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Corporate bonds sweeteners

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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.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Professionals in the family business

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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.

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Why not position just on our USP or differentiator?

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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).

Posted: April 25th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Investing in stocks or stock funds

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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

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Slowly but surely moving far and up

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There is this Spanish proverb that conveys a message whose meaning is similar to the title of my article today.

Posted: April 22nd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Supper power

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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.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Over 90 percent savings on lighting costs–unbelievable?

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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.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

A workplace of new possibilities

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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 [...]

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Learning by doing: pilgrimage of faith

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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 [...]

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Inquirer Features | Read More »

Are you ready to grrrrrumble?

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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.

Posted: April 17th, 2014 in Columnists,Headlines,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Philippine agriculture inadequately addressed in Asean

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At the April 10 Asean Economic Community (AEC) Forum, Alyansa Agrikultura leaders felt that the government needed to give more attention to Philippine agriculture.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Blown out by DD

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“DD” is the trading symbol of newly listed Double Dragon Properties Corp.

Posted: April 15th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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