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Federal Open Market Committee
The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) is a branch of the Federal Reserve Board that determines the direction of monetary policy for the United States. The committee consists of 12 members and holds eight regularly scheduled meetings per year. Members set the federal funds rate, a key interest rate set precisely 3 percentage points lower than the prime rate. The prime rate, in turn, is used to set interest rates on most variable interest credit cards. So if you hear "the Fed raised rates," that really means the Federal Open Market Committee has voted to raise the federal funds rate, and the interest rate on your credit card could go up.