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Aug 03,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: I own 100 shares of McDonald's, which I bought at $38 even though you told me not to buy it last September and it's now $51. Now I'm thinking of buying 150 shares of Burger King because my broker says it's going to be a better company than McDonald's and has more growth potential. Please give me your thoughts on this. I might even sell my McDonald's if you recommend it. D.P. ... [full story]
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Aug 03,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: My broker wants me to buy 600 shares of the Blackstone Group and 600 shares of the Fortress Investment Group because they are trading some 30 percent lower than their initial public offering price. Please tell me if this is a good idea to buy these stocks that have fallen so much. If you think that 600 shares each is too much would you recommend that I buy 300 shares each? I ... [full story]
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Aug 03,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: Months ago you wrote an article about a life insurance policy in which a person could buy a $5 million life insurance on themselves, have someone else pay the premium for two years, then sell the policy and after all expenses make $250,000 without any risk or cost to themselves. I wrote you twice asking how I can do this but you never answered. You did answer someone I know who wrote ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: I need high income. But I don't want to invest my money in bonds or preferreds, which are fixed-interest issues so the income never increases. I'd like to invest between $90,000 and $110,000 in common stocks that pay dividends and have at least a 10 percent dividend yield. I want common stocks because the dividend is not fixed and can go up (fall too) if the company does well. I want to ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: I have just a bit over $100,000 that I can speculate with in the market. I want to buy a portfolio of issues that have yields of 10 percent or better. It's my intention to hold these issues for a year and hopefully the dividend payouts will increase and hopefully the share values would also increase. So please recommend 10 to 12 top-quality issues that have 10 percent or better yields. And ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: I've been teaching for seven years and took my 403(b) plan home so my new husband could evaluate it. Since 2001, my net return, after annual expenses, is 2.6 percent while my husband's 401(k) has earned better than 14 percent a year. My husband, who works for a private company, told me to send my plan to you for your analysis. Please give me some good advice and tell me what to ... [full story]
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Jul 27,2007
Recently, on a long flight, I was chatting about the normal stuff - kids and family and work - with the 50-something woman sitting next to me. When she found out I was in the financial world, she asked my advice on a particularly thorny issue. Turns out she was supporting her aging parents, who lived on Social Security and not much else, and helping out her grown children. Not surprisingly, she was worried about ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: My son and his wife, who don't have the best credit, need a larger home but don't have the money or credit to own a bigger home. So my wife and I may help them and our two grandchildren. We have decent pensions, $110,000 in certificates of deposit, no investments, Social Security, little debt and a condominium with a mortgage. I'm 69 and my wife is 71. The lending bank (my kids ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: I think that the stock market is headed lower and I believe the Dow Jones average will fall below 9,000 in the next 12 to 18 months. So I'd like to sell short some stocks because if they go down I can make a good sum of money. I came to the conclusion that the market will crash because real estate prices are tumbling, the Chinese market is crashing and many big ... [full story]
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Jul 20,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: A colleague lost more than 60 pounds in eight months because her physician prescribed a weight-loss pill called Xenical. She looks great and tells me that her weight loss was easy. I also hear of others who have had good success with Xenical, which seems to be a miracle drug for fat people. This drug is made by GlaxoSmithKline and I've been told that it is now available over-the-counter without a prescription ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2007
INVEST IN INDEX FUNDS If you don't invest in index mutual funds, please answer this question: Why not? Only 14 percent of investors' money, according to the Financial Research Corp., is tied to indexes. Yet studies, which researchers began cranking out in the dog days of the Vietnam War, have repeatedly shown that over the long haul, index funds perform better than thousands of competing mutual funds. The consistent mantra of index funds seems wimpy: ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: You advised me against buying Blackstone Group at $33 after it came public and earlier this year you recommended that I sell Fortress at $34. You said that you did not like these types of firms and I'd like to know your reasoning behind these recommendations. Those private equity take-over firms are making billions of dollars and they sound like a great way to get on the bandwagon and make some really ... [full story]
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Jul 06,2007
Dear Mr. Berko: Several weeks ago you shared your delightful thoughts with members of our civic club in West Boca. Your short remarks on "why politicians spend money" were topical and hilarious. Would it be possible to excerpt those comments from your speech and send them to me? And could I have your permission to publish those comments on my blog? You also spoke about Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's efforts to spend $500 million on ... [full story]
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