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6 reasons retirees are so ready for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates

Savers on fixed income ready for Fed hike
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Savers languish on fixed incomes © Bao Dandan/Xinhua Press/Corbis

Savers on fixed income ready for Fed hike

During her confirmation hearings to head the nation's central bank, Janet Yellen acknowledged something about the Federal Reserve's as-low-as-they-can-go interest rates.

"I understand savers are hurt by this policy," she told senators.

But the woman who would become the Federal Reserve board chair defended the rock-bottom rates as necessary for getting the economy back to normal. Yellen argued that savers, including retirees on fixed incomes, should want a healthy economy as much as anyone because they may want to work part time in retirement, or they may have children or grandchildren who need jobs.

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Still, millions of Americans who saved diligently over the years have been crying out for relief. Many have found themselves struggling, thanks to rates that have remained near 0% for years.

"Our firm has long been of the belief that artificially low interest rates have punished savers and retirees," says Samuel Scott, president at Sunrise Advisors in Leawood, Kansas.

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