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The Business News Headlines & More 7 October 2019

Wall Street opened lower today then toyed with some positive numbers before sliding again. What's going on? We'll share that and more with you today:

  • Stocks did drift today two things: China and now Turkey;
  • GE to freeze pension benefits;
  • Harley-Davidson is betting on electric bikes...but the price!
  • The housing market and jobs;
  • The GM strike on day 21;
  • It appears you love to be...frightened. Joker numbers.

Those stories and Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer.com is in with business events happening around the Greater Des Moines Metro. You can hear that...here. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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The Business News & More 3 October 2019

Even with continuing headwinds Wall Street was able to pull off a win today. Welcome to the Business News Headlines for Thursday the 3rd of October. On tap today:

  • The Jobs Report is due tomorrow morning and it's important;
  • President Trump signs an executive order about Medicare;
  • The housing sector seems to be booming;
  • Young people are leaving glitzy cities for lower cost communities;
  • Unions, Nurses and Wages it seems to be a trend;
  • Tesla disappoints and its stock suffers.

Those stories and for the interview I'll visit with Natalie Veldhouse a research associate from the Iowa Policy Project about the little known reality that Iowa is such a low wage state, why it matters and what forces are at work to keep it that way. That stunning conversation is right here.

Thanks for listening! 

Meet 1,000 Friends of Iowa

You are forgiven if you're not familiar with 1,000 Friends of Iowa...after all they have only been around for a couple of decades.  I know...right? Originally formed as the Rural-Urban Stewardship Project the group changed their name and became a non-profit, tax-exempt organization in 1998. Here Kari Carney the groups Executive Director and Julia McGuire share with you...and me...the reason 1,000 Friends of Iowa is more important today than ever. We'll also talk about the 18th Annual Best Development Awards and how YOU can get involved and nominate a deserving project. Here is that conversation. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 25 September 2019

Remember yesterday? You know when the talk of impeachment sent the markets down?  Well, forget about it. Today the president said there would soon be a deal with China and guess what happened!  That story and these:

  • White Working-Class Americans...dwindle;
  • Health Care Insurance - Unsustainable?
  • You love convenience and how we know;
  • New housing news;
  • Jimmy John's gets eaten;
  • Meatless Meat News;
  • Juul in big trouble.

Those stories plus a conversation with two time Olympian and Gold Medalist Kerri Strug. We talk business, family, and of course the Olympics. You can hear our conversation right here

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 19 September 2019

Today we're at the Central Iowa Business Conference being held in Des Moines and hosted by the Urbandale, Iowa Chamber of Commerce. In the business news today:

  • Wall Street struggled all day ending mixed;
  • The global economy...some issues;
  • Truckers are...worried and why you should be too;
  • Sales of existing homes shot up in August;
  • Jeff Bezos gets aggressive on climate change;
  • More worries for folks seeing to retire.

Those stories and a conversation about home sales, house building and mortgage rates with John Cannon from Wintrust Mortgage. He's got some thoughts about all of those things and we listened. Click here to...listen yourself

Thanks for listening!

 

The Business of Mortgages and Housing with John Cannon

While writing the news stories today we centered on some housing issues in the United States and because we're broadcasting from the Central Iowa Business Conference in Des Moines we've got access to several experts. Here you'll meet John Cannon of Wintrust Mortgage. John, a former broadcaster, stopped by our mobile studio at just the right time...click through for some housing, mortgage rate talk and more. 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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The Business News Headlines 18 September 2019

They said it was going to be a good day on Wall Street. Heck, record low unemployment, housing starts are up and the Fed was set to cut interest rates...what could go wrong?  It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 18th of September...thanks for being here.  Today:

  • A bunch of news about housing and mortgage rates;
  • The Fed Rate Cut - What does it mean to you?
  • President Trump is not happy;
  • Pay your utility bills on time..think Equifax & credit;
  • GM to cut workers...in Canada;
  • Young workers demand new office rules.

Those stories  plus a story about pets in Iowa. What is is about the Hawkeye State that tells us you don't care about dogs and cats...you know those pets?  With me is Haley Anderson from the Iowa Pet Alliance and we'll talk about the sad reality of pets in Iowa.  It's pretty shocking. Here is that report. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 13 September 2019

We can share with you that the Dow closed up today...the 8th day in a row. It's the business news headlines for Friday the 13th...I know..right?

  • The markets opened higher and closed mixed;
  • You, yes YOU, are responsible for the economy;
  • Whole Foods is kicking about 1,900 off health care coverage;
  • Mortgage rates are back in the news;
  • Freddie and Fannie and our new love affair with them;
  • Remember the "Foxfire Books" dust them off for the Millenials in your life.

Those stories PLUS we've got Jeff Pitts the managing editor for Cityview Magazine in to share with you "Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro. That's right here! 

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The Business News Headlines 12 September 2019

Among other things administration officials say there are no plans in the works to relax the trade war with China...oh and the deficit.  Those stories and more today...

  • Major business leaders tell the U.S. Senate to "Do something!";
  • China and the U.S. sure we've got a story;
  • The deficit and taxes...yep, that too;
  • Meanwhile subprime lending is...back;
  • The internet fells another retail giant;
  • Health Care and Insurance now resulting in high inflation.

Those stories and more along with this conversation with J.D. Scholten who is running, again, for congress in Iowa's 4th Congressional District. We caught up with him at the opening of The Forge a tech center in Jefferson last week. It's a conversation that deals with the size of that district, his motor home and Kevin Costner...no, really. Listen to that here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 11 September 2019

This is a bit late in getting out. We were, often, distracted by the images of eighteen years ago and 9/11 and our own memories of where we were at the time...never forget. In the business news headlines today:

  • The Dow breaks above 27,000 thank you Apple;
  • President Trump lobbies hard for a rate cut to zero;
  • Purdue Pharma is said to be close to a settlement;
  • UAW leaders to huddle in Detroit...will they strike GM?
  • Victoria's Secret rethinking the the "super model";
  • How about a Progressive Pizza Pie?

Those stories and we've got a rare extended interview. Today sitting down with Elizabeth Buck the President of The United Way of Central Iowa and Seth Johnson the program director for OpportUNITY and talking about poverty in Des Moines, Iowa. In a city that boasts a fantastic quality of life there are still large pockets of poverty and families dealing with housing, transportation, child care and wages. Here is Part One.

In Part Two of our conversation we start to look at ways to reduce the stress on working families and how the United Way of Central Iowa is working to that end. We also cover several bright spots including the high school graduation rate. Here is Part Two.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday, hour-long business podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on Google PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunesStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday at 2pm on News/Talk 1540 KXEL. The Business News Hour is a production of Insight Advertising, Marketing & Communications. You can follow us on Twitter @IoB_NewsHour. 

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AARP-Iowa

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