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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

 

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How to increase your financial IQ during traffic

 

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The economic cost of traffic mayhem is devastating our country today and no one knows when it will end. Economic  Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan has said the economic cost equals $3 billion a day. The sad part of it is we lose that much money forever. Traffic jams wear us out physically and often mean the loss of quality time with family, deny everyone sufficient rest and certainly very inconvenient. While most people fret, whine and complain in their car seats, idle times like these actually present opportunities for people to learn something new and worthwhile. There are ways to increase one’s financial IQ when one is stuck in traffic.

 

 

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Read e-books that talk about business

There are hundreds of downloadable documents, magazines, books and piles of information available online. They dwell on investing, saving and money management. Use the leverage of technology and time to help you get smarter than a fifth grader.

Listen to a podcast 

Phone applications are way more popular now and podcasting is gaining prominence even among the nondigital natives. There are free programs available and all you do is look for “Personal finance” and subscribe. This is a free source of information to sharpen your thoughts and enhance your ability to make decisions.Listen or watch YouTube tutorials

WE are in an era where modern technologies, like the Internet, are readily available. Use these free resources to help you build a solid foundation in expanding or broadening your horizon in terms of finances. Though these are free sources of information, they do not necessarily suit you best. Filter what you hear and apply those that fit you best.

Write your thoughts about your finances

Financial products won’t solve 100 percent of your problem in finance, but self- awareness is going to free you from things you don’t know about yourself.  Take notes or type your ideas in your laptop. Have a broader view of what your finances will look like this year and of the breakthroughs you expect to happen. Make the necessary adjustments to handle it.

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Download an app so you can monitor your finances

One good thing about these applications is they help you evaluate your finances. I love numbers, since they don’t lie. They tell you something. If you see that your budget is in jeopardy and begins to get out of hand and way beyond your weekly limit, learn to cut your wants and prioritize your needs.

Check web sites on personal finance

Financial web sites are effective in spreading new stuff about practical applications and the principles behind the popular blogs, articles and quotations should inspire you to be resolute move forward.

 

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Bring a book

This is my personal favorite. Business books give me a sense of accomplishment. I can highlight the important points and prevent my phone from draining its battery. The books you need to read should relate to personal finance to increase your IQ and your financial awareness.

Excuses can make you weak. Never fell into that trap. Traffic can prove worse in the coming years, but I also believe that if you want to make some progress in your life, career or personal finance, change your mental perspective and, perhaps, do the unthinkable.

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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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What to do with excess funds after kids graduate?

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Congratulations!  As a parent whose child has just graduated from college is an accomplishment you should be proud of. Alas!  No more fees and bills to worry about and you have excess funds or you have enough money to sustain you in retirement. The majority of Filipinos today, once their children finish college, splurge on things they cannot afford just to celebrate. They use credit cards to make sure everything is accommodated. This is just bad consumerism. This gobbles up even your future savings and prevents you from investing more.

 

The following are ways to maximize the deployment of excess funds after the children complete college and one retires in comfort.

Explore new heights—If you still have children in college or high school, look for more opportunities to increase your income potential by developing a business that is sustainable. I know it’s complicated, but remember to do some risk management by studying the market, or join a trusted existing MLM company and look for a franchise that works for you. I know it sounds odd, but if you want to increase your earnings, you have to take risks and step out of your comfort zone to avoid losing. The worst thing in life is living with regrets.

 

Start fresh—If you are the breadwinner and you did your fair share in supporting your siblings, you need to make sure that you have left something for yourself, as well. At this point, commit yourself to changing your financial status and get into the fast lane. If you don’t have savings yet, and an emergency fund or the value of insurance is not enough, prioritize them by developing a habit of putting money to your bank in a bimonthly basis. Sooner or later it will grow. Once you are secured and established, your next challenge is to focus your attention on investing.

 

Prioritize your emergency funds—When you are single and you have no one to support, that’s better. Make sure you understand how much you earn and spend accordingly. Base your monthly emergency fund with the way you spend. Look for opportunities to make your money grow, like investing in real assets instead of spending it on the newest gadgets and the latest fashion. Perhaps, you can invest your money in a business that’s close to your heart.

 

Pay all your debts—You will always be the slave of the lender if you don’t pay your debts. The interest rate will compound and the more you delay payment, the more it eats you up. The various financial products won’t help you thrive if you are buried in debt.

 

Invest in yourself—Your decision reflects your value system. Fix, update and constantly upgrade your financial I.Q. It will help you last another decade.  Attend financial seminars. Buy books on personal finance. Read up and follow the best bloggers on personal finance you can find.

 

Give yourself permission to fail—You got an excess fund that you can use, the great thing about that is you get more options compared to yesterday. Remember that all kung fu masters were once students themselves. They kept grinding and exercising their talents. They never stopped even after they stumbled but learned through the process. Many people are afraid to fail. That’s normal. But if you don’t fail no learning happens.

