales for Q4 and the year...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 22, 2017

In this commentary we’ll discuss Hartford’s plan to replace a large number of funds in its variable annuity contracts, and the controversy it has generated. We’ll also endeavor to put the proposed move in context with similar ones undertaken by insurers in the past...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 14, 2017

In this report we’ll get started with our coverage of notable variable insurance fund filings for each month of 2017. During January we identified just one new registration, yet there were a good number of sub-advisor replacements and other changes...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 08, 2017

Over the past couple of weeks we have seen a few interesting developments along the variable annuity product pipeline which we’ll cover in this commentary, among them a new guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit (GLWB) and several new contracts...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 01, 2017

In this report we’ll offer up our reflections on the kinds of guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) that were filed by the variable annuity industry last year. We anticipate that the same design concepts will continue into 2017, perhaps with new twists...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 25, 2017

In this report we’ll get caught up with variable annuity contract registrations, wrapping up our coverage of filings from last year and touching on a couple of new ones that came through this month...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 18, 2017

With this report we’ll wrap up our coverage of notable variable insurance fund filings from last year. During December there were a number of interesting new registrations, including some managed-volatility portfolios...


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