Three Personal Finance Rockstars in the Philippines that you Should Follow in Social Media

Social Media has been one of the major reasons for the continues growth of Financial Literacy here in the Philippines.

Though I may not have the exact number, but curiosity and interest in managing finances effectively has increased tremendously over the past several years. This is evidenced by various organisations that are popping out trying to further increase awareness of Financial Literacy.

However, with the increasing number of groups/individuals to follow, the question of who’s really the real deal may arise. With that, here are the top four people in my Facebook Newsfeed that I don’t fail to learn something new.

Personal Finance Rockstars

Bo Sanchez (Facebook)

Bo SanchezWith his free ebook My Maid Invests in the Stock Market, the preacher in blue jeans has inspired a lot of Filipinos to invest in the stock market. He somehow erased the idea that the stock market is for the reach only. Upon reading the said ebook, his readers ends up asking, “if his maids can invest in the stock market, why can’t I?”.

Over the years, retail investors in the stock market slowly increase, which really gives hope on our Philippine Stock Market for future enormous growth.

One thing about Bo Sanchez is that he is a Preacher. Nope, he’s not a priest, but a layman who finds his mission to preach the word of the Lord to a surprisingly huge crowd of people who follows his faith organization.

Why follow Bo?

Bo Sanchez’s approach in teaching about money is by integrating it with the teachings of the Holy Bible. I’m not a very religious person, but when I attend The Feast (Bo Sanchez’s weekly Prayer Meeting), discussions about money provides more meaning on a wider universe, rather than the pursuit of it for thyself.

Chinkee Tan (Facebook | Youtube | Viber)

Was once known as one of the “Hawi Boys” of the once popular Randy Santiago, Chinkee Tan offers a story of how life can turn around from poverty to a life of abundance.

Here’s an interview of Korina Sanchez with Chinkee last 2007 for you to learn more about him:

Aside from show business, Chinkee Tan’s background includes coming from the Network Marketing business – such background provided him insights on how to really help people not only on managing money, but also in providing business ideas that helps his audience have something to manage.

One of the things I like about Chinkee Tan is the he is VERY ACTIVE in social media, especially in Facebook. If you are following him at Facebook, you will often receive notifications that he is doing a live broadcast using Facebook Live, sharing some small bits of information that could motivate and inspire people into taking action.

I really appreciate this guy’s energy in trying to uplift the Filipino people the best way he can.

He’s very active in radio broadcasts too. You can hear him talk at Radio 5 early morning on weekends.

Randell Tiongson (Facebook | Viber)

Randell TiongsonThe very first time I encountered Randell Tiongson was when I took the Financial Planning modules conducted by the Registered Financial Planners of the Philippines (RFP) way back in 2010/2011.

Randell’s background was on the Financial Advisory business worked as an Insurance Agent for several years (don’t know exactly how long, but I know it’s a very long and extensive experience). His insights came from various experiences with different people and clients.

He is currently the Director of the RFP Philippines, guiding Financial Planners with the proper pillars of financial planning, which will then be used in guiding their clients, families, and especially, themselves.

Randell regularly posts upcoming seminars of different Personal Finance personalities and leads a Viber Chat (together with some interesting personalities) where we can gain  insights on the world of personal finance.

Of course, these people are my personal choices.

How about you? Who do you like following in Social Media? Please share them in the comment section below.

PIME 004: Everything You Need to Know in Investing in Mutual Funds in the Philippines – Q&A Part 2

In this session, we continue to talk about the frequently asked questions that I receive from different Filipinos around the world regarding the subject of Investing in Mutual Funds in the Philippines.

If you missed the first part of this series, you can just visit Pinoy Investing Made Easy Podcast No. 3 so you can have a solid base in understanding this session.

Here are the questions that I’ve tried to answer with the hope of further strengthening your knowledge about mutual funds.

  • How much do I need to open a Mutual Fund account?
  • Am I required to make additional investments every month in my mutual fund investment?
  • Can OFWs open a mutual fund account even if they are still out of the country?
  • How will I know which mutual fund company to choose?
  • What are the charges/fees involved in investing in Mutual Funds?

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In this podcast, we’ve mentioned the following links:

 

PIME 003: Everything You Need to Know in Investing in Mutual Funds in the Philippines – Q&A

In this session, we talk about the frequently asked questions in investing in mutual funds herein the Philippines.

This session is for you if:

  • You haven’t heard anything yet with mutual funds but are open to learning new things that could benefit you and your family.
  • You are considering to invest in mutual funds but very apprehensive to start because of fear due to lack of knowledge
  • You have already started but hungry to obtain deeper knowledge about mutual funds so you can take advantage of your investment and make the most out of it.

This session is the first of the series of podcasts that will tackle the frequently asked questions that I have encountered while talking about Mutual Funds for the last 5 years through my blog MutualFundPhilippines.com.

