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Ask Geri: How to (1) Invest in Stocks Via Banks, (2) Beat Inflation and (3) Differentiate Blue Chips vs Smaller Cap Companies?

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Hi Geri,

Apeng here. Thank you for answering my query, actually I was surprised you answered it hehe. Copy, on all your points. I can appreciate it more vis-a-vis the risk appetite of the would be investor.

I’ll just fire away with my clarificatory questions.

  1. If I want to invest my money in stocks, how will I go about it? I don’t want to make a COL account or find a broker. Are there banks who act as brokers that can cater to clients like me? If ever how much is the initial investment? Can you cite which bank is preferable?
  2. The money I’m willing to commit into stocks are really for long term (with the idea of making a mark up if extra money comes up). Would it be correct that by doing this I can beat the inflation rate?
  3. Why do they usually recommend “blue chip companies” for newbies? When you say “smaller cap companies” can you cite examples.

Hi Apeng,

Thank you for reading my posts and for your patience in typing your queries. Really appreciate them. As promised, here are my two cents. After this, since you claim to be a beginner, I enjoin you to explore this link further: Beginner’s Guide.

Participate in Stocks via Banks

It seems that you have already made up your mind to invest in stocks but you are not willing to open an online trading platform, such as COL Financial. Neither are you willing to go through stock brokers, but rather via banks. I assume too that you are a retail investor, and as such the easiest way will be to invest via UITF products of banks. Or if you want professional fund managers outside of banks, Mutual Funds is a similar instrument. As far as I know, banks do not directly purchase individual stocks for you upon a phone call. Brokers do that. Unless otherwise you are referring to bank-affiliated trading platforms such as BPI Trade and First Metro (of Metrobank).

UITF and Mutual Funds work the same way. They pool the money from retail investors and invest these in funds such as equity funds (stocks), bond funds, balanced funds (mix of stocks, bonds and long term deposits). You can find more details here: Are you Ready for UITFs / Mutual Funds?

If ever you go for a UITF, just choose stocks-related funds assuming these meet your risk appetite. Banks will ask you to answer a questionnaire to determine your risk appetite and investment horizon. Initial investment can be as low as PHP10K and incremental investments as low as PHP1K. It depends on the bank of your choosing. Some banks also offer a monthly subscription program wherein they will invest a fixed amount for you every month.

Which bank is better? Check out their fund performances available in their websites. Consider as well that you need to open a savings account with them which will serve as the repository and mother account of your investments. Likewise, consider the proximity of any branch to your area in case you need to add more funds. Or how cool their internet banking is. Reading up on some posts in UITF will reveal which bank I’m fond to use for my UITF.

Another option is to go for a Variable Unit Linked Insurance. With this, a portion of your monthly savings is invested (also in funds of your choosing), while at the same time you get benefits in case of death, disability and critical illness. More details here: How VUL Insurance Works?


Beat Inflation?

Investing in stocks or UITF is not guaranteed to give you gains, more so, not guaranteed to give you gains that beats inflation. Not guaranteed. But I would say with proper strategy, objective and long term investment horizon (your investment OHA), investing in UITF and stocks gives you a much better chance to beat inflation (4.4% as of Sep2014) compared to parking your money in savings accounts.


Blue Chip for Newbies

Let me just reiterate what I told you in the comments section. They usually recommend blue chip companies for beginners since these are the more stable and profitable companies that are known to last even during economic downturns, whose stock prices are more or less stable, hence less risky. These are your PLDT, Globe, utility companies, San Miguel, Jollibee etc. There is very little chance that these companies will fold, and their stock prices plummet to near zero. In the long term you can expect growth from blue chip companies, steady but not necessarily steep. And oh, dividends too.

Based on Investopedia, a large cap company has market capitalization of USD10B or roughly PHP450B. If we are to follow this definition, small cap companies will be those with less than PHP450B in market capitalization (computed as stock price x outstanding shares). Not sure if this applies to our local setting though because we if ever, majority of PSE listed companies will fall under small cap companies.

But I can assure you that there are lots of smaller cap companies that have fundamentally sound financials and promising growth prospects. Just check out my tag cloud and look for PSE: *** links and you’ll know which stocks I am fond to follow. Caveat though, I am not giving you a buy recommendation.

I do hope you get to begin your investment life as soon as possible and as non-traumatizing as possible. And oh, if you ask me personally, go for both UITF and retail trading via online platform. It helps to know firsthand what you are doing (and what fund managers will be doing) with your money.

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37 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:


    Ok lang po ba malaman kung ano ang top 3 sa Mutual funds ngaun?

    Thanks po.


  2. Geri says:

    Ian, suggest you visit as they compile the actual returns of their member funds.

    It's not just a matter of returns though. You need to consider as well your investment OHA (objective, horizon and appetite). This previous post should help:

  3. Anonymous says:

    Copy, Idol.

