Personal Development, Finance and Investing For Filipinos
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The Philippine Stock Exchange, Inc. (PSE) conducted a free webinar about the 7 Steps to Financial Fitness. The resource speaker was Ms. April Lynn Tan, CFA, Vice President and Head of Research, COL Financial Group, Inc. Here's the excerpt from the webinar.
Achieving financial fitness requires discipline and determination over the long term, just like running a marathon.
As with any type of training, becoming financially fit requires learning the principles and best practices.
Set Financial Goals
You can't reach your goals if you don't set them. Planning how to use savings and investments to reach your goal is the key.
Determine how much you need to save over time to finance your dreams. Include an emergency fund in your financial goals.
Understand Where Your Money Is Going
Create a budget that includes necessities, required expenditures, discretionary items, and the periodic savings necessary to finance long-term financial goals.
Track your spending. Compare it regularly against your budget and make changes to your spending habits where necessary.
Use the knowledge and skills you gain over time to spend less where possible and save more.
Manage Your Debt
Curtailing the use of debt to consume is crucial when trying to optimize savings and investment capital.
Avoid high-interest rates and potential fees by minimizing the use of credit cards.
Build a debt management strategy to reduce and eliminate high-interest debt and to accelerate the payment of debts.
Put Your Finances On Autopilot
Put money in your savings account using direct deposit so that you don't spend it.
Make sure regular contributions make it into retirement and other investing accounts.
Use autopay to manage and pay recurring bills like mortgage or loan payments.
Use a money management application to help track payments and other expenditures.
Maintain Steady Lifestyle
Spending does not have to grow at the same rate as income. Growth in income, bonuses, and other windfalls can increase savings and investment accounts.
Keeping expenditures relatively constant over time is a key method in achieving a secure financial future.
Establish a low-cost, diversified portfolio that's appropriate to achieve both short-and long-term goals.
Use a broadly diversified portfolio to obtain a proper return in regards to your attitude about, and ability to take, financial risk.
Where appropriate, think long-term and don't be overly focused on the short-term performance of your investments. Stick to your investment plan and review your portfolio periodically to stay on track.
Obtain Knowledge And Advice
Being financially fit means understanding and utilizing the main principles and best practices in saving and investing.
When needed, get help from an accredited investment adviser that can help you build an investment plan and portfolio to meet your financial needs
It takes time, energy, and the discipline to obtain and hone the necessary skills over time.
Disclaimer: This excerpt from the webinar presentation is for educational and information purposes only. This should not be construed as a professional, financial, or investment advice, or recommendations from the PSE.
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