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The Business News Headlines 5 March 2021

The end of another busy week and thanks for being here. Stay with us for just 10 minutes and you'll hear some of the top business news stories of the day. Then you can click through to hear our hyper-local look at Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine. But, first the news:

  • If the American Rescue Plan is so popular...
  • What West Virginia stands to lose;
  • Credit card borrowing is down...again;
  • Hiring is up...big time surprise today;
  • We've got a wealth tax story;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • The end of sweat pants for work?

Those stories plus we'll check out a host of Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro with Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine. To listen to our Friday here. 

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines 4 March 2021

It was another down day on Wall Street and it came down to jobless numbers and a heated market for Treasuries.  Give us less than nine minutes and we'll get you up to speed. Plus, for the interview, it's Jeff Garrison from Results on Purpose.  But first the news:

  • The "real" unemployment number;
  • The new unemployment claims number out today;
  • A massive wage theft story out of Chicago;
  • New and used vehicle monthly payments are up;
  • Let's talk about mortgage debt the good and the good;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • And, the "Mouse is Leaving the House".

Those stories and my conversation with Jeff Garrison the entrepreneur who helps closely held business to business companies with as few as half a dozen employees to hundreds become the best they can be...and it all takes...focus.  Click here to listen to that conversation. 

The Business News Headlines 3 March 2021

The Mid-Week edition and welcome to Wednesday. It was another down day on Wall Street and we'll share why. Plus, for the interview, former Des Moines Register journalist Kyle Munson will be in to talk about the newly minted Western Iowa Journalism Foundation. But, first the news:

  • More changes to the COVID19 Relief Bill;
  • Americans are rushing to file their tax returns;
  • How the "Death Tax" became a big worry;
  • U.S. wages are up but...there is a but;
  • Job cuts and Exxon and morale;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Masks? We don't need no stinkin' masks!

Then, as we said, Kyle Munson is in for the interview. Having spent 24 years with the Des Moines Register Kyle is now with Principal Financial but...his love of journalism has led him to become the president of the Western Iowa Journalism Foundation. Why does it exist and will he be going on RAGBRAI this listen click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines 2 March 2021

Following on the heels of a big day on Wall Street the stock market fell today it's enough to make you dizzy. We've dug up some of the most interesting business news stories for you and here's what you'll get in under ten minutes of listening:

  • Over a million people pulled out of poverty;
  • Global pandemic bankruptcies cost plenty;
  • What about U.S. bankruptcies;
  • The amazing story of Klarna;
  • Seven big winners for Warren Buffett;
  • The Wealth Tax and the richest folks in the U.S.;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • Transaction fees...get ready to shell out more $.

Thanks for coming by! A reminder that you can follow us all day and most of the night on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour.  Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 1 March 2021

Welcome to a brand new month...where did February go?  A reminder that if you want to follow us on Twitter you can do that @IOB_NewsHour. Here are the top business news stories we've got for you today:

  • An unexpected tax bill for millions;
  • Apple stores are...ready?  Open;
  • Wind, Texas and the United Kingdom;
  • Speaking of Texas...Chapter 11 is a deal;
  • Time is ticking for the COVID19 Relief Bill;
  • Heard about the "Wealth Tax"? You will today;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The "Fight for 15" lost a round today.

Those stories plus, for the interview, you'll meet Iowa House Member Ras. Smith (D-Waterloo) who is concerned about workers and worker safety. We talk about that and several other items and the legislation is is proposing this week. He says business groups should support it because it will increase productivity, profits and create a better state for talented workers to enter.  To listen to that conversation, click here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 26 February 2021

Welcome to the Friday Edition of the Business News Headlines...whew...what a week. You're just a click away from some of the biggest business news stories of the day all delivered in under ten minutes. And, remember, follow us on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour all day long.  Here's what we've got for you:

  • The Blue Chips sink again today and why;
  • More small businesses are closing;
  • Meanwhile, personal income is...up;
  • Oil prices stalled out today but up a bunch in February;
  • Consumers and the Costco move to $16 an hour;
  • Some payment system problems today;
  • The Wall Street Report
  • And, an island is for sale...and it's stunning.

Those stories PLUS Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine and I get Hyper-Local with Stuff to do in the Greater Des Moines Metro this weekend into next week. Hey, it's Friday.  To listen to all of that, just click here! 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines 25 February 2021

Thanks for coming back! Here in under 10 minutes we'll get you up to speed on some of the biggest business news stories of the day. Here's what we've got for you:

  • What over 30% of Americans are doing with their retirement accounts;
  • Those outrageous Texas energy bills...we've got news;
  • The new unemployment claims are in but...
  • Did you know about the tax implication of the $1,400 stimulus payment?
  • The Wall Street Report
  • And, more trouble for the My Pillow guy.

Thanks for coming by and remember you can follow us all day long for the latest business news stories and the markets on Twitter @IOB_NewsHour.

Have a great day! 

The Business News Headlines 24 February 2021

Welcome back! Today, in under 10 minutes we'll deliver up the biggest business news stories of the day. And then, for the interview Liz Cooney from Tero International will tell the story about how that company had to change everything to meet the demands of their clients.  But, first the news:

  • Mortgage rules may change because of the risk;
  • The reversal of the Dow today and why;
  • What Fed Chair Powell said that eased fears;
  • Home mortgage rates are headed up and why;
  • Say goodbye to cheap fuel prices;
  • What? GameStop...again?
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • The "Chicken Wars"....yeah, it's a story.

For the interview you'll hear from Liz Cooney the Director of Training at Tero International about the efforts and changes that company went through over the past year to meet the demands of their clients. PLUS a disturbing study about CEO "confidence". To listen to that conversation click here. 

Thanks for coming by! 


The Paycheck Protection Program - Rule Changes for Small Businesses

This week President Biden announced some significant rule changes for the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP. In the past many small and micro-businesses were left out so, to get money into the hands of businesses with fewer than 20 employees and to target minority owned businesses the rules from the Small Business Administration have changed. But, the window is only open until March 10. With me is June Teasley a Regional Communications Director for the SBA who explains, in detail, the many rule changes and how to best apply. 

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 19 February 2021

It's Friday and we've made it to the weekend! Just ahead you'll hear from Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine and our hyper-local look at "Stuff to DO" in the Greater Des Moines matter where you live it's a lighthearted look...and life. Meanwhile in the business news headlines:

  • OK, so how big is our economic hole?
  • The IRS is also pleased with Wall Street;
  • Work from home? How about a pay cut?
  • The post COVID job picture;
  • A cooking product recall;
  • The Texas power grid...oh my;
  • The Wall Street Report;
  • And, oil prices fall again and why.

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine.  It's a fun look at Stuff to DO in the Greater Des Moines Metro.  To listen, just click here.

Thanks for coming by. 


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