Alaska bank not worth investing in

Dear Mr. Berko: Because you recommended Capstone Turbine when it was trading at 90 cents, I bought 10,000 shares in January at 88 cents.


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An idiot for a stockbroker

Dear Mr. Berko: I have been reading your column for more than 25 years. Back in February, I emailed you that at age 72, I had $517,000 in my company retirement plan, which I had to roll over into an individual retirement account.

LULU’s revenues, profits will rise

Dear Mr. Berko: My married daughter in Florida has fallen in love with the Lululemon brand of fitness-related products. She told me that this year she has spent more than $900 on designer fitness clothing for herself and my grandkids.

Dollar Tree an impressive investment

Dear Mr. Berko: Would you recommend Five Below or Dollar Tree for an investment in the retail sector?

York Water is a good investment

Dear Mr. Berko: I want to make a long-term investment in some water utility stocks. What do you think of The York Water Co., which has been doing business in my state for almost 200 years?

Loaning to relatives is risky

Dear Mr. Berko: My brother-in-law and I are sort of friends, and for reasons too complicated to write about, he has to borrow $48,000.

Duke Energy’s kit aids investors

Dear Mr. Berko: I have too much money sitting in my money market account. It earns practically nothing. I need more income, and at this point, I’m not comfortable putting this money in the stock market, because I’m concerned about the volatility.

JPMorgan is an unscrupulous bank

Dear Mr. Berko: In April 2009, I bought 200 shares, at $32, of JPMorgan Chase, one of the biggest and most profitable banks in the United States.

GM still owes $17 million from bailout

Dear Mr. Berko: I own 1,000 shares of General Motors, which I bought at $33 when it came public after emerging from bankruptcy.

Obamacare forces portfolio liquidation

Dear Mr. Berko: Our daughter just lost her $26,000-a-year job because she wouldn’t cover her tattoos. Now our son-in-law, who works for the school system in Lafayette, Ind., has had his hours cut from 35 hours a week to 28.

Buffalo Wild Wings a tasty investment

Dear Mr. Berko: I bought 75 shares of Buffalo Wild Wings late last year at $81 after spending $103 on wings and beer at one of its restaurants on a Saturday night. The stock is now $105, and my wife thinks I should sell the stock and take my profit.

Choosing the right stocks to buy

Dear Mr. Berko: I’ve enclosed the names of five stocks I have personally researched. I have $20,000 to invest, and my goal is principal safety first and then good income and then growth.

Treasury may issue new security

Dear Mr. Berko: I heard from a friend who works for the U.S. Department of the Treasury that the Treasury is coming out with a new type of bond next year and that the interest rates will change to respond to market conditions.

Give Rite Aid benefit of the doubt

Dear Mr. Berko: Several years ago, you wrote an article about how oil prices are manipulated in the big U.S. investment banks.

‘Unemployment’ is negative

Dear Mr. Berko: Looking at the latest numbers issued by the Federal Reserve, I can’t figure out whether unemployment is rising or it’s falling.

The ups and downs of gold prices

Dear Mr. Berko: I need advice on buying $40,000 in gold bars being offered by Morgan Gold. I would buy them in my individual retirement account. You told me to buy gold in 2001, when it was $275.