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West Coast Conference Update – Donald “The Brain” Shines – JK Almost ends up on CNBC – Friday

The conference kicked off Wednesday afternoon in full force.

Donald “The Brain” Wife, and Youngest FINALLY arrived after the first leg of their flight was cancelled…. New connection through Phoenix –  no that will not work, connecting flight already departed … Connection, and layover in Vegas works – Finally arrived…

Opening Ceremonies

Early yesterday the conference officially began…

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Opening ceremonies are always cool!

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Donald “The Brain” Shines

Later in the day, a full room of folks looking to gain knowledge of the systems “The Brain” knows well…

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A question from the audience near the middle of his TWO HOUR event!

Almost on CNBC

Meanwhile, yours truly, while searching for the Video shoot area … stumbled confidently into a live, on-sight CNBC interview –

“Hey, do you have a 10:30 am slot scheduled?”  “Yes we do, get ready!”

Just as the make up person was about to hit my face and the camera crew were adding a mic, a discovery was made that I WAS NOT the next guest, but merely in the wrong place… go figure…

Thought that host looked familiar…

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Glad to announce, lots of great items to bring back from the trip….

Today …. late, we end up back home – Glad to be away …  Glad to be back…

Have a Great Friday – We will try to stay off accidental live TV today!

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

Preview: Donald “The Brain” On Deck Speaker – History of Our Software – Annual Conference of Thousands – Travels

Mid-week, we (DC and I) travel to the West Coast for an annual gathering of thousands of our peers, along with consultants, asset firms, and as many technology firms that you could shake a stick at…. with a new cell phone (and more importantly camera and battery), twitter followers ( @johnkvale ) can check some pictures that will be posted – and of course we will have items here as well… hopefully later this week….

A History of Planning Technology

Technology allows great things as most everyone knows. Over the last several decades, the Financial Planning and Portfolio Management process has adopted technology… as has our firm.

Originally the seemingly unstoppable power of Excel continued to improve speed, make for greater accuracy, and ever detailed specifications.

As a firm, we gravitated from the powers of Excel (Once upon a time this was done with pencil and paper – we know some that still do it this way today!) on to a heavy server burdening system, then on to a slightly lighter in house/on-line system, finally to the web based/full on-line systems (each time with much heartache and heartburn.)

Enter Donald “The Brain

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With an almost from scratch to modern day software background as mentioned above  – Excel to server/web/cloud systems, Donald, who has always been in charge of this, immediately understood the challenges, necessary views, and possibilities when an all-new, completely cloud based on-line system became available.

As a Beta tester, and later almost a technology consultant (offered up enhancements that were eagerly accepted) Donald has been a go-to person for our modern day software and the firm that created it!

In the spirit of helping as many as possible, Donald will be on panels during the annual conference this week helping fellow advisors understand the power, simplicity, accuracy and productivity enhancements that we utilize, much to our software providers pleasure.

It is a great honor to be asked to do this before thousands of your peers- Well Done DC!

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We know what your thinking … big party that you get to write off the expenses? Once upon a time many years ago – maybe! NOT TODAY – showing our age I guess…haha

Today, we have a working list of items to review with various providers (all of the team has been gathering wish lists and needed understanding items for the last month from each perspective), multiple meetings as soon as we hit the ground, specific questions from you guys/clients in the field on certain subject matters, as well as a full schedule of planned viewing of panels of others, that we are not specialists in!

Several years ago, while solo and a morning of too much coffee, multiple new items were agreed upon and contracts signed ( i.e. New Web site provider, other tech services). Upon return, the gang was NOT happy (sorry guys) as we tried to digest everything over the next several months… we have learned to keep things bite size, but we will certainly stay informed!

Look for an informative post on Wednesday as we travel, then likely a brief post of Friday as we make our way back home, with frequent twitter posts and likely a deluge of posts here once we get our feet back on the ground …. stay tuned – Can you tell we are excited and ready to go?

Have a Great “Inform and get informed” Day/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

The Wonders of Electronic Communication- Speaking of Technology, Our Nerd Holiday Presents … New Desktops installed today – Patience

There is some disagreement on who suggested we start a blog …

We struggled on the name – Street-Cents was a play on words and meant to decipher, and make fun at times of ridiculous “Breaking News” flashes …

It was really rough writing and no organization originally … Lot’s of writers block too !

Slowly, more people took notice …

Slowly the author learned how to deliver concise information that catered to the lack of time everyone has this day and age …

This post is nearing number 1500 – yes fifteen hundred posts/articles…

Our Blog Review

As of yesterday, our blog has been viewed 30,350 times from the following areas across the world…. WOW !
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Technology is making the world small (maybe flat?) and we really enjoy the ability to share information so seamlessly across the world….

Thanks to all of you for taking a few moments three times a week to review our “All Original” posts… We are glad to share the word!

New Desktops Today

After multiple “Blue Screens of Death” on Jen’s computer, we are having new boxes installed today – trying to get in front of the most ill timed crash, even though long time followers know we generally try to do our Technology upgrades during the slower summer season…

Good Bye old Friend….

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The new speed will be welcomed, but P-A-T-I-E-N-C-E  will be needed as we try to get the new machine working seamlessly before years end…

Have a Great “Nerd Christmas” 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

 

 

Wharton Co-Host Radio Show Sirius Satellite Radio Yesterday Evening – Rerun all this week and link to show

As I type this, I am waiting for the producer of the show, Michelle Stucker to call and place my phone on the live – yes LIVE – call in Financial Planning Radio show!

