The Federal Reserve raised its target interest rate today — the first rate rise since June 29, 2006. For more than nine years, interest rates have either been falling or staying flat.
There are Wall Street traders today who were mere tweens the last time this happened. And it was a terrible time to be a tween: the Nintendo Wii hadn't even been released yet.
The Wii launch date was announced in Japan a few months later.
Number of U.S. troops in Iraq in June 2006: 126,900
Number of U.S. troops in Iraq today: 3,000.
The price of a Big Mac in the U.S. back then: $3.10
The price of a Big Mac now: $4.79
The number one movie in America, then and now:
But to be fair, the day after the Fed last raised interest rates, The Devil Wears Prada was released in cinemas. Call it a draw?
BuzzFeed Business reporter Matt Zeitlin as a 16-year old in 2006.
When the Fed last raised rates, Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie" was the number 1 song. Today, it's Hello by Adele. It's possible the Federal Open Market Committee only raises rates during periods ruled by powerful female solo acts.
Citi was a banking behemoth back when the Fed last raised rates: the biggest bank in America, the fourth largest public company in the world. A single Citi share would've cost you $430.19.
And finally, the best smartphone on the market, then and now:
Matthew Zeitlin is a business reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. Zeitlin reports on Wall Street and big banks.
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