For this part 1, we were able to answer the following questions:

  1. What are Mutual Funds?
  2. How does it work?
  3. Can I instruct the fund manager on where I want my money to be invested?
  4. How can I make money from Mutual Funds?
  5. Why do the price per share of Mutual Funds (NAVPS) increase or decrease?
  6. How can I start investing in Mutual Funds?

Here are the links mentioned in this podcast session:

  • Steps on how to invest in mutual funds in the Philippines (here)
  • Philippine Investment Funds Association (PIFA) – www.PIFA.com.ph

For the continuation of this series, you may check out Session No. 4 for more questions answered in a very detailed manner.

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PIME 002: Where to Start Your Journey to Financial Independence?

Starting something always feel difficult and uncomfortable. That’s same for any life experience as it is in money.

In this session, we’ve tackled the first things that we need to understand and accept before really taking the road to financial independence.

Busting the myth: “Money is the root of evil”

Blaming money for most terrible things that happen in life is one of our favourite excuse in failing to manage it correctly. After all, most of us believe that Money is the root of evil.

Contrary that, we have to understand that money is just a tool that does not have life on its own. It is whom who use it has the morality of being good or bad – it us, people.

It is about being a good or a bad person, not a good or a bad money.

In this session, I compared money to a knife.

A knife is a tool often used in cooking our meals – used in cutting meat, chopping vegetables, etc… However, that same knife is used by some people to commit murder and some use it in threatening other people.

Again, there are good and bad people, not good and bad things (money).

The Pillars of Financial Foundation

Once we have accepted that money is just a tool. The next best step is to educate ourselves on how to manage it and how to make it work for us, and not against us (debts).

I. Build an Emergency Fund

We have a habit of giving our own definition of emergencies. The need to buy a luxury bag that is on a DISCOUNT is not an emergency!

Emergency fund aims to safeguard your investments by being the second line of defence in case emergencies happen – the REAL emergencies. I’ve mentioned “second line of defence” since insurance are really the first line defence.

As a rule of thumb, we have to keep at least 3 to 6 months worth of our monthly expenses.

II. Get Protection through Insurance (Life, health, and the necessary non-life)

Insurance stands as our first line of defence to Financial Stress.

During time of need, say you will be hospitalized, or in a vehicular accident, what comes first thing to mind? Insurance, definitely.

Insurance protects us from spending a huge chunk of money during sickness, accidents, and other life’s contingencies. It protects our emergency fund from being spent, avoiding any unnecessary financial stress in the process.

Once both insurance and emergency funds are in place, you’re now ready to invest.

III. Make Money Work for you by Investing

Investments aid us in making our money work for us. We worked so hard to earn money. It’s just right to make money work for us, real hard.

There are various forms of investments. We can invest in our own business, stocks, mutual funds, etc…

Let’s discuss them in future sessions.

IV. Prepare for transferring wealth (Legacy)

After accumulating these wealth, at one point in our lives, we have to transfer them to our heirs/loved ones. If transferring wealth is just as easy as abc, then there’s no need to prepare.

But this is a complex aspect of personal finance, especially if the government is involved.

In the future sessions, let’s talk about Estate Tax.

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PIME 001: Welcome to the Pinoy Investing Made Easy Podcast

Pinoy Investing Made Easy

Welcome to the very first episode of Pinoy Investing Made Easy Podcast. Yehey!

For eight (8) years, I’ve been sharing a lot of things that I know and things that I continue to learn through articles (blog posts).

I’ve been contemplating to add a new medium in sharing my knowledge that could benefit my readers. After a long thinking and self-convincing, I’m publishing my very first podcast. 🙂

So, what’s Pinoy Investing Made Easy Podcast all about?

Well, check it out by hitting the play button! 🙂

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Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines as of October 31, 2015

Unit Investment Trust Funds, popularly referred to as UITFs are pooled funds similar to Mutual Funds, only it is managed by Banks.

Here are the Top Performing UITFs in the Philippines from UITF.com.ph as of October 31, 2015.

Top 5 Equity Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
China Banking Corporation CBC EQUITY FUND 2.43%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Philippine High Dividend Equity Fund 1.99%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Equity Value Fund 1.20%
Asia United Bank Equity Investment Trust Fund -0.17%
Philippine National Bank AUP EQUITY FUND -0.71%

Top 5 Balanced Funds  (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
Robinsons Bank RBank Balanced Fund 1.51%
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Balanced Fund 1.51%
Philippine Bank of Communications BEST BALANCED FUND 1.34%
China Banking Corporation CBC BALANCED FUND 0.69%
Development Bank of the Philippines GINTONG SIKAP SECURE FUND 0.61%

