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6 Real Estate Investment Opportunities Most Filipinos Miss Out On

Real estate is one of the safest and most profitable investments one can ever make through careful management and smart strategies. Here and abroad, the Philippines is considered a prime location for real estate investment, thanks to the property market boom in the past few years. Yet, most Filipinos are too risk-averse to take advantage of the high-yield property investment opportunities available to them.

On the other hand, savvy investors diversify their portfolio, including real estate, to maximize their long-term earning potential. If that is your goal, then you need to tap into these six real estate opportunities in the Philippines that most Filipinos miss out on. Continue reading 6 Real Estate Investment Opportunities Most Filipinos Miss Out On

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An Investor’s Guide to Central Business Districts in the Philippines

Whether you’re a business guru or not, you probably know the importance of finding a good location for your business. An ideal location should be able to satisfy certain criteria such as a steady populace, accessibility, good infrastructure, a well-developed community, availability of basic services and resources, safety, and many others which are all advantageous for business.

If you are an investor with plans to start a business in the Philippines, here’s some good news: the country has been able to develop central business districts in key cities and regions, which can be the best choice for your business location. With central business areas meeting the aforementioned criteria, putting up your office in those prime locations means better and higher chances of making your business thrive.

Below is a list of the CBDs in the Philippines, plus some basic information you need to know about each of them: Continue reading An Investor’s Guide to Central Business Districts in the Philippines

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What Are The Differences Between Ponzi and Pyramid Schemes? (Infographic)

It has been several years since this blog started exposing “scams” and investment scandals here in the Philippines and abroad.

We do our very best to protect our countrymen from falling prey to these scammers and fraudsters by providing free information and education through seminars and articles such as this one.

Thankfully, an online colleague (Thanks to Eammon!) decided to produce the below visual asset on the topic. It takes you through how they both work and what the key differences are between the two. Continue reading What Are The Differences Between Ponzi and Pyramid Schemes? (Infographic)

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10 Mistakes Pinoys Do Before a Personal Loan Application

10 Mistakes Pinoys Do Before a Personal Loan Application

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Personal loans are an easy sell for most Pinoys. They have flexible payment options, easy application requirements, and are readily available from banks. Most Pinoys use personal loans to start a business, fund their dream wedding, travel abroad, and start their home remodeling projects. Because personal loans do NOT require any collateral and have easy-approval, they are great for emergencies, too. But is that enough reason to get a loan? Continue reading 10 Mistakes Pinoys Do Before a Personal Loan Application

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Investment Hacks That Will Make Your 2017 a Different Year

As 2016 draws to a close, do you feel you have achieved all your financial goals? If it’s a yes, you deserved a pat on the back, otherwise, you could just be in the same group as those who couldn’t afford a Christmas gift or dinner this year. Nevertheless, here are some investment strategies for 2017 to get you a bigger bank account.

It’s no secret, the only way to have more money is to actually make it grow. Saving is just one part of the equation then investments complete the whole balance. But like many, you may feel a bit intimated about the word investment. However, it’s not as hard as it sounds, and many wealthy investors today at one point were in the same position you are. Continue reading Investment Hacks That Will Make Your 2017 a Different Year

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Did Your Financial Advisor Use Fake Credentials?

You have heard of diploma mills. They sell BAs, MBAs, and PhDs to individuals who want to look more educated than they really are.

Did you know there are also diploma mills that sell fake certifications and designations to financial advisors who use these credentials to deceive you into believing they are financial experts?

Unethical advisors know you do not question the advice of experts. This makes it easy to convince you to buy what they are selling.

Here are some interesting stats presented in this Infographic.

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What are fake credentials?

Real credentials have prerequisites, a comprehensive curriculum, proctored examinations, and continuing education requirements. Fake credentials have none of the above. There are no significant curriculums or meaningful tests. Advisors buy these credentials for a few hundred dollars.

Why use them?

Incompetent, unethical advisors know you want a financial expert helping you plan your future and invest your assets. Fake credentials help bad advisors convince you they are planning and investment experts.

Are they legal? 

There are no regulations that require advisors to disclose the work they did to earn their certifications and designations. It is your sole responsibility to validate the quality of their credentials. 

Why do they work?

If you are like most investors, unethical advisors know three things about you.

1.  Strings of initials after their names (alphabet soup) have a good chance of convincing you they are financial experts.

2.  Bad advisors safely assume you do not know what the initials stand-for and what they did to earn them. For example, everyone knows CPA® is Certified Public Accountant. A few people know CFP® is Certified Financial Planner™. But, most people know nothing about the other 250 designations that are used by real and fake financial experts.

3.  Unethical advisors know there is a low probability you will take the time to validate the quality of their credentials. Therefore, this is a safe sales tactic that can be used to deceive you into making bad financial decisions that benefit advisors more than they benefit you.

