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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.

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 2Q21

This spreadsheet updates our coverage of variable insurance volatility-managed portfolios for the second quarter of 2021. By our count, as of June 30 we counted 200 such portfolios in operation, containing over $288 billion in...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from August, 2021

We saw a number of interesting variable fund registrations last month – including a new series of defined outcome portfolios – along with a healthy amount of changes made to insurers’ investment platforms. We’ll discuss...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from June, 2021

In June we were surprised to see a bumper crop of variable fund registrations, nearly all of them defined outcome portfolios, which have protective features found on registered index-linked annuities (RILAs). This yet more evidence...

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 1Q21

This spreadsheet commences our coverage of variable insurance volatility-managed portfolios for 2021. By our count, at the end of the fourth quarter there were 203 such portfolios in operation, containing over $284 billion in assets…

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from May, 2021

This report contains our regular coverage of noteworthy variable insurance fund filings from the prior month, a period where we saw an uptick in new registrations, which, not surprisingly, were of in-favor fund categories and...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from April, 2021

Variable insurance fund filing activity last month was moderate, in our view, but typical of the time of year, because new funds tend to be registered by February at the latest, in order to be...

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 4Q20

This spreadsheet concludes our coverage of variable insurance volatility-managed portfolios for 2020. By our count, at the end of the fourth quarter there were 203 such portfolios in operation, containing nearly $281 billion in assets…

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from February, 2021

Variable fund filing activity usually picks up in February, as new offerings are registered so that they can launch in time for the May prospectus season. This year we did see a few new arrivals,...

Some Springtime Storylines for the U.S. Annuity Business in 2021

Now that spring is upon us, the worst of the COVID-19 crisis hopefully over, and the first quarter of the year is drawing to a close, we have started to get a handle on where...