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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.

Random Thoughts on the Business, as Summer Draws to a Close

Now that we’ve reached the weekend and are, for the most part, caught up with annuity product developments, in this commentary we’ll share our thoughts on some topics we think are of most interest to...

More From the Pipeline – Including an Index Annuity With Floors

Well, things have been heating up along the annuity product pipeline, that’s for sure, and what we’re seeing reflects priorities and preferences around the industry. Much activity of late has centered around registered index-linked annuities...

Newer Products Blur Distinctions Between RILAs, Other Annuities

Lately the surging sales of registered index-linked annuities (RILAs) have led insurers and other financial firms to join the bandwagon and come up with variations on them. We’re not sure whether all these new designs...

Notes From the VA Contract Pipeline – And Some New Rider Filings

In this report we’ll get caught up with recent developments along the variable annuity product pipeline and touch on pre-effective amendments to new contracts that have launched or will soon, as well as some new...

An Update Regarding Recent Variable Annuity Product Filings

In recent weeks we’ve seen an uptick in product filings coming through around the variable annuity industry, including new contracts, guaranteed benefits and other changes that we’ll cover in this commentary…

An Update on New VA Contracts and GLWBs Filed This Year

In this report we’ll get caught up with new variable annuity contracts and guaranteed lifetime withdrawal benefits (GLWBs) filed with the SEC so far this year. In our view, industry filing activity in 2017 has...

Highlights from Recent VA Filings from February and Early March

In this report we’ll get caught up with notable annuity product filings filed with the SEC from February and early March, including new contracts and benefits as well as modifications to existing ones…

More on Fee-Based VA Contracts – And Other Recent Developments

In this report we’ll cover a batch of new fee-based variable annuity contract registrations that came through last week, as well as other noteworthy amendments to products and benefits…

Some Fall Reflections – on Trends in the Variable Annuity Space

In this commentary we’ll discuss current conditions in the variable annuity business, such as which products are selling the best, and touch on details from recent product filings…