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The Business News Headlines 5 February 2020

Today Wall Street put a bunch of things behind them and focused on job numbers ahead of the official report due out on Friday.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Strong employment data an a rumor lifted the markets;
  • Yesterday a big day for Tesla...today? Not so much;
  • Macy's is closing and now opening stores;
  • The trade deficit shrinks;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Because of a duck, insurance has become fun;
  • Leadership changes at LinkedIn.

Those stories plus:  It's called "market research" you know...what people like and don't like when it comes to products and services. But in this interview there is a major twist. My guest is Robert (Lewy) Lewis the principal at Quester a company doing business with Fortune 500 and Fortune 100 companies. While there are many market research firms out there Quester is a bit different because they have perfected collecting consumer responses using artificial intelligence. What does that do to the sampling and speed of reporting? We'll let Lewy share that with you. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 26 December 2019

Back from the holiday and the stock market continued its winning ways today. That is part of what we've got to share with you. In other business news:

  • Consumers spent loads this holiday season;
  • Yet another reason to part with some of your cash;
  • Workers in half of U.S. states to get a raise;
  • Shoppers tell Target to ditch the plastic;
  • The Santa Session is happening on Wall Street;
  • Got sloppy co-workers? A researcher says there are two reasons for that.

Those stories plus a two part interview with Admiral Mike Franken who is running to represent the Democrats in the November 2020 election and become the new junior U.S. Senator from Iowa. Here is Part One of that conversation.

And, here is part two of my interview with Mike Franken.

Thanks for coming by!

Automated Vehicles with Dan McGehee of the University of Iowa

We hear so much about self-driving vehicles but in reality how far away are they? My guest is Dr. Dan McGehee  the Director of the Human Factors and Vehicle Safety Research Division at the University of Iowa Public Policy Center. What he has to say about automated vs. autonomous vehicles may surprise you. What is really amazing is that his team works on projects that are 20 years ahead of production.  

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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 19 December 2019

Even with the impeachment vote in the U.S. House of Representatives business barely noticed. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 19th of December, thanks for being here.  In the news:

  • Walmart and "high-end" booze;
  • New retirement plans on the horizon;
  • Oh oh...beef prices headed up;
  • Starbucks & Sick Leave;
  • Another Obamacare decision to impact 2020;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • $1.7 million in questionable payments...think Iowa;
  • Uber slapped with a $4.4 million fine.

Those stories plus a conversation about the restaurant business with Kathleen McGuire the wife and business partner of Chef Jacob Demars who has brought a new eatery to the Greater Des Moines Metro. R I Restaurant is in our Small Business Spotlight and you get to meet Kathleen here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 5 December 2019

At a time when so many retail stores are closing one company bucks the trend. It's the business news headlines for Thursday the 5th day of December...thanks for coming by! In the news:

  • The success of retail here may forecast economic trouble;
  • Russia and OPEC and Oil;
  • The biggest IPO...ever;
  • Obamacare and falling insurance costs...for some;
  • Wall Street today;
  • Child care and parents;
  • Hung-Over or really sick?

Also today, on this Throwback Thursday the great Small Business Spotlight we brought you over a year ago. You'll meet entrepreneur Chad Hitsman and EdgeTech a sharpening service that comes to your home or your restaurant. No more dull blades and just in time for Christmas Dinner...or a gift? Hear that story here.

Thanks, again, for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 8 October 2019

Wall Street opened down and stayed that way as more and more investors see any deal with China slipping away. It's the business news headlines for Tuesday the 8th of October...here we go:

  • Dick's Sporting Goods turns $5 million worth of inventory to...scrap;
  • Stocks took a hit today lots of China news;
  • The NBA and China;
  • The UAW strike against GM - Day 22 and an update;
  • Taxed too much? Fix that by becoming wealthy;
  • The major skills gap in the U.S. is....

Those stories and a Two-Part conversation with California Congressman Ro Khanna. This is Part One of my conversation with Congressman Ro Khanna who has been to Iowa nearly as often as some presidential candidates. His efforts have largely been in support of new technologies that will re-imagine Rural America. We talk about that, Silicon Valley, unions and more before we get into Medicare for All in the next segment. To listen click here. 

Here, in Part Two of my conversation with California Congressman Ro Khanna, we talk about Medicare for All something that Congressman Khanna has supported and says there is so much dis-information out there he wants to set the record straight. So, we talk about taxes, rural hospitals, health care today and much more. Then, we visit a bit about Sen. Bernie Sanders and how his recent hospital trip may make his call for a universal health care system more...personal. Listen here! 

 

Medicare for All with Congressman Ro Khanna

Here, in Part Two of my conversation with California Congressman Ro Khanna, we talk about Medicare for All something that Congressman Khanna has supported and says there is so much dis-information out there he wants to set the record straight. So, we talk about taxes, rural hospitals, health care today and much more. Then, we visit a bit about Sen. Bernie Sanders and how his recent hospital trip may make his call for a universal health care system more...personal. 

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 PlayPlayerFMPodbeaniTunes, SpotifyStitcher 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 26 September 2019

We went from worrying about the economy in Europe to the trade war with China to...impeachment and all of it had an impact on the markets. It's the Business News Headlines for Thursday the 26th of September, thanks for being with us.  Here's what we've got on tap:

  • The markets, for the second time this week are hit by impeachment talk;
  • General Motors does a turn-a-round on heath care;
  • Mobile, Alabama is...worried;
  • That Social Security raise...may not be much...if any;
  • An IPO that went south...really south today;
  • Women are starting businesses at a fast clip and the town that boasts the most?

Those stories along with a conversation with Jim De Kruif from First Point Wealth Management part of First National Bank.  Jim took me up on my offer for anybody from the Johnston, Iowa Chamber to join me for an interview and we had a great conversation. Click here to listen! 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 25 September 2019

Remember yesterday? You know when the talk of impeachment sent the markets down?  Well, forget about it. Today the president said there would soon be a deal with China and guess what happened!  That story and these:

  • White Working-Class Americans...dwindle;
  • Health Care Insurance - Unsustainable?
  • You love convenience and how we know;
  • New housing news;
  • Jimmy John's gets eaten;
  • Meatless Meat News;
  • Juul in big trouble.

Those stories plus a conversation with two time Olympian and Gold Medalist Kerri Strug. We talk business, family, and of course the Olympics. You can hear our conversation right here

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 3 September 2019

Welcome to a new broadcast month...and it didn't turn out well for the markets. Also, as a public service on Thursday please know that The Big Band Bash to benefit Iowa Reading Information Services of IRIS will take place at the Val-Air Ballroom in West Des Moines. Tickets and information are right here! In the business news headlines:

  • Ouch on the first trading day of September;
  • When the President Tweets the markets go down;
  • New Mega Mall to open - Good luck getting there;
  • This big box says customers won't be paying for the tariffs;
  • Tight on cash? Many companies are advancing "loans";
  • Shampoo, conditioner and lotion bottles going away.

Those stories plus a conversation with Jo Kline about health literacy and her book, "The 60-Minute Guide to Health Literacy". What you know...or don't know about your health care or the care of your loved one can cause significant trouble in the recovery process. We break that down in this conversation. To hear this timely piece, 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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