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Cogs and cracks in Merrill and Mac (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: My broker of 14 years is leaving Merrill Lynch with two other brokers from another firm to form their own management business, and they will use Charles Schwab to send statements and accept their orders. My broker ...

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Don’t back out of Bed Bath & Beyond (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I am a successful corporate lawyer, my husband is an engineer and together we manage a modest $240,000 collectively in two IRAs, plus $520,000 in combined pension plans at our respective employers. My IRA and pension plan ...

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Betting it all on gold (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I want to invest $20,000 in gold. I have listened to many radio and TV advertisements in which all of these companies say they sell gold at the cheapest prices. How do I know which firm to ...

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Taking Stock (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I’m 79 and widowed. I live with my son, who is a chemical engineer, and I have an account with a big brokerage. Since 2007, I am down 9 percent, so I’ve decided to move my account ...

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