Millennials, gather 'round. This is a tale you might find hard to believe, but it's true:
A long, long time ago, there was such a thing as an interest rate hike. Really!
Yes, back before mankind had Twitter or iPads or even iPhones, your parents used to worry about interest-rate increases. And they had much to fear: between June 2004 and June 2006, Federal Reserve policymakers raised the federal funds rate 17 consecutive times.