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The Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee meets for the final time this year on Wednesday, and is widely expected to announce the first interest rate hike since 2006. The expectation has been based on Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s oft-repeated stance that she’d like to see rates rise before the end of 2015. Higher interest rates …

What happens if the Fed raises interest rates?

Steve Liesman takes a look at what happens if the Federal Reserve hikes interest rates for the first time in nearly 10 years.

This year’s hottest sector

The consumer discretionary sector has been the hottest sector so far this year, but will the group continue to do well with an interest rate hike looming?

Looking beyond liftoff

Fed officials are focusing on what could happen after an interest rate hike.

Close call on 2015 rate hike

Many expect the Federal Reserve will wait a bit before increasing interest rates.

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Do homebuyers care about rising rates? The short answer is: sort of. Potential homebuyers certainly care if the monthly payment goes up for the same house they were considering a month earlier. That concern, however, comes in third place after the ability to get a mortgage and the ability to find a home they like, …

Interest rates remain unchanged

Hampton Pearson explains why the Federal Reserve decided that now is not the right time to raise interest rates.


Bond fund giant Pimco has two words of advice for the Federal Reserve: Hike already! Scott Mather, chief investment officer of Pimco’s U.S. core strategies, told CNBC’s “Power Lunch” on Thursday, the Fed should raise rates, because the U.S. no longer needs emergency monetary intensive care. “While it is probably close to a coin toss …


The last time the Fed raised interest rates was in 2006. There was no Twitter. There were no iPhones. The world has changed a lot since then, and almost 10 years later, we may be close to seeing another rate hike by the Fed, if not Thursday, then at some point in the next few weeks …

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A rate hike will come and the bull market will stumble, bond yields will climb and the economy will slip into a recession. This we know. What we don’t know is how long all of that will take and how long it will last. For the economy specifically, history offers little guide about timing. A …

Fed rate hike: 2006 vs. today

The economy looks a lot different today than it did last time the Federal Reserve hiked rates nearly a decade ago. Steve Liesman compares then and now.

Prepping for a rate hike

Sharon Epperson explains how higher interest rates may impact your long-term investments.


The Federal Reserve’s first interest rate hike in a decade is expected as early as this fall, an action with far-reaching implications for every corner of the world economy—from your mortgage rate to emerging-market trade. Our ongoing coverage—and what it means for your money—is being collected here. Your Money Cramer: Best stock picks as the …


Bond yields have risen sharply in the first few sessions of June, in a move that stocks have largely shrugged off. But if rates keep rising, two sectors could run into particular trouble. The first is that classic rate-sensitive sector, the utilities, which are famous for their high dividend yields. Utilities are “viewed as bond …

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May’s strong 280,000 employment gain reaffirmed market expectations that September may be the month when the Fed raises interest rates for the first time in nine years. If the solid jobs report is confirmed by other economic data, it suggests that the second quarter may not be quite as sluggish as some fear, and the …