Happy Valentines Day! Abbreviated Day, Long Weekend … Presidents Day Reminder Monday

A Happy Valentines Day… especially to all the ladies, moms, Mrs., Grandma and guys too!

What a Rainy and chilly week it was here in the south…

Made for a Great Writing week (A lot last weekend too) much to our Editors Happiness…

With the kiddos out on the street today at the half way point, we are headed out early for our collective protection…

In a continuation of the goal for the twelve year old, yours truly will be out of town this weekend and Monday in honor of Presidents Day.

Capital Markets, Banks, Government and Our Office will be closed Monday as well.

Happy Presidents Day!

New Toy … Look for Neat Office Stuff Soon… after we figure out how to get around the no fly zone restrictions due to local airport…grrrr

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

All About the ETF (Exchange Traded Fund), The Creation and Growth (Part 1)

(Those on the edge of your seats… this post accidentally set for 10:30 PM… such the delayed email today… carry on)

Working on the Q2 Newsletter and with a fabulous article about ETF’s (Exchange Traded Fund) in the making, as promised from last week, wanted to share in short version, here in this format, in advance….

ETF Index SPY is Born

This first Index ETF, traded (s) on the exchanges as SPY can be purchased just like a stock, during market hours and even after market hours in the much less stable and liquid extended market hours. Today just like when it was established, trades at 1/100 of the actual index value.  I.e. Index 3300, SPY 330.

This Index ETF allowed investors the ability to purchase one asset, under the ticker SPY, just like an individual stock, but hold 500 stocks, in this case the Standard and Poor’s 500, generally known as the largest US public companies in the world all at once and have throughout the day ability to buy or sell.

Prior to the SPY, there were certainly Mutual Funds (and still are today) that represent the same index, but were only tradable at the end of each day, also called end of day settlement.

In an ever faster moving world, the ETF has gaining appeal and continued money flows through low cost purchase.

Time Flies When We Are Having Fun – National Quote 1.5 Decade Ago Still Pertinent

Oddly, the following quote in 2006, actually still hits to the heart of an important topic of this article today…

Managers Look Ahead To Era Of Rate Declines

BY MURRAY COLEMAN

INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY

Posted 10/6/2006

“The interim period while we’re not raising or lowering rates is a time to build ETF watch lists,” said John Kvale, a Dallas- based adviser. “If it’s a soft landing for the economy, then our belief is that we’ll gravitate much more toward higher-quality stock funds.” He’s moving clients away from small-cap ETFs. The funds he favors now include S&P 500 tracker SPDRs. (SPY) “We’re holding off right now on investing in more sector-specific ETFs,” Kvale said.

Fast Forward to the Growth of ETF’s

From Ishares/Black Rock and Visual Capitalist

HIstory of ETF

As long as there is demand, Wall Street will Build!

Next up, beginnings of Danger!

Have a Great “ETF Creation” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
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Did Elon Musk, Founder of Tesla, Get the Last Laugh? Maybe! The Short Squeeze

Elon Musk, Tesla founder and SpaceX Explorer garnered our attention with several interesting charts which we highlighted here and here on how he brought the electric car to fruition.

Musk, so controversial, not only in his endeavors, but in his life, went against the grain with his Tesla Automotive, giving rise to the first all electric vehicle (also in very lofty production goals, which were at first not met) and a unique against the grain sale system that bypassed much of the standard mandatory current automobile industry taxes tariffs and payments.

Musk, during a Twitter barrage about a year ago, got himself into trouble resulting in his removal from several important roles at his firm Tesla.

Much of the Twitter trouble came from an attempt to chase short sellers – those investors that actually sell your company stock short (in advance) with the expectation that it will go down there by purchasing it back at a profit. Musk taking issue with the vast community of shorts in a Twitter storm created interest from the regulators.

Five Years of Short Interest

Fast forward to just last week,  neat chart from our new test service, shows exactly what happens when too many people get on one side of the trade and what it can do to the stock.

As, the graph rises, more shorts are piling on … but what happens if they all need to hit the exits at the same time?

