Category Archives: Personal

Cell Phone Spammer, Scammer Update…

Have you ever bought a car only to find out that after your purchase EVERYBODY seems to have your same car?

Being a bit nerdy (is that a word?) after writing the post a few back about recent cell phone scammers and phishing, it seems like it has surrounded us!

This from a Flight Magazine just after the aforementioned post!

Apps We Have Tested and a Comprehensive Resource (Humor here too)

After the splash scammer post, Donald the Brain, noted an app for extra help …

Of course…

“There’s an App for that!”

Here is the At&t App- Be careful upon install to only sign up for basic coverage unless you want to pay the extra monthly charge – our family has found the basic to be VERY helpful… and it’s free…

At&T Spam Blocker App

Verizon’s Call Block App – Not having this service we are not sure on its effectiveness or cost, but as direct competitors, likely very similar.

Verizon Spam Block APP

In an unsuccessful search for Sprint and other Apps we found this interesting comprehensive article from PC Magazine – in true irony form, this article has tons of pop up adds … so similar to unwanted calls (digressing again!) –

Per the article there is even a paid for App that will heckle the callers by using pre-recorded answers to waste their time…. not sure would go that far, but its available…each to their own.

Lastly, those wondering about the 11 year old and his no answer about hitting the link (last item in original post) the phone has not exploded and seems to work, but his number certainly has the most attention… Hilton alleged call just yesterday! (He answered but did not hit a button for response!)

We would recommend you carefully answer any texts/calls, as from our experience it let’s the other party know it’s a live number!

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Have a Great “Updated Scammers” 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

 

 

On the Way Back Home … Saw Sharpened … Social Security Discussion About to Get Jiggy … Friday

Thanks to technology … another fun restful time in a cooler climate is almost complete.

The journey back home with the 14 year old’s early birthday present begins over the weekend.

JK Starbucks Cooler Climate Office

Cooler Climate Office – Starbucks

With a neat visit from cousins, sister-in-law, sister and brother-in-law, and my 91 year old father and spouse, it was a success ….

This year the calendar even included our 19th year wedding anniversary celebration…. as well as an government town shutdown conspiracy theory research visit…

Thanks for all of the above!

Time for Sharpening the Saw

While getting family time and some rest away from the concrete is part of the experience, clarity of thoughts, deep reading and research, in a quiet place, is also part of the equation ….

We look forward to continued discovery of some items, sun setting of others, and of course open discussions here … Yes of course we have seen the latest market movements (Oddly, here we are again, just like in December, with a amateurs- Digressing)

Are You Ready for Some Social Security/Football

Hope you liked the funny header of this section!

Just a heads up, as the Social Security Discussions are about to get heavy… just what we have been waiting for right?

The next three posts will conclude the Spousal Retirement Benefits portion and opens the way for Medicare discussions – However, these posts will be heavy with details… we love it, and enjoy the challenge as it may take more than one read/listen for complete understanding!!

With the end of Summer in view – not gone yet- the beginning of Fall Sports commences …

Today is a  Friday, be safe if you are traveling, 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.
jkfinancialinc
street-cents

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

Q 3 2019 Newsletter Video Audio Podcast Review By John Kvale

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q 3 2019 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

Let’s get going!

Q 3 2019 Newsletter

Click for PDF/printable version of Newsletter

And here is your review!

Why We Write!

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We had planned on leaving this out due to repeated appearances here in our blog and in the Newsletter – but in true “Break In” like format, as this post is completed and the video – hopefully the local wifi is strong enough for uploading … the time is spent in Austin Texas at this moment in another rain delay- the same exact place the original article was written!

Tax Talk/Review

Change Likely the New Normal

After two decades of only minor changes in the Tax Law… it was overhauled and many changes were made that were reflected in our 2018 tax returns.

