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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.

Most Stock-Traded Insurers’ Annuity Sales Grew – Sequentially – in Q3

As we do each quarter, we reviewed business results of stock-traded insurers we watch regularly and discovered that for most of them, annuity sales improved slightly compared to the prior quarter, but were still lower...

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...

Earnings Review: Stock-Traded Insurers’ Annuity Sales Fell in 2Q20

This report contains our customary review of second quarter annuity results for selected stock-traded insurers. With few exceptions the news was bad, as most companies – especially those who specialize in fixed-index annuities (FIAs) –...

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 1Q20

We admit we are a little late in providing our coverage of variable managed-volatility portfolios for the first quarter – and we are sorry for the delay. This commentary will contain highlights from the data...

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....

Earnings Review: Several Insurers Saw Stronger VA Sales in 2Q19

Late yesterday we concluded our review of results of selected stock-traded insurers and our main takeaway is that some of them experienced growth in their variable annuity businesses in the second quarter, although we are...

1Q19 Outlook: Signs Point to Lower Variable Annuity Industry Sales

Based on our review of results of selected stock-traded insurers, we are of the opinion that, in all likelihood, variable annuity industry sales fell in the first quarter. In the meantime, fixed and fixed index...

Public Insurers’ 3Q18 Results Reflected a Recovering VA Industry

Based on our review of selected public insurers’ third quarter results, and recently-released data from industry research firms, we think the variable annuity business experienced positive uplift in the quarter, which we think will carry...

VA Sales for Public Insurers Improved in 2Q18, Helping Lift the Industry

Variable annuity sales for most stock-traded insurers we follow regularly showed improvement in the second quarter, which no doubt contributed to the industry’s quarter-over-quarter rise. This report will be our customary quarterly rundown of what...