Are You A Cool Investor?

If a friend took your wallet from your pocket and tossed it off the Pasig River, how would you react?

In times like these when the stock market seems like going down the drain, it is but natural to feel really bad especially if you just started investing less than a year ago. Just like your wallet thrown off that muddy, murky, filthy urban river.

At the same time, when the market seem to go up like forever it’s also natural to feel really good. In any case, emotions will always be there. But would you always give in to your fears and joy as an emotional investor?

Here are some friendly reminders. Continue reading Are You A Cool Investor?

The Dying Art of Cost Averaging

Not a few friends whom I introduced to stock market investing have already went on to become “experts” in their own rights. It’s understandable, anyone has the right to advance further his/her knowledge in everything. Everyone has the freedom to move forward.

I remember teaching a couple of friends on how to play the guitar back in high school. After less than a year of extreme and hardcore practice, the two guys went on from just being “rhythm guitarists” to becoming the hottest, loudest, lead guitar players not only in school but in the whole town back then.

The once honest purpose of just expressing their emotions through guitar-playing has found their new talent as their gateway to popularity and public acceptance. They didn’t want to be left behind in the local music scene. Continue reading The Dying Art of Cost Averaging

Start Investing in the “Stock Market” with Php500

When the great record-breaking performance of Philippine stock market hit the local news, several friends who were previously snubbing my invitations to invest have started to “re-inquire” from me how to be part of the growing number of happy stock market investors.

As usual, when I mention to them that they have to start with at least Php5,000 to open a stock investment portfolio the responses would be, “Wala pa kong pera.” (I still don’t have the money). Or, “Hindi ko alam kung pano gawin yan.” (I don’t know how to do it.)

Well, fret no more superfriends. Instead of saving up Php5,000 to open your first stock investment portfolio, you can at least set aside Php500 in your next payday to start investing in the stock market. Even if you don’t know how to. Continue reading Start Investing in the “Stock Market” with Php500