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Are you ready to be financially fit?


I have always wanted to save and invest, but I never seem to get the discipline of spending. My personal expenses have been increasing more than my income. I am afraid that I may not have enough savings to support my needs when I retire someday. I want to be organized financially. What should I do?—Johnny Oca by e-mail

Posted: March 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Columns,Personal Finance | Read More »

If I had P1M


A: Before I give you my answer to your question, let’s analyze first some of the rules of thumb in personal finance and the radical modifications by the brave.

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

PH consumers among world’s most optimistic


Filipino consumers remain the second most confident spenders in the world in the third quarter of 2013 despite a slight decline in overall optimism, according to the latest survey results of market research firm Nielsen.

Posted: October 31st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Iron more, fan yourself less


Question: I want to save but I have no fixed income. I depend on commissions on selling real estate; and it takes many months just to close one deal. Please help. —Anonymous SMS through “ask a friend, ask Efren” service

Posted: June 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Why is it so difficult to save?


QUESTION: I have been trying to save but it’s like fighting a losing battle as I keep on nibbling away at my savings until they’re all gone. It’s like going on a diet, that’s the word die with a “t.” Do you know of an effective way of saving?—Housewife from Quezon City via e-mail.

Posted: April 30th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

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


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 »

More OFW families saving, says BSP

Filipino domestic helpers line up to send money at a remittance center in the central district of Hong Kong in this 2008 file photo.  AFP/TED ALJIBE

More Filipino households that depend on remittances from loved ones abroad are getting into the habit of saving.

Posted: September 16th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Take the P3.50 challenge


The Philippine economy is roaring ahead. In the just-concluded quarter, the country was among the fastest-growing economies in Asia, next only to China. S&P just upgraded the country’s credit rating to one notch below investment grade. Consequently, I get the feeling that I am being left behind. A lot of people say that the best way to ride the country’s economic growth is to become an entrepreneur. But I am just an ordinary employee with no knack for running a business and definitely not enough money to start investing like the rich. Moreover, I believe that I have found my calling in being an employee. I love what I do, I do it well and my employer pays me commensurately for it. Is there no other way to become rich and secure my family’s future?—Employee who is sleepless in the struggle to become rich

Posted: July 18th, 2012 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

The clear signs of aging

DELA ROSA (right) advises that one should be specific, sympathetic and tactful when dealing with the elderly as some of them may be reluctant to disclose their troubles.

What is the ideal age in which I should start focusing on retirement planning? I have heard people say that five years is good enough. I am quite young and still have my whole life ahead of me.—Fast-rising young executive.

Posted: May 23rd, 2012 in Headlines,Personal Finance | Read More »

When we need to save for big purchases


I notice people have difficulty saving up for big purchases; what is the best way to do it?—Carlo Ople, TV5 via e-mail

Posted: February 29th, 2012 in Headlines | Read More »



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