The Federal Reserve aggressively raised its key federal funds rate seven times in 2022 in an effort to slow down the economy and moderate price growth. However, these actions also had the effect of more than doubling the prime rate, an interest rate set by banks and other lending institutions that … [Read more...] about Switch to a Fixed-Rate Loan – or Not?
Federal Funds Rate Increased by 0.25%
On Wednesday, February 1, 2023, the Federal Reserve Board raised the Federal Funds rate by 0.25%. In turn, banks typically follow by raising their "prime lending rates" by the same 0.25%, which would make the new "Prime Rate" 7.75%. By comparison, the Prime Rate last year at this time was 3.25%. … [Read more...] about Federal Funds Rate Increased by 0.25%
Federal Reserve Funds Rate Increase
On September 21, 2022, the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee raised the target for the Federal Funds Rate to between 3% and 3.25%. The Federal Reserve stated that, "inflation remains elevated, reflecting supply and demand imbalances related to the pandemic, higher food and energy prices, and … [Read more...] about Federal Reserve Funds Rate Increase