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Monday, September 26, 2016

BPI Branch Open on Saturday or Sunday

We needed to open a BPI bank account but we are only available on Satruday on Sunday to process the account opening due to our work schedule on the weekdays. Hence we needed to know what BPI branches are open on Saturday or Sunday to facilitate our account opening. Based on our research from BPI's branches, we've come up with the list below for BPI branches that are open on weekends.

The information may be subject future changes. Hence if you think the table needs some information update please hit the comment section below so we can update the list. We hope you find this useful.

BPI branches open on Saturday or Sunday:

Luzon / Metro Manila

Branch Name:BPI Glorietta Mall Third Level
Address:3rd Level Unit 3006 Glorietta 2 Mall, Ayala Center, Makati City, Metro Manila
Phone:(02)5775497 / (02)4781967
Banking Schedule:Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Branch Name:BPI Shangri-La Plaza Mall
Address:5th Flr Shangri-La Plaza, EDSA cor Shaw Blvd., Mandaluyong City 1552, Metro Manila
Phone:(02) 2170022 / (02) 6877032
Banking Schedule:Monday - Friday & Saturday 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Branch Name:BPI Ayala Malls Serin
Address:Space G-49 Ground Floor, Ayala Malls Serin, Tagaytay-Nasugbu Road, Tagaytay City 4120
Phone:(046)5126025 / (046)4605609
Banking Schedule:Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Investment Thesis: Solid Group Inc. (PSE: SGI)

Current Market Price: P 1.29/Share

Annual Sales: P 6.4 B

Net Income: P 486 M

Book Value: P 9.5 B

Current Market Cap: P 2.3 B

5Y Chart


1. Very cheap valuations

P/E = 5.64
P/B = 0.24
P/S = 0.29
Dividend Yield = 7.81%

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Reader Question: What's your take on $PIP (Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines, Inc.)?

Message from Anonymous to The Filipino Investor [Sent on Sep 6, 2016]

Hello, Came across your blog and find some of the articles interesting. It seems you haven't written about an investment idea in a while - last one I can find in March 4, 2015 on AgriNuture

Curious to know if you have ever looked at or followed Pepsi? If so would be interested in chatting on the name. 


Message from The Filipino Investor to Anonymous [Sent on Sep 8, 2016]

Hi Anonymous,

Thank you for your email. Yes, ANI was the last investment idea that we have written in the website but it certainly is not our last. We just happen to have a lot on our plate recently so we were not able to post a complete investment thesis for our readers. :-)

About Pepsi, we are bullish on this stock as it passed our quantitative multifactor model. That said we are a buyer of PIP at current levels [P3.11 per share on Sep 8, 2016].
Note though that our approach to investing is to construct a diversified portfolio of undervalued and fundamentally sound stocks and hold it for as long as the stock still passes our criteria or a more compelling cheaper stock presents itself. That said, we would be buying PIP along with other undervalued stocks and construct portfolio of say about 25 of them for the Philippines - in essence around 10% of the available stocks listed in the PSE w/c offers around 278 publicly listed companies.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Investment and Life Lessons - Part 8

Here's the PART 8 of our Investment and Life Lessons series. These are the ideas we've gathered from our various readings on business, stocks, economy, money, war, love and life. Our list is getting too long again hence we're sharing it with the Filipino Investors out there for them to learn a thing or two. Cheers!

  1. (On Quantitative Investment strategies) We have learned that no one is going to be able to stick to these kinds of strategies unless they know a lot about them - POS
  2. One of the largest retail foreign exchange dealers in the United States is Foreign Exchange Capital Markets (FXCM). In 2005, Drew Niv, chief executive of FXCM, remarked to the Wall Street Journal “If 15 percent of [currency] day traders are profitable, I’d be surprised.”
  3. The man who doesn't read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them. - Mark Twain
  4. It is my duty to work with men regardless of their nature. I will not be affected by them - Marcus Aurelius
  5. Leaders who don’t listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say - Andy Stanley
  6. We believe in probabilities not possibilities - JOS
  7. Self-attribution bias refers to our propensity to ascribe our successes to our skill, while blaming our failures on bad luck, rather than a lack of skill. For example, the stocks we buy that go up show our great stock picking skills, while those we buy that go down do so because of some outside factor, like Congress changing the law or the Federal Reserve increasing interest rates
  8. We are predictably irrational - Dan Ariely

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The History of "This is the Top" in the Stock Market from 1900 - 2016

Evan Bleker of netnethunter.com twitted this interesting Log-scaled price chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average (INDU Index) from 1900 to 2016 (116 Year Period) and we thought that looking things at the bigger picture really gives us a perspective on what this so-called stock market tops and bottoms.

**Click Image to enlarge**

Note though that even given same information, two individuals could have different interpretations/decisions based on their individual biases.

But for us at The Filipino Investor, here is our take away from this chart.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Top Twenty Five (25) Cheapest Stocks in the Philippines for August 2016

The "Top 25 Cheapest Stocks in the Philippines" is a monthly publication by The Filipino Investor to give investors in the PSE a sense on what are the cheapest stocks at the current market prices. This will be particularly useful to value investors a.k.a. those investors who like to buy companies whose current market price is selling cheap relative to quantifiable metrics such as earnings, sales, book value, dividend etc.

We would like to remind the readers of this website to do due diligence before investing specially on the more iliquid names. Cheers and enjoy!

1. P/E, EV/EBITDA, P/B, P/S were arranged from lowest to highest (lower the numbers means they are cheaper)

2. DY was arranged from highest to lowest (higher numbers are better/cheaper)

3. Data as of 30-Aug-16

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

[Reflections] IBM's Deep Blue Defeats World Chess Champion Garry Kasparov in Chess

Back in 1997, the headline says that the World Chess champion Gary Kasparov (the expert) was beaten by IBM's Deep Blue (a computer).

But more importantly we should realize that it was not the computer who beat Kasparov in their match up in that point in time but rather, the summation of the knowledge learned and effort poured by IBM's groups of researchers/developers since Deep Blue's early development in the 1940s.

In essence, the match in 1997 was actually a battle between an individual person - Gary Kasparov vs the team behind Deep Blue from 1940s-1997 (50+ years) w/c was only represented systematically by the Computer.

When framed in that perspective, it actually just made sense that Kasparov lost.

Watch the video here:

The Filipino Investor