    For sure, maraming matutulungan ka na naman 🙂

    Dan the Man

  4. Anonymous says:

    From what I have heared for example the interest rate for the PAG Ibig 1 (the mandatory membership) is like 2% pa, the Modified Pag Ibig II interest rate is much bigger than the former.It depends upon the corporation's earning for the year as well as from the decision of Board of Directors of Pag Ibig.

    Idol, may mga nakita nga akong projected table from the Pag Ibig website.

    I think you should make another blog post for this, Idol hehe…

    Dan the MAn

  5. Geri says:

    Dan the Man, will just get more info then probably publish a post soon. Yup saw the projections too and doing some number crunching. Very tempting rates actually.

  6. Anonymous says:

    The Modified Pag-IBIG II (MP2)

    Salient Features:

    The MP2 program is solely a savings scheme, designed to provide Pag-IBIG I members with another savings option that would grant them with a yield higher than those given under the Pag-IBIG I membership program. The program took effect on 3 February 2010. ◦Minimum contribution of Php 500.00 per month

    ◦Term of 5 years, renewable
    ◦Flexible dividend rates but always higher than Pag-IBIG I
    ◦Contributions & earnings are government guarranteed

  7. Geri says:

    Thanks Anonymous. This is interesting especially the rates. I'like explore it further and hopefully share the good news to fellow investors.

  8. Anonymous says:


    Nice blog po.

    Add ko lang na meon pang isang programa ang PAG IBIG – MP2

    mas malaki ang interst nya, at sabi sa Pag Ibig na nakausap ko yung mga OFW nags save din dito!

  9. Geri says:

    Thanks for your kind words. Interesting info on Pag Ibig. Would you have more details?

  10. Anonymous says:


    Not sure eh, ang alam ko lang mas malaki kaysa sa interest ng simple deposit 🙂

    Dan the MAn

  11. Anonymous says:


    Paano makikipag sa BPI securities? sa mismong bangko din ng BPI?

    wala lang, ask ko lang din 🙂

    Happy weekend!

    Dan the MAn

  12. Anonymous says:

    “We need more Juan and Juana who are financially literate. I believe it is key for a better Philippines”

    I just to share a simple and I believe a full proof “small” way of investing, without really trying.

    I say this because, I’m actually doing it. And the way I do it by way of salary deduction- para di ko na makita kumbaga.

    I have increased my monthly contribution to my PAG-IBIG deduction of P100.The P100 that is deducted to the employee is usually matched by the employer of the same amount. So, technically every month a P200 is being remitted to PAG-IBIG. I have requested our HR to add another P400 so that my monthly deduction will be 500, 600 all in all. Before the amount in excess of the mandated P100 is not taxable, but since Kim Henares came in as the BIR Chairman- nakita nya kaya ayun Taxable na ngaun! Hahaha When I retire maiipon lang yun ng di ko namamalayan, may interest naman din yun kahit papaano, so may makukuha pa din ako

    Simple lang idol pero, effective 

    Learn first to walk, before you run!!!

    Dan the Man!

  13. Geri says:

    You mean personal online trading account via BPI Trade? Yes it's affiliated with BPI fill up ka lang forms I think available online din. You can easily fund your BPI Trade account via BPI. If you're referring to BPI Securities acting as your broker sorry I'm not familiar. Hehe.

  14. Geri says:

    Thanks for the tip Dan the Man. How much is the interest? SSS recently announced of a voluntary savings plan too. I'm looking into that as well. A journey of a thousand miles begins with one small step forward.

  15. Anonymous says:


    Can you like make a separate blog about BPI Trade?


  16. Geri says:

    Hi. What do you mean by separate blog on BPI Trade? What would you like to know? For starters, BPI Trade is also an online trading platform similar to COL Financial. Check this out in case this helps:

  17. Anonymous says:

    Geri for President!!! ( joke lang)

    2 points lang, idol

    1. Di ba ang BPI ay nag aact din as a broker?
    2. Ano pala solusyon ni Apeng if gusto nya talaga i pursue yung stock investment nya in the long run?

    Sorry ako na ang nag follow up question/s

    salamat salamat

    Dan the Man!

  18. Geri says:

    Hi Dan. I think BPI securities or BPI Trade yung tinutukoy mo. Yes related to BPI the bank but a separate company. And BPI Trade has an online platform too for retail investors, but still the customer executes the trades. That's based on my limited knowledge though, haven't really inquired with brokers because of my perception that they cater only to those with big investment funds.

    The solution is to get started. Start small. Study. Continuous learning. Whether it's via uitf, online trade or brokerage houses.

  19. Anonymous says:

    Ang lupet ng blog post na ito idol!!!

    laking kalinawan sa mga taong katulad ko.

    Salamat sa oras na binigay mo para masagot yung tanong ni Apeng idol, kasi kami din ay nakinabang 🙂

    More blog post pa!!

    Dan the man!

  20. Geri says:

    Once again thank you for the kind words Dan the man. Glad you appreciate it. Just really want to share my two cents with those who bother to read.

    We need more Juan and Juana who are financially literate. I believe it is key for a better Philippines.

    Any Juan can, every Juan should. More funds more fun for every Juan.

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