Financial Literacy, Personal Finance, savings

Parkinson’s Law:The reason why we fail to save money.

 

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Few years ago or many years ago, when you just started working,your income was small. You survived on that level of income and you thought that your salary was not enough that was why you did not save money. But today,your income is higher but it is impossible for you to save still. The reason for this is because you are under the Parkinson’s Law. It is a law that states that the work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.  So, if you will rephrase the law, it says: The expenses expand so as to fill the unnecessary wants to spend all the incremental salary instead of saving it. While you income is increasing, your spending will increase as well but you fail to save money for you to use for your future expenses. Instead, you get yourself into building more liabilities than assets and you start believing that it is impossible to save money.

Saving money is behavioural. It is how you set your mind to prioritize your saving money first before you spend. If you think your salary is small, you can still set aside some of it, if you want to. It is not about when you earn bigger, that’s the time that you will start to save. You should start right away, when you got your first job.  Saving should be always part of your budget because you need to pay yourself as well. When you spend all your income, you are paying other people first. Your priorities will be your bills that you have to pay every month which you will not benefit in the long run. You will make other people rich but not yourself that is why Meralco, SM, Petron, Globe and other big companies are getting richer because for sure we need to pay them. We never pay ourselves as well through saving. Ideally, you should set aside from 10%-20% of your income. If you are not comfortable yet setting aside 20% of your salary because you have so many liabilities,you can start with 10% savings. If you think that 10% is still big,try 8%,if not,try 5%. The important thing about this is creating a habit,start where you are most comfortable. Even though, you start saving small at first and gradually, you can increase the saving percentage of your income in the near future. From 5% saving percentage, you can now save 20% of your income.

We have to break the Parkinson’s Law for us to save effectively. Everytime that your salary increases or if you have bonuses,make it a habit that you have to save 50% of it right away and use the 50% to other things that you like to add to your lifestyle. You need to allocate your income for you to have directions where your money should go. Practice to increase your savings rather than increasing your expenses when your income goes up. Always use this formula: Income-Savings= Expenses, rather than Income- Expenses= Savings.

Building your savings will be your muscle for you to start to become Financially Independent. You can now grow your money through investing and protect your income as well because we are not going to work for the rest of our lives. Saving should not be the only goal but it is the foundation for you to achieve your financial goals in life. Breaking the Parkinson’s Law will benefit you for you to be effective and efficient in handling your finances. Let’s beat the Parkinson’s Law.

Let’s all be financially free!

 

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Adviser,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
equities, investment, life insurance, Personal Finance, stockmarket

7 Things To Do Before You Invest in Stock Market

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Investing in Stock Market is beneficial because you can achieve your financial goals in the future. You can prepare for your retirement,funding for your children’s education,buying your dream house, business funding and many more. It will require discipline and commitment. It is not easy but it can be done. Many Filipinos do not see investing in Stock Market as a viable tool to attain our aspirations in life. But if you are willing to learn and be consistent on handling your finances well, you can start to invest in stock market and do these 7 things first before you jump into it.

1. Pay your debt. It is ideal that you have no loans before you invest particularly the ones that give big interest. Good interest and bad interest will pull each other,thus, your networth will not grow. Know if what you borrowed is an asset or a liability.
2. Create a habit of paying yourself. Learn to live at 80% of your income. Set aside the 20% for your savings and investment. Everytime you earn,prioritize saving first. Use this formula:Income Minus Savings=Expenses rather than Income minus Expenses=Savings
3. Create your emergency fund. Save 3 to 6 times of your monthly salary. If you will have to pay something that is unexpected,you can get it from your emergency fund. You have money to use if you lose your job,a member of the family gets sick, your daughter needs to pay something at school,the gate of your house was broken down,you need to buy a spare tire and many more.
4. Get yourself a health card and your family members. It is very important that you have health card so that if illness happens, you don’t have to shell out cash. If you will be hospitalized for a dengue, it will cost you like 30k-100k  for a week. But if you have a health card,you do not need to pay for it but the HMO company will take care of it.
5.Insure your non-life assets. Things will not go well unexpectedly. You are driving and suddenly you slam someone’s car or worst is you hit people while they are crossing the streets. This will cost you money if you do not have an auto insurance. Get your non-life insurance for your car,house,business,accident,travel and many more for you to be protected.
6. Get Dread Disease Insurance. We hope that we will not get sick like cancer,diabetes,stroke,terminal illness, etcetera because this will cost you a lot of money. It’s better to have this coverage so that if it happens, you have funds to use for your treatment.
7.Get Life insurance. The most important insurance that you should have. You are the money making machine and if death comes,your income will stop. Your dependents will surely be left for nothing. How they can continue the lifestyle that you are providing with them. If you pass today, would you know if your family will be financially secured without you? If not, you should insure yourself properly.

