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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 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...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from April, 2022

In April we saw just a few new variable portfolio registrations and a rather mild degree of filings overall. Most filings in the month were related to changes to investment platforms…

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…

Concluding Our Coverage of Managed-Volatility Portfolios for 2021

With this report we will wrap up our coverage of trends in variable managed-volatility portfolios for 2021, based on data we compiled from regulatory filings…

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from January, 2022

In terms of variable fund filing activity, the New Year started on a strong note, as we saw some interesting new registrations, numerous managerial changes, and consolidations of insurers’ sub-account platforms in January…

Our Year-End Comments on How the Industry Performed In 2021

Each year we devote our last commentary to a consideration of how the U.S. annuity business performed – mostly on the variable annuity side, as it still is our primary focus – however over time...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from November, 2021

Last month we did not identify any new variable fund registrations, but we did see more of a growing pattern we noted in our last fund report: the addition of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from October, 2021

Lately we’ve been reporting on how Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing is steadily becoming more prevalent in our industry, and last month that trend continued, as we saw another new ESG portfolio and...

An Update on New VA Contracts, Living Benefits and More

Activity along the variable annuity product pipeline has been steady of late, and we think this is a sign that insurers have some optimism for the coming months. We continue to see new and upgraded...