Category Archives: John Kvale

What Google Knows About Us – Cool Chart – You Care or Not?

There was a day when we called the Government “Big Brother” — Heck, in listening to an audio book over the summer, “Big Brother” was also the name of the first computer, BEFORE we called it a Personal Computer –

Is Google the modern day “Big Brother” that will eventually be thought of as no big deal, just as the PC is now?

Probably!

What Big Brother AKA Google Knows

From our friends and Visual Capitalist – a Cool “Big Brother” analysis for you to kick around-

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Have a Great “Big Brother” Worried or Not, Day!

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

1 Minute Video Feedback – Thanks – Home Sweet Home – Friday

Thanks to all of you who reached out about our one minute video series. We appreciate you taking the time and any and ALL questions are great. Here is the link to all eight videos on our home web page – we hope you continue to enjoy and look forward to adding more in the future!

We expect more major improvements coming in the Fall. As they occur, we will happily let you know.

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The ten year old has a sudden interest in music from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s – much to the delight of his parents!

In true Home Sweet Home like fashion, this weekend we make the journey back from the cool elevations to Sweet Dallas as the school year starts next week for the tennis player and following for the 5th grader!

Ahhhh….but today is a Friday – enjoy your day and your weekend!

Talk to you next week as we try  to keep the school goers eyes dry!

Have a Great Friday and Weekend!

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

On the Road – A Vacation – Finally –

Regular readers know we had a fairly busy summer planned, especially with the Tennis circuit going –

What we did not know is just how busy it would be with a few successful Tennis Tournaments – So a few successes lead to more tournament opportunities – which in turn led to NO Vacation — SO FAR-

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As you read this, the 13 year old and myself will have landed late last night in a neighboring state to catch up with the rest of the family, including a sibling and parent — who have been in said state basking in the coolness for some time now!

All good !

Speaking of Travels, the Capone family are wheels up tomorrow for a 10 + hour journey to the beach for the week with a very pregnant Mrs. Capone and two boys that are sure to make the trip memorable!

Good Luck!

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Early this week the Four Times Faster Hardware arrived – While exposing some slowness in our older machines, we are off to the races.

We will be testing it over the next week as remote is the new norm…

There is a goal of completing several New Vault Update videos … but no promises!!

Enjoy your Friday and your weekend.

Have a Great “Much needed R and R” Day!

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

 

Getting your Emails Four Times Faster and better Voice Calls too … Eventually! – Friday

Ten years ago, when we moved into our current Douglas Ave offices, phone calls were the norm. Today, emails dominate our electronic airwaves as the main form of communication!

As our regular summer project, we happily tackle some form of Technology EVERY YEAR —

A few years back, after an over caffeinated multiple day off site, out of state event, we (I signed up for) tackled the New Total Vault AND a new Web Page – a bit too much at once…

Last year, cloud based email system and client record keeping, relieving our server of stress and capacity….. Several hiccups along the way, so good call to take this one in singularity.

This summer, 4x speed – kinda!

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Upload and download speeds … this may be backwards, but the new system is faster and hopefully more efficient –  Tech friends apologize, we are financial planners – but enjoy what technology does for us!

In true, strangled by the slowest dog fashion, while we have increased our speed four times, our hardware was maxed at 10/100!

New hardware ordered and promised!

Yes, we are nerds, but in today’s environment, remote is the norm — happily we comply!

Today, is Friday and our new hardware AND 4X speed was to be done for sure by Wednesday – the 24th!

Oh, did we mention our phones are VOIP – which means they should also get clarity with the new 4X speed– eventually!

Ahhhh…. a digression (or rant) may have occurred — rest assured in the not too distant future, we will receive your emails 4X faster than before, and hear your calls clearer – happily! But today is a Friday – a hot Friday, and the second of five days of a national tennis tournament in a neighboring city –

Enjoy your Friday, your weekend and the Summer- Talk to you next week!

Have a Great “Soon to be Four Times Faster” Day!

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

10 Most Impressive Civil Engineered Projects – How Many Have You Seen In Person?

Near quarter’s end we end up heavy and deep into the “Financial Stuff” which at times can be BOOORING – We know and apologize…

Here is a challenge from a terrific graphic from our friends at Visual Capitalist –  not directly financial HEAVY stuff…

How Many of these have you seen in person? I bet someone out there has seen them all – let us know !

No cheating – you had to have been there in person with your own two feet! haha

10 Most Impressive Civil Engineered Projects

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Full Disclosure – only two for yours’ truly – But not giving up, there is still time!

Have a Great “10 top Civil Engineered” Day!

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

TripIt – Re-review of our App of the Quarter – Its already paid for itself many times over!

With travel season in full throttle go mode … We thought it timely to update you on an App of the Quarter we did in our Newsletter about a year ago … We will feature it in our coming Newsletter too … it is super neat and deserves the space in our opinion!!

Re-Introducing TripIt — A Second Appearance App of the Quarter

It does not take too many of these notifications to pay for the ~$50 annual pro-version of this app — Kinda like getting a nice present out of no where.

 

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Not sure about you guys, but once the flight is booked, the trip usually falls to the back of the importance line – not with this handy – keeping you frugal app …. It keeps on checking the prices.

I called Southwest and was happily give a credit against my account under the confirmation number. The credit made the next short flight across Texas free!

Look for more detailed review in the Newsletter as this App also has some very neat time departure and check-in time related and cool mapping features for finding lounges in various airports…

Hat tip again to SW for showing this neat tool!

Have a Great “Efficient Traveling” Day!

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 Weekend … Office Hours … Good Bye Elementary School … Pools

Today is a Friday and a very special shout out to all of those of Military Family, both current and past.

You make our lives what it is today ..

THANK YOU !

Frequently your blood sweat and tears may seem lost in the world we live in, but that is not true at all .. We all owe you many thanks…

Memorial Day Hours

In honor of our Military Hero’s, Capital Markets will be closed on Monday along with most other public and government offices and our office as well …. Expect light trading today as many have made an early exit for the Unofficial start of summer….

Graduation- School’s Out … Kinda?Pierce Graduates

This will be two years in a row due to a new school being built, the younger brother gets out a FULL week before his older sister does … He’s in the pool and she has to take finals… Life is not fair is all we can say….

With his completion we are officially out of Elementary!

Two middle schoolers – 8th and 5th graders… up next

Speaking of Pools … for a family without a pool … the opening of Pools is a big deal… even better if school is out … oops, salt in wound…

Next week the Super Conclusion to our Interest Rate Series…. But that is next week… you know the drill!

Have a GREAT “Thanks to Veterans for their Service” Friday and Memorial Day Weekend!

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