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The Business News 27 December 2019

Could you tell it was a Friday just before another holiday?  We could. Sorta quiet but lots and lots of people working social media.  Hey, it's...Friday.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Awash in profits big banks cutting employees;
  • Do you really want that Amazon fulfillment center in your town;
  • UPS says watch out for January 2nd;
  • Wages are up but...there is a but;
  • This fast food company beats everybody else and there is a reason.
  • Wall Street notched a mixed day but records we established.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is with us chatting it up about Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Listen to that...here!

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News 18 December 2019

It's the Mid-Week Edition of the Business News Headlines, thanks for coming by. You want to reach us on Twitter you can do that @IOB_NewsHour. In the news today:

  • Retailers are getting ready for Super Saturday;
  • Amazon is updating their return policy;
  • Oh, the pain of the "sloping toilet";
  • Lots of job creation but...no people and why;
  • Chances of being audited next year...are up;
  • The Wall Street Report in a word: "Sluggish";
  • Fast Food Workers get a gut punch.

Those stories plus a conversation with Brian Waller of the Technology Association of Iowa as we talk about that groups legislative priorities going into the 2020 legislative session. Technology is a big, very big, deal in Iowa and we'll talk about that here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 11 December 2019

The Business News Headlines for Wednesday the 11th of December, and thanks for coming by. Today we've got:

  • Apple WAS the world's largest public company but, no more;
  • Home Depot and...Opioids?
  • The Cocaine Santa Controversy;
  • Pay Up - Prices are headed up on...;
  • The Time Person of the Year;
  • The Word of the Year.

Those stories plus constitutional law professor and partner in the firm Brann & Isaacson of Lewiston, Maine, George Isaacson joins me to talk about online sales tax and how it impacts sellers, different product, the more than 11,000 tax jurisdictions and the risk sellers have in getting any of this...wrong. To hear that conversation, click here. 

Thanks for listening!

Online Taxation with George Isaacson

My guest is George Isaacson a partner with Brann-Isaacson of Lewiston, Maine and a constitutional law professor who has argued before the Supreme Court. Mr. Isaacson will talk about the nightmare of calculating taxes for more than 11,000 different tax entities in the United States along with what is taxed, what isn't and the risks in not getting it right.  Plus, he has a solution to the problem. It's an interesting conversation for both buyers and sellers and 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 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. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News & More 14 November 2019

Uncertainty over any U.S. and China trade deal kept the markets in check. Welcome to the Thursday edition of the business news headlines:

  • A Majority of Americans don't feel the economic love;
  • Sears is laying off more folks;
  • Walmart released their Black Friday sales;
  • Wall Street had another "Meh" sorta day;
  • Throwback Thursday - The Flip Phone is back.

Those stories plus Connie Ryan the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa joins me to talk about faith, public policy and gun violence. No, not another vigil but action. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 

 

The Business News and More 13 November 2019

It's the MId-Week Edition of the Business News Headlines and we've got some great stories for you today. Just an FYI the Dow did jump up today by 92 points on the strength of the Fed Chairman and closed at 27,783 while the Nasdaq was down fractionally and the S&P 500 picked up 2 points.  

  • Well, THAT was successful and Netflix suffers;
  • Yes, there is a Costco scam going on;
  • Google to offer...checking accounts;
  • Nike says "buh-buh" to Amazon;
  • How about "Instant Money" from your wages;
  • Facebook and the iPhone glitch;
  • Von Maur changes plans about Jordan Creek.

Those stories and you'll meet several of Cityview Magazine's Business Journal award winners from the recent "19 Businesses People Making a Difference in 2019". You can hear those stories right here.

Thanks for listening! 

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! 

The Business News Headlines & More 28 October 2019

Wall Street had a good day based on earnings that beat estimates and we'll share some of the stories on that today. Also:

  • Meatless Meat is a BIG thing for Burger King;
  • Homeowners NOT getting home equity loans;
  • Google to buy Fitbit?
  • JP Morgan said to be cutting NYC workforce;
  • Is your job already obsolete?
  • The gig economy and a new...gig.

Those stories and our regular feature with Laura Kinnard of Curated Growth, Drake University and DMACC where she teaches entrepreneurship. She's in at the start of each week to share with you business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Places to learn and places to be seen. You can hear that conversation right here

Thanks for listening!