started to rank annuity products by their overall investment performance.

The company, which tracks underwriters' variable annuity sales, ranks the contracts in seven different categories based on a contract's volatility and on one-, three-, and five-year returns.

Western Reserve's WRL Freedom Attainer Variable Annuity, with a 22.2% return, took the top slot ranked by five-year returns. That was followed by the same company's Freedom Bellwether Variable Annuity, which had annual return of 20.9%.

Products from Vanguard, Guardian Life, and Hartford Life rounded out the top five. - Michael O'D. Moore

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