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Oct 18, 2019

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Justin Ho

Reporter

SHORT BIO

I'm a finance reporter.

What was your first job?

Grocery bagger.

What do you think is the hardest part of your job that no one knows?

In radio, you get a lot of people making pledge drive jokes, or jokes about Ira Glass, or “Prairie Home Companion.” People don’t realize that there are plenty of other jokes to make about public radio. Like making fun of bumper music, or the fact that we still use landlines, or the phrase “sustaining member.” Lot of comedic potential right there. It’s very hard dealing with this — I have to tell people this stuff all the time.

In your next life, what would your career be?

I’d stay in radio, probably. Best not to second-guess these things. Who knows what would happen if I became, like, a real estate agent or something. Might be happier, might not be.

What is something that everyone should own, no matter how much it costs?

Stainless Steel Vertical Sausage Stuffer 3L/7 lbs

Latest Stories from Justin (149)

What investors need to see in Saudi Aramco's IPO prospectus

by Justin Ho Oct 18, 2019
The state-run oil giant is notoriously opaque. But as it moves forward with going public, prospective investors have been demanding details about how the company is run.
Amin Nasser, CEO of Saudi state oil company Aramco, speaks at the 24th World Energy Congress in Abu Dhabi in September.
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The U.S. hits Europe with a new round of tariffs

by Justin Ho Oct 18, 2019
The US argues that Europe illegally subsidizes Airbus, and the WTO is backing its new tariffs. But Europe launched a similar complaint against Boeing.
Imported wine is about to become more expensive.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Consumer lending is a bright spot for big banks

by Justin Ho Oct 17, 2019
Even as retail sales growth is showing signs of stalling, consumers are continuing to borrow.
The JP Morgan Chase headquarters in Manhattan.
Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The economics of $1 oyster happy hours

by Justin Ho Oct 4, 2019
These deals are ubiquitous — especially in coastal cities — but critics say they’ve lowered expectations of a good oyster experience.
Paul Zimmerman/Getty Images for Turner

ATM withdrawal fees are getting pricier

by Justin Ho Oct 3, 2019
Charges are especially high for using out-of-network machines.
ATM fees are at an all-time high, according to Bankrate.
Mario Tama/Getty Images

The IPO industrial complex is starting to get worried

by Justin Ho Oct 2, 2019
In the wake of big-name flops, companies are canceling and putting off their own IPOs. That has real consequences for the industries that rely on companies going public.
WeWork is one of the companies having a tough time trying to go public. Above, a WeWork office facility in New York City.
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The government is buying up mortgages with climate risk — report

by Justin Ho Sep 30, 2019
A new report says banks are selling mortgages at risk of natural disaster-related default to government-backed mortgage giants.
A man carries an American flag he found as he walks on the foundations of homes demolished by hurricane Michael in October 2018 in Mexico Beach, Florida.
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Corporate insiders are selling more stock in the companies they run than usual

by Justin Ho Sep 24, 2019
Maybe they're cashing in. Maybe they're worried.
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WeWork's investors hold a lot of leverage over its founder's future

by Justin Ho Sep 23, 2019
WeWork is reportedly in a fight with its biggest investor over whether its co-founder should step down as CEO.
A WeWork office in Chicago.
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When interest rates drop, savers feel the pinch first

by Justin Ho Sep 19, 2019
Savers can be the first to lose when the Fed lowers the interest rate.
The potential to earn in a savings account has gone down with interest rate cuts. Above, a Chase Bank in New York.
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