credit history reporting in the Philippines
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Credit History Reports – What We Know So Far

One of the most aggravating things a person can experience is when their credit card or loan application gets declined. Especially in the Philippines where transparency is not the norm and we don’t have a systematic credit history reporting, many people are left guessing in the cold, wondering why the bank doesn’t want their business.    Did the bank think you can’t pay their dues? Why, you have a high income and can comfortably pay off your balance each month.    Maybe the bank uncovered your unpaid credit card bills? But that was from years and years ago when you

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Understanding FMETF
Investing

Understanding FMETF

In my post The Ultimate Guide to Philippine Index Funds, I concluded that among the available index funds in the Philippines, the best option when all things considered is the First Metro Exchange Traded Funded or FMETF. Based on your enthusiastic responses, beautiful readers, you need more information in order to understand FMETF in detail. I heard you. In this post, I will answer your questions (and even the questions you didn’t think to ask) about FMETF.   Before we proceed, I would like to clarify that this post is not sponsored by First Metro Asset Management Inc. to promote

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Financial Lessons fro COVID-19
Personal Finance

Crucial Financial Lessons from COVID-19

It’s been a few months since COVID-19 started ravaging the world and unfortunately, the end is not yet in sight. We don’t know when everything will go back to normal. We’re not sure IF things will go back to normal.    Financially speaking, a lot of people are struggling due to loss of income and I think it’s just going to be worse from here on out. Many of us are getting by because we’re prepared for emergencies; more are not as fortunate.   During the past few months I’ve been observing, talking to real people, and participating in online

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Things that will financially tide me over the epidemic
Personal Finance

5 Things That Will Financially Tide Me Over The Epidemic

Now that the entire world is being ravaged by the novel coronavirus, I feel paralyzed.  Although we felt the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic here in South Korea ahead of the rest of the world (with the exception of China), I wasn’t as scared then as I am now. Now that the epidemic have reached almost all parts of the world including the Philippines, I’m like a deer caught in the headlights. I don’t know what to do, I can’t focus on tasks, I’m scared for humanity. I’m scared for my loved ones back home. I’m scared for my child.

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Best Financial Blogs in the Philippines
Personal Finance

Best Financial Blogs in the Philippines

I enjoy reading financial blogs and learning from the experiences and opinions of people who have the same interests as I do. Because I had nobody to teach me how to achieve my financial and investing goals in real-life, I feel a certain connection with people who share their journey to financial independence with the public (and me) through their blogs. I’ve been reading blogs for years and I’ve seen financial blogs come and go. Some showed great promise in the beginning then fizzled out. Some became so popular that their writers moved on to greater and better things like

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et Free Insurance BPI Save Up
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Make your money work harder by getting free insurance with BPI Save Up

I’m always looking for ways to make my money work harder. When I first learned about BPI Save Up more or less 10 years ago while I was still working at a BPO, I immediately opened one. I got to have automatic savings and free insurance? What’s not to like? Why not let my money do two things, instead of doing only one thing? Unfortunately, when I changed jobs my payroll bank account also changed. I didn’t bother keeping the BPI Save Up account active. After years of dormancy it became a regular savings account. I recently decided to open

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How To Calculate Your Real Hourly Wage and Why You Should Do It
FIRE

How to Calculate Your Real Hourly Wage and Why You Should Do It

Here’s a very neat method I learned from the classic personal finance book,  Your Money or Your Life: how to calculate my real hourly wage and why I should do it.   The concept is this: [bctt tweet=”we only have a limited time on Earth and we exchange a portion of that time to go to work and earn money. That means we are literally giving up our life for money. ” username=”MeKatieScarlett”]   Which raises the question: are the things we’re spending money on worth the life we’re giving up to buy them?   How to Calculate Your Real

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How to Achieve A Total Money Makeover in the Philippines
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How to Achieve a Total Money Makeover in the Philippines

I’ve been trying to follow the financial advice of so-called experts to try to achieve a total money makeover in the Philippines but nothing seemed to stick. Most of the advice I found were either the feel-good touchy-feely type (you have to think positive thoughts to attract wealth), too unrealistic and out of touch with how human beings work (don’t spend on ANY luxury and eat beans and legumes for an entire year), too chaotic and/or unstructured (set aside 20 percent on savings and don’t stress about the rest), or can land you in small claims court (pay yourself first

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