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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 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,...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from January, 2022

In terms of variable fund filing activity, the New Year started on a strong note, as we saw some interesting new registrations, numerous managerial changes, and consolidations of insurers’ sub-account platforms in January…

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from December, 2021

In December we saw the continuation of a trend in variable funds that has been picking up steam – the emergence of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing – because during the month there...

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 3Q21

This spreadsheet updates our coverage of variable insurance volatility-managed portfolios for the third quarter of 2021. By our count, as of September 30 there were 197 such portfolios in operation, three fewer than the previous...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from November, 2021

Last month we did not identify any new variable fund registrations, but we did see more of a growing pattern we noted in our last fund report: the addition of Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from October, 2021

Lately we’ve been reporting on how Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) investing is steadily becoming more prevalent in our industry, and last month that trend continued, as we saw another new ESG portfolio and...

Reviewing Variable Insurance Fund Filings from September, 2021

Last month we saw further evidence that Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG) portfolios are migrating into the variable fund space, as a new one was filed with the SEC, and several existing portfolios modified...

A Few Thoughts on VA Spinoffs – and Notable Product News

For more than a decade, the U.S. variable annuity business has been in de-risking mode, and this process has taken many forms. Early on, much of the activity involved product redesign. The most recent manifestations...

An Update on Variable Managed-Volatility Portfolios Through 2Q21

This spreadsheet updates our coverage of variable insurance volatility-managed portfolios for the second quarter of 2021. By our count, as of June 30 we counted 200 such portfolios in operation, containing over $288 billion in...