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Q 2 2018 Newsletter (Early Release) Video Audio Podcast Review By John Kvale

Early Release Special Q 2 2018 Newsletter

This Newsletter was so full of tax related information, especially reach back to last year NOW savings ideas, that we published and sent paper copies early in the Quarter to beat the regular tax filing deadline.

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q 2 2018 Newsletter. For those on the road or just unable to grab the time to read, our podcast type review gives you the behind the scenes insight to our thoughts, observations and deep views of the entire Newsletter.

Click here for direct link to an electronic version (an early peek-good ole fashion paper versions are on their way to you shortly) and here for our Newsletter page

Let’s get going!

 

Q 2 2018 Newsletter

And here is your review!

Five Reach Back NOW Tax Savings Techniques

In this hugely in depth article was originally run in abbreviated form, her on street-cents.com

HSA – The Health Savings Account

In this part of the Newsletter Article we discuss why we like the HSA so much. Here are a few…

  • No phase outs
  • No mandatory end of year usage – use it or lose it
  • Investment Options
  • Pre-Tax contributions
  • Tax Deferred Growth
  • Tax Free Withdrawals for qualified medical costs

Here is the concise post, here on street-cents.

SEP – The Simplified Employee Pension Plan

Here are the high points to this portion of the Newsletter Article …

  • IRA on Steroids
  • Pre-Tax Contribution
  • Super High Income levels if income high enough to offset
  • 1099 Income Offset – even if you have a 401k and if you are in RMD mode
  • Easy to contribute
  • Tons of investment options
  • Procrastinator’s dream with a contribution available upon extension filing

Here is the post, again specific to just to the SEP.

IRA – Vintage original retirement program, but still a goodie

Often forgotten, the good ole IRA makes up the third of our five tax savings techniques.

  • Best for W-2 workers without a retirement plan
  • While maximums are lower, income is not needed to contribute
  • Flexible investments and death benefit options
  • Pre-Tax is best way to fund – not post tax in most cases

Here is our post specific to the IRA.

Sales Tax Deduction

In likely the last year of this deduction due to changing tax laws, this deduction is given to most in a standard amount, but can be further enhanced under the appropriate situations.

If you had a big ticket item of any type that had sales tax, you likely will be above the standard given amount. Think back of when you purchased that car or other item. If it was last year, add all of your sales tax up as there is no limit to this deduction. (Phase outs may limit)

Note: Those in state income tax states are likely not a user of this deduction.

Here is the specific post.

Medical Expense Deduction

Forgotten frequently, we reminded recently in this post of the Medical Expense Deduction. In our Newsletter we really roll up the sleeves and attempt to remind everyone of the possible Medical Expenses you may have forgotten.

Publication 502, located here at the IRS website does a fantastic job of numbering the various deductions.

  • Home Improvements
  • Transportation
  • Television
  • Telephone

These are our favorite possibly forgotten Medical Expense Related Deductions.

If you are in doubt be sure to check the link to Publication 502 as we really can’t emphasize enough just how comprehensive their list is.

VIX and the XIV

In our detailed article in the Newsletter, we gest of the silliness of too aggressive investments.

When you pick up Penny’s in front of a giant steam roller … When the giant awakens …

3-4-18 VIX Cropped

Oops … it looks like this!

3-4-18 XIV

Much of the Volatility in the Capital Markets were sturred up by this event.

It may take some time to clear this completely. Patience!

Roth Versus IRA – AKA Pre-tax or After Tax

This is a super article that speaks to those who wonder if it is better to do a Roth or another type of Pre-Tax plan such as a 401k, IRA or SEP.

The answer to this question as mentioned in great detail in the Newsletter article is actually not that complicated.

The vast majority of people are in a higher tax bracket while working and lower while retired. If you are one of those people, Pre-Tax is better.

If you find yourself in a low income year/early earning, and expect your income to be higher in the future, a Roth might be better.

On word of caution that is included in our Newsletter .. Roth’s are often overused, so be careful.

Hope you enjoyed this slightly longer than normal summary and detailed review of our Newsletter – Podcast – Video, Review !