These are the things that you should do before you invest in Stock Market so that you can maximize the returns of your investments. It is not ideal to jump right away to invest without assessing if you are capable of doing it so. Your hard-earned money should be well allocated otherwise you will lose it all in one snap. The logic here is even if you are earning well to your stock market investment and unexpected things happen, you are prepared for it rather than you will suddenly stop your investment or withdraw it which you will be in a losing situation. If your money in stock market is not even earning yet,you just wasted your time and money. You simply follow these steps from saving money, you can insure then you can invest and you will be in a winning situation long term for you to achieve your financial goals in the future.

Thanks for reading my blog.

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Adviser,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
equities, investment, life insurance, Personal Finance

Poorman’s Grave:What You Can Learn From this Eraserheads Song on Financial Planning

I grew up listening to Eraserheads, I love their songs. I bought their albums as well and up to this days I still listen to their songs. This is also one of the reasons why I studied at UP Diliman because Eraserheads was formed in UP. Who would not know Ely Buendia,Raimund Marasigan,Buddy Zabala and Marcus Adoro? They are the most influential rock band in the Philippines. Most of their songs represent what we can observe in our culture that is why it is easy for most of us to like the Eraserheads.

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The Eraserheads(From Left to Right): Ely Buendia, Marcus Adoro, Buddy Zabala and Raimund Marasigan. (Photo courtesy of Rappler)

One of my favorite songs is Poorman’s grave from their album Cutterpillow.  When I first heard it, it was a surreal experience. It was a happy up-beat song but the lyrics were sad. It was a story of a poor man who wished not to be buried in a poorman’s grave when he died. It was a tragic song because the guy was hopeless.

If you have not heard the song, you may check this link from an Eheads fan who created a youtube video with lyrics.

In this regard, I would like to share some things that you can find useful on this song about Financial Planning.

He was a poor man all his life..  Becoming a poor is a choice. It may sound harsh but in everything that happens to our life,it is our choice, no one is  to blame but all of our actions from the past. But it is never too late to improve and change our life by learning how to handle our finances well even though we think that we only earn small income for us not to be poor for the rest of our life.

He said Good Lord, why have you forsaken me.When everything I did I thought was right.. Never blame others for the bad circumstances that happen to our life that is why it is important to learn and look for someone who can guide you to the things that you want to achieve in life. Keep on learning and invest in yourself. Talk to Financial Planners for you to learn to create a Financial Plan. In the lyrics he was thinking that the Good Lord forsaken him, if he was blaming the Good Lord, who else he cannot blame?

All my days I have never sinned,So I hope you wont ignore what I’m asking for… The poor man thought that he never made a mistake in his life, thus , he is not willing to change to be better in his life. If someone advised him to save, insure himself and invest his money, for sure, he will not listen because he will simply say that he is doing the right things on his finances.  Listening to constructive criticism is one good practice to be financially free.

Oh honey when I die Dress me up in a coat and tie Give my feet a pair of shoes/Oh honey when I die Give me a bed of roses Where I could lie… He does not think about what will happen to his family when he passes away. Instead of preparing for the future of his wife and his children like for education, food, etc., by getting a life insurance, he only focuses on the things for the present but not for the future of his family, imagine he will use up all of his savings just to have a grandiose burial.

