Why You Don’t Need Awards Or A College Degree To Be Successful In Life

A couple of days ago, I wrote a Facebook status about how many Pinoy parents put a lot of pressure on their kids to pursue awards, honor medals, and a diploma. As of this writing, the post has received over 7,000 Likes and has been shared by more than 3,000 readers. That’s just in less than 2 days. (26,000+ likes and 14,400+ shares on the 3rd day)

It’s a very long article but many say that they have read every word that was written. Probably because it was something that they can relate to.

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It’s about a culture of being entitled and not being left behind by peers and the community. A culture that has caused many Filipino families a lot of unpaid debts, selling of most precious treasures and assets, and anxieties both among parents and children. Continue reading Why You Don’t Need Awards Or A College Degree To Be Successful In Life

How To Make Money When You Literally Have No More Cash In Your Pocket

So you don’t have a job now. Or your business isn’t doing well. Or you simply just failed to manage your finances in the previous month and your bills are starting to pile up. Overdue notices have been slipping under your door while you are sleeping.What are you gonna do now? Should you immediately borrow money from a loan shark?

Here are a few suggestions that you can consider if you are cash-strapped today. Continue reading How To Make Money When You Literally Have No More Cash In Your Pocket

Why OFWs Need To Invest in P.E.R.A. While Abroad

At last, PERA is here! After half a decade of waiting and being a #Paasa to many Filipinos, especially OFWs, the government has finally launched it to help promote long-term investments.

But what is PERA?

PERA is the acronym for PERSONAL EQUITY and RETIREMENT ACCOUNT. This is a voluntary retirement account, which an individual can set up for his/her exclusive use and benefit. It is similar to the 401(K) of the United States of America that serves as a financial instrument for retirement. Continue reading Why OFWs Need To Invest in P.E.R.A. While Abroad

Top 10 Money Tips for OFWs on Christmas Vacation

With Christmas less than two weeks away, more and more of our kababayans are coming home to spend the holidays with their families. After living and working abroad with little to no family with them, returning home for the holidays is a much-awaited homecoming for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs). From balikbayan boxes filled to the brim and nightly reunions, the Christmas holidays is a grand celebrations for OFWs, and an expensive one. Continue reading Top 10 Money Tips for OFWs on Christmas Vacation

11 Clever Tips for Christmas Shopping in the Philippines (Infographic)

Christmas in the Philippines is often celebrated at the start of the “ber” months. And since it’s already November, we’re barely just over a month away from the most wonderful time of year. This is the time when we write down the names of our loved ones and plan what presents we should buy for them.

We not only need to prepare our wallets for the biggest spending season but our stamina as well to withstand long shopping queues and the Metro Manila traffic.

This infographic from M2.0 Communications offers 11 Clever Ways to Survive Christmas Shopping in the Philippines. Continue reading 11 Clever Tips for Christmas Shopping in the Philippines (Infographic)

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What Happens If You Don’t Pay Your Debts?

Being unable to pay your debts will reflect negatively on your credit history, making it tough to take out loans in the future. It is important to keep in mind that once you decide to borrow from any lender, you take yourself to be responsible enough to pay your debts on time.

Applying for loans may be tricky but if we engage ourselves with the following scenarios, we will be able to pick up some tips on how to properly manage finances.

Here we have Pedro. He took out a loan for the latest rose-gold tablet. Eventually, he quit his job because he couldn’t tear himself from watching the latest episode of his favorite TV series. Because he was inactively seeking for a job, he found himself facing a problem – not having the money to pay the debt for his loan.

Here is what will happen to Pedro in the next months if he doesn’t sell his tablet or find work to pay off his loan.

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Of course, it is fair to say that not all who fail to pay their debts are irresponsible just like Pedro. They can be reliable borrowers, but unforeseen circumstances such as an illness or death in the family can make it difficult or impossible to repay a loan on time. But regardless of whether one is a “Pedro” or not, the consequences of not paying a loan are the same. Let’s take a look.

We will go through 5 stages with Pedro. Within each stage, his debt will grow along with the risks of saying goodbye to his rose-gold tablet. Pedro may be confident that his health and life are not under threat because he took out a loan from a legal lender so the collection process will flow according to the law where collectors will not beat him, shout at him, or kidnap him.

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Stage 1: Pre-collection. Before the due date.

