Category Archives: John Kvale

Presidents Day Reminder … Olympics .. Sentimental Friday …

In honor of President’s day, next Monday the 19th is a government, Capital Market, bank and Post office Holiday … Our office will be closed as well…presidents-day-3079810__340

After a huge Mid-Week Capital Market Post, we are going to keep this one short and sweet.


Hopefully you have been watching the Winter Olympics as much as we have. Congrats to all the men and women who have worked so hard to put themselves in such an honorable position.

Only a sporting event could unite two countries that have been at odds for so long.

Here is to wishing they remain friend for all of our well being after the event.

Sentimental Friday

Maybe it was the Valentines Day with the kids and seeing just how fast they grow. Maybe it is the winding down of Cathy as our office manager after 10 years. (She is retiring shortly.) Maybe it is the long weekend without tennis and good family time. Maybe it is the shadow of anther spring about to bloom.

No matter what, maybe its a good time to take a moment to give thanks for all the great things we have and get to experience.

Have a Great Weekend … Back to business 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.


Pacing Ourselves Preview, A Runners Perspective …Where did January Go? …Friday

In one of the first longer runs, a 1/2 Marathon (13.2 miles) many years ago…. The Cardinal sin of a new longer distance running was made….

Starting too fast !

There is a saying in running, for every minute you go out too fast, you will lose two coming back.

Next week we will take a detailed look to see if the Capital Markets may have started this year’s race too fast!

2-1-18 SP 500 year chart

Speaking of pacing ourselves …. Wow, January went fast .. Slow it down !

Today is a Friday heading into a late Winter weekend with Tennis Travels on the horizon .. Enjoy your weekend, 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.

Two Great New Total Vault Time Saving Experiences – Passport and Medical Card

Over the last month during two separate traveling trips with the 13 year old, we had great time saving experiences.

Vault Saves the Day Twice

During the afore mentioned Orange Bowl Tennis Tournament. A far journey into a distant state that commenced with a need to show identification in order to play … passport-2642170__340

As we neared the check in table, our hearts sunk …. We did not bring a Passport … Quick thinking and a fast log in via a cell phone to our family New Total Vault .. The passport picture was glowing on the front of the phone by the time we got to the front of the check in line.

Not only did it work perfectly but the official said to us “Wow, that’s clever a good way not lose your Passport!” Little did he know !

Next Up — Vault Finds the Medical Card

Over the Christmas Holidays, the same 13 year old ended up very sick, just as we hit a remote town on Christmas eve. After a lengthy search it was determined that the Medical card for the 13 year old had been left back at home, 600 miles away ….

Within a few minutes, the family New Total Vault had been opened and the correct Medical Card in view.  (A future post- but worth mention, our first remote Dr. appointment occurred via a Facetime session during this Christmas eve remote town illness)

Vault Checklist — From Your Vault

Here is a little list of neat items we might want in our New Total Vault:

Legal Documents □ Wills □ Deeds □ Revocable & Irrevocable Trusts □Power of Attorney □ Codicils (Supplements made to a Will) □Living Wills/Health Directives □Prenuptial Agreements □ Buy/Sell Agreements □ Contracts Social Security and/or Veteran’s Administration Info Insurance Policies (Life, LTD, Disability, Medical, Car, Property) Medical Records Bank & Investment Statements □Pensions, IRAs, Annuities etc. □Investment Accounts □Stock Options/Certificates Liabilities □List of Credit Cards with contact information □ Mortgages □Loans Taxes □Tax Returns □ W-2 Forms Identification □ Birth Certificates □ Drivers Licenses □Passports Family □ Adoption Papers □ Marriage License □Pictures □ Audio Files □ Video Clips Property □Titles to Homes, Autos, Boats, etc. □ Warranties Employment Benefits

Have a Great “Gotcha Covered With Your New Total Vault” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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


Custody Rules Adjustments … BDay wish Thanks… Flu … Holiday MLK Weekend

Custody … A simple word that means a lot in investing.

We do not Custody Your $$$

As a firm we do not take custody of client assets. Not that this is a bad thing, but we choose not to custody assets for reasons beyond the importance of this post.

New rules have gone into effect, that we will of course follow, in order for us to continue NOT TAKING CUSTODY of client assets.

Here are the minor changes affecting us:

  • We can no longer change your address of record for you electronically – we can change via a simple signed document or a quick three way call with our back office team – Just a slight bit slower than the other way – step for steppers!
  • Dormant Standing Letter of Authorizations (SLOA’s) to wire/link transfer money to other accounts have been removed – We like this as it is a good clean up the wires that may be straggling out there
  • Annual reminder statement for wires/linking that are on file – Again, Well done… we like this too
  • Not directly related to the Custody Rule, but worth mentioning is a new mandatory notice when funds are wired- this is sent by our custodian as a safety measure each time a non-recurring wire is completed – Again, thumbs up regulators –

We like all of this, but wanted to let you know in advance, especially on the address change as it may result in slightly slower adjustments … all for our collective safety from cyber predators !

Dad’s 90th Birthday Wishes

Thanks so much for all the wonderful wishes for Dad’s 90th birthday …. Honestly, I was VERY cautious of the announcement … being not directly business related …

One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is getting to experience all of life’s events with YOU guys … yes, good and bad … Sometimes I forget you guys enjoy hearing of ours too !

Thanks Again !

Tennis Tournament – Flu

What’s better than a long weekend with an extra long Tennis Tournament … all the family going to a southern town in Texas … hey, even Chacca the dog?tennis-2042723__340

Multiple players, including the 13 year old are fighting the Flu — Wow has this been a tough year … Contact across the country seem to be in the same situation ..

Let’s get well everyone !

MLK Holiday Monday

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, schools, banks, capital markets and our office will be closed …

Have a nice long weekend and Get Well if you feel any bit under the weather !

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Happy Birthday … Friday Travels

We usually keep to all business here … well mostly business, an occasional blooper here or there with drop in humor.

Today, on a lighter note to begin the year, I want to wish my dad a Happy Birthday tomorrow!


Ed Kvale 2016

Travels Today

Today we travel back … in the saddle, ready to go next week !

Lot’s to talk about!

See you then!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

So Long 2017 … Thanks for EVERYTHING!

Today we bid farewell to 2017 as Sunday is the last day of the year.

When we set out to watch the Movie that was 2017 … we had minimal expectations.

Some of the Best Surprises come from low expectations!

Withstanding multiple hits from Mother Nature …

World Political Events passing the headlines frequently …

Interest Rate Increases that once would have been feared were actually welcomed …

Just to name a few…

Most of all thanks for EVERYTHING!

2017 to 2018 design-2711676__340

Talk to you on the other side …. in 2018!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP



Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Just remember, too much of even a good thing is ….

Well, you can decide.

Best Wishes!

John Kvale and the entire J.K. Financial, Inc. Team