He comes home drunk every night… The poor man should have saved his money instead of spending money on things that are not important. He never creates a budget plan where he can use his money well so that he will be out of poverty through saving money and eventually he can invest.

All my days I have lived in shame.. The poor man thinks that there is no hope in his life. He is a pessimist obviously that is why opportunities shy away from his life. It is very important that if you want to get out of poverty, you need to become an optimistic person.

Understanding the song Poorman’s grave represents the attitude of most of us Filipinos on handling our finances. We should not do what the poor man did to his life.  It shows that our Financial Literacy is really low that is why even though we earn money from our job or even small business, we will never get out of poverty because we never learn Personal Finance.

I always believe that if you are born poor, it is not your fault, but you if you die poor, it is your fault. It does not matter how small your income is, but what is important is you can discipline yourself to save first before you spend your money and you will reap the benefits in the future.

Let’s aspire to become Financially Free for our God, our country, and for our family.

 

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Adviser,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
equities, investment, Personal Finance, stockmarket

Investing in Stock Market Can Surpass Your Salary

Investing in stock market can surpass your salary

Creating a passive income can make you financially independent, you can afford not to work anymore which you can do what is more important to you. Investing in stock market is one tool that you can do to achieve passive income. While we are earning through active income, it is good that you start to invest also for you to create passive income in the future.

Let me share with you how it is possible to surpass your salary through investing in stock market consistently.

Here is the illustration of an employee who earns a salary starting at age 23 until age 60:

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Let’s assume that an employee at age 23 has a salary of ph18,000  per month,so in a year he is earning Ph216,000 including the 13th month salary. Let’s assume that the annual increase of his salary is 5% per year but in our country,it is very rare to get a job that can give you an annual increase of 5% per year. If that employee will work in a job until age 60, his monthly salary will be Ph101,044.92 Ph or Ph1,313,583.90 per year if his employer will give him an annual increase of 5% per year. This only means that if your employer now is not giving you an annual increase of 5% per year,your salary will be lesser from this assumptions in the future. But these days, there is no job security. That is why it is advisable for us to invest for us to prepare for our future expenses.

On the other hand, if the employee decided to invest Ph3,000 per month for only 10 years,look how his money will grow over time for him.

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We can see that he only invested Ph3,000 per month or Ph36,000 per year for only 10 years. He let his money grow for long term and let’s assume that his investment will give him 12% annual returns in long term. You can see that on the 6th year his investment has surpassed his annual income, Annual Salary is only Ph275,676.82 and the value of his investment is Ph292,146.81 and on the 12th year his investment doubled his salary already. His annual salary is Ph369,433.30 and the value of his investment is Ph792,472.80. You will notice that his investment funds compound over time which can give more income than his salary. If he decides to still continue his job, he can use this money to create another investments for him to grow his money by diversifying to real estate or business. If the employee stops working at age 60 he will already have Ph15,088,739.23 which he can use for his retirement. With this strategy, it is possible to surpass your salary through investing consistently in stock market which it can help you to achieve your financial goals in life. Can you imagine if how much money he will have if he invested more than 10 years?

To summarize, this is the chart of the growth of investing in Stock Market compared to salary increase.

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In conclusion,  it is important that we need to save and invest while we are young and earning from our job so that we can create another source of income through investing in Phil.Stock Market rather than we only depend income from our job which is too risky in the future. We see that the increase of our salary will never surpass the returns that you can get if you invest in Philippine Stock Market long term. Which will you choose? Will you just stick to your salary? or you start to save and invest so that your money can work for you while you are earning from your job.  It is wiser to create another source of income for us to secure our future financial needs.

Thank you for reading my blog. I hope you learn about the importance of investing. Start to create your financial plan now to reap the benefits in the future.

 

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Adviser,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com

 

equities, investment, Personal Finance, stockmarket

How to Beat Inflation?

