It’s Wednesday, September 18, and these are the stories moving the markets and shaking up the world.
A Fed rate cut is likely. The Federal Reserve on Wednesday is expected to cut its benchmark interest rate 25 basis points to a range between 1.75 percent and 2 percent, which would fall short of the “big” rate cut that President Trump has been calling for. Stock futures are pointing to little change ahead of the decision.
In this June 19, 2019, file photo, Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell speaks during a news in Washington. (AP /Manuel Balce Ceneta)
New York Fed floods repo market for first time since financial crisis. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Tuesday injected $75 billion into money markets in an effort to quell a spike in interest rates. Rates for overnight repurchases secured by Treasury notes, which influence the federal funds rate, surged from 2.28 on Friday to reportedly as high as 8 percent on Monday, prompting the New York Fed’s action.
View of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York on Sept. 16, 2013, in New York City. (Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images, FILE)
Netanyahu faces an uphill battle to keep his job. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fighting for his political career after Tuesday’s election. Netanyahu’s Likud party is likely to remain deadlocked with Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party at 32 seats apiece with neither side expected to secure a parliamentary majority.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressees his supporters at party headquarters after elections in Tel Aviv, Sept. 18, 2019. (AP /Ariel Schalit)
Warren dodges tax question from Colbert. “You keep being asked in the debates how are you going to pay for it, are you going to be raising the middle-class taxes… How are you going to pay for it? Are you going to be raising the middle-class taxes?” “Late Night” host Stephen Colbert asked Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren those questions Tuesday night. Warren responded by suggesting “health care is a basic human right.”
Sen. Elizabeth Warren appears on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Sept. 17, 2019. (Scott Kowalchyk/CBS)
Eli Manning sacked. The New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has been benched in favor of rookie Daniel Jones in a move that could mark the beginning of the end of his career. NFL great Terry Bradshaw told FOX Business if he were Eli, he’d pack his bags and go home.
Eli Manning of the New York Giants looks on during a game against the Buffalo Bills in East Rutherford, N.J., Sept. 15, 2019. The Buffalo Bills defeat the New York Giants 28-14. (Sarah Stier/Getty Images)