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Author Archives: Malcolm Berko

BERKO: Trickle-down evil (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: What’s wrong with America when the drug company and my health insurer conspired with my doctor to deny a procedure and offer an alternative medication? Why has my diesel Volkswagen been recalled? Why did my mortgage company ...

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BERKO: Oil Tax and Roth IRAs (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: Please answer the following two questions for me. A co-worker believes that Congress wants to add a $10 tax on each barrel of oil used in the U.S. to pay for infrastructure improvement. How much would that ...

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BERKO: The New Frontier (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: Frontier is an internet, wireline, broadband, satellite and video communications company trading at $4.75 and yielding 8.8 percent. It just bought a big piece of Verizon’s wireline business, and I think the company, with its high dividend, ...

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BERKO: High-yielding stocks (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I’m in search of a better yield with the money I’ll be getting from a $53,000 certificate of deposit that comes due next week. The following stocks were recommended by a stockbroker. I can be aggressive. Please ...

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BERKO: Stocks for 12 Years (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: My spouse and I are both 55 and have $15,000 we’d like to invest for at least 12 years. Would you recommend two stocks that we can buy, hold — reinvesting the dividends — and put away ...

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BERKO: Thoughts on CenturyLink (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I bought 300 shares of CenturyLink five years ago at $46. It hasn’t gotten that high since. My stockbroker recommends that I buy another 300 shares and reduce my basis to $37.50. Your valued opinion is requested. ...

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