How to beat inflation

A lot of us don’t realize inflation. We thought that if we have money in the bank will guarantee us safety in the long run. It may be safe for now but you are actually losing money if you park your money in the bank long term. Shockingly, bank deposits in our  banking system reached Ph10.4B as of December 2016. It shows that most of the financial portfolios of the Filipinos are not well diversified. Nothing wrong putting money in the bank but you have to know your purpose why do you put all your money in the bank.

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Let’s define inflation. According to Investopedia: Inflation is the rate at which the general level of prices for goods and services is rising and, consequently, the purchasing power of currency is falling. It is inevitable that you will surely lose the real value of your money if you do not invest it.

Let me illustrate:
What can you buy  with Ph500 from these different years?

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The illustration shows that your Ph500 in 1998 cannot buy the same value of goods as time goes by because prices will surely go up. The value of your money gets smaller long term because of inflation. Inflation Rate ranges from 1%-5% depending on the economy’s situation. Now, how you can beat inflation? You have to look for a Financial Instrument that can give you an interest rate more than the inflation rate. There are many ways how to beat inflation but for this blog post, I recommend investing in Equities or Stock Market.

Here in this illustration, if you put your Ph1,000,000 in the bank and you leave it for 20 years, this will what happen to your money.

1M in a bank for twenty years

It clearly shows that the real value of your money loses over time with an assumption of 1% interest rate per year. Inflation beats your money,the real value of your Ph1,000,000 is not the same after 20 years and even though you see that there is an increase in nominal value because it is Ph1,208, 108.95, the amount increased will not make up with the loses due to inflation. You cannot buy the same items after 20 years if your money did not beat inflation.

Now, if you put your money in an Equity Fund that can give on the average returns of 12% per year after 20 years.

1M in equity after years

In investing in Equity, the real value of your money will grow long term. You can buy more for your future financial needs because in the illustration, your money from Ph1,000,000 grows to Ph8,612,761.69.

Given these illustrations, it means that you have to look for a Financial Instrument that can beat inflation rate of 1%-5% per year. If you put your money in Equity or Stock Market, it can give you an average of 8%-12% per year. This way, you can beat inflation so that you can prepare for your future financial needs. Now, the questions is if you have a plan to achieve a financial goal for more than 10 years in the future like for your Children’s education, Retirement, Business Funds or buying your dream House? Where will you put it? You can now decide where to put it, will you just save it or invest in Stock Market?

Inflation is real, that is why while we are earning now, we need to learn how to diversify so that our money can work for us as well. You will see the benefits of investing in the future because it will give you income in the future if you cannot work anymore. Let’s beat inflation by investing our money now.

 

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Adviser,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com

 

life insurance, Personal Finance

Why you should have a Financial Plan?

why you should have a Financial Plan

Have you heard about the adage: “If you fail to plan,you plan to fail. In all aspects of our life,planning is important. But it should not be all plans,it should be well executed and evaluated for you to achieve your goals in the future.

In our life, money is important for us to achieve our goals. It is unusual,if you say that money is not important. We have to understand that our income is not there always to sustain us. There is a study that upon retirement, 63% of us will be broke. It means that a lot of us will be dependent to other people. Even though, while we are earning good while young will not guarantee Financial success in the future. That is why, it is advisable that we need to have a Financial plan. Let me share with you the reasons why do need to have a Financial Plan.

1. You can prepare for your retirement needs when you get old. How much monthly income would you like to receive? You can complement your SSS/GSIS which you can be comfortable that you will not depend to your children or grandchildren.

2. You can prepare for your children’s education. Tuition fees are increasing every year, ranging from 10%-20% increase per year. If you start to create a Financial Plan earlier,the amount that you have to set is smaller compared if your kids will go to college next year than 10 years ago.

3. You can prepare for your dream house. You can set aside money now for you to buy the house that you like in the future. It is possible to pay it in cash!

4. You can prepare for the business that you want to start in the future. Let’s say you want to start a restaurant, you prepare for it by creating a Financial plan.

