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The Business News Headlines 15 February 2019

It was all China, China, China today and the market reacted. It's the Business News Hour for Friday the 15th of February and here is what we've got on tap:

  • We told you it was China;
  • The power behind Amazon taking a pass on New York City;
  • How does immigration impact Social Security? Some facts;
  • Big trouble for Cognizant and some big fines;
  • Just what you need a new Twitter feature;
  • Buying out flood prone areas...the impact of climate change?
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine joins me to talk up "Stuff to DO in the Metro this weekend into next week. To hear that silliness, just click here.

Thanks for listening!  


The Business News Headlines 13 February 2019

The markets came off session highs today but still pulled out a gain. It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 13th of February. Here is what we've got for you:

  • Wall Street is, again, hoping for good news;
  • The Universal Basic Income program by Andrew Yang gets tested;
  • A supplier of talc for Johnson & Johnson has filed for bankruptcy protection;
  • Beefing up benefits to attract and retain workers; we've got two stories;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street, we've got the numbers.

Those stories and 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang is in for the interview. We're going to talk about that idea of a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 for each American 18 to 65. To hear that conversation click here. 

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The Business News Headlines 7 February 2019

The business news headlines of the day deals with what happened and why on Wall Street, notes about the economy and stories of basic interest for people who are interested in what business is or is not doing. On tap today:

  • The meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping off;
  • That sent shock waves through Wall Street;
  • Twitter, for the first time, tells us how many daily users they have;
  • Wells Fargo customers not happy, for the second time in a week;
  • A growing slug of renter are....
  • Sears has been sold which could save 45,000 jobs;
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why.

Those stories plus today we're talking with Dr. Mark Finkelstein the director of the Jewish Community Relations Commission of Iowa about the troubling rise in hate groups and in particular anti-semitic groups. What is the cause and what can you do about it. To hear that conversation click here

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The Business News Headlines 31 January 2019

Plug in we've got the business news headlines for the final day of January 2019...can you believe it?  The stories we have on tap for you today include:

  • The BEST January for the S&P 500 since 1987;
  • Harley Davidson has many, many headwinds;
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) shook out a new tax plan today;
  • President Trump may hold off on more tariffs on China;
  • What? Amazon is forecasting lower sales this quarter;
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why.

Those stories and we'll introduce you to a concept that means we an celebrate Black Friday every Friday of the year and boost the economy of the businesses owned by African Americans. We'll introduce Abena Imhotep and something that makes, to us, a ton of sense. To hear that frank exchange click here

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The Business News Headlines 30 January 2019

Each weekday we check out the business news and offer up some interesting headlines and today is no different...even though, here in Iowa, we woke up to -20. Yikes.  On tap today:

  • Key word from the Fed today: Patience;
  • If the economy is booming how come fewer homes are selling?
  • The business of food and immigration enforcement;
  • Facebook hit another home run even with people "saying" they were boycotting;
  • Tesla reported a profit today but, will it be enough?
  • Want to work for yourself? Hang on we've got some salary numbers;
  • What happened today on Wall Street and why.

Also today Angela Trigg is in our Small Business Spotlight. Angela owns The Haunted Book Shop in Mobile, Alabama.  We met her on a recent trip there and thought so much of her story we had to share it with you. To hear that conversation just click here.

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The Business News Headlines 25 January 2019

After weeks of a federal shutdown the announcement came today that a deal had been reached. That leads off the newscast on this Friday evening.  Thanks for being here.

  • Federal Shutdown Over?
  • Markets react to the deal;
  • The media industry is slashing jobs and not just at newspapers;
  • Amazon wants others to do the heavy lifting and R&D for exclusive Prime products;
  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren is about to roll out a "Wealth Tax";
  • What happened on Wall Street and why.

Those stories and Jeff Pitts the Managing editor of Cityview Magazine is in with Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. To hear that...just click here.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 24 January 2019

It's the Thursday Edition of the Business News Headlines and have we got some stories for you today. Just a click away you'll learn about:

  • The thirty-second ad that will NOT run during the Super Bowl;
  • Billionaire investor and U.S. Secretary of Commerce tells federal workers to, "get a loan";
  • The partial federal shutdown goes into it's 35 day tomorrow both senate bills failed today;
  • Walmart wants to hire 900 truck drivers and pay them a bundle to drive;
  • Airlines pilots, flight attendants are all concerned about the shutdown and safety;
  • Did Sears CEO Eddie Lambert "steal" Sears?
  • The markets ended mixed today and we'll have those numbers.

Those stories and our interview is with author Louise Gately who recently finished an historical account of an early Iowa resident, James Jordan who was involved in getting the state capital moved, being part of the Underground Railroad and building a financial empire. "Pursuit of a Dream - James Jordan His Life and His Legacy" is a great book for folks who love deep looks at history. Click here to listen in


The Business News Headlines 22 January 2019

Did the U.S. rebuff China today and derail trade talks? Conflicting reports leads our newscast tonight. In other business news:

  • New numbers sent the real estate market reeling;
  • Remember 70% tax for millionaires? A billionaire says it, "Has legs";
  • The widening pay and opportunity gap has people talking like it's 1937;
  • The markets stumbled today;
  • The Greater Des Moines, Iowa Partnership has 5 economic development goals for 2019.

Those stories and a conversation with historian, author and news director of News/Talk 1540 KXEL, Jeff Stein about his book "The Floppy Show". Jeff will be in Ankeny, Iowa on Thursday the 24th and in this conversation we look at the business mind of the late Duane Ellett the creator of Floppy. You really should go... Here is that conversation

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Business News Headlines 18 January 2019

Coming to you today from Mobile, Alabama we've got the business news headlines. Today we'll share stories about:

  • China, the Dow and the U.S. Trade;
  • Facebook, Regulators & Fines;
  • Tesla cuts its workforce - stock slides;
  • Rich folks getting a divorce means what...yeah, Amazon;
  • Netflix is burning through tons of
  • Experts say pay off your mortgage ASAP why?  We'll share;
  • What happened on Wall Street & why.

Those stories and we'll chat with Angela Trigg who recently opened up The Haunted Book Shop in downtown Mobile. We love sharing small business stories and this one is really interesting on a number of levels. Click here to listen!

Then, dialing in the long-distance, we've got Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview with Stuff to DO this weekend into next week in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. Listen in here!

Thanks for listening!


The Business News Headlines 17 January 2019

Coming to you from Mobile, Alabama we're checking out the business news headlines from the day.  Coming up we'll share details on these stories:

  • The U.S. China trade war? Somebody may have blinked;
  • The 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act is hurting big banks;
  • Another bombshell from New York that impacts Washington D.C.;
  • Federal workers impacted by the shutdown can apply for unemployment but...there is a catch;
  • Retail experts say it's just a matter of time before these 4 famous retail giants...go away;
  • Wall Street - What happened and why.

Those stories plus a quick conversation with Mobile resident and first author Margie Odom. It just happened and we think it's a touching story. To hear that story, click here.

Also today Stephen Haas from DLS Worldwide is in the house talking about fright and fright delivery, driver-less semi's and the National Tractor Parts Dealer Association...think agriculture and the parts that keep equipment running. To hear that conversation click here.

Thanks for listening!