Category Archives: Investing/Financial Planning

What Google Knows About Us – Cool Chart – You Care or Not?

There was a day when we called the Government “Big Brother” — Heck, in listening to an audio book over the summer, “Big Brother” was also the name of the first computer, BEFORE we called it a Personal Computer –

Is Google the modern day “Big Brother” that will eventually be thought of as no big deal, just as the PC is now?

Probably!

What Big Brother AKA Google Knows

From our friends and Visual Capitalist – a Cool “Big Brother” analysis for you to kick around-

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Have a Great “Big Brother” Worried or Not, Day!

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

Financial Planning Document Checklist

Recently someone in the office asked if we had a list of needed or handy documents for Financial Planning.  Ahhh.. No…

A post topic is born.Finanicial Planning Doc

Financial Planning Document Checklist

  • Tax Return
  • Estate Documents (Will, Trusts, Power of Attorney)
  • Life Insurance Policies
  • Company Benefit or health coverage information
  • Liability Insurance (Homeowners, auto and other)
  • Retirement Plan Documents and statements (401k, SEP, IRA …)
  • Pension Plan Documents
  • Social Security Benefit Statement
  • Option, RSU or Other specific company benefit
  • Investment Documents
  • College Savings Plans

While not exhaustive, this is a terrific start to the most handy and needed Financial Planning Documents!

Have a Great, more Financial Planning Organized, Day!

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

1 Minute Video Feedback – Thanks – Home Sweet Home – Friday

Thanks to all of you who reached out about our one minute video series. We appreciate you taking the time and any and ALL questions are great. Here is the link to all eight videos on our home web page – we hope you continue to enjoy and look forward to adding more in the future!

We expect more major improvements coming in the Fall. As they occur, we will happily let you know.

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The ten year old has a sudden interest in music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – much to the delight of his parents!

In true Home Sweet Home like fashion, this weekend we make the journey back from the cool elevations to Sweet Dallas as the school year starts next week for the tennis player and following for the 5th grader!

Ahhhh….but today is a Friday – enjoy your day and your weekend!

Talk to you next week as we try  to keep the school goers eyes dry!

Have a Great Friday and Weekend!

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

1 Minute Video Series Part 8 – Using Your Cell Phone to Upload Documents to Your Vault

Missed any of the 1 Minute Vault Series?

Here is a link to them on our main web page of JK Financial, Inc. and here is a link to them on our blog site here, and then here on our YouTube site.

Part 8 Uploading Important Documents to your Vault

In the eight of an every growing Vault series … and yes we are trying to keep these around 1 minute knowing time is valuable –

In this video here is what we discuss:

  • Opening the Vault Tab in your Personal Vault
  • Scrolling to the area to add something to your Vault
  • Safely putting your cell in photo mode to snap your important document – your document WILL NOT be saved to your cell for ever more security and safety
  • Boom – Showing you the document location upon loading

 

Have a Great “Cell Uploading Document Vault” Day!

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

 

1 Minute Vault Video Series Part 7 – Using Your Cell Phone to Access Your Vault

If you don’t remember parts 1-6, do not worry. it has been some time since we originally put them out.

Here is a link to them on our main web page of JK Financial Inc and here is a link to them on our blog site here, and then here on our YouTube site.

“New” Vault Update

Ok, so it is not so “New” anymore, but there have been continual updates with TONS more to come.

In this 1 minute video, we show you the following:

  1. Download Our Neat Vault Logo App Looking Link to your Cell phone
  2. Update the Title of the Vault Logo Link
  3. Open the Cell phone Vault log in page from your phone

 

 

Have a Great “Cell Phone Access Vault” Day!

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

 

July 2018 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our July 2018 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.

July 2018 Video

 

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Social Security – Taking Early

The general rules of Social Security are to wait until as long as you can. In our post here, and the chart below, may give pause to that thinking.

Many situations are different, deeming great thought and analysis needed before commencing OR delaying your Social Security Benefits.

2018 Social Security Crossover

Favorite Pension Benefit Option

Joint Survivor – As mentioned above in our Social Security review, situations vary. While our favorite options for Pensions is the 100% joint survivor –

  • Less Changes in the future
  • Straight forward
  • Simple

As mentioned in greater detail, in our post here, consider all options before making your final decision as this one is irrevocable !

Capital Market Comments

Turns Out, Over the Long Term Earnings do Drive Markets

With earnings booming and Capital Markets treading water, this chart caught our eye and in this post we discussed in greater detail current earnings AND the fact that over the longer term (see chart below) markets do EVENTUALLY react to earnings.

7-13-18 EPS Growth and Mkt Growth 10 year avg

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

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

Job Change or Retirement? Here is a great reminder checklist

Books get updated and reprinted on a regular basis. This post is from several years back, but worthy of a re-post!

Maybe you are about to Retire… CONGRATULATIONS ! ……Or maybe you are about to change jobs… exciting new times, just around the corner…

Here are a few handy reminders before/as you leave!

Job/Retirement Change ChecklistFinanicial Planning Doc

Grab that Last paycheck– Once you are gone, the internal system may be harder to access, be sure to get your last paycheck downloaded for your tax and personal recordkeeping.

RSU -Options- Grants -Make sure you are not leaving anything on the table via a vesting sunset or time line that can be associated with your departure.

Employee Stock Purchase Plan-Confirm you have control of your stock and transfer it to an easily controlled account-most ESPP plans are only holding tanks and cumbersome to make transactions.

Deferred Comp– Check on when your plan will be paying you your funds- i.e. tax year, time frame, and if all at once or over several series of payments- confirm the payments method and where they will be sent if mailed.

Pension – Get a copy of your latest balance or estimated amount, time frame of payment, if the projection is inclusive of your departure, if your spouse is included as beneficiary and his/her date of birth is correct and MOST IMPORTANTLY your correct address.

Health Coverage– You do not want to go a day without coverage, make sure you have some type of overlap such as Cobra, New company coverage, Medicare or outside personal coverage.

401k– In most instances you want to take control of your old 401k by rolling into a self directed IRA. Make sure your final paycheck withholding has hit your 401k before you roll it over or there will be residual amount later.

New 401k-In most cases you want to allocate your new 401k aggressively- be careful NOT to overfund your old and new plan in the same year- most maximums are $18k (+$6k catch up) – If your two employers do not know about each other they may accidentally allow you to overfund the total afore mentioned amount

Severance– Be sure to get your arms around the type, amount, timing and pay and benefits.

Social Security Withholding – Withholdings may likely be over withheld since your two employers did not know about each other – keep good tax records- if they did, you get a refund.

While mentioned several times, once more due to just how important, be sure to keep your address up to date with your former employer !

Have a great ‘More Organized” Day!

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