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The Business News Headlines 2 December 2019

It's a brand new month and welcome! The first trading day of December was rough on Wall Street and we'll share what happened and why.  In other business news:

  • Black Friday was big and Cyber Monday could be to;
  • Amazon and Auschwitz it's a story;
  • Is America's Shale Oil Boom...over;
  • How many hours a week do you need to work to live...comfortably;
  • Markets headed down today and we'll share why;
  • There is a new report out about jobs and...pay. Stunning.

Those stories plus Laura Kinnard is with us chatting it up about business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. To hear us talk about that, just click here

Thanks for listening. 

The Business News Headlines 29 November 2019

It's the "late edition" of the business news headlines for the final trading day of November. We're blaming it on left-over turkey. In the news today:

  • A global automaker says they will cut 10,000 jobs;
  • Black Friday just ain't what it used to be;
  • A shocking development for the UAW;
  • Five years ago Target was in trouble...today it's different;
  • The markets had a lousy day but a good month;
  • Career hunting? Try being a "Life Coach" it...pays.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts the managing editor of Cityview Magazine is in to share his list of "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro and we have some fun doing it.  We also blame the turkey...and pie for that. To listen in just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 27 November 2019

The day before Thanksgiving and a program note: Insight on Business the News Hour will, just like Wall Street, have the day off tomorrow. We wish for you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.  In the news today:

  • Once the "Office Darling" Google is getting pushback by employees;
  • John Deere is worried about sinking sales;
  • Malls, The Cheesecake Factory and Promotions;
  • The U.S. economy grew more than expected;
  • What happened and why on Wall Street;
  • How to retain employees: Be flexible during the holidays.

Those stories plus a look at a piece we did last year on early onset dementia with Yogi Shah, M.D. Why? He is a memory expert and because many of you will be traveling to see family and friends the issue of dementia or memory loss may be something those close to you are worried about. Being armed with the information here may help you. 

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The Business News 22 November 2019

It struck me, just as we were getting this ready for the newscast, that today is the 56th anniversary of the murder of President John Kennedy: November 22, 1963. In the business news today:

  • President Trump speaks "deal" and the markets go up;
  • That new Tesla truck...uhm....
  • Organized Retail Crime is a thing;
  • No tuna for you;
  • Bathrooms and Starbucks;
  • No "Angels" on the runway;
  • Let's all embrace...napping at work.

Those stories and the markets plus Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor for Cityview Magazine is in to chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Des Moines Metro. We're talking music, whiskey, Christmas, East Village, Farmers Market and who in sports we "hate" this week. To listen, just click.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News & More 12 November 2019

America was waiting today for President Trump to talk about the U.S. China trade war during his economic speech in New York. That...didn't much happen. In the business news today:

  • Trump talk about everything but...China;
  • A photo with Santa for $2,500;
  • Sandy Hook parents may sue Remington;
  • Seems nobody's "Got Milk" these days;
  • Chrysler accused of "dumping" cars;
  • Disney + rolled out today...there were issues;
  • Bias in the workplace against....

Those stories plus a Small Business Spotlight that shines on Nancy and Dean Vetter who have a company (Iowa Custom Murphy Beds) that makes and installs Amish made Murphy Beds all across the county. It's a story I stumbled on and think you'll enjoy. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening.

Having the Right to Repair Your Stuff

It's perhaps something that you've never thought of. You go and buy something. You own that thing right? However what you so often can not do is fix it yourself. That's called having the "Right to Repair" and our guest today is Gay Gordon-Byrne from the consumer group Repair.org. Here we'll talk about everything from smartphones to agricultural equipment to refrigerators (no, really!) that consumers buy but then find they have no ability to fix it because manufacturers hold the key. This is pretty interesting stuff...

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The Business News Headlines & More 6 November 2019

The markets were supposed to...go up today. That's not exactly what happened as as you can see by the close. Ouch  Why and what else are in the news today:

  • What happened on Wall Street and why;
  • The U.S. has a problem with...productivity;
  • Why watching productivity matters;
  • Bank of American raises their minimum wage;
  • You, yes you, are spending way too much on your vehicle;
  • A grocery store story;
  • A big soccer deal is headed to Des Moines, Iowa.

Those stories plus the organization that is taking on the high cost of prescription drugs is serious and elected officials at the federal and state level need to pay attention because these folks...vote. Brad Anderson is our guest and we'll talk about that and  more. To listen, click here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News & More 5 November 2019

Yesterday was a record setting day on Wall Street. Today? Not so much...everybody must be out voting? It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 5th of November. Lets's go:

  • Wall Street slowed today in the face of China questions;
  • American's buy lots of imported stuff;
  • Speaking of buying check Costco;
  • Buying, Selling and Returning with UPS;
  • Samsung and their chip troubles;
  • The Internet is becoming less...free.

Those stories plus a conversation with Tracey Pearson from Tero International. We're talking about the world of talking...or better put...the art of effective communication. Come by as Tracey offers up some solid communication tips and we'll also chat a bit about Detroit. We share that....too. Click to listen in.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News & More 31 October 2019

Welcome to the Halloween Edition of the Business News Headlines...and yes, it was scary today on Wall Street. Stories we've got for you today:

  • The comeback for J.C. Penny might mean less clothing and more yoga;
  • Ford is closing another plant according to the tentative UAW contract;
  • We've got a Halloween Candy story for you;
  • The "go to" store for low income shoppers is....
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today, Brad Anderson from AARP-Iowa joins me to chat it up about the Des Moines, Iowa City Council Forum they recently held. You'll learn about the top areas of concern for their membership, "complete streets", creating age friendly cities, new ideas for transportation...and more To listen to that conversation, click here

The Business News & More 30 October 2019

The Fed cut interest rates by a quarter of a percent and at first the markets went..."Meh..." That story and more today:

  • What caused the "Meh" early today;
  • What's in a name? Ask Molson Coors;
  • What health care has to do with lagging wages;
  • Some new GDP concerns;
  • So those rising steel prices?  Not so fast;
  • Beggars Night explained;
  • Twitter says "NO!" to political advertising.

Those stories and a conversation with Dr. Tom Ahart the Superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools about a vote coming up on Tuesday of next week that will have a major impact on students and facilities. We'll explain how an increase in the tax levy for physical plant won't increase property taxes. THe vote is on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL. Take a few minutes to learn more. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening!