The Week in Review: Fed Raises Interest Rates, World Reacts
Gabriella Schwarz / December 18, 2015
The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate on Wednesday, seven years after rates were cut to near zero. The small hike will impact millions of Americans, including investors, home buyers and savers. Mortgage rates are expected to gradually rise, and people with money in the bank will see more interest on their deposits.
The decision, explained by Fed Chair Janet Yellen, is a reaction to a stronger economy.
“I feel confident about the fundamentals driving the U.S. economy, the health of U.S. households and domestic spending,” Yellen said Wednesday. “The underlying health of the U.S. economy I consider to be quite sound.”
Interest rates were lowered to zero during the financial crisis, in an effort to boost the economy, which has now largely rebounded. The unemployment rate has been on a downward trajectory since the October 2009 height of 10 percent.
Wednesday’s announcement was met with a boost to U.S. stocks and the European markets. Continue to track the markets and job sector as they respond and economically prepare for the year ahead, via these Flipboard Magazines:
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