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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 »

Will there be a Santa Claus rally this Christmas?

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QUESTION: The stock market has been falling for almost two months now and there seems to be no end to it in sight as selling continues to drag the index lower. I plan to buy some stocks but I am not sure if the market will rebound soon considering all the negative concerns. Can you advise me?—Janet Areola by e-mail

Posted: December 17th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

Is it good to invest in bonds?

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Question: My bank recently told me it was no longer accepting Special Deposit Account (SDA) investments and that my existing SDAs with the bank would soon be discontinued. There are various bond offerings lately and I am exploring if I can shift my funds from SDA to bonds. Can you advise me?—Verna Lozano by e-mail [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Columnists | Read More »

Should I invest in backdoor listing?

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Q: I RECEIVED a few weeks ago some tips from my friends to buy this stock that is rarely traded in the market because a large private company is set to acquire it and use it as a vehicle for public listing. True enough, the stock price recently went up and I am wondering if I should buy some. But then I don’t know if I am buying it at right price since there is not much disclosure made about the deal. What should I do? Please advise —Bernadette Mendiola by email

Posted: May 14th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Is the stock market still a good buy at this level?

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Q: I recently sold all my stocks that I bought last year at a good price and made nice profits from it. I was expecting the index to correct heavily soon so I can buy back shares and position for another run-up but the market kept going up. People are now talking of a 10,000-point [...]

Posted: May 7th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Should I sell all my stocks now?

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The stock market has started to move sideways last week after registering an all-time high at 6,800 points recently. I wonder if this is a good time to take profits now as many stocks are already expensive, but I also worry that I might regret it later if the market resumes its uptrend and goes up further. I want to maximize my profits from stocks.

Posted: March 19th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Are there still cheap stocks to buy now?

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Q: I have been waiting for the stock market to correct for sometime so I could not find the opportunity to buy stocks at good price because the market always recovers quickly every time it falls. Now that the index has gone above 6,500, I am afraid if there are still good stocks to buy at this level. Can you advise me? – Lory Filomeno by e-mail

Posted: February 19th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

How do you know if a stock is expensive?

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QUESTION: I have been planning to invest in the stock market but share prices have been rising quite fast that I find it expensive to buy now. I don’t want to rush into buying a stock then regret it later because I could not sell it at a profit. Is there a way for me to pick the right stock? Please advise—Hazel Cruz by e-mail

Posted: December 4th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

Should I convert my dollars to stocks?

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QUESTION: The stock market has been performing quite well lately and I feel like I am losing a lot of opportunities to make money by keeping my savings in a dollar account. I want to sell my dollars right now but I might incur some losses because I bought them at a higher rate. What should I do? —RA Castillo by email.

Posted: October 18th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

When is the best time to sell a stock?

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The stock market has been doing well lately with the PSE index hitting record high at 5,300. I have bought some stocks last year and I don’t know if I should sell now to take profit or wait for the stock to go up further. Can you advise me?—A.K. Apostol by e-mail

Posted: May 8th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »

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