Variable annuities ended 2010 on a strong note by virtually all measures. New sales totaled $136.6 billion, a 10.3% increase over the $123.9 billion tallied in 2009. Momentum surged in the fourth quarter, with new sales of $37.1 billion reaching a two-year quarterly high, amounting to a 17.4% increase over the fourth-quarter 2009 level of $31.6 billion.

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