Announcement: My Blog Just Got Google Sitelinks

Upon searching google for my site today, I found out that Google has bestowed my blog the much coveted (at least for me) sitelinks.

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It’s Party Time: thefinancemd.com just got Google sitelinks. Image from google

 

I actually didn’t know what those sub-links under the main site link are called, but I regularly see them for popular blogs, and I’ve always wondered how to get them.

They’re sitelinks – how did I even get them? Does that mean Google loves me?

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Print Books Aren’t Dead – I Have Convincing Proof

Anyone who predicted the death of printed books years back in lieu of e-books are probably scratching their heads in disbelief. Ebooks and their various formats (Kindle, iBook, etc) have not killed traditional print. In fact, print has made a resurgence in recent years.

Last week, the 36th Manila International Book Fair (Facebook page here) was held at the SMX Convention Center in the Mall of Asia (MOA) complex in Pasay City, Philippines.

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36th Manila International Book Fair at SMX Convention Center (Sep 16-20). Image Credit: thefinancemd.com

 

Print books were the main attractions of this book fair. How did the fair do? Did it succeed or flop?

 

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I’m Peddling My Book at the 36th Manila International Book Fair

Last year, I decided to write a book that explains the basics of investments in a simple manner. I initially meant to just give out the books as Christmas gifts to my co-doctors and friends. Due to the good response of those who received the book, I decided to sell the book.

My book is available in Amazon here and via Central Books bookstores in the Philippines.

Central Books also invited me to appear in the 36th Manila International Book Fair. A chance to hawk my book in person!

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See you on Sunday, September 20 at the 36th Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center. Image from Manila International Book Fair Official Facebook Page

 

For authors, there’s always the fear that even if you show up at the book fair, no one buys your book, which can be embarrassing and ego crushing….

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Reality Bites: COL Financial Downgrades 2015 Yearend PSEi Forecast

COL Financial, the Philippines most popular stock brokerage firm, has just downgraded its 2015 yearend forecast for the Philippine Stock Exchange Index (PSEi) to 7,950 from the 8,300 it predicted in January.

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Sorry! COL Financial downgrades 2015 yearend forecast. Image from COL Financial Facebook page (see here)

 

Someone very important made an even bolder PSEi prediction — will he downgrade it as well?

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CFA Level I and II 2015 Exam Results Are Out!

The Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Program Level I and II exam results were released last June 28.

What makes the announcement of the results so special? Google “hardest exam in the world” and the CFA exams will come up on top of the results (see here).

 

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CFA Level I and II 2015 exam results announced on Twitter. Image from CFA Institute official twitter account

 

So, what were the passing rates for the two levels of “hardest exam in the world” (as indexed by Google)  for 2015?

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Free Stuff: Philippine Stock Exchange’s (PSE) Stock Market 101 Webinar

Want to learn how to invest in the stock market? This may be your best chance to learn it for free. You’ll also learn from “The Source” – the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) itself without going there personally (parking there during office hours sucks big time).

 

PSE Stock Market 101 Webinar
Is it just me or does the poster have too many icons? If you want to join the PSE Stock Market 101 Webinar, register at www.pseacademy.com.ph.

 

Do I think this webinar is worth joining?

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The Common Investor Asks – Despite Very Good Financial Results, Why Did The Stock Price of Apple Inc. Plunge?

On July 21 2015, Apple Inc. reported very good financial results for the recent fiscal quarter. The company’s financial performance actually beat analysts’ estimates. Apple Inc. earned USD 1.85 per share (1.81 analysts’ consensus estimate), and had revenues of USD 49.6 Billion (up 33% from last year and better than the 49.4 Billion analysts’ consensus estimate). Following the announcement, the stock price plunged by around 7%. The common investor asks – how did this happen?

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Apple Inc. reports better than expected earnings but stock price tumbles… The common investor asks – market, why did you react that way? Image from Apple Inc.

 

Wall street types may know what’s going on, but the common investor may be scratching his head. I had a conversation with one such investor and tried to explain things the best I can in the simplest way possible.

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