Category Archives: Clients/Clients Only

Another SLOA – Standard Letter of Authorization Reminder, No Action Needed

Due to new rules which came out several years ago an annual notification is mandated by our transaction Vendor. This notification is dubbed SLOA reminder!

The More Than Annual SLOA Reminder

Sharp eyed folks with a good memory who maybe poured over our Q 1 2021 Newsletter will recall we reminded of the annual SLOA – Standard Letter of Instructions both here at Street-Cents and in paper form in the Newsletter….

Here is what it looks like, and the reason we are repeating our selves as several showed up in our personal mailbox at the start of the week…. much to our repeat confusion!

Pretty vanilla, and only shows accounts connected that we can move money to and from for you!

Hmmmmm…. but why the duplicate?

At the bottom of our paper copy, we noticed the Schwab copyright…. a new addition to the letter.

Bet the merger created a duplicate need for SLOA letters…

Take a look and see if any old or unused accounts remain, let us know if they do and we will disconnect!

Oh… and if a bank has changed names (bought out or sold) but has the same bank account number, there is likely no need for an update…

Have a Great “Why the Duplicate SLOA Letter” 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

Q 1 2021 Review – Three V’s: Vaccine, Volume of Money, Valuation

Vaccines, Volume of Money, Valuations 

With the continued increase of the number of people getting the vaccine a much-welcomed sigh of relief is being felt across the country and most of the globe. Thankfully thus far the variance seems not to pose a terrible threat and most continue even post vaccine to take the appropriate precautions. This is leading to a slow Opening of the country and a light at the end of the tunnel heading back to some type of normalcy. 

Volume of Money 

The Federal Reserve (FOMC) led by Chairman Jerome Powell continue to buy assets at the rate of $120 billion a month. With a main goal of lowering the Unemployment rate, these funds of course are giving a boost to Capital Markets and providing massive volume liquidity. 

Additionally, the Fed has short term rates at zero and has stated they intend to keep them there for some time. This is also a stimulus for certain parts of the economy, but also a boosting effect on Asset Prices. 

With Fed controlled short interest rates being held low, longer term rates, notably on the 10-year US Treasury have been moving up in minor protest by bond vigilantes that economic stimulus may be too much, fortunately at this time there seems to be no effect. 

With the FED on record saying that short term rates are deemed to stay low, their first move back to normalcy maybe to pair back the purchases.  Our interest will be, when, and if this occurs, and more importantly, capital market participants reactions.  

Valuations 

As mentioned, multiple times in our blog at www.street-cents.com and again our Q2 2021 Newsletter, valuations by almost any metric are stretched. 

While valuations may be a more somber note, the re-opening and vaccine completion rates should dribble into corporate earnings, the ultimate driver of capital markets and possibly provide a wonderful “Grow into our Valuation” affect. 

If you asked us for our candid opinion, we would like capital markets to trend sideways while we grow into our valuations. Continued rise in capital markets could lead to a bumpier ride once the Fed adjust their policy. 

We of course will be watching carefully!  �

Sincerely,

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Proxy Season is Here … Why We Vote For You and What to Do if You are Receiving Proxy Information

Almost all public institutions of all shape and form have what is called a Proxy Vote.

The Proxy is an at least Annual Vote for various items such as approval for management salaries, mergers, company purchases and just an annual approval to continue current services.

Why We Vote Your Proxy

As a regular practice we vote Proxies for all clients. This accomplishes multiple items:

  • Much Greener – We get one statement for literally 100’s of client votes
  • We actually vote – always for management – if we disagreed we would not own the respective asset
  • We keep a permanent record of the vote
  • By voting for you, your mailbox is not stuffed full this time of the year

We try to receive electronic information as much as possible – this is once again green but much of this information is still delivered the old fashion way by snail mail

What to Do If You are Receiving Proxy Information

Occasionally Proxy directives for us to vote for you falls off the system …

When this occurs your mailbox will begin getting full…

No worry, just reach out and we can easily refresh your directives back to us and stop the pelting of mail.

Given the large number of collective votes, we do not know if you have fallen off the directives list, so please do not hesitate to ask us for a refresh.

Have a Great “Proxy Vote Update” 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

Polar Vortex … Electrical Black Outs, Dallas Office Update

Due to the weather conditions in Dallas, there have been many random Electrical Black Outs. For this reason we have turned much of our equipment off and at the request of the building manager, the electrical company, and for our collective safety of our families, we are all working from home,

We will have access to email, phone, and investments, but will not have access to specific client related files.

Stay Warm and Safe!

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

Client Only Special Post – Metropolitan Paperwork, Vault Chase Bank Linked Account holders… Friday

With almost 10 times more followers than actual clients we happily keep that in mind when we’re writing informational posts for everyone. This Friday post is actually just specifically for clients, so if you’re not a client we look forward to a possible more pertinent post on Monday, clients please read on!