5. It is possible that you can have a passive income where you can make your money work for you. All you have to do is just withdraw from your investments to sustain your lifestyle.

6. You can bless more people if you achieve financial independence. If today, that your income is not that big but you manage also to give, how much more if you will be wealthy?

7. You can inspire people to become financially independent thus if more Filipinos are wealthy, our country will be also a wealthy nation because everyone knows how to create a Financial Plan. Philippines will be a great country.

With these reasons,you should start your discipline in handling your finances. Even though, your salary is not big as you think or there are so much expenses, you can start right away just by saving money everytime you earn consistently,until it becomes a habit for you and eventually, you can now look for opportunities how to grow your money in a Financial Plan. Always remember, if we don’t  save and invest, we will never achieve financial independence. Start your Financial Plan now!

Thanks for reading my blog!

 

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Planner,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
life insurance, Personal Finance

Why Single Should Get Life Insurance?

The typical market for Life Insurance is people with families to protect. When the breadwinner passed away his/her dependents either the husband/wife or children will be taken care of by receiving the death benefits of the life insurance policy. But if you are single and no children yet, is it advisable to get life insurance? The answer is a big YES! Let me share with you some reasons that single individuals should get life insurance as well.

  1. You may have dependents that rely to your income. I have friends and clients who are still single but they support their parents, brothers and sisters. If death comes to that person, who can now support their parents and how can their brothers and sisters continue the same lifestyle that you provide to them? Thus, it is advisable that on this situation, that person should insure himself as well.
  2. Leave a gift. You may leave a gift to someone who is dear to your heart like even if you don’t support them financially. It can be your church, foundation that you like,niece, nephew, aunt, uncle or partner in business. It is good that leave something of great value when you pass away.
  3. Life Insurance can be your clean up fund. If someone passes away, death benefit can be used to unpaid hospital bills, funeral expenses, and to buy you a piece of land where he/she can be buried. You will not burden your loved ones, relatives and friends to take care of all the expenses that will incur after your death. Can you imagine how costly these days if someone dies?
  4. Life Insurance Disability Rider can be used if you will be disabled and not able to work. You can get an income replacement if in case that you will get an accident and you are not able to work. If you stop working, your income will stop but the expenses will still continue thus you can get it from your Life Insurance Disability Rider.
  5. Life Insurance Dread Disease Rider can help you to treat your disease. If you will get sick, like cancer, heart disease, kidney failure, etc, you will have a fund that you can withdraw right away that can be used.
  6. You can get lower charges in premium if you start young and healthy. Mortality rate gets more expensive when we age because we are prone to get sick compared when we are young. So, it is good that you to get an insurance coverage while young and healthy.
  7. It can be used for your future expenses. There are life insurance plans that can give you funds that can be used for your future plans like buying your own house and lot, car,  retirement, business funding and even preparing for your dream wedding when you get married. These life insurance plans can make your money grow.
  8. You will be more attractive. It shows that you are responsible when it comes to handling your finances. If you are dating someone, wouldn’t be nice if you tell to that person that you have a Life Insurance Plan. It shows that you are the kind of person who really plans ahead and understood that risks of life can happen anytime,thus ,you are ready for it. So, if you will marry that person, you know that when you start a family, you know that he/she will take care of you even to the point that he/she will be gone in the future.

With these reasons, it is advisable that you protect yourself even if you are single so that if risks of life, you have peace of mind that you will be covered. I always believe that intelligent people insure themselves properly. We hope for the best but we have to be wise to prepare for the worst. Insure yourself now while you are still single.

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Adviser,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
equities, investment, Personal Finance, stockmarket

Peso Cost Averaging Strategy

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I learned about investing in stock market around 2013 when I first read about Warren Buffet that he made his wealth through owning shares of companies through Stock Market. It made me think that it is good that aside from earning from my salary(active income), it is also good to earn money from other sources of income through passive income. It is wiser to create a passive income because it makes your money work for you. Your money will never get sick, file a vacation leave, or complain about anything, that is why it is good that you should make them work for you.It is possible that you will surpass your active income through passive income thus you can now choose not to work anymore and enjoy the fruit of your labor through Stock Market.

