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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.

Growth in Q1 Sales of Indexed Annuities Sustained the Industry

In this commentary we’ll share our thoughts on first quarter annuity business results of publicly traded insurers we track regularly. In our view most of these companies reflected the experience of the industry as a...

Q4 Earnings Review – Annuity Insurers Finished 2021 on a Strong Note

After reviewing fourth quarter annuity business results of publicly traded insurers we regularly track, we came away with the feeling that most continued the upward momentum they established in the prior quarter. All companies in...

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...

Q2 Earnings Review – RILAs Again Fueled Industry Sales Growth

Judging by the results of publicly traded insurers we regularly track, the annuity industry experienced sales growth in the second quarter, building on momentum generated during the prior quarter…

Various Thoughts – on Variable Annuity Sales and Industry News

In our view as we enter the heart of the holiday season, things are looking up for the variable annuity business: sales are recovering and insurers are building out their product offerings again. In this...

More VA Benefit Buyback Programs on Tap, From Zurich, Voya

The focus of this report will be on variable annuity guaranteed benefit buyouts from Voya Financial and Zurich American Life that have either already launched or will be coming out soon – and both resemble...

An Update on Trends in VA Living Benefit Values, Net Amount at Risk

Every so often we like to study variable annuity guaranteed living benefit (GLB) account value and risk levels around the industry, as they can impact the health of insurers. This report will be an update...

Uncertainty Regarding DOL Rule Negatively Impacted VA Insurers in 1Q17

In first quarter earnings calls of stock-traded insurers we watch regularly, a common theme was discussed on pretty much all of them: issues in dealing with the Department of Labor’s fiduciary rule which put a...

Taking a Moment to Think About VA Benefit Values, Net Amount at Risk

In covering the variable annuity business, oftentimes, due to the amount of product filing activity insurers engage in, our reports almost “write themselves” in that we have much to discuss. During slower periods like these,...