Category Archives: Investing/Financial Planning

Most Valuable Sports Franchises … First Day of School Blues …

With the changeover of sports season (Start of College/Pro Football) we thought it an interesting time to show you the estimated (Yes these are VERY estimated – but lets run with it) Sports Team Values …. once again from our friends at Howmuch.com

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First Day of School Blues

Being so excited to hear the eleven year old was super excited to head to school…. our happy brows were raised as this was certainly the first time such happiness was around at this time … at least for seven years (entering 6th Grade) …

Return home was met with much more sorrow and pain than excitement during the morning departure … maybe expectations were too high… certainly first day of school blues…. only 179 more days ! Yikes….

Today is a Friday.. enjoy your weekend and have a fun near the end of summer weekend!

Talk to you next week!

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

Part 9 : Tom Clark, Social Security Expert, with Audio – DECEASED – Options and Decisions, Married Spousal Benefits Explained

As we near the end of the Social Security Retirement Benefits portion (Medicare up next), the final Three Parts will be directly related to spousal benefits. Spousal benefits are EXACTLY the same no matter gender, so insert your preference for the easiest understanding.

Parts (8-10) will deal with the status of the spouse and how it effects retirement benefits for the other spouse:

  1. Living
  2. Deceased
  3. Divorced

As just a heads up, each section will become more detailed and complicated – so let’s get started on the various spouse benefits depending on the other’s status!

In Part 9, from our  Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, continued with the specifics of Social Security, Retirement Benefits for DECEASED spouses …. that Social Security Provides. As a refresher,  Part 1 Here , Part 2 Here , Part 3 Here, Part 4 HerePart 5 Here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, Part 8 here  and Direct Audio Here on our site for your viewing/listening pleasures:

Retirement Benefits for DECEASED Spouses

The following bullets  will explain in type form the audio, please take a minute to listen as there is a ton of information in just 4 minutes:

  • Husband and Wife benefits same for deceased
  • Unlike living, a Widow Benefit based of FULL UN-REDUCED amount of Social Security Benefit
  • Example: Widow drawing own benefit spouse dies, the spouses benefit increased to the full amount
  • Widow can draw at age 60 unlike any other benefit
  • Widow DOES NOT have to take own benefit – can delay own OR draw deceased spouse – this gives various options and strategies
  • Cannot marry again before age 60 to have the prior example
  • So complicated, Mr. Clark suggests we go to Social Security options to make an informed decision
  • Bring Marriage Certificate – any proof of your benefit beneficiary
  •  Strategy available for Widows due to the options available- i.e. Draw your own, delay widow or visa versa – its complicated but there likely is a right and wrong answer
  • “If you were married to a high wage earner, might consider waiting until age 60 before getting remarried!” Says Clark – near end of the audio

Dealing with Deceased spousal benefits allows the most options of almost any Social Security Benefits, these options lead to complications, but also maximization strategies …

Be sure to listen to the audio below from the event, it is very informative

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Have a Great “Deceased Spousal Benefits Explained” 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

On the Way Back Home … Saw Sharpened … Social Security Discussion About to Get Jiggy … Friday

Thanks to technology … another fun restful time in a cooler climate is almost complete.

The journey back home with the 14 year old’s early birthday present begins over the weekend.

JK Starbucks Cooler Climate Office

Cooler Climate Office – Starbucks

With a neat visit from cousins, sister-in-law, sister and brother-in-law, and my 91 year old father and spouse, it was a success ….

This year the calendar even included our 19th year wedding anniversary celebration…. as well as an government town shutdown conspiracy theory research visit…

Thanks for all of the above!

Time for Sharpening the Saw

While getting family time and some rest away from the concrete is part of the experience, clarity of thoughts, deep reading and research, in a quiet place, is also part of the equation ….

We look forward to continued discovery of some items, sun setting of others, and of course open discussions here … Yes of course we have seen the latest market movements (Oddly, here we are again, just like in December, with a amateurs- Digressing)

Are You Ready for Some Social Security/Football

Hope you liked the funny header of this section!

Just a heads up, as the Social Security Discussions are about to get heavy… just what we have been waiting for right?

The next three posts will conclude the Spousal Retirement Benefits portion and opens the way for Medicare discussions – However, these posts will be heavy with details… we love it, and enjoy the challenge as it may take more than one read/listen for complete understanding!!

With the end of Summer in view – not gone yet- the beginning of Fall Sports commences …

Today is a  Friday, be safe if you are traveling, talk to you next week!

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

Part 8 : Tom Clark, Social Security Expert, with Audio – Living, Married Spousal Benefits Explained

As we near the end of the Social Security Retirement Benefits portion (Medicare up next), the final/next Three Parts will be directly related to spousal benefits. Spousal benefits are EXACTLY the same no matter gender, so insert your preference for the easiest understanding.

The Next Three Parts (8-10) will deal with the status of the spouse and how it effects retirement benefits for the other spouse:

  1. Living
  2. Deceased
  3. Divorced

As just a heads up, each section will become more detailed and complicated – so let’s get started on the various spouse benefits depending on the other’s status!

