Category Archives: John Kvale

Top 50 Websites in 2023, From Visual Capitalist … Feeling Well but from the Road!

Good news… the feeling under the weather is much better, still low on stamina but that will pass… other news… On the road most of this week, testing that Stamina comment ..haha

Sure we spoken of this before, but worth a revisit early on in the new year —

Top 50 Big Boy Web Sites of 2023

Thanks again to our buds and Visual Capitalist

Still no idea who Yandex is…and finding YouTube more interesting and a go to for almost everything including most recently product comparison reviews and electrical light switch installation help!

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

Q1 2023 J.K. Financial, Inc. Newsletter … Estate Tax Law change Heads Up …. Higher Rates for Longer from Stubborn Lagging CPI Inputs … Personal Reflection … By John Kvale CFA, CFP …

Welcome to our Video and Audio Podcast Review of our Q1 2023 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 the Download button below, for a 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! We hope you enjoy!

Q1 2023 Newsletter

(YouTube)

Personal Reflections –

Entering the 36 year in the Financial and Capital Markets world, a lesson was learned this year (see below) we want to thank everyone for their well wishes, patience and confidence as we went through a unique “Changing of the Tiger Stripes” event this year!

Higher Rates – Longer – CPI Stubbornly High

CPI Causes Tiger Stripes to Change?

Very Lagging Rent and Shelter Numbers keep pushing CPI

Estate Tax Laws Set to Change – Heads Up

At the end of 2025, putting January 1, 2026 into play, without any tax law adjustments the Estate Tax level will adjust back down to somewhere between a $7 to $8 million or $14 to $16 million for couples level. 

While Estate Tax is not a huge revenue earner for the IRS, in our opinion Estate tax is in purpose is to affect the very largest of the states think  $100 million and up. 

Additionally the IRS is having trouble completing regular federal tax returns, by some estimates some 15 to 20 thousand taxpayers are still waiting on their regular federal returns to be blessed by the IRS from 2020 to present.  Lowering the Estate Tax level to an extreme low, while may sound good in the headlines, impracticality, it will likely create a huge bottleneck and more trouble than money earned. 

Bottom Line – We are on this in advance!

Happy New Years and a Great Start to 2023!

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

Seasons Greetings, Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas …. Financial stuff “Heads Up” Secure Act 2.0!

Wishing everyone a Season’s Greeting, Happy Holidays and a Merry Christmas!

As a “Heads Up” in the Financial world, there is a Bill (Secure Act 2.0 aka HR 2954) going through Congress that is likely to pass before years end … Recall in late December of 2019 Secure Act 1.0 was passed and signed into law, only to be lost in the multitude of laws around the virus and relief…

While not into law yet…. a few high points include:

Another increase in RMD (Required Minimum Distributions) age to 73 – currently age 72

401k and other similar increased contribution levels

Will keep you posted… but wanted to let you know we are watching closely!

Best Wishes and Have a Safe and Happy Holidays!

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

Most Popular TV Series 1986-2022 – Great Observation … A Challenge … From Data is Beautiful … Animated

While today is a Jerome Powell raise rates day…. we promised a lighter run into the end of the year unless otherwise necessary….

Couple of Challenges on this one … takes a while to get through the entire animation… but if you do, take note of a few items… this from Data is Beautiful YouTube Website

Check out the tone/subject matter of the early 90’s versus 2020 and to current?

Had no idea how popular NCIS was… Wow!

Did you figure out the difference between early years and now? In the late 80’s and early 90’s most popular Series were Comedy…. today, very hard core serious along with lots of death…. hmmmm… Good ole days!

Have a Great “Lighter Most Popular TV Series” 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

The Time of Year to Clear those Unwanted Repeated Emails … “Unsubscribe” Time … Have a good Holiday Season Weekend … Friday Closer to Holiday Season

While it is not only the Holiday Season… Can you tell we are pretty excited? Ok, Ok Digressing

It’s also Clean Up those messy unwanted constant emails time! yay – We can celebrate this !

“Unsubscribe Time”

We sure enjoyed the first group event as mentioned here…. a whirlwind trip to a higher altitude to share and visit with peers, back office folks…. BUT a requirement of attendance was the delivery of our contact information to the MASSIVE amount of vendors attending the event….

Lots of unfamiliar emails continue to build in the inbox daily…. about a week ago the annual “Unsubscribe” response commenced and already the inbox is feeling less full and less stressed….. Yep sometimes you have to really squint those eyes at the very end of the email, and yep sometimes a frog is kissed and the link goes nowhere….. but keep trying and you will get all of them cleared…..

Nice to have a clear inbox for those New Years Resolutions to commence!

Happy Friday and Happy “Clean Inbox” 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

Newsletter Begins, Cliff Notes of Q1 2023 …. Friday

With the turning of the Month to the last one of the year…. Can you guys believe that? Wow…The Newsletter writing begins….

