Category Archives: Why

What to do When You’re in an Automobile Accident? Multiple Professional Interviews Done on the Subject … A Follow Up to Buy or Lease

So after much deliberation from our post on Buy or Lease that Next Car, you are behind the seat of your “New to You” vehicle, and you did it with knowledge, style, and confidence.


What’s Next? Not being negative here….

Recall the Scout Motto “Be Prepared”

What to Do When You are in an Automobile AccidentAuto Accident

First and most importantly, if there is an injury of any seriousness immediately call 911 and get the EMT there to help.  This sounds obvious, but in every case the following interviews and information was preceded by this fact.

Former Police Chief, Current Judge Offers Suggestions

“Use your camera as a weapon; Video tape and picture everything you possible can, including VIN numbers of the cars involved, and even get an interview with someone as a witness if you had someone that would do that.”

Police from Local Campus Near Home

A Second interview of a local campus police officer went like this – Upon request they would gladly do a police report and they could also call the local police, in this case Dallas.  They would do a police report if the damage was more than $2000. otherwise, they would generally not do a police report unless asked.  He also mentioned to take pictures of everything and if possible make sure automobile and license are both valid or legit.

Call to Insurance Company for Guidance

Per a call to my automobile insurance company the following were suggested:

  1. Get a police report if possible especially if the damages are of substance
  2. If you’re in a no-fault state you’ll need to contact your insurance carrier no matter if
  3. Use Phone to take Pictures of everything – theme developing here

The idea for this article came on a chance plane ride with the former Police Chief sitting next to me as the Buy or Lease Article was being completed/edited on the plane ride….

Thanks Chief for the idea….

Let’s Be Careful Out There – Showing Age  (Hill Street Blues)

Have A Great “Prepared if in an Accident” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP


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

Should you Buy or Lease that Next Car?

Long desired but fearful of repercussions of writing this article, we finally had the courage to jump in. Opinions on this subject are sometimes very strong (maybe even divisive!) on either side of the fence.

In doing research for this we came across a very handy internet site, While you may only be interested in buying a new car or leasing, one of the most important items is the residual value, especially in leasing. As the following neat graph shows from the site, there are dramatic differences in the decay value of cars. In our opinion, worthy of at least a few minutes research, especially if you are open to different makes and models.


Depreciation Comparison Studies

Those that are interested in buying a used car, the handy site will also target an expected BEST year to buy the car, as shown in the next very high end auto, with a steep depreciation schedule.

Benz Depreciation chart

The Case For Leasing

Leasing a car is by far the least expensive from a out of pocket standpoint (minimum monthly payment) way to get into a NEW Car.

In certain cases there is a great desire to drive a vehicle that is no more than two or three years old, in this case leasing is likely your best decision. Continued safety is certainly a big point for the new car ownership.

The Case For New Car

If you are one that must have a new car, but are willing to keep it for an extended period of time,  purchasing a new car is likely your best option.

A favorite place to buy a new car which we have had good experience is a membership program such as Costco or Sam’s or any other type of membership that gives you some sort of unique advantage or barrier for the general public. Always check the prices using your friendly Internet as there is tons of information out there to get the price range of the vehicle you want.

The Case for a Used Car

With a normal depreciation of between 15% and 30% per year (there are exceptions, but on the average these numbers are correct), our favorite “new car to you” purchase recommendation is buying a one or two-year-young automobile with low mileage, and keeping it until it will drive no more. Most cases this will save you a great deal of money-there are exceptions be sure, we recently ran onto a situation where a later year brand new car was within striking distance of a used car because the new models were coming out. In this case it made sense not to opt for a one-year-old car and just buy a late year new car. But on the margin, the statistics above are true.

Have a Great “Lease or Buy Car Informed” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Why an Inheritance is usually NOT Taxable !

Several times in the most recent quarter we were asked, and discussed in detail, if an inheritance is taxable? Because of this repeated subject we thought it appropriate to broach the subject here.

So is an inheritance taxable?inheritance

For the most part no. There are of course exceptions (certain states have silly inheritance laws, but these are slowly being repealed due to state resident desire). Under current tax law, upon death after tax investments receive a step up in basis, which means they are marked as the value of the deceased as fair value. This means that if an asset was purchased for just pennies decades ago, it’s new basis for the inheritor is the fair market value at the date of death.

As a side note for those thinking of gifting appreciated assets (to non charitable recipient) one might want to consider this step up in basis. If you gift a highly appreciated asset it will carry your basis and the recipient will then have Taxes upon sale.  All things considered equal, upon death that same asset under current tax law will transfer to the recipient with little or no taxes.

Once the assets are transferred into the beneficiaries account, the interest, dividend and capital gain clock will begin and moving forward, taxes will be due on this amount as the beneficiary becomes the owner of the asset, but the initial transfer will not be taxable, a very fair tax situation.

Receiving an IRA as Inheritance?  There are taxes, but not Immediately

Under current tax laws an IRA will pass to a spouse, child, sibling or other direct heir with no mandatory complete distribution necessary-there will be possible minimum distributions.