The lender politely reminds Pedro that he has a due date, ensuring him to avoid delayed posting of his payment and the undesired additional charges as a consequence of being past due.

Timing: 1 – 10 days before the due date.

Charges: None.

Worst thing about it: If the lender will not succeed in getting in touch with Pedro, he will miss the due date, pay the fee, and create a negative impact on his credit record.

How to prevent it: Pay before any reminders.

In case it happens: Pay on time as advised by the lender.

 

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Stage 2: Telephone collection. After the due date.

On the 6th season of his favorite TV series, Pedro goes past his due date. The lender is concerned about Pedro and tries to get in touch with him through calls, SMS, letters, e-mails, and even Viber. The lender wants to know what happened so he could find a solution.

Timing: Depends on the lender. Usually ranges from 1 to 60 days after the due date.

Charges: Depends on the contract. Sometimes, it is a fixed amount of Php 200 – 600 per month or a 7 to 10% interest of the amount due.

Worst thing about it: It results to a negative impact on the credit record. This will also prohibit Pedro from taking out another loan in the future. Because Pedro doesn’t pick up the phone and doesn’t pay, the worried lender will be calling his referred relatives, friends, and his employer, not disclosing any information about the debt to the third parties. But since Pedro’s former boss and colleagues, neighbor, or even his mother-in-law start receiving calls from the lending company, they might start suspecting him of having debts.

How to prevent it: Pay on time or proactively warn the lender about the payment delay. Some lenders may be considerate, which means they will stop calling for some time, offer a repayment schedule, or even waive the penalties.

In case it happens: Pay the debt or get in touch with the lender to find a solution as soon as possible. Pedro should be fair and should not give empty promises. If he promises to pay on the next day, the operator will note this in the system. If the payment is not settled, Pedro will automatically end up on the blacklist. As an option, Pedro may pay as much as he can. It will not prevent the calls but at least he will maintain his white-listed status.

 

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Stage 3: Face-to-face collection.

Since Pedro is not picking up calls from the lender, the situation has gotten worse. The lender’s field collections officers have come to visit him at home. They are calm, polite, and will never harm anyone; but are very assertive and they know what they have to do. If unsuccessful, they will keep on coming back until the debt is paid. Sometimes, the lender passes the debt to a third party collection firm. This, unfortunately, changes nothing for Pedro.

Timing: Depends on the lender. It usually takes 60 to 180 days after the due date.

Charges: Php 100 – 300 pesos monthly.

Worst thing about it: The collectors are very assertive. They will be visiting the residence or the workplace if the borrower doesn’t pay. The neighbors and the family of Pedro may become the unwitting witnesses of him trying to explain his situation.

How to prevent it: Pay the debt before the due date or during the previous stage.

In case it happens: Pay the debt directly to the collector as soon as possible or agree on a new payment date. In this case, Pedro should keep his promise.

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Stage 4: Last chance. Court.

Pedro keeps on ignoring the collectors. The lender’s next step is to pass this to the Small Claims Court. Since Pedro is too preoccupied with watching his TV series, the court hearing takes place without him. With all the documents on hand, the judge sentences Pedro to pay his debt in full immediately.

Timing: 90 days after the due date.

Charges: The debt and all the penalties plus an attorney and agency fee of Php 5,000.

Worst thing about it: Pedro will most likely lose the case. The court will sentence Pedro to pay the full debt amount including additional fees and court charges.

How to prevent it: The lender warns the borrower before filing a case. Best way is to pay off the debt before the court or try to agree with the lender on the payment schedule.

In case it happens: Visit the court hearings and fairly explain the situation to the judge. In case the borrower has voluntary signed the contract, there is no chance that the loan will be waived. The only thing the judge can do is to sentence softer conditions of repayment.

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Stage 5: No chance. The debt is already with the authorities.

Pedro did not appear in court, lost his case, and didn’t pay the sentenced sum on time. The authorities will come to confiscate his rose-gold tablet.

Timing: Between 1 to 2 months.

Charges: The cumulative debt including the initial loan amount, fees, as well as the attorney and agency fee.

Worst thing about it: The authorities will take Pedro’s properties to cover all the debts: it is possible to take his favorite rose-gold tablet, flat TV, and even his pedigree dog.

How to prevent it: Find the money to pay the debt. There is no point in waiting for the authorities because they could take any property that Pedro has.