2-7-20 Tesla Short Interest

This is What happens, AKA Short Squeeze

While the stock has come back down to earth a bit at the end of last week, there were certainly many investment bodies left behind on the short squeeze roller!

2-7-20 Tesla Graph

We are not recommending Tesla as an investment, or as a purchase for your next car, only somewhat humored by the Lemming like pilings on and off, and what it has ultimately done to Tesla stock.

Did Elon Musk Win? Time will tell!

Have a Happy “No Lemming” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

Tax Forms Update, Reminder EVERYONE Receives a Paper Copy, ETF Preview … Friday

While the unofficial due date, as mentioned last week here, is next Wednesday February 12th, forms are dropping day by day.

As a reminder, EVERYONE will receive a paper copy of these forms, electronic versions will be posted as soon as they are mailed out.

The Whole Enchilada form, AKA Consolidated 1099 which includes the following:

Form 1099-B, Form-DIV, Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-MISC, and Form 1099-OID

This will be the form that is the last to arrive, due to so many moving parts. Donald the Brian spent over a month in the fall last year confirming basis information to help thwart needed corrected forms… but they may still occur as each investment entity may also have a correction, spurring a completely new Whole Enchilada Consolidated 1099.

If there were less than $10 worth of activity, the IRS does not care and as such a 1099 will not be sent. Alert..this could happen easier than you think, even if the account had sizable value, but little interest or dividends and no sales!

Reach out with any questions!

ETF

Working on a deep dive, likely multi-part Article for the Newsletter about ETF’s … the more stats we find, the more interesting the Article is getting… Ya Mrs. Cain, you were right.. we would need to know how to do that extensive research paper…sure it easier with the web… Look for abbreviated posts here in the not too distant future!

Weekend Almost Here

Today is a Friday…. some unusually cold weather this week… maybe nearing the last way down here in the south…

This from a relatives front porch who is actually south of Dallas… we had none here!

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Know you guys up north see this constantly, but not so much in our neck of the woods anymore…novelty remains here for sure!

Have a Great Friday and Super Weekend!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

January 2020 Podcast Video (Dogs Blooper at 2:55), Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our January 2020 Financial Planning and Capital Market Update!

If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast audio format as well as Video!

Break In: Dog Blooper at 2:55 for those wanting a chuckle!

Newbies –

We like to articulate our thoughts and review on a Monthly basis our Financial Planning Tips, Capital Markets and current events!

January – 2020 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Handy New Tax Rates and Table

Early in the month, here in this post, we review the new contribution levels, rates and maximums.

As suspected, we have reviewed this ourselves a ton of times already as 2019 and 2020 levels blur during conversations…

2020 Comp and Retirement Contribution Limits

Homesteading Reminder

In our article here, we remind all of those who may have changed primary residence last year to check their homesteading provisions as this can be a significant saving, depending on your situation.

Examples

  • California exempts the first $7,000 of residential homestead from property taxes.
  • Colorado allows a 50% deduction for up to the first $200,000 (equivalent to a $100,000 exemption if the property is valued at $200,000 or above) for seniors (over age 65) who have lived in their property for ten consecutive years.
  • Georgia allows a 1% HEST only in a few counties.
  • Florida‘s homestead exemption allows an exemption of 160 acres outside of a municipality and one-half an acre inside a municipality.[5]
  • Kentucky, for 2013 and 2014, the exemption has been set at $36,000. Once it is approved, homeowners who are 65 or older do not need to reapply for the homestead exemption each year.[6]
  • Louisiana exempts the first $75,000 of residential homestead from local property taxes.[7]
  • Michigan exempts the homeowner from paying the operating millage of local school districts.
  • Mississippi exemption from all ad valorem taxes assessed to property; this is limited to the first $7,500 of the assessed value or $300 of the actual exempted tax dollars.[8]
  • New York‘s School Tax Relief (STAR) program exempts the first $30,000 of a primary home’s assessed value from school district taxes; the exemption is limited to owners with incomes under $500,000. Additional exemptions are available for people over 65 with a limited income. The STAR program applies only to school taxes; no homestead exemption exists for taxes levied by other municipal entities. New York prevents a New York resident claiming this exemption if the New York resident owns property in another state and claims a similar exemption in that other state.
  • Oklahoma allows a $1000 deduction of the assessed valuation, about $75 to $125 of savings per year, if owners file for homestead exemption with the local county clerk.
  • Rhode Island exempts the first 20% of the home value from property taxes.
  • Texas allows a deduction, with additional exemptions available for county taxes, people over 65 and people who are disabled. It also requires school districts to offer a $25,000 exemption (but not other taxing districts, such as cities and counties).[9] Texas further limits the assessment increase on a homestead to 10% of the prior year’s value.