Your Money- Wharton University – Professor Kent Smetters

Channel 132 – from 4-5 pm daily this week, Dallas time will re-air the show for those interested…

Yesterday I was honored to once again co-host Kent Smetters, Wharton Professor and Sirius Satellite Radio show for almost an hour !

Talk about getting out of your normal comfort zone – a live nationwide radio show will do it for you!

 

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Here is a link as well to the show-

There were some fantastic questions – The last time I was guest host, we were both stumped and this time it occurred again —

Someone asked if we knew of any long term care companies that would cover retiree’s living in another country!

Kent tossed to me and I back to him, “Not that I know of!”

Watch for a full article in the coming Newsletter !

Full confession – Due to a chicken/superstitious nature – you are reading this AFTER the show was recoreded ! haha

Have a Great “Out of your Comfort Zone” 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 Most FAMOUS Video – “Happy Thanksgiving!” – From the Road

Early on in the Video publishing days — yea, call it green or rookie … a desire to publish something from the family about Thanksgiving during a cold day that the entire family just happened to be in the office occurred …

“Bad Idea – I am not getting into any video with them!”  

Wiser words than could have possibly been known by the Mrs. in advance…

Happy Thanksgiving!

This will likely be our last, if not the last time to run this video, as they have grown up and look like this now …..

 

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As you can see… still have personality….
So this is an un-cut series of actual video attempts — note late in the video yours truly is just about at the end of the rope….

HAPPY THANKSGIVING !

Best Wishes !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

 

Friday Before Thanksgiving – See You at the Party Tomorrow – Office Hours Next Week – Travels – Our Most Popular Video Ever Next Week!

Is it me or did Thanksgiving get here F A S T – way to fast.. Wow ….

It only gets faster and busier now…. New Years here we come … whoaaaa – hold on just a second!

Annual Holiday Party DAC

Tomorrow is our Annual Holiday Party at DAC — we thank all of you that are coming — we are going to have a good group

Don’t forget to wear some Holiday Threads as we have a professional photographer that is sure to make us all look good!

Shhh – here is a last minute secret — if you forgot to RSVP – just let Jen@jkfnancialinc.com  know today – we put a little extra headcount cushion for those that … well,  got busy with other things…

YES there will be an open bar – Please do not drink and drive – but an afternoon cheers is certainly in order!

Long time Holiday Participants may notice the new address that corrects the GPS problem from years before – newbies – just plug the address in and you will be directed to the party site (A feat not exactly straight forward in years past!)

Travels for Thanksgiving and Office Hours

With a Christmas schedule that includes a huge and long lasting Tennis Tournament – Thanksgiving has become the only entire family get together time –

I will be out next week with the family for an early/only Holiday get together ..

Jen the “Tennis Beast” will be driving the ship on Monday and Tuesday – with the office being closed the remaining portion of the week…

I am going to try and stay away from Technology – but usually after a bit, the check-in itch cometh… will see !

Most Popular Video – The Final Showing

On Wednesday before Thanksgiving we will air the final “official” repeat showing of our most famous Video ever, which happens to have frustration by yours’ truly, but humor for the rest of you — glad to accommodate…

With years that have gone by like minutes, the kids are now older – while not yet a classic, we think you will still enjoy the video —

Maybe a today and then picture for comparison?

Enjoy your weekend, talk to you after Thanksgiving !

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

Happily honored as Dallas Magazine Best of Wealth Managers and Best Financial Planners – Holiday Reminder – Even BIGGER news next week – Friday*

We are very happy to announce our nomination to D Magazines Best Of Again !

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For those fellow Dallas Sites – be sure to check out the current Issue of D Magazine, hitting the stands first thing this am – which will have the follow awesome picture:

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Jen and Donald picked the photo – we had tons to choose from …. from our fantastic photographer Bret – who by the way will be shooting pictures at the Holiday Party!

Can you believe they chose the picture showing the most Grey? Grrrr

When commenting on this fact, an assurance of “SEASONING” was mentioned – Ok … so you guys are still sore about the Black Eye incident – look close, Donald “The Brain” has a huge shiner, saved by Jen’s cover up …. as mentioned earlier here!

Twelfth Consecutive Financial Planner Award

Luckily, yours truly was also awarded Best Financial Planner award for the TWELFTH consecutive time … given the gray in the picture above, maybe silence is better?

It is an honor, to be named in both portions of the D Magazine Best Of Series  – Most proud to be named as a firm, to recognize those that REALLY make is possible — The Gang at J.K. Financial, Inc!!

Well done Guys !

This is also the un-official introduction of Jen Hill our new Operations Manager — more on this soon ! New York native … Deep Wall Street Background ….. Spouse Former Major League Pitcher ? All True.

Holiday Party Reminder

The following invitation is headed your way today ….  Please save the date and plan on coming, as mentioned earlier, Bret our fantastic photographer will be there – snapping possibly… Holiday Card Photos for all in attendance!

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Friday Before Even Bigger Announcements

Today is a Friday … enjoy your day and your weekend….

In an unbelievable Announcement day – next week we have even a BIGGER Announcement – Yep, not kidding – BIGGER !!!!

Stay tuned… hold that breath … Next week will be here shortly

Have a Great “Big Announcements” 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