How do I avoid advisors who use this deception?

You can delegate investment work and decision-making to financial advisors, but you are solely responsible for selecting the advisor who does the work and makes the decisions. There is no regulatory agency that will protect from licensed advisors who use deceptive sales tactics.

When you select an advisor there is a free, fast, easy way to check the quality of their credentials. Go to Check a Credential at PaladinRegistry.com to view free reports and quality ratings for more than 250 frequently used certifications and designations.

Do you want to risk selecting an advisor who used deception to gain control of your assets? A few minutes now can help you avoid making a huge financial mistake that could haunt you for the rest of your life.

Source: Jack Waymire, Investor Watchdog, Paladin Registry

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.

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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

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Money Pitfalls To Avoid: Advise To New OFWs

Since joining the bandwagon to work abroad, you’ve been earning four times as much than when you’ve stayed in the Philippines. Your pay slip proves this fact. But why then are you more cash-strapped and debt-ridden as ever?

Many new OFWs fall trap to the promise of a bigger salary when they set out for overseas jobs. But what most OFWs don’t realize is the equally huge money challenge that may accompany this deal.

If you’re a new OFW or planning to become one soon, don’t fall trap to these pitfalls.

Cost of living blindside

In the Philippines, some things are arguably cheaper: rent, groceries, and even cab fares. Eating out and occasional movies won’t break the bank either. But if you find yourself in other corners of the world, be prepared if the price tags suddenly skyrocket.

A studio apartment might already halve your salary if you relocate to a big city, such as Hong Kong. Then there are the standard service charges and taxes that come with purchases. Even a simple haircut might cost you a few thousands in peso-terms.

Check the proportion of your income against your new place, and adjust your lifestyle according to what you can afford.

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Double household shortfall

While tending to your expenses abroad, you’re probably also juggling financial obligations back home. If you’re raising a family or have dependents staying behind, their spending is intertwined with yours.

This means utility bills will always come in two, as are other basic necessities. Do you have a budget list of your regular expenses? If not, you have to make two of such right now. It’s also equally important that your family knows how to value the money you send so that your budget is met both ways.

Cash cow dilemma

Since you’re earning dollars, some friends and distant relatives might have no qualms in designating you as the go-to person for emergency (or not) appeals for cash. Especially if it’s a matter of life and death, such as medical predicaments, most OFWs would oblige to foot the bill. The long list of common SOS to OFWs includes tuition fees, home repair, to business capital.

When doling out loans, remember to only lend an amount that you can write off. It’s also good to have a fund for these kinds of requests. Don’t be guilt-tripped if you set a cap to what you can offer as help. Far too many relationships have been strained by money issues, which could only get worse because of the long distance.

Wallet drainers

Many OFWs succumb to the temptation of buying the latest gadgets, designer bags, and custom jewelries (sometimes charged to credit). And some are constantly stuffing their balik-bayan boxes with sundry items from rubber shoes to canned goods. It’s partly shopping therapy from the stress and overwork they face.

Having spent a huge part of their income compensating for their absence in the form of material goods, it’s no surprise that many OFWs head home with little to no savings at all. They then sell or pawn expensive items they’ve purchased at a fraction of the cost. So goes the cycle especially for those who have to shell out placement fees.

If you’re prone to impulse buying, hold tight to your wallet and ask yourself why you decided to work abroad in the first place. If it’s to secure your children’s education or to fund a small business, then bid adieu to that flat-screen TV for now.

Big-ticket commitments

You might think that a pre-selling two-bedroom condominium unit might be the perfect investment for you. After all, the interest rate is waived and you have ten years to complete the payment. Or not – if you’re only on a three-year work contract abroad.

If there’s uncertainty that you would be getting the same income that you have from your overseas job in the long-term, it’s best to forego big-ticket investments if it’s going to cost you future headaches. You can focus on mutual funds or the stock market rather than commit to resource-straining investments such as real estate.

Far too often, money matters sidetrack OFWs from enjoying what living and working abroad can offer aside from fatter paychecks. Guard yourself from these common pitfalls – peace of mind is priceless.

*This article first appeared on www.angatph.com
Ray Calbay is the co-founder of PageJump, a content studio for print, digital, and interactive projects. Based in Taiwan since 2010, he handles content requirements for mobile and connected devices. He has also consulted for multinationals and SMEs. He holds a master’s in communication from the University of Santo Tomas, researching on technology transfers and user-generated content. 

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How To Keep Your Debts Low

Are you worried about your current debt, or unsure whether you can make your payments on time? Don’t panic! Just like any other money problem there is, find out how you can make the situation less heavy on  your wallet by first looking for the root cause of where all your money is being shelled out on. We’ve rounded up the top helpful tips to help you get back on track and keep your money health in good shape.

