Online learning contributes to the dumbing down of America

Dear Mr. Berko: What do you think of buying $50,000 worth of the recently issued 3.75 percent Illinois general obligation bonds due in 2028? And please tell me about Instructure. If you approve, then I’ll buy 1,000 shares. – R.S., Akron, Ohio   Dear R.S.: If you understand and can afford the risks, then buy […]

Familial obligation can complicate choice of real estate broker

Edith: We need your opinion/advice/wisdom on the following dilemma: We have been working with a Realtor for the past year to help us find a smaller home. He has been terrific and attentive. Recently, our nephew joined another real estate company and is now selling real estate. We feel that we should stick with the […]

Lowering the bar is no way to make improvements to America

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. States let applicants take physician licensing exams in Spanish. Banks make auto and home loans […]

This holiday season, don’t let money mistakes creep up on you

Dear Readers, You may think you’re safe, but you should always watch out for some common money mistakes. In fact, the reason they’re so common is that they’re so easy to overlook. But fortunately, with a little extra caution, they’re also easy to avoid. You’ve probably seen most of them before, but I think they’re […]

New online platforms prompt eComChicago to expand scope of focus

I just got back from speaking at this year’s eComChicago conference for online retailers in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. A little history: About eight years ago, when eBay started cutting back on its popular outreach programs for eBay sellers, sellers started forming their own support groups called “meetups” (for a complete list of all eBay […]

Acquisitions and growth make B&G Foods a strong investment

Dear Mr. Berko: Please tell me what you can about B&G Foods — its products, management and financials. I may buy 200 shares for my individual retirement account because my stockbroker insists it will double in price, from $37 to the $70s, by next summer. Even if it doesn’t double, I like the stock because […]