Variable funds

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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: 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 17, 2018

In July variable insurance fund filing activity was fairly vigorous, which is not usual for the time of year. We noticed heightened amounts of sub-advisory replacements and fee adjustments, which we’ll cover in this report...


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

Just like the prior month, in June we saw a fairly substantial amount of variable insurance fund filing activity, including quite a few changes to investment platforms through mergers and liquidations...


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

In this report we’ll update our tracking of variable insurance managed-volatility portfolios, referencing asset and other data for the first quarter of this year. We will also point out a few ways we have added to our coverage of this subset of the fund universe...


Posted By: Steven D. McDonnell Posted On: Jun 15, 2018

On the variable insurance fund front, this May was distinguished by a fairly large amount of new registrations, which is not typical of that month. We also saw a good amount of change activity...


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 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: Apr 09, 2018

This report covers variable insurance fund filings that we found interesting from last month, a time when a relatively small batch of new registrations came through, along with a fairly large amount of changes to existing funds...


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 26, 2018

This report completes our coverage of trends in variable insurance managed-volatility portfolios, referencing data through the end of 2017...


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 22, 2018

In this report we’ll cover recent competitive tweaks insurers are making to their annuity product offerings, including new registrations and benefit enhancements, and we’ll also have some follow-up comments regarding last week’s report...


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 19, 2017

As usual, our last commentary of December is a reflection on how the variable annuity business performed this year, based upon what we know thus far from sales levels and product developments...


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: Nov 22, 2017

This report contains our coverage of noteworthy variable fund filings from October. It was a fairly active time – during the month we saw new fund registrations along with numerous changes to investment platforms...


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

Last month we saw a good number of interesting variable insurance fund filings, including new registrations, shareholder votes on various issues, and sub-advisory replacements, which we’ll cover in this report...


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