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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 …

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

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

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

ABC News ArticleThanks 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.

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. ABC News Article

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
http://www.street-cents.com
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225JK Street Cents Logo

Why you should be careful when choosing your Beneficiaries

In a continuation of our Why series – if you want to see the entire series just scroll down to the right side of our blog site and change the category to “Why” – there are some neat ideas in our opinion….

And a topic that came up this week with much discussions, once again giving us a subject matter to share…

In a preview article to a more detailed Newsletter article that goes well with our Institutional Trustee article….

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The most important point to remember is that whatever your account title  (IRA, Trust, TOD – transfer on death) documentation has deemed a beneficiary, that is where the funds will go, without regard to what your Will or even what Trust documentation may say…

Making sure all of your title documents send fund to where/whom you currently desire….

Want some examples we have seen over the last three decades:

  • Currently married – maybe for a while – but a Parent is still your beneficiary (Easy fix, frequent occurrence)
  • Minor child is the beneficiary – this will not work- courts will end up deciding
  • Ex Spouse – yikes -there are some relief with divorce decrees, but sloppy
  • Sibling that for whatever reason you no longer desire to be a beneficiary
  • Two of your three grown children – by accident, forgetting the third

Don’t let an accidental oversight in your Beneficiary designation slip through the cracks – Review occasionally, and you will be in good shape!

Have a Great “NOT forgotten Beneficiary” 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

October — BOOOO- 2018 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our October 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 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!

A Special Congrats to the Capones growing family!

Nathan Elliott Capone

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October – Booo – 2018 Video

Break In – Holiday Party Reminder

10-9-18 - Holiday Party Invitation

 

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

RMD Season

In our explanative post here, we overview the RMD season items …. and remind those in the first year of their chose to defer or take …

  1. RMD $$ mandated amounts are determined by the value of applicable accounts on the last day of the prior year
  2. Current year age is a necessary factor included in calculating the RMD – see below next, first time exception – each year of seasoning (getting older) we are forced to take more out of the applicable accounts – hey the IRS has never taxed us on these in many cases – it’s their time!
  3. After tax contributions to a qualified account MUST be accounted for in order to avoid taxes – here are greater details and our taxpayer obligations on this –  don’t overpay – the IRS is not tracking this and will not come to the rescue and lower your taxes
  4. All of an individual’s accounts must be included/totaled/value (certain exceptions are made to those continuing to work) to ascertain the needed distribution
  5. Any one account can be used to satisfy the needed distribution (you do not have to take a little from each account, making it easier from an organization standpoint) BUT you must take at least the minimum distribution
  6. Failure to take the mandated distribution amount COULD result in a 100% tax – Break in – our experience has been the IRS is nice about this, but let’s not test them

Social Security COLA Bump

Congratulations to those on a fixed income, the Social Security Administration SSA’s favorite inflation gauge measured a 2.8% increase, which we review in our post here and also even created this neat historical graph for our collective review…

2019 Cola SS

 

Capital Market Comments –

Suddenly it’s Raining?

After a drop at the beginning of 2018 – mostly blamed on a creative synthetic product that bets risk will stay low (XIV) our patience was rewarded and footing found … until Ugly October came to roost…

What Gives?

At this time, no one with 100% certainty, can pin point what turned the market sky’s grey and sent rain…

Oddly, it may not be any one thing, just like an auto accident – usually multiple items occur at the same time that lead to an opening for contact with another …

Here are our best thoughts in order of our priority/possibility – again no one knows for sure…

  1. Trendy high flying stocks that have been a momentum favorite, suddenly took it on the chin – alone in time not a big deal – seen next
  2. Most mutual funds and many other assets managers close their books at the end of October – many heavily invested in the above trendy stocks had their year turn very ugly right at the finish line, possibly setting a musical chair like exit, causing much more volatility than what would have otherwise occurred if not so near the end of many fiscal years – an extra worry juggle ball in the air
  3. Mid-Term elections are finally here, and it is unlikely anyone can predict with any certainty the outcome of the elections – capital market participants hate uncertainty – not a big deal if this was all they are watching, but another juggle/worry ball up in the air
  4. Interest Rate Increase banter on how many an how long rates will increase before being “Normal” – we have discussed in great length the inverted yield curve and while we are no where near this event, yes… another juggle worry ball in the air
  5. Tarif Talk has been around all year, but looks to come to more of a peak near the end of the year – yet another worry/juggle ball up in the air

The good news is the sun will likely come out again soon, but in true rain like fashion, it seems like the days go by SLOOOOWER when your stuck inside, under cover, without sun!

The GREAT news is earnings have been for the most part very good, not GREAT and screaming as they had earlier in the year, but still very good by comparison.

MAYBE ? – we are just overdue for a correction – This fantastic chart from our friends at JPMorgan reminds us all that these type of corrections are more of the norm, not the abnorm – we have just been without regular bouts for some time!

Q4 18 JPMorgan drawdowns

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

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
street-cents

Q 4 2018 Newsletter Video Audio Podcast Review By John Kvale

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q 4 2018 Newsletter. For those on the road or just unable to grab the time to read, our podcast type review gives you the behind the scenes insight to our thoughts, observations and deep views of the entire Newsletter.

Click Here for direct link to an electronic version (an early peek-good ole fashion paper versions are on their way to you shortly) and here for our Newsletter page

BREAK IN – Save the date for the Holiday Party

November 17th – Saturday before Thanksgiving – Dallas Athletic Club from 3-5 pm

DAC

Let’s get going!

Q 4 2018 Newsletter

And here is your review!

