Category Archives: Market Comments

Your Guide to how much Tariff talk should Matter – World Exports in One Chart

Thanks to our friends at, an absolute timely chart on the total goods and services moving around the world.

We find this interesting given the rhetoric being bantered around in the headlines and giving capital markets an excuse to frown!

Take a moment to see rhetoric versus total exports/trade-


Have a Great “Total Value Export Informed” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

Where did all the stocks go? Implications

In a strange and subtle way – we have slowly but surely, had fewer public stocks available.

A preview of our coming Newsletter Article …

Where did all the stocks go?

Economics 101 says if we have the same demand and less supply, price will rise-

2017 Declining Stocks US and World Comparison

We were surprised to find out the total US stock headcount is down by almost 50% over the last two decades….

Key findings and reasons-

  • According to many, the costs have risen dramatically to nearly mid-teens percentage of total public offering
  • Continued initial public offering “Pops” – think SNAP – only to fizzle much below initial offering price
  • Increase demands from governance once public
  • Mergers – big public companies getting bigger through acquisition
  • Public company Buybacks – While an entire article could be written on this subject, in brief buybacks lower the total shares outstanding of a company are an appealing use of extra capital as a buyback increases reported earnings all other items considered AND are more flexible than a dividend. Lowering the dividend is very politically incorrect as it may lead investors to believe there is company weakness, with little to no similar mandates on buybacks.
  • Less flexibility being a public company – this especially true from home grown or family run companies
  • Adequate access to capital – in recent years capital from various sources such as debt offerings or venture investors has made it less necessary to go public, once a mandate for liquidity

So if there are less supply and at least similar demand — valuations may be increased!

Look for complete analysis in our Q 3 Newsletter.

Have a Great “Less Supply- Higher Price” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

Three Economic Charts that should make Us all Feel Good – 3.8% Unemployment Rate

Post great recession, the Unemployment rate went into double digits … +10% …. Many including us thought the new natural level of unemployment may be near 6% – prior to the great recession most believed 4% would be the all time low…

3.8% Unemployment Rate

The regular monthly Employment report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported last Friday, June 1 that the Unemployment rate hit 3.8% — Yes 3.8%!



6-3-18 Unemployment Rate Fred

Naysayers would say this will put pressure on wages, pushing up the CPI – Consumer Price Index – indirectly forcing the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) to raise rates fast — possible inducing an inverted yield curve…. leading to a recession… got that… sorry for the long domino effect– but this is how Wall Street thinks… perception can become reality… Let’s check the CPI …

6-3-18 CPI St Louis Fred

The CPI looks fine and has not moved up too much.  Here is a possible reason why…

Jolts – Job Opening and Labor Turnover Survey

5-8-18 JOLTS Fred

Essentially this is a relatively new statistic that many follow included the FOMC, that shows what the US Economy is producing in the form of jobs…. an increase in this chart means more jobs are available…

More Employment, but more Jobs… No Inflation —


Have a Great “Lower Unemployment” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

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

Hello and Welcome to our May 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.

May 2018 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Social Security Website and Items to check while you are perusing

In our Social Security related post here, we discuss the tons of new options for use as well as the fantastic updates the Social Security Administration has done with their website.


The most important item to check if you are not already drawing Social Security is your credits… which can be done on this site… recall there is a possible time sunset of loosing your benefits if you do not have the Social Security Office notified, leading to a possible lower benefit.

New Tax Table and Rates – Personal

Here are the new tax tables… if they look complicated, well it is because they ARE !


Expect much more on this throughout the coming months as we dig DEEP into the actual rates and the planning techniques necessary to optimize our tax liability …. One Important five letter word…. CLUMP – more later on this!

Capital Market Comments

Interest Rate Yield Curve – Rates – Inverted Yield Curve

Bottom line, at its most basic level the yield curve should go upward and outward just as our home made chart below (the starting point for our discussion.)


When it does completely the opposite or inverts, as seen below… a recession is just around the corner for as long as the eye can see!

2s 10s Spread W Recession sfredgraph

Expect a complete detailed video over the summer on this phenomenon … along with another review in the coming Newsletter… It can be boring info, not to worry … we will liven it up!

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.

Interest Rates Part FIVE/Final – The FOMC Overshoot, a Recession Predictor – The Inverted Yield Curve

Finally our conclusion to what we have all been waiting for …. The Predictive Value of our discussion …

So we know the FOMC fiddles with rates…

The FOMC Federal Open Market Committee raising the totally controlled short end … recall, they do not totally control the longer end… capital market participants do!


FOMC Raises Rates

This following Chart is our sizzle….

This is the difference of the 2 year yield and the 10 year yield for about 5-6 decades…

When the 2 year yield is BELOW the 10 year  yield the line is plotted above zero … think 1% less 3%, would give you a data point of 2 on this chart….

