Filipinos typically ask help from their kin in times of trouble, but to move forward as a nation, people should learn to take responsibility for their decisions and their lives. Managing your finances wisely is the first step.
I’m planning to invest in VUL. But still, I also want to invest in mutual funds simultaneously. Is it ok to do this simultaneously? Which has higher return? I’m trying to weigh how much to allocate for both given my limited budget.
Funny how the lending bank is prudent when it comes to protecting its interests (in this case a house and lot) while the actual owners of a real estate property is not too keen on protecting their own assets.
Whatever course you are in right now, your skills, marketability and time are all investments. As such make sure to hone your skills and talents while still in college, such that when you graduate, you either become an sought-for asset to a company, or a young competent leader of your businesses.
In a gist, VUL asks you to commit a monthly payment whether it is for the next 5, 7, 10 or 15 years. During this time, a portion goes to protection by guaranteeing an amount in case the owner dies, suffers disability or critical illness. Further a portion is invested in instruments that work like a Mutual Fund / UITF which grows exponentially over time. This fund is withdrawable for any use, such as eventual retirement, tuition fees, home purchase etc.
Get both! The “or” approach may be stemming from the fact that VUL and investment funds do have some overlaps and maybe you want to avoid the redundancy and the repetition to sort of maximize your investments. But they do have distinct purposes and benefits that the other cannot provide.
Notice that DG’s quotes provide for higher death benefit for lower annual premium given that she is much younger than RCM. Also, the projected fund value by 65 y/o is much higher, in spite of lower premium (hence lower investment amount), since DG has more invested years before reaching 65 y/o, compared to RCM. This is simply time value of money and compounding at work.
Both options above are illiquid and very long term commitments. Meaning if you change your mind, or have a need for cash beyond your emergency funds, it will be more difficult to sell these items to have cash.
Fully or partially pre-term your loans. I know this sounds so killjoy but hey, delay of gratification is always gratifying. And think about this. Imagine the interest savings you can get by pre-terminating your loans. Or the freed up money that used to be spent on amortizations.
Arguably one of the easiest way to be a millionaire is get life insurance. Sure you don’t enjoy the sum assured of Php1M while you’re alive but still, we can’t deny the fact that most of us save and invest, not just for personal use, but also for our dear dependents in life.