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The Fed hikes interest rates

The Federal Reserve building in Washington Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky, file

The Fed hikes interest rates

The Federal Reserve on Wednesday raised its benchmark short-term rate half a percentage point — double the usual amount. The change follows a quarter-point increase in March as the government tries to tamp down inflation, which has hit a 40-year high and continues to rise. The stock market reaction ahead of the announcement was mixed, but bond yields rose.

How will this affect the average American? Inflation has made food, gas, and other commodities more expensive for consumers. Americans have also been grappling with a hot housing market, with prices up 35 percent since the COVID-19 pandemic started two years ago, according to Reuters. A rise in mortgage rates following the change could lower housing demand, and some local markets have already seen a slight drop off in recent weeks, The Washington Post reported. The market is also suffering from a lack of available homes, something the Fed’s interest rate can’t change.

Dig deeper: Listen in as Nick Eicher and David Bahnsen explain the connection between interest rates and inflation on The World and Everything in It podcast.

Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is a former assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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