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Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 07, 2019

In this report we’ll cover several new variable annuities filed late last year by Jackson National which are updates to existing products; all of them will include new guaranteed death and living benefits and various other modifications. They are scheduled to launch this spring...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Dec 31, 2018

If we were to characterize the year 2018 for the variable annuity business based on what we know thus far, we would call it a time of renewal, as sales started to recover, an improvement that has helped brighten prospects for the annuity industry as a whole...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Dec 11, 2018

In our view as we enter the heart of the holiday season, things are looking up for the variable annuity business: sales are recovering and insurers are building out their product offerings again. In this report we’ll share some thoughts on the current state of affairs and touch on recent product developments...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Nov 27, 2018

In this commentary we’ll cover noteworthy variable fund filings from last month, a time when we saw multiple registrations of new funds of funds (F-of-Fs), some that will invest in underlying exchange-traded funds (ETFs), others that will seek to manage for volatility. We saw a large number of fund changes...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Nov 12, 2018

As third quarter earnings season is well underway, in this commentary we’ll provide a few forward-looking thoughts on how the variable annuity industry may have performed during that time period – we’ll follow up with actual sales numbers later when we compile them. In addition we’ll cover some noteworthy product filings from recent weeks...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Oct 30, 2018

In this report we’ll cover a batch of notable variable annuity product filings from this month which includes a benefit buyback offer, a contract exchange offer, new contract registrations, multiple fee changes and other adjustments...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Oct 02, 2018

In recent weeks we’ve been noticing some interesting variable annuity product filings come through – most of them involving changes to existing contracts and benefits – and in this report we’ll report on them...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Sep 25, 2018

It’s been a few weeks since Ohio National announced it will be exiting the industry, even so we thought we should offer up a little historical perspective and thoughts about what the departure might mean for other players...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Sep 10, 2018

In this report we’ll get caught up with noteworthy filings from last month, a time when a “bumper crop” of new variable and structured annuities was registered with the SEC. There were also some interesting tweaks and modifications to existing products and riders...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Aug 28, 2018

Variable annuity sales for most stock-traded insurers we follow regularly showed improvement in the second quarter, which no doubt contributed to the industry’s quarter-over-quarter rise. This report will be our customary quarterly rundown of what we gleaned from insurers’ earnings reports...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Aug 09, 2018

This will be a brief commentary touching on some of the main attributes of structured annuities, a product type that has garnered significant sales traction in recent years and has been a source of innovative tweaks and modifications on the part of insurers...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Aug 02, 2018

Second-quarter earnings season for stock-traded insurers is now underway and we are looking forward to hearing how variable annuity sales fared for companies we watch regularly. We suspect that more than a few carriers experienced at least modest improvement...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jul 25, 2018

Over the past few weeks filing activity along the variable annuity product pipeline has been a bit slow, typical for the summer, however there were a pair of noteworthy adjustments made by insurers which we’ll cover in this report...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jul 10, 2018

In a commentary of a few weeks ago we discussed recent developments related to structured annuities and now it’s time to follow up on that subject, as we’ve seen some new registrations and a possible indication that one is now available for sale. As usual we’ll also cover other interesting things we unearthed in our filing research...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jun 20, 2018

In recent weeks we’ve seen a batch of interesting new filings submitted to the SEC: they contained new structured annuities, enhancements and tweaks to variable annuity guaranteed living benefits and a death benefit buyback offer from a legacy carrier...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jun 05, 2018

Variable annuity industry sales were better than expected in the first quarter of this year and we suspect that if conditions continue to improve over the rest of 2018, insurers will feel more comfortable to come out with interesting new product ideas...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: May 25, 2018

In this report we’ll cover noteworthy variable annuity filings of recent weeks: another benefit exchange offer from Ohio National that looks much like one we wrote about last year, some guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefit changes from American General and a new contract from Lincoln National...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: May 10, 2018

First-quarter variable annuity deposits for most of the stock-traded insurers we monitor regularly were better compared to the prior-year quarter and we expect the industry may have had a similar experience...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: May 03, 2018

In this report we’ll comment on variable annuity benefit launches that have occurred of late plus touch on adjustments and tweaks insurers have been making during the May prospectus update season...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Apr 25, 2018

In this report we’ll comment on recent filings of rate sheets for variable annuity benefits, plus cover some other product developments we found noteworthy, including Lincoln National’s disclosure of rider adjustments it will make in May...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Apr 16, 2018

Despite last year’s sales drop fixed-index annuities (FIA) have been doing better than variable annuities in recent years thus it’s only natural that some ideas from the former should migrate to the latter. Such was the case with a new VA contract from Midland National that is scheduled to launch this May...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Apr 02, 2018

This report contains a brief update to our tracking of variable annuity product filing activity – which continues to be relatively slow – and a short summary of an interesting new variable and index-linked life policy, plus notes on new pieces of our Featured Research...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 12, 2018

Given that not much variable annuity product filing activity has occurred since our last update, this week we will provide a simple reflection on current conditions in the industry...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Mar 05, 2018

In this report we’ll get caught up on variable annuity products that were filed from mid-February into early March. Included in this batch were a few enhancements to guaranteed living benefits, making us think that insurers are getting into a more competitive mode in order to increase their sales...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 27, 2018

As we typically do each earnings season, we reviewed variable annuity business results for a small number of selected stock-traded insurers and for most of them, sales improved in Q4, however we can’t say the same about the industry as a whole...


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