Interest Rates

Expect the Fed Rate Hike to Impact Your Wallet

This is only the second time since the end of the Great Recession it has been increased.
Expect the Fed Rate Hike to Impact Your Wallet
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider

Wednesday's announcement that the Federal Reserve was lifting its fed funds rate for just the second time since the end of the Great Recession has already started shaking up global markets.

Less immediate is the impact it could have on your wallet.

Most simply, the fed funds rate determines the interest rate at which banks borrow money short term.

This increase is then passed on to other borrowers, mostly consumers, through higher rates on things like credit-card debt.

And this debt is based on the banks' prime loan rate, the interest rate used as a starting point for nonmortgage loans.

The announcement of the Federal Reserve to raise the fed funds rate by 0.25 percent had an immediate impact on these rates, sending them to 3.75 percent from 3.5 percent, mirroring the magnitude of the Fed's increase.

And so after what seemed like an arcane and abstract policy change from the Fed on Wednesday, this is the impact that might matter to someone who doesn't follow the news as closely as his or her credit-card bill.

Here's the quick rundown of the prime loan rate changes -- all taken to 3.75 percent from 3.5 percent -- announced at major U.S. banks so far:

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