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Here’s what the Fed’s highest rate hike in 28 years means for you


What the federal funds rate means to you

The federal funds rate, which is set by the central bank, is the interest rate at which banks borrow and lend to one another overnight. Although that’s not the rate that consumers pay, the Fed’s moves still affect the borrowing and saving rates they see every day.

“We’re certainly going to see the cost of borrowing escalate relatively quickly,” Spatt said.

With the backdrop of rising rates and future economic uncertainty, there are specific steps consumers should be taking to stabilize their finances — including paying down debt, especially costly credit card and other variable rate debt, and increasing savings, said Greg McBride, chief financial…


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