Every morning, as soon as I arrive in the office I usually do some light reading. I go to news websites like Gulfnews.com, Inquirer.net or Khaleejtimes.com just to know what’s happening around me. I also check business websites to see how the stock market is doing, and know about the latest in the business world. Then I go through LinkedIn to check for updates, new leads, and some random stuff. I usually read posts from Francis Kong, one of the most respected speakers in the Philippines, for some Positivity and Motivation, Artin Eskander for Spiritual and Biblical Insights, and Oleg Vishnepolsky for his insights on Managing People, and some light stories related to people and the workplace. Today, as I opened my office computer and started on my daily routine of morning reading I came across this story and thought of sharing it. It’s a very short story, but very meaningful. So please bear with me, and enjoy reading.
Blockchain and Cryptocurrencies have been the online buzzword in the world of finance for a couple of years now. Ever since BITCOIN surged to historic highs, other coins and tokens have entered the fray with ICOs happening left and right. But what exactly is Blockchain, and what are Cryptocurrencies?
The first time I went to an IMG (International Marketing Group) Seminar in the Philippines was around 2012. The speaker at that time was Benj Santiago. Unlike the other attendees and members who were very enthusiastic and receptive, I was rather- indifferent. After the orientation was the Financial Check-up with one of the IMG associates. Again, I was not really interested and gave the usual canned reply- “I’ll think about it and get back to you.” I left the IMG office thinking that I just went to “another MLM group” that doest not serve my needs. Fast forward to the last quarter of 2017, and I realized how wrong I was and somehow regretted not signing up sooner.
According to the most recent statistical data, there are about 10 million Filipino OFWs all over the world. 1 out of 10 are financially broke, while 8 out of 10 will go home with no savings, or funds for retirement. If you are an OFW, those are scary numbers and those numbers are REAL!
This is our second time to attend Money Talks UAE, and this by far has been the best and most interesting one we’ve been to. The conference was supposed to start at 1PM, but due to technical glitches it started at nearly 2PM, cutting the entire conference time short by almost two hours, and forcing the speakers to shorten their discussions a bit. It was not the full-day conference like the previous ones; a bit short on time, and cut even shorter due to technical difficulties, but definitely not short on information and new learnings from the excellent speakers.
Near the end of 2017, the PSEi (Philippine Stock Exchange Index) rallied to New Highs as it broke past 8500 levels and went as high as 8900 in the first week of trading for 2018. Many stock market investors and traders, myself included were jubilant to say the least after learning that the market has finally broken through the 8500 levels after going sideways for quite some time.