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April 2019 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our April 2019 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 format as well as Video!

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

April – 2019 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Source of Funds Entrance Into Capital Markets

Here in this post we discussed the possible ways to most comfortably enter new capital into the Capital Markets.

Super Safe sources of capital may be best suited for an entrance over time, while funds coming from the Capital Markets, may go directly back into the Capital Markets, especially if risk reduction is also part of the allocation.

Over a 5 – 10 year time frame it does not matter, but why twist an ankle in the short term!

Social Security Event – Questions

Wow – all of these great questions were sent to us for our Event this month…. all were answered, if not directly, indirectly.  We look forward to sharing actual audio (Tom speaks very fast and covered a lot of ground) from the event in a multi-part post series over the summer months! DCIM100GOPRO

 

  1. Last time we spoke you were VERY certain Social Security would be there for all of us upon retirement – With all of the changes, do you still feel this way?
  2. Can you explain the divorced verses divorced and remarried benefits?
  3. Have you ever heard of someone being offered a lump sum of retroactive Social Security benefits?
  4. November of 2015 ushered in new laws and changes, are there any neat techniques that survived?
  5. Can you explain non US citizen spousal benefits?
  6. We have been told many of the benefit statements are not always accurate, understating the actual eventual benefit, has this been your experience?
  7. How much can I earn and not receive penalties if I retire before my full retirement age?
  8. The Full Retirement Age keeps being pushed out, will this continue? Is there a schedule?
  9. How long do I have to report my Social Security earnings if they were not reported by an employer?
  10. For many years I did not draw on an ex-spouses earnings by accident – using only my earnings benefit, can I request some sort of look back to get my full benefits?
  11. If want to change my Social Security election decision after I made it and have been drawing benefits, Can I do that?
  12. Do I have to take Social Security Benefits ? What if I do not want to?
  13. Is it better to sign up in person or use the website, or does it matter?
  14. My wife is not a US citizen, does that affect her spousal benefits?
  15. Will Social Security always be there in your opinion?
  16. What percent of people take benefits early, at full retirement age and as late as possible?
  17. I am 65 and working with a good healthcare plan. I wasn’t going to sign up for Medicare until after I retire. However I am told a Medicare Part F; a supplemental plan eliminating deductibles, will not be available after 2019; Should I enroll and sign up for Part F?
  18. I was married for more than 10 years to a high income earner, if I get remarried to my new spouse who is not a high income earner, will I give up benefits?
  19. Have you seen any of the on-line Social Security Optimization Programs? If so, any you like better than others? (From JK)
  20. What are your thoughts about an income based phase out of Social Security in the future? Much like the penalty for W-2 income and having started early Social Benefits ? (From JK)

Capital Market Comments –

Happy Again

After throwing a Hissy Fit near the end of 2018, “Everybody Is Happy” again !

This is a total index chart, note that it has not reached new highs yet, however many other indexes have.

Let’s not forget that we DID have an inverted yield curve which is a great predictor of a pending recession …. only the Shadow knows when! We have our eyes peeled!

4-29-19 Vanguard Total World Index Fund

 

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

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
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Twenty Social Security Questions From the Field – Pat yourselves on the back, you did well!

So we prodded a bit …

But you guys responded …

We asked and you sent …

Thank You!

GREAT Social Security Questions for our Event this weekend3-20-19 - Invitatation to SS Info Event with Tom Clark_Page_1

Without further ado … here is the final list.. WOW!

