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Soleares Research, LLC is a market research and consulting firm servicing the annuity and life insurance businesses. We provide, through our website, periodic articles that cover important industry trends; we also offer clients phone or on-site consultations, executive briefings and presentations. We pride ourselves on first-class customer service and responsiveness to our clients. We aim to be an indispensable resource to the marketplace.

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...

Q3 Earnings Review – Most Insurers Reported Improved Annuity Sales

For the most part, third quarter annuity business results of publicly traded insurers we regularly track reflected the experience of the industry as a whole, which posted improved sales year to date…

An Update on New VA Contracts, Living Benefits and More

Activity along the variable annuity product pipeline has been steady of late, and we think this is a sign that insurers have some optimism for the coming months. We continue to see new and upgraded...

On a New York RILA from Allianz Life – and a MetLife Buyout

In this report we’ll cover the registration of a new registered index-linked annuity (RILA) from Allianz built for sale in New York, as well as a guaranteed living benefit (GLB) buyback program filed recently by...

A Few Thoughts on VA Spinoffs – and Notable Product News

For more than a decade, the U.S. variable annuity business has been in de-risking mode, and this process has taken many forms. Early on, much of the activity involved product redesign. The most recent manifestations...

Q2 Earnings Review – RILAs Again Fueled Industry Sales Growth

Judging by the results of publicly traded insurers we regularly track, the annuity industry experienced sales growth in the second quarter, building on momentum generated during the prior quarter…

Covering Notable Rate Sheet Updates – and Another Buyout

It’s been two months since we provided our readers with an overview of guaranteed living benefit (GLB) rate sheet trends, so in this report we’ll get caught up with the latest developments on that front,...

CDAs, GLWBs, Buyouts and More – a Mix of Filings from Fall, 2020

Lately we have been of the opinion that insurers are in a predicament we have seen in years past, namely that while there remains great demand for annuities – especially those that can provide investors...

It’s Been Quite Active Along the Variable Annuity Product Pipeline

Although times have been difficult for insurers, as they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, market volatility, rock-bottom interest rates, social upheaval and the stresses of an election year, those challenges haven’t kept them from...