On a personal note, if in a rush, the brain does not seem to be as clear…. the totally opposite of those meeting the constant overnight deadlines… not sure how they do it…

A Modern Monetary Theory is included, something very negatively seen from my perch before, but in trying to view from all angles, worth a detailed review…

Lots of new much higher retirement contribution level amounts, a complete “Well Formatted” list is hopefully in the cards…

Some sunsetting of Estate Tax Levels coming in 2026 – ya we are planners, that will be here before we know it…. a review of the changes looks to make the cut…

Ok…so there you have the Cliff Note’s version of the Q1 2023 Newsletter and how the sausage is made…haha

Today is a Friday heading into a first December Weekend … Enjoy and talk next week!

If you made it this far, you will also notice I forgot to set this post time… Glad its a Friday! Better late than never!

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

Make Up Travels – Fun Start to the End of Year Holiday Season – Billion Download Club of Music Via Spotify and Visual Capitalist …

With a short turn around trip early this week and a bit of a Thanksgiving whirl wind conclusion…. ByTheWay Thanksgiving is really becoming a favorite Holiday – Everyone for the most part is “Thankful” …. some seasonal Movies commence that are usually light hearted and fun…. even some radio stations go 24/7 Holiday tunes… what is not to like? Ok… digressing…

With the end of the month coming, a make up from bad weather trip early this week…. and Donald the Brain with return home transportation troubles…. A lighter start to the week … speaking of music?

Billions Downloaded Music Club – Spotifiy and Visual Capitalist

See Below for details – tried twice and picture still not great quality

Here is the site from our friends at Visual Capitalist – Top 20 of a total 300 club!

Track NameArtistPlay count (billions)Track length (secs)Release date
Shape of YouEd Sheeran3.32332017
Blinding LightsThe Weeknd3.22002020
Dance MonkeyTones And I2.72092019
One DanceDrake2.51742016
rockstarPost Malone2.52182018
Someone You LovedLewis Capaldi2.51822019
SunflowerPost Malone2.51582018
CloserThe Chainsmokers2.42442016
BelieverImagine Dragons2.32042017
SeñoritaShawn Mendes2.31902019
bad guyBillie Eilish2.21942019
PerfectEd Sheeran2.22632017
Say You Won’t Let GoJames Arthur2.22112016
STAYThe Kid LAROI2.21412021
Don’t Start NowDua Lipa2.11832020
God’s PlanDrake2.11982018
Heat WavesGlass Animals2.12382020
Lucid DreamsJuice WRLD2.12392018
Thinking out LoudEd Sheeran2.12812014
Bohemian RhapsodyQueen23542018

Have a Great “Ease into Holiday Season Post Thanksgiving” 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

Happy Thanksgiving – Blooper Video One Last Time – Less Gray, More teeth, Horrified Replay? – Enjoy … Gobble Gobble

With lots of newbies – (thank you very much) – we thought this was just too good to pass up…

Sophia is now 18 and will leave for college next year, Pierce (aka Toothless- 15 … a freshman) …. So this will be our last year for this… most likely………..hmmmmm

This was not edited, just a re-recording as frustration grew… Mother intuition was very clear as a warning was issue prior to the attempted recording…. “This will not go well!” Scripture !

Remember this was years ago, WAY before the popularity of TikTok or YouTube… in our opinion making it even more original and entertaining…

Enjoy the last (most likely) viewing — Wedding video(s) anyone? ..ha

Happy 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

Out of the Office this Week – DMA – Dallas Museum of Art Pictures – Can Happy Thanksgiving make ONE LAST appearance?

Office Hours – Out this week – Tethered for Emergencies

With all of our Families getting the full week off for Thanksgiving…. the decision was made to let everyone take some much needed R&R this week….

Yours truly is out of town and out of the state, but will be holding the fort down with electronics for any Emergencies that may occur…

DMA Post Party Fun – Pictures

The now 15 year old, Pierce, has a great eye for photography…. but a shy personality for taking picture of “Strangers” to him…. everyone at the party were like family of course, but not to him!

The pictures of anyone Pierce did not know, were …. well rough… but those that he did know came out great….and the DMA art, statues and other … we will let you make your own decision…

For the record privacy laws keep us from posting any pictures of non employee’s so you are all protected anyway… all is fair game for J.K. Financial, Inc. employees…

Oh…one last thing before we show you the pictures… with so many new followers, we plan on showing our most popular Video Ever … a non-edited frustrated, but humorous video from many years back…. We promise… last time!

And now the best Pics of the DMA

Happy Early Thanksgiving- Gobble Gobble !

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

Holiday Party Parking Reminder … Tomorrow at 2PM at the Dallas Museum of Art … Be Sure to get a Parking Coupon from us in the Founders Room

Tomorrow at 2 PM at the DMA (Dallas Museum of Art) be sure to get a coupon from one of us in the Founders Room…

There is a $15 parking fee if you do not get a coupon from us, and we do not want anyone paying for their parking!

Happy Friday and for those that cannot come, we will miss you but understand!

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