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The Business News Headlines 21 May 2020

We took yet another hit with a new set  of unemployment numbers today and that has a, slight, impact on Wall Street. Here are the stories we've got cooked up for you today:

  • The biggest mall in the U.S. has missed 2 months of mortgage payments;
  • We like it:  New Zealand is considering a nationwide 4 day work week;
  • Billionaires and the Pandemic - Doing quite well thank you;
  • Small Businesses in Big Trouble;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • COVID19 details from today...worldwide.

Those stories plus an emotional conversation with the Executive Director of the Iowa CareGivers Association, Di FindleyWe'll be talking about issues such as COVID19 Testing, Child Care Issues & Concerns and Personal Protective Equipment. In April the Iowa CareGivers Association conducted surveys on those three issues and the answers highlight the massive problems Iowa has with our direct caregiving efforts. For reference here is the official State of Iowa COVID10 Website. To hear that conversation click here. 

The Business News Headlines 18 May 2020

Once again "Hope springs eternal" as investors cheered news about a possible vaccine and oil for July delivery shot up.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • What's going on with the bulls on Wall Street;
  • Restaurants say "social distancing" will do their businesses in;
  • What are "Negative Interest Rates;
  • What about your home mortgage;
  • Mark Cuban is all in for "Trickle Up Economics";
  • Can virtual meetings promote gender equality?

Also today Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC and The Runway Innovation Studio is in to talk about virtual events and some thoughts about the future of  You can hear

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 14 May 2020

We're back at it and welcome to Thursday!  Here are the business news stories we've got lined up for you today:

  • Wall Street rebounded and pushed aside the lousy jobs report;
  • FedEx to slow delivery times;
  • What you're buying online...yep, we've got a list;
  • Luxury items coming back it's called "Revenge Shopping";
  • Speaking of luxury...what about...meat;
  • A firm want to buy up...malls.  No, really;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • What if "Work from Home" is a real trend...

Thanks for listening...see it didn't take that much time!

The Business News Headlines 13 May 2020

It's really hard to believe that we were in such a different place just three months ago. Then, not much talk about a it's different.  Here are the stories we've got for you today:

  • Fed Chair says we must do more or face a major risk;
  • 90,000 workers may lose their jobs but executives get $4.5 million;
  • Big tax breaks for big businesses click in;
  • Consumers not hording but a new habit is taking place;
  • Prices Sink - Prices Rise - The tale of two economies;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Expect more lousy jobless numbers tomorrow.

Those stories plus a loan program for micro-businesses in Iowa that didn't or couldn't qualify for state or federal business bailout programs. You'll meet Deidre DeJear and Kameron Middlebrooks and the Iowa Small Business Relief Fund.  To listen, click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 6 May 2020

The Dow and the S&P 500 fell today for the first time in three sessions.  We'll share what happened and why. Here's what we've got on tap for you today:

  • Cutting jobs yet distributing cash to shareholders;
  • The Paycheck Protection Program back in the news;
  • Brace yourself...the April Jobs Report could be very bad;
  • When Clorox Cleaning Wipes "might" be back in the store;
  • If disinfectant is hot...what is not;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The shoppers failed to show up.

Those stories PLUS coming soon to the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series is Professor Gregory Shill from the University of Iowa School of Law. Here, in a preview of his talk with information gleaned from his recent article in The Atlantic, Greg shares with us the disturbing reality of how motor vehicles, by law, have taken over so much of our lives. How the nation, states and communities have played into our "vehicle obsession". Finally we'll talk about what makes a community a "Lovable Community". To register for the Tomorrow Plan Speakers Series on 14 May follow this link.  To listen to our conversation follow this link. 

Thanks for coming by. 

The Business News Headlines 1 May 2020

It's the start of a new month, May Day and the International Workers Day all wrapped up into one.  Here are the business news headlines that we've got on tap for you today:

  • Tennents rally and landlords worry;
  • International Workers Day bring protests;
  • You would think low fuel prices would be a good would think;
  • Health be damned "Get back to work!" says the U.S. to Mexico;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Another trade war with China;
  • Co-working and it's future.

Thanks for joining us!  Remember we're on Sunday at Noon here in Iowa with the Week in Review on News/Talk 1540 KXEL.  

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The Business News Headlines 29 April 2020

On any other day a drop of 4.8% in the U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for any quarter would have had Wall Street in a tailspin.  But, these are not like "other days".  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Packing plant employees to defy President Trump;
  • Strike talk is buzzing as workers eye Friday;
  • Lousy economic news yet the markets surge;
  • Doing business with a company the president hates;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Costco "Mask Policy" spurs a backlash;
  • Direct stimulus vs. tax cuts...looks like tax cuts.

Thanks for coming by for the listen! 

The Business News Headlines 27 April 2020

For small business owners who were hoping to take part in the Paycheck Protection Program it's like Groundhog Day all over again.  Here are the top business news stories for today the 27th of April, 2020.

  • "It ain't workin'." say lenders;
  • Oil is back in the news;
  • "The food supply is broken!";
  • It's a good time to be a restructuring expert;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Not paying credit cards? You are not alone.

Those stories plus a two  part conversation with former Admiral Mike Franken who is attempting to become the next U.S. Senator from the state  of Iowa. 

Here is Part One with Michael Franken.

Here is Part Two with Admiral Mike Franken and his 2020 bid to become the next U.S. Senator from Iowa.  

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 24 Apri 2020

It's beginning to look like a good time to become a vegetarian.  Here are the top business news stories for you on this the 24th day of April. 

  • Beef, pork and now turkey plants...closed;
  • Remember the lotteries?
  • President Trump to USPS, "Raise rates!";
  • Neiman Marcus to file Chapter 11;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Still not getting the "bailout" right.

Those stories plus a wide ranging conversation with Jeff Stein as he will soon mark his 40th year as an Iowa radio broadcaster. We'll tell some stories, share some technology, promise not to talk about COVID-19 (but then fail) and also how you, the public, is changing in how and when  you get your information. Listen to that conversation here and make plans to attend his virtual history program on Tuesday the 28th.  Click here for more! 

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News Headlines 20 April 2020

In case you had not heard the price of oil for May delivery fell into negative numbers. Like -$37.63 a barrel. We'll share why and that's just one of several stories we've got on tap today:

  • Big businesses get cash; Mom & Pop...nada;
  • Wells Fargo...again;
  • Too much oil means: Think Supply & Demand;
  • Another meat processing facility to close;
  • The clothing industry is trouble...a confession;
  • Debt collection and stimulus checks;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • Students to miss out on summer internships. 

Those stories PLUS I'll visit with Charlie Wishman the Secretary Treasurer for the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO about "essential workers". If they are so "essential" why are we not doing more to protect them?  It's a good question and today those issues were taken directly to Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa.  Click here for the story. 

Thanks for listening.