Category Archives: Education

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.

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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.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Making Lemonade from Lemons … Virtual Conference Notes …. A Conference Passed on for Over a Decade … Meet Ian Bremmer AGAIN

Choosing not to attend a conference held by John Mauldin for over a decade, due to travel constraints, cost, and bad timing of the conference, this year his big conference of the year went virtual and the price dropped by a two thirds.

Not only because the above, but with a total of 42 speakers and counting, slides and transcripts along with a downloadable MP3 of each speakers talk, Lemonade from lemons occurred, and we signed up.

With over 40 hours of information, we plan on dedicating much if not all of our coming Newsletter to reviews of the speakers … the goal of the conference is to look into the future for “Economic Risks, Challenges and Opportunities in a Post Covid 19 World

Meet Ian Bremmer AGAINIan_Bremmer_headshot

Back in 2016 at a national conference (live, in person) we first crossed paths with Bremmer  (a stand out thinker and Political Scientist)  and wrote about his comments on the then coming election here.

Fast forward to today, and here are a few bullets from his virtual talk we found interesting.

  • Taking 10% out of the Economy now may not feel as bad as times before since we are wealthier now.
  • Maybe this is the crisis needed to really make some big items change.
  • Unilateralism, not isolation. I.e. Canada, US, Mexico will become more connected unilaterally.
  • Will we have a new global order? Nah, just an acceleration of what was happening anyway.
  • Could this be Goldilocks Economy – Yes because this Crisis could bring GEO Political institution updates –
  • GEO Politics are cyclical, just like Economies.

Look for more details, as mentioned above in the coming Newsletter…. but you get the gist… some good stuff!

Have a Great “Bremmer Future Forecast” 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

Another Positive Friday … Pre-View March Review and Emotional Cycle

With Negatives still topping most headlines, I am running with another Positive Friday as we head into a weekend… those that missed, this is the third Positive Friday, here and here are the prior two for an extra Positive Moment … but now this weeks Positives:

  • Every Day is a Day Closer to Normal
  • March is behind us
  • If you are able to read this, it’s a pretty darn good day!
  • We all have each other
  • Our Country continues to work in Unity
  • Stimulus Rebate Checks to over 90% of the population are getting ready to be sent
  • Unemploymentfor the Self Employed is coming
  • No Mandatory RMD’s this year
  • Forgiveness Loans to Businesses to Keep Employees on the payroll

Next week we will return to our regularly scheduled three times per week Posts which will include a belated March Review Video (Hair Salons are not essential…look out) and an Emotional Cycle Graph that is homegrown along with forthright ways our family is keeping spirits in check!

Until then…..

Have a GREAT “Positive” Friday and Weekend, Stay 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
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Another Positive Friday …

Last weeks positive Friday garnered so many comments and Thank You’s that I thought it worth repeating as it’s so much easier to find negatives even if you are trying to avoid them…but there are lots of positives occurring.Unity hands-1939895_1280

  • On a very personal note, I’m happy to announce that my 92-year-old father was able to navigate the online virtual doctor appointment with complete success – Now if he can do it, we can do it if need be!
  • The Federal Reserve continues its policies and has begun adding liquidity to the Fixed Income Market – More on this soon
  • There was a $2 trillion stimulus package announced-which is wonderful news and helps bridge businesses and workers
  • It appears multiple countries are beginning to flatten the curve
  • Some parents may be finding out … it’s not the Teacher–hah – (Hat tip Cousin)
  • Spring is one week closer, its getting warmer … and the sun is up longer every day!
  • If we only had three more days like Wednesday we would be back to all time highs in the Capital Markets! (That will make you go hmmm- not kidding)
  • Our Country, Government and residents continue to work together in fantastic unity!

Have a GREAT “Positive” Friday and Weekend, Stay 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