• Social Security Q&A

    Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015.

  • Taking Stock: Investors should accept new normal while economic growth slows across the globe

    Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: We seem to be entering an era of stagflation — with low interest rates, low wages and low growth.

  • Futures File: Turkeys smaller but prices are stuffed this Thanksgiving holiday

    By Walt and Alex Breitinger For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 22, 2015

    Walt and Alex Breitinger: On Friday, prices for natural gas delivered in December dropped to a new low price of $2.17 per million British thermal units, a fact that will warm consumers’ wallets throughout the coming winter.

  • Taking Stock: It's a challenge to remain bullish when we're bombarded by bearish babble

    Published: Sun, Nov 15, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: If you want to participate in a 23,000 Dow or higher, you should always be fully invested, resist ascribing long-term consequences to short-term events and never make investment decisions based upon an "expert" economist's forecasts.

  • 525 Realty Group in Edmond adds more than a dozen Realtors

    From staff reports | Updated: Fri, Nov 13, 2015

    EDMOND — 525 Realty Group has attracted more than a dozen additional Realtors, according to the  owners, mother and son team Mariana Lloyd and Benjamin Floyd, who started the company in April. The additions were Julie Davis, Karen Finchum, Katy Giles, Carol Grieb, Kori Hall, Jamie Hayes, Kimmi Houston, Melissa Little, Krista Lusey, Devrie Peoples, Mack Stewart, Christen Thomas, Lindsay Turner, Kirstie Wirth, Alesha Wilson and Anne Woody.  Lisa Morrison also came on as marketing coordinator. “My mission is to create an environment that helps women become financially independent,” Lloyd said. “This has been a dream of mine for many years.

  • Taking Stock: Bonds can become a costly investment

    By Malcolm Berko, For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: Bonds, even well-rated bonds, are a lousy investment for most civilians. But they’re wonderful investments to sell because the huge hidden commission gives brokers a nice payday.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Nov 8, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015.

  • Killing Keystone XL, Obama says pipeline not in US interests

    By JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press | Updated: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama rejected an application to build the Keystone XL pipeline Friday after 7 years of federal review, declaring the proposed project wouldn't serve U.S. national interests and would have undercut America's global leadership on climate change. The 1,179-mile proposed pipeline wouldn't have lowered U.S. gas prices, Obama said, nor would it have contributed to U.S. jobs long-term or make the U.S. less dependent on foreign energy. Flanked by Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry, Obama also said the proposed project had taken on an "overinflated role" in U.S. political discourse and had been used as a "campaign cudgel" by supporters and opponents alike.

  • Oklahoma, U.S. economies headed in opposite directions, expert says

    By Paul Monies Business Writer pmonies@oklahoman.com | Published: Fri, Nov 6, 2015

    If it wasn't for lower oil prices, the Oklahoma and national economies would be in sync and not heading in different directions, an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City said Thursday.

  • Taking Stock: Good investment advice not remembered; bad investment advice will get you blamed

    By Malcolm Berko For The Oklahoman | Published: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: There’s an old Wall Street axiom: If the advice is good, the customer takes the credit. If the advice is bad, the broker takes the blame.

  • Eagle & Beagle for Sunday, Nov. 1, 2015

    Published: Sun, Nov 1, 2015

    Don Mecoy: Eagle & Beagle is a weekly look at Oklahoma companies' high-performing (eagle) and low-performing (beagle) stocks.

  • Street Smart: How investors unknowingly pay for dividends  

    By Ian Ogilvie For The Oklahoman | Published: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    Ian Ogilvie: When a company makes money, it can do one of three things with its earnings: reinvest in the company, buy back some of its own stock, or pass on the money to its shareholders in the form of dividends.

  • Oklahoma expects to see almost a 36 percent increase next year for Obamacare health plans.

    By Paula Burkes Business Writer pburkes@oklahoman.com | Updated: Fri, Oct 30, 2015

    A report released this week by the federal Health and Human Services Department says benchmark insurance plans offered next year on healthcare.gov, or Obamacare, are expected to rise by 35.7 percent in Oklahoma.

  • Social Security Q&A

    By Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015.

  • Taking Stock: How does USD Partners stack up for an investment?

    Published: Sun, Oct 25, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: USD Partners, with just 10 million shares outstanding and a 6 million-share float, has a $2 book value, barely increased its most recent quarterly dividend, from 28.8 cents to 29 cents, and yields 12.5 percent.

  • Taking Stock: Cheap stocks often reflect their true value

    Published: Sun, Oct 18, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: I know very little about low-priced stocks, but I know enough to tell you that the primary reason low-priced stocks are cheap is that’s all they’re worth.

  • Q&A with Vance Winningham

    BY PAULA BURKES | Updated: Thu, Oct 15, 2015

    U.S. immigration law caps H-1B temporary visa/work permits at 80,000 plus 1,400 for Chilean nationals and 5,400 visas for Singapore nationals. Oklahoma's largest shortage is in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) jobs.

  • Business of Health: Massive price hike for AIDS drug is wrong, but how do you fix it?

    By Stephen Prescott, M.D. For The Oklahoman   | Published: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    Stephen Prescott, M.D.: The drug, Daraprim, is the standard of care for treating toxoplasmosis, a life-threatening parasitic infection. Doctors most often prescribe it for babies born to women who became infected during pregnancy and to people with compromised immune systems.

  • Taking Stock: Recommendations sought for pure growth, no-load mutual funds

    Published: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    Malcolm Berko: I had to ask a brilliant and sometimes modestly successful fund manager who prefers the nom de plume Cecil D. Michaelpants for his recommendations about pure growth, no-load mutual funds for small portfolios.

  • Social Security Q&A

    Tribune News Service | Published: Sun, Oct 11, 2015

    Social Security Q&A for Sunday, Oct. 11, 2015.