The question is how can you win in investing in stock market knowing that it is risky. PSEi index goes up and down, what if i lose the big portion of my money? Should I get out already? Or  should I add more funds because the market is down?

For me, I recommend that you do peso cost averaging strategy in pooled funds.  First of all,it should be clear to you why do want to invest. You have to know your goals, time line, expected returns, and the risks you can bear. Investing in stock market requires patience and discipline for you to win.  With a proper mindset, you can complement it also with the strategy of Peso Cost Averaging.

Let’s define Peso Cost Averaging. Peso cost averaging is regularly investing a fixed amount of money done either weekly, monthly, bi-monthly, or quarterly. You will buy even the prices are low and high. Peso Cost Averaging is suitable for investors who cannot invest a big amount of money right away in Stock Market. If you have Ph1,000,000, what you can do is wait for the time that the market is bearish and wait for it to be bullish and you can earn more money.  I suggest that you don’t put your Ph1,000,000 right away in single transaction, you can wait and put money on the lowest possible average price by studying the historical charts for your reference and maximise the returns of your money.

Now, going back to Peso Cost Averaging, I would like to share a past performance that happened to a pooled fund that I know.

Here it is:

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The investor invested Ph25,000 per quarter starting January 2007 until October 2012. You will notice that the Net Asset Value per Unit (NAVPU) changes over time because volatility in Stock Market is normal. It goes up and down but the investor bought units consistently. You can see that from January 2007 until October 2012 he invested a total of Ph600,000 and the total units he owned was 327,586 units.

Let’s see how the investor earned from doing Peso Cost Averaging Strategy:

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We can see that the investor earned Ph557, 289 for six years which he had a fund value of Ph1,157,289 or 92.88% returns out of his Ph600,000 investment on the 6th year. Isn’t that good? If you just save your money in the bank with same amount, your money will not grow like that. While investing consistently, earning from Peso Cost Averaging Strategy can help you to achieve your Financial goals in the future. Your money just compounded over time.These returns are not guaranteed but this already happened, you can always have opportunities to earn in stock market if you start soon and hold it for long time.

The stock market index is very volatile and it is not easy to time the market, thus, if you want to start to invest in Stock Market with an amount that you are comfortable to start with, you can choose to use Peso Cost Averaging Strategy in pooled funds. Using this strategy is not a perfect investment, there are investors who like to trade or they want to timing the market for them to maximise the returns of their money but if you are busy with your job or business that you don’t have time to study what companies you should put your money and monitor it, I recommend that you use Peso Cost Averaging strategy in pooled funds. The key in this strategy is: It’s not a matter of timing but the consistency in investing regardless of the market conditions. You will win in peso cost averaging.

Thank you very much for reading my blog. If you want to learn more about how peso cost averaging can help you to achieve your financial goals in life, you may reach me.

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Planner,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
equities, investment, Personal Finance, stockmarket

How to invest in Stock Market

How to invest in stock market

Investing in Philippine Stock Market is not that familiar to most of us. We never understand how to take advantage of it to reach our financial goals in the future that is why only few Filipinos invest in Stock Market. Investing in stock market can make you a shareholder of different companies that are publicly listed in our country,thus, if these companies earn,you will also earn but there are risks that you can encounter as well if these companies will not earn, you will also not earn,worst is, you will lose all your money invested.  That is why it is important that you do your part as well to study before you invest. Learning how to participate in stock market is not that difficult as you think specially these days that you can get so many information that will be helpful for you to be knowledgeable in investing in stocks.

Let me share with you the 2 ways how to invest in Stock Market:

1. Do it by yourself-You can go to the stock broker to buy shares. You can go to a traditional broker by calling them or through online broker for you to participate in Phil. Stock Market. You have to do the Fundamental analysis and Technical Analysis for you to manage your funds to earn. It is advisable that you have to make time to analyze and know which company you should put your money. Risks are high if you will do it yourself but brokers also can guide you to which company you should put your money which you can have high potential returns.

