The market share of equity index annuities (EIAs) among fixed annuities has nearly trebled in the last three years, growing from 11% in the first quarter of 2002 to 31% today. Because of equity participation, EIAs also compete with variable annuities, and a new study looks at the future of these fixed annuities.

"Gauging the Equity-Indexed Annuity as Competition and Complement to the Variable Annuity Market" is a joint effort of Financial Research Corp. and Beacon Research, which conducts the Fixed Annuity Premium Study.

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