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

In this commentary we’ll provide our usual review of fund-related filings from last month as well as an update on trends in variable managed-volatility portfolios through the first half of the year...


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 17, 2018

August was another lively month for variable fund-related filings as there were a few new registrations, some new classes, and a host of interesting changes...


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: May 17, 2018

This report contains our customary roundup of notable variable insurance fund developments from last month, a time of relatively light filing activity...


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 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: Mar 20, 2018

We normally cover noteworthy variable insurance fund filings each month but lately we’ve gotten behind on that task so in this commentary we’ll cover filing activity from the first two months of this year, a time in which numerous new funds were registered...


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 12, 2018

In recent weeks we’ve seen an uptick in product filings coming through around the variable annuity industry, including new contracts, guaranteed benefits and other changes that we’ll cover in this commentary...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 29, 2018

With this report we’ll conclude our coverage of variable annuity contracts registered last year and provide some thoughts on current directions in product design...


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

The New Year is now well underway, however we can’t say we’ve seen a great deal of noteworthy variable product filings yet, with the exception of changes Transamerica made to certain guaranteed living benefit rate sheets...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jan 08, 2018

This commentary contains our regular coverage of noteworthy variable insurance fund filings from the prior month. We saw no new registrations in December, and most filing activity centered around changes to existing funds...


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

During November the rate of variable fund filing tends to slow down, and such was the case this year. We noticed no new registrations and only a moderate amount of other activity...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Aug 21, 2017

In our following of activity along the variable annuity product filing pipeline of recent weeks, we came to the opinion that things are rather slow going; however we did see multiple benefit rate sheet updates, some which we’ll cover in this report. We’ll also touch on a few product changes...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Aug 07, 2017

Variable fund filing activity has started to pick up this summer: in this report we’ll cover a number of interesting new portfolios that were registered in July, as well as investment platform adjustments...


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: 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 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...


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