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6 amazing things I learned financially from SUPERBOWL LI (51)

Today, we witnessed another sports event that reminded us that everything is possible. New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons had a really excellent duel in this Super Bowl LI. This sports event is such a big thing in the United States but in the country we are just wondering how this kind of sport really works. I’d like to share my observation within the game and how you can use it to change your finances this year.

Never give up – The score was totally not good at all for the New England Patriots, they need to make a stop, so they can score. For the last 2 quarters, everything is working against them. With the score of 3 (NEP) in favor of  28 (AF) and a limited time,  Tom Brady must create a really good play. Knowing that everything is not working, they decided that every possession counts, no turnover. Same thing goes with your finances; you’re running out of gas already, your money is getting thinner. Your emergency funds are no longer good. Never give up and be more creative. Be an entrepreneur and you’ll see money will flow again.

 

 

Make History– We have seen a historic comeback and they won the Vince Lombardi trophy, but remember it was such a bad start for the New England Patriots, but they compete and started embodying their roles. Soon, they were able to make another score until they tied the game. That moment, it already gave them advantage. The teams never waste it and their championship game will be put to the NFL history books. Your finances may look like ugly, but it’s not your destiny to settle for less. You should settle for more.

Beat your old record – Tom Brady was able to make some great comebacks in his career, that’s when he overcame a 24 point lead deficit from the previous Super Bowl.  Right now, he made every fans and sports analyst so proud of what he achieved. It’s overwhelming but your old assets must go up and not go down. Your liabilities must go down. You also need to bank on your Financial I.Q so you can grow your existing assets that you have.

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Be in sync with the team – The greatest quarterback stated that “he’s so proud with what the team achieved”, that’s a powerful reminder that he’s with them for the last 60 minutes of the game and beyond. If you have financial counselors, talk to them, if none, you won’t achieve a lot. You may experience the brink of disaster. Speak to those who are self made and you’ll be inspire to emulate their good traits and avoid possible traps.

Do your Job – Coach Bellichik who won the 5 Vince Lombardi Trophy said to his team to do their job. You know what that signifies, that’s trusting your teammates, the system, your gut feeling. Your job is to change the course of your family tree and help them uplift their situation. It’s not enough that you earned a lot but your ability to pass it on to the next generation.

 

Feb 5, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Lady Gaga performs during the halftime show during Super Bowl LI at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sport

Set the bar – Have you seen Lady Gaga’s performance at the Super Bowl Halftime show, astounding! In your finances, change is inevitable, but your mentality should be quite different from the last 4-5 years ago. Start changing your habits and be the leader in your family in terms of finances.

 

David Isaiah Angway is a Registered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Advisor and a financial consultant for IT-BPO-Banking, HealthCare Industry and Manpower Agencies. He is a conference speaker and was featured multiple times in ABS-CBN News Channel show called On the money, Bloomberg TV Philippines First Up, Morning show of NET 25 called Pambansang Almusal, Eagle Broadcasting Company EagleNewsPh Facebook Live and different radio stations in Metro Manila. He also writes for BusinessMirror, Rappler.com, and MoneySense magazine. He’s also part of the most respected agency in the Philippines. Sun Life Philippines. 

He is the CEO and founder of WinLongTerm Financial Consultancy, that help organizations retain their top key employees such young urban and educated millennial (Gen Y) by teaching practical money management in the workplace. You can contact him thru his website winlongterm.com and his Facebook Page @WinLongTerm for more informative ways how to grow your money and secure your family.

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13 guiltless ways how to spend your 13th month pay

Every year many employees and workers are expecting to receive their 13th month pay. It is also a very tempting time to increase their spending power at the last quarter of the year. Now, the dilemma is many of the regular employees are clueless on how to properly spend it in such a way that they won’t be guilty after. Here are 13 ways you can maximize your bonuses wherein you won’t be disappointed and guilt-free.

