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Alerian not the safest stock (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I am 78, my wife is 81 and, like many investors today, we want income. So what do you think of investing in Alerian MLP, which is an Exchange Trading Fund paying 6 percent? I’m angry, disgusted ...

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You could say he’s in a Mint condition (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: During the past 25 years, I purchased more than $47,000 in collectable silver coins and beautiful non-silver coins from the Franklin Mint for my retirement because I thought the scarcity and limited edition minting of these coins ...

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To sell or not to sell (access required)

Dear Mr Berko: I bought 100 shares of Sears Holding last year at $69, and it went to $80, and I wanted to sell it but my broker told me he thought it could easily go back to $100 because ...

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The other side of Tenopah (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: We have two questions. You suggested a reader watch your columns for high-yield convertible bonds and preferred stocks. Our paper stopped printing your column, so we don’t have access to investments paying 9 percent or better. We ...

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No best way to invest in copper (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: My IRA has performed poorly this year and last year. I own some of the supposedly better mutual funds, and for the past two years my $88,000 account has only increased in value to $101,000. This is ...

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Stick with the devil you know (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I’m a teacher in Pennsylvania and need your help in selecting a good international mutual fund with TIAA-CREF. The two funds I’m looking at are TIAA-CREF Institutional International and Nuveen Tradewinds Global. The TIAA fund has an ...

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