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Summer Office Technology Improvements … Friday

Each year, excluding last year, we tackle a technology improvement.

About a half a dozen years ago after too much coffee at a vendor related event on the West Coast yours truly came home with multiple technology improvements (New Vault, New Web site just to name a few) all at once, which turned out to be a hard lesson learned, and the team was not happy…..make darn sure the project is not too big!

New Server and Email System

Cyberspace, Data, Wire, Electronic

In a little over a week after reviewing all of our alternatives we have decided to upgrade our server and move our cloud-based email system to a new platform.

Our IT folks have already started the process of mirroring our old server to our new one and are readying the staging of the email.

We are assured this will go without a hitch; we hope to not hear the dreaded words we have heard before …

Wow I have not seen this before!”

The good news is we only have this project and not multiple projects as well as the hard-earned lesson of overcast caffeinated excitement.

Hopefully just steps forward and not back to go forward….

But that is a week or so away and this is a Friday almost dead middle of the summer.

Enjoy your day and your weekend …. Maybe even a little time off if the shoe fits!

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.



School Almost Over -Memorial Day Coming – Friday

After a struggling start to the school year, its hard to believe next Thursday marks the final day for the 7th grader…

Good News is he has two half days on Wednesday and Thursday

Bad News is he has two big tests on both days….

All together now – F O C U S ! Please….

The 10th Grade Tennis player (all On line) is down to the last proctored Exam tonight – Yea, 6 pm Friday fun!

OH… and we have this going on over the summer too… will let you know when the release comes so you all can stay off the streets! haha –

Happy Memorial Day Coming Reminder

With Friends, family and relatives in the Military – Memorial Day Brings on Stronger Meaning Each Year…

Monday Week, May 31st is Memorial Day – The Unofficial Pool Opening day! Given the water we have had coming from the sky of late, all pools will easily be full…. clean may be a different story, but take what they give I guess!

Shhhhh…. Don’t tell anyone, but the office will likely be closed near the end of next week for Kid enjoyment and a little R and R before the final push to tax season occurs – Will confirm again as we hit mid week next week !

Ahhhhh…. but today is a Friday, heading into a fun PGA Golf Major Championship Weekend!

Enjoy – Talk 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.



Good Friday Holiday – Markets Closed

Today is Friday, Good Friday actually … which is a Holiday for most public offices and Capital Markets…

Our office is closed as well!

Happy Friday and Good Friday!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



Why you need to know your Credit Score and where to get your Annual Free Credit Report – Re-run Annual Reminder

As mentioned last week this is a re-run post that is timely and a good idea to do every year…. hat tip DK!

Knowing your credit score and your credit report has become increasingly important. With updates in technology and increases of consumer related fraud, we all need to keep an eye on our credit and our credit score for protection.

Why Do I need to Know or protect my score?credit-40673__340

While you may not owe anyone, anything i.e. have a loan with anyone … well done by the way….. A bad credit score can still affect items such as your automobile and your homeowners premiums… no kidding (see this  Forbes article.) We cannot blame them, there is data to check and it is their responsibility and ability to review it.

Bottom line a bad credit score or report may be costing you more money.

How do I get a copy of my credit report?

After you get your score, you may want to get a detailed copy of your credit report. Go to, which is a free service offered for your own protection by the three agencies. There are tons of sites out there that are not free and try to seduce you into paying an unnecessary monthly fee, this site has been checked and is safe.

You may request all three services or just use one and keep the other two available at a later time. This may be handy as you only get one free report per agency per year. If you stagger the reports you can inquire at different times, keep later dates open for inquiry.

If your report is good, there is likely no reason to get more than one agency report.  If your report has deficiencies you may protest from the site as it is reported.

Taking time to review your credit and credit score is easy and may save you angst and money!

Have a great “Safe Credit” day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Winter to Summer Office Update … Friday…

In a “You Cannot Make This Up Moment” those followers that noticed our challenging week last week, including the actual sighting of a exploding pipe in real time as mentioned here… when Temperatures touched low single digits and wind chills went well into the negative territory … an update! Only in Texas!

Winter to Summer

Knowing a great number of you do not live in Texas – so neat we can all communicate easily together…digressing…….

Last weeks Winter’s cold not only froze the afore mentioned pipe, but several others also in the building AND our Air Conditioner which resides on the roof ….which is to be completely replaced tomorrow… Huge Crane alert to move the unit from ground to top of building…

Without an Air Conditioner, there was no where to hide on Tuesday and especially Wednesday when temperatures hit 80 degrees…

Yes, so a low single digit temperature froze the Air Conditioner only to be followed by high 70 and low a-80’s in less than a week!