Top 5 Intermediate Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
Union Bank UnionBank Infinity Prime Fund 2.63%
Portfolio Duration: 2.41 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Medium Term Fixed Income Portfolio 2.48%
Portfolio Duration: 2.28 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Security Bank Corporation SB INTERMEDIATE TERM PESO BOND FUND 2.27%
Portfolio Duration: 1.84 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Metropolitan Bank & Trust Co. Metro Max-3 Bond Fund 1.37%
Portfolio Duration: 2.35 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Bank of the Philippine Islands BPI Premium Bond Fund 1.36%
Portfolio Duration: 1.26 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Medium Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO FIXED INCOME FUND 3.42%
Portfolio Duration: 3.10 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Asia United Bank Peso Investment Trust Fund 3.09%
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO PESO BOND FUND 2.94%
Portfolio Duration: 3.02 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Philippine Peso Fixed Income Portfolio 2.43%
Portfolio Duration: 3.97 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
BDO Unibank, Inc. BDO MERIT FUND MEDIUM TERM PORTFOLIO 1.67%
Portfolio Duration: 3.31 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015

Top 5 Long Term Bond Funds (Year-to-Date)

Bank Fund Name ROI
AB Capital AB CAPITAL PREMIUM FUND 6.35%
Portfolio Duration: 1.09 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Long Term Fixed Income Portfolio 4.37%
Portfolio Duration: 4.44 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Union Bank UnionBank Tax Exempt Portfolio 3.24%
Portfolio Duration: 2.65 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015
Security Bank Corporation SB PESO BOND FUND 2.13%
Portfolio Duration: 7.90 year(s) as of 3rd quarter of 2015
Bank of the Philippine Islands ABF Philippines Bond Index Fund 1.99%
Portfolio Duration: 7.61 year(s) as of 2nd quarter of 2015

Disclaimer: Past performance is not an indication of future results. There are several risks associated with investing in mutual funds/UITF which are further discussed and enumerated in the fund’s prospectus. Please read the fund’s prospectus before you start investing. 

Top Mutual Funds in the Philippines as of October 31, 2015

As of October 31, 2015, the Philippines has a total of 54 active Mutual Fund Companies as per Philippine Investment Fund Association (PIFA).

top performing mutual funds in the philippines
Top 5 Equity Funds Year To Date

  Fund Name NAVPS YTD Return
1 Philequity Dividend Yield Fund, Inc. 1.2138 26.04%
2 United Fund, Inc. 3.2892 1.15%
3 First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund,Inc. 5.5523 -0.36%
4 Philippine Stock Index Fund Corp. 802.56 -0.47%
5 Philequity PSE Index Fund Inc. 4.7688 -0.97%

Updated Nov 12, 2015: PIFA has updated their website showing a -3.42% YTD loss for Philequity Dividend Yield Fund Inc.

Top 5 Balanced Funds Year To Date

Fund Name NAVPS YTD Return
1 Cocolife Dollar Fund Builder, Inc. $0.03539 2.28%
2 Bahay Pari Solidaritas Fund, Inc. 2.0473 0.65%
3 First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund Inc. 2.7959 -0.15%
4 One Wealthy Nation Fund, Inc. 1.0263 -1.22%
5 Sun Life Prosperity Dollar Advantage Fund, Inc. $3.1616 -1.43%

Top 5 Bond Funds Year To Date

Fund Name NAVPS YTD Return
1 Cocolife Fixed Income Fund, Inc. 2.5223 4.21%
2 ATRAM Total Return Dollar Bond Fund Inc. $1.0989 3.41%
3 Philam Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. $2.1355 2.90%
4 ALFM Dollar Bond Fund, Inc. $418.61 2.54%
5 Sun Life of Canada Prosperity Bond Fund, Inc. 2.7686 2.51%

Top 10 Mutual Funds in the Philippines as of October 31, 2015 as to 5-Year Return

Fund Name Fund Type NAVPS 5 yr. Return
1 Philequity PSE Index Fund Inc. Equity Fund 4.7688 12.02%
2 Philequity Fund, Inc. Equity Fund 35.0043 11.92%
3 Philippine Stock Index Fund Corp. Equity Fund 802.56 11.90%
4 First Metro Save and Learn Equity Fund,Inc. Equity Fund 5.5523 9.88%
5 NCM Mutual Fund of the Phils., Inc Balanced Fund 1.8273 9.23%
6 First Metro Save and Learn Fixed Income Fund,Inc. Bond Fund 2.2211 9.18%
7 Sun Life Prosperity Philippine Equity Fund, Inc. Equity Fund 3.9723 8.92%
8 Bahay Pari Solidaritas Fund, Inc. Balanced Fund 2.0473 8.46%
9 ATRAM Dynamic Allocation Fund, Inc. Balanced Fund 1.7953 8.33%
10 First Metro Save and Learn Balanced Fund Inc. Balanced Fund 2.7959 7.33%

Disclaimer: Past performance is not an indication of future results. There are several risks associated with investing in mutual funds which are further discussed and enumerated in the fund’s prospectus. Please read the fund’s prospectus before you start investing.