In Part 8, from our  Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, continued with the specifics of Social Security, Retirement Benefits for living spouses …. that Social Security Provides. Part 1 Here , Part 2 Here , Part 3 Here, Part 4 HerePart 5 Here, Part 6 here, Part 7 here, and Direct Audio Here on our site for your viewing/listening pleasures:

Retirement Benefits for Living Spouses

The following bullets and audio will expel many false items you may have heard …

  • Spouse (wife in Clark’s examples) CAN receive benefits based on her spouses benefits, ONLY if she will not receive more benefits by drawing her own benefits
  • If she were to receive a benefit check greater than one half of her spouses benefit, she MUST draw the higher amount due from her benefit
  • One time based exception to the above statements – this exception is quickly fading due to timing of the laws passed –
  • Spouse must be age 62
  • Other spouse MUST be drawing own benefits in order to have spousal benefit
  • All spousal benefits are based on one half the other spouse full retirement age benefit
  • Benefit is reduced for spouse based on early age i.e. Spouse is 62 benefit will be reduced – Read next -Important
  • If spouse is older than wage earning spouse, the benefit will NOT be discounted and will be half of the wage earnings spouses full benefit – in effect greater than one half the early retiring spouses benefit – Great Example at 2 minute mark of audio

Wow, there is so much clarity in the following 2+ minutes of audio, we hope you enjoy – feel free to listen more than once – it took at least a dozen times to get this edited …

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Have a Great “” 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

Student Loans, History, Growth, and Interesting Facts….

With College Funding coming in at # 2, just behind retirement planning, as the most important Financial Planning topic … we watch the various statistics, public commentary and rules for trends, advanced planning techniques and rule changes that may be positive or negative in the coming years.

The History of Student Loans

The Federal Government began guaranteeing student loans in 1965. Here is our best found article on the complete history.

As a hot topic for any presidential administration, various laws have been passed since 1965, in most cases enhancing the ability for students/parents to obtain loans. Unfortunately, tuition costs have risen at a dramatic rate as well … a possible topic for another time.

Total Student Loan Statistics

The following chart from our friends at the St Louis Fed (FRED) shows the much spoken about total bulging student debt … often times called a crisis… yes, it is a large number and growing, but before you take a stance, we have more for you…

In our minds, student debt is one of the most acceptable debts from a Financial Planning perspective … yes we would prefer NOT to have any, and planning in advance helps this fact, but there are always situations where it is just not possible. Loans for higher education gives many the best opportunity for longevity of happiness in a career they may not otherwise had access…

Parents we would argue not sacrifice retirement for college funding, but we know there are many strong feelings on this topic…

Total Student Debt

9-10-19 Total Student Loan Debt

Total Burden Per Person By State

This chart from our friends at HowMuch.com started the wheels turning for this article…. and is a per person debt load in each of the 50 states.

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An Interesting and Important Statistical Chart

Student Debt is large, and clearly growing, however, much to our surprise, the growth rate of student debt has slowed dramatically in recent years….

9-10-19 Student Loan % change yr over yr

This chart is the percentage change year over year in student loans, note the super high mid teens growth during the great recession … not a surprise given the lack of job opportunities at the time.

Happily the growth rate has steadily declined post great recession.

Have a Great “Student Debt Update” 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

Last Full Week of Summer, From the Road Friday … Scammers Feedback

Next week marks the last full week of Summer Vacation for my gang (unhappy times for them – amazed at how well they can ignore it – digressing) if the entire year went by as fast as summer, time would REALLY fly… goes by fast enough as it is….

Today, and all next week,  will be out of the office with family and friends, watching the kids ignore the inevitable, and enjoying the fellowship …. No formal tennis on the docket… in a westerly time zone, which makes an early riser feel like an even earlier riser… cooler … and even crossed paths with this lady early am on the way to the only Starbucks in town….

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Scammer Feedback – Thanks !

In true musician like form (never know what post will be popular), the Scammer Post this week has garnered TONS of comments and thanks — you are very welcome and we will have a follow up shortly, as due to the post, we have additional free safe guards for your cell service which is being tested by the gang currently – full update/report soon!

Glad to strike a chord!

Ahhhh….. but as stated in the headline, it is a Friday… Enjoy!

Have a Great Weekend! Talk next week!

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

Part 7 : Tom Clark, Social Security Expert, with Audio – Clarity on Final Years Earnings and any Effects on Retirement Benefits

In Part 7, from our  Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, continued with the meat of Social Security, Retirement Benefits …. that Social Security Provides. Part 1 Here , Part 2 Here , Part 3 Here, Part 4 HerePart 5 Here, Part 6 here, and Direct Audio Here on our site for your viewing/listening pleasures:

Effects of Lower Social Security Earnings Near Full Retirement Age

Very frequently our Financial Planning discussions include early retirement or halting of the big weekly grind/travels to do something always desired but may result in a reduction in income… all very near Full Retirement Age/Last Years of Social Security Credits.

Will a few missed or greatly lowered earnings years near Social Security Full Retirement Age knock your benefit down? Likely Not

  • Since Social Benefit first part of earnings may count more than last
  • A few missed years likely will not hurt your retirement benefit
  • Recall from earlier discussion that Retirement Benefits are based on your highest Wage (not Inflation) adjusted 35 years
  • Per question/statement from audience in audio – very possible first 10 years count much more than final 3- 5 years
  • Likely not working last few years or taking a greatly reduced but desired occupation could result in NO DIFFERENCE in Social Security Retirement Benefit

There are always exceptions to the norm, but with repeat occurrences of desired life style change near Full Retirement Age, we feel more comfortable knowing it just likely will not make a big difference… one can infer this will hold true for early retirement as well…. Thanks Tom!

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Have a Great “Late Career Dream Job or Early Retirement No Benefit Change” 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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