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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.

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…

Recent VA Rate Sheet Updates – and Another Benefit Buyout Offer

In this report we’ll cover notable developments of recent weeks that occurred on the variable annuity scene: rate sheet updates from two major insurers, both of which took effect today, and a new benefit buyback...

Some Thoughts Regarding the Proposed Jackson National IPO

Recently U.K.-based Prudential plc disclosed plans to spin off its Jackson National unit, a move we think will have many ramifications for the U.S. annuity industry. In this report we’ll attempt to put this matter...

Some Bright Spots Amid Insurers’ Variable Annuity Sales Results in Q3

After reviewing earnings calls of stock-traded insurance companies we cover regularly, we came away with the impression that for of them, variable annuity results were lackluster, although there were a few instances of modest improvement…

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...

Variable Annuity Sales Were Again Depressed in Q4 and Full Year 2016

After reviewing the results of selected publicly-traded insurers from their fourth quarter earnings calls and financial statements, we expect that the variable annuity industry as a whole reflected the experience of these companies, namely lower...

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,...

Variable Annuity Sales in Q3 Were Down Again, In All Likelihood

In this commentary we’ll offer up our usual thoughts from insurers’ quarterly earnings calls. This time we came away with the a feeling we’ve had for some time now: that companies are more or less...

A Buyout Offer from Voya – and Other Activity From the VA Pipeline

Over the past few weeks there’s not been a great deal of filing activity around the variable annuity business, however yesterday there was a notable development: a new benefit buyback program from Voya Insurance and...