Federal Prime Interest Rate Increased to 5.50 Percent

Effective July 27, 2022, the Federal prime interest rate increased from 4.75 percent to 5.50 percent. The prime interest rate is largely determined by the federal funds rate, as set by the Federal Reserve’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC). As Department of Labor regulations require a retirement plan loan interest rate to be comparable to interest rates charged by entities that are in the business of lending money in similar circumstances, plan sponsors typically use a benchmark such as the prime rate to set the interest rate on plan loans. The next FOMC meeting is scheduled for September 20 and 21, 2022.