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Are there rules of thumb in investing?

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I would like to invest in the stock market using a system that I have developed. My system looks at specific financial ratios like net profit margin, earnings growth, return on equity and recent price movements. If companies and their stock prices meet the hurdle numbers in my system, I either buy or sell the pertinent stocks depending on the signal provided. Would this system be enough?—posted on PFA’s “ask a friend, ask Efren” service at www.personalfinance.ph

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Equity-linked insurance products gain popularity

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Filipinos are gobbling up more equity-laced variable unit-linked (VUL) insurance products in search of better yields given the prevailing low-interest rate environment.

Posted: October 24th, 2013 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

OFWs, kin to get lessons on saving, investing, maximizing earnings

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OFWs from Libya: Philippine companies, like AG&P, looks to “pirating overseas Filipino workers as one of their strategies in expanding their workforce. INQUIRER PHOTO/RODEL  ROTONI

It’s the typical story of the overseas Filipino worker (OFW): The breadwinner toils for years overseas to give his or her family a better life but returns home—if at all—with little or no savings.

Posted: October 11th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Personal Finance | Read More »

Where is the market headed?

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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 »

Mired in debt? Try smiling

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The government posted a budget surplus in August as revenue collection grew by a much faster pace than expenditures.

Question: We seem to be at the end of our rope. We borrowed unwisely and to the max.

Posted: September 18th, 2013 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

Which currency do you invest in?

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Lower food and fuel costs offset the effects of a weaker peso on imported goods, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas says.

Given the wild fluctuation in investment values, is there a recommended currency denomination of investment that could best minimize risk?—Sent via “ask a friend, ask Efren” service on www.personalfinance.ph

Posted: September 11th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Money Matters: For richer, for poorer

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Question: My husband and I are constantly arguing about money, particularly on who should control the family’s finances. We are also at odds as to whether we should maintain just one account for our personal spending or maintain separate accounts. Can you give us direction?

Posted: July 24th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

What to do with your retirement fund

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Question: Where should my parents invest their retirement fund and savings?—James Magsumbol via Facebook

Posted: July 17th, 2013 in Currencies,Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

How to make money in a falling market

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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 »

Filipinos as money ‘experts’: Clueless on bonds, stocks, loans

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The government posted a budget surplus in August as revenue collection grew by a much faster pace than expenditures.

One out of every five Filipinos from the middle to upper income groups claims to be an “expert” in money matters. But a global insurance giant recently found that members of these classes perform poorly in a basic financial literacy quiz.

Posted: June 28th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Personal Finance | Read More »

China Bank offers new investment product

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Tycoon Henry Sy-led China Bank has unveiled a new unit investment trust fund (UITF) that will invest in a portfolio of select equities, targeting investors with higher risk appetite and a longer investment horizon.

Posted: June 13th, 2013 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

BPI to launch trust fund tracking local stock index

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Bank of the Philippine Islands is set to roll out this week a new unit investment trust fund (UITF) that will track the main-share Philippine Stock Exchange index, riding on strong investor appetite for equities.

Posted: May 20th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories,Personal Finance | Read More »

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