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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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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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Transfer fees may block mortgage financing (access required)

The Federal Housing Finance Agency recently released its final rule regarding private transfer fees. The agency received about 4,200 comments in response to its proposed guidance and is now issuing a rule that restricts Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the ...

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Rental demand might boost home sales (access required)

The rental market is the strongest growth element in today’s real estate activity. And, strange as it seems, the growth of rentals might be a major factor in pushing up home sales in future months. The growing demand for residential ...

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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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