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Monday, August 19, 2019

Best New Investments For OFWs

The privilege of working abroad will not be there forever. We, the overseas Filipino workers (OFW), were just given limited opportunity to earn bigger salary compared to what we could be making in our own country in exchange of our sacrifices. Soon we will be going for good and we need to plan ahead.


The privilege of working abroad will not be there forever. We, the overseas Filipino workers (OFW), were just given limited opportunity to earn bigger salary compared to what we could be making in our own country in exchange of our sacrifices. Soon we will be going for good and we need to plan ahead.        Ads          Based on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ 2nd Quarter (2019) Consumer Expectation Survey, only 33.9% of the households surveyed put OFW remittances into savings and only 7.6% put them into investments.  There are many ways to invest your hard-earned income. Here we provide options which we believe are the best investments where you can earn sure profit and keep you away from scams and swindlers.   Franchise Business Another great investment for OFWs is owning a business franchise. It gives you the opportunity to learn the ropes of running a business while having a tried-and-tested system in place.  For small franchises, such as food carts and kiosks, starting capital ranges from PHP 50,000 to PHP 900,000. For bigger franchises, capital is much higher and starts at around PHP 800,000.  A word of caution when starting a franchise business: Always have a buffer or emergency fund. You may spend more than your starting capital for miscellaneous expenses such as permits, rent advances, additional equipment, etc.  Being a franchise owner offers OFWs the opportunity to earn additional income. But you must have partners you trust. Being an OFW, you are not always in your home country, and someone will have to run the day-to-day operations.  While you are away, you can let your family handle the franchise business. Instead of merely depending on your remittances to cover their daily expenses, your family members can be more productive in managing the business and earning profits from it.   Real Property Real estate is one of the preferred investments for OFWs because a home is a tangible asset compared to stocks and mutual funds. Another is the personal benefits of having your own place.   Earning in foreign currency allows OFWs to invest in real estate in the first year or two of them working abroad. Compared to those working in the country, it may take years to be able to save up for a down payment on a home.   Real estate has the potential to yield great returns. Also, if you end up selling your property, you will have a large cash reserve in the millions.   Nowadays, the popularity of short-term rentals via online platforms such as Airbnb and Agoda Homes makes it easy for OFWs to earn money quickly by renting out their idle apartment or condo units.  Mutual Funds  Mutual funds and unit investment trust funds (UITFs) are pooled investments that OFWs can participate in for as low as PHP 1,000.   To open a UITF account, most banks require a personal appearance, but others, such as BPI, PNB, and Security Bank, allow you to apply abroad if you already have a savings account with them (or in the case of Security Bank, an existing UITF account).   For mutual funds, you can open an account with a mutual fund company (Philequity, ATRAM, or Sun Life Financial, etc.) or through a stockbroker such as COL Financial and First Metro Sec.  Why are Mutual Funds and UITFs a Good Investment for OFWs?  Mutual funds and UITFs do not require much effort and time compared to other investments for OFWs such as stocks and business. A professional fund manager handles your mutual funds and UITFs. All you need to do is put in the money.   Pag-IBIG MP2 The Modified Pag-IBIG Savings II (MP2) is a five-year voluntary savings program that OFWs can avail in addition to their regular Pag-IBIG savings. The Pag-IBIG Fund allows a minimum monthly investment of PHP 500 for MP2, though OFW members may opt to put a higher amount into their MP2 accounts to earn higher dividends.   The MP2 earns annual dividends with rates that are higher than time deposits and even other investment channels such as mutual funds. The dividend rate even peaked at 8.11% in 2017. For 2019, the Pag-IBIG Fund has declared a 7.41 dividend rate.  Earnings from the MP2 program are tax-free and government-guaranteed, so there’s no risk of losing your money.   SSS Flexi Fund Starting to plan your retirement? The SSS Flexi Fund, a voluntary savings-investment program for overseas SSS members, is one of the best investments for OFWs who want to build their retirement fund.  Similar to the Pag-IBIG MP2, OFW members enjoy risk-free and tax-free benefits under the SSS Flexi Fund program. Although it’s meant primarily as an OFW investment for retirement, it can also be used to cover immediate financial needs through an early withdrawal.  Another advantage of investing through this SSS program is earning incentives when you don’t make any withdrawal or benefit claim within a year.       Ads      Sponsored Links    VUL Insurance VUL stands for variable universal life insurance, an insurance product that doubles as an investment vehicle. It means that a certain percentage of the money you put in your VUL policy goes to the cost of insurance, while the rest goes to investments.  In short, VUL allows OFWs to get themselves insured while growing their money simultaneously.  Why is VUL Insurance a Good Investment for OFWs?   There may be some valid arguments against getting a VUL policy, like it being a lazy way to invest. However, if there’s a group that benefits the most from VUL insurance, it’s the OFWs who barely have the time to learn to invest and monitor their investments.   And since it’s an insurance and investment product rolled into one, VUL is ideal for OFWs who want to protect their loved ones from being financially burdened should they pass away, and save money for retirement should they live longer.   PERA Investment Personal Equity and Retirement Account, or PERA for short, is a voluntary retirement investment program in the Philippines. Once you open a PERA account, your money is invested in various vehicles, including bonds, stocks, mutual funds, and UITFs.  OFWs stand to benefit the most from PERA because they can invest higher amounts (maximum of PHP 200,000 annually) than non-OFWs (maximum of PHP 100,000 annually). They also enjoy higher tax exemption of up to 5% on their PERA investment.   OFWs should take advantage of the benefits that PERA offers. It’s a great opportunity to prepare for retirement because earnings are exempted from taxes. Also, OFWs can invest a higher maximum amount (PHP 200,000) every year compared to non-OFWs, who can invest only up to PHP 100,000 annually.  Stocks With the advent of online trading platforms, OFWs can now participate in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) even if they’re based abroad.  COL Financial, an online broker, allows OFWs to open a trading account without a personal appearance. You can send your application forms and supplementary documents via courier and then fund your account via wire transfers.  In addition, numerous online stock brokers allow you to open an account for a minimum of PHP 5,000. With the high earning capacity of OFWs, they can invest more than that and add to it monthly. Stock investing allows your money to grow if done right. Annual returns of 50% are possible with the stock market, but of course, you need to put in the effort of learning and studying.  The number of OFWs continues to rise each year. These modern-day heroes continue to work away from home for a brighter future.  Investing makes all these goals possible without the need of leaving their family behind.

