Will Rogers said that “it isn’t what we don’t know that gives us trouble, it’s what we know that ain’t so.” Growing up, we learn many habits that will last us all our lives and, while some habits can bring happiness and financial success over time, others however, slowly lead to ruin. What can we do about those? Simple! We identify the bad habits and THEN we learn better habits to take their place! If you want to know some of the worst financial mistakes that you might be making then read this list to avoid them and the money problems that they bring!
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“Pay yourself first” or right after receiving your paycheck, take 10% of it for investing. Sound familiar? That was the classic money management tip from George S. Clason, the author of “The Richest Man in Babylon.” Originally published by 1926, the timeless personal finance tips that we can learn from the stories still hold value today.
*Note: The book is in public domain and you can search for it freely on the internet!
You’re one of the best in your industry and you’re paid well for your work, but does most of your salary disappear right as you receive it? Do you struggle with your finances the week before payday? Do you always eagerly anticipate your next paycheck? If so, you probably spend too much of your money somehow. After learning the basics of personal finance like saving and investing as well as how to pay off your bad debts here are six quick tips to avoid overspending and save more money!
After controlling your expenses, paying back debts and saving money, the next step in your journey to financial freedom is to start investing! What’s one of the best and most common investment vehicles nowadays? Stocks! Now, if you haven’t had the time to study what stocks are and if you want to learn the basics, then we have a short guide for you right here!
What are Stocks?
Imagine you and nine of your friends want to start a business so you each equally contribute around P1,000 in cash, equipment, materials and more. In that business, you each decide to share the profits and ownership equally. In that scenario, it will be similar to the business having 10 shares of stock and each of you own one.
Stocks, which also called “shares” or “equities,” signify shares of ownership in a company. The Stock Market is the place where these shares are traded. If, for example, a certain company issues 10,000 shares of stock outstanding and you bought 100 shares, you become a stockholder and you own 1% of that company (100 is 1% of 10,000).
Like the example above, if you’re a stockholder you own part of the company’s assets AND you might also receive a part of the company’s profits in the form of Dividends. Some companies don’t give out dividends and simply reinvest earnings though, so in those cases you earn money when you sell them after the stock price goes up (capital appreciation) or when you perform a short sell. [Read more…]
Personal finance gurus all teach you to save a part of what you earn and invest it, but not a lot of them will teach you the specifics of fundamental analysis (analyzing the specifics of companies) and how you should choose specific stock investments aside from “buy shares of big companies.”
Warren Buffett said that “Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing.” Before you invest in a stock, you need to learn what the company’s valuation numbers mean. You need to know what the numbers say about the company’s performance instead of gambling solely on what the stock price graphs say.
*Note: This is a basic guide and I’ll include links to the Investopedia articles if you want to know more about each one. The true importance of this guide is in its Tagalog translation as it’s intended to serve as a primer for Filipinos who want to learn a few things about choosing the best stocks.