Category Archives: Education

Why Student Loan Debt Has Grown So Fast – Change In US Household Types of Debt – Interesting Chart From HowMuch.net – Paired with Another Interesting Chart that Explains from Visual Capitalist

We ran across this neat chart below from “HowMuch.net, a financial literacy website”… which stunned us.

The comparison growth of student loan growth versus other types of debt is amazing.

For the record we are huge fans of higher education, but not the debt that may come with it.

So we set off to see if there were a cause and effect for the above chart…

Thanks to our friends at Visual Capitalist the following chart answers a lot.

The small blue shaded area is inflation, compared to how fast Tuitions have increased… No wonder the gigantic growth in Student Debt…

Have a Great “Cause and Effect” 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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Interesting Research From a Podcast – Food Price Correlation to Inflation, Assets and Other Linkage

Over the weekend while on an extended walk with the 16 year old’s dog, a new Podcast Series from Grant Williams had an interesting guest with an even more interesting theory…

The theory from the guest was that food prices and the increase and decrease there of acts as and inflationary or deflationary force on economies.

His logic was that we must all eat and if you watch food prices around the world you can see a big correlation to not only the afore mentioned economic forces but also government interaction to help offset bad side effects of these movements….

Hmmmmm….

Meet the USDA Economic Research Department

Being HUGE fans of government research sites, (no copyright problems) the USDA Economic Research Department of Agriculture is a new one on our radar…not only that, but this huge page of Interactive Graphs will be watched more closely with important ones likely finding a place here for all of our collective review….

Our favorite starting point graphs to follow … note food is third on the expenditure list … lending credence to Grants podcast guest view:

How about food price movement as it relates to Economic Cycles?

There were certainly spikes prior to these three recessions….

Here is a more detailed chart of expenditures of food at the personal level:

On the margin, food has cost less out of pocket over time.

Ya, ya we are nerds, but this is very interesting stuff to us, especially such a new and interesting Theory worth watching!

Have a Great “Watching Food Price” 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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Interesting Consumer Purchasing Item… Upon Review, Makes Total Sense!

As you may know we have found several interesting items to follow this year….

First was the TSA throughput, measuring the upward trend in traffic passing through TSA security … here, here and here

Then we stumbled upon the Kastle back to work index, showing commercial office vacancy rates of the ten largest cities – interesting Kastle is a security monitoring company among other things, but hence the ability to share the data.

Used Auto Prices

Recently through the grapevine we heard stories of used auto purchase increases, which make sense as folks exit the larger metro areas and possibly avoid crowded public transportation …

So here is a longer dated chart …

Let’s look a little closer …magnifying the most recent activity

So this is the Price Index for Used Cars and Trucks from the St. Louis Fed (FRED) database….

Surprising at first, but upon second thought…. not surprising at all !

We will keep track, and hope you find it maybe just a little bit as interesting as we do!

Have a Great “Used Car and Truck Flying off the shelf” 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

Social Media Platforms Deep Dive … Chasing The Kids Next App … Good Luck

About one week ago, both kiddos asked me if I knew that TikTok was scheduled to be banned in the United State – Much to their surprise, I did …. What I did not know, was exactly what TikTok did at the time….

Thankfully with a little help from the kids, I now understand what this social media app does…. not really sure of the popularity … but ok

Had no idea, just how big this app was….

With multiple recent office conversations on the subject, timely chart!

Social Media Platforms Size and Analysis

Thanks once again to our friends at Visual Capitalist, here is an excellent chart of the platforms…

Hope there are fellow parents that are better at anticipating where the kids next hot app will be … for monitoring purposes …

Just got familiar with Instagram, kids gone… all about snapshat and the afore mentioned TikTok …

Talk Facebook to a teenager and they will look at you like you have three eyes…. not kidding!

Good Luck Fellow Parent App Chasers….may the force be with you in finding the next hot app they gravitate to!

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

Consumer Spending aka High Frequency Data ?? – Winners and Losers … Fantastic Chart

The Fancy Wall Street Name for this information is High Frequency data…. just so you know, we are not really sure where that comes from or what it means in this context… we even checked Wilkipedia and it went into different directions — yaya digressing… too much Java at this writing…

Our Term – Consumer Spending – Winners and Losers

We have been tracking the TSA through put (Air Travel) with great enthusiasm our selves, here and here … Remember this fancy chart we made?

Our Friends at JPMorgan have one upped us and included some really interesting stats, including the afore mentioned TSA throughput..

For those with eyes like ours, first the tiny legend blown up –

And here is the actual chart showing the growth (with the tiny legend) – told ya it was hard to read!

The most resilient number MBA Purchase applications, were discovered and reviewed by us here and here, but this is a neat chart/update – and continues with our original thoughts that Housing will likely be insulated, greatly different from the 07-09 crisis.

Things are coming back, slowly but surely and some much faster than others!

There you have it, some really neat Consumer Winner and loser numbers!

Have a Great “High Frequency Data??” 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

It’s starting to Happen…. Good news on the Vaccine Front …. Friday

As we mentioned in our Newsletter and again in our monthly summary, the world has a Unified effort for a cure for Covid with some of the top brass of very powerful companies leading the collaborative charge….

