Monday, June 17, 2013

What's Going on Stock Market?

For the past few weeks, my portfolio isn't looking very good. It is like a blood bath on my screen. All is turning to red (loss) and yes, it is a bad news. But you know what? I am not really worried about it. Yes I am a bit concern but I have this inner confidence that says to me that everything will be alright. Oh well, the status update from one of my stock advisers (naks!) added an assurance that time will come that it will be all green (gain) and with Him, it's alright to fall sometimes because there is no way but up. Neil also said that this is where men separates from the boys and that only the brave ones survives and makes money.

I'm not really a technical analyst or very keen in checking the performance of my stocks. I just love reading news and forums and of course with the help of some friends and financial experts, I can choose the stock where I will invest. Well enough of the money matters; I researched on some probable causes why this is happening in the stock market. I have enumerated some reasons:

  1. Profit. The stock exchange index has reached to record breaking points and for many investors, it is a very good thing and it also means profit. Many investors are taking advantage of the percentage of gain from their portfolio so they were probably excited in taking in more money (I admit I am one of them haha)
  2. Foreign Investors. I also read and heard that many foreign investors are pulling out their money and transferring it to the recovering economy of the US. It means lesser investment in our part and it is a huge part in the gradually decreasing of the index point. Is there a way that the government should lessen the foreigner's privilege in getting stocks in our country? 
  3. Current News. I think that Serendra explosion thing have contributed to this. There was a huge concern that the cause was a bomb. This news spreaded wrongly as the investigation results did not come in a faster way. The terrorism news is very bad in a country and can whisper negative impact to neighboring countries, so bad means negative and negative means lower index points.
  4. Panic. Of course if your profit is slowly negating, you might want to sell your stocks just to avoid a total loss. My officemate sold his stocks in a panic mode even if it was a loss. Many of us are looking into a negative perspective that leads us to grab the profit immediately rather than checking the probable positive outcome in the near future. There is no shortcut in success.

Again, I am no expert in this thing and I still consider myself as a beginner in this field and I am sure there are more reasons why this is happening. It is a good thing that we are aware of these things rather than be ignorant to what's happening in the economy. It can also give us hope and pointing our eyes only to positive results. Well life isn't exciting without risks, just be prepared to what will be the result is, whether gain or loss.

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Thursday, June 13, 2013

Romania Trip - Bucharest

It was before lunch when my sister and I bid goodbye to Brasov. We were headed next to the Romanian capital, Bucharest. It was more than three hours of journey before reaching the city. We immediately checked in to Hotel Minerva to rest for a while. It was snowing that time so it was very cold. Our room was quite nice and clean and the view from my window was magnificent. After unpacking some things, we decided to go out and roam the city. Even though it was so cold and the snow was pouring heavily, we still went out to look for the nearest supermarket to buy some foods.

The next day, after a quick breakfast inside our room, we checked the city and navigated each of the alleys. I can say that Sibiu is way better than Bucharest in terms of order and cleanliness. Nevertheless, Bucharest is still an interesting place to explore. We saw some buildings with great style and architecture. The snow did not stop us from walking for almost three hours just to feel the atmosphere of the place. I noticed that there were bakeshops everywhere and the gogoshi became my instant favorite. We also found the Pope John Paull II cathedral and stayed inside for a while. I was glad to see some Filipino products in a store where we bought some items.

We came back to hotel to have our lunch and leave some things that we bought. Our next destination was the "Palace of the Parliament" (Palatul Parlamentului). I checked some details on the internet and found out that it is near the Izvor MRT station. One thing I love about Bucharest is their train transportation system. Back to the palace, it is the world's largest civilian building and the heaviest. Once you enter the building, you will notice numerous big chandeliers and big rooms. In 2008, the palace hosted the 20th NATO summit. Some of the rooms use natural light by getting directly from the sun. There was also this one room where a high official stayed who received several death threats so he ordered to stop the air circulation inside the room to ensure that he wouldn't be poisoned.

That day didn't end in the palace. We came to this big shopping mall via bus. B─âneasa Shopping City offers varieties of retail shops and a huge food court. We had our big dinner there and I bought an Adidas shoes. Afterwards, we watched a movie then called it a day.

Our last day in Bucharest was a bit laid back. In the morning, we took a bus going to the "Arc of Triumph" (Arcul de Triumf) and took some few shots. We toured again the city a bit until it was time for my sister to go back to Sibiu. I had my flight going back to Dubai the next day morning. My Romanian trip is indeed a memorable one. I was able to spend it with my sister and had a wonderful and quality time with her. I fell in love with Romania especially the customs, the people and its music. More pics below:

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