Getting Started in the Philippine Stock Market


First things first. I’d like to welcome you to Usapang Investment.

So where do you start? Or better yet, your question would be, how do you start investing in the stock market?

Below are the few things to help you getting started.


Step 0: Join the FREE stock market tutorial

Earning from the stock market is not easy. If it is, you could have seen many millionaires walking around us earning from the stock market.

Your chances of succeeding in anything is directly tied to how well you know something. Ika nga, to win the game, you need to understand the rules of the game.

Anyway, I highly recommend before investing in the stocks to join our tutorial. And yes, it is FREE.

Get your FREE book now and start your stock tutorial here.


Step 1: Let Us Start With Your Why

Why Invest in Stocks

We need to be clear why do you want to invest in the stock market. Why?

Human nature is resistant to change. We would love to stay in our comfort zone. Investing in the stock market is something new. New could mean this is something outside your comfort zone.

In face of changes and obstacles, you need to remind yourself of your why to encourage you and to continue.

I’ll give you my why….

  • I wanted to earn from the stock market to have something extra for my family.
  • I wanted to earn from the stock market so that I can help those who are in need.
  • I wanted to earn from the stock market because I don’t like getting a very small interest in my time deposit.

So go ahead. Stop and think about your why.


Step 2: Let Us Fix the Leaks in Your Finances

financial leaks - debts

Before you start investing in the stock market, you need to make an honest to goodness assessment of your financial state. I know this would not be a pretty sight to do especially if you have never really taken time to do this before.

I hear some people saying to me, kaya nga ako gustong kumita sa stock market para magka solusyon ang aking finances…

Naalala ko one time, I wanted to train with a coach and play badminton para pumayat. Sabi ng coach, magpabawas ka muna ng timbang bago ka magpractice ng badminton.

“You don’t play badminton to lose weight. You lose weight so that you can play badminton better.”

Same thing with stock. You don’t invest in stock market to fix your financial problems. You fix your finances first so that you can have more money set aside to invest in the stock market.

So how do we do it?

–> Plug #1: Pay off your credit card debts first. Why?

The average interest rate is about 3% per month. For the sake of simple computation (without talking about compound effect), that is a whooping 36% per year. The typical average earning in the stock market is about 12 to 15%. So paying off your credit card debt is like “earning” 36% per year already. I am not talking about paying just the minimum amount. Make a plan to pay for the whole amount.

That is the reason why, it is never wise to invest when you are down in the credit hole much more to invest using borrowed money.

What if you are a businessman with debt? That is an exception. Business debts that are wisely used are good debts. They give business people leverage.

–> Plug #2: Are you living 101% or more of your income?

Even if you have a net income of 100,000 per month, it will not help you at all if you spend 101,000 pesos per month. Set a budget and live within your means. I know it is easier said than done.

But that is how success is all about. It is about doing those little disciplines consistently even if it is difficult until it becomes a habit.

Here is a good read, my financial blueprint.


Step 3: Get protected

Protect Your family with Life Insurance

Get protected from what? From untimely sickness and event. In the event that something happens to you and (assuming that you are the bread winner of the family), will your family you left behind be financially burdened?

Kung ang kotse nga may insurance, yong bread winner pa kaya ng family? Get a life insurance. If you don’t have a medical insurance, get one too.

The tricky thing about insurance, you can’t buy it during the time that you need it. You buy it BEFORE you need it.

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Step 4: Stock Market Here We Go

Step 1: Get an overview about stock market

Frequently asked questions about stock market

Know the rules of the stock market game

Myth about stock market

How the stock market works (video)

Step 2: Opening an Account with Stock Broker

10 Accredited Philippine Stock broker

Guide to opening an account with COL Financial (PDF download)

Step 3: Stock Market Investment Strategy

My Maid Invest in the Stock Market (E-book)

Which Stock Investing Strategy is Best For You

Stock Market Investing in a Box

Step 4: Stock Investor Mindset

Wealth Video Series 1 – by J3 Patino (video)

Wealth Video Series 2 – by J3 Patino (video)

Wealth Video Series 3 – by J3 Patino (video)

3 Reasons why You Should Never Follow Your Heast in Investing


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