In a way funny…. Hope you enjoyed!

Have a Great Friday and Super Weekend!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



Repeat Timely Article – 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 Article …

This is a repeat article from earlier… given the local and nationwide damage caused by the recent storm we thought it worth a re-run! Much of this article is around when not to file a claim, near the end of this post there are good tips on what to do should there be severe damage!

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, 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 AFTER the article had run in the appropriate channels.

USA Today NBC News Runs Our Article

USA Today Article Circle JK

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

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

ABC News Article

Thanks 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.

ABC News Article

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.

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
8222 Douglas Ave # 590
Dallas, TX 75225JK Street Cents Logo

Thank You For the Well Wishes … Polar Cold Update, Pictures and Poltergeist Experience at the Office …

Thanks so much to all of you who reached out this week … all across the country and all with well wishes and concern… We are all fine and only minorly inconvenienced, and wish those more affected a safe and speedy recovery!

What follows is a personal story from the week!

Small Things Like Water

The small things in life, like running water are frequently taken for granted…. at least in our homestead….

Monday morning at 9 am, the running water at the Kvale homestead suddenly gave up the ghost and froze! Been living in the same place for 20 years, first time ever ….. Home built in 1928, not its first rodeo, but fingers crossed for strong pipes and no unwanted sprinkles.

Break In – Water back on at noon yesterday! No leaks so far!

Thankfully the Electricity at the house never missed a beat… so far.

On to the Office

With power grids going down across the city, the decision was made to head over to relative’s for a water break, from there just a short walk to the office to check things out and power down all the equipment…

With the 16 year old’s dog in tow on a leash … as we entered the very empty building (we were the only ones there) the noise coming from the building became clear …

“Please exit the building, do not take the elevator!”

Just as the Brain is processing this repeating message, two of the sprinkler covers in the front lobby portion of the the building, blow off … crash to the floor … garnering our collective attention followed by what sounded like and explosion as the sprinkler pipe about 10 feet away let go …

Here is a carefully taken picture:

Building manager probably does not appreciate this, so shhh don’t tell anyone!

The reason “Carefully” was mentioned above when taking the picture, just to the left – out of the picture area, where the water is seeping, is the entire building electrical closet….. water and electricity really work well together….

For the record, a frantic call was made to the building manager who originally thought the break was “Outside” the first floor due to a spotty cell connection… cannot make this up… third call after being disconnected…

No this is inside the lobby, but only on the first floor lobby area and not in the bank also on the first floor!

About 20 minutes later, an engineer shows up and we wait, again just trying to get to our floor to shut down important electrical devises from experiencing rolling electrical outages….

Help is on the way, will be there in 15!

30 minutes later, help is again on the way will be here in 15…

Dog picked up by relatives! She was freezing…

Let’s check the emergency stairwell closest to our office and on the opposite side of the leak….. looks great but there is ANOTHER small leak that is squirting across the exit near the office emergency door…. of course freezing almost immediately….

Around 5 pm, the engineer, a buddy at the office and myself agree the farthest elevator from the still spewing water pipe would be safe to go up 5 and 6 floors…. Finally, the machines will be safely shut down….

Office door open, the shutdown commences…. but not fast enough…

Entire three block grid goes down…. and it is Dark Dark…back up generator for office had already exhausted all gasoline from earlier black out…

All machines on battery back up commence beeping, of course no monitors are plugged into the battery back up…

Two desktops softly shut down, server goes down on its own due to a battery backup system… luckily…

Deep breath, time to head down the emergency stairwell… again, pitch dark… very Poltergeist feeling…

With only cell phone light in hand…. a slow walk turned into a faster and even slow run as the creepiness increased !

Emergency door in sight on bottom floor, the sprinkle is felt from the smaller leak… slip slide to the exit and boom the light from outside….

Today we intend to turn our machines back on if the Electricity stabilizes…. yesterday was still sputtering….

Next week we talk interest rates… but thought you might appreciate the adventures from the week! Thanks again for all the well wishes…much appreciated!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



Our Goals Template … So Simple You Might Like it (KISS) …

This time of the year garners, new years resolutions, new goals, and all kinds of wonderful ideas for improvement in ourselves ….

Our Secret for Goals – KISS

Over the years, we have used huge, almost unlimited goals (you can insert New Year’s Resolutions here if you want) worksheets, templates, questionnaires and the like… only to be disappointed in short order, because they were so overwhelming, we couldn’t possibly meet the challenge….

KISS – Keep it Simple Silly

Shhh, don’t tell anyone, we have found a simple secret that has been working for us ….

