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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.

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...

An Update on New VA Lifetime Withdrawal Benefits Filed in 2019

In this report we’ll provide an update on new variable annuity guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) filed with the SEC this year, as we’ve seen a few come through recently – some on new contracts...

An Outlook on 3Q18 Sales – and Notes on Recent Product Filings

As third quarter earnings season is well underway, in this commentary we’ll provide a few forward-looking thoughts on how the variable annuity industry may have performed during that time period – we’ll follow up with...

Reviewing Notable VA Industry Filings from the Month of October

In this report we’ll cover a batch of notable variable annuity product filings from this month which includes a benefit buyback offer, a contract exchange offer, new contract registrations, multiple fee changes and other adjustments…

New Structured Annuities in the Pipeline – Plus Notes from Other Filings

In recent weeks we’ve seen a batch of interesting new filings submitted to the SEC: they contained new structured annuities, enhancements and tweaks to variable annuity guaranteed living benefits and a death benefit buyback offer...

Some Random Thoughts Regarding Trends in VA Contract Design

With this report we’ll conclude our coverage of variable annuity contracts registered last year and provide some thoughts on current directions in product design…

Random Thoughts – on Current Conditions in the VA Market

Third quarter earnings season is now underway, and we are highly interested in what conference calls might reveal about the variable annuity business. We’re suspecting that sales levels might have started improve at least a...

Current Directions in Variable Annuity Contract Sales and Designs

In this report we’ll discuss which kinds of variable annuities are selling best so far this year, and we’ll cover a few new registrations that were filed recently which we think reflect the kinds of...

Thoughts on VA and Structured Annuity Filings – And Related Topics

Activity has been a bit slow along the variable annuity product pipeline of late – which is typical of this time of year – however we do have a few notable filings to report on,...