Helping Close Relatives or Others

During the month, we had multiple Financial Planning questions for close relatives and friends, which were asked, but some what hesitantly…

Wanting to reinforce the fact that we are glad to help, in this article we remind everyone we are not only flattered by the question, but VERY happy to help!

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Tax Forms and Information Reminders

In another handy reference post, here, we discuss the tax form alphabet and more importantly, note the due dates and expected delivery times of the most common tax forms….

1099- R and 1099 Miscellaneous cover 95% of most folks reporting!

We know, it’s tax season again…not everyone’s fav…but we are trying to help make it easier.

Capital Market Comments

The markets finally took notice of the CoronaVirus. As scary as the virus is, modern day medicine and the actual fast spreading of the event and comprehension, unlike SARS which we remember well will likely help stem the fears and spread of the virus.

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Have a Great Day – Talk to you at the end of February!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
www.jkfinancialinc.com
street-cents

Tax Forms (1099) ABC’s, Expected Receipt Date and Possible Corrected Form Explanation …. Friday

Several conversations this week involved discussions of the Tax Forms that we are expecting to receive…

Thanks for a Great Timely Post Subject!

The key to tax forms is focusing on the last letter or letters… they are basically all 1099 – but the last letter or letters drives the type of form and reporting!

Tax Form ABC

Here are the forms coming our way, with a quick explanation…

R- Stands for Retirement (fun word association)

1099-R’s are rarely corrected, as the reporting is super easy … whatever was taken out of the account is reported for tax purposes!

1099-R
Distributions from Pensions, Annuities, Retirement or Profit-Sharing Plans, etc.
Distributions from qualified retirement plans—for example, individual 401(k), profit-sharing, or money-purchase plan—or any IRAs or IRA recharacterizations, conversions, or removals of excess January 17, 2020
By close of business

Next up the consolidated form…

Think of this one as the Whole Enchilada….(bunches of 1099 s on this one form!)

These are the main forms within the Whole Enchilada….

Form 1099-B, Form-DIV, Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-MISC (Dividends, Interest, Miscellaneous other stuff)

This form may have multiple corrections….

Consolidated Form 1099 All reportable income and transactions for the year

If a client received at least $10 in either dividends or interest during the tax year or had an equity sale in a taxable account, they will receive an Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Form 1099

If applicable to the account, Consolidated Form 1099s may include: Form 1099-B, Form-DIV, Form 1099-INT, Form 1099-MISC, and Form 1099-OID

February 12, 2020
By close of business
May be available earlier, depending on the activity and holdings in your client’s account

Many ask, why the corrections…

“Why can they not get it correct the first time?”

Let’s exaggerate to make our point… hang with me; If you have an account with 50 investment holdings, there are 50 chances to have a correction as EACH ONE of these investments will have their own tax reporting…. said another way, if any one of these 50 holdings has an issue/correction, there will be a Whole Enchilada corrected form…

Hmmmm… now that we think about it….surprised we do not have more corrected forms!

During the fall, Donald “The Brain” went to great extensive efforts to get all basis information correct… that does not mean that there will be no Corrected forms, but we expect much fewer, if any!

Happy Friday…

Tennis Player is six hours away with the better half … still in Texas… fulfilling the goal once again…maybe by accident… but that is ok!

Have a Great “ABC Tax form” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents