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How to increase your chances of winning in the stock market

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Philippine Stock Exchange.  AFP FILE PHOTO

Q: I have just started investing in stocks because my friend encouraged me to buy a hot IPO whose share price went triple in few weeks. I like the idea of making money from stocks but I am also afraid I may lose a lot when the market turns bad. What are the common mistakes in investing that I should avoid?–Genesis Santelices by e-mail

Posted: July 15th, 2014 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

Should I invest in IPOs?

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Specialist Glenn Carell calls out prices before Twitter begins trading during its IPO, on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013. US stocks Thursday tumbled despite a successful launch of trading in Twitter stock and report on US economic growth that bested expectations by a wide margin.  AP PHOTO/RICHARD DREW

Q: My friend recently told me that she made a lot of money from an IPO (initial public offering) whose share price had doubled during the first week of trading. I regretted not buying it when it was first offered to me by my broker. Now, there is another IPO coming up and I am not sure if I should buy this time around. Is it safe to buy?—Felyn Bacurin by e-mail

Posted: April 30th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | 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 »

Taking the nosebleed out of personal finance

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Q: I am having a hard time absorbing all of those personal finance lessons, especially those that have to do with math. Can you help me understand them better?—Posted on PFA’s “ask a friend, ask Efren” service at www.personalfinance.ph

Posted: April 9th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Too poor to even pay attention

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Question: Please help us. We just woke up one day realizing that we are over our heads in debt. We don’t feel like we are living the life of millionaires. We have an average lifestyle with three children all still in school. Our eldest is in 3rd year high school; our middle child is in 1st year high school; and our youngest is in second grade. We maintain a modest home, two cars (one of which is still being amortized with a bank) to avoid number coding in Metro Manila, and travel for leisure abroad just once a year.—Posted at PFA’s “ask a friend, ask Efren” service at www.personalfinance.ph

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

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