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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 »

The year that was

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It’s Christmas Day and in just a week, we can officially say goodbye to 2013. It is thus an opportune time to do a recap of the year that was, and may I say that this year has been a truly eventful one, to say the least.

Posted: December 24th, 2013 in Columnists,Headlines,Inquirer Columns,Money | Read More »

How to survive a stock market crash

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Question: I bought some stocks a few months ago and I have been losing since then as stock prices continue to fall. I still have extra cash to invest but I am not sure if I should buy more or I just keep it in the bank. What should I do?—Leedee Lopez by e-mail.

Posted: August 28th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | 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 »

We need to pay attention to financial education, too

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There has been great news about the Philippines with respect to economic gains, increasing remittances, record-breaking stock market performance, strengthening of the peso—all pointing to breakthrough economic growth. The Philippines is indeed one of the nations on top of the list of many investors and corporations as a destination. If the government continues to play [...]

Posted: December 25th, 2012 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

When will Filipinos benefit from growth?

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Question: Our economic fundamentals showed a lot of improvements lately—credit ratings upgrades, BSP rate cuts, lower inflation rates and stock market all-time highs. But it seems Juan dela Cruz doesn’t feel these improvements yet. The poverty and unemployment rates are still high according to news. How long will it take for our poor kababayan to feel the said improvements in our economy?

Posted: November 13th, 2012 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Money Matters: Bruce Lee says, ‘Be water my friend’

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Question: We are newlyweds who want to start on the right foot financially. Friends and relatives are giving us all sorts of advice and to be honest, we are getting confused. Some suggestions even run counter to our present beliefs. What is the best way to sift through such advice?—Couple making a conscious financial effort

Posted: November 7th, 2012 in Headlines,Personal Finance | 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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