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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.

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…

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...

Wrapping Up Coverage of Variable Annuity Product Filings from 2019

This report contains our closing thoughts on variable annuity product filings from 2019, a period that, in our view, was lively in terms of competition among insurers, who engaged in further innovation among emerging product...

Random Thoughts Regarding 1Q19 Results for the VA Business

As we were expecting, variable annuity industry sales declined in the first quarter of this year while production of fixed and fixed-index annuities rose, and we suspect those patterns will persist over the rest of...

Our Year-End Review of How the VA Industry Performed In 2018

If we were to characterize the year 2018 for the variable annuity business based on what we know thus far, we would call it a time of renewal, as sales started to recover, an improvement...

Reviewing Notable VA Industry Filings from the Month of October

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…

Reflecting on Ohio National’s Decision to Depart the Annuity Business

It’s been a few weeks since Ohio National announced it will be exiting the industry, even so we thought we should offer up a little historical perspective and thoughts about what the departure might mean...

Change is in the Air: from Ohio National, American General, Lincoln

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...

Our Customary Look Back on the Variable Annuity Industry In 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…