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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.

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...

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…

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...

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...

Commencing Our 2021 Tracking – of VA Benefit Rate Sheet Changes

Since it’s become ever more common for insurers to design variable annuity benefits with components that can be changed periodically via rate sheet, we now consider the monitoring of such benefits as one of the...

Assessing Variable Annuity Benefit Rate Sheet Changes of Recent Months

It’s about time we got caught up with variable annuity benefit rate sheets because much has happened since we last visited the subject. Most changes insurers have been making of late involve de-risking – even...

Jackson National Files New RILAs – and Other Recent Developments

In this report we’ll discuss new registered index-linked annuities filed recently by Jackson National, currently the leader in variable annuity sales in the U.S., and one of the only major insurers not to offer such...

An Update on New Variable Annuities and GLWBs Filed in 2020

This commentary will touch on recent activity along the variable annuity product pipeline – which admittedly has been relatively modest this year – as we have developments to share regarding new contracts and guaranteed living...