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Fed Set To Raise Interest Rates By End Of 2015

The Fed is set to raise interest rates by the end of this year.

Hoosiers can expect to see increases in credit card and house payments thanks to a looming rise in interest rates.

Bankrate.com's Mark Hamrick says the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates by 0.25 percent at its last meeting of 2015 later this month.

Hamrick says credit cards and home equity lines of credit are both linked to the prime lending rate.

He adds Hoosiers may also see adjustable rate mortgage payments rise.

Hamrick says the Fed always gives warning before possibly raising interest rates to give people time to assess how they might be impacted.

"This is all a way of saying that when the Federal Reserve is trying to give us an indication or a warning that interest rate increases are coming, Americans should really take this to heart and try to assess how this will affect their daily lives," said Hamrick.

On the upside, Hamrick says consumers will be able to save more with higher interest rates on savings accounts and certificates of deposit.

"As the Fed begins to slowly lift interest rates over time, finally savers will begin to see a better payout, and I think some of the unintended benefits of that may be greater than many people appreciate, especially for senior citizens who are on fixed incomes," said Hamrick.

The Fed Funds Rate, which is the rate at which banks borrow money has been virtually zero since the market recession in 2009.

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