1. Ask Yourself: Why Are You In Debt In The First Place?

Did you get a loan with a really high interest because you needed the money so badly? Or did you borrow money from a personal friend and now avoiding him because you feel ashamed?

Generally, you should only muster the confidence to get a loan if your total monthly debt payments does not exceed at least 30% of your income on your annual salary. So if you’re earning P20,000 net per month, you can only have a maximum of P6,000 to allocate if you plan on getting a loan.

This helps you provide a buffer so you can handle your expenses and when you’re paying back your loan.

2. Know The Difference Between Good Debts and Bad Debts

It’s considered a good debt if you start investing so you can increase your earning potential. For instance, education is a really good investment. Getting a house loan as compared to shelling out money for rent is also a good investment.

Bad Debts on the other hand include impulse purchases that you buy through your credit card. It’s probably a good idea to skip buying that designer bag even if it’s 50% off. You want to make wise spending choices from now on that you have existing debt to pay off.

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3. Make a Spending Plan

Many of us include in our New Year’s Resolutions a goal to be more mindful of our spending habits. A good way to start is to create a simple budget plan where we include our income, our expenses, the bills we have to pay, and our debts. This provides a better overview of how we handle our finances and make us more conscious to our spending habits.

Having a spending plan can also serve as our roadmap so we can ultimately get rid of debts and make realistic payments to the debts we’ve previously incurred.

4. Cut The Plastic

Many of us think of the credit card as a lifesaver especially when we’re running low on cash. We should think of credit cards as the extension of our hard-earned money that even earns finance charge when we are unable to pay it in full when the statement arrives. If you have credit cards, try opting for promos under the “0% Interest” program and just resort to using it for emergencies.

Remember: It’s often a better idea to pay in cash as it automatically does not tie you to any loans or interests from past purchases which may cause a dent in your wallet.

5. Get Rid of Unused or Unwanted Items

Turn your closet filler into instant money that you could add to your savings. Do spring cleaning and even sell the stuff you don’t want to make extra cash or to solve short-term money needs.

If you feel stuck in a rut, have a valuable item you’re not ready to get rid of just yet, you can choose to try pawning your items at PawnHero, the first online pawnshop in the Philippines and in Southeast Asia. PawnHero offers only 2.99% monthly interest rate as compared to traditional pawnshops today and only requires you to have a camera-enabled gadget and the Internet to find out how much you could initially get for the item you want to pawn.

So keep in mind these tips to help get your debt low and radically transform your life to make better and smarter spending decisions!

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.

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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now! P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!

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How Successful People Teach Their Kids About Money

How do you teach kids about money? There are lots of tips and tricks you can use to help kids understand that. Learning to handle money is a really important skill and I believe it’s never too early to start teaching them about value of money.

We all know how important financial skills are, so it’s a bit surprising that our children don’t learn anything about it in schools. As a parent, however, you have an obligation to teach your child important financial lessons. To help you a bit, we will share some money lessons from successful people in this simple infographic. It’s interesting to hear what some of the world’s richest people have to say about the one thing they don’t really have to worry about and how do they teach their kids about money.

The earlier you start teaching your children to save money, the better off they’ll be in the future.

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P.S. 1. Are you an OFW who’s been looking for a investment placement where your money could grow higher than your time deposit accounts? Are you outside of Metro Manila and would like to start investing in mutual funds but have no personal advisors to help you out? Click here so I can help you open a mutual fund account NOW! .

P.S. 2. Bro. Bo Sanchez has appointed me as a coach for our young and new investors at the TrulyRichClub social site. It’s a fun, learning family with the purpose of “helping good people become rich”. I’m inviting you to join the TrulyRichClub too and email me at burngutierrezblog@gmail.com if you have any questions. Click here to join!

P.S. 3. My co-author/illustrator Des Feliciano and I have just launched our “The Adventures of Pepot Kuripot and Dora Gastadora” comic book! It’s arguably the first and only personal finance-influenced comic book in the Philippines. You may grab your copy at your favorite National Bookstore and Powerbooks outlets. Or you can grab your copy yourself at ilovemilktea in Las Pinas City. Now available also in Australia, Saudi Arabia, and the USA! Email des_feliciano@yahoo.com for more details.
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P.S. 4. Yes, our Cyberpreneur Philippines book is now out in bookstores! Check out the chapters from my fellow authors Ray Calbay, Fitz Villafuerte, Ginger Arboleda, Kristel Silang, Marv de Leon, Paolo Lising, Anne Quintos, and other great online entrepreneurs and experts! Score your copy here now!

P.S. 5. Send healthcare and grocery products online to your loved ones in the Philippines via BeamandGo!