See Ya next Quarter!

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
www.street-cents.com

Q 1 2018 Newsletter Video Audio Podcast Review By John Kvale

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q 1 2018 Newsletter. For those on the road or just unable to grab the time to read, our podcast type review gives you the behind the scenes insight to our thoughts, observations and deep views of the entire Newsletter.

Click here for direct link to an electronic version (an early peek-good ole fashion paper versions are on their way to you shortly) and here for our Newsletter page

Let’s get going!

 

Q 1 2018 Newsletter

 

Medicare – IRMAA – Means testing

In this long overdue article we dig deep into the background of Medicare and the means testing of recent years. IRMAA, Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amount – AKA higher premiums thresh holds are analyzed and presented for 2018.

In the best part of this article we discuss what to do in order to lower your higher means testing Medicare Premiums.

Have We Already Had a Bear Market?

A Bear Market is generally defined as a drop of 20% or greater. In late 2015 – 2016 almost every asset category except the most popular dropped by 20%. In this article we discuss why this may be good news for the future of the current market.

VIX – A Fear Gauge Goes to Sleep

VIX a volatility (fear measure) rises when fear is rampant and slowly drifts lower when fear is absent. Over the last 26 years the VIX index has closed below 10 a total of 9 times. In 2017 this fear index closed below this level 52 times. We warn not to take these placid seas for granted.

First Time Personal Reflections

In this off the cuff article, we give thanks for all the wonderful things we have, what good things have come during the year and a general Thanks To All of YOU our clients and friends.

THANK YOU!

Ready or not … 2018 here we come!

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
www.street-cents.com

Q 4 2017 Newsletter Video Audio Podcast Review By John Kvale

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q 4 2017 Newsletter. For those on the road or just unable to grab the time to read, our podcast type review gives you the behind the scenes insight to our thoughts, observations and deep views of the entire Newsletter.

Click here for direct link to an electronic version (an early peek-good ole fashion paper versions are on their way to you shortly) and here for our Newsletter page

Let’s get going!

Q 4 2017 Newsletter

International Market Analysis

In a quest for value, it may be appearing overseas with our friends across the pond. Our core article of the newsletter discusses P/E Price Earnings along with the more smoothed CAPE or cyclically adjusted price earnings which is just a 10 year average ratio. With multiple looks at a long awaited possible long term positive trend, the next 3-5 years may be in the corner of  our overseas friends.

Tripit our App of the Quarter

After stumbling upon a neat app from a dear friend, “Tripit” makes our app of the quarter. Bet you have no idea just how many different reward programs you are involved … after loading them into our app of the quarter, your life will be easier.  Constant price reviews after the purchase along with multiple handy reminders may make this a fun – non financial review and item for you to try out this quarter.

Equifax Update and To Do’s

Our most popular posts on street-cents.com our blog, was the discussion of the Equifax breach. Our theme “Chillax” if our information had not been comprised before, it will eventually. The best defense in this case is an offensive preparation, BEFORE the next breach.

Break In: Yahoo announce after our discussion much more information had been compromised than originally thought …

Not IF, but WHEN our information is compromised …

1 Minute Video Reviews and Screen Shots

With tons of fun and compliments, our half dozen set of 1 minute video’s also make the Newsletter. If you like to talk like I do, full appreciation for just how hard it is to make a 1 Minute video… haha

Here is a link to our 1 Minute Video Page on our Website

Here is a link to all the Videos here on our blog

Parting Thoughts

Shhhh, we have a secret that we want to tell, but are forbidden for a couple of more weeks. We will only say it is an honor!

Watch for a reminder of our hopefully awesome Saturday Before Thanksgiving-Early November 18 Holiday Party at the Dallas Arboretum from 1-3 pm and free reign of the park until 5! Fun times !!!

Thanks for the time!

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
www.street-cents.com

Q 3 2017 Newsletter Video Audio Podcast Review By John Kvale

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q 3 2017 Newsletter. For those on the road or just unable to grab the time to read, our podcast type review gives you the behind the scenes insight to our thoughts, observations and deep views of the entire Newsletter.

