Who is the Investing Engineer?

Hello!

I'm Mark. I'm an Electrical Engineer by profession, a serial entrepreneur, a passionate Value Investor and the owner of this blog.

I'm the typical go-lucky guy that you would normally see shirtless along the side of the street drinking beer and cat-calling any ladies that pass by...

A guy who loves to hang-out, eat, sleep, fight crime and uphold the law all day.

No,... I'm not that kind of person. Seriously!... I'm just kidding.

What Is The Blog All About

I launched The Investing Engineer PH in June 2015 as an online diary of some sort. I initially planned it as my private space online where I can share my thoughts and experiences about my journey to financial freedom. I was inspired to document my journey when I read Bo Sanchez' My Maid Invests In The Stock Market book.

As the months passed, the blog gained followers and subscribers when I started posting my personal insights about stocks.

Nowadays, the blog is all about guiding anyone who wants to invest in the Philippine Stock Market.

What Others Say About Me

The nice thing about investing in stocks is meeting like-minded and awesome people along the way! Let's hear what they have to say about me.

Mark from the Investing Engineer is the real deal!

Mark from the Investing Engineer is the real deal! Whether I’m reading his posts, newsletter, his investing guide, or a personal email response, Mark is always thorough and friendly. You can tell that Mark cares about helping people and he goes the extra mile to provide simple and effective value investing insight for all levels of investors. Thanks for being an inspiration Mark!

The Investing Engineer is an excellent resource for financial literacy.

The Investing Engineer is an excellent resource for financial literacy. The blog is a great read for those who are just starting on their road to financial independence and want to explore different options. Mark has a real talent for explaining complicated things very thoroughly, and making concepts that seem daunting very understandable.

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My Story: How I Strived For Success

I must admit that I'm a late bloomer.

You know those kids who started investing at the age of 9? Or those kids who are taught to be entrepreneurs at age 13?

Well, I'm not that kind of kid.

One of my dreams when I was young was to become a scientist. I thought that being a scientist was the coolest person to be. So I tinkered with chemicals, mixing unknown liquids I found in the kitchen, toilet and our garage. It is then I discovered fun in electricity. I remember doing those crazy experiments with a compass and electromagnets. As a young kid, I would disassemble my toys to get those tiny electric motors called a dynamo. I wire them up and connect those batteries to make a tiny electric fan. Sometimes, I would make boats made up of styrofoam and I use the dynamo as its engine. I do a lot of crazy stuff in the name of science and curiosity.

So as I was growing up, I already knew what I want to become; to be an Electrical Engineer!

In college, my parents trained me to think that being an Engineer and working abroad will make me rich. I adapted this mindset and studied hard.

Tragedy Struck

When my family’s business was greatly affected by the Asian Financial Crisis, I was forced to stop my college education in 2002 due to financial constraints.

I was forced to work for undergraduate jobs. I looked for ways to make money through selling stuff. I also joined multi-level marketing and networking business opportunities. If there's money to be made, I'll be deeply interested.

During those times, I thought that I would never finish my studies.

I felt depressed and my self-esteem dropped. I thought my dream to become an engineer will never come true.

Luckily, my kind aunt offered to sponsor my remaining college education. That I'm very thankful for!

Fast forward to this day, I’m now a Registered Electrical Engineer.

Striving for financial independence was always my goal ever since I started working. But I found out that it’s easier said than done.

I thought that if I become an engineer, I can get a nice high paying job to support all of the things I needed in my life. That was the plan. But no matter what job and salary I get into, I still live paycheck to paycheck and couldn’t make myself richer. Now why is that?

How I Started My Financial Journey

It all started one sunny day on the first quarter of 2015.

While searching for opportunities and tips on how to build wealth and make money online, I found the answer to my lifelong question.

The answer came from an e-book "My Maid Invests In The Stock Market... And Why You Should Too" by Bro. Bo Sanchez.

In that book, I realized that I’ve made so many mistakes in my financial life.

The next day, my mindset changed. That new found wisdom jump started my thirst and hunger for financial literacy. I searched everything; every blog, every article, every book and filled myself with knowledge.

I started from the basic and slowly advanced to the more technical reading materials about the stock market.

It is during this time that I learned about Warren Buffett, Benjamin Graham, Peter Lynch and a lot more investing gurus. I studied their strategies and their philosophies by reading articles and books written about them.

One day, I decided that it’s time to apply all the information I read about stocks. I opened an account and bought my first stock.

That day, I felt proud of myself because I’m now a stock market investor!

The feeling is so good. I literally feel that I now own the company I bought shares with.

Testing The Investing Principles I Learned

Before I started, I don’t have any idea how to invest in stocks. No one taught me what to do and I had to figure this out on my own. But after reading a lot of books and watching video tutorials, I learned to invest based on my own analysis. I applied long-term investing principles and adapted the right investing mindset. Luckily, I managed to make a 20% return in my first year. That's when I realized that a value-based long-term strategy really pays off.

What I Am Now Today

Bo Sanchez' story about his maid is my ultimate inspiration why I started this blog. I want to teach this new found wisdom to people who are just like me when I was in the "dark" times of financial illiteracy.

