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Repeat Timely Article – Personal Update Reminder Story, Broken Water Heater at 8222 Douglas … Pertinent Article – When NOT to file an Insurance Claim … USA Today and ABC News Runs Our ORIGINAL Credit.com Article …

This is a repeat article from earlier… given the local and nationwide damage caused by the recent storm we thought it worth a re-run! Much of this article is around when not to file a claim, near the end of this post there are good tips on what to do should there be severe damage!

While at the Perot Museum putting the final details on our November 14th upcoming event … this text hit Jen’s Cell …

Water is leaking in the kitchen and has covered the rug ….

followed shortly by…

Building people are here and have stopped the leak ….

Not even knowing each suite at our building had a small water heater for hot water, we were surprised to find our little friend had given up existence after what seems to be several decades of light use at most:

Water Heater JK Financial

Just by coincidence we were reviewing our Insurance Coverage as the annual bill was in our hands for payment, AND the Perot Museum was asking for coverage as well.

In knee jerk reaction …NOT thinking of our own earlier-written article (see following) the phone number to the insurance company was found, but never dialed…. thankfully …

For the record, we are paying out of our own pocket, a very reasonable rate to have the baby water heater replaced as it is mandated by our lease, but we never created a CLUE report…

Original Post – See Below:

A few years back, Credit.com came to us and asked to write articles occasionally. With good feelings and spreading the better Financial Planning word in mind, we accepted and our first article hit the printers. The following is from the original post here at Street-cents.com AFTER the article had run in the appropriate channels.

USA Today NBC News Runs Our Article

USA Today Article Circle JK

On Monday, August 3, USA Today ran our Insurance claim related article… that originated from YOU, the best friends and clients in the world.

After originally being published by credit.com and having  ABC News run our article, we thought surely we were done … Nope…

ABC News Article

Thanks USA Today, we enjoy your publication very much … even more now!

Here is the Original Article in Full

One of the main reasons for having insurance is to offset risk, especially major risks and losses. We pay many insurance premiums throughout our lives to various carriers for a multitude of different risks. When a possible claim occurs, an initial thought might be “I am finally cashing in on some of those premiums!”

Think Twice Before Filing a ClaimUSA Today Article Circle JK

Not only do you want to strategize before filing your possible claim, you might want to hold off on even calling your insurance company. The premiums paid in our lifetimes reflect an amortization of the possibility of the risk occurring. The greater the risk, the greater the premium. If you are a constant “claimer,” your premiums will reflect this.

Do you have a CLUE?

Various carriers have been known to treat calls as a claim without the insured’s knowledge. Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange, CLUE, is a database that keeps records of claims. LexisNexis offers a handy service that allows easy research of five years of claims data. It is a terrific service as a buyer but not a database you want to land on accidentally from an inquisitive phone call.

The easiest defense against this problem is to know your coverages and your deductible amounts. With the knowledge of what your insurance covers and the amount (i.e. ring, roof or fender) you are armed with the power to make your own decisions and not put yourself in a possible accidental or unworthy claim.

ABC News Article

Speaking of deductibles, if at all possible, carrying a high deductible will likely save you money over the long term. Most insurances can be looked at as a defense for a major event. Not reaching to your insurance to cover minor or lower cost repairs or replacements is a terrific defense against higher long term premiums. If you are a claimer with lower deductibles, it is highly likely you will have higher than necessary premiums in your lifetime. One important planning tip is that it is critical to have adequate emergency funds available to cover all of your deductibles.

What are some examples of NOT filing a claim?

The easiest example is a car accident that is just barely over your deductible. It is likely that a $1,500 or even $2,000 claim against a deductible of $1,000, through eventual higher insurance premiums, may quickly turn your claim into a negative financial transaction over the longer period of time. Thinking of your premiums again as an amortization of your claims will help you in determining if you should file a claim or not.

