Fed announces 0.75% interest hike rate

For the fifth time this year, the Federal Reserve instituted an interest rate hike on Wednesday amid ongoing inflation woes.
1:39 | 09/21/22

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MORGAN NORWOOD: For the fifth time this year, the Federal Reserve is firing off another rate hike, a move that once again will impact your money, making it more expensive to borrow. - We have both the tools we need and the resolve that it will take to restore price stability on behalf of American families and businesses. MORGAN NORWOOD: The Fed is raising a key interest rate by 3/4 of a point, and the hope is that it will help slow the continuing rise on prices on a variety of things, from homes, gas, and food. Americans paid 8.3% more for goods in August compared to a year ago. - I feel it at the gas pumps. I feel it at the grocery store. I feel it at the restaurants. I feel it everywhere. - We're suffering as middle class and lower class people. MORGAN NORWOOD: But there are signs that higher interest rates have actually helped. The housing market has weakened and the construction of new homes has slowed. - The way it was last year was just not normal, where you had five, six buyers for every one home. We're getting closer to that 1 to 1 ratio, which is normal and healthy. MORGAN NORWOOD: According to the Fed, this interest rate hike won't be the last. They expect interest rates to hit 4.6% in the next year, inflicting yet another round of economic pain for the millions of Americans who have debt. So for example, if you're carrying a $5,000 balance and are making minimum payments, you're already paying an additional $870 in interest because of rising rates this year. Well, after today's hikes, those interest payments ballooned to more than $1,100. And the Fed is also predicting that the unemployment rate, which is now under 4%, could rise as well, saying today it expects it to go up to 4.4% by next year. I'm Morgan Norwood, ABC News, Los Angeles.

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