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BERKO: Bond Prices (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: I have eight long-term maturity bonds from eight different public companies, each with coupons between 5.5 percent and 5.65 percent. They are all rated BBB, which is still bank-quality, and I paid about $10,000 for each bond. ...

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BERKO: The Eye of the Fire (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: About four years ago, I bought 200 shares of FireEye at $53, and two months later, it had fallen to $33. You said to sell it because the underwriters were a “crock of crooks” and told me ...

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BERKO: Don’t Invest in China (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: My wife and I are thinking of investing in Chinese stocks or mutual funds. If we were to buy stocks, we’d invest $10,000 each in Alibaba, Noble Group, Ping An Insurance, ICBC and HNA Technology. If we ...

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BERKO: Is GoPro Stock a Go? (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: GoPro looks like fun. Our neighbor’s son showed us photos for over an hour (a little too long) of his skiing trip, and some of the video looked fantastic. He says GoPro is the latest trend, and ...

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BERKO: McDonald’s Is All Good (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: What are McDonald’s largest competitors? They’ve got to be what’s damaging McDonald’s revenues, which, according to Morningstar, have been declining every year since 2013. How can McDonald’s compete with all the new franchises selling hamburgers, fries and ...

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