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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.

Random Thoughts on the Business, as Summer Draws to a Close

Now that we’ve reached the weekend and are, for the most part, caught up with annuity product developments, in this commentary we’ll share our thoughts on some topics we think are of most interest to...

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…

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...

Some Thoughts on a Very Active Fixed-Index Annuity Pipeline

Lately we’ve started to cover fixed-index annuities (FIAs) more closely, and in so doing noticed that part of the market has been quite active in terms of product development, this despite a decline in sales...

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...

The Year 2020 Was Fraught With Challenges for Annuity Insurers

This will be our customary year-end report, based on what we know from U.S. annuity industry data through the third quarter. It certainly goes without saying that 2020 was a trying one for us all,...

Most Stock-Traded Insurers’ Annuity Sales Grew – Sequentially – in Q3

As we do each quarter, we reviewed business results of stock-traded insurers we watch regularly and discovered that for most of them, annuity sales improved slightly compared to the prior quarter, but were still lower...

Earnings Review: Stock-Traded Insurers’ Annuity Sales Fell in 2Q20

This report contains our customary review of second quarter annuity results for selected stock-traded insurers. With few exceptions the news was bad, as most companies – especially those who specialize in fixed-index annuities (FIAs) –...

Covering an Assortment of VA and FIA Product Developments

Despite the market turmoil and social upheaval, we have no shortage of things to cover this week regarding the annuity scene: lately there have been a number of new variable annuity registrations, new guaranteed benefit...