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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.

Update: Variable Defined Outcome Portfolios

This spreadsheet updates our coverage of variable defined outcome portfolios through the first quarter of this year; during the quarter the number of portfolios in our coverage and their assets increased greatly due to 26...

Update: Variable ESG Portfolios

This spreadsheet updates our coverage of variable Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolios through the first quarter of this year; during the quarter one new portfolio commenced operations while three existing ones were converted to...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from May, 2022

In May we saw an increase in variable portfolio registrations, quite a few of them of defined outcome portfolios, which in our view are gaining favor because they have downside protection features similar to registered...

Initial Coverage: Variable ESG Portfolios

This spreadsheet contains data on variable Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) portfolios; at the end of 2021 we counted 18 portfolios in operation, which held $6.6 billion in assets…

Shining a Spotlight – on The Growth of ESG Portfolios in the Market

Anyone who follows the financial markets knows that Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) investing is one of the hottest topics out there; our objective in this report is to show how this theme has steadily...

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…

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…

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 4Q21

This spreadsheet concludes our coverage of variable insurance volatility-managed portfolios for 2021. By our count, as of December 31 there were 197 such portfolios in operation; assets grew slightly from the prior quarter to nearly...

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…