DEAR MR. BERKO: We just had our taxes done by Jackson Hewitt, and I was told that we will get a tax refund of $1,340. The certified public accountant who did our return recommended that we invest in stocks. He ...
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DEAR MR. BERKO: Please tell me what you think of VCA Antech, which sells for $21 a share. A couple of folks we know have had good results with a VCA clinic. – SA, Wilmington, N.C. DEAR SA: VCA ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: I would like to invest $100,000 of my individual retirement account (which is worth $330,000) in safe dividend-paying stocks and bonds. I am 65 and probably will start using some of this money for living and travel ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: In April 2005, I bought 140 shares of Johnson & Johnson at $72 (including commission). It’s now $80; in the past eight years, it’s gained only 8 points. I guess I should be glad I don’t have ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: We are nine guys living in a retirement golfing community who began an investment club in January 2003. We each started with a $5,000 investment ($45,000), and every January, we invest another $5,000. So far, we have ...Read More »
DEAR MR. BERKO: I’m a 57-year-old woman who has been unemployed for three years, but not for lack of trying. My 57-year-old husband is a self-employed engineer and works from a home office. Our retirement portfolio is just getting back ...Read More »
My dad used to say, "The reason so many members of Congress and so many bankers are alive today is because it's illegal to shoot them." If you are depositing a check from the Bank of Iran, the Bank of Nigeria or the Bank of North Korea, I can understand "11 business days to clear." But you deposit a check from Monkey's Eyebrow, Ky. or Cuba, Kan. any morning of any day (except Saturday or Sunday), and it clears electronically at 2 p.m. that same day. If your bankster tells you differently, he/she is bloody dissembler.
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I recall that in 1997, the pudding-heads at the Federal Trade Commission put the kibosh on a proposed merger of Office Depot (ODP-$3.95) and Staples (SPLS-$13.25) because it feared the power of these two big-box stores. ODP and OfficeMax (OMX-$11.69) is a merger of two weak companies with a decade of declining revenues, cash flows, book values, earnings and share prices.
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About five months ago, you wrote a coin column and told about some of the coins you own and how some of the collectible coins have gone up in price.Read More »