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The Business News Headlines 8 October 2021

We were expecting a big number when the September Jobs Report was released this morning. Uhm...THAT didn't happen. What did set the tone for the day.  Beyond that, make sure you click through for a lighter piece with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine and Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. But, first the news:

  • That jobs report...ugh;
  • Wages, Workers and Jamie Dimon;
  • Vaccine mandates and the airlines;
  • Winter heating may get more pricy;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Kids, No Kids and Work Life.

And, because it’s Friday Jeff Pitts is in from Cityview with his list of stuff to do in the Greater DSM Metro…music, history, festivals and some side trips…riffing on our own stream of conciseness.  To listen...click 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 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.

The Okoboji Writers Retreat - Reflections and Looking Forward

In the summer of 2021 writer, journalist, air personality and business leader, Julie Gammack called me to say she was putting on something called the Okoboji Writers Retreat (OWR).  She asked if I might be interested, we did a segment about what was planned and I ended up going. Here she reflects on what went on, the response, and some highlights and then offers us a peak into OWR-2022.  While her husband, Richard Gilbert, cooked up breakfast Julie and I had a chat: 

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 4 October 2021

From social media outages to a whistleblower from Facebook on 60 Minutes...it's been quite the day kicking off the first full week of October. A reminder to click ahead for the interview with Lyle Muller from Iowa Watch as we talk about business and small communities and the struggle to stay...vital.  In the news:

  • Stocks took a drubbing today and why;
  • Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp down. Why?
  • A busy data week ahead;
  • The Biden Administration and high meat prices;
  • Pharmacy retailers in court...think opioids;
  • Captain Kirk is really headed for space;
  • Oil prices rise and why;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • "Going back to the office is so...2019."

Those stories and for the interview you'll meet Lyle Muller from The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism about how small towns are struggling to stay vital. What businesses work in some and fail in others. It's a stunning report and to hear that conversation, click 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.

Staying Vital in Small Town Iowa

It's a return visit from Lyle Muller of Iowa Watch - The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism. Today we're talking about the 1118 incorporated and unincorporated communities in Iowa and the success/failure of business, population growth and quality of life. How some small communities are doing when it comes to all manner of business issues. We'll also talk about broadband and how some towns have been able to go it alone. It's a fascinating conversation that is not unique to Iowa.  Here is that article and here is our conversation. 

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 21September 2021

Back with you on day two of the Okoboji Writers Retreat where roughly 150 people from across the country have come together to learn how to better communicate or how to get their work published. After the news stick around for my conversation with journalist Ty Rushing.  Here's what we've got for you today:

  • Almost Wall Street...all most;
  • Commodities in for a rough session?
  • Takata airbags back in the news;
  • More companies say goodbye to the office;
  • Danger looming in Washington;
  • Crypto Currencies under investigation;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Talking "near beer" and the come back.

Those stories plus you'll hear from journalist Ty Rushing who is making a name for him self in Iowa.  We'll talk about journalist journeys, agriculture, wages, business and more plus his new gig with the Iowa Starting Line.  To listen click here.

Thanks for being with us...

 

Journalist Ty Rushing on Business, Agriculture & More

I've known Ty Rushing virtually for some time and we recently had the opportunity to meet during the Okoboji Writers Retreat. Here we talk about the business of journalism, his travels, his work as a business reporter and now as the Editor of Iowa Starting Line...a new gig for this very talented young may. You can follow him on Twitter @RushTheWriter.

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 16 September 2021

It is the Thursday Edition of the business news headlines. Our host, Michael Libbie, has the day off so you're getting Chap Ramsey and the written version of the headlines.  Here is what's been going on:

  • August Retail Surprise - It was a complete surprise as data showed retail sales grew by .7% in August. Economists had projected retail sales would fall by .8%.  Meanwhile if auto sales are excluded sales jumped by 1.8%. It was a solid report.
  • Wall Street - You would think that those kinds of numbers would boost Wall Street and while they did for a bit the markets ended the day mixed. Those numbers in just a bit.
  • New Jobless Numbers - This is what may have muted the markets. New jobless numbers came in 20,000 higher than the week before. Ending September 11. 332,000 Americans filed new unemployment claims.
  • Just Inhale - Despite opposition from health groups Phillip Morris (think cigarettes) announced that it had taken control of the U.K. inhaler company Vectura. Phillip Morris is hoping to see over half of it's revenue come from non-smoking products by 2025.
  • Guaranteed Income Test - What was non-existent just just six years ago is now catching on in 20 U.S. cities test the idea of guaranteed income. Most of the programs are paid for by using donations. But they all have one thing in common: they give some of society’s poorest and most marginalized people cold-hard cash, and then let them spend it however they want. And, it's catching on with some 45% of Americans favoring some type of guaranteed income program. 
  • Rents - Rents nationwide are rising at a fast pace, according to a new analysis from Realtor.com. The median rent for all sizes of rentals nationwide was $1,607 as of August, representing an increase of 11.5% from a year ago.
  • Wall Street - Stocks ended the day mixed with the Dow falling by 63 points the close at 34,751. The S&P 500 was down by nearly 7 points closing at 4,473. The Nasdaq outperformed getting 20 points above the flat-line to end the trade at 15,181.
  • Bye Bye - And, finally there is this: HBO abruptly lost 5 million subscribers this week, after its agreement with Amazon to sell digital subscriptions through its Prime service ended. Prime members have long been able to subscribe to HBO for $15 per month. HBO says they are willing to lose customers, in the short term, as they attempt to build their own relationship with consumers.

That's a wrap.  Thanks for reading!  Michael will be back in tomorrow.

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 14 September 2021

So the consumer price index (CPI) went down in August. That's a good thing, right? Well, that all depends. Wall Street was having none of it. Welcome to the Tuesday Edition of the business news headlines. Plus don't miss the conversation about video, video production and your business from Tero International and former TV production pro, Nika Clark. But first:

  • CPI down, Wall Street says, "meh";
  • Is college worth the price?
  • South Korea to fine Google...the story;
  • Some automakers cry foul about the EV incentives;
  • Carrot or Stick - Part Two and Delta Airlines;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Dread gives way to fear about the commute & some answers.

Those stories plus you'll meet Nika Clark the person behind the amazing video production pieces being sent out from Tero International. But, this conversation is really about you and your business. Now Tero is allowing others to use their amazing studio and what you get for the price is well worth it. Plus a shout out to our friend Jeff Greenfield a leader in marketing/advertising because this story matches what we were talking about last month.  To listen to Nika, just click here.

Thanks for being here!

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.

 

You, Your Business, Your Message and Video with Nika Clark

Not long ago my guest was veteran broadcaster Jeff Greenfield who spoke about the power of the voice in radio and podcasting and how, when mixed with video, it creates an almost magical way to connect with consumers. Here is the link to that conversation.  Today we're visiting with Nika Clark a veteran photo journalist who now is the videographer for Tero International. Here we talk about the studio that is available for businesses to create stunning sales, marketing or explainer videos. In addition there are a host of services offered by Tero International from writing to training and more. 

Thanks for being here!

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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