What The Elle - 💸 All About Interest Rates

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This week’s money mood: interest rates 📈

Yesterday, after a full two years and one day of keeping them at 0% (because of the COVID-19 pandemic), the Federal Reserve raised interest rates to 0.25%. And they expect to do it again as many as six more times in 2022. The goal is to help throttle inflation, which is currently at record highs.

Since this is the first time the Fed has raised rates (instead of lowering them or keeping them steady) in three years, it makes sense if your interest-rates-knowledge is a little rusty. So this week, we’ve got the deets on what you need to know.

Until next week,

Deedi Brown, she/her
Senior Editor

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