Category Archives: Investing/Financial Planning

Is Your Birthday between 7-1-46 and 6-30-47? If so you have an important decision! RMD – Required Minimum Distribution – Delay or Not?

According to current law, the IRS mandates RMD’s (Required Minimum Distributions) from your qualified account by April 1 of the year following age 70.5.

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Given the above IRS requirement, it is possible to delay your first RMD until April 1 of the following year, once you reach the 70.5 threshold.

If your Birthday as of the year 2017 is between 7-1-46 and 6-30-47 YOU CAN delay your initial mandated RMD, however by doing this, you will have two RMD’s in 2018 tax year.

  • Higher/Lower Income
  • Bigger/Smaller Expenses
  • More/Less Donations

These are a few items to consider when delaying or taking that initial RMD.

Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions!

After this decision … the IRS makes it easy, each year take your RMD and pay the taxes, only on the first RMD, is the delay allowed!

Have a great “Smart Tax Delay” 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

Household Income By United States State and How Far $100 will go in Each State

In this cool chart from Visual Capitalist, Reddit, and the US Census Bureau, household income is divided by income levels.

It is organized from lowest to highest income over $150k.

Household Income By State

2017 household-income
Courtesy of: Visual Capitalist

How far $100 will go in each State

Scanning the last few states from the above chart one can easily conclude many of the higher income states, ALSO cost more to live in.

This from the Tax Foundation!

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A blending of the two chars gives an idea of a possible interesting lifestyle, state by state.

Which is your favorite?

Have a Great “Pick Your Lifestyle State” 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

 

Paradise Papers ? … Arboretum RSVP soft reminder

Over the weekend it was announced a huge trove of papers (13.4 million) were hacked and publicly released to a German Newspaper and an international group of journalists.

Paradise Papers

  • Nick name from the theme of Tax Havens
  • More countries and people involved than Panama Papers – current estimated 120k people named
  • Hacked from the International law and trust firm named Appleby – unrelated to Apple
  • Hackers unknown at this time

We all find interest in these type of disclosures as it gives us a peek into the Ultra fast and famous … how the other side lives. One bit of caution, just because someone is named and a part of these documents does not mean they have done something wrong. The law firm at issue, (with many angry clients – digressing) is by most counts an above board legal firm catering to the ultra-fast, this being said, it should make for interesting reading in the future as we may see if what many “Are actually doing … what they say they are doing” regarding finance and especially philanthropy.

Arboretum RSVP Soft Reminder Saturday November 18, 1-3 PM Tour the Park after until 5PMf20bb085-9cec-42f6-97b9-df1ac26bf587-2788-0000022f455848a1-2

With our special venue of the Dallas Arboretum 22cnd annual Holiday Party getting closer … This is your soft reminder to RSVP, it will be fun!

Cathy@jkfinancialinc.com

Have a Great Paradise Found 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

 

Pausing for a moment to realize just how good Economically it is today …

There are always shortcomings … as a growing “Type A” country, we want more and better … Let’s pause for just a moment …

Maybe my Road Trip is making me sentimental … reflective for sure

March 2009, 823 thousand jobs were reported lost

The lowest bar on this chart was on March of 2009 (coincidentally, the bottom of the great recession stock market too– digressing)

Pause for just a moment … 823k people were fired/left the workforce, IN ONE MONTH … that’s a small town !

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Unemployment rate hits 4.1%

By scanning the chart above, as the bars turned up the resilient USA economy started rebuilding/hiring workers again.

Looking from a different angle, last Friday the USA unemployment rate logged a fresh great recession low of 4.1%

11-1-17 Unemployment rate 10 year trailing

Pretty good stuff!

Have a “Good” 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

Tax Reform Comments from the Road …

As mentioned last week, the road is calling and this time the internet connections are struggling due to the location. Returning mid-next week so short posts until.

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Even from a weak internet, cell, and wifi location, much of the tax reform talk was received.

While there will certainly be headlines today, before making any rash judgments, let’s see what actually comes of the current talk and final compromise. It’s a 400 page document (scribd link, if you want a peek-we did of course-nerds) that is certain to look much different when completed.

Enjoy your Friday and your 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 2017 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update- By John Kvale

Here is our October 2017 Monthly review. If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast format.

Enjoy!

October 2017 Video

Break In – D Magazine Honors – Best Wealth Managers

We are super happy to be honored in D Magazines Best Financial Planner and Wealth Managers Award !!

Thanks so much and congratulations to our fellow recipients.

9-27-17 FINAL DMAG Spread

11th Consecutive Honor – John Kvale Best Individual Financial Planner

The 11th consecutive D Magazine best Financial Planner award was also in this edition and we are super happy to announce, John received his 11th consecutive nomination!DmagLogo

Wow and again thanks to our fellow recipients!

Financial Planning Tip(s)-

Social Security Increase

Don’t smirk at 2%, every penny counts! With a CPI (Consumer Price Index) increase of 2% year over year, the Social Security Administration passed the good news on earlier this month. Take that 2% increase and run!

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Capital Market Comments

Rates are Slowly Ticking Up

After much silence on interest rates, we have taken notice of recent movement as the global economy begins to pick up steam … Overseas seems to really be getting their act together.

10-24-17 10 Year Treasury

Consumer Sentiment Also Higher

The University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment hit a post “Great Recession” high this month.

With two thirds of our US Economy being based on consumer consumption, this bodes well for the Economy.

10-13-17 Consumer Sentiment

See you at the end of November, which also features our very special Blooper Thanksgiving Video from a few years ago!

Happy Fall Season!

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

Time of the year to check your retirement contributions!

As we enter the home stretch of the year, we wanted to remind all to confirm the desired contribution level is being met for your company retirement plan.

Retirement Contribution Levels

401k and similar corporate plans – $18k + $6k if over age 50

Now is a good time to confirm our desired level of contribution is actually occurring. If not, this is the perfect time to adjust.401k-illustration-1637162

  • Bonus offset
  • Pay Raise
  • Company ownership change
  • 401lk/similar plan Provider change
  • Investment options adjustments

All of the above and others, are reasons contribution levels may vary from our desired level.

Take a few minutes to check your latest paycheck and confirm your YTD deferrals …. Contact us with any questions, we are glad to help !

Have a great “Confirmed Retirement Contribution” 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