If a spouse is in the age range of RMD (Required Minimum Distributions) the receiving beneficiary spouse will pick up mandatory distributions based on his or her age. If a child is the recipient of an IRA the child’s age blended with the original decedent and will be computed to mandate a non-penalty but much smaller required minimum distribution even if the beneficiary is very young.

If the inheritor wanted to distribute the entire IRA, she/he has that option with no penalty, however this would bring full taxable income for the entire amount of the distribution, a decision that would need to be carefully considered before commencement.

So in summary, the immediate transfer of assets carries very little tax burden to the inheritor. Moving forward interest, dividends, future capital gains in after-tax accounts would be taxable, and in the case of an IRA the beneficiary, the RMD amount will be required and taxable, but in almost all cases these are the only taxes mandates.

Have a Great “No Inheritance Tax” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Email Address is the New Home Mailing Address – Why the Restrictions Associated with Changes!

In the good old days our physical home address was the most important item for delivery of mail and physical identity. Not sure if your mailbox is like many, but for the most part paper delivery is WAY down and expected that in the next few years many entities (Credit Card, Mortgage, Paychecks… any kind of monthly statement) will completely discontinue options for paper delivery …. this is a much greener approach, and will certainly help our environment – we know it may be uncomfortable for some, but likely inevitable!

Email address replaces Home Address – Our Collective Responsibilitiesicons-157872__480 email address

Given the above mentioned facts, with our email address now been our most likely contact … similar to our physical address in the good old days, new restrictions for our collective security are welcomed, needed, and expected.

It’s for our own collective safety that to change an email address on a delivery should be more secure!

In today’s more secure and safe environment for us to change an email address on your information we will now need to submit a signed document – ok … it’s a bit of a pain, and in the good old days when delivery was mostly to our physical address we could do it for you – but that was as they say … the good old days.

With 95% of our clients receiving all of their information completely electronically we feel like we are the norm, and accept the new responsibility but slightly more challenging changes to our electronic delivery.

Docusign Anyone ? More to come on this soon!

Just a heads up in advance,  when we change our email there will be additional documents for our collective security to make the change.

We will make it super easy, but there will be an extra step.

Sorry for the hassle but again certainly for our collective security!

Have a Great ” Email is New Home Address” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

Why we want a copy of ANY seemingly Semi-Important Document!

In the last several months we have been able to quickly grab electronic copies of documents ranging from five years ago to nineteen …. some of these documents were destroyed by the owner, but our copy remained, making for quick access, big money and time savings in all cases.

Why we Want A Copy of ALL Documents

Any and every document you send us, we save. Our Server is backed up constantly and has almost unlimited room for saving, especially given today’s productive file size of scanning.

Several decades ago, we luckily set up an internal system of filing items that remains in tact today and has saved us ample time. We also name unique documents with extended titles for search at a later time.

You never know!

With a recent need of documents that were almost two decades old, we were reassured that our careful and comprehensive saving of everything REALLY DOES PAY OFF….

The only draw back is if we do not get a copy of the document… so please send us ANY document that may seem important or any document that may need reference in the future – we want to have access in the future and our scanning process is extremely good as well as the quality of our scan…

Something super data sensitive?

There are frequently documents that are copies or completed messages that have so much important information, you may not feel comfy emailing –

Safely upload to your Vault and we will safely download to our server without ever hitting the public email streets!

Here is a quick Video – In case you may have forgotten-

Here is a link to all of our 1 Minute Videos on our main website – not to worry only eight total!

With a mantra of “Safe Over Sorry” We are glad to help in storage of documents … forever!

Have a Great “Save Copy of Documents” Day!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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

August 2019 Podcast Video, Financial Planning and Capital Market Update – By John Kvale (With Blooper at end of Video)

Hello and Welcome to our August 2019 Financial Planning and Capital Market Update!

If you are too busy to read, feel free to listen as we describe our post and thoughts in friendly podcast format as well as Video!

Newbies –

We like to articulate our thoughts and review on a Monthly basis our Financial Planning Tips, Capital Markets and current events!

August – 2019 Video

Financial Planning Tip (s) –

Three Most Important Social Security Posts SO FAR

As of this review we have one more unique age related Social Security Post to come, but the three most important posts so far are as follows:

Living Spousal Benefits

Deceased Spousal Benefits

Divorced Spousal Benefits 

Click each link for the actual post…. each post has a couple of minute discussion from Social Security Expert Tom Clark — THESE ARE IMPORTANT AND COMPLICATED-  so take your time!

Call Spam Protection Update

In this second follow up post due to demand, comments and questions we further discuss options for additional protection, depending on the major service provider….

Capital Market Comments –

Tariff Talk Jitters

Depending on the day and the headline, Capital Market Participants in true bipolar fashion seem to either cheer with reckless abandonment and buy buy buy or head for the exits and sell sell sell….

Just by chance it was nice to run across a wonderful historical chart, here in this post, showing this Tariff talk is far from the first time…. maybe for some of us, but in reality we have been dealing with this for decades….(Century)

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Have a Great Day – Talk to you at the end of September!

John A. Kvale CFA, CFP

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