Wednesday, February 29, 2012

The Courtship Was Over

Seven months have passed I can still vividly recall how elated and terrified I was when I attended Citiseconline’s seminar, Investing in the Stock Market Today. I was already in Tektite more than an hour before the schedule. Hesitant to be the first participant to sign on the attendance sheet, I waited in the ground floor for more than thirty minutes. When I entered the training room, it was almost half full. I proceeded at the right side of the room and sat in the third row. While waiting for the speaker, my head was turning left and right, back and forth. Observing people.  That’s when I realized how naive I was. The thought of sitting beside a man in black suit was actually the root of my uneasiness. Thank God the majority was just in blue jeans. The discomfort subsided and I felt everything was just right. Finally! Another dream came true.

Yes, to attend a seminar about investing in the stock market was a simple dream I used to share with a friend. We were both dreaming of investing in the stock market long time ago but were totally clueless. Unfortunately, I came alone since her medical condition did not allow her. After the three-hour seminar, there was only one thing running in my head: I WANT THIS! Upon arriving home, though apprehensive of my mom’s probable reaction, I told her my plans. For the first time after several objections in the past, we had a peaceful conversation about this matter. And on the same night I got her YES. That was the climax of my day.

After a week, I attended another free seminar still in Citiseconline. At 6:30 pm I submitted my requirements together with my initial investment. It was so small but damn it was worth a million for me. And that marked the beginning of a seemingly endless journey in the world of the men in black suit and men in blue jeans.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

Investing in the Stock Market Simplified

For many years, SM North EDSA was sensational - a huge household name for shopaholics particularly for Quezon City residents. When Triangle North of Manila or more popularly known as TriNoma opened in 2007, SM North has started vying for the number one spot. Last week I was stunned to find out that the Ayalas have begun building another money empire in Fairview, Quezon City where one of the kingdoms of Henry Sy has long been in supremacy. With this new development at hand, do you smell another rivalry?

It is so easy to assume that Ayala Corporation is the antagonist to SM domination. But, really? There may be a big truth to this but a wise man knows how to strategize. That’s what I have realized when I opened the list of Top 100 Stockholders (common) of AyalaCorporation as of December 31, 2011 in PSE website. I was in awe to see Shoemart Investment Inc. at no.5, Henry Sy Sr. at no. 7 followed by SM Investment Inc at no. 8. Isn’t that brilliant? Henry Sy and his companies will continue to prosper even though his malls don’t make much money (which I doubt will ever happen). In times of famine and loss, I bet, Henry Sy will remain the richest man in the Philippines.

To sum it up...
1. In business, if you can’t completely beat your foe, make him your ally.
2. That is Stock Market simplified.
2.1   Choose.
2.2   Share.
2.3   Earn.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A Shopping Date with Big John

Valentine’s Day is near. For the proprietors of restaurants and hotels, it’s a time of joy, a time of feast, a time to make money! For couples and families it’s the time of the year that we creatively express our affection to those we love. For third year and graduating high school students, it’s JS Prom. But for the class of my youngest brother it’s Senior’s Night.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Himig ng Pag-ibig!

Yeng Constantino’s interview by VJ Chino of MYX a couple of days ago, stirred my interest in her and  her music. Her creativity is just amazing. The profoundness of her lyrics is just as deep as her true self. In this age where revivals are dominating,the more I appreciate original music. More importantly if it has substance. And I think Yeng’s music has it. No doubt, she deserves all the success.      

I just love the simplicity of this music video. This one is my most favorite.

Video uploaded by YConstantino

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