  1. Last time we spoke you were VERY certain Social Security would be there for all of us upon retirement – With all of the changes, do you still feel this way?
  2. Can you explain the divorced verses divorced and remarried benefits?
  3. Have you ever heard of someone being offered a lump sum of retroactive Social Security benefits?
  4. November of 2015 ushered in new laws and changes, are there any neat techniques that survived?
  5. Can you explain non US citizen spousal benefits?
  6. We have been told many of the benefit statements are not always accurate, understating the actual eventual benefit, has this been your experience?
  7. How much can I earn and not receive penalties if I retire before my full retirement age?
  8. The Full Retirement Age keeps being pushed out, will this continue? Is there a schedule?
  9. How long do I have to report my Social Security earnings if they were not reported by an employer?
  10. For many years I did not draw on an ex-spouses earnings by accident – using only my earnings benefit, can I request some sort of look back to get my full benefits?
  11. If want to change my Social Security election decision after I made it and have been drawing benefits, Can I do that?
  12. Do I have to take Social Security Benefits ? What if I do not want to?
  13. Is it better to sign up in person or use the website, or does it matter?
  14. My wife is not a US citizen, does that affect her spousal benefits?
  15. Will Social Security always be there in your opinion?
  16. What percent of people take benefits early, at full retirement age and as late as possible?
  17. I am 65 and working with a good healthcare plan. I wasn’t going to sign up for Medicare until after I retire. However I am told a Medicare Part F; a supplemental plan eliminating deductibles, will not be available after 2019; Should I enroll and sign up for Part F?
  18. I was married for more than 10 years to a high income earner, if I get remarried to my new spouse who is not a high income earner, will I give up benefits?
  19. Have you seen any of the on-line Social Security Optimization Programs? If so, any you like better than others? (From JK)
  20. What are your thoughts about an income based phase out of Social Security in the future? Much like the penalty for W-2 income and having started early Social Benefits ? (From JK)

We will be forwarding this to Tom Clark shortly….

Great Work Guys!

Have a Great “Social Security Questions” 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

Most Cautiously Posted Charts – But TOO Interesting NOT to post – Worlds Biggest Oil Reserves all in One Chart AND Renewable’s Chase for Replacement

With a lot of followers/clients being Oil Experts due to long careers in the Oil Industry (For the record we find the industry wildly interesting!) we are welcoming the feedback as we make the following charts and stats available….

We did not make the chart, our friends at Howmuch.com and the World CIA Facebook (an interesting resource topic for another discussion) are the creators of this one:

Oil Reserves by Chart Size

Here are the actual statistics in legend format –

Rank Country Oil Reserves (Barrels)
#1 🇻🇪 Venezuela 300.9 billion
#2 🇸🇦 Saudi Arabia 266.5 billion
#3 🇨🇦 Canada 169.7 billion
#4 🇮🇷 Iran 158.4 billion
#5 🇮🇶 Iraq 142.5 billion
#6 🇰🇼 Kuwait 101.5 billion
#7 🇦🇪 United Arab Emirates 97.8 billion
#8 🇷🇺 Russia 80.0 billion
#9 🇱🇾 Libya 48.4 billion
#10 🇳🇬 Nigeria 37.1 billion
#11 🇺🇸 United States 36.5 billion
#12 🇰🇿 Kazakhstan 30.0 billion
#13 🇨🇳 China 25.6 billion
#14 🇶🇦 Qatar 25.2 billion
#15 🇧🇷 Brazil 12.7 billion

 

Interesting comments – read between the lines on long term Oil usage…

“There’s little doubt that renewable energy sources will play a strategic role in powering the global economy of the future.
But for now, crude oil is still the undisputed heavyweight champion of the energy world.
In 2018, we consumed more oil than any prior year in history – about 99.3 million barrels per day on a global basis. This number is projected to rise again in 2019 to 100.8 million barrels per day.”

This from an interesting chart, at Visual Capitalist

While headlines as recent as five years ago predicted the end of oil reserves from depletion, the belief now by the smart folks, is that we will move from Oil to renewable long before we run out of oil, making for very interesting company pivots in the future.

Could an insert your favorite energy company be the leader in some type of renewable energy resource?  Not beyond the realm of a reasonable doubt if their long term viability is dependent!

Things we are constantly thinking of for opportunities and loss avoidance!

Hat tip JP!

Have a Great “Energy Informed” 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 Update – Reminder busiest wire day of the year – Friday

With a full girth of tax returns under our belt now, the general gist is there are winners and losers – but it is very difficult to pin the success or the lack of success on any one reason.

Thanks for the Thanks – Happy to Do Our JobUncle Sam

A special shout out and thank you to all of those who have thanked us for getting their tax information to them or their tax professional in an expedited manner – Our theory on this is if someone’s working on your return we want it to stay at the top of the pile, hence we try and get the documents in lightning fast fashion!

Again you are all welcome but happy to do our job and hopefully cut down on the inevitable start and stop mistake!