In case it happens: When the authorities come, there is nothing Pedro can do.

It is better not to wait for the authorities. Just settle your case with the lender.

We have come down to these 6 points which everyone should keep in mind:

  1. Not everyone who fails to pay is an irresponsible borrower. In extreme situations, everything might end very badly for the borrower.
  2. Lender always warns about the due date first.
  3. It is better to settle the debt directly with the lender.
  4. Before going to court, the credit record is spoiled, but still, everything is not that bad.
  5. If the borrower is called to the court – it’s better for him to appear.
  6. If the authorities come to the borrower – the game is over.

**This is a public service post from Home Credit Philippines

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Investing 101: Investment Types and How They Work For You

There was a time when Filipinos viewed investing as something that was only for the wealthy. Buying stocks, trading, or buying and selling were activities thought of as something only the foreign nationals living here did. In recent times, however, more Filipinos have become more open to investing. PawnHero looks at different kinds of investments and how you can maximize what you get from them.

Filipinos took great pride in these investments because now they can call themselves entrepreneurs and business owners instead of just being plain workers. Many years after, small investments became the name of the game with the arrival of multi-level marketing companies.

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Networking and Investing

Popularly known as “networking,” this type of investment enticed young people, as well as those who were easily lured by the promise of easy cash and significant returns. Alas, only a handful do succeed, and many feel that they have just thrown away the money they invested. Truth be told, the world of investment does not operate in such a simplistic way. If you really want to learn how to invest, take a look at these investment types and see which one is best suited for you. Let’s break them down into three main categories namely ownership type, lending, and cash equivalents.

Ownership

Ownership investments are things that you buy as an asset, which are kept with an expectation that they will increase in value. This is the broadest investment category because it includes investing in different things for profit or resale purposes.

    • Stocks – Filipinos are becoming more interested in trading in the stock market. Ordinary folks are now buying stocks from large companies, and trading and selling them for profit. You don’t need a big investment to start here, as even a few thousand pesos will do. This is the reason why even college students are able to try investing in stocks. You also don’t have to be very knowledgeable about it since there are financial advisers whom you can turn to for advice.

 

  • Real Estate – This is for people with large sums of money to spend. Buying land, houses and lots, or condo units is a lucrative trade, but you would need a large capital for it. Also, you must be very patient because selling pieces of property takes longer than say, jewelry or appliances.

 

 

  • Precious metals, Art, Collectibles – You may not realize it, but the “buy and sell” business falls under this category too. Some people buy jewelry and sell them at a markup, well this is like that but on a couple of levels higher. Gold, silver, diamonds and precious art are bought and sold to interest parties. Investment is also big here, but very rewarding.

 

 

  • Business – Opening a company selling a product or service is always a good way to invest.

Lending Investments

Lending Investments is also a good way to earn returns, and you won’t have to wait that long to get your money back. This is a low-risk and low-reward investment that includes bonds, certificates of deposits, and other types of loans. Here, the investment is purely cash, and there are no items or physical products that are bought or sold. Because of the lack of something physical that needs to be maintained, the expenses with this type of investment are negligible. Just be careful of who you lend to and make sure that you protect yourself.

Cash Equivalents

Cash equivalent investments are also low risk and little return. These include treasury bills, bank notes, corporate commercial papers, and more money market instruments. One important thing to note is that this is actually a relatively secure type of investment especially if you go for those backed by the government. Not a lot of people go into this kind of investment here in the Philippines though.

Filipinos would rather go with ownership and lending investments because they can immediately see, or at least project, how much they will be making. While the little return might put you off, it’s certainly higher than what most banks offer. This makes for a great alternative to a purely passive savings account.

As with any investment, there are highs and lows. In case you need extra cash to top up your capital for your online store or food business, don’t hesitate to check out PawnHero, the first online pawnshop in the Philippines. They accept appliances, gadgets, and other items allowing you to meet your short-term cash necessities right at the comfort of your home!

Gem Muzones

Gem is a contributing writer for PawnHero. She was a news writer who walked alongside protesters in the streets of Manila and a magazine editor who got free passes to product launches and the hippest events. She’s a big Game of Thrones fangirl, 1/2 of a budget travel blogging duo for Travels with a Hobo, and suffers from chronic hair dissatisfaction (she changes her hair color every month).

*This is a guest post.

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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!