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BERKO: Don’t lower the bar (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: California wants to lower the minimum score needed to pass the bar exam. Passing scores on the ACT and the SAT have been lowered. Dayton, Ohio, lowered its requirements for the police exam. Colleges give courses online. ...

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BERKO: Is a 30,000 Dow possible? (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: Last February, you said the Dow Jones industrial average could pass 30,000 in 10 years. Considering the possibility of higher interest rates, dangerous international situations — Brexit, Catalonia, the Kurds, North Korea, global warming, the Middle East, ...

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BERKO: Sears and Coke (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: Sears finally reported a profit last May — $2.28 a share. My stockbroker had me buy 1,000 shares in early June at $7 because he thought Sears had turned the corner to profitability. He insists Sears will ...

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BERKO: FINRA’s coming big database (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: My brother-in-law, who is a longtime human resources officer with a New York Stock Exchange brokerage, told me that the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority is establishing a new database to improve regulatory enforcement. This database will include ...

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BERKO: Just Buy It (access required)

Dear Mr. Berko: My 19-year-old daughter is a saver and wants to buy 47 shares of Nike. I don’t know enough about stocks to advise her. What can you tell me about Nike? Would she be making a wise decision? ...

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