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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 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 Headlines 19 November 2019

Just as we started the news President Trump says that if there is no deal between the U.S. and China that he will increase tariffs well above the current rate. That should have business worried.  In other news today:

  • Older workers are hiding but their productivity is huge;
  • International Students and the Economy;
  • The cheapest car in America is...;
  • A lawsuit over "meatless meat";
  • Wages and Small Towns;
  • Wall Street struggled today and why;
  • DoorDash in legal trouble.

Also today we're chatting about the thousands of jobs that are unfilled and the thousands of workers who are looking. Kyle Horn from America's Job Honor Awards says there is a "win-win" for workers and employers if businesses will look at, often, sidelined people. It's a great story and idea. Here's Kyle

The Business News & More 18 November 2019

We've got plenty in store for you this afternoon as we wonder, out loud, what in the world is going on with the U.S. China trade deal....Here we go:

  • Deal? No Deal? Sounds like a TV Game Show;
  • Chick fil-A is changing their giving;
  • WeWork said to be laying off thousands;
  • FedEx and the New York Times in a brawl;
  • Markets closed higher but oh the agony;
  • Dunkin to get rid of their classic foam cups;
  • Women leaving banking and why.

Those stories and Laura Kinnard from Drake University and DMACC and author of DMBizMixer joins me to chat it up about Entrepreneur Month, some business events a social event in Urbandale and more. To listen to that all you need to do is click here

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 and More 7 November 2019

It was hats and horns on Wall Street as investors believe there may be an end in sight for the trade war between the U.S. and China. But, there is a but.  Stories today:

  • It's not yet a done deal and what is the..."But";
  • Millions of American's are in serious financial trouble;
  • Low wage jobs abound and the future isn't bright;
  • Sears to close more stores;
  • Black Friday why it's already here and why;
  • The Des Moines River project gets a $25 million grant.

Also today we're going to talk about repairing the stuff you already own. The movement is called "Right to Repair" and our guest is Gay Gordon-Byrne from Repair.org. We'll talk about something you may have little knowledge about when it comes to fixing your own stuff from cell phones to agricultural equipment. You can hear that here. 

Thanks for listening.

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 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 24 October 2019

The markets struggled all day and in the end the Dow missed making it back to the flat-line. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 24th day of October. And, we've got a shorter segment today because we've got a rare two-part interview with the current Mayor of the City of Des Moines, Iowa, Frank Cownie.  In the news:

  • What happened today on Wall Street;
  • Tesla is now the most valuable U.S. automaker;
  • Flight Shaming...it's a thing;
  • Twitter stock drops and we'll share why;
  • Pot profits...going up in smoke.

Those stories plus a two-part long form interview with Mayor Frank Cownie.  Mayor Cownie has served the city of Des Moines, Iowa for 16 years and he wants another four. I'll ask him why voters should reward him for that. Plus we'll talk about promises made and he says...kept. Here is Part One

Then in Part Two we'll talk about the water issue that impacts not only Des Moines but also the surrounding communities that buy water from the Des Moines Water Works. We'll also get into flooding, climate change and more.  Here is Part Two.

Thanks for listening! 

Mayor Frank Cownie - The Interview Part Two

Here I continue my conversation with Mayor Frank Cownie and first ask him about the issues regarding water, water safety and the impact it has on not only the residents of Des Moines but the communities that are the customers of the Des Moines Water Works. So much inside to unpack on that issue and others. Click in to listen. 

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