Question: "Paano po mag invest? Saan po ba okay mag-invest?"
I get this question A LOT. Sometimes, I’m tempted to just tell them, "This is how you open an investment account, these are the requirements, this is the amount, etc etc." That would have been easier for me but I figured that's not the point why I'm a Financial Educator in the first place. Right?
So, why do I always encourage people to learn the basics first? Why do I go through the long process of educating my clients when I can just cut to the chase and sell an investment product? --- I believe that when people understand why they need to invest, they become empowered to make their own decision, and I think that really matters, in the end the how and where will just follow.
A lot of people start investing, then eventually they will stop because most of them do not actually understand what they got themselves into. Madami pa nga, na-force lang kasi. But when we educate ourselves we get a better grasp of our goals, a realistic timeline and the right strategy that we need in order for us to achieve those goals. Here’s the thing though, you won’t really get it in one seating. You need to constantly educate yourself.
My big message for you today is simple, before you get into any "investment", before getting into the “paano mag invest” invest on your financial education first. As Benjamin Franklin said: An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
I hope you learned something today! :)
Keep on learning, keep on growing!
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About the Author
Chai Santiago is a graduate of Manufacturing Engineering and Management from De La Salle University who later on found her passion and purpose in the Financial Education industry. She is a Certified Financial Educator® (CFEd®) under Heartland Institute of Financial Education (HIFE) and a Financial Coach at International Marketing Group (IMG).