In case you don't know, Fed raised interest rate for another quarter-point this afternoon. After this fifth rate hike, the Fed rate is now 2.25% and the prime rate is now 5.25%.
How will this affect you?
Basically, if you are a saver, you will get more interest from your cash pile. If you are sitting on debts with floating interest rate (like credit card or home equity line of credit), you lose. The rate hike does not affect you much if you carry fixed-rate loans like fixed rate mortgage, home equity loan and car loan. Not sure? Check out the complete analysis at Bankrate.
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