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Michael Libbie
Des Moines, Iowa
Working to restore Iowa Values for Iowa Families
Interests: Public Policy, Government Affairs, Marketing, Advertising, Iowa
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Today: The U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade and then businesses rushed in to make some very surprising offers. The next shoe? Child care in the U.S. Wall Street soared today. McDonald's is changing up their business model and why. A major aluminum producer shuts down and lays off hundreds. Frontier Airlines sweetens the deal. The Wall Street Report and will any recession be the end of WFH? For the interview you'll meet young Lucas Haviland who is headed to DePaul University but first a very cool summer gig that he says will enhance his already remarkable communication skills. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Insight on Business
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To be honest we weren't sure where this conversation might go. After all we were sitting down with a recent high school graduate who landed a summer intern job at an international company specializing in skill training. We should not have been concerned. Meet Lucas Haviland on his way to DePaul... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at Insight on Business
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Today: You think airline trave in the U.S.is bad...wait until you hear about Europe. New unemployment and job numbers are out. How about listing cannabis companies on Wall Street? Netflix cuts more jobs. Is the offer to buy Kohls coming off the table? Oil industry executives visited the White House today. Chick-Fil-A is serious about convenience. The Wall Street Report and the SCOTUS ruled on guns today...check you gun stock. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Insight on Business
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Today: The rally was snuffed out after Fed Chair Powell talked about a recession. What a "gas tax holiday" means. Kraft is changing the name of its Macaroni and Cheese...no, really! Oil prices lower and why. Amazon has what is being called a "diversity problem". EV sales are booming so why are automakers cutting staff? FedEx has a new way to PROVE your package was delivered. The Wall Street Report and job offers made just weeks ago are being rescinded and why. For the interview you'll meet young Lucas Haviland who has so much talent and his building more skills in his summer job before DePaul University. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Insight on Business
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A chance meeting during EntreFest 2022 led to this great media conversation with Liz Kennedy from the Cedar Rapids Gazette and how they are sharing news, gathering news and exploring ideas that will shape the future of Iowa. Have a listen! Continue reading
Posted 5 days ago at Insight on Business
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Today: Might no news be...good news? The market rally. Five U.S. cities with massive numbers of unoccupied homes and why. Customer service and fast food flops. Kellogg's to become three companies and why. Dairy Queen, Bottled Water and The Blizzard. Uber and Lyft face a class action legal issue. Beer trouble in Germany! The Wall Street Report and Uber brings you UberX Share. For the interview a great conversation about the media and the Cedar Rapids Gazette. From Liz Kennedy you'll learn about how you can help explore big ideas that will shape the future of Iowa. That and more...let's go! Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Insight on Business
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Today: The Dow couldn't hold it against the flatline. Oil prices sank today. Interest rates are taking a bite out of the housing market and housing stocks. Juneteenth is upon us and what that means for business. What if we run out of people to hire? The Wall Street and Gen Z wants it all or...they will walk. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 17, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: Are we seeing a recession ahead or are we correcting overvalued stocks? Local taxes benefiting from higher prices. Meanwhile store brands are on the rise and some other interesting grocery news. The WWE and the $3 million "hush money" payment. What's up with that? Did Lyft hide some safety issues prior to their IPO? President Biden and the new shipping law. Fewer people have signed up for unemployment. An iconic makeup company files for Chapter 11. The "ugly" Wall Street Report and Delta says, "No, we are not a WeWork hub." Let's go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 16, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: The markets hate, hate uncertainty. Want proof? We've got that today. They are called "forever chemicals" and they are awash in our water supply and that...is bad news. More oil in reserves sends oil prices lower. President Biden tells refineries to take action or he will. Some burger chains are hurting and we've got details. It's now more expensive to own a home than to rent and by a bunch. The Wall Street Report and Hey, TicTok watch out...YouTube is after you...big time. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Insight on Business
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It's so simple but oh, so hard. Meet Jack Stack; businessman, author, keynote speaker who in moments will be able to share with you how to build a better business, a better family and a better nation. Two words my friends, "financial literacy". From the Central Iowa Business Conference strap in for Jack Stack. Continue reading
