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How the Federal Reserve’s quarter-point interest rate hike impacts you


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Kevin Lamarque | Reuters

The Federal Reserve raised the target federal funds rate by a quarter of a point Wednesday, in its continued effort to tame inflation.

In a move that financial markets had completely priced in, the central bank’s Federal Open Market Committee raised the funds rate to a target range of 5.25% to 5.5%. The midpoint of that target range would be the highest level for the benchmark rate since early 2001.

After holding rates steady at the last meeting, the central bank indicated that the fight to bring down price increases is not over despite recent signs that inflationary pressures are cooling.

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