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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.

Reviewing Recent Filings – Containing RILAs, CDAs and GLWBs

In this commentary we’ll get caught up with product filing activity of recent months, in which we saw plenty of new concepts entering the pipeline – most of them related to registered index-linked annuities (RILAs),...

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,...

Catching Up Again – With VA Product and Rate Sheet Changes

Although our country is still faced with very challenging times and the financial markets have been volatile, that does not mean that variable annuity product activity has come to a standstill. Not by any means...

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...

Our Customary Quick Take on How the VA Industry Performed In 2019

Since we started publishing The Soleares Report, at the end of each year have provided a review – like this one – of how the variable annuity industry fared based on currently-available data, which is...

Notes on New VA Lifetime Withdrawal Benefits Filed This Year

In this report we’ll comment on new variable annuity guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) filed with the SEC so far this year. While filing activity of such riders has been increasing, it is still well...

More Thoughts – on New VA Contracts Coming to Market in 2019

In this report we’ll provide more perspective on the kinds of new variable annuity contracts that are being registered this year with the SEC. A common tendency has been for insurers to “bracket” key elements...

Despite a Drop in Q4, VA Industry Sales Finished 2018 on a Strong Note

While most stock-traded insurers we follow regularly reported declines in variable annuity deposits in the fourth quarter, most had improved results year over year, which is what we had been expecting given the demise 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...