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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.

The Latest – on New Variable Annuity Contract Launches

In our view, activity along the variable annuity product pipeline continues to be lively, and in this report we’ll cover new contracts that, based on our reading of regulatory filings, have launched or are close...

On Jackson’s RIA Variable Annuity – and Other Notable Product Filings

In our view, two types of annuities are most in demand at the moment, namely registered index-linked annuities and variable annuities for fee-based advisers. Regarding the latter, we believe they are being built to address...

More From the Pipeline – Including an Index Annuity With Floors

Well, things have been heating up along the annuity product pipeline, that’s for sure, and what we’re seeing reflects priorities and preferences around the industry. Much activity of late has centered around registered index-linked annuities...

Notes on Interesting New Annuities from Allianz and New York Life

So far this year this year we’ve seen much innovation related to registered index-linked annuities (RILAs), since their sales are sizzling, however we see other product types that have potential for growth over the near...

Update: Notable VA Benefit Rate Sheet Changes in 2021

This spreadsheet continues our 2021 coverage of variable annuity rate sheet updates that involved noteworthy changes from the prior sheet; it contains 66 entries…

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,...

Newer Products Blur Distinctions Between RILAs, Other Annuities

Lately the surging sales of registered index-linked annuities (RILAs) have led insurers and other financial firms to join the bandwagon and come up with variations on them. We’re not sure whether all these new designs...

An Outlook on the Summer 2021 Variable Annuity Product Pipeline

Variable annuity filing activity tends to slow down during the summer, however this year we expect things to be a bit different. A good number of insurers have not weighed in with certain in-favor products,...

Q1 Earnings Review – Annuity Sales Improved For Some Insurers

For most of the public insurers we regularly track, annuity gross sales improved in the first quarter, building on momentum the industry generated over the latter part of 2020. Net flows for several carriers were...