Everyone at the office and the homestead have to participate… yes even the 13 year old…

So simple, but effective…

Tell me the at least three items you are most proud of in the past year and at least three that need improvements…

At the office we do a professional and personal version… do as many as you like, but the simplicity and positive tone seems to give it legs… at least for us!

Have a Great “Easy Goal Setting” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



Happy New Year – 2021 … Random Observations from Last Year – Some Serious, Some Funny …. All True!

Happy New Year !

Hello 2021 !

These observations, collected throughout the year … were intended for Wednesday of this week, but with the new Stimulus Bill being approved, and action items associated with it, that post took precedent and these were moved to today…. making for a heavier post than intended.

We wanted to get them to you before we get too far from last year.

Items we’ve learned last year…

Our hair, when uncut, gets very fluffy

Negative information is much easier to find than positive

Extended mask wearing can cause the ears to hurt

On-line school sounds fun and cool, but can be REALLY hard for many

Confinement causes the days of the week to blur

We are people that like to interact with other people

Still don’t understand the rush to Toilet paper

While technology is great, it doesn’t replace human personal service and touch

My hearing is not near as good and I thought

Casual is more casual now (Happily!)

Capital Markets can move faster than previously thought

I like seeing people’s smile’s

A big hug from a friend is irreplaceable

Fear and greed can change fast

I like traveling, especially by plane

A small house can feel really small when everyone is confined to it

Pets are one of the biggest beneficiary of lockdowns

It’s fun to not shave every day

The office doesn’t have to be that big

Outdoor chairs are invaluable

Slowing down and embracing and enjoying the moment is very rewarding

Getting away on vacation or the like helps relieve stress

Masks are like socks – the either disappear or congregate all together- but not in your car, where you really need them

Sweats can be dressy too

Big flatscreen TVs can be invaluable

I read lips a lot more than I thought

Baseball hats hide disorder

Even after months of mandatory mask wearing, you will still forget and have to walk back to the car

You really can do a lot of different exercises with dumb bells and a soft floor

A good Laptop is invaluable

Thank goodness for streaming services

Going out to eat at a Restaurant is more fun than we thought

There you have it…. thoughts collected in 2020 – So long year!

Have a Great “Thoughts from the Year” Day and Happy New Year!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.



Our Annual “Unsubscribe” Two Weeks – Tips and Tricks for Cleaning Your In Box…

During the down time of the Holiday Season we begin our annual “Cleaning” of the Inbox…

The key is persistency, as many emails are not easily cancelled… frequently it takes more than one and up to five tries…

Give it a try, you will be very surprised at how fast you can knock those pesky (especially the daily ones) emails down!

Here are a few tricks…

We are happy to report that this technique is working much better this year, than in years past … and from our sample size has a better than 50% work rate!

You can first try with the Cell “Unsubscribe” button shown on the screen shot below… this resides at the top of your email in many cases is by far the fastest way to attempt the cancel….

Very Top of Email On Cell

After the first week, you should be down to those pesky ones that do not work the easy way… so on to step two…

Again, using our sample size we find that about 90% of the remaining emails have an “unsubscribe” link at the very bottom of the email…

Be very careful when using this technique as this technique usually involves a second pop up window from the source, and it is super easy to opt into all emails from the source rather than removing you from the list…

Some sources mandate you tell them why you are removing yourself from the list or the request will not be accepted…

Some even mandate you hand type something, usually just a correct word like “The” or “And” will do the trick…

Bottom of email on Cell Phone

So now you should be down to the rag tags of the really pesky recurring emails…

With the last few, we recommend you move from the cell to a regular PC, not an IPad, as the cell features are very similar to the IPad features due to similar operating systems….

On the last step, with a regular PC you will most likely need to click “More” which opens your browser from the email and then let the hunt begin…. We find that somewhere, usually way at the bottom of the page there will be a “Preferences” button, that will then open ANOTHER window that you can finally remove yourself from future emails.

While we crowed about the wonderful virtual summits (rather than travels across the country and weeks out of the office) that provided tons of data for our Newsletters, blog posts here, and some awesome slide decks for future use… a small downside was our email addresses were shared.

Somewhere in the fine print, we likely agreed… but this year’s “Unsubscribe” two week venture is paying greater dividends than in years past….

Hopefully you will have as much luck as we have and you find less unwanted emails than before you started your endeavors…

Remember not too long ago when you said to yourself “Oh look, I have a new email!”

Not anymore!!!!

Have a Great “Leaner In Box” Day!

John A. Kvale. CFA, CFP

Founder of J.K. Financial, Inc.

A Dallas Texas based fee only

Financial Planning Total Wealth

Management firm.