Filing a claim against an asset that has been depreciated in coverage to a small dollar amount may not only hit your CLUE report but could also result in higher immediate premiums, plus put you on the list for being dropped should you have several other claims in a short period of time. If you are dropped by a carrier, your new carrier with this knowledge may adjust your NEW premiums accordingly, as a higher risk. Not all carriers will even offer coverage to someone who has been dropped. That’s another reason to think twice before filing that claim.

Your cherished ring was lost accidentally. Your deductible is $1,000 and you think the ring is worth $3,000 but you have not had it appraised, was not itemized on your policy and have no way of proving the value. It is highly likely you will get little, if any, by claiming this loss and your file will be marked with a claim.

So when should you file a claim, sometimes quickly?

Automobile accidents that involve an injury, personal liability or severe damage to another vehicle, even though your car was not harmed are cause to pick up the phone and bring your insurance company up to speed with the situation. Tell your story first, directly to your carrier, in order to protect yourself and arm your carrier with as much information to help defend in the situation.

Catastrophic damage to your asset is clearly cause for notification and in most cases, the sooner the better. Major geographic damage often causes a large backlog of claims all at once, making it better to be at the front of the line.

Lastly, another money saving tip, if you decide to pay out of your pocket for your repair or replacement, be sure to let the service company know this. There are often different prices for insurance related and out of pocket services.

Have a great “No CLUE Report” Day !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

http://www.jkfinancialinc.com
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Tech Companies Invest/Collaborate with Automobile Companies … What Does is Mean?

There is no doubt Technology and Technology Companies, are, and will continue, to touch more parts of our lives. As mentioned here in our Medical and Technology related Newsletter (Featured Futuristic Expert Peter Diamandis), Tech companies helped fast track much of the Medical innovations of the last few quarters, helping with the Vaccine…

Tech and Auto Collide

Long time readers know we enjoy watching much of the moves (not always agreeing with) of Elon Musk, as we have written about him over the years. His move to Electric Cars set the path for others to follow….

Suddenly there has been a dash to collaborate and invest with Auto Companies by Big Boy Tech Companies…

Complete Article 1-19-21

Essentially Microsoft, GM and Cruise … a self driving car company out of San Francisco are joining hands to accelerate the process.

Oh, and just a few years earlier, Honda had already entered the Cruise party with GM.

And then this… just a few days later..

Google and Ford announce a six year long collaboration to drive innovation… note the barely week apart announcement…

But Wait, there is even more – Not kidding!

Apple investing $3.6 billion in Kia for Apple car production, report says

Just two days later, after much on again off again talks, Apple announced a major investment in Kia according to this report.

Whats it all mean?

Probably a little bit of Run Away Bride… being afraid of the last one to enter Auto Collaboration

Expect a race to tether at least some of each Technology companies features and main stream information into our Auto

Nice improvements and innovations that Auto Companies maybe would not have thought of before

Keep your eyes out for the first Tech Logoed car, likely in a street near us soon!

Have a Great “Tech Auto Collaboration” 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

FactSet Earnings Estimates and Ratio Review – Part II in Market Valuation Series

John Butters our friend at FactSet, (a treasure of information resource) released a 37 page report in timely fashion for our Valuation Series. We are especially fond of Butters who takes the time to personally email us the “ok” to reproduce portions of his report…thanks again John!

Recall our first in Valuation Series here, where we reviewed the Buffett back of the Napkin Valuation of GDP to S&P 500 Market Capitalization…. While maybe not flashing Bright Red, it was in never seen before high valuation territory…

FactSet Valuation Analysis

Here we are again showing a likely never before seen high chart value … Flashing bright Yellow or maybe Light Red. Way up high as printed is overvalued…

Unlike the prior charts, this one is GREAT going up…

This Chart is the Q1 2021 Earnings Expectations. In September of 2020 expectations were for a negative yes -13% year over year earnings… today barely positive, but positive!

Now here is the REAL GOOD news, Q 1 2020 was mostly unscathed by the lockdowns… meaning this is a very aggressive comparable to a more normal year, also meaning the following quarters will likely print huge positive growth numbers due to easier comparisons…

With a little luck, maybe we can grow into our larger than fitting/high valuation clothes over the year!

