There are ways if we change our minds and set priorities in saving. If we develop the habit of saving, we can now have funds to start investing. If we start investing we can make our money grow. This is the stage of our life that money will work hard for us.We can take advantage of compounding interest. It means that if you invested Ph100 this year and it earns 10%, it will now be Ph110. But next year when it earns 10% again, the base will be now the Ph110 not the Ph100. It means interest on interest. Even if we work hard to our job or businesses, money can work harder for us. It’s wiser move than always depend on a single source of income. As Warren Buffet said that never depend on single income, make investment to create second source of income.
We have to understand that there are two categories that we can choose when it comes to investing, one is Lending type of investment and the other is Owning type of investment. If you go to a lending type of investment ,it is designed to use for your short-term goals, just like if you open a bank account or putting your money in a time deposit account. This means that you are simply lending your money to a financial institution,therefore, it will give you low returns like less than 2% per annum, but of course it is low-risk type of investment. In a short term financial instrument, you can use your money right away, for example you will be needing your money for the next 2 years to 3 years. While on the other hand, there is the Owning type of investment. It means that you will be like the owner of the companies that you will be investing at. Let’s say that you put your money into a financial instrument that will be invested at the stock market where it will be distributed to top corporations in the Philippines like in Jollibee, San Miguel Corp, BPI, Metrobank, etc. You are simply buying business and if they will earn, you will earn also. This type of investment is designed for long-term use. Let’s say, a person is saving for his children’s education, he can put his money to this owning type of investment because he will not need the money for the next 1 year to 5 years but he will be using it for the next 10 years to 15 years when his children will go to college. Owning type of investment is high-risk because it can fluctuate from high to low, the investor should be aware about it. But in the long run, it can give high returns like 15% to 20% per annum if you will cost average it.
Which is better? Lending type of investment or Owning type of investment? It really depends on the person who will be investing. I have known one client of mine that I give high regard to and he is now 52 years old, 13 years from now, he will retire.I asked him if he is prepared for his retirement, he told me that he has his money in time deposit and it has been there for almost 25 years. I told him that his money is not earning there. It is a big mistake that we put our money to a financial instrument that will give less than 2% but that funds will be used after 30 years for retirement funds purposes. What I’m saying is short term goals should be invested in short term financial instrument while long term goals should be invested in a long term financial instrument. We have different set of goals that we need. Some people will choose low-risk investment or high-risk investment. It really depends. If you have financial goals that you will be needing for the next 10 years to 15 years, I suggest that you put it in a financial instrument that can give you higher returns, do not put your funds in a short-term financial instrument that will give you low returns because you will simply lose your money and it will not grow.
As a Financial Planner, I always ask my clients if what are their financial goals, from there I can advise them where they can put their funds in order for them to achieve their financial goals in the future. Investing is risky but if we are mentally, emotionally and financially prepared we don’t have to panic if the stock market will go down. If you will stick to your plan, you will definitely achieve your financial goals. We just have to remember that if we are going to start investing, the money that we will invest should be our excess from our savings. So that, you will not be emotionally attached to that money, otherwise, you will always be worried if all of your money is invested and you don’t have any funds left. So, it is wiser that after creating a habit of saving, we now go to investing so that we make our money work for us. Even if a person has stable income but never saves and invests, he will never be financially independent, money will be spent only.
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope that you learn something.I look forward that you read my future blogs.
Let’s spread financial literacy to our fellow Filipinos.
To learn more about Financial Literacy, you may contact me.
Archie M. Yuki
Associate Unit Manager/Financial Planner
The Insular Life Assurance Ltd. Co
Mobile Number: 0917-5769607
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