Wire Reminder

Speaking of taxes – the busiest wire day of the year is tax day – Certainly understand the desire to wait to the last minute – weight that option with something going wrong on the busiest day of the year!

Spring Has Sprung

Today is a Friday and it’s finally getting warm at least here in the south.

Enjoy your weekend, we will stay alert for tax questions through our electronica tether.

Don’t forget to spend time with those special in your life!

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

Fun Texas A&M University Up-and-Coming Financial Planners Event – Gig’Em Aggies

One of the most enjoyable parts of our business is the interaction with other professionals and especially when we get to cross paths with the next generation of financial planners!

Last Friday, March 29, 2019 a group of fellow professionals had the honor to be invited to  panel an up and coming  group of financial planners from Texas A&M University.

The next generation of Financial Planners from Texas A&M

With multiple advisers who as a norm can be very long in the tooth – one of the most enjoyable part of this event was the lunch before.8fc04668-98bd-42cc-b6f2-e5b9ff043981

Being seated next to six or seven Next GEN up-and-coming future financial planners was awesome!

Question such as what’s your normal day look like?  What’s most important? to What options in the industry look like? were discussed..

A question of knowledge of a fiduciary happily produced complete understanding by every student – this is very good news!

As a refresher, being a Fiduciary for your clients means you are held to a higher standard and work only in the best interest of the client –

All panelists were of course Fiduciaries!

Client comments from competing big universities on what type of shirt to wear garnered humor and brought the actual real world of the occupation of financial planning into a more real focus for this next up-and-coming generation – frequently many may have a much stiffer view of the industry.

A comment of 90% versus 10% garnered much attention in our discussion and raise the browse of these up-and-coming future stars.8f9a4589-d10c-420f-9bd4-9e4bc003a822

It is so refreshing to see the industry mature as all panelists agreed that when we were first beginning our careers there was not a true path for a true fiduciary holistic financial planning firm or person.

Truly the future is very bright as these young future stars work their way into the profession and serve you the clients for many generations to come.

With a group of six or seven fellow advisers we were all very interested to hear each other’s thoughts – after the event, of course a timely discussion of current events, economics, interest rates, the economy, and the upcoming election with two fellow awesome peers made its way into our day.

The Future is Bright – So nice to give back!

Have a Great “Bright Future” 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

 

IRS Annual Dirty Dozen Tax Scams for 2019

Each year the IRS publishes their most common list of Tax Scams that they are seeing during tax filings.

Each year we like to review and publish here, just as one more extra reminder to help us all stay away from the bad guys.

So without further ado…..

IRS 2019 Dirty Dozen Tax Scamsburglar-308858__480

Phishing: Taxpayers should be alert to potential fake emails or websites looking to steal personal information. The IRS will never initiate contact with taxpayers via email about a bill or tax refund. Don’t click on one claiming to be from the IRS. Be wary of emails and websites that may be nothing more than scams to steal personal information. (IR-2019-26)

Phone Scams: Phone calls from criminals impersonating IRS agents remain an ongoing threat to taxpayers. The IRS has seen a surge of these phone scams in recent years as con artists threaten taxpayers with police arrest, deportation and license revocation, among other things. (IR-2019-28)

Identity Theft: Taxpayers should be alert to tactics aimed at stealing their identities, not just during the tax filing season, but all year long. The IRS, working in conjunction with the Security Summit partnership of state tax agencies and the tax industry, has made major improvements in detecting tax return related identity theft during the last several years. But the agency reminds taxpayers that they can help in preventing this crime. The IRS continues to aggressively pursue criminals that file fraudulent tax returns using someone else’s Social Security number. (IR-2019-30)

Return Preparer Fraud: Be on the lookout for unscrupulous return preparers. The vast majority of tax professionals provide honest, high-quality service. There are some dishonest preparers who operate each filing season to scam clients, perpetuate refund fraud, identity theft and other scams that hurt taxpayers. (IR-2019-32)

Inflated Refund Claims: Taxpayers should take note of anyone promising inflated tax refunds. Those preparers who ask clients to sign a blank return, promise a big refund before looking at taxpayer records or charge fees based on a percentage of the refund are probably up to no good. To find victims, fraudsters may use flyers, phony storefronts or word of mouth via community groups where trust is high. (IR-2019-33)

