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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. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 13 September 2019

We can share with you that the Dow closed up today...the 8th day in a row. It's the business news headlines for Friday the 13th...I know..right?

  • The markets opened higher and closed mixed;
  • You, yes YOU, are responsible for the economy;
  • Whole Foods is kicking about 1,900 off health care coverage;
  • Mortgage rates are back in the news;
  • Freddie and Fannie and our new love affair with them;
  • Remember the "Foxfire Books" dust them off for the Millenials in your life.

Those stories PLUS we've got Jeff Pitts the managing editor for Cityview Magazine in to share with you "Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro. That's right here! 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 12 September 2019

Among other things administration officials say there are no plans in the works to relax the trade war with China...oh and the deficit.  Those stories and more today...

  • Major business leaders tell the U.S. Senate to "Do something!";
  • China and the U.S. sure we've got a story;
  • The deficit and taxes...yep, that too;
  • Meanwhile subprime lending is...back;
  • The internet fells another retail giant;
  • Health Care and Insurance now resulting in high inflation.

Those stories and more along with this conversation with J.D. Scholten who is running, again, for congress in Iowa's 4th Congressional District. We caught up with him at the opening of The Forge a tech center in Jefferson last week. It's a conversation that deals with the size of that district, his motor home and Kevin Costner...no, really. Listen to that here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 10 September 2019

Early this morning the futures indicated a lower open on Wall Street and that became reality as the Dow struggled all morning long.  It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 10th of September, thanks for being with us!

  • Questions arise over the latest farm bailout;
  • Uber to disrupt the fright business;
  • Walmart loses millions in it's e-commerce area;
  • Where do you go to find 30,000 employees?
  • Startups heading back home to Des Moines, Detroit....

Those stories  plus a conversation with Ben Handfelt the Vice President of Marketing for Catch Des Moines the area convention and visitors bureau. We'll chat about why they exist, how they are funded, the results of positive marketing and their new message "The S's Are Silent" and you'll hear a sample. To listen in, just click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 30 August 2019

August goes down as the second worst month of the year for Wall Street but don't celebrate the end of the month too loudly. We'll tell you why coming up today. In other business news headlines:

  • Hope and second thoughts drove the markets;
  • The trucking industry and trouble ahead;
  • U.S. cities where middle class families can't live;
  • If rising costs bug you, wait until Sunday;
  • Heard of "Right to Repair"? You will today with Admiral Joe Sestak;
  • Baseball changes in the future.

Those stories plus we get on the lighter side of things with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine. Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro is right here!

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 28 August 2019

All signs pointed to a lower open on Wall Street and the Dow did sink early in the day but rebounded as energy stocks took over. That store and more like these wait for you a click away:

  • The Inverted Yield Curve means...what?
  • Retail isn't, they say, in major trouble;
  • Hudson's Bay is selling Lord & Taylor;
  • Facebook and Political Advertising;
  • Great Britain to shutter Parlament. No, not kidding.

Those stories and more along with this TWO part conversation with Congresswoman Cindy Axne who represents Iowa's Third Congressional District. In Part One we talk about some of the accomplishments going on in Washington D.C. even as people say "nothing is happening". That and more in this first part.

In Part Two of our conversation with Congresswoman Cindy Axne we talk about jobs, agriculture and more about health care, education...older Iowans and caregiving. Here is Part Two.

A Conversation with Congresswoman Cindy Axne

It wasn't that long ago that Iowans in the Third Congressional District, which is made up of 16 counties, voted to send Cindy Axne to congress. Here is part one of an extended interview where we talk about some common misconceptions of Washington D.C., her work there, what she's been doing, and what she hopes to do to represent all of the people in this District and the U.S. Here is Part One with Congresswoman Cindy Axne.

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. 

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Congresswoman Cindy Axne - Part Two

Frankly there was so much to talk about with Congresswoman Cindy Axne that it took two segments. Here we continue our discussion about her efforts in Washington D.C., jobs, roads, broadband and a host of issues important, not only to Iowa's Third Congressional District but the entire nation. Enjoy 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. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 23 August 2019

Once upon a time Friday was known as a slow news day. Like if you wanted to bury something that might not be flattering you could release it on Friday. Well, that's not the case any more. Welcome to the Business News Headlines for Friday the 23rd day of August and thanks for being here.  On tap:

  • President Trump calls Fed Chair Jerome Powell an "enemy;
  • President Trump orders U.S. businesses to get out of China;
  • A Major Chinese company says sanctions against them not too bad;
  • The Great Recession is still fresh, what might the next bring?
  • Knowing who might quit next might be valuable;
  • Apple is said to launch several new products next month.

Those stories and more about this "Slow News Friday" are just a click away. Also, because it is Friday we've got Jeff Pitts the Managing Editor of Cityview with us and "Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro" this weekend into next week. To listen to us having a good time, click 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 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. 

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The Business News Headlines & More 16 August 2019

We get it...it's Friday and we'll dish this up quickly for you. We'll start with a look at what's going on with Wall Street and then dive into these stories:

  • General Electric stock roars back after the CEO did;
  • More PR troubles for Wells Fargo...oh my;
  • He saved $100,000 in five years. How? We'll share;
  • John Deere is feeling the impact of the trade war and more;
  • Does praise work with employees? Yes but you could be doing it wrong.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts and Trevor Babcock from Cityview Magazine are back to chat it up about "Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro" this weekend into next week. We've got music, the State Fair, sports and more. DO NOT expect anything too serious here...go! 

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

AARP-Iowa

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