Metropolitan Paperwork – Donald The Brain Has You Covered

Many of you have received some paperwork concerning Metropolitan life and transactions from a decade ago. It’s a big bundle of paperwork that we also have a copy in our office. Donald The Brain will be reviewing this and if action is necessary he’s able to upload information on a bulk basis, not only saving multiple paperwork hassles but saving all of us the angst of having to mail information back individually.

Chase Bank Linked Vaulters Please Re-Link

Those of you that have happily linked your Chase Bank Accounts to your vault we ask that you go back and re-link them as the linking interface has changed as of yesterday and needs refreshing. We apologize for the inconvenience but again greatly appreciate being able to see those balances and transactions in real time in our respective Chase accounts for our financial planning, safety, and continued upkeep, and tracking. This update is adding more stable linking features! YAY

So bottom line those of you with the Metropolitan paperwork you can trash it we’ve got you covered on this side, secondarily those Chase connections please refresh for all of our collective viewing !

Friday

That’s it, no more homework … it’s a Friday … enjoy your day enjoy, your weekend, will be back with you next week!

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 – Fastest Availability In Vault, Correction Schedules, Friday

With 2019 Tax Filing being delayed, it seems like we just put taxes to bed in many cases and BOOM here we are again !

The good news, is we all have not had time to forget all the forms and filings that usually occur with a full year of rest (Hopefully – haha!)

On another good news note, we are happy to announce ALL of your tax forms will be available the second they are completed on line in each of our personal Vaults – YAA!

Tax Forms Update-

As of last night as this post was coming together, most 1099 R’s (Distribution reporting from Qualified/IRA/Retirement plans) were complete. This makes sense as they are straight forward, any funds withdrawn are reported and that is that…..

The 1099 Misc is a different story. Recall it houses a summary of EVERY taxable investment, interest, dividends, Gains and Losses, and your first born – kidding on the last one – seeing if you are with me!

But given the massive amount of information collected from tons of different parties it’s no surprise that there were only a handful of these available per last nights peek – Was actually surprised there were any!

The majority of them will be out in the next few business days!

But Wait – Don’t grab that electronic 1099 Misc from your Vault, toss it into your Tax Software and hit send, just yet- We ALMOST ALWAYS ask you to hold off until the first corrected statements occur….

For the year 2020 the First corrected 1099 Misc, is February 19, 2021

Certainly it is fine to get started on your taxes either by forwarding your information to your tax professional or entering this information into your software (here is the 1099 Misc Instructions from our Vendor), but again, don’t hit send or let your tax professional hit send until we get past the first corrected statements.

On February 19, if we only have a couple of corrected statements we will let you carry on … but occasionally we have had almost all clients receive corrected’s, in which we keep you in the stable until the second corrected round occurs.

We will keep you updated on all fronts !

It’s a Friday, Have a Good Day and Weekend ! (Short here because long up there!)

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

Q 4 2020 Review and Annual Private Policy

It’s hard to believe the final quarter of the year included an Election, multiple vaccines, the commencement of vaccine shots and near the end of the quarter, a second stimulus package for the year 2020. Wow!

Three Major Acts in a Little Over Twelve Months

If we look back just a little over twelve months, three major bills, The Secure Act, passed in late 2019, but left in the shadows by lasty years events. Then the Cares Act late first quarter 2020, followed by the Appropriations Act of 2021, which was an extension of the Cares Act. If you are not confused yet (or do not even remember some of these), congratulate yourself, most are! Not to worry, we will be reviewing all of these over the year as the much forgotten, Secure Act will have multiple planning techniques and mandates that once again may have been forgotten.

Who let the dogs out? Or Maybe Better Said, The Dogs Continued to Cheer!

Capital markets bullied by federal reserve purchases and anticipations of good news coming from a vaccine, in true Capital Market form did cheer much of the news, but not as much as many had thought, mostly because it had already been anticipated.

As we had mentioned multiple times, Capital Markets are likely well ahead of themselves currently which may make for tougher rowing in the near term, but just as clothes purchased a little too large for that growing teenager, Capital Markets with an expected economic recovery, should be able to grow into their overzealous clothes. However, with current stretched valuations, negative surprises may be met with more volatility due to the priced-to-perfection levels currently, once again making us happy we are conservative and diversified investors.

Interest Rate Watch

One thing we will be watching closely are interest rates, and their levels, as the economy begins to come back on line. The Federal Reserve is squarely focused on keeping interest rates down through their purchases. Should interest rates begin to rise or should the FED ease off (or even give speak of ease) of the pedal and interest rates rise on their own, especially quickly, this could be a headwind to Capital Markets and other assets. Not to worry, we will be watching and letting you know what we see and taking appropriate actions as needed.

In Closing

Your Fourth Quarter summary is enclosed on the front page of this report we have included our most recent investment allocation from your Investment Policy Statement. This is also the time we attach our Private Policy Statement for the year, along with our opportunity to offer our latest ADV filings and Client Relationship Summary (Form CRS); Requests for review will be accepted via phone, mail or email, and mailed immediately upon request.

