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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,...

It’s Been Quite Active Along the Variable Annuity Product Pipeline

Although times have been difficult for insurers, as they are coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, market volatility, rock-bottom interest rates, social upheaval and the stresses of an election year, those challenges haven’t kept them from...

A Steady Stream of VA Product Filings – Calls for Another Update

It wasn’t that long ago that we provided an update on filings of new variable annuity contracts and guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs). Well, since then even more have entered the pipeline making it necessary...

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...

Stock-Traded Insurers’ VA Sales Held Up in Q1, Despite Market Drop

First quarter variable annuity sales for most stock-traded insurers we track regularly improved compared to the prior year, once again due to lower interest rates making the product look better than fixed and indexed annuities....

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...

Notes on Interesting New Variable Annuities Filed in Early 2020

This will be a brief report covering new variable annuities registered with the SEC lately – which we think provide an early indication as to what kind of products will be popular in 2020...

A Discussion of Recent Developments in Structured Annuities

Throughout this year we have covered filings related to structured annuities – a product type that has gotten much sales traction of late – and lately we began to feel that a more substantial update...