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The Business News & More 14 November 2019

Uncertainty over any U.S. and China trade deal kept the markets in check. Welcome to the Thursday edition of the business news headlines:

  • A Majority of Americans don't feel the economic love;
  • Sears is laying off more folks;
  • Walmart released their Black Friday sales;
  • Wall Street had another "Meh" sorta day;
  • Throwback Thursday - The Flip Phone is back.

Those stories plus Connie Ryan the Executive Director of the Interfaith Alliance of Iowa joins me to talk about faith, public policy and gun violence. No, not another vigil but action. You can hear that conversation here.

Thanks for listening! 


The Business News and More 13 November 2019

It's the MId-Week Edition of the Business News Headlines and we've got some great stories for you today. Just an FYI the Dow did jump up today by 92 points on the strength of the Fed Chairman and closed at 27,783 while the Nasdaq was down fractionally and the S&P 500 picked up 2 points.  

  • Well, THAT was successful and Netflix suffers;
  • Yes, there is a Costco scam going on;
  • Google to offer...checking accounts;
  • Nike says "buh-buh" to Amazon;
  • How about "Instant Money" from your wages;
  • Facebook and the iPhone glitch;
  • Von Maur changes plans about Jordan Creek.

Those stories and you'll meet several of Cityview Magazine's Business Journal award winners from the recent "19 Businesses People Making a Difference in 2019". You can hear those stories right here.

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News & More 31 October 2019

Welcome to the Halloween Edition of the Business News Headlines...and yes, it was scary today on Wall Street. Stories we've got for you today:

  • The comeback for J.C. Penny might mean less clothing and more yoga;
  • Ford is closing another plant according to the tentative UAW contract;
  • We've got a Halloween Candy story for you;
  • The "go to" store for low income shoppers is....
  • What happened and why on Wall Street.

Also today, Brad Anderson from AARP-Iowa joins me to chat it up about the Des Moines, Iowa City Council Forum they recently held. You'll learn about the top areas of concern for their membership, "complete streets", creating age friendly cities, new ideas for transportation...and more To listen to that conversation, click here

The Business News & More 30 October 2019

The Fed cut interest rates by a quarter of a percent and at first the markets went..."Meh..." That story and more today:

  • What caused the "Meh" early today;
  • What's in a name? Ask Molson Coors;
  • What health care has to do with lagging wages;
  • Some new GDP concerns;
  • So those rising steel prices?  Not so fast;
  • Beggars Night explained;
  • Twitter says "NO!" to political advertising.

Those stories and a conversation with Dr. Tom Ahart the Superintendent of the Des Moines Public Schools about a vote coming up on Tuesday of next week that will have a major impact on students and facilities. We'll explain how an increase in the tax levy for physical plant won't increase property taxes. THe vote is on the Physical Plant and Equipment Levy or PPEL. Take a few minutes to learn more. You can hear that conversation here. 

Thanks for listening! 

The Business News Headlines & More 28 October 2019

Wall Street had a good day based on earnings that beat estimates and we'll share some of the stories on that today. Also:

  • Meatless Meat is a BIG thing for Burger King;
  • Homeowners NOT getting home equity loans;
  • Google to buy Fitbit?
  • JP Morgan said to be cutting NYC workforce;
  • Is your job already obsolete?
  • The gig economy and a new...gig.

Those stories and our regular feature with Laura Kinnard of Curated Growth, Drake University and DMACC where she teaches entrepreneurship. She's in at the start of each week to share with you business events happening in the Greater Des Moines Metro. Places to learn and places to be seen. You can hear that conversation right here

Thanks for listening! 

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

Thanks for listening! 

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 & More 14 October 2019

First of all, Happy Thanksgiving to our Canadian listeners as you celebrate the harvest as well as your freedoms. We're with you on that.  In the business news today:

  • Markets slump, as we suggested they would, and why;
  • Amazon just launched something new that has Target worried;
  • Day 29 of the UAW strike against General update;
  • American manufacturing is hurting for a number of reasons;
  • It's Mac & Cheesegate;
  • Restaurants and tipping could be a problem say critics;
  • The paper beer bottle is a thing...or so it would seem.

We'll also be joined by Laura Kinnard from Drake University, DMACC and DMBizMixer to chat it up about business events in the DSMUSA Metro this week. To hear that conversation, click here

Thanks for listening!

The Business News Headlines and More 11 Oct 2019

Wall Street had a party today as President Trump said the first step in a trade agreement with China is about to be drafted....that caused the Dow to climb by over 319 points. Today:

  • A trade deal but few details as of now;
  • Older model used cars are rising in price;
  • Americans are behind on car payments;
  • Tesla and it's autopilot...good or bad?

Those stories plus Jeff Pitts from Cityview Magazine is with us riffing about "Stuff to DO in the Des Moines Metro" this weekend into next week. To listen to that, just click here.

Thanks for coming by! 

The Business News Headlines & More 1 October 2019

Wall Street closed yesterday up on the hope of renewed talks between the U.S. and China and came a report on U.S. manufacturing. That story and what happened on Wall Street opens up our first newscast of a new month:

  • Manufacturing data weak...very;
  • President Trump calls the Fed "pathetic";
  • Facebook to sue the United States if Warren is elected;
  • The "Wealth Tax" is back in the news;
  • GM lays off thousands more;
  • Amazon and NEW grocery stores;
  • Amazon 3rd party sellers pay thousands to talk to a person.

Those stories and a look at what the top 23 employers in Iowa have to say about the economy moving forward. You might say it's a "mixed bag" in this interview with Georgia Van Gundy the Executive Director of the Iowa Business Council done for us by Jeff Stein the News & Program Director of News/Talk 1540 KXEL. Here is that story

Thanks for listening!