Sincerely,

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

J.K. Financial, Inc.

PRIVACY POLICY NOTICE

Our Promise to You

As a client of J.K. Financial, Inc., you share both personal and financial information with us.  Your privacy is important to us, and we are dedicated to safeguarding your personal and financial information.

Information Provided by Clients 

In the normal course of doing business, we typically obtain the following non-public personal information about our clients:

  • Personal information regarding our clients’ identity such as name, address and social security number;
  • Information regarding securities transactions effected by us; and
  • Client financial information such as net-worth, assets, income, bank account information and account balances.

How We Manage and Protect Your Personal Information

We do not sell information about current or former clients to third parties, nor is it our practice to disclose such information to third parties unless requested to do so by a client or client representative or, if necessary, in order to process a transaction, service an account or as permitted by law

In order to protect your personal information, we maintain physical, electronic and procedural safeguards to protect your personal information.  Our Privacy Policy restricts the use of client information and requires that it be held in strict confidence.

Client Notifications

We are required by law to annually provide a notice describing our privacy policy.  In addition, we will inform you promptly if there are changes to our policy.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions about this notice.

Last Year the Perot Museum, Next Year Dallas Athletic Club, This Year No Holiday Party, Staying Safe

Last year we had the 24th Annual J.K. Financial, Inc. Holiday Party at a place that we had always desired to go but the newness and the cost of that newness had prevented us.

Finally an early date allowed us the ability to have the Annual Holiday Party at the much desired Perot Museum. Little did we know that we would not be having a party this year making last year‘s memory all the more special.

For the safety of our selves and of others we are not having a party this year.

We know that that may disappoint some but out of an abundance of caution and being conservative in all facets of what we do, we are not going to have the holiday party this year.

The good news is as we will certainly have a wonderful and much appreciated party at Dallas Athletic Club if possible next year!

True to many things in life we grow to appreciate them much more when they’ve been snatched from us. We look forward to the exhaustion that follows visiting with everyone and seeing everyone and will embrace the closeness of getting to see everyone like we’ve never done in the past 2 1/2 decades.

Be Safe and We Look Forward to Seeing EVERYONE Next Year!

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

J.K. Financial, Inc. D Magazine Best Wealth Manager Award … John Kvale 14th Consecutive D Magazine Best Financial Planner Award

For those in the Dallas area, you may want to pick up this month’s edition of D Magazine…..

J.K. Financial, Inc. Announced as Best Wealth Manager D Magazine Recipient

This is a peer nomination process and vetting by industry professionals and approved by the editors.

But look carefully on page 35 rather than the center fold as we insisted on going with a different, more casual … and in our minds appropriate picture… and statement.

Not confiding in the more formal picture pushed us to a different section…once again well worth it in our minds.

John Kvale Fourteenth Consecutive Best Financial Planner

It’s an honor to once again be nominated by peers and approved by editors as D Magazine’s Best Financial Planner for the fourteenth time in a row…

Thanks very much and congratulations to my peers who also were nominated.

Wow time flies !

Have a Great ‘D Magazine Honored’ Day and Wonderful 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

Finally Taxes are Done … Rob Kaplan Federal Reserve Chair Town Hall Personal Embarrassment …

Whew…. that was easy…. NOT!

Finally we can say goodbye to 2019 taxes … Wednesday Marked the due day for personal Federal Income Tas Extensions.

Luckily (where work and opportunity cross – neat saying heard recently) in the fall of 2019 we went through EVERY taxable portfolio and confirmed tax basis – both reported and unreported to the IRS…. never knowing what this year would bring. This exercise effectively minimized tax documents to one report per account.

Glad we are done!

A Nerd Incident with Robert Kaplan and the Dallas Federal Reserve

On Wednesday of this week, yours truly attended a Virtual Town Hall chaired by Robert Kaplan (pretty big Fan, here is a link to nine articles we have written for those interested).

In true nerd multitasking form, the Zoom meeting started, on the Cell, why not listen while jogging? Cell inserted into runners band on arm and away we go!

Expect comments on the talk, it was very good and interesting…..

Post jog, cell back off runners arm band and onto the couch as the live question and answer session had commenced.

Then this:

Next Question is from John!

Quick glance to the cell and an Unmute flashing button was covering my entire screen! Yikes

“John you must Unmute your device

Twice from the moderator then twice from Robert Kaplan

With no question, the Unmute button was not going to be touched! Finally after what was likely 5 seconds, but felt like 5 awkward minutes, the moderator and Kaplan moved on!

Whew, embarrassing moment averted… or was it!

A question or two later and then this:

“Ok, that was our last question, let’s go back to John and see if we can get his question answered!

Oh No!!!!

This time the Zoom video was shut off before the Unmute logo hit the phone screen….

Can’t make this up!

Hope you enjoyed a nerds chance encounter with Robert Kaplan and maybe even got a chuckle.

Enjoy your Friday, and your weekend …. going to be chilly for the first time in our neck of the woods…. talk next week!

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