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The Business News Headlines 19 April 2022

The big news today was what happened on Wall Street as investors shook off inflation fears and worries about Ukraine. I'll have those numbers for you in just a bit.  But to start things off here is what we've got for you:

  • API entrepreneurs to get a boost;
  • We've got news about Social Security;
  • Heard about the Great, Great Resignation?
  • Natural gas and oil were off on the day;
  • Wanna make $20 an hour...we'll share where;
  • Mail delivery times to get...cut;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Netflix shares tumble in after hours trading and why;
  • The Whiteness of Abercrombie & Fitch.

Thanks for coming by!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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 11 April 2022

Welcome back to another work week.  A reminder that the markets will be closed on Friday for the Good Friday and start of Passover. Today our first story is a shocking bit of news as we focus on folks that, even today, make less than fifteen-dollars an hour.

  • 50% of women of color make less than $15 an hour;
  • The link to Jim Crow?
  • Gas prices are trending lower and why;
  • Another tech giant to offer a stock split;
  • Recreational pot sales in New Jersey?  Could be.
  • Starbucks seeking a lawyer in union relations;
  • McDonald's closing stores and the impact on the bottom line;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Etsy sellers on strike and why.

Thanks for coming by!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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. 

 

 

 

The Business News Headlines 1 April 2022

Welcome to a brand new month and another bang up jobs report. It's the Friday Edition of the business news headlines and we'll kick things off with the report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • Job number rebound again;
  • Meanwhile oil prices fell again;
  • A clothing chain to close 240 stores;
  • Guess what...GameStop is back in the news;
  • UPS and new electric bikes are a thing;
  • General Motors bested again in sales;
  • Amazon workers in New York to form a union;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • And, book stores are making a comeback!

Thanks for listening...

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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. 

 

The Business News Headlines 17 March 2022

The economic data and the jobs data today were surprising even in light of what is going on in Ukraine and with oil. Also, stick around because for the interview you're going to learn about the amazing story of Kemin Industries that has grown from a very modest start up to a family owned multi-national. There is so much to unpack and we've done that.  Meanwhile in the news:

  • Unemployment rolls are the smallest in 52 years;
  • Several other economic data points moved the markets;
  • Oil prices climbed above $100 a barrel again;
  • The sad Russian Oligarch who doesn't know how to live;
  • Texas Republicans are mad at Citigroup and why;
  • Amazon now owns a fabled movie studio;
  • And, the company may have to re-hire a fired worker;
  • Starbucks to phase out paper cups;
  • The Minnesota governor wants to give back tax money;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • And, we know what you're really doing on Tuesday at work.

Those stories and a conversation with global communications director Lauren Burt about Kemin Industries. Over the past sixty-one years this company has grown from very humble beginnings (like in the living room of a modest home) to a multi-national corporation that is still family owned but responsible for global food supplies. You can hear that amazing story...here

Thanks for Listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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. 

 

The Business News Headlines 11 March 2022

Welcome back to Insight on Business and the business news headlines for Friday the 11th of March.  And, yes the war in Ukraine continues to dominate the news cycle and worries on Wall Street.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • The White House issued new sanctions;
  • High fuel prices have oil producers worried;
  • Tesla has some bad news for consumers;
  • A number of Chinese companies face delisting;
  • A beauty brand is hoping to jump start sales;
  • This bank got caught shredding documents;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Consumers and Inflation some numbers.

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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. 

The Business News Headlines 8 March 2022

Tuesday was much like Monday as the world watched what is going on with the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Today President Zelensky of Ukraine spoke by video link to the British Parliament who gave the besieged leader a standing ovation.  Meanwhile here in the U.S. congressional leader have agreed to spend nearly $13.9 billion in aid directly to Ukraine. And, here is what we've got for you today:

  • Oil and a volatile market day;
  • The U.S. will stop buying Russian oil;
  • President Biden pushes back against critics;
  • McDonald's finally takes a stand;
  • But, they are not alone others make the same announcement;
  • Some tips on saving fuel;
  • A new player in the foot ware world;
  • Apple introduces a cheaper iPhone;
  • Amazon to gig-workers: "You now work for us.";
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Needed: Experts to advise companies on remote work.

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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. 

 

 

The Business News Headlines 20 January 2022

Once again, coming to you from a very chilly Kansas City, Missouri it's the Business News Headlines for Thursday the 20th of January. Oh, and check the photo in our Twitter Stream...think...Mahomes...that was fun.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Unable to hold the rally Wall Street fell;
  • Grocery stores and large profits but savings;
  • The five lowest paying companies...yes, we have a list;
  • Styrofoam and the way to recycle it;
  • The number of workers out due to COVID...
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Amazon about to disrupt again.

Thanks for listening!

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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.

 
 

 

The Business News Headlines 6 October 2021

The Dow Jones Industrial Average had an interesting day. It made a 520 U-Turn. It was something to see and we'll share with you what the heck happened.  Here's what we've got:

  • McConnell, Stocks, Debt;
  • Job Numbers from ADP are out;
  • One premium car company is doing well;
  • First Walmart now Target: BNPL;
  • Ah, wait...who bankrolled One America News?
  • Denim is back says Levi;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • A disturbing trend among...men.

