#213: How The Fed Funds Rate Affects You

The Fed Funds rate does not immediately impact the average consumer

The Fed Funds rate does not immediately impact the average consumer or investor. It is the rate that the banks charge each other for overnight loans. Unless you are a large bank, the Fed Fund rate doesn’t affect your bottom line immediately.

Trickle down impact

However, because this is a base rate for highly credited borrowers, it will slowly trickle through as higher rates to the average consumer. When you see the Fed Funds rate go up or down, you may see your interest rate vary accordingly on something like your mortgage or credit card. Because you are a less credit worthy borrower than a large bank, you will likely pay a higher interest rate off that base.

While the Fed Funds rate does not immediately affect you, it most likely will affect you at some point. The Fed Funds rate is also a good way to understand the economy as a whole.

Trey Booth, CFA®, AIF®
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