Click here for direct link to an electronic version (an early peek-good ole fashion paper versions are on their way to you shortly)

Let’s get going!

Residential Housing Price Analysis

Sometimes the best article ideas turn into more than we ever think. In our Q 3 2017 newsletter,  we set out to review Residential Housing Prices over the last half century. Seven graphs later we come up with more  observations than conclusions. We think you will enjoy the journey– be sure to listen or watch the Video as it gives great details of our frustrations and discoveries.

What we are doing this Summer

Our editor insists and we always receive nice comments back on our Summer plans- with more focus on you and the world, it is hard for us to talk about ourselves, but this is our annual print coverage to do so … we hope you enjoy the pictures as well as our sharing of our summer plans.

Fitbit App of the Quarter

While not really an “App” we review the app that goes with our Fitbit finding and speak on the surprising changes in behavior this unassuming device has had, as well as a few family tussles, all in good spirit.

Parting Thoughts

Watch for a reminder of our hopefully awesome Saturday Before-Early November 18 Holiday Party as we learn how to use all our new technology that we have deployed this summer.

Thanks for the time!

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
www.street-cents.com

 

Q 1 2016 Audio Newsletter Review By John Kvale

We are happy to bring to you our Audio Review of the Q 1 2016 Newsletter.

Q 1 2016 Audio Newsletter Review

 

YouTube Direct Link

Newsletter Link

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

http://www.jkfinancialinc.com
http://www.street-cents.com
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225

 

 

 

Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug, From our Client Roundtable Event

In our series from our Private Client Roundtable event earlier this year, Mr. Tom Clark gives us the details on another part of Medicare, today we continue with the final Medicare alphabet soup:

Medicare Part D

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Medicare Part D: Prescription Drugs

Two groups who DO NOT need Medicare Part D:Medicare Part D

  • Folks with Employer retirees coverage (Medicare subsidizes, employer wants Part D payments, careful with choices, AUDIO EXPLAINS well)
  • Medicare managed care plans (almost all include Part D, no need to duplicate)

If you do not fall into either of these groups, you have 36 options in the state of Texas.  Once again, YIKES!

Another Important tool for Picking the correct plan

With 36 options, finding the best Medicare Part D plan is best done using the Medicare.gov site we reviewed earlier, this time in a different area of the site:.

  • Go to www.medicare.gov
  • Click on “Drug Coverage Part D” drop down tab (direct link here)
  • Click on the “Find health and drug plans” tab
  • Enter your information and this handy tool will assist in picking the best plan for your situation
  • Especially helpful if you are a child of an elderly parent who helps make these decisions (great example in the audio)

We give the directions as these direct links often change.

Annual open enrollment is Mid October through the end of each fiscal year.

 Thanks Tom,  once again, we appreciate it …. Wow what a lot of information !

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

www.jkfinancialinc.com
www.street-cents.com
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225 
 

The Medigap Policy for Medicare: Our Supplemental Coverage Series from Our Private Client Event

In our continued series from our Private Client Roundtable event earlier this year, Mr. Tom Clark gives us the details on supplemental coverage. As mentioned last week there are three possible broad supplemental options, today we conclude the three-part supplemental series with the Medigap Policy for Medicare.

Medigap

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The Medigap Policy supplemental Plan

Very similar to group Health Coverage (Non HMOish)

  • Patient driven
  • Pick your doctor
  • Pick your provider

First Pick the correct plan: A, B, C, D,  F, G, K, L and N …. Yikes

How do you pick the correct Plan?

  • Some policies cover outside USA
  • Plan F most popular
  • Align your most important needs with the services covered
  • The more you pay … the more covered

Another tool for Picking the correct plan (Texas Only)

Similar to Part C, Medigap Polices are numerous and can be confusing.

You guessed it …  Tom Clark our speaker has another secret website, this time only available to folks living in Texas, enabling them to compare monthly premiums:

 Thanks again Tom for the link to the Rate Comparisons, we hope other states adopt this format as well …. John & J.K. Financial, Inc. 

Have a Great Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

www.jkfinancialinc.com
www.street-cents.com
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225