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Dec 18, 2020

Ingredients for a disorderly day on Wall Street

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They include Tesla's anticipated introduction to the S&P 500 index on Monday. Plus, COVID relief package negotiations and the Federal Reserve. And, crime rates during the pandemic recession.

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The stars are aligning for a volatile Friday afternoon on the stock market

There will be a lot of repositioning happening with Tesla slated to join the S&P 500 index and futures and options expiring near the end of this Friday, says Christopher Low, chief economist at FHN Financial. "All of those things normally translate into volatility, and it's especially true when you've got one of the most talked-about stocks in America joining the S&P 500 on the next business day," Low said.

Fed pandemic lending programs a sticking point in COVID relief talks

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Some Senate Republicans want a new COVID relief bill to prohibit the Fed from restarting pandemic lending programs.
The Fed programs include Main Street business loans and purchases of corporate and municipal bonds. Pictured: Fed Chair Jerome Powell at a House committee hearing on Dec. 2, 2020.
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Property crimes are down since the pandemic began

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Crime rates usually go up when the economy is bad. But not when there's low inflation.
When things like food or gas get more expensive and people are out of work, there’s more crime. But right now? Inflation is low.
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The team

Nicole Childers Executive Producer
Victoria Craig Producer, BBC
Stephen Ryan Producer, BBC
Jonathan Frewin Producer, BBC
Daniel Shin Producer
Jay Siebold Engineer
Brian Allison Engineer
Alex Schroeder Digital producer
Meredith Garretson Producer
Erika Soderstrom Producer/Director