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By Raul J. Palabrica
The country’s major business conglomerates are today making full use of corporate bonds to meet the funding requirements of their expansion plans. With the Aquino administration’s public-private partnership (PPP) program on infrastructure projects finally getting off the ground, the companies that have won (or are joining) the bids are tapping the capital market for additional funds.
By Queena N. Lee-Chua
When the family business wants to expand, or the would-be heir is perceived as not interested in or incapable of handling the business, the founder may decide to put skilled non-family professionals in leadership positions.
By Dr. Ned Roberto & Ardy Roberto
Q: Last Jan. 20, 2014, we attended at AIM (Asian Institute of Management), Harvard Professor Steven Rogers’ seminar on “Growing a Family Business.” During the seminar, Prof. Rogers defined positioning as “differentiator” or our product’s USP (unique selling proposition).
By Randell Tiongson
QUESTION: I am ready to start investing and I would like to invest in equities. Is it better to invest in stocks directly or through pooled stock funds like UITF or mutual funds? —Name withheld per request, asked via e-mail
By Den Somera
There is this Spanish proverb that conveys a message whose meaning is similar to the title of my article today.
By Conrado R. Banal III
The Aquino (Part II) administration already issued grim warnings of power shortages in Luzon this summer—meaning, real threats of brownouts and, of course, as the natural upshot of any shortage, increases in electricity rates.
By Cliff M. Eala
When I talk to people about saving over 90 percent on industrial lighting applications, I get a stare of scepticism, and expressions of disbelief. I have learned to anticipate this because it opens up the opportunity to show how it can be done today with intelligent lighting.
By Ernie O. Cecilia
A story is told about two marketing scouts sent to a Third World country to determine a possible business expansion there. One sent back a telegram to Head Office saying, “SITUATION HOPELESS STOP NO ONE WEARS SHOES HERE.” The other sent back this message, “GREAT OPPORTUNITY STOP THEY HAVE NO SHOES.” Reality, like beauty [...]
By Tita Datu Puangco
Today, it has been discovered that a great deal of learning (estimated at 70%) actually occurs at the workplace versus training and other means. Recently on a spiritual and learning yet human dimension, going on a pilgrimage with 35 pilgrims coming from a shared Christian spirituality like the Focolare Movement proved to be a witness [...]
By Efren Ll. Cruz
Question: I have five years left before I retire. I have time deposit placements that I kept on rolling over for the past five years. Unfortunately, the interest on these time deposit placements has been coming down and it seems that I just end up giving the bank cheap money to borrow. Please help me find a better place where I can invest my money for the next few years or up to the time I retire.—posted on PFA’s “ask a friend, ask Efren” service.
By Ernesto M. Ordoñez
At the April 10 Asean Economic Community (AEC) Forum, Alyansa Agrikultura leaders felt that the government needed to give more attention to Philippine agriculture.
By Den Somera
“DD” is the trading symbol of newly listed Double Dragon Properties Corp.