Capital Market Talk

Earnings and Markets Eventually Converge

In this hugely in depth article, first we discuss the effect of earnings eventually driving capital markets, but disconnects can occur. It can even be a good thing for Capital Markets to WAY underperform earnings, as they are this year because in brings valuations back in line.

Here is the key graph

7-13-18 EPS Growth and Mkt Growth 10 year avg

Higher Rates, a Short Term Headwind, Eventually a Tailwind

With sustained lower rates over the last decade, memories have faded on the tugging headwinds that higher rates have – IN THE SHORT TERM – on the mandatory safety asset class of bonds.

Higher rates are a great thing as Bonds/Fixed Income Assets have a place for almost all investors due to their safety and liquidity.

Once the headwinds subside our fixed income investments will have ridden the yield curve higher and begin paying more income in the form of yield – into our pockets – Finally!
bond index V Interest Rates

Too High of Rates Can Create Trouble

Too high of rates or an overshoot CAN create trouble … or a recession…

Our friends at JPMorgan – historically show that rate is about 5% – yea FIVE percent –

We disagree and think a lower level may now be this tipping point, due to the decade low interest rate level we have just experienced-

Current at two percent, we have a long way to go before getting too antsy
JPMorgan Rate Level for Slowdown

Inverted Yield Curve Update

So far to good- no inversion yet!
9-28-18 90 day to 10 year Inverted Curve status

Financial Planning

This series of articles came out of no where and in like domino fashion, once one was done the next took form and fell into place-

PLUP graph

App of the Quarter – Hardware

Our editor took the fancy picture out due to copyright fears, but our experience with the Firestick has been exceptional – Here are the highlights of our findings

  • Great Savings compared to just full service in many cases
  • Does not take as much internet speed as we thought
  • Bring your home on the road
  • Multiple devices used at once
  • Cuts back on duplicated services
  • Allows cherry picking services

Enjoy the fall –

See Ya next Year – Wow 2019 here we come!

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

September 2018 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale

Hello and Welcome to our September 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 as well as Video too!

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

This is month two of our upgraded Laptop, which means a new recording system of Audio and Video — while still working the kinks out, we are getting the hang of it – Enjoy!

September 2018 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

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In our post here, a shortened version of an article in the coming Newsletter, we review all, about a much needed Emergency Fund, and the levels for certain scenarios.

Reasons to be slightly bigger-

  • Possible Job Change – Need to be higher on emergency funds
  • New Family Member- Higher is better
  • New Home – Expect unforeseen expenses – they always occur (Has anyone ever built or bought a home in less time and for less money than they thought? Nope, it’s in our nature)
  • Salary Fluctuations i.e. Commissions – Error on the higher side of that emergency fund
  • Others dependent on you – Business owner, large family, solo income earners, college or wedding – Higher is better

Reasons for a normal to smaller Emergency fund-

  • Dual Similar Incomes – Lower Emergency fund is ok
  • Very stable Job – Smaller side of the living expenses will
  • Very fixed income stability – Pensions, Social, etc.

High Deductibles – Why to Consider

In this post, we discuss the reasons for considering a Higher Deductible lifestyle –

Break In – There are always situations that a High Deductible will not work, we are just pointing out the advantages, under the correct circumstances!

Auto Insurance: One of the best ideas to consider a high deductible – take a look here at the great examples of why.

Home Owners: Another great coverage to consider a higher deductible.

Health Insurance: Once again a good one, but certain situations can easily negate the advantages of this!

Capital Market Comments – Interest Rates and Bonds

Short Term Headwinds Of Higher Rates on Bonds

This busy chart gives a great picture of the short term effects of interest rates on bond. Coming from such an extended long period of unusually low rates, we are reminding ourselves along with everyone else, this is very normal phenomenon and will correct itself with time by putting extra dollars in our pockets in the form of higher yields.

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

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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Why we like High Deductibles!

As we worked on our PLUP – Personal Liability Umbrella Policy Newsletter and Blog Post, we repeatedly ran across reasons to discuss our fondness to the Higher Deductible options on almost everything.

This article has also spawned a related article, about Emergency funds – neat chain of events articles!

Consider the High Deductible Option – On Most Everything

Health Insurance, Auto Insurance and Homeowners are the main types of ongoing insurance that allows you more control in your cost via the deductible.

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One of the easiest examples is the good old automobile insurance. We like high deductibles of near one thousand dollars due to the tremendous longer term premium savings that will occur over time. We certainly acknowledge that changing your coverage deductible to a higher amount today and having an accident tomorrow is bad luck and will throw you into the hole, but over time, if you are not a repeat offender, your saved premiums will more than pay for the higher deductible.

Health Insurance Example

Let’s face it, the insurance industry wants us as consumers to take more control over our medical expenses. Rather than run, embrace this coming inevitable change, and review higher deductible health insurance plans. Similar to the Auto example, if you opt for a higher deductible plan and something happens in the very short term, you will be in the hole on this decision, however time is your friend.  Having your health coverage pay for that visit to the Dr. for a cold is nice, and may make you feel good after you leave the office, however if you dig deeper, it is likely you may be paying dearly for the “free” visit.

Homeowners Insurance Deductible

Yep, there is a higher deductible option for your homeowners policy as well. This option is usually in the form of a percent of the dwelling. Be careful when reviewing these options as our experience has shown premiums and out of pocket costs can vary greatly depending on the geographic area of your dwelling and a higher percentage deductible can get out of hand if you are not careful on a higher priced dwelling. Bottom line, the homeowners policy has more moving parts due to the differences in coverages, geographic area, dwelling itself and your claim history. Take extra time in adjusting this deductible, but once you get clear on all costs, obligations and options, it’s likely you will find savings in this as well.

Have a Great “High Deductible Savings” 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