Category Archives: General Financial Planning

Part 2 : Tom Clark Social Security Expert with Audio on frequently forgotten benefit – The Social Security Disability Benefit

Part 2 from the very beginning of our  Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, led off the fun casual discussion with the much important and frequently forgotten secondary benefits that Social Security Provides. Part 1 Here and Direct Audio Here on our site,  Discussed Social Security Death Benefits – but now the secondary forgotten portion of Social Security Benefits:

Social Security Disability Benefit

  • Social Security Disability benefits are VERY important, due to the fact that 1 of 3 workers die or become disabled, with the great majority being Disabled
  • Disability benefits are for very disabled, and pay to those that cannot due any work anywhere in the US
  • One in four workers being disabled now versus one in three in recent years is a great improvement
  • Majority of workers become disabled in mid to late 50’s
  • Disability benefits are paid as if you are retired at Full retirement age I.e. Your maximum full retirement age benefit will be paid to you if you become disabled no matter your age

 

Multiple Audio for Different Devices – Mr. Tom Clark – If first does not work, click next file – all are same audio, just different format

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As a last resort – Click Here for Direct Link to Audio Posted on our Special Social Security Page

Have a Great “Understanding Social Security Disability Benefits” 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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Part 1 : Tom Clark Social Security Expert with Audio on frequently forgotten benefit – The Social Security Survivor Death Benefit

At our Fantastic Social Security Event earlier this year, Expert, Mr. Tom Clark, led off the fun casual discussion with the much important and frequently forgotten benefits that Social Security Provides.

Social Security Death Benefits

  • Should a parent die with children under the age of 18, Social Security Monthly Death Benefits will be payable until age 18 for each child
  • Parents will have needed to pay into Social Security for the benefit to occur
  • Benefits will pay to a maximum of three children per family i.e. Families with greater than three children will max at the third child (called the family maximum benefit), families with less than three children will be receive monthly benefits based on number of children under 18 – Here is a link to how to calculate the benefit, as warned by Clark, its complicated
  • Benefit amount will depend on amount being paid into at the time – i.e. Higher payers will receive higher benefits
  • No matter the income a benefit will be paid i.e. “Even a billionaires child will receive monthly benefits until age 18!” This statement in the Audio from event, below
  • Benefits will be paid to an adult for the benefit/use of the child
  • Over THIRTY FIVE THOUSAND, yep, thirty five thousand children receiving benefits in the Dallas Fort Worth Area alone! From audio below

 

Multiple Audio for Differing Devices – Mr. Tom Clark

 

Have a Great “Understanding Social Security Death Benefits” 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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Password Safe Keeping Idea, Confidential Portion of Your Personal Vault

Digital Assets, AKA your Passwords have become a challenging item for many. We find that in most cases, one party is controller of them and those single folks may not have an easy back-up.

Did you know your Personal Vault has a confidential folder area?

1 Minute Video –

Confidential File Area of Your Personal Vault

We know many of you may have a notebook with a special area that has all of your Passwords –

Our favorite –

An Excel file, NOT named “Passwords” – that has a very strong Excel password to open the file. You can even have the respective websites linked in the Excel file so when you go to your password file, you just click on the link for the website and boom your browser opens to that page ….

Share that Excel file password carefully, update the file whenever you have to do the eventual mandated password update for your selective sites!

Upload that file to your Confidential Area of your Vault, and you are set.

Have a Great “Safe Password” 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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May 2019 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our May 2019 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 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!

May – 2019 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Why Reading the Fine Print is Still Important

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Here in this post we discussed the need to keep an eye out for tricksters as the still find their ways into our lives…. this post was created after stumbling on to an offer of 99% annul charges on what looked like a request for a donation to a charity… can’t make this up.. even took the blurry (bad photographer) picture for proof…

 

Sharpening the Saw – Personal Income Tax Bracket Review

In our Sharpening the Saw post here, we posted from a local conference we were attending and grabbed our favorite Tax Chart as a reminder of the new tax law changes.