Thanks for listening! 

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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.

Business News & Bruce Tretter from Breitz! 7 September 2021

Feels like a Monday for many of us...right? Welcome to the business news headlines for Tuesday the 7th of September. Our host, Michael Libbie, has the day off so we're trying something a bit different. Rather than voicing the stories we're delivering the top business news in written form. Michael will be back tomorrow. And, make sure you listen in to our business interview featuring Bruce Tretter from Breitz active wear that let's you be seen.  Here's what we have for you:

The Housing Market - When the pandemic was in full swing more than 7 million homeowners were in a program of forbearance which allowed them to pause their mortgage payments. That number is now down to 1.7 million borrowers. Fortune in reporting that  The Biden-Harris administration has made it clear there are no plans for an extension which is set to lapse on 30 September.  Borrowers won’t all get removed at once, instead they’ll be phased out over a period of several months. We've reported in the past how the lack of homes for sale has impacted pricing. Should even one-half of borrowers decide to sell, rather than catch up on their payments that would mean hundreds of thousands of homes would be on the market and that could drop prices. Stay tuned.

Americans & Canada - Crossing data shows that travel to Canada by American businesses and tourists has dropped. The reason? Stiff restrictions for entry into Canada. Business Insider is reporting that Vaccinated American citizens looking to travel north need a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 72 hours from a flight's scheduled departure or arrival at a land border crossing. Travelers that have recently recovered from COVID-19 can show a positive test from between 14 and 180 days prior to entry.  And before arriving in Canada - whether by air, land, or sea - travelers must have completed an online form called "ArriveCan." Its requirements include providing an address in Canada at which visitors could quarantine should they test positive and providing the exact dates of a traveler's vaccination. So, yes, visits north have dropped.

But, It's Good for Business -  Mike Lindell the "My Pillow Guy" who is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems says telling lies about the 2020 election and that President Trump really won but Dominion switched votes is, wait for it, good for business. Salon is reporting that he said business is so good he has had to hire 200 more workers.  So, it's a jobs program?

Wall Street - The day after Labor Day was not a good day for the markets. The Dow tanked by 269 points to settle at 35,100 while the S&P 500 lost 15 points ending the trade at 4,520. The Nasdaq outperformed picking up 10 points (and change) to finish at 15,374 which is a new record close.  The weak jobs report and fears of rising COVID cases kept Wall Street in check.

Open Houses - They were once the prime way to get people into houses for sale...and nosey neighbors could also come by for a peek. But COVID has changed that age-old way of putting buyers and sellers together. Realtors are now turning to high-tech ways to show off homes from virtual tours  to live video tours where potential buyers can communicate directly with the realtor. 

$100,000 Sign On Bonuses - Not long ago we shared the story about some trucking firms giving out $50,000 sign on bonuses. That was so...yesterday. Market Watch is reporting that according to research firm Global Data Sign-on bonus have increased across all sectors by 454%, rising to 57,123 advertised positions in August 2021 from 10,312 in August 2020.  Data says the health-care field has the most expensive bonus offers. An advertisement for a “physician of neurology multiple sclerosis” and also for a “general dentist” last month both had a sign-on bonus of up to $100,000. 

Returning to the Office - How about next year? Uber is the latest company to push back office time.  The New York Times is reporting more firms are pushing their returns out as far as next September in efforts to keep employees safe and mitigate whiplash from anticipated return dates and further delays. But that’s not stopping everyone — Wall Street is still  "limping ahead  with plans to bring back more bank employees this week.

For the Interview - Here you'll meet entrepreneur Bruce Tretter who several years ago started "Gotta Eat, Can't Cook". It was all about simple ways to make food and he did it with books and video.  Fast forward several years and he has recently launched Breitz a company that produces high quality cycling and running gear.  He has married social distancing with colorful bright gear...pushing a "six foot" distance to keep runners and cyclists safe.  Here he visits with Michael at an event earlier in the week.  You should know that while Michael and Bruce have been friends for well over a decade this is a first time...face to face meeting.  Enjoy.

Thanks for reading and for listening! Michael will be back in studio tomorrow.  Have a great evening! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stuff to DO with Cityview and Jeff Pitts

Get ready...we've offered up the business news headlines and now it's time to have some fun already!! Jeff Pitts is the Managing Editor for Cityview Magazine and each week he comes in to share his list of cool stuff to do in the Greater Des Moines Metro. We also spend some time rambling on about other stuff.  Today taking on Parade Magazine, the celebrities we love and the ones we don't have any idea about (People Magazine). We've got music, sports, wine, arts, entertainment, swords and more. Hey...it's FRIDAY! 

Thanks for listening.

The award winning Insight on Business the News Hour with Michael Libbie is the only weekday business news podcast in the Midwest. The national, regional and some local business news along with long-form business interviews can be heard Monday - Friday. You can subscribe on PlayerFMPodbeaniTunesSpotifyStitcher or TuneIn Radio. And you can catch The Business News Hour Week in Review each Sunday Noon 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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