A bright future looks to be coming for the big yellow machine

Dear Mr. Berko: I’m an officer at Naval Air Station Pensacola, where a group of us reads and discusses your column each week. Early this year, you wrote an interesting column about H&E Equipment Services. When I crunched the data in February, it looked strong on my technical charts. I bought 300 shares at $36, […]

Free cash flow is not always an easy concept to explain

Dear Mr. Berko: In 2011, I asked you about investing in CenturyLink because I needed the income. You wrote me: “Don’t buy that junk. It has nowhere to go but down.” It was $38, and the $2.90 dividend was yielding 7.4 percent. Certificates of deposit then were paying less than 1 percent, so I bought […]

Investing in art may come with some not insignificant risks

Dear Mr. Berko: I have an opportunity to buy a $250,000 half-unit in a multiunit art-related limited partnership. A friend will buy the other half. The partnership will buy very expensive old masterpieces, and I’ve included the partnership papers for your review. Two other people we know are also investing and have checked out the […]

No real right or wrong answer when deciding whether to negotiate

Ms. Lank: When we received a full-price offer on our home, it included a percentage reduction to assist with closing costs. Is the percentage negotiable? Because clearly we can’t negotiate the purchase price offer. – C.S.   Your buyers are offering (in writing) to pay your full asking price but want you to pay some […]

Above and Beyond

Dear Mr. Berko: Because of my husband’s business, we recently had to buy a life insurance policy on him, and we decided to use Prudential. Unlike other life insurance salesmen we met, this man was very professional. He also advised us to buy 300 shares of Prudential stock, which yields 3.6 percent, because he believes […]