Great Vaccine TrackerVaccine

In this Bloomberg Article from about a week ago…authors Cristin Flanagan, Riley Griffin, Robert Langreth pull together one of the best trackers we have seen with easy to read explanations on the progress of the various companies in finding a Vaccine…

It’s worth a read, especially if you have not been following the various results ….

Phase III is the last phase before mass production … there are MULTIPLE vaccines and medicines about to go into this Phase.

Hey, maybe there is not a pure, total fix, but if we get a couple of helpful medicines to go along with the vast increase in knowledge on how to treat this, the Future is Bright!

Ahhhh …. today is a Friday heading into a summer weekend…. enjoy your day and talk to you on the other side !

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

 

Robots of Old Versus New Atlas Robot, 3D Printed House for Homeless in Austin … More from Peter Diamantis

Was going to try and stay more with the Medical Advancements … but this is just too neat to pass up AND you will get a full Video coming soon with the Newsletter of the Medical Advances…. some of this has Medical implications/conversation….

Again from Peter Diamantis recent investor Virtual Summit

So let’s go!

Robots of Old

Looks like something out of a cartoon or movie

Robot Old

Modern Day Robot

Several years ago, asked an elder family member if they would be up for having a robot in their home?

“Absolutely not! No Way!”

With a little framing, a different answer …

What if you either had to move to an assisted living facility or the like OR had a friendly robot caretaker?

Hmmmm

With a nights sleep and more inquiries…

“Yea, I would do that if it was safe and reasonably priced!”

3 D Built Home is Austin Texas for the Homeless

Actual home being built completely by 3 D Printer!

Think of the possibilities.

 

 

Thanks Peter… good stuff…just too good!

As professional investors…. watching with great interest!

Have a Great “Robot Caretaker and 3D Printed Home” 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

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Advances on the Horizon …. Exponentially versus Linear – Peter Diamantis

Unique to our current situation regarding the Virus, is the one time unity of the world with a common enemy, according to Peter Diamantis…

As a reminder, here is Peter’s high level CV … impressive.

Founder/Exec-Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation – www.xprize.org
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc. – www.PlanetaryResources.com
Exec. Chairman, Singularity Univ. – www.su.org
Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman, Human Longevity Inc. – www.HumanLongevity.com
Co-Founder/Board Member Covaxx – www.covaxx.com
Co-Founder/Board Member Celularity – www.celularity.com

Along with founding 22 companies and counting.

Good News is Coming

Linear thinking, computing, or any act is essentially a straight line of increases….

Exponential acts are a doubling at each step….

Here is what it looks like in graphic form…

Note how slow Exponential starts in the beginning….

Exponential V Linear

Combine exponential computing power, with 100-200 million people around the world in Unity, fighting a single enemy…..

According to Diamantis, we will not only find a cure, but “An Avalanche” of cures that will lead to many unexpected items:

  • Multiple Cures for the Virus
  • Accelerated medical advances of 3-5 years brought forward in the next 12-18 months
  • Joint efforts of companies for huge progress i.e. Johnson and Johnson and Google
  • Tons of unexpected cures for other diseases, two genetic fixes to cure about half of the 32k diseases that are most prevalent
  • Anticipatory medicines such as wearable devices that alert us to infection early
  • Dramatically lowered health care costs

Think about how stimulative the last point would be to the economy and for society as a whole….

Amazing….

Have a Great “The Future is Bright” 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

 

Newsletter Preview, Meet Peter Diamandis, Again … Friday

Way back in 2015, just after a conference on the West Coast after first meeting  Peter Diamandis, we wrote about our fantastic encounter here, here and here …..

(It’s really neat to have a living Diary of sorts that we can look back on these prior writings… digressing!)

Fast Forward to today and our coming Q 3 Newsletter

Peter Diamandis Newsletter Preview

Peter Diamandis

Here is his resume …. stunning

Peter H. Diamandis, MD
Founder/Exec-Chairman, XPRIZE Foundation – www.xprize.org
Co-Founder, Co-Chairman, Planetary Resources, Inc. – www.PlanetaryResources.com
Exec. Chairman, Singularity Univ. – www.su.org
Co-Founder, Vice-Chairman, Human Longevity Inc. – www.HumanLongevity.comCo-Founder/Board Member Covaxx – www.covaxx.comCo-Founder/Board Member Celularity – www.celularity.com

Not only that, but he has founded 22 companies and counting….. not sure when he sleeps…

Here is a taste of what to expect next week…

The Human Race has a singular enemy- Never Before has there been unity across the globe to find a cure – Between 100-200 million professionals are working on a cure. Peter estimates that not only will a cure be discovered, but many multiple cures will be discovered due to the collective minds across the globe. 

Tease… tease… but rest assured good stuff!

Maybe should have called it Positive Friday…… but you get the gist…

Ahhhhh… but it is a Friday and that means … a few days of rest, make the best of them, stay safe and be well!

More details from Peter next week, likely even a multi part series.

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

Electric Cars By Country …Battery and Plug In … Fun Animated Stats Chart

Being big fans of these new neat animated graphics… this was suggested viewing to us and we thought worth sharing…. from our friends at Animated Stats

Tesla/Musk production here in the USA takes the lead early on….

You may be surprised who the latest winner is …. not being spoiler, but it is NOT the USA…

Note “Battery and Plug In” Includes hybrids…

May want to turn the volume DOWN… a bit loud

Have a Great “Electric Cars by Country” 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