Your Must-Read Money Stories of the Week: How the Fed Rate Hike Could Affect You

Your Must-Read Money Stories of the Week: How the Fed Rate Hike Could Affect You

We’ve scoured the web to bring you our favorite and most useful money-related articles of the week. We read everything, so you don’t have to!

Have you heard the news? The Federal Reserve voted this week to raise their benchmark interest rate from near zero to a range of .25% to .5%. While that may not seem like a huge move, it will affect everything from mortgage rates to car loans. Learn more about how the Fed's highly anticipated decision affects your cash flow. Federal Reserve Raises Key Interest Rate for First Time in Nearly a Decade — The Washington Post

Attention last-minute shoppers: There's still time to get your gifts delivered and stowed under the tree—if you act fast. From Amazon to Zappos, find out which of your favorite retailers are providing special deals for this year's Free Shipping Day. Free Shipping Day 2015: 800+ Stores With Deals On December 18, Free Delivery By Christmas — International Business Times

It's no surprise that an act of kindness can leave a long-lasting impact on others, but new research shows it can also have a positive effect on your personal wellbeing. All it takes is a few good deeds a day to improve your mood and mental health. Doing Small Acts of Kindess May Lower Your Stress — CBS News

It may be the season of giving, but that mantra doesn't always extend to employers. A new survey finds that 71% of workers aren't expecting a bonus or raise for the holidays. But that's not to say they aren't hoping for better perks in 2016. Survey: Few Americans Will See a Pay Raise Under the Christmas Tree — Bankrate

Need to freshen up those coding skills? Or finally learn how to navigate that design program that always frustrates you? Consider one of these free online classes for a fresh career start in the new year. 45 Free Online Classes You Can Take (and Finish) by the End of This Year — The Muse

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