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Are you ready to be financially fit?


I have always wanted to save and invest, but I never seem to get the discipline of spending. My personal expenses have been increasing more than my income. I am afraid that I may not have enough savings to support my needs when I retire someday. I want to be organized financially. What should I do?—Johnny Oca by e-mail

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Should I invest in dividend stocks?

An investor enters the share price trading hall at a private stock market gallery in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013.  AP

I have been looking to invest my extra cash from SDA since last year. My bank offered me to put it in a long-term retail bond, but the net returns are so low that I am thinking of buying stocks instead. But then, I am afraid that I may just lose my money because the market is not so good. I am confused. Can you help me? – Roque Paragua by e-mail

Posted: January 28th, 2014 in Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Will there be a Santa Claus rally this Christmas?

Philippine Stock Exchange AFP FILE PHOTO

QUESTION: The stock market has been falling for almost two months now and there seems to be no end to it in sight as selling continues to drag the index lower. I plan to buy some stocks but I am not sure if the market will rebound soon considering all the negative concerns. Can you advise me?—Janet Areola by e-mail

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Global Entrepreneurship Week


It has been more than a week since one of the deadliest cyclones in our history, Supertyphoon Yolanda, devastated our provinces in Central Philippines. Recovery efforts may be slow, but things are somehow progressing and, very soon, we shall rise again.   This may be the worst natural disaster that we have ever seen, but [...]

Posted: November 20th, 2013 in Columnists | Read More »

Should I convert my pesos to dollars?


I have extra funds coming from my SDA account that will soon terminate, and I am wondering if it is right to buy some US dollars as investment. The peso dollar exchange rate rose to as high as P44.80 to $1 two months ago and it has since stayed at the P43 level. Is this the best time to come in before the peso depreciates again? Please advise—e-mail by Lotis Magracia

Posted: November 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Where is the market headed?


Q: The market has been moving quite slow these days with no clear direction of where it is heading and I am beginning to get bored. With lack of excitement in the market lately, I am not sure whether I should continue to invest or I will just avoid it for the meantime. What should I do?—Verna Perez by e-mail

Posted: October 3rd, 2013 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

How to survive a stock market crash


Question: I bought some stocks a few months ago and I have been losing since then as stock prices continue to fall. I still have extra cash to invest but I am not sure if I should buy more or I just keep it in the bank. What should I do?—Leedee Lopez by e-mail.

Posted: August 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Is it good to invest in bonds?


Question: My bank recently told me it was no longer accepting Special Deposit Account (SDA) investments and that my existing SDAs with the bank would soon be discontinued. There are various bond offerings lately and I am exploring if I can shift my funds from SDA to bonds. Can you advise me?—Verna Lozano by e-mail [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Columnists | Read More »

How to make money in a falling market


Question: The market has fallen again after a short recovery last week. It seems like this will continue for some time because there is not much buying activities in the market lately. I have some extra cash to invest and I don’t know if I should wait for the market to fall further or to buy now. Can you advise me?—Ruby Suan by e-mail

Posted: July 10th, 2013 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

Is PH stock market bull run over?


Question: I have bought some stocks when the market was at 7,000 level. I was hoping the market will go up further but it has been falling sharply since then. I already incurred losses on paper. I plan to buy more but I am afraid that the market may fall further. Can you advise me?—Vira [...]

Posted: June 12th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Should I invest in backdoor listing?


Q: I RECEIVED a few weeks ago some tips from my friends to buy this stock that is rarely traded in the market because a large private company is set to acquire it and use it as a vehicle for public listing. True enough, the stock price recently went up and I am wondering if I should buy some. But then I don’t know if I am buying it at right price since there is not much disclosure made about the deal. What should I do? Please advise —Bernadette Mendiola by email

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Is the stock market still a good buy at this level?


Q: I recently sold all my stocks that I bought last year at a good price and made nice profits from it. I was expecting the index to correct heavily soon so I can buy back shares and position for another run-up but the market kept going up. People are now talking of a 10,000-point [...]

Posted: May 7th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »



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