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Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from December, 2021


In December we saw the continuation of a trend in variable funds that has been picking up steam – the emergence of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing – because during the month there...

Thoughts on an Annuity With Some Unique GLWB Provisions


We’ve said this often enough: our industry has an abundance of talented individuals constantly looking for ways to build annuities that address investor needs, as those needs always changing and evolving. In this report we’ll...

Our Year-End Comments on How the Industry Performed In 2021


Each year we devote our last commentary to a consideration of how the U.S. annuity business performed – mostly on the variable annuity side, as it still is our primary focus – however over time...

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An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 3Q21

This spreadsheet updates our coverage of variable insurance volatility-managed portfolios for the third quarter of 2021. By our count, as of September 30 there were 197 such portfolios in operation, three fewer than the previous...

Summaries of New Registered Index-Linked Annuities (RILAs) filed in 2021

This table contains summaries of new registered index-linked annuities (RILAs) filed with the SEC in 2021. It covers 15 contracts, not including instances where a product was refiled…

Update: Summaries of New VA Guaranteed Lifetime Withdrawal Benefits Filed With the SEC in 2021

This table updates our coverage of new variable annuity guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) registered with the SEC this year. The table lists 16 riders, inclusive of New York-specific versions…