Lemonade out of Lemons … MAYBE, but bad things do not always have to happen…

Lots of risk, lot’s of things that could go bad, but again they do not HAVE to!

No time to swing for the fences — We NEVER do!

Have a Great “FactSet High Valuations but a Safe Way Out” 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

Client Only Special Post – Metropolitan Paperwork, Vault Chase Bank Linked Account holders… Friday

With almost 10 times more followers than actual clients we happily keep that in mind when we’re writing informational posts for everyone. This Friday post is actually just specifically for clients, so if you’re not a client we look forward to a possible more pertinent post on Monday, clients please read on!

Metropolitan Paperwork – Donald The Brain Has You Covered

Many of you have received some paperwork concerning Metropolitan life and transactions from a decade ago. It’s a big bundle of paperwork that we also have a copy in our office. Donald The Brain will be reviewing this and if action is necessary he’s able to upload information on a bulk basis, not only saving multiple paperwork hassles but saving all of us the angst of having to mail information back individually.

Chase Bank Linked Vaulters Please Re-Link

Those of you that have happily linked your Chase Bank Accounts to your vault we ask that you go back and re-link them as the linking interface has changed as of yesterday and needs refreshing. We apologize for the inconvenience but again greatly appreciate being able to see those balances and transactions in real time in our respective Chase accounts for our financial planning, safety, and continued upkeep, and tracking. This update is adding more stable linking features! YAY

So bottom line those of you with the Metropolitan paperwork you can trash it we’ve got you covered on this side, secondarily those Chase connections please refresh for all of our collective viewing !

Friday

That’s it, no more homework … it’s a Friday … enjoy your day enjoy, your weekend, will be back with 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

January 2021 Financial Planning and Capital Market Review – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our January 2021 (First Monthly Review of the New Year) 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 audio format as well as Video!

Newbies –

We like to articulate our thoughts and review on a Monthly basis our Financial Planning Tips, Capital Markets and current events!

Hope you enjoy!

January 2021 Video – First of Year

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Financial Planning Tips

Required Minimum Distributions Now 72

As mentioned here in our post, do not feel bad if you lost track of changes, as in just over 12 months there were THREE – yes three major laws implemented.

Late December of 2019, the SECURE act (Setting Every Community Up for Retirement) among other things, upped the first mandatory RMD (Required Minimum Distributions) from Qualified/IRA/401k type plans to 72!

The Covid 19 related Cares Act passed in late March of 2020 nullified RMD’s for all of 2020, making for some confusion.

Second Stimulus Check Update

In this post, we review the new Stimulus check amounts, and where you can CAREFULLY go to check the status of your check…. here are the highlights…

Generally, U.S. citizens and resident aliens who are not eligible to be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return are eligible for this second payment. Eligible individuals will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child. Generally, if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, you will receive the full amount of the second payment.

Here is the link to the US Government tracking site:

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

Once open need to Click on “Get My Payment” Tab

Be very careful when opening this site to NOT allow your browser to jump to any other site than that associated with the IRS as you will be asked for confidential information!

Capital Market Comments

Buffett Back Of Napkin Valuation Metric

After happily receiving an “OK” to reprint graphs directly from the CEO of this industry publication – Look Out, there are tons of Great Articles that we look forward to bringing you!

Up first, a great broad Buffett “Back of the Napkin” Market Value Metric- This is the Market Capitalization of the S&P 500 divided by the US Gross Domestic Production…. This measure has never been this high before- sending a warning signal for Current Valuations.

“Price is what you pay, value is what you get!”

Chart Via Jill Mislinski 1-5-21 (Advisor Perspectives)

Happy Start to the New Year!

Have a Great Day and Super Start to the New Year!

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

Warren Buffett, Back of the Napkin Market Valuation Tracker … Part 1 in Market Valuation Review Series

With on-line investment animal spirits accelerating in some of their antic spirits, we thought it a good time for a calmer, longer term view of some high level market valuation views.