 

  1. Pay all your debts – There are lots of corporate employees who can afford to own a credit card especially in urban places but there’s also a tendency of getting lured not only to have one credit card but owning 4 cards in a row. A huge bait in having a massive debts may occur. So once you receive your bonus, make that amount a means to pay your debts, if not enough still it could lessen your burdens.   
  2. Create a rainy days fund– Murphy’s Law says that whenever you don’t have rainy day funds the rain always keep on coming. In order for you to prepare for those untimely problems a simple rainy days account must be established. It must be three to six months worth of your monthly needs expenses. Without it, you may experience big debts since you don’t have any safety net once you got hit by an unexpected catastrophe. 
  3. Open a savings account – Some of the Filipino employees sad to say, only owns a payroll account and aside from that nothing .Open a savings account but you need to maintain it. The main purpose of it is not for your money to sleep but to have proper allocations to important priorities so that you can save for the things that really matters to you. 
  4. Buy books and attend financial seminars –Either you are earning big or small, you should still increase your financial IQ in order to remove your fear. Those things that you don’t know, you will hate and when you are not open to learn new things, you are pushing all your dreams backward. Building your Financial IQ brick by brick can change your life. 
  5. Get a life insurance– An old joke says, “The only reason why you don’t need life insurance is when no one is going to cry when you die”. Indeed, you need one since you have a family that needs to be protected in case of your unexpected demise, sickness or accident. You are highly valuable; your ability to earn funds is irreplaceable. 
  6. Invest for your future – Whether it is a stock, mutual funds or real estate, it is a must that you need to prepare and strategize. You won’t be a millennial traveler forever if you keep on draining your savings. If you cannot sustain the cost of having that lifestyle ‘till 60 years old start changing your habits. Check your priorities and look at your financial goals according to your resources. 
  7. Buy a business or franchise – Franchises nowadays have a ready made system. You can easily go thru with it but you still need to be on the business to look at the possible projections. I just want to emphasize that there’s always a risk in every business and is not an automatic success. You need to take care of it like your handling your own child. 
  8. Enroll in short courses – Short courses is getting popular nowadays, either it can be online or in a real classroom, you will surely learn something new. The money you invest in this course can give you another edge especially if you will earn a title in your name. It will not only increase your competence but will give you a really good brand.
  9. Have a health insurance – 90% of the millennial that I interviewed would like to retire in between 45 to 55 years old. They didn’t see life working ‘till their sixty and many would love to have a second career as an entrepreneur. If you have that kind of perspective, it would be better to enroll yourself with another health cards  while the premium is still very low, compare to getting it when you finally retire. 
  10. Hire a financial advisor– When you hire a coach, you will not only get his expertise but also his experiences. You must capitalize other people’s talent in order for you to manage the risks and to minimize the mistakes you may encounter. Let someone create a plan for you and encourages you to save a lot of money in a long run. 
  11. Give a gifts to your love ones – This quarter is also known a season of giving and you can exercise being compassionate by finding a charity, a local church or sponsor a non-profit organization to make their projects a reality. 
  12. Invest it to social enterprise– I’m a big follower of social entrepreneurs today. They are customer driven and also uplift a certain community in the country at the same time. A company called “Cropital” whose technology is serving farmers who needs to get funds to have a capital to grow their crops, and after a couple of months, the investors will receive a dividend from the earnings the farmers got.  
  13. Use it for a vacation fund– There’s a study in the United States that as a human being, travelling helps us to grow and opens up our mind to different perspectives. But do not invest all your bonus to a vacation fund since this will also be an excuse fund for you if you haven’t prepare for the rainy days.

 

David Isaiah Angway is a Registered Financial Planner, Chartered Wealth Advisor and financial consultant for IT-BPO-Banking, Health Care Industry and Manpower Agencies. He is the CEO and founder of WinLongTerm Financial Consultancy, that helps organizations retain their top key employees such young urban and educated millennial (Gen Y) by teaching practical money management in the workplace. For more information and concerns subscribe to winlongterm.com, Facebook page or contact him at david@winlongterm.com, mobile number 0932-445-0145

 

This was also published in BusinessMirror

 

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7 efficient ways how to make an ideal retirement budget

Guest Post by  Phil Bradford

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Planning a budget after retirement is not at all an easy task. You need to reshuffle the whole budget that you have been following for all these years. You’ve to make changes in your grocery expenses, debt payments, utility bill payments, medical bill payments, auto and home insurance payments, and other expenses. Phew! What a tedious job. Isn’t it? If this is what makes you depressed, then cheer up. I’m here to guide you all the way to make a perfect budget after your retirement.

 

How to make an ideal retirement budget

You are struggling hard to create a proper budget for this year after your retirement. Is that so? You’ve come a long way all these years, and I’m sure that you’ll use your past experiences while drafting a retirement budget. But before you start drafting your retirement budget for 2016, just recall all the past financial mistakes you’ve made. It’ll definitely help you make a perfect retirement budget.

