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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.

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The Business News Headlines & More 1 October 2019

Wall Street closed yesterday up on the hope of renewed talks between the U.S. and China and then...today...out came a report on U.S. manufacturing. That story and what happened on Wall Street opens up our first newscast of a new month:

  • Manufacturing data weak...very;
  • President Trump calls the Fed "pathetic";
  • Facebook to sue the United States if Warren is elected;
  • The "Wealth Tax" is back in the news;
  • GM lays off thousands more;
  • Amazon and NEW grocery stores;
  • Amazon 3rd party sellers pay thousands to talk to a person.

Those stories and a look at what the top 23 employers in Iowa have to say about the economy moving forward. You might say it's a "mixed bag" in this interview with Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council done for us by Jeff Stein the News & Program Director of News/Talk 1540 KXEL. Here is that story

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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

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Olympian Kerri Strug - A Business Conversation

Last week Tucson resident,two-time Olympic great and Gold Medalist Kerri Strug came to Des Moines, Iowa to be part of the Central Iowa Business Conference. She had a few minutes prior to speaking to the 400 people who attended and sat down with me for this wide-ranging conversation about business, family and of course the Olympics. You can listen in 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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Business Events with Laura Kinnard

Each week Laura Kinnard from DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about business events happening in the Greater Des Moines, Iowa Metro. From finance to social media, to networking she's always got places to go to see and be seen. Here is Laura with this week's business chatter: 

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 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

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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. 

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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. 

Our Sponsors

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The Business News Headlines & More 6 September 2019

It's Friday...man did that come up fast this week. It's the business news headlines and we start off with the jobs report and the impact on Wall Street and...you:

  • The Jobs Report and Wages;
  • Six ways to save money...and food;
  • Facebook in trouble...again;
  • Too much coffee? Not in Chicago;
  • September = iPhones;
  • Skills and your career...lots of folks say they don't have 'em.

Those stories and more along with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine with "Stuff to DO" in the Des Moines, Iowa Metro. Look, we spend every day on serious stuff...at least once a week we'll share some fun stuff...and stories from "brick-banging" to learning to be a director with some jousting thrown in for flavor.  Here you go! 

The Business News Headlines & More 4 September 2019

It's the business news headlines for Wednesday the 4th of September and have we got the stories ramped up for you today...starting with Hong Kong:

  • The Stock Market and Global Realities;
  • The deficit narrows but our deficit with China grows;
  • Purdue Pharma said to prepare for bankruptcy;
  • Kicking over 3 million people off of food stamps;
  • You and your boss...a love hate relationship?

Those stories and more along with a conversation with Ro Crosbie the founder and president of Tero International about retaining employees. Look, we get it that finding high quality people is tough but why take the chance of losing the good employees you have?  Every manager or business owner should listen to these tips on employee retention. You can hear that conversation here