John Howard

John Howard

John Howard is the Business Editor at He is an avid watcher of markets, a wallflower of retail, and a fan of disruptive businesses that utilize technology and unique ideas to form brilliant new ways of doing business. He can be reached at Student Loan Ninja

  • Volkswagen and Gett

    Volkswagen is betting $300 million on Uber competitor Gett

    Volkswagen is bettering $300 million on ride-sharing app Gett, the startup announced on Tuesday. The strategic investment will launch Volkswagen’s new mobility unit focused on new technology. VW “want to go beyond vehicle ownership,” Gett CEO Shahar Waiser told Business Insider. Gett launched in Israel in 2010. The app works much in the same way […]

  • AXA is dropping tobacco

    World’s largest insurer ditches $2 billion in tobacco investments as it grows a conscious

    The world’s largest insurer, AXA, is ditching tobacco assets worth $2 billion. The company says it can no longer invest in an industry that kills six million people per year. The company is selling 224 million euros ($250 million) worth of stocks in tobacco companies immediately. The French insurer, the world’s largest by non-banking assets, […]

  • Fiat Chrysler Emissions Cheating

    Fiat Chrysler accused of cheating on emissions tests

    Italian-American automaker Fiat Chrysler has been accused by German regulators of cheating on emissions tests. Just like Volkswagen, the company is suspected of using illegal software to cheat on emissions tests, a newspaper report said Sunday. The German Federal Motor Vehicle Office (KBA) had sent a report voicing its suspicion to the European Commission and […]

  • Theranos

    Theranos issues two years of blood test corrections

    Theranos has issued corrections for thousands of blood tests and has voided two years’ worth of results from the popular device that helped value the company at $9 billion. The embattled firm is currently facing several federal probes over the efficacy of its products. Theranos spokeswoman Brooke Buchanan said Wednesday that no patients suffered harm […]

  • Google Antitrust

    Google is facing a third anti-trust case in Europe

    Google is looking more and more like public enemy number one in the eyes of the European Union. The company is facing a possible third anti-trust case after the head of the EU said they are concerned about the way in which Google structured its advertising contracts. Google is already facing EU anti-trust fights over […]

  • Nissan

    Nissan buys 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors for $2.2 billion

    Nissan Motor Co. is spending $2.2 billion to take a 34% stake in scandal-ridden Mitsubishi Motors Corp.Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn said was “a win-win” deal that aims to repeat the success of his Nissan-Renault alliance. Nissan Chief Carlos Ghosn said the investment was “a win-win” deal that aims to repeat the success of his Nissan-Renault […]

  • Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors fuel test lies just tripled in size

    Mitsubishi Motors originally said it lied about fuel mileage numbers on four of its vehicles and now the company says 13 models were affected by the scandal. Nearly every single model sold by Mitsubishi is now being investigated by authorities in Japan. When first revealing the lies, the company said managers at the company were […]

  • Staples and Office Depot merger

    Staples calls off $6.3 billion merger with Office Depot

    Staples and Office Depot are no longer working towards a $6.3 billion merger. A trading halt was triggered for both companies’ stocks on Tuesday morning. The announcement was made after a federal judge granted a preliminary injunction Tuesday that had been requested by the Federal Trade Commission, which opposed Staples’ plan to acquire Office Depot. The […]

  • Lucara diamond sale

    813-carat rough diamond sells for $63 million

    A massive 813-carat rough diamond has been sold for $63 million by Canadian mining firm Lucara. It’s a new record for a rough gem. The diamond is called “The Constellation” and it was pulled out of a mine in Botswana in November 2015. The rough diamond was purchased by Dubai-based Nemesis International DMCC. Lucara said that it […]

  • Boeing invests in airline and airplanes

    Amazon is investing in more airplanes and airlines

    Jeff Bezos and company are investing heavily in airplanes and airline companies. Amazon on Thursday announced a new deal with cargo freight airline Atlas Air Worldwide. The company will lease 20 Boeing B767-300 jets to Amazon. Bezos will also receive warrants in Atlas which could give Amazon the ability to buy a 30% stake in the […]

  • Takata Airbag Recall

    Takata just issued a massive recall for 40 million airbags

    Takata is preparing to recall an additional 35 to 40 million airbags due to the explosion risk they pose to drivers and passengers, according to a U.S. transportation official familiar with the company’s upcoming plans. The company was already preparing to issue the nation’s largest auto recall on Wednesday. Takata airbags are responsible for at least 10 […]

  • Treehouse Foods Recall

    TreeHouse Foods issues recall over listeria threat

    TreeHouse Foods on Tuesday issued a voluntarily recall for products that may contain sunflower seeds that were contaminated with listeria.The company says no illnesses have been reported but TreeHouse decided to issue the recall for the products out of “an abundance of caution,” according to a press release. Among products recalled are packaged sunflower kernels, […]