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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 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...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from December, 2020

This will be a longer-than-usual variable fund report as December was quite an active time, especially for insurer Jackson National, which filed numerous moves, including new fund registrations, sub-advisory changes and reorganizations which are scheduled...

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,...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from November, 2020

In November we saw several new variable fund registrations, most notable among them a series of defined outcome funds that mimic the attributes of registered index-linked annuities (RILAs) in that they will offer limited protection...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from October, 2020

During October we saw a number of new variable fund registrations and not surprisingly, most of them will invest in fixed income – an asset class that has managed to generate positive flows in recent...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from September, 2020

This report contains our customary look back at notable variable fund filings from the prior month, in which we saw a good deal of activity for the autumn, with two insurers registering new portfolios and,...

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 2Q20

This is our second quarter snapshot of developments in variable managed-volatility portfolios, in which we will cite data we compiled from trust semi-annual reports. As we usually do this time each year, we will have...