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Based on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ 2nd Quarter (2019) Consumer Expectation Survey, only 33.9% of the households surveyed put OFW remittances into savings and only 7.6% put them into investments.

There are many ways to invest your hard-earned income. Here we provide options which we believe are the best investments where you can earn sure profit and keep you away from scams and swindlers.


Franchise Business
Another great investment for OFWs is owning a business franchise. It gives you the opportunity to learn the ropes of running a business while having a tried-and-tested system in place.

For small franchises, such as food carts and kiosks, starting capital ranges from PHP 50,000 to PHP 900,000. For bigger franchises, capital is much higher and starts at around PHP 800,000.

A word of caution when starting a franchise business: Always have a buffer or emergency fund. You may spend more than your starting capital for miscellaneous expenses such as permits, rent advances, additional equipment, etc.

Being a franchise owner offers OFWs the opportunity to earn additional income. But you must have partners you trust. Being an OFW, you are not always in your home country, and someone will have to run the day-to-day operations.

While you are away, you can let your family handle the franchise business. Instead of merely depending on your remittances to cover their daily expenses, your family members can be more productive in managing the business and earning profits from it.

Real Property
Real estate is one of the preferred investments for OFWs because a home is a tangible asset compared to stocks and mutual funds. Another is the personal benefits of having your own place.


Earning in foreign currency allows OFWs to invest in real estate in the first year or two of them working abroad. Compared to those working in the country, it may take years to be able to save up for a down payment on a home.


Real estate has the potential to yield great returns. Also, if you end up selling your property, you will have a large cash reserve in the millions.


Nowadays, the popularity of short-term rentals via online platforms such as Airbnb and Agoda Homes makes it easy for OFWs to earn money quickly by renting out their idle apartment or condo units.

