(BPT) - The nation's central bank - the Federal Reserve - just raised interest rates by a quarter point. The Fed is expected to raise rates at least two more times this year by the same amount. That's going to affect a lot of your finances, including your credit card bill, car payment and home equity line of credit. But don't panic. Rates will still be below historical averages, and you can eliminate the impact of higher rates, or lessen them, with some careful planning.