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

Historically February is when many new variable funds are filed in preparation for the May prospectus update season when such funds will be added to variable contracts. That pattern was very much in effect this year; in addition, we saw numerous adjustments and changes...


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

In this commentary we’ll have much to cover, as a large number of interesting variable annuity filings came through in recent weeks and they ran the gamut: from new contracts and riders to changes in pricing and product provisions to an update to a benefit buyback program...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Feb 13, 2019

In our view, the month of January was a rather busy one in terms of variable insurance fund filings, highlights of which we’ll cover in this commentary. In addition to multiple new registrations we saw many changes to fund platforms...


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

This commentary contains our customary review of variable fund-related filings from the prior month. In December we saw a smattering of new registrations plus numerous investment platform changes, including sub-advisory replacements and proposed mergers...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Dec 18, 2018

This commentary contains our customary review of variable fund-related filings from the prior month and a quarterly update on trends in variable managed-volatility portfolios with data through the third quarter...


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: 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 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...


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