Mutual Funds 
Mutual funds and unit investment trust funds (UITFs) are pooled investments that OFWs can participate in for as low as PHP 1,000.


To open a UITF account, most banks require a personal appearance, but others, such as BPI, PNB, and Security Bank, allow you to apply abroad if you already have a savings account with them (or in the case of Security Bank, an existing UITF account).


For mutual funds, you can open an account with a mutual fund company (Philequity, ATRAM, or Sun Life Financial, etc.) or through a stockbroker such as COL Financial and First Metro Sec.

Why are Mutual Funds and UITFs a Good Investment for OFWs?

Mutual funds and UITFs do not require much effort and time compared to other investments for OFWs such as stocks and business. A professional fund manager handles your mutual funds and UITFs. All you need to do is put in the money.

 Pag-IBIG MP2
The Modified Pag-IBIG Savings II (MP2) is a five-year voluntary savings program that OFWs can avail in addition to their regular Pag-IBIG savings. The Pag-IBIG Fund allows a minimum monthly investment of PHP 500 for MP2, though OFW members may opt to put a higher amount into their MP2 accounts to earn higher dividends.


The MP2 earns annual dividends with rates that are higher than time deposits and even other investment channels such as mutual funds. The dividend rate even peaked at 8.11% in 2017. For 2019, the Pag-IBIG Fund has declared a 7.41 dividend rate.

Earnings from the MP2 program are tax-free and government-guaranteed, so there’s no risk of losing your money.

 SSS Flexi Fund
Starting to plan your retirement? The SSS Flexi Fund, a voluntary savings-investment program for overseas SSS members, is one of the best investments for OFWs who want to build their retirement fund.

Similar to the Pag-IBIG MP2, OFW members enjoy risk-free and tax-free benefits under the SSS Flexi Fund program. Although it’s meant primarily as an OFW investment for retirement, it can also be used to cover immediate financial needs through an early withdrawal.

Another advantage of investing through this SSS program is earning incentives when you don’t make any withdrawal or benefit claim within a year.



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VUL Insurance
VUL stands for variable universal life insurance, an insurance product that doubles as an investment vehicle. It means that a certain percentage of the money you put in your VUL policy goes to the cost of insurance, while the rest goes to investments.

In short, VUL allows OFWs to get themselves insured while growing their money simultaneously.

Why is VUL Insurance a Good Investment for OFWs?


There may be some valid arguments against getting a VUL policy, like it being a lazy way to invest. However, if there’s a group that benefits the most from VUL insurance, it’s the OFWs who barely have the time to learn to invest and monitor their investments.


And since it’s an insurance and investment product rolled into one, VUL is ideal for OFWs who want to protect their loved ones from being financially burdened should they pass away, and save money for retirement should they live longer.

 PERA Investment
Personal Equity and Retirement Account, or PERA for short, is a voluntary retirement investment program in the Philippines. Once you open a PERA account, your money is invested in various vehicles, including bonds, stocks, mutual funds, and UITFs.

OFWs stand to benefit the most from PERA because they can invest higher amounts (maximum of PHP 200,000 annually) than non-OFWs (maximum of PHP 100,000 annually). They also enjoy higher tax exemption of up to 5% on their PERA investment.


OFWs should take advantage of the benefits that PERA offers. It’s a great opportunity to prepare for retirement because earnings are exempted from taxes. Also, OFWs can invest a higher maximum amount (PHP 200,000) every year compared to non-OFWs, who can invest only up to PHP 100,000 annually.

Stocks
With the advent of online trading platforms, OFWs can now participate in the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) even if they’re based abroad.

COL Financial, an online broker, allows OFWs to open a trading account without a personal appearance. You can send your application forms and supplementary documents via courier and then fund your account via wire transfers.

In addition, numerous online stock brokers allow you to open an account for a minimum of PHP 5,000. With the high earning capacity of OFWs, they can invest more than that and add to it monthly.
Stock investing allows your money to grow if done right. Annual returns of 50% are possible with the stock market, but of course, you need to put in the effort of learning and studying.

The number of OFWs continues to rise each year. These modern-day heroes continue to work away from home for a brighter future. 
Investing makes all these goals possible without the need of leaving their family behind. 
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