Oh … have not heard of the animal spirits? …. Let me digress for just a minute. A collective group of folks are ganging up on companies that have large short interest. Short Interest? This means company’s who’s stocks have large amounts of investors betting the company will go bankrupt or at least eventually lose value. As we say often, when everyone is on one side of the trade/theory/belief, this can cause vulnerability on the opposite side. When a group gets together and buys in mass, a largely shorted company stock, it can cause a short squeeze, similar to the afore mentioned Tesla…

You may say “So What” and that is fair, but this can cause other areas of the market to become frothy (which we have been speaking of before) and it also speaks to the recklessness of a investor behaviors and their disregard for any type of safety.

Buffett VERY High Level Market Indicator Flashing Caution

Warren Buffett aka the Oracle of Omaha due to his investing prowess, rarely gives any of his broad market comments and always qualifies that he has no idea where the markets will go… as do we!

BUT,

Price is what you pay, Value is what we get!

Chart Via Jill Mislinski 1-5-21 (Advisor Perspectives)

That’s an all time high/expensive aka NOT CHEAP- just saying!

Let’s be careful out there! Anyone remember what cop show this quote was from?

Have a Great “Buffett Indicator Flashing Red” 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

Our Goals Template … So Simple You Might Like it (KISS) …

This time of the year garners, new years resolutions, new goals, and all kinds of wonderful ideas for improvement in ourselves ….

Our Secret for Goals – KISS

Over the years, we have used huge, almost unlimited goals (you can insert New Year’s Resolutions here if you want) worksheets, templates, questionnaires and the like… only to be disappointed in short order, because they were so overwhelming, we couldn’t possibly meet the challenge….

KISS – Keep it Simple Silly

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, we have found a simple secret that has been working for us ….

Everyone at the office and the homestead have to participate… yes even the 13 year old…

So simple, but effective…

Tell me the at least three items you are most proud of in the past year and at least three that need improvements…

At the office we do a professional and personal version… do as many as you like, but the simplicity and positive tone seems to give it legs… at least for us!

Have a Great “Easy Goal Setting” 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

Where’s My Stimulus Check Link – BREAK IN- Possible Third Stimulus Information …. Friday, Reminder Monday Financial Institutions Closed, Early Day for Us Today!

The Appropriations Act of 2021, signed into law very late in December, as mentioned here, provided for a $600 per qualified person in your household, stimulus deposit.

With multiple data points of folks receiving their stimulus, most on January 4th or 5th of this month via ACH Deposit from the IRS, if you have not and were thinking you should…. read on!

BREAK IN – THIRD STIMULUS OUTLINE ANNOUNCED

Yesterday afternoon, the first crumbs of an outline of a third stimulus began hitting our screens. As mentioned in the original post (link above) there were some debate on a $600 or $2000 amount, with the afore mentioned $600 already being processed. The new stimulus plan, so far (not in law yet) calls for a $1400 amount, basically getting the total to the argued $2000 amount. Nothing iron clad yet, but since we were on he topic, thought we would give you a heads up….


Now back to our regularly scheduled Post!

Who and Where on the Stimulus Check

This stimulus deposit is being provided through the Internal Revenue Service office and as such they are using 2019 Tax Return information to send the stimulus. If you have had a change of bank account or other information since filing your 2019 US Tax Return there may be confusion on getting the funds to you.

Who is eligible for the second Economic Impact Payment?

Generally, U.S. citizens and resident aliens who are not eligible to be claimed as a dependent on someone else’s income tax return are eligible for this second payment.  Eligible individuals will automatically receive an Economic Impact Payment of up to $600 for individuals or $1,200 for married couples and up to $600 for each qualifying child.  Generally, if you have adjusted gross income for 2019 up to $75,000 for individuals and up to $150,000 for married couples filing joint returns and surviving spouses, you will receive the full amount of the second payment. For filers with income above those amounts, the payment amount is reduced.  (This from the IRS site)

Here is the link to the US Government tracking site:

https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment

Once open need to Click on “Get My Payment” Tab

Be very careful when opening this site to NOT allow your browser to jump to any other site than that associated with the IRS as you will be asked for confidential information!

