With other safe investments paying so little these days, it's hard to ignore the glowing rates that some insurance companies are guaranteeing on long-term fixed deferred annuities.

The 10-year fixed rate on Nationwide Financial's Best of America Platinum Edge is 6.5% for a $10,000 non-qualified premium. Protective's ProSaver Platinum is 6.15% for a $100,000 minimum investment, while MetLife's fixed annuity ($25,000 minimum) and Pacific Life's Frontiers product ($5,000 non-qualified minimum) both offer 6.25%, while Hartford's CRC Select ($5,000 minimum) and Equitrust's Certainty Select ($10,000 minimum) both offer 6%.

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