This year, variable annuities recorded their best quarterly sales in three years, with $26.5 million. That was 6% higher than third quarter 2018, according to the Secure Retirement Institute (formerly LIMRA SRI).
Year-to-date VA sales were $75.1 billion, level with results from the same period in 2018.

Variable annuities are sometimes compared to mutual funds because they offer similar investment features. The rate of return changes with the stock, bond and money market funds that you choose as investment options

Here are the top 10 sales and issuers in the third quarter year-to-date:

1. Jackson National Life Insurance Company,  $11,009,684
Jackson first opened for business in 1961 as a small family-owned company. Based in Lansing, Mich., it has evolved over the years into a successful multi-billion dollar organization.