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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 (161)

Check Your Balance ™️

One idea to pay off student debt: use your retirement account

by Justin Ho Dec 5, 2019
Senator Rand Paul wants to allow people to use retirement accounts to pay off student debt, tax- and penalty-free.
Dan Kitwood/Getty Images

Twitter is issuing bonds rated below "investment grade." Here's what that means.

by Justin Ho Dec 4, 2019
"Junk" bonds don't mean the company got an F in a test.
Twitter is offering below investment grade bonds to raise some cash. Above, a Twitter banner hangs on the New York Stock Exchange during the company's IPO in 2013.
Emmanuel Dunand/AFP via Getty Images

The people who ring the NYSE bell

by Justin Ho Dec 3, 2019
The opening and closing bells at the New York Stock Exchange are daily ceremonies with a wide-ranging cast of attendees.
Members of the Harlem Globetrotters at the New York Stock Exchange
Justin Ho/Marketplace

Business investment is struggling. But lately, it’s struggling less.

by Justin Ho Nov 27, 2019
New GDP figures show that business investment is shrinking by less than expected.
Shipping containers are stacked on docks in the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, California.
David McNew/Getty Images

Tariffs are making it harder for Dollar Tree to sell stuff for a buck

by Justin Ho Nov 26, 2019
Discount retailers are vulnerable to tariffs, especially when keeping prices at $1 is a business model and a brand.
A Dollar Tree store in Miami.
Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Turkey prices are down again this year

by Justin Ho Nov 25, 2019
Consumers are paying the lowest prices they’ve paid in years.
Average turkey prices are down this year.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

First, brokerages cut commissions. Now they may be bulking up.

by Justin Ho Nov 21, 2019
Charles Schwab is reportedly in talks to buy rival TD Ameritrade. Merging could help make up for cutting trading fees to zero.
Charles Schwab is reportedly considering merging with TD Ameritrade.
Joe Raedle/Newsmakers

Streaming video games are here. Does anyone want to play them?

by Justin Ho Nov 18, 2019
Google's new cloud-based video game service debuts this week.
A visitor plays a cloud game at the stand of Google Stadia during the video games trade fair Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, on Aug. 21, 2019.
Ina Fassbender/AFP via Getty Images

Will you be paying in cash or stock? How companies buy other firms.

by Justin Ho Nov 7, 2019
The difference between paying in cash, stock or a combination of the two says a lot about the nature of the merger itself. It also can reflect how the companies feel about the overall economy.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

California mayors want customers to run PG&E

by Justin Ho Nov 5, 2019
Several California cities are pushing for a public takeover of the investor-owned utility.
A fallen PG&E utility pole lays on a property burned during the Kincade Fire in Healdsburg, California on Oct. 28, 2019.
Philip Pachecho/AFP via Getty Images

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