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Building wealth for health

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Conventional wisdom says that health is wealth. But when an unexpected illness occurs within the family, this usually throws households off-balance, with majority being driven to heavy debt and about 95 percent depleting their savings, based on a study conducted by insurer Sun Life of Canada (Philippines) Inc.

Posted: April 20th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Inquirer Features,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Remittance money spent on wants not needs?

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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

Overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) send millions of dollars in remittances back to their families in the Philippines, but is the money being spent on needs instead of wants?

Posted: February 26th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Most Filipinos optimistic on financial goals

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Four in every five Filipinos are optimistic of meeting their financial goals, but only a third of those polled see their current planning efforts sufficient to meet these targets, a new study by Nielsen showed.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Gov’t urged to buy back foreign debts

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The government has been urged to buy back foreign debts and use the resulting savings to fund some of the post-calamity reconstruction initiatives in the country.

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Where should I invest my money?

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Q: I have been a reader of your column and blogs and I have learned much from them. I am now debt free and have some emergency funds and savings and I am now ready to invest. Where should I put my money? – Name withheld upon request, asked via e-mail

Posted: October 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Sterling Bank rolls out deposit product for OFWs

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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

Thrift bank Sterling Bank of Asia seeks to promote the habit of saving among overseas Filipinos with the rollout of a new deposit product that waives the initial deposit and minimum maintaining balance requirements for this sector.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

Lord of the (wedding) Rings

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I want to invest our hard-earned savings in stocks so we can make more money and, perhaps, retire early. But my wife is so conservative and afraid of the potential loss. She wants our money placed in guaranteed short-term investments. Do you know of a way to convince her to see it my way?—sent via “ask a friend, ask Efren” service on www.personalfinance.ph

Posted: July 30th, 2013 in Columnists,Featured Columns | Read More »

Does financial freedom require superhuman strength?

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QUESTION: We cannot save. Our family income seems barely enough to cover our basic needs. And now that the school year has started, our finances have again been set back by our children’s tuition fees. I am sure we are not the only Filipino family going through such troubles. How can we make ends meet?—Anonymous SMS through “ask a friend, ask Efren” service

Posted: June 25th, 2013 in Columnists,Inquirer Columns | Read More »

Number of households with savings fell in Q2

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Only about a fifth of Filipino households managed to maintain their savings in the second quarter.

Posted: June 16th, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

Savings rate in PH still low, BSP survey shows

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Only one out of four Filipino households has savings, indicating the vulnerability of the majority to risks emanating from emergency situations that require spending.

Posted: April 1st, 2013 in Headlines | Read More »

BSP: Fewer households allot remittances for savings

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The proportion of Filipino households that set aside remittances for savings and investments dropped in the fourth quarter from a year ago, highlighting the need to provide financial education to more people in the country.

Posted: December 17th, 2012 in Editor's Pick,Headlines | Read More »

Filipinos’ ‘financial quotient’ highest in 5 years — Citi survey

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The “financial quotient” of Filipinos hit an all-time high of 52.6 points in 2011 as more people in the country have been engaging in savings, investments, and better credit management.

Posted: August 28th, 2012 in Latest Business Stories | Read More »

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