Holiday Reminder

Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King (MLK), banks, Capital Markets and our offices will be closed. With kiddos hitting the ground via early release today, we will also be out of the office early in order to keep the streets safe (haha), but tethered electronically for emergency needs.

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.

jkfinancialinc

street-cents

Another Robert Kaplan Townhall Update – Some Breaking Comments … Slowing Purchases this Year

Back in the fall last year, here we commented on a terrific Robert Kaplan Townhall. Good news, this time we were able to listen to this Townhall which occurred Monday January 11, 2021 without accidentally becoming a participant!

Robert Kaplan is the Dallas Federal Reserve President and is a voting member of the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) in 2020 – has a lot of eyes on him, especially during FOMC statements … but – see next

We like to listen to these “Quaint” discussions as more open comments and nuggets of information can be discovered and we are big fans of Kaplan as well…

Kaplan Latest Townhall Comments

Kaplan reiterated an expectation of US Economic growth – if all goes well – of 5% Wow. US Economic growth certainly has easy comparables due to a bad 2020, but a 5% growth rate is really strong and if occurs would help with our Capital Markets growing into their clothes thesis.

Biggest breaking comment, Kaplan believes the FED will at minimum speak of easing on asset purchases and again if all goes well is interested in higher rates later this year – Wow, another big news comment. Recall our concerns if rates get ahead of the Fed and they are forced to chase them down, could be strong headwinds… From our perch this is good news.

Oddly, most major Financial Firms are saying the likely stimulus coming soon will help, but when that runs out a slowing may occur …. someone is wrong !

We will be watching!

Kaplan firmly stated that continued stimulus through asset purchase AND low rates will do more harm than good if continued too long …. We agree, inflated asset prices and excessive risk taking does not work out well.

Best Question – What is Biggest Risk to Economy in 2021?

This question was by far the best and Kaplan’s comment that too slow of Vaccine rollout were both elegantly stated.

Kaplan expressed some concerns with the speed of the current rollout but expected/hoped for acceleration in short order, as we all do.

Kaplan, as a firm believer in higher education, our resident state of Texas is not at the top of the rung on this one, he mentioned several times improving the education system especially as it relates to technology will likely increase productivity in the decades to come.

There you have it, some Breaking News and some Good News!

Have a Great “Kaplan Townhall 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

December 2020 Financial Planning and Capital Market Review – Goodbye Year – Hello 2021 By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our December 2020 (yes the final review of 2020!) 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 audio format as well as Video!

Newbies –

We like to articulate our thoughts and review on a Monthly basis our Financial Planning Tips, Capital Markets and current events!

Hope you enjoy!

December 2020 Video – Final of Year

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Financial Planning Tips

Retirement Levels and Contribution Amounts

In our post here, we review the coming 2021 Retirement levels of contributions and max amounts….

With the most popular highlighted and also matching the catch-up amounts, there are a few changes, but for the most part much of the same from last year 2020 !

Money Begins Moving at a Snails Pace

Oddly, something we had not experienced before…. early in the Month of December, as mentioned here in our Warning Post — money slowed to a trickle pace…

While not sure if this was a result of remote workers, last minute movements, procrastination or a combination of all, money slowed alarmingly…. So much so that we have marked our calendars for an earlier start to year end “Stuff” for 2021 !

Thankfully we are happy to announce, we made it through with not too terrible of delays… but got me once, shame on you …. you know the rest !

Capital Market Comments

Why Price is So Important

In a carefully chosen extreme example, meant to remind but not alarm, in this rewind/remember 1999 post of what can happen if price is not remembered, we show the length a badly timed “all in” purchase – again carefully chosen can take almost two decades to get back to even…

“Price is what you pay, value is what you get!”

Final Thoughts As Year Ends

As the year wound down, we shared a collection of points that we hope made you chuckle but also had some serious items as well…. here in this post. If you missed it … worth your time!

There you have it, so long 2020 – That is your December, final for the year review.

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