February 12, 2013
Dividends are real and tangible profits an investor receives from owning shares of stocks. It is one of several ways to make money from stock investing. Other incomes from stocks may include price increases (or capital appreciation) and stock rights.
Dividends may be in the form of cash (and are called cash dividends) or in the form of stocks (hence, called stock dividends). To learn more how to profit from stocks, read our article on How to Make Money from the Stock Market.
January 9, 2013
Whenever local stocks are reported on business news channels and dailies, a certain statistic is usually cited to assess if the market’s performance is up or down. This number is the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) – a weighted index of the trading day’s performance of 30 publicly-listed companies. (See Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) composition in 2012)
September 11, 2012
Gone are the days when analysts simply use Buy, Sell or Hold when making stock recommendations. Of course, a few brokers still continue to use those terms but more and more analysts these days are resorting to euphemisms — or what we call “fudged terminologies” — when making recommendations in their equity research reports.
For example, we know what it means by a “Buy” but what exactly is a “Strong Buy”? What do we do if a stock is rated “Underperform” or “Overweight”? What does it mean by “Market Perform”, “Peer Perform”, or “Sector Perform”?
Fortunately, we have this guide below that summarizes these seemingly confusing terms related to analyst recommendations.
August 17, 2012
Majority of local stock market investors are males aged 30-59 years old, residing in Metro Manila, and earning an annual income of less than P500,000.
This is according to a 2011 report on the “Profile of Filipino Stock Market Investors” published by the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE).
October 7, 2011
Many newbie investors in the stock market seem to forget that capital appreciation is not the only way to earn money. As we’ve explained before in an article on How to make money using stocks, another form of income that stockholders receive is the dividend.
Dividends may come in the form of cash or stocks. Cash dividends are, obviously, cash amounts distributed to stockholders on record during a certain date. Stock dividends, on the other hand, are additional shares of the company given to stockholders at no cost.
In the Philippines, several stocks have high dividend yields which further increases the income potential of a stock or compensates for its price decrease.
September 30, 2011
This feels like deja vu.
Markets fluctuating wildly due to rumors of another global recession, stock prices freefalling in unprecedented levels, wary investors holding on to paper losses while hoping everything will be all right — this looks like 2007-2008 all over again.
May 31, 2011
For most of us, it’s a given that the Catholic Church is rich. One just has to look at their sprawling acres of land, large Church structures and buildings, and millions of pesos of cash collected from mass goers every week.
What a lot of people do not know is that the Church is also a stockholder in several Philippine companies; the total investment in these publicly-listed firms comprise a sizable chunk of its total wealth. Reports submitted to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) show that the Church and affiliate Catholic groups are, in fact, the top stockholders in companies such as the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Philex Mining Corporation (PX), San Miguel Corporation (SMC), Ayala Corporation (AC), and Phinma Corporation (PHN), among others.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Manila, for example, is the 4th largest owner of the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) with more than 300 million shares. How much are these shares worth? As of May 2011, this is valued at more than P17 billion. Yes, that’s seventeen billion pesos, with a B.
August 23, 2010
As of August 2010, the Philippine Stock Exchange index (PSEi) is up 20% year-to-date, that is, from January to August 2010. It may not be as high as the 2009 PSE performance of 63% full-year return, but it is a strong sign that things are looking up.
June 9, 2009
If you’ve already finished the first parts of our Stock Trading tutorial, you probably know by now the different types of securities being traded, how profits in the stock market are made, how much is needed to start trading, and what types of stock orders you can make.
The next step now is to choose a stockbroker.