Nowadays, I continue to invest in stocks using the principles I mastered. I openly share this knowledge to my blog readers. My wish is that one day, all those people I helped invest in stocks will be able to escape the rat race and be financially free.

When I'm not looking into my portfolio or reading books and all sorts of stuff about the stock market, I ride motorcycles. I love sport bikes! I also love to watch movies and documentaries all day in my spare time. If you find value in the posts I make in this blog, please kindly share them with your family and friends.

Spread the word and be financially literate.

To your success,

Mark

The Investing Engineer PH​

  • emander123 says:

    very informative post

  • Perfect! I’m inspired to make my own blog too. Thank you for this Mark.

  • allan s. salming says:

    Salamat po mark! me too i’m interested to learn how to invest in the stock market. Pls teach me

  • Judy Anne Olleres says:

    Cool.. I’m a financial management student and I believe I will achieve the goal of being financial independent. Good for us to have the opportunity as FM major students in our school that we were encouraged by our Dean to start investing as it is also required in our major. Well I think it’s enforced rather than encouraged, yet it’s cool then, investing while were still studying. We were learning at the same time experiencing and gaining. 😊
    Thanks for your blog sir, it encourages me not to worry about anything else since investing is so risky, but as what you’ve said “if she can why can’t we?” I’m referring to the maid.. 😊 she’s cool. 👍

    • That’s great Judy. If your goal is to be financially free, then time really matters. You can achieve many great things if you begin at a young age. You can take a lot of risks, you can fail many times and learn from those failures.

      Financial literacy isn’t just about making yourself rich. It should be founded on the right principles (increasing cash flow, saving, investing). I made lots of money in MLM’s and Networking businesses when I was in College but spent it all on things that really don’t matter because I didn’t learn the proper financial mindset thingy… I didn’t learn about the time value of money back then…

      It’s rare to find young people focused on the financial literacy stuff nowadays – but you think differently. Keep the desire flowing, never stop learning and apply what you learn along the way. 😀

  • Jong says:

    Thanks for the time & effort in making this website.

    What is your personal take on Diversification?

    Can you suggest me books you have read about technical analysis?

    Did you use leverage in investing stocks?

    • You’re welcome Jong.

      1. I don’t diversify as of now. I believe Buffett’s take on it; that diversification is protection against ignorance if you don’t know what you’re doing. But if you know your investments then it makes little sense to diversify. That’s why in my portfolio, I only hold 2 stocks as of now.

      2. I don’t do technical analysis. I don’t use charts because I apply a value-based strategy so I really can’t recommend books about it because I don’t do charts in my analysis. I don’t buy on support or resistance, I buy when the market price trades below the intrinsic value. The only reason I look at charts is to determine if the trend is bullish or bearish.

      3. I don’t use leverage. Leverage amplifies losses if you make a wrong decision. I only invest my own money and do long-term positions for months or years even if my portfolio underperforms. I do valuations and determine the price I believe is just right and I buy below that price. That strategy also let’s me avoid emotional investing.

      Cheers Jong and goodluck in your investing journey!

  • Rock says:

    Thank you for the beautiful articles Sir! I am a newly registered Mechanical Engineer by 23 years old and having discovered Bro. Bo’s book at the start of my career and your articles about value-investing (including Sir Benjamin Graham’s valuation formulas) were an overwhelming experience! May God bless you more Sir! Thank you for sharing your knowledge! 🙂

  • Allan Esquillo says:

    Hi Mark,

    Your blog is a great help particularly focusing on value investing. God bless your advocacy.

  • Ryan says:

    Hi Mark,

    Thank you for this blog. Like you, I am also a believer of value-based approach. It’s just too complex to read the psychology of the market :). I am trying to find books on value investing online, since I cannot find books of that sort in the bookstores here in KSA (maybe there is but they are written in Arabic). Would you mind sharing the books that you read about value investing from which you learned?

  • Jeruel says:

    Mark,

    Thank you very much for the very informative and enlightening blog about Stocks Investing. I have just recently started my journey towards being financially free. I, too, am hungry to learn everything about Smart Investing, Value Investing and all that. Your inputs are greatly appreciated.

    More power!

  • Hero says:

    Investing Engineer,

    Good day. I am also reading books on value investing. Warren Buffett, Ben Graham, Peter Lynch, Joel Greenblatt, Mohnish Pabrai and others. I am looking for like minded individuals who can collaborate together to pursue value investing here in the Philippines. If you are open to that option you can reply here and from there we can discuss ideas about investing.

    Thank you and have a nice day.

  • G says:

    Hey Bro,

    You might want to check your ebook, I got a little confused on the equity part of MINAs halo halo. Correct me if I’m wrong but the first equity is 20k right? And when you try to compare to the 2nd equity which is 70k, you’ve made the first equity as 40k. As you wrote on page 30 ” Her equity is now 70k compared to the 40k before” please enlighten me as I am learning to be a fundamentalist/ buffetologist as well 🙂 cheers!

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  • Bry says:

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks for sharing your story, Salute to you brother.

    I remember when I’m starting back then when I work in Manila, even though I earn more but struggle every month end.
    Until I learn that it’s not how much money you earn but rather its what you do to what you earn.

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