Falsifying Income to Claim Credits: Con artists may convince unsuspecting taxpayers to invent income to erroneously qualify for tax credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit. Taxpayers should file the most accurate tax return possible because they are legally responsible for what is on their return. This scam can lead to taxpayers facing large bills to pay back taxes, interest and penalties. (IR-2019-35)

Falsely Padding Deductions on Returns: Taxpayers should avoid the temptation to falsely inflate deductions or expenses on their tax returns to pay less than what they owe or potentially receive larger refunds. Think twice before overstating deductions, such as charitable contributions and business expenses, or improperly claiming credits, such as the Earned Income Tax Credit or Child Tax Credit. (IR-2019-36)

Fake Charities: Groups masquerading as charitable organizations solicit donations from unsuspecting contributors. Be wary of charities with names similar to familiar or nationally-known organizations. Contributors should take a few extra minutes to ensure their hard-earned money goes to legitimate charities. IRS.gov has the tools taxpayers need to check out the status of charitable organizations. (IR-2019-39)

Excessive Claims for Business Credits: Avoid improperly claiming the fuel tax credit, a tax benefit generally not available to most taxpayers. The credit is usually limited to off-highway business use, including use in farming. Taxpayers should also avoid misuse of the research credit. Improper claims often involve failures to participate in or substantiate qualified research activities or satisfy the requirements related to qualified research expenses. (IR-2019-42)

Offshore Tax Avoidance: Successful enforcement actions against offshore cheating show it’s a bad bet to hide money and income offshore. People involved in offshore tax avoidance are best served by coming in voluntarily and getting caught up on their tax-filing responsibilities. (IR-2019-43)

Frivolous Tax Arguments: Frivolous tax arguments may be used to avoid paying tax. Promoters of frivolous schemes encourage taxpayers to make unreasonable and outlandish claims about the legality of paying taxes despite being repeatedly thrown out in court. The penalty for filing a frivolous tax return is $5,000. (IR-2019-45)

Abusive Tax Shelters: Abusive tax structures including trusts and syndicated conservation easements are sometimes used to avoid paying taxes. The IRS is committed to stopping complex tax avoidance schemes and the people who create and sell them. The vast majority of taxpayers pay their fair share, and everyone should be on the lookout for people peddling tax shelters that sound too good to be true. When in doubt, taxpayers should seek an independent opinion regarding complex products they are offered. (IR-2019-47)

Have a GREAT “No Dirty Dozen” Tax Scam 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

Why We don’t like to Move Money on Fridays – Break In – Inverted Yield Curve Update

Break In – On Friday the Yield Curve Inverted for about three hours – we have spoken at length on this subject, but want a little more time to see market participants reactions as well as Fed officials before making a current update.

As a reminder the Inversion of the Yield Curve has a strong recessionary signal some time in the future, frequently years in advance –

Friday’s inversion triggered a series of sell programs that clearly did not do their homework on the possible eventual timing of a recession.

With a Newsletter already in print – coincidentally we had much talk about recessions, and even a definition. The two hour inversion did mess our Newsletter up a bit as until Friday it had not inverted – we will update you more with clarity soon!

Back to our regularly scheduled program/post…

Why we don’t like to Move Money on Fridaysfriday-1270362__480

As a weekend nears, specifically Friday … many’s favorite day of the week, we tend to dislike the movement of funds.

The reason is two fold:

  1. If something goes wrong, the weekend can be/seems long to determine a correction
  2. Skeleton crews frequently man the ship on Friday’s- especially during the summer

Our absolute least favorite movement of funds is sending to all new instructions on a Friday – we rarely do this – and never do before a long/holiday weekend!

There are of course times that money just HAS to move on a Friday, such as the closing of a home (in an abundance of caution, we frequently send funds on Thursday) or a last minute quick fill up of cash.

Regularly scheduled deposits are fine as the calendar determines this and being on such a regimented event, trouble is less likely.

Deposits or draws as we like to call them are a different story. When we are pulling funds from another account, we see the flow of funds from our end and can easily Shepard/see problems.

In a safe over sorry posture, look for us to recommend Thursday or our favorite day, Monday, for the movement of unscheduled funds.

Have a Great “No Friday Money Movement” 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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