Use your mind wisely when you’re composing your retirement budget. Remember, the cash flow is not the same that used to be before you got retired. So, you need to plan your budget according to that. If you’re still confused about how to prepare your retirement budget, then just have a look at the below-given points:

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Jot down your essential and non-essential expenses

An effective retirement budget is the one that has no room for extra expenses. To create such a budget, you need to eliminate all the unnecessary spendings. And, how will you do it? Well! For that, you need to divide your expenses list into three equal parts:

  • Essential monthly expenses – This list includes expenses such as food, clothing, housing, transportation and health care.
  • Non-essential monthly expenses – This part covers the cost of cable, cell phone, gym membership, entertainment, and so on.
  • Required non-monthly expenses – These include costs that may come up once a year such as property taxes, insurance premiums, auto registration, and home warranties. Calculate these costs on a monthly basis and don’t forget to add them to your monthly budget plan.

 

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Check out health care expenses before and after retirement

Health complications will only increase with age. So, you should prepare yourself beforehand for any medical crisis. If your employer has been paying your health insurance premiums all these years, then it’s time that you should think about it. Now, it’s your turn to pick up the tab. Ask your insurance agent about all the necessary details regarding your health insurance and include them in your monthly budget.

 

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Think of how you want to spend the retired days

The thought process can change a lot of things in your life. Take out time and sit down with your spouse to decide how you both wish to use your money after retirement. Think of the financial house where both of you want to make some renovations and use your nest egg accordingly. This would help you to make a more effective budget. Hence, both of you get to know your financial desires better.

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Go on with your financial education

Now that you have retired, don’t stop yourself from getting the financial education. You should continue doing your research regarding fiscal matters because it would help you to come out as a more financially responsible person. Staying up-to-date would benefit you in creating a budget that’ll suit your pocket. You can also change your budget as per the market requirement. So, financial education is a must.

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Make wise use of the grey matter

Make good use of the grey matter of your brain so that you can come out victorious as an intelligent money manager after your retirement. Try to be a smart consumer by switching to a pre-paid phone plan, buying things in bulk, closing your cable TV connection and using the Internet connection to its fullest, doing comparison shopping, and so on.

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Make savings the key mantra

One of the key points in budgeting is ‘savings’. The more you can save, the healthier will be your budget and the merrier will be your golden days. Apart from cutting down useless expenses, try to search for places where you can save more dollars. Consider sharing as a part of your financial regime to minimize your monthly expenses. Start sharing your home or car with your friends or family. Borrow a gardening tool or extra chairs for a family barbecue and so on. Be as much creative as you can.

I hope now you can create your retirement budget confidently.

 

Phil is a freelance writer. He deals with personal finance 90% of the time, and he loves preparing stories on travel, small business, entrepreneurship, pets, and lifestyle.

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What does hypnosis have to do with personal finance?

Guest post by Savipra Gorospe

It may seem far off from each other. However, managing your finances is more of psychological in nature. You see, we have two minds. First, we have the Conscious mind wherein our waking hours and awareness belongs. It’s the realm of reason and decision. The second one is called the Subconscious mind. It’s the realm of emotion and where every bit of our memory is stored. Our mind can be resembled to an iceberg. Our conscious mind only accounts for 14.28% while the chunk of 85.72% belongs to our subconscious. When making a decision, your conscious mind is a mere flea compared to the gargantuan within. Most of the time, our decisions are based on emotion then justify it with reason afterwards.

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We’re not logical as we would like to think, we’re psycho-logical beings after all. One such thing that our subconscious affects our life is when we try to stop smoking. Consciously, we may decide to quit, but then find ourselves reverting back to the same old routine. It also applies to going to the gym or stopping procrastinating. (Because there is what we call the CRITICAL FACTOR of the conscious mind. It’s meant to preserve the status quo, it promotes homeostasis so that we do not accept any suggestions given to us right away. One way, it’s good, but it also gives conflict when we introduce self-enhancing belief to a self-limiting one.)

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In personal finance, such as expand in, we consciously know it’s for the better of our future, however we give in to the urges and impulses governed by the subconscious. Being hypnotized is basically being conditioned in such a way that our map of the world encompasses a particular scope of belief. Such as our upbringing, if we’re led to believe that there is only the rat race, it will be our way of living. Most families succumbed to this mindset because this is the map of the world that prevailed during the old industry. However, today, technological advances are popping up here and there, but the mindset fails to catch up. When a client comes to me for hypnosis, they are already hypnotized. What I merely do is to dispel the limiting belief system that their parents, environment, upbringing, and life experience has led them to believe.

