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Katie Scarlett

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Katie Scarlett Needs Money
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Financial independence, expat finance, investing, frugal luxury
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Now that the entire world is being ravaged by the novel coronavirus, I feel paralyzed.  Although we felt the effects of the COVID-19 epidemic here in South Korea ahead of the rest of the world (with the exception of China), I wasn’t as scared then as I am now.   Now that the epidemic have […] The post 5 Things That Will Financially Tide Me Over The Epidemic appeared first on ...
Posted: Mar 28 2020 @ 9:15 AM
As you may have noticed, the world has gone absolutely insane in the past three months. Since the start of the year, the stock markets I’ve been investing in were on a downward spiral due to the COVID-19 epidemic. Millions of people are in lockdown and still no cure or vaccine in sight. I read […] The post March 2020 Net Worth Update – In the midst of the coronavirus epidemic ...
Posted: Mar 13 2020 @ 12:20 PM
I received so many messages from people who want to put money away for retirement but are hesitant to invest in the stock market for different reasons. Many simply don’t know how, while others are scared of the stock market’s volatility.   Luckily for us Filipinos, the government is implementing programs to help those who […] The post Pag-IBIG MP2 versus SSS funds – Which is better? appeared first on Katie ...
Posted: Feb 21 2020 @ 1:12 PM
When you ask Koreans which place you should visit if you’re interested in their country’s history, they would unanimously tell you to go to Gyeongju, located in North Gyeongsang Province.    Gyeongju was the capital of the Silla Dynasty which ruled the Korean Peninsula more than 2,000 years ago. Then called Seorabeol, it was the […] The post The Ultimate Guide to Gyeongju, South Korea appeared first on Katie Scarlett Needs ...
Posted: Feb 08 2020 @ 7:41 AM
I enjoy reading financial blogs and learning from the experiences and opinions of people who have the same interests as I do. Because I had nobody to teach me how to achieve my financial and investing goals in real-life, I feel a certain connection with people who share their journey to financial independence with the […] The post Best Financial Blogs in the Philippines appeared first on Katie Scarlett Needs Money. ...
Posted: Feb 02 2020 @ 12:01 PM
After opening a Personal Equity and Retirement Account (PERA), our next step is to make sure that we top up our account every year. In this post, I will share three ways to top up your BPI PERA account. Yes, there are only three ways to do it.  But before we proceed, in case you’re […] The post 3 Ways to Top Up Your BPI PERA Account appeared first on Katie ...
Posted: Jan 26 2020 @ 12:01 PM
How much should our investments grow each year?   Most of us would answer that our investments should, at the very least, beat inflation.    Despite the simplicity of this guideline, many investors do not really understand what it means. Or if we understand what it means, we do not know how to apply it […] The post How much should your investments grow annually to beat inflation? appeared first on ...
Posted: Jan 19 2020 @ 12:01 PM
Since it’s the start of a new decade, I can’t help but reminisce and look back to the last 10 years, both to see how far I’ve come and to remind myself of how far I need to go.    I’ve always been open about sharing with you guys how I grew up in poverty […] The post A Decade in Review appeared first on Katie Scarlett Needs Money. ...
Posted: Jan 11 2020 @ 11:06 AM
This post is the continuation of my series on the available scholarships for Filipino students. Like the my post Corporate Scholarships for College Students in the Philippines, I will keep this evergreen. Meaning I will constantly update it with new information. I also welcome contributions from readers so if you want to share your experiences […] The post Government Scholarships for College Students in the Philippines appeared first on Katie Scarlett ...
Posted: Dec 05 2019 @ 12:00 PM
What’s the Tea, Katie? or WTTK, is where I answer financial and investment questions from the readers of the Katie Scarlett Needs Money blog. Although I try my best to answer the questions based on the information provided, I want to reiterate that I am not a not a licensed professional. These are my opinions […] The post WTTK #1: Should I Transfer Property to a Relative? appeared first on Katie ...
Posted: Nov 28 2019 @ 12:01 PM


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