 

Get your act right—Try to do everything to maximize every single peso and it will surely payoff. When you are faithful, I know you will receive more.

 

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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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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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Men who built America –5 characteristics of the most powerful banker J.P. Morgan

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He is the person who inspired the game monopoly and inspired the modern system for corporate management. The character of this person was a go getter. He got money and power but not only that. These are the amazing characteristics that I think everyone can emulate from the king of banking industry.

 

Defiant – When he was young, his father trained him too hard. All his actions are being watch; he had this crisis in him where he wants to create his identity that’s far from his father. A great opportunity open up when he teamed up with a brilliant Thomas Edison, they created a partnership that brought Direct current in America. His father thought that investing to that invisible energy is futile and a waste of time.  Even his dad was disappointed he can see that electricity will be the future. Many people won’t see the vision that you got because God never gave those to them.

 

Maximizer – As a banker, he managed the risks, all those companies that are struggling back then were being consolidated to make sure that it can still survive and prevent filing of bankruptcy. This innovative system is being follow till now and named it Morganization in honor of him. I also think that Manny Pangilinan group of companies are doing the same thing today, wherein they are the savior of those great companies back then and to avoid further fall, they’ll get into the scene and restructure it.

 

Be a competitor – He competes like Rockefeller and Andrew Carnegie but he uses his power, influence, money to get what he wants. He’s determination to get the unthinkable gives him that level of mentality.  Be a go getter and not just a planner.

 

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Influencer – He’s also famous in Wall Street, America recently had gone to an economic depression and the people know exactly who to go to get forecasting. He’s an expert so everyone listens to him when He speaks.

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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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Men who built America – 6 characteristics of the King of Oil Industry, J.D. Rockefeller

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The late 1800’s were famous for capitalism where one man can accumulate a large sum of money worth multiple hundred million dollars, and equivalent to a billion dollars today. Before we have the modern innovators of today like Mark Zuckerburg of FaceBook, Bill Gates of Microsoft and Richard Branson of Virgin Corporation, American society back then were struggling after the civil war, they don’t have any source of light in the evening no electricity yet during that time. When the Sun is down, night is the king. A man saw an opportunity to redefine the existing industry. Here are the characteristics of a man who will help you move radically, achieve your greatest potential and push you to the limits. These will focus on social behavior of big people that will help you to become bigger someday.
 
Incredible work ethic – J.D. Rockefeller came from a very poor family in Ohio; his dad was known con man and also known as a Devil Bill. His dad never supported them and on a mission trying to cheat a lot of people every day to get access to their money.  However, historian says that J.D. Rockefeller needed to quit school and supported his siblings and mom. Stuck in a dead end job, he saw that oil will be the next industry and quit to take chance. He worked his way up from a rank and file employee to a businessman who can compete and eat other existing business thru his excellent thinking and aggressive approach towards making the opportunity happens.
 
He wants to outwit the competition – I don’t know with you but other people got this feeling of pleasure whenever they outsmart, outwit, and outlast the competition.  He loved winning more than ever.  He killed the competition. Achieving greatness means letting go of your existing belief system and grab that opportunity to create more value to the market. Rockefeller got the 90% share of US Oil market and that had never happened before. His company was considered to be the first monopoly.
 
Collaborate with people who are smarter than him – Steve Jobs once said that you should hire smart people to work for you; I think he got that from Rockefeller. There are many refineries during his time and it’s really risky for him to invest more but what separates him from the rest was his love for efficiency. Massive oil flakes was being wasted so he teamed up with a scientist that can make the kerosene a lot safer. He is already ahead of the game while other are doing the same thing all over again and again.
 
 
Create his way – Successful people don’t wait for the opportunity to come. Their dreams are not going to be handed to them in a silver platter saying that’s your dream manifested. When his rival millionaire, Thom Scott and Vanderbilt discontinue the service that Rockefellers company is providing to the train, he treated it as a sign of war, Now if he’s not going to think differently he will be bankrupt, that’s when laying of pipelines was the only thing he can do, it will put the railroad business out from his oil industry and can get a massive control. After couple of years he was able to do it.
 
 
Future Oriented – His tragic life as a kid, a broken family, and the success before never hindered him to play the game of business. He didn’t define his future with his past but he let that to be his motivation to get to the top.  He let those refined him like oil being transformed to create more value to a simple household.
 
 
Philanthropy – He became a millionaire and owned almost all the gas stations in America but he remembered that life is not all about accumulating money. He figured too that materialism is the root of all anxiety but giving will ease everything, he and his rival millionaire Andrew Carnegie started to give all their massive wealth to the world till the end of their lives. 
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 D  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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