 

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This applies in our finances as well. Old habits die hard. That’s why a lot of people earn more than enough money but when you ask them about their financial foundation, they aren’t even protected. How do we propose a solution in developing and cultivating our subconscious mind to make lasting changes with our finances? Let’s go back to the subconscious and conscious mind. When we educate people about managing their finances, if you teach them one time, would be like pouring water to a bucket. Teach them a lot of times, the bucket can only fill so much. The water is not the problem, but the bucket. The size of the bucket must expand in order to contain larger amounts of water. How do we expand? How do we make lasting changes within our subconscious? To the very core of our belief system especially with our personal finance strategy?

 

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Savipra Gorospe is an International Certified Hypnotherapist specializing in conversational hypnosis, Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) Licensed Psycho metrician, and an active Affiliate Member of the Psychological Association of the Philippines (PAP) under the Assessment Division. He has been in the field of personality profiling for 7 years with expertise in Lie spotting, Micro expressions, and MBTI. He is also a Marketing Director and Financial Educator at International Marketing Group, an organization that advocates financial literacy to families. For more information, visit his website at www.savipra.com.

 

 

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How can we avoid irrational behavior towards finances?

Hacking your brain to make the best financial decision is not easy as it sounds. Every day we make thousands of decisions from what to buy, eat, dress or watch. Using behavioral economics to shape financial planning in the country is necessary in avoiding biases and intuition that lead to irrational decisions.  Here are the following recommendations in identifying and avoiding such costly mistakes.

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Mindfulness – Knowing yourself is the best way to start and observing how you make decisions will bring you to a higher level. If you are considering investing a large sum of money, or you would like to buy or sell your current stocks, it is highly recommended for you to step back, list the cost and benefit of having that decision. Evaluate and see for yourself the good and bad side of jumping into that decision in the long run.

 

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Be a visionary – Most people are currently suffering from myopia (near sightedness) but by thinking and seeing your life 10, 20, and 30 years from now, will give you an advantage. Seeing the lifestyle that you want and able to afford with a disciplined financial plan will help you to avoid expensive mistake and able to manage the risk involve. Compare that with the potential savings over time in your financial plan to help you stay aligned with it. The importance of it was also mentioned by Helen Keller when she told us “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision”.

 

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Discipline – Willingness to continue over time will put you to momentum. When you create and maintain an overall financial plan and stick to it no matter what happen, the result is a stronger muscle of willingness that’s helpful when a tougher situation arises such as resisting the temptation of buying that expensive bag that you love or to bail out during unpredictable times, knowing that a buy-and-hold strategy performs better over the long term than trying to time the market. At the same time, discipline also can mean knowing when to sell. Gains and losses may happen over time.

 

 

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Schedule it first –Doing nothing at all is often the easiest choice so having automatic savings and investing plan each month for important long term goals will save you so you can retire with dignity. For many, Myopians (near sighted people) they spend their money in different ways as fast as they can on short-term wants with nothing left or worse buried in debt.  Even investors who want to save for retirement or know they should rebalance their portfolios often fail to take action because they never put their plan in a calendar.

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Put it in writing – When emotion is up the logic goes down that’s the strategy of some investors work with advisors to set up a written investment strategy that includes scenarios and how they would act under those circumstances. This allows for flexibility within the parameters of a financial plan and helps avoid making decisions based on emotion. For example, the plan is like a playbook, it consist detail action to be taken if the market increased by 50% or went down by 25%. These game plans are not binding agreements but can provide meaningful ways if an investor begins to have uncertainty with his or her long-term strategy.

 

 

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Get an accountability partner – According to Charles Duhigg “human beings behave well if someone sees what they do, while we behave our worse when no one else seems around”. Our human tendencies tend to go back to our old habit of comfort zone. Doing mental accounting like disregarding savings for an out of country trip while having so much debt with credit card and high interest loans proves to be insane. Find a coach, a buddy or even a community that will help you watch out for your irrationality.

 

 

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David Isaiah Angway is a RFP and a financial consultant for IT-BPO-Banking, HealthCare Industry and Manpower Agencies. He is a conference speaker and was featured in ANC On the money, Bloomberg TV Philippines. He is also columnist at BusinessMirror, Rappler, and MoneySense magazine. He is a licensed nurse and a former Senior Fraud Specialist of the largest bank in the world, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

He is the CEO and founder of WinLongTerm Financial Consultancy, helping young urban and educated millennial (Gen Y). It sets and achieves their long-term financial goals by empowering them through behavioral finance.

