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Justin Ho

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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 serious 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?

You can’t trick me with questions like these, questions that reveal your fat-cat lifestyle. Some of my colleagues might answer “TSA PreCheck” or “noise-canceling headphones.” Wow, we got a world traveler over here, a real Mr. Monopoly. Guy like me, I rely on the small stuff. My choice? The Acme Kastmaster fishing lure. If you’re out on the water during trout season or if you’re fishing streams, the Kastmaster is your best friend. Pick up a few Kastmasters at Cabela’s before your next trip or order a bunch on the Walmart website — one-fourth ounce, one-eighth ounce, whatever works for what you’re targeting. The weight helps them cast well, and the metal spoon shape flows well while you’re reeling them in. Gold or silver’s your best bet — don’t have much luck with the silver and blue combo lures. Pay whatever they’re going for. Then catch your own meal, cook it with some lentils and turn on Netflix or whatever.

Latest Stories from Justin (115)

Why low mortgage rates don’t always mean more home sales

by Justin Ho Jun 25, 2019
New home sales are down, even though mortgage rates are down, too. But low mortgages aren't the deciding factor when it comes to buying a home.
A sale-pending sign is posted in front of a home in San Francisco.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Toys R Us plots its return ahead of the holiday season

by Justin Ho Jun 24, 2019
Toys “R” Us could reportedly be coming back as soon as this year, but it probably won’t resemble the old big box chain.
Leon Neal/Getty Images

So far, the tax overhaul isn’t living up to many of its promises

by Justin Ho Jun 19, 2019
It can take a while to understand the real effects of such a major change, but in the last few days, we’ve learned a little about how the nation’s tax law is playing out.
George Marks/Retrofile/Getty Images

Facebook's new cryptocurrency prompts regulation concerns

by Justin Ho Jun 18, 2019
Here's a look at some of the agencies that may police the digital currency.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks during the annual F8 summit in San Jose, California, last year.
Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images

Retail spending rose in May. Here's what folks are buying.

by Justin Ho Jun 14, 2019
Sales rose, and many of the gains were in discretionary categories.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Moving money around is a glacial process. That could change.

by Justin Ho Jun 12, 2019
A network that would let consumers and businesses instantly move money around has already been adopted by several big banks. But for it to truly catch on, financial products will have to incorporate the system into their own services.
A customer uses an ATM at a Wells Fargo Bank office on February 07, 2019 in San Francisco, California.
Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Making sense of stats that don't make sense

by Justin Ho May 17, 2019
Don't question your sanity when economic indicators point in opposite directions.
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Credit card delinquency rates have been rising — especially for young people

by Justin Ho May 17, 2019
Oh, and the interest on that outstanding debt? It's getting more expensive.

A new company is trying to get between your bank and your financial apps

by Justin Ho May 16, 2019
Fidelity's parent company is trying to give customers a little more control over what data the apps can retrieve.

What's behind the slow treasuries auction this week?

by Justin Ho May 9, 2019
Strong dollar, volatile equities and, yes, low yields could be the reason.
The U.S. Treasury building and the Washington Monument are seen on February 6, 2019 in Washington, D.C.
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