When the short end of the curve is ABOVE the long end — totally backwards to all logic, the plot on the graph would be BELOW zero… areas which we have circled in red…

Grey area are recessions …. just behind the inversions —

Take a moment and check this chart out…

2s 10s Spread W Recession sfredgraph

Here is an easier to see chart from 1999 to present–

2s 10s spread 99 to present - fredgraph

Why don’t they stop raising?

They cannot, it is their mandate – keep inflation under control …. raising rates is their main control mechanism.

Also, it is beyond their control as investors actually pile into the long end of the curve dropping it’s rate while the FOMC raises, in anticipation of the next recession…

Creating the Inverted Yield Curve!

In Never go all in or All out fashion, if the curve inverts we do not pack up our things and leave …. BUT  caution is definitely advised.

There will be excuses …

  • it’s different this time …
  • rates are un-natural …
  • rates are low …

Maybe- worth heeding with a track record shown above….

We will keep you posted!

Hope you enjoyed the Series … Quick links – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

Have a Great “Not Inverted Yield Curve” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.

Interest Rates Part FOUR — How the FOMC Fiddles with Rates — Federal Reserve Rate Control

As we near our fantastic conclusion to our multiple part series on Interest rates (next post is the last) lets quickly review where we came from.

In our First Post here, we spoke of the basic yield curve and how it logically moves from lower left to higher right high to account for risk …. Recall if a buddy borrows $100 bucks and promises to pay it back tomorrow its a lot less risky than if he promises to pay it back next year… and you would rightly charge him more for the delayed time… The Basic Yield Curve!

In our Second Post here, we spoke of movement of the yield curve … basically a parallel shift upward in better economic times and a parallel shift lower during slower economic times – all other things being equal, which they of course never are…

In our Third Post here, we discussed the players and assets that might sit along the yield curve, attempting to make for a more REAL world example(s)

Today … Well, let’s get to it

Where the Federal Reserve (FOMC) Fiddles on the Yield Curve

For all practical purposes  the FOMC/Federal Reserve can completely control the short end of the curve as shown on our graph… Special shout out to the 13 year old tennis player working with the new Apple Pencil (neat subject for another time)- for the updated colored graphs…. yea this is our weekend workings during rain on tennis days..haha

Post GREAT Recession of 2007-2009 the FOMC not only lowered their totally controlled short end of the yield curve – but took the unusual action of using government money to purchase assets of the longer term in order to push longer term rates down as well …

Blue is the normal yield curve – Green is the greatly lowered yield curve we have of late most recently been experiencing ….. Yea the short rate was essentially at ZERO – about what all of our checking accounts have been earning until just recently

Here is the lowering of rates graph:

FOMC Lowers Rates and buys longer to lower


It is essential that the FOMC eventually normalize the yield curve back to the original lower left upper right as keeping it unnaturally low for too long will likely lead to an overheating of the economy, not to mention over use of risk via leverage/loans …

Here is the Raising or Normalizing Graph we are currently experiencing:

FOMC Raises Rates

Next up our conclusion, and most importantly it’s predictive behavior over the last six decades….

Have a Great “Rising Rates” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.


Interest Rates Part THREE of a Series – What Asset Type Sits Where on the Curve- A Definition of Players in Each Space

As we venture farther into Yields and the Yield Curve, we will begin to get more descriptive as we come to the final interesting conclusion of our series. In order for this to make the most sense we wanted to lay the ground work carefully … such the multitalented part series –  this subject can be controversial, confusing but VERY important for clues on the future economic situation.

Here in our First Part we discussed the basic yield curve itself, next up in Part Two we discussed the movement of the curve and what may or may not cause such movement.

Assets Along the Yield Curve and Placers in Each Space

Going back to our original chart … let’s take a look at a few specific points on the curve itself … Pardon the hand adjusted graph, but the original was a picture making adjustments/edits tough… but you get the picture…


Point 1, the 1 Year Time Frame – Think money market or even a One Year CD

Point 2, the 5 year time frame – Think car loan

Point 3, the 10 Year Time Frame – Municipality, commercial loans, some mortgage

Point 4, the 30 Year Time Frame- Of course our good old friend the 30 year fixed mortgage

Bond issuers may have issues all across this time frame depending on the need of the project and the timing. Some issuers such as Disney and Coke have even issued 100 year bonds … not kidding…

Our Friends at the FOMC (Federal Open Market Committee) control the overnight rate, which would be, well … at the very bottom left of our hand made graph….

Next Up, what happens when the Fed fiddles with rates! Stay tuned and hope you are enjoying.. promise an interesting conclusion.

Have a Great “Yield Curve Assets” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.
A Dallas Texas based fee only
Financial Planning Total Wealth
Management firm.