For more information and concerns subscribe to winlongterm.com Facebook page or contact me at david@winlongterm.com, here’s also my mobile number 0925-787-7796

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My Top 12 personal finance blogs of 2015

Here are my top 12 blogs that captivated my readers this 2015. Thank you for spending time and never hesitate to comment, share and subscribe to this site. I’m looking forward to educate, collaborate and share to you my knowledge.
 
It is essential for everyone to plan for their paycheck while they are still young. Building effective habits will help fresh graduates to enjoy, maximize and prevent regrets in a long run while you are managing your finances every payday. You will also learn important tips how to counteract peer pressure when handling your moolah.
 
 
 
Rightstrategy will help you win long-term but if you are not really good in prioritization, this will surely derail you to achieve your dreams. This helps you to achieve correct thinking and categorize what is urgent and important.
 
 
If you think financial products will solve your problem, you are definitely wrong. You want to be well informed so you can decide what’s best for you and that is the role of coaches and advisors but you will see two important characteristics of this 2 position that can help you gain confidence in a long run in your personal finance.
 
 
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Millennials are growing in numbers but the behavior is totally predictable, on this blog you will see the most common problem of the generation today and how you can counteract on it.
 
 
This yearly event can give you a lot of scoops about economy, sales, strength finders and upcoming trends in the financial industry. I learned a lot from Jonathan at this event and I would like to help ordinary Filipino understand the basics about the economy.
 
 
 
This is an honest, authentic letter in Filipino language (Tagalog) on how a lender trusted his friend to return the money back ASAP but still hasn’t got his money. You’re  probably stress with the money that you haven’t collected yet from those people who borrowed from you  but rarely you have guts to tell these things because you are afraid that this will hurt your image as individual, you don’t need to worry, writing what you got in mind is highly recommended to lessen your stress.  
 
 
I am proud to say that I am a Christian and longing to see a better world someday. I also believe that the God who created everything wants to see that one too. But I can’t do it by myself. Mission trips are definitely a way to share the gospel and exercise giving for a bigger cause.
 
 
You will never win if you don’t understand how the game of money works.
 
Kids are growing up without proper guidance in money management. We can’t blame them because most of the parents are clueless about it too. How do you bridge the gap in this society today? In fact, the skills and basic concepts can be learned so easily if you will focus on these concepts.
 
 
Are you tired of going on the same direction with your finances or you keep on failing yourself how to reach your financial goals, read this and you’ll be well guided.
 
 
It’s really sad that many people are getting scam without identifying these clues. Many are gullible and easy to be persuaded since human are highly predictable. Check on this blog and you will be ahead of the game of money not by chance.
 
 
5 years ago and you still haven’t got savings account. 2 years ago you promised yourself that you won’t be on the same direction but till now, you haven’t move for such a long time. Time to learn and how self awareness can help you to move from your comfort zone to a better place.
 
 
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David Isaiah Angway is a RFP and a financial consultant for IT-BPO-Banking, HealthCare Industry and Manpower Agencies. He is a conference speaker and was featured in ANC On the money, Bloomberg TV Philippines. He is also columnist at BusinessMirror, Rappler, and MoneySense magazine. He is a licensed nurse and a former Senior Fraud Specialist of the largest bank in the world, JP Morgan Chase & Co.

 

He is the CEO and founder of WinLongTerm Financial Consultancy, helping young urban and educated millennial (Gen Y). It sets and achieves their long-term financial goals by empowering them through behavioral finance.

 

For more information and concerns subscribe to winlongterm.com Facebook page or contact me at david@winlongterm.com, here’s also my mobile number 0925-787-7796

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Financial Advisors congress 2015 Part 1. Financial vehicle to all Filipinos from Marvin Fausto



