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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 Variable Insurance Fund Filings from June, 2022

In June we saw a considerable amount of sub-advisory replacement activity, as well as various other changes occurring within variable portfolios, which we endeavored to capture to the best of our ability in this report....

An Update – on a Growing Fixed-Indexed Annuity Market

To follow up on our last commentary, just like their brethren are doing on the variable annuity side with their benefit rate sheets, fixed-indexed annuity (FIA) carriers are taking advantage of rising interest rates to...

Update: Variable ESG Portfolios

This spreadsheet updates our coverage of variable Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolios through the first quarter of this year; during the quarter one new portfolio commenced operations while three existing ones were converted to...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from May, 2022

In May we saw an increase in variable portfolio registrations, quite a few of them of defined outcome portfolios, which in our view are gaining favor because they have downside protection features similar to registered...

Initial Coverage: Variable ESG Portfolios

This spreadsheet contains data on variable Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolios; at the end of 2021 we counted 18 portfolios in operation, which held $6.6 billion in assets…

Shining a Spotlight – on The Growth of ESG Portfolios in the Market

Anyone who follows the financial markets knows that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is one of the hottest topics out there; our objective in this report is to show how this theme has steadily...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from March, 2022

In this report we’ll cover notable fund filings from last month – as we usually do – and provide notes on variable defined outcome portfolios, as the first one commenced operations last year…

An Outlook on the Fixed-Indexed Annuity Market for 2022

Last year, we started commenting more often on fixed-indexed annuities (FIAs), and we plan to build on those efforts this year. In the process we will try to put matters in perspective with broader trends...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from February, 2022

Last month we saw the continuation of two trends in the variable insurance funds that are gaining in momentum: the introduction of new defined outcome portfolios and the reworking of existing portfolios to incorporate environmental,...