Posted Jun 15, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: Caterpillar is moving its HQ and the reason. Ford has some issues with the Mustang-Mach EV. Tech companies are laying off thousands. A perk at Sam's Club is going away. Some Spirit Airline news. There are some winners when it comes to inflated prices...we'll share who. Small Business owners are worried. The Wall Street Report and Meta says it's working to keep kids...safe. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 14, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: Investors are shaking in their boots and why. IKEA might be closing? Walmart making some interesting retail adjustments. McDonald's is back in Russia...well, sort of. AAA says they are getting more roadside assistance calls and why. Gender problems over al Google. A new housing report...will prices start to fall? The Wall Street Report and do you really need that MBA? Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 13, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: Why we've got a shorter than normal newscast. Used car prices higher than new car prices...by thousands of dollars. Inflation shook Wall Street, Meta is launching an investigation. There are two Air Force One airplanes and Boeing has some major headaches about the. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 10, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Investors fled Wall Street today, think inflation. Tesla has really ramped up production in China. Ford gets a lawsuit. Stitchfix announces layoffs. You'll meet entrepreneur Dan Snyder with Pedal Power as our stories come to you from EntreFest 2022. Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: Oil topped $122 a barrel and while that hurts more refineries are shutting down...the real reason gasoline prices are so high. Forced monkey labor is an awful story. Are they running out of beer in Pennsylvania? Sort of thanks to a quirky law. Hero pay coming to front-line workers in Minnesota. Smucker's not afraid to raise prices and why. The Wall Street Report and Inflation meet "Shrink-Flation". Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2022 at Insight on Business
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The Sparks Fly Upward an original by playwright Cathy Lesser Mansfield will be in Cleveland, Ohio June 9 - 12. But the great news is that you can get tickets for the stream and watch this amazing piece of work from anywhere. History, Education, The Holocaust, Religion and even Current Events come into focus. Take a listen and join us... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: What is one of the major reasons gas is so high? We have an answer. When might it come back down? You may have much to do with that. These 10 cities will PAY your to move there...no, really. We're gonna whine about the price of wine. The Wall Street Report and Target has a problem and you might really win on this one. Those stories plus "The Sparks Fly Upward" is coming to Cleveland this week. Learn about this powerful piece written by Cathy Lesser Mansfield that combines today with history and the Holocaust. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: There are some cities in the U.S. where housing prices are actually falling and we've got a list. The new two-story Taco Bell restaurant is...amazing. Online grocery sales is still strong but the competition is heating up. Unions cry "foul" after a Starbucks decision. The 10-Year T-Bill and the markets. New stuff out for the Apple Watch...think health. The Wall Street Report and listening to live audio like Clubhouse is going down...and perhaps why. Those stories plus you'll meet Jack Stack who says there are two words that are keeping your businesses from achieving big success. Two words that also apply to your family. Ready? Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 6, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: Wall Street expected the job numbers for May to come in at 190,000 so why are investors upset they were 200,000 higher? Some thoughts about that and it all has to do with profits and shareholders. Meanwhile there has been a surge in layoffs...but fewer people filing for unemployment. What's that about? Are we headed toward a recession or not? We think we have an answer. Acquiring Kohls is proving, well, difficult. The Wall Street Report and restaurants may very well be biting the hand that feeds them and making the labor situation...worse. Let's go... Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: Some awful job numbers and if they hold... Oil prices climb. Wall Street shrugged off some bad news. Facebook is sending out checks. Some $5.8 billion in student debt off the books. Is it time to bring back the "Brown Bag Lunch"? The Wall Street Report and an iconic brand that was everywhere in the 1960's and 1970's is today...gone and that is a bit sad. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: We might soon be able to "Go Back to the Future" for just $175,000. The markets showed bears today. Janet Yellen says she made a mistake. Oil prices rise and why. Elon Musk says RTO or you should...go. Living paycheck to paycheck at $250K a year. The new labor numbers are out and job openings are still really high. The Wall Street Report and remember when we said Buy Now - Pay Later may not be in your best interest? Well... Let's go! Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2022 at Insight on Business
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This is, perhaps, one of the most interesting business conversations we've had in some time. How a women, Brenna Young, reimagined her career to become a "Boat Captain for Hire" and trained by the United States Coast Guard. And, here is the kicker...she is based in Iowa but travels travels the U.S. We had questions and she had answers... Continue reading
Posted Jun 1, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: There is more than formula missing from store shelves and we've got a list and why they are in short supply. GM may just have changed how to charge an EV and it's a big deal if it happens. Customer frustration, Delta and a Tweet Storm. Ouch. Consumer spending is changing and that has retail worried. The Wall Street Report and new housing numbers are in and they are huge. For the interview you'll meet entrepreneur Brenna Young who sold one business and then went to the United States Coast Guard to learn how to be a...boat captain. It's a great story...let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: The numbers are indicating that inflation may be cooling. Consumers are still consuming and how we know. She says these are the things you should never buy at Sam's Club. The baby formula crisis is getting worse.. Here is a history lesson about one of the biggest business blunders of all time. The Wall Street Report and Elon Musk gets sued by Twitter shareholders and why. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2022 at Insight on Business
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Today: So are we headed for a recession? Stay with us on this because new data suggests...nope. Did the Fed act too slowly? More on that. Yet another scarce item at the grocery store and why...it's quite the story. Living Large: CEO pay vs. worker pay...the numbers are astounding. The Wall Street Report and this company and its 200,000 workers say goodbye to the office...forever. Let's go! Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2022 at Insight on Business