Financial Advisors congress was brought to us by the Registered financial planning institute of the Philippines, the biggest event gathering of financial advisors in the Philippines. This is the first part of the nine series of my key takeaways from different speakers.   
The road to being financially savvy never stops and the best is yet to come in the financial industry. While the mighty economies are falling, the emerging tiger like the  Philippine is continuously growing than ever before. What do you do while these things are happening and what do you advice to your prospective and existing clients? As a financial advisor and evangelist I’ve seen a lot of companies innovating their products to gain loyalties when it comes to their brand, but I believe that  this is going to help everyone in reaching financial freedom to all Filipinos. COL Financial made a strong move when they took the legendary Chief Investment Officer Marvin Fausto under their wings.  These are my take home nuggets from the men behind the new program.
Creation of Funds supermarket – The Mutual fund market today in the Philippines is consist of  233 billion pesos with 290 thousand investors as of 2014. The one stop shop concept  for best mutual fund companies in the Philippines will solve the issues of inconvenience to those Filipino investors especially for those people who have tons of funds and hate banks because of the low return. The good part  on your end is you don’t need  agents anymore to sell you this funds. You can easily open an account and pick funds that suits your needs and risk profile.  Disrupting the old process wherein you need to deal with agents before and replacing it with an automation will cut cost effort and time. It is also  the best way how to think ahead among the competition that’s why they are bringing this to help you simplify the complex system of investing. Clients will experience adapting to digital world with no front end fees. In conclusion, financial literacy with a really good vehicle will bring you to the advantage. 
Col financial made an outstanding system to all potential client with great partnerships from the biggest  investment houses in financial industry today. The middle class society is growing with the help of IT- BPO industry and remittances from our OFW’s but the target market of COL is to also include those belong from  the low income bracket. You got no excuses now to save and invest in equities, bonds, money market fund because  you get an efficient  tool as low as 5000php. You can practice peso cost averaging and compounding interest with one goal; financial freedom. It also means more money invested leads to more projects, more business running  end goal is economy rising. I recommend you to continuously plan and ride the wave, begin with the end of mind so you can win long term.
Non stop shop for everyone –  As we increases our financial I.Q.s and discipline in managing our finances, you want a guide or a compass in the country today. There’s a recent study conducted that by attending financial seminars only 6% of them improve their behavior towards finances. This was revealed to us by (Source: Fernandez lynch Neyemete) so whenever you received your salary make it to a point you buy money regularly However, with an efficient tool and strategic planning, risk mitigation will be highly effective towards a strong solid return. 
Effective dashboard – The COL program will have a very comprehensive table of data. It gives you insights on  where and how to invest in a specific funds. You can base your investment decisions base on the following:

  1.  Risk rating  – This range from 1 as highly conservative to 8 for highly aggressive investors. The risk/reward trade off will help you finding your investments that will suit your risk profile immediately.
  2.    Historical Returns since inception – You want to figure out the historical performance of the funds from YTD, 1yr, 3yrs and 5 yrs. This will also give you the highlights and low lights of the funds.
  3.  Standard deviation volatility  For example, a volatile stock (speculative companies( will have a high standard deviation while the deviation of a stable blue chip stock such as Jollibee and Ayala Corp  will be lower.
  4.  Sharpe ratio Generally, the greater the value of the Sharpe ratio, the more attractive the risk-adjusted return. Investors should watch for this specially If you like to see a better return.
  5.  Expense ratio cost of operating fund – We are not only talking about the management fees but we also include the annual fees   recordkeeping, custodial services, taxes, legal expenses, and accounting and auditing fees and marketing. 
  6.  Expert opinion in a  fund fact sheets – This will be updated everyday since Marvin is the founder of the  Fund managers association of the Philippines he will see to it that he will give us insights how they strategize from Fund manager experience.

Our country is moving into a fast phase growth, now that an effective tool is being provided again to us I would recommend every savers, spenders, frugalistic people and  investors to maximize this technology. There’s always a better way how to invest your hard earned money but you need a system to drive growth.
For more information: Col financial

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The Heart of Financial Stewardship

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At the heart of 2008  global recession, many individuals were eaten up by two emotional juggernaut namely greed and fear, when you cannot manage both it can paralyze or decapitate your long-term financial success. Like any other financial crisis the self-preservation became the starting point of a longer process of economic recovery. The good news is there’s hope that we can outsmart that thinking by knowing who we are and what character should we learn in handling our finances.
A Christian perspective towards global economy should be different from common people. Your true identity that you need to embrace is  you are a very wise fund manager who properly allocate money not only for your existence but also to use it in a more unselfish ways. You don’t own anything, that big house that you have, those large asset class portfolios, tons of businesses you are managing are just all resources. A simple principle can be found from the first commandment given to Adam (the first man in the book of Genesis)was to manage everything he could see in the garden. Stewardship is more than spending, saving and investing.
 
