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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 Brad Anderson is our guest and we'll talk about that and  more. To listen, click here. 

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The Business News & More 29 October 2019

Investors are looking at a couple of things: Earnings and the expected rate cut by the Fed. But...and you knew that was coming...if the Fed does cut rates and their is an economic downturn...what then? In the business news headlines today:

  • Wall Street and the Flatline;
  • Did something fishy happen with that government deal;
  • Happy Birthday to YOU...Internet;
  • Lyft Pink is seeing green;
  • Uber and a new business plan;
  • Grubhub...more trouble;
  • Online videos are crushing television. Hello TV executives.

Those stories plus a conversation with Stephanie Preusch who is the Executive Director for the Neighborhood Finance Corporation. Now, while that sounds like a fancy name they are anything but. Think of low cost entry into homeownership PLUS funds to fix up a home. The surprising world of housing options with this non-profit organization. Listen here. 

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The Business News & More 25 October 2019

The markets bumped up on the final trading day of the week. We've got the numbers inside for you. In addition we've got these stories:

  • 44 million American's and Student Debt;
  • Subprime Auto Loans are Defaulting;
  • One of the largest malls opens but, anybody going;
  • Our U.S. Budget Deficit...just got bigger;
  • Productivity and the 25 Hour Work Week;
  • Recruiters and...Seven Words.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is in for Stuff to DO in the DSM Metro this weekend into next week. To hear that fun stuff, click here

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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'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.

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The Business News Headlines 23 October 2019

If you like roller coasters you must love Wall Street today.  Up and down, up and down as investors chewed over some earnings reports and fret about Brexit, China and global growth.  In our newscast today:

  • Are you really making $7,000 more today?
  • The Wek Work Meltdown and $1.2 billion;
  • Sunday Riley did an opps...
  • Affordable housing? How about shipping containers;
  • Got some extra cash? Be like some "A List" stars.

Those stories plus a Small Business Spotlight that shines on entrepreneur Chris Seuntjens who has, now, three companies and they are all on the move. Christoper's Rare Coins, Christopher's Fine Jewelry and Chrystal Clear Showcases.  Retire?  Not hardly. Meet Chris here

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The Business News & More 21 October 2019

Welcome back to a busy week!  In the newscast today we'll share several stories that will interest you plus you'll hear from four entrepreneurs who are working it at The Runway a new co-working site in the nearly empty Southridge Mall. Then Laura Kinnard is in to chat about that project and some events.  Today:

  • Amazon shipping out of date and spoiled food?
  • Ford Motor Company and the botched Explorer rollout;
  • Will they or won't they ratify the GM/UAW agreement;
  • Boeing stock in free fall;
  • GrubHub disappoints;
  • Bottled water takes a hit.

Also today you'll meet four entrepreneurs who are part of The Runway. You can hear their stories here.

And, because it's Monday...Laura Kinnard joins me to talk about The Runway as well as share some upcoming business events. Listen to that here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 19 October 2019

It's the end of the trading week and stocks fell today as a result of worries regarding the slow growth numbers coming out of China. Welcome to the business news headlines for Friday the 18th day of October. On tap:

  • The link investors worry about with China;
  • If you experienced a Verizon outage you are not alone;
  • More tariff trouble this time for Europe;
  • App troubles continue for Chipotle;
  • Amex says corporate spending is down;
  • Baby powder back in the news;
  • YOU...yes you...are buying more Coke products.

Those stories and more plus, because it's Friday we've got Jeff Pitts in from Cityview to chat it up about "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines Metro. We've got sports, ballet, music and all sorts of our regular commentary.'s Friday and you deserve a break. Listen here. 

The Business News Headlines & More 17 October 2019

There was some good news on the business front today and you would have thought that might supercharge the markets was not to be. The Dow posted a modest gain of 23 points to 27,025 the S&P 500 was up by 8 points and the Nasdaq out performed up by 32 points to end the day at 8,156.

  • The Markets and what happened;
  • Is the White House manipulating the markets;
  • China and Ag will they or won't they;
  • Taco Bell and advertising;
  • Space Suits are ready for you.

Those stories and a conversation with Jamie Fitzgerald who is the Polk County, Iowa Auditor. Jamie is in to talk about the many changes voters will face this November and how to go about the voting process. There are some differences to past years and a recent court case to talk about. Here too is the Iowa Secretary of State website. You can hear that episode here

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Jack Hatch and Des Moines Part One

Former State Senator Jack Hatch has, once again, dusted off his campaign talents to take on incumbent Mayor Frank Cownie. Many have questioned why Senator Hatch who served in the Iowa Legislature and was the Democratic candidate for Governor would want to run for this office. That's where we start and he's got lots of reasons. Here then is Part One: 

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The Business News Headlines & More 15 October 2019

Yesterday investors weren't so sure about the future of trade talks with China. Today they threw all of that out the window... Welcome to the business news headlines for Tuesday the 15th of October. Just a click away:

  • What drove Wall Street today;
  • The Turkish economic sanctions? Yawn;
  • Could the GM strike be nearing an end;
  • Two words for used car buyers: Buyer Beware;
  • Companies that are cool but not making a dime;
  • The AMC cinema chain to, really;
  • In case you've run out of stuff to worry about....

Those stories plus a conversation with Brent Roske the Iowa State Director for 2020 Democratic hopeful John Delaney. A press release from that campaign caught our eye so we sit down with Brent to chat about the Heartland Startup Tour. Mixing politics Click here to listen. 

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