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Title

A Consumer's Guide to the Fed Interest Rate Hike

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

12-17-2015

Abstract

The era of cheap money isn't exactly over, but on Wednesday, after seven years of having near zero interest rates, the Federal Reserve voted to raise the central bank's benchmark interest rate from a range of 0 percent to 0.25 percent to a range of 0.25 percent to 0.5 percent. Economists have largely seen this as a positive development – it means the American economy is considered strong enough to handle higher interest rates – but, of course, the all-important question on everyone's minds is likely: What does this mean for me?