Giving is the center of every financial management. If you wanted to change the course of your community and a nation you should also include your money  that you are using as you serve today. Look into the philanthropic activities of those large organizations, the upcoming trend of social entrepreneurship that giving back to our society and environment. These are some good ways of managing funds. As we relate it to your personal finance, learn to give. I recently had a conversation with a highly respectful doctor. He told me that he have investments in different asset class such as mutual funds, stocks, real estate properties and more than enough cash to live but his problem is he still thinks those money are still not enough for him even he’s been frugal throughout his life. I asked him “How’s your giving fund?”, he responded with pure honesty and told me that “I noticed that as I grow older, wiser and earning big bucks I’m becoming more selfish”. Advertisements nowadays says about having more means you’ll be happier but for how long? I cannot blame that doctor, because inside our inner system giving is total counter intuitive.
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Your goal is to maximize your money while you are here on Earth. In a simple context use your funds not just for your pleasure but learn to give and stop using the clench fist financial planning. In God’s economy we are all blessed and no scarcity.  When you practice  being a good manager and conscious  leader definitely you will inspire your followers or even young generations. You will stop a vicious cycle that will free everyone from a self entitled culture. 
Giving your Tithes, supporting worlds missions, continuously funding a non -profit organization to reach wide range of people are outstanding forms of selflessness. Money can be use to sustain wars, build iron towers, create roads and expand the kingdom of God. After all, it can change lives. 
Let us all make poverty a history 




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WHY do I need financial planning

 

As a young professional today, you would like to change the status of your finances but you don’t know how. You have million thoughts on how to let your finances be revived again this year but you think it will be better to start next year. If you don’t have any idea where to start, I challenge you to do the something today or else you won’t improve. I am guaranteeing you that once you follow this program, give yourself an average of  10-15 years and am sure you will be able to reach the wealth that you need. It is not a quick rich scheme so you won’t be a scam. 
Knowing is half of the battle. Do this routinely and you will understand more of your behavior towards your finances. You should plan and don’t think average. Get a piece of paper or download a worksheet that has the following then compile and evaluate it weekly.

Start with why you are doing this?

If you can’t tell me your compelling reason then you can’t sustain everything below. Imagine yourself that you are going to have a diet plan for the next 30 days but during the 2nd day you don’t have the energy and willingness to follow the most powerful plan, like why you need to deprive yourself with your favorite food. Everything will fall apart, you are wasting your time, effort and energy with the planning stage if that won’t be put into action. Your compelling reason why you need to do that should not be yourself. Remember when you think about yourself as the end goal, you are thinking too small. You don’t want to think average like anybody. Poor people think about themselves all the time. Authentic Rich individuals think about opportunities how to help other people and that’s who you are and how you should be wired. 

When you start with Why, the How and what will follow.

Example of BIG WHY
·         To make sure I can be financially free and pass this legacy to my family.
·         To be an excellent steward when it comes to finances.
·         To support nonprofit organization and help campus missionaries.

1.       Budget   

This is the starting point of financial planning. You will fail with investing when you don’t know where your money goes. That means you will be running out of gas in the middle of a freeway if you don’t check your gas tank first. But I got good news for you. There is hope. Knowing how much you got so you can maximize what you have is the goal of continuous budgeting. Doing your budget for the first time might overwhelm you because there are so many things you need to include in a minimum amount. Remember that taking actions to your plan will solve the current and future financial issues that you will have. When you’re lazy to do your budget you won’t be able to finish the construction of your dream house. Managing your funds is a skill needs to polish.

2.     Emergency fund

Whenever I got my salary I put that directly into my emergency funds. The rule is simple if your needs expense per month is 10,000 then multiple it by 6. This is a very simple principle. Save for the storms of life (illness, accident, change tires or when you lose your job). Learn to prioritize this.  Do this early as possible so you can move to the next level which saving for your wants. Caution: don’t ever use credit card as emergency funds and you will dig your own graveyard (bankruptcy). 

3.       Saving goals

You need to at least give yourself  3 compelling reasons why you are saving funds or else you won’t stand a chance when laziness  struck you every time you got your salary.  Your goal is to learn during the journey, this is not about the end destination. When you focus in excellence, sacrifice and faith things will start change. Behavior will follow. Chances are you will hit your goal in a repetitive manner. Savings are for your extra needs and wants. Put 20% in the bank when you immediately get your income make sure that you already got emergency funds first. 

4.       Debt plan
Please don’t ever go to investment without paying your debt first which earns a higher interest rate. Your debt plan should include how much you need to pay for every single cent and when you will be debt free. The plan is you need to stick to it no matter what happened.  When you put it in paper you can see the big picture.  The reason why you don’t want to be debt free is very simple; you think everyone is in debt so you think you are in the zone.  Live like no one else so you can live like no one elsesays Dave Ramsey. Debt snowball is a really good strategy, you pay the debts that you can eradicate first and as you get the momentum it will be very hard for you to break it.