This chart, which is also making an appearance in the Q 3 Newsletter is a great review/update on the new tax brackets, especially those who are retired:

Tax Bracket Chart

 

Capital Market Comments –

Yield Curve Inversion is back, as we had a brief few days in March, but as of the end of May we had a much more distinct inversion with the 10 year at 2.15% and the 90 day near 2.40%-

The following chart is from our own trading system and is the 10 year yield less the 19 week yield or the equivalent 90 day yield… the black line marks the zero point – anything below the zero is inversion !

6-2-19 10 year versus 13 weeks Rate - Thinkpipes

It’s inverted now for sure…. Again, LOT’s more to come!

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

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
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Inverted Yield Curve Update – Break In: Chance Visit with Robert Kaplan, Dallas Federal Reserve Chair

Break In:

After scheduling this post about 24 hours before now, yesterday an almost all day meeting with the local CFA (Chartered Financial Analysts) organization, a local deep level investment organization that found yours truly as President once upon a time, featured the key note lunch speaker of none other than … Robert Kaplan, the current Dallas Federal Reserve Chairman…

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There is not a Federal Reserve Member, much less a president that does not have the Economy, interest rates, and notice of the inverted yield curve on his mind… His hour lecture was recorded… using one of the neat handy recorders from our Social Security event…. unfortunately at the time of this writing, the darn recorder would not be friendly with the laptop and share the speech….grrrr

Look for more in our coming Newsletter … and eventually the recorded conversation here … fingers crossed!

Now back to the original post!

It has been a while since we discussed the Yield curve and the inversion there of…

Look for a more detailed article in the coming Newsletter, but for now, the yield curve has inverted again, but this time with greater spread!

As a quick reminder, an inverted yield curve is when longer term rates are lower than shorter, an unusual situation as generally the longer the term the higher the rate so as to adjust/compensate for risk…

Our favorite term and the most useful in our minds is the ten year versus the 90 day yield…

Currently the 90 day treasury is yielding about 2.35% and the 10 year treasury is yielding 2.23% – yep, that’s inverted ….

Chart from St. Louis Federal Reserve

5-28-19 the 90 v 10 year

It is hard to see in this chart, and granted, it is a small inversion compared to recent times, but we are inverted and have been for the second week since mid-March, when we first inverted for five days….

Again, more in the coming Newsletter, but we are watching closely!

Have a Great “Inverted Yield Curve 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
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Sharpening the Saw at the Financial Planning Association Annual Convention …. Getting Closer to POOL time …

Thursday and Friday of this week were dates for the annual convention of our local Dallas/Fort Worth Financial Planning Association (FPA), the organization that makes up the Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation….

We make great efforts to always make the event, and we did so this year …

Sharpening the Saw

Sometimes it can seem that we end up in a bubble of our own thoughts unless we get out and hear what others are saying, especially the so called “Experts” in our field….

It is nice to learn new ideas and especially nice when we hear of other “Trending Techniques” in the industry that we are already using…

Here is a neat chart from Thursday’s session that reminds us of the current income tax rates….

Tax Bracket Chart

There were over an hours worth of techniques around managing these rates … WAY more than can be explained here …. but all useful in certain situations….

With a fairly heavy week of information, we will ease your eyes and let you ride into the sunset of the weekend without further complication… we WILL bring some of this information to the forefront in the not too distant future… so your not off the hook completely…haha

Pool Time ? ALMOST!!!!

Having a totally outdoor family … and no Pool, the opening of local Pools is exciting….

It’s not here yet, but just one more week … Can’t wait !

Have a Great “Almost Pool Time” 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
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Why the fine print can still be important!

Occasionally it is easy to let our guard down and …. Trust the System….

While we try never to be negative, but slightly skeptical … helps keep unfair practices from our Wallets.

Recent Reminder of the Small Print

This is a quick snap shot from the cell, such the slight blurred view…

Yes that is an annual percentage rate charge of almost 100% – wish we could invest with those types of returns… but this is an annual charge … Think this is the highest charge ever seen…

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This offer came via a unique letter that look like an offer for a charitable donation … reading the fine print, it was actually a short term loan offer in disguise, sign your name and return the letter and your on the hook for an almost 100% annual loan….

Skeptical, not negative … it happens still ..

Hat tip ZC!

Have a Great “Read the fine print” 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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