2. Let the expert do it for you-You can go to pooled funds where there are fund managers who can invest your money. They will create funds that consist of  blue chip companies that they actively manage that you can be part of. You don’t need to study which company you should invest but the fund managers will study if what companies they should put your money to grow. You will have shares from different companies that are included in the pooled funds. Risks are lesser than doing direct  but the returns are not that high compared to direct to stock market investment.

Which one is better? It depends to the situation of the investors. You can do both or just do one. If you have time to study the stock market and you like to study the companies that you want to invest and analyze the trend of the market, you can do it by yourself and if you are busy to your job or business that you don’t have time to monitor and study the stock market, it is better you let the fund managers handle your money to grow it in pooled funds.

Either of the two, if you invest in stock market long term the potential to earn is possible than just saving in the banks. You just have to study first before you invest. Start to invest now in Philippine Stock Market for you to achieve your financial goals in the future either you do it by yourself or be part of pooled funds.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Archie M. Yuki, CC, CIS
Financial Planner,Investment Consultant and Insurance Specialist
The Insular Life Assurance Ltd.,Co.
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com
investment, life insurance, Personal Finance

How Mutual Funds Work?

I always believe in diversification, it is better to spread our hard-earned money to different financial vehicles that can help us to achieve our financial goals in the future. One financial vehicle that I recommend is Mutual Funds. Let’s define Mutual Fund: A mutual fund is an investment vehicle made up of a pool of funds collected from many investors for the purpose of investing in securities such as stocks, bonds, money market instruments and similar assets The money collected will be managed by the investment company.

How mutual funds work:

1. Professional Fund Management-Managed by professional fund managers who are supported by experienced research teams, with real-time access to crucial market information.

2. Diversification-It will be invested to different asset classes like Equity,Balanced and Bonds which can allow you to diversify.

3.Convenience and Flexibility- You can easily invest and withdraw in any amount and choose to invest  affordable, calculated amounts systematically.

4. Transparent and Well regulated- Industry Rules  and regulations are reviewed and refined by Securities and Exchange Commission(SEC) to protect investors.

5. Minimal charges-Charges are small  that can make your money grow faster. Front load ranges from 1%-2% only while Annual management fees are from 1%-2% per annum.

6.You can choose what risks you can take when you invest. High Risks=High Returns, Mid Risks=Mid Returns, Low Risk=Low Returns. Average returns on high risks fund can give 8%-15% per year after 10 years.

7. Access to different asset classes- You can invest to wide range of portfolios that are cheaper than you buy individual companies or government bonds which sometimes that are not available for individual investors.

Let’s say, an investor would set a goal of P1,000,000 after 10 years if the annual returns will be 8% in Equity Funds. How much should he invest every year?

See the illustration:

The investor just needs to invest Ph69,000.30 per year or Ph5,750.05  per month consistently for him to reach the goal of Ph1,000,000 after 10 years but if you put the same amount in the savings account, you will only get Ph722,954.03 if the bank will give you 1% per year.  If you notice that if you just let it grow in Mutual Funds and you will not withdraw it, it will compound itself, it means it will grow more.  That’s how Mutual Funds work for you, passive income will work for you.

It is important to understand that you keep investing for your future even if you think that it is small because you will win on peso cost averaging. It does not matter if the  market goes up and down but it is how long you stay invested until you reach your financial goals in the future. I advise that do not get Mutual Funds yet if you don’t have enough life insurance coverage  first because if death comes or critical illness happens you are protected before you use your mutual fund. Always follow this formula from Saving Money to Insuring yourself to Growing your money to Preservation.

Thank you for reading my blog.

Archie M. Yuki
Financial Planner,Certified Investment Solicitor and Insurance Specialist
4th floor Karina Bldg., No. 33 Shaw Blvd. Pasig City
Tel No. 571-3274
Mobile Number. 0917-5769607, 0923-4941362
Email Address: archieyuki30@gmail.com