5.       Estate plan
You are accumulating a lot of assets now and your investment is off the chart. Estate planning is not only for the rich kids, it is for everyone that you love. Your legacy to your family is important even when you depart; no one will plan for your family so take responsibility for yourself. Be selfless and take time to check your current assets over liabilities. Remember that you don’t want to add up to the inconvenience of your family members once you evaporate from this world.   

6.       Insurance coverage

You are priceless but you need to identify how much you bring on a table. If you were able to identify that you are worth  7 million then get that coverage as long as the computation is correct. There is computation from the insurance industry like multiply your yearly gross income to 10. The computation might not be as accurate as the standard computation of today’s industry but it gave you a ballpark figure. What’s important is to get an insurance that is equivalent to you. You badly need this or else when something unexpectedly happen to you insurance company will help you and won’t let your family suffers.  If you got kids and wife but you are refusing to have insurance, you are putting too much risk financially and emotional aspects in their lives.  No one would like to see those things to happen. Be responsible.

7.       Investment

Everyone wants to get into this but many are being scammed because of poor diligence. Be careful all the time. First, list those things why you are investing,  second, you need to identify whether you got time, money and knowledge to identify the investments that you want then your risk tolerance should be define. Investing is a word that’s not just about higher ROI.  Are you an aggressive type or a conservative one? Regardless of your answer there’s no right or wrong. The purpose will give you the drive, without it you won’t last. Third, List the things that you are investing you want to achieve like education for your kids, retirement or build your dream house. Know the amount that you will be satisfied and consider to be happy.

8. Read Books, Attend seminars, join a Face book group and find a coach.

Never underestimate the value of networking and community. You should declare war against poverty, procrastination and poor mentality. Reading books will give you thought provoking ideas. Attending financial seminars like IMG conventions in Makati, Truly Rich Club, and Money summit every year can increase your network and expand your horizons. Joining Face book group will give you an all access pass with like minded people; you are welcome in contributing your thoughts. You can easily follow mentors who are expert in the financial industry that will make you more accountable with the results you are getting. All in all fresh and updated insights will give you new perspective to make you successful with no boundaries. You should revolutionize your thinking so acting upon it won’t be a struggle.

Your unique plan is totally not identical with anyone so don’t copy someone’s financial plan or strategy. How you manage your finances while you are working is a glimpse of your future financial plan during retirement. You can change your tomorrow today. With the help of our God who holds the future and your willingness to make sacrifice you are surely going to win long term.

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Financial Coach VS Financial Adviser

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Today you will know the big gap between the two. You might be confuse with the term but coaching process and giving financial advice is like a night and day.
Financial Advisers want to take care or manage the funds that you already accumulated while Financial coaches help you to be accountable and build your wealth your own way thru your knowledge and skills set.

This is the principle  financial advice is like giving a man a fish and expect  he will be  hungry again in an hour. If you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn and that is the impact of financial coaching process.

Financial coaching is driven by goals of the client, coaches help people develop skills and behaviors they can improve upon independently. The benefits of financial coaching are improves financial capability and increase savings.  According to center for financial security, coached clients are more likely to have a financial goal and be more confident in their ability to achieve that goal compared to those who do not work with a coach. You are in control of your finances because you are smarter and have skills in making a better informed decisions

Financial advice  focuses on your portfolio by providing specific securities and investment advice. The financial adviser business model is all about managing the money you already have. You give them control of your assets and they do the work for you. (Todd, financial coach, owner of the Financial Mentor  Website)
Investopedia defined financial adviser as professional who helps individuals manage their finances by providing advice on money issues such as investments, insurance, mortgages, college savings, estate planning, taxes and retirement, depending on what the client requests. Some financial advisors are paid a flat fee for their advice, while others earn commissions from the investments they sell to their clients. Fee-only arrangements are widely regarded to be better for the client.

Traditional Financial Advice will always fail you – and the Statistics Prove It
In a changing world and economy if you will follow the  old advice of your friend who is not well verse financially you might end up retiring without dignity. Not all advice will be good to you and not all financial products will be suitable to your needs.  

In a research based study the issue with retirement shows that 2 out of 100 can retire very well and live comfortably. Imagine yourself believing those money myths that you have now and I can guarantee that it will cost you a lot. Financial coaches and financial advisers can help you make sound financial decisions but you have to choose whether you will be the authority or not.

Getting personal

1.      What do you think is superior for you and why?
2.      Who do you prefer to have a collaboration when it comes to your wealth habit?
3.      Why do you need financial adviser and financial coach in your life?
4.      What particular character would you like to see from your financial coach and financial adviser?


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