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Should I buy stocks during the ‘ghost month’?

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Q: I have extra cash that I plan to invest in the stock market but I was advised by my friends that it is not a good time to invest this August because it is the “Hungry Ghost” month. I am not superstitious but I am not sure how this is going to affect the market. Should I avoid investing for now and wait for this unlucky month to pass first? Please advise—Allen Tolentino by email

Posted: August 6th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

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 »

What money lessons can we learn from the Jews?

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Q: I often hear that Jews are very good in business. I am not religious, but I have always admired the Jews for their passion to succeed. I wonder if there is any difference in the way they handle their money compared to others. Do you have any insights to share?—Beni F. by e-mail

Posted: May 28th, 2014 in Columnists,Featured Columns,Inquirer Columns | 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 »

Should I invest in dividend stocks?

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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 »

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