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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 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…

Regarding Competition in the Registered Index-Linked Annuity Space

This year we expect registered index-linked annuities (RILAs) to continue to grow their market share, however they will encounter stiffer competition from other product types thanks to rising interest rates; moreover, things are getting tight...

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…

Some Thoughts on Guardian’s New Fixed-Indexed Annuity

Last week we published a report that covered recent developments and trends in fixed indexed annuities (FIAs), not realizing that an important piece of news was about to hit, namely Guardian Life’s introduction of its...

An Outlook on the Fixed-Indexed Annuity Market for 2022

Last year, we started commenting more often on fixed-indexed annuities (FIAs), and we plan to build on those efforts this year. In the process we will try to put matters in perspective with broader trends...

An Update on VA Rate Sheet Trends from 2021 Into this Year

It is high time we provided our readers with fresh coverage of guaranteed living benefit (GLB) rate sheet trends, as we got in the habit of providing commentary on them last year. In this report...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from February, 2022

Last month we saw the continuation of two trends in the variable insurance funds that are gaining in momentum: the introduction of new defined outcome portfolios and the reworking of existing portfolios to incorporate environmental,...

Q4 Notes on Jackson Financial – and Recent Product Filings

This week we will conclude our thoughts on fourth quarter annuity sales for stock-traded insurers we track regularly with Jackson Financial Inc., which held its earnings call last week. We’ll also discuss some notable variable...