This neat chart is a nice reminder of the current brackets and can be helpful in income distribution tax bracket management.
Tax Bracket Graph

Inverted Yield Curve Update

This chart featured in our Newsletter is a slightly different term comparison of the 2 year (we like the 90 day) versus the 10 year, but a wonderful historical view of inversions and recessions. We have fully inverted for over a month now and if we use this historic guide as our yardstick a recession would be in the cards mid year 2020!

JPMorgan Inverted Yield Curve History

Social Security Update3-20-19 - Invitatation to SS Info Event with Tom Clark_Page_2

We have begun a detailed review of the late spring event and it is going great. Weekly we dissect a section of Social Security Expert, Tom Clark’s presentation and give handy links to greater details and explain in bullet fashion the main points. Here is a link to the Audio on a special page here at our blog and you can also click here for a link that will pull up each complete post!

There are tons of nuances regarding Social Security, Disability, Death Benefit and Medicare decisions…we look forward to discussing many more with you as the summer weeks occur!

We hope you enjoy … talk to you near the end of Summer!

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

Memorial Day Holiday – An Honor to you – THANK YOU for what you have created for the rest of us!

As the years accumulate on the date of birth card, a greater appreciation for those that provide the wonderful world we live in now due to their services!

Several years ago at our annual holiday party, a relative happen to make it to the party from way out of town who was also in the Military. His acknowledgement was made of the Military Service presence and a large round of applause occurred for his service … much to his surprise and much to our collective surprise, compliment, and happiness…. unexpectedly nice and supportive …

What follows are a few pictures snapped over the last year that may serve as a small bit of the appreciation we all have for those in the service and especially the fallen… NOT NEAR ENOUGH of course …

THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE!

This pictures snapped last year this weekend from a local jogging trail — very cool!

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This picture does not show it well, due to a bad photographer…. but there were literally hundreds of posters, the most revealing thing was the youth of those fallen!

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HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

 

 

Why we write here on Street-cents! Explanation of Our Writings – Per Question from the Field (Readers/Followers/Clients)

It’s unclear who pushed across the finish line the final decision to start a blog – memory says a long time journalistic teaching sister, but the Mrs. says she had a hand in it – more to lose with crossing the latter than the former.

In 2010, almost two thousand articles ago, this Blog – Street-cents.com was started!

Recently an interesting article written by Seth Goden said the first 200 posts are the toughest. Not sure if that was true here, but it did take some time to get organized into the current three times per week posts and the discovery of subject matter –

Our Writings

Being shorter format here, when you guys show interest it spurs Newsletter articles, future ideas (Part 2 or 3) and deeper dives into similar subjects.

All of our posts are original such the occasional spelling mistakes, apologies!

Articles are posted M W F at 10:30 AM central time.

What a great way to pivot into subject matter based on YOUR interests.

What a great way to deliver information to a lot of people at once…

What a great way to speak to everyone during trying economic or market times…

Subjects are so various we know not all will apply, our hope is to cover so much ground that we eventually hit everyone…

We do this for information, education, self clarity, communication, and to let you guys know whats going on in our lives …

20190309_162121191_iOSWhen do posts get written?

Mostly at very odd times – The majority of this post was written during an early am rain delayed tennis tournament from a hotel room while waiting for it to dry- not kidding – not sure why the ideas pop up, but an attempt to get the information down here as it occurs seems to make for the best posts!

Why Videos?

Video is to get you even more the spirit of what our subject matter and for those less likely to read, but visually or audibly inclined…

We love it when you comment –

Please share with your friends!

We are complimented, and honored to have you take just a few minutes out of your day to read/listen to our thoughts.

Have a Great “Why We Write” 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

Mother’s Day Weekend – Friday

This week, our family received a Great Mother’s Day Gift as our tennis player won her first national tournament in Doubles.

Way to go Sophia !

Happy Mother’s Day to all ! Hope you enjoy!

Mothers day

Have a Great Friday and super weekend… talk to you next week…

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP