Category Archives: General 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?


What Big Brother AKA Google Knows

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


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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

Tariff Update – AKA Trade Wars in the Old Days – Sure Enough we have been here before?

Over the past 30 years, much of what we learned are what opinions to trust, which views to listen to, and more importantly, who to tune out.

Scott Grannis, former chief economist for a large financial company and currently retired with no intention of returning to work (NO BIASES!) is one of our favorite reads. Here is a very small portion, but a favorite on the Tariff wars from Scott and his Blog “Calafia Beach Pundit” – he lives in CA currently.

“In the past 12 months, the US has imported about $525 billion of Chinese goods, while at the same time exporting to China only $135 billion. China is selling almost four times more “stuff” to us than we are selling to them. So, the thinking goes, if both countries jack up tariff rates to prohibitive levels, the Chinese have much more to lose than we do, particularly since our economy is still half again as big as China’s. At some point the Chinese will wave the white flag, we’ll all agree to reduce or eliminate tariffs and intellectual property right theft, and sweetness and light will return to international trade relations.

We can’t rule out a successful end to today’s tariff wars, but neither can we be confident that they will inexorably lead to a repeat of the Smoot-Hawley tariff wars which in turn led to the Great Recession. I continue to believe that tariffs are so universally understood to be bad and even stupid that eventually our leaders will do the right thing and make trade freer and fairer. Why bet against what would be a win-win for all parties? (Zero tariffs are an economist’s dream, since by facilitating free trade they would be a boon to all countries.)”

Trade Wars History – This is not our First Time

Follow his comments up with an excellent updated chart on the subject matter from our friends at Visual Capitalist, and we will let you formulate your own opinion – an opinion that is likely more updated than before reading this post!

Have a “Tariff Trade War 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.

Bet you didn’t know we had a YouTube Channel – Vault and Other Video’s Coming Soon – Friday Tennis

After a heavy week of Pension Benefit Options and a Super Heavy 90 day Treadmill/Earnings update… let’s slide into this hot weekend on easier ground…

Did you know we had a YouTube Channel?

Yep, we do – it’s out there and holds all of our Video’s from the very beginning. It also lets us easily embed the videos in other places!

JK YouTube Channel pic

Take a look, here or at the link at

Ok, so there is nothing edgy or slanted, but there is a tone of great information on it… take a look as see for yourself!

Here is our most popular Video EVER, for obvious reasons (its a few years old and wrong season, but we can always use a laugh)  …


Speaking of Videos ….

Vault and Financial Planning Video’s Coming Soon

Our Vault has undergone some updates – NICE – and we want to update a few of our current “How to Vault” videos (Six 1 minute Fun Video’s found here or on our Youtube Channel) as well as add to the details of several of our most popular posts.

The Vault Videos will stay at 1 … yes ONE minute – long time listeners and readers know that is really hard for me, but with such good feedback, we will keep it right there – if possible – haha!

Several of the more complicated items, such as Estate Planning Checklist and the Inverted Yield Curve series will make the cut as well.

Hope you enjoy in advance!

So it is a Friday … and that means you are headed into a Summer Weekend – Please enjoy and stay hydrated, which is what we will try to do with the 13 year old, as she play a tournament in a farther Southern Texas City, but it will still be HOT!

Don’t forget to spend time with those who are important in your life… it goes fast!

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.