Apr 3, 2015

BERKO: Health care stocks should continue to thrive

DEAR MR. BERKO: I am 52 and have a $347,000 portfolio of good growth and dividend-paying stocks. I finally got tired of holding 1,100 shares of General Electric, which I […]

Apr 2, 2015

KASS: Impatient heir has mom sign deed

DEAR BENNY: Mom and dad were gifted 14 acres circa 1933. She is now 101 and has lived in the house since that time. There are four heirs. In 2012, […]

Apr 1, 2015

WOODARD: Forecasters expect best year since 2007 for home sales

Many leading analysts are now predicting a robust home-selling year in 2015. Here’s a quote from Len Kiefer, deputy chief economist at Freddie Mac: “This month kicks off spring home-buying […]

Mar 31, 2015

BERKO: With restored diplomacy, Cuban bonds may age well

DEAR MR. BERKO: What do you think of buying the Cuban 4.5 percent bonds issued in 1937, which came due in 1977 and sell for about 10 cents on the […]

Mar 30, 2015

KASS: Songwriter Cohan also helped create IRS rule

DEAR BENNY: Thirty years ago we bought a house that we lived in until 2 ½ years ago, when we bought another house and moved. Our neighbor’s son and his […]

Mar 27, 2015

BERKO: Apple’s fresh products should keep stock healthy

DEAR MR. BERKO: I recall a column of yours from a couple of years ago that was negative on Apple because Steve Jobs died. Apple has gone up a lot […]

Mar 26, 2015

KASS: Meddling lender may share responsibility

DEAR BENNY: My son and his wife purchased their first home in July 2013.  They secured a mortgage with a lender (Note: I have deleted the name of the lender).  […]

Mar 26, 2015

WOODARD: Mortgage rates, availability improve

Surprisingly, historically low mortgage rates recently dropped a bit lower. At the same time, mortgages are becoming more available to consumers. Mortgage availability increased in February, according to the Mortgage […]

Mar 24, 2015

Some analysts think Twitter could take flight

DEAR MR. BERKO: I had a good year in the market in 2014. My portfolio improved by 32 percent and ended the year with a value of $388,000. Everything I […]

Mar 23, 2015

U.S. firms can help with foreign sale

DEAR BENNY: My parents purchased property in the Bahamas in 1968. Both parents are deceased as well as four of six children. My sister and I would like to sell […]

Mar 20, 2015

Hold on to AbbVie; get rid of stock broker

DEAR MR. BERKO: My stockbroker is advising me to sell my 400 shares of AbbVie Inc., which was a 2013 spinoff of Abbott Laboratories. I inherited 400 shares of Abbott […]

Mar 19, 2015

Look at alternatives to reverse mortgage

DEAR BENNY: My husband and I are almost 